Burnet

Thu
28
Jul

County sees slight increase in sales tax allocations

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet County has seen a 6.2 percent increase in sales tax allocation between July 2016 and July 2015.

In total, the county received $940,386.27 this month, a $54,761.09 increase compared to the $885,625.18 allocated in July 2015, according to the Texas Comptroller's Office. To date, the county has received $6,163,656.40 in allocations from the Texas Comptroller based on sales tax revenue in the county.

The community with the largest sales tax allocation increase was Granite Shoals, with $21,565.84 allocated – a 67 percent increase from the $12,992.34 allocated last year.

Marble Falls was next highest with an increase from $607,278.82 to $645,831.61, a 6.3 percent increase from July of last year. Cottonwood Shores saw a 5.4 percent, from $13,596.74 to $14,332.31. Horseshoe Bay saw a 4.3 percent increase. The city received $80,079.41 this year, while having received $76,751.90 last year.

Wed
27
Jul

Wildflower Meadows ground breaking

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Owners of Wildflower Meadows Senior Living facility Heather and Bryan Cokendolpher were joined with family, friends and Burnet Chamber members for the ground breaking on Thursday, July 21. This new addition to the senior living facility will house six new units for couples and single elderly, age 55 or older, and is hoped to be completed by Jan. 2017. For more information on Wildflower Meadow senior living please visit www.wildflowermeadowsburnet.com or call 512-755-3165.

Wed
27
Jul

#TeamLuke's dream may not be over

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet has been buzzing since seeing its hometown boy Luke Pell on the reality show ‘The Bachlorette’.

Now on season 12, Pell has been one of the competitors this year for JoJo Fletchers affection against 25 other men since airing on May 23.

#TeamLuke fans in Burnet and all over the country have been rooting Pell on, hosting ‘Bachlorette’ watch parties, and even making t-shirts with #TeamLuke, hoping for a win and a love story for the Burnet boy.

This last Monday was the hometown visits for the final four, Pell being one of them, and JoJo found herself right in the very heart of Burnet.

While Pell’s family and close friends made JoJo feel more than welcome during the Burnet hometown date, #TeamLuke was left with a cliffhanger for a ‘To Be Continued’ after Pell pronounced his love to JoJo right before the rose ceremony.

Wed
20
Jul

Lady Bulldogs pair selected honorable mention state picks

BY MARK GOODSON/ HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
 

Ashley Hallmark, a four-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs, closed her career with the recent selection to the Texas High School Coaches Assocation all-state softball team.

Hallmark and fellow outfielder Lexey Parker were both honorable mention choices. Senior pitcher Makenzie Carpenter was a second-team choice.

In all, the coaches selected first team, second team, third team and honorable mention.

Hallmark batted .423 with 30 hits in 71 at bats for the season. She drove in 12 runs and stole 10 bases. Hallmark will play college softball for Angelina College in Lufkin.

Angelina College won the softball junior college national championship in 2014.

Parker, an incoming senior, had a solid junior season with a .361 batting average on 30 hits in 83 at bats. Parker stole 15 bases and carried a .952 fieleding average for the Lady Dawgs.

Wed
20
Jul

Burnet hires TAPPS state champion coach

BY MARK GOODSON/ HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

 

Veronica Lee plans to build the Burnet volleyball program into a consistent squad of hitters that aren’t afraid to make the game-clinching play.

Lee has been hired as the volleyball coach for the Bulldogs after spending the last three years coaching her daughter at the Brentwood Christian School in Austin.

Lee said she is ready to take Burnet to the next level in volleyball after working with some exceptional talent at Brentwood Christian.

Brentwood Christian had four girls that earned Division I scholarships last year, including her daughter Jaimeson Lee.

Jaimeson, a 5-foot-10 setter, earned a scholarship with George Washington University. Brentwood Christian won the 2015 TAPPS Class 3A state championship with the Lee’s playing a big role.

Wed
20
Jul

Wallace Riddell returns home

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The legendary Burnet Sheriff Wallace Riddell statue was moved it its new home during the morning hours on Saturday, July 16.

Burnet Commissioners approved the move in May for the statue to be relocated from the north side of the Courthouse lawn to the Burnet Historic Square lawn.

 “We felt it was more appropriate that it be in from of the historic jail, which is where he lived and officed,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley, in a previous interview.

Oakley and Riddell’s descendants witnessed as Diamond E Rigging out of Austin, removed the statue from its concrete base on the Courthouse yard early Saturday morning and strapped it to heavy machinery before picking it up and moving the granite monument along with the statue to the Historic Jail.

Inching its way the statue was lead by the Riddell family from Pierce Street down the historic square and placed on the lawn of the Burnet Historic Jail.

Wed
13
Jul

Cecil Atkission Motors announces new general manager

From physical therapy to rodeo bull-fighting to insurance sales, Mark Ball is a man who understands competitive effort. Ball, a native of Lampasas and graduate of Lampasas High School, has been promoted by Cecil Atkission Motors in Burnet this month. The dealership has been designated by Fiat Chrysler Group as a Five Star Recognized service dealer. The dealership sells Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram brand vehicles, and services all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUVs.

 

Ball is a former physical trainer and avid fitness aficionado, but Cecil Atkission commented on other attributes, “Mark is quick with a smile. And we noticed his leadership style is very much as a servant-leader. He will never ask anyone to do anything he can’t or won’t do himself. We’re confident we have a leader with integrity in the general manager’s role here.”

 

Wed
13
Jul

Widower speaks on loss of wife to US 281 collision

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The widower of a woman who died in a two vehicle wreck on US 281 on Friday morning described his beloved wife as a “good-hearted person.”

Texas DPS is still investigating the cause of the wreck that claimed the life of Carole Dee Lay, a 68-year-old woman of Marble Falls known to friends as “bright, interesting, funny and caring.”

Lay was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at the intersection of US 281 and FM 1855 on Friday, July 8 at about 11:40 a.m.

Stephen Lay, her husband of 46 years, said Carole “usually had a smile on her face… She adored her grandchildren.”

Lay said his wife was on her way from their home on Farm to Market Road 1855 to the Burnet YMCA to exercise when the wreck occurred.

“I was caught in the traffic jam. I saw her car and I thought, maybe…. But then I pulled up to the house and saw the troopers and I knew,” he said.

Wed
13
Jul

Man allegedly used surveillance equipment to peep on neighbor

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

A Burnet County man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly peeping on his neighbor via surveillance equipment.

James George Williamson, 44, was arrested Wednesday, July 6 on charge of invasive visual recording in a bathroom or dressing room, a state jail felony.

Burnet County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Joe Canady said on Wednesday, deputies received a call from a resident in the 100 block of County Road 118 who thought she found a camera in the bathroom of her home.

“Deputies found what they did believe was a camera going through the wall,” Canady said, adding that the home was a duplex that shared a wall with the suspect. A hole had been drilled through the wall and the camera had been inserted in the hole. “The wires went into the neighbors house.”

Williamson, the neighbor, was arrested that day.

Wed
13
Jul

BAM develops 'Support your local heroes' program

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

The Burnet Associates of Merchants (BAM) wants to help Burnet County residents show their support of local hero’s.

In collaboration with One More Thing Signs and JB’s Quick ship residents can now purchase a 2x3 banner showing their support for local Law Enforcement, EMS and military branches at just cost to produce.

“Each banner represents the support we, as Burnet County citizens show to the men and women who walk the thin line daily between life and death to protect and serve,” said John Will, BAM  President.

“They are forced to face their own fears and grasp for every once of courage to perform the necessary task, as well as separating the good from the bad while creating order from chaos,”

“We didn’t do it to make any profit; we just want to help any way we can show our support to the local hero’s who put their life on the line everyday,”

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