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Burnet CISD Trustees call for bond election

BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett
Special to the Bulletin •

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to call for a bond election on Nov. 5, 2019. The election is for one proposition totaling $33.1 million.

The Board of Trustees will meet again on Aug. 26 to approve a tax rate decrease of 7.5 cents for the 2019-2020 school year. This will represent the fourth year in a row the Board of Trustees has approved lowering the tax rate, and the proposed $1.185 tax rate is lower than the tax rate prior to the 2014 Bond Program.


Work continues on Burnet airport static display project

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

Painters with Lake Area Sign Company LLC, of Sulphur, Louisana, were hard at work recently painting the insignia on teh Burnet airport's Static Display Aircraft to exact U.S. Air Force specifications, and recently completed work on the T-38, pictured here, and the F-100. The Airport Static Display Restoration Project continues thanks to the support from organizations and individuals in the community.



Traffic stop nets meth, firearm and cash

A traffic stop on Texas 29 in Burnet May 20 became a drug case once the drug detection dog K9 Ron (aka “Jag) arrived, resulting in the seizure of two kilograms of methampetamines and $11,000 in cash.




From staff reports

Two men are behind bars following a traffic stop arrest which resulted in a drug and cash seizure May 20 in Burnet, according to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office press release.

The incident unfolded around 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. Polk Street (Texas 29).

Following a traffic stop by a deputy for a speeding violation, authorities dispatched K9 Ron (aka “Jag”), the drug detection dog.

“After the K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics, deputies searched the vehicle and recovered approximately two kilograms of methamphetamine,” the release stated. “The deputies also seized over $11,000 in cash, a loaded handgun, and a digital scale.”

The suspected narcotics have an estimated street value of $200,000 to $250,000, investigators said.

Arrested were: Tomas Jaramillo, 35, of Elgin and Roy Ford, 27, of Killeen on charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (1 to 400 grams).


Burnet officer in fatal shooting “let go” for policy violation

UPDATE: Russell Butler turned himself in to the Llano County Jail Wednesday, April 24 on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on bonds totalling $200,000. According to Burnet County District Clerk documents, he was indicted on the charges April 23 by a grand jury.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An officer involved in a fatal motorist shooting no longer works for the Burnet Police Department as of April 23, according to an agency spokesman.

On March 27 former Patrol Sergeant Russell Butler, responding to an overnight noise complaint call, shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque of Bertram, while he was in his vehicle in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Butler was treated and released from the Burnet's Seton Highland Lakes emergency room for a foot injury he said he sustained when the vehicle attempted to leave the scene.


Burnet police officer on leave after shooting driver

From staff reports

A man has died after being shot by a Burnet police officer, responding to a noise complaint call, officials said.

The incident was called into dispatchers 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the 300 block of South McNeil Street in Burnet.

In a press conference later that morning, Burnet Police Chief released details of the investigation, which is being handled by the Texas Rangers in cooperation with the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Nelson said the officer, whose identity is pending, responded to the scene around 1:40 a.m. “in reference to a loud music call.”

“They approached a red car. At that time, the red car, the driver started backing up. The officer was giving verbal commands to stop,” he said. “The officer started retreating. At which time, the vehicle came forward towards the officer.


Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.






By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.


Seton Kids Care-A-Van event tops $730,000

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers

At the podium of the Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party, Earnest Ray "Bubba" Bean, left, who got a start in his eventual career as a pro running back for the Atlanta Falcons under the tutelage of Emory Dilworth Bellard (Dec. 17, 1927 – Feb. 10, 2011) at Texas A&M University, joins the widow of the famed coach, Susan Bellard, in recalling Ballard's career and devotion to worthy causes.


By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

An outpouring of support at Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Memorial Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party and golf tournament has resulted in more than $730,000 added to the work of the Seton Highland Lakes mobile unit that carries healthcare to needy children in Burnet and Llano counties.

The tailgate party was held Friday, June 16, at the Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center in Burnet with 500 people in attendance, and the tournament, Saturday, June 17, at Delaware Springs Golf Course with 180 participants.

A whopping $500,000 in matching funds from the Highland Lakes Health Fund (HLHF) to the Children's Healthcare Endowment. The endowment was the brain child of Woody and Donna McCasland, and their personal pledge of $100,000 started the auction-style call for matching funds a high note.


There's no place like home! 'Bachelorette' star Pell returns for Saturday concert

Country music singer-songerwriter Luke Pell


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

He may be better known to millions of viewers for his stint on the reality TV show, “The Bachelorette,” but country music singer-songwriter Luke Pell still considers himself a Burnet, Texas, boy at heart who has been fortunate enough to chase his passion since graduating from Burnet High School in 2003.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, Pell and his band will perform at Toupsie's in Lampasas. It marks the first time since the Burnet Concert Series in May 2016, when he opened for Kyle Park, that Pell has played this close to home.

“I'm very excited and so glad to be back and to get to play on home turf,” he said. “We last played Toupsies about two years ago, so it's been a while since we've been there as well.


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