LCRA, TxDOT work to expedite bridge construction

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Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
The Ranch-to-market 2900 Bridge is "on track" for completion in April, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Capital Excavation recently set beams for spans 3 and 4 and poured so-called "caps" for columns 6 and 7. Officials estimated progress on up to 10 shafts this week.





The Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation are coordinating efforts to clean up debris from the RM 2900 bridge that washed away along the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ during historic flooding in October.

As previously announced, LCRA began refilling Lake LBJ on Sunday, Feb. 24, and will continue to do so through Wednesday, Feb. 27, after lowering the lake in December to provide property owners an opportunity to remove debris and make repairs.


Lawmakers offer flood disaster aid

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Connie Swinney/Burnet Bulletin
State and federal lawmakers descended on the Highland Lakes Wednesday, Oct. 17 to assess damage and infrastructure issues, including a collapsed RM 2900 Bridge in Kingsland, in the wake of the Llano River flooding into Llano and Burnet Counties. Pictured from left to right are Burnet County Judge James Oakley, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Llano County Pct. 1 Commissioner Peter Jones, Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham, State Rep. Terry Wilson and Burnet County Pct. 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery.







By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

When Kingsland resident Brenda Dalton turned on her water faucet Oct. 17, nothing came out.

“I had no water. Whenever we got water, we got a trickle,” she said, referring to the home she shares with her seven-year-old daughter Joli on River Oaks Drive.

“I went to the Baptist Church and they gave me bottled water,” she said. “We brushed our teeth with bottled water this morning.”

Less than 24 hours earlier, the Kingsland Water Supply Corporation issued a boil water notice for the Kingsland community. Pump stations, fed from Lake LBJ, failed as historic-level flood waters from the Llano River slammed into the Kingsland area. As of Oct. 22, the community was still required to boil water for consumption.


Body found on Lake LBJ identified as missing Junction flood victim

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A body found near Circle Drive near Kingsland on Lake LBJ during Tuesday's flooding has been identified as a woman who went missing in Llano River flooding in Junction nearly three weeks ago.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has identifed the body as being that of Charlotte Moye, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, which issued a press release Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call to the Lake LBJ waterfront in the 700 block of Circle Drive at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The complainant believed he had located a body that had washed ashore during flooding on Lake LBJ.

Patrol deputies arrived and called investigators to the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson and an autopsy was ordered. The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.


Bridge collapses in Llano River's fury; 'Historic event' causes widespread Hill Country flooding, evacuations

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Kim Green/Burnet Bulletin
The Ranch to Market Road 2900 Bridge in Kingsland collapsed Tuesday, Oct. 16, cutting off a critical artery for residents and emergency first responders. The roadway is over an area where the Llano River feeds into Lake LBJ.





By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

An “historic flood event” submerged major thoroughfares Tuesday and toppled the Ranch to Market Road 2900 bridge where the Llano River feeds into Lake LBJ in the Llano County portion of Kingsland, forcing residents from waterlogged homes.

There were no confirmed reports of deaths, though several media outlets reported a body was found down river from Kingsland at around noon Tuesday. Meanwhile, in Burnet County, residents in several communities, including Marble Falls, Meadowlakes, Granite Shoals, Highland Haven and Horseshoe Bay, were evacuated to makeshift shelters as Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls swelled with rising water, surpassing flooding levels last seen 21 years ago during October 1997 flooding.


Deputies investigating July 4 Lake LBJ drowning

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The body of a 38-year-old white male from Austin was recovered Wednesday, July 4, from the Llano River arm of Lake LBJ in Kingsland after the man apparently drowned trying to swim across the lake.

Llano County Sheriff's Chief Deputy John Neff said his department received a 911 call about a missing swimmer at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies responded to the scene and requested assistance from Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens.

Neff said four individuals had decided to swim from one side of the lake to the other near the Ranch to Market Road 2900 in Kingsland. One of the swimmers apparently turned back while the other three continued to swim across the channel.


Llano County meth ring busted through law enforcement cooperation

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By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

On Monday, May 14, Kingsland resident Shaun Daughtry — fed up with the presence of methamphetamine dealers and users in his neighborhood off Lover's Laner — put up a sign on his property declaring the area to be a “meth-free zone.”

Daughtry told The Highlander he was worried about children who lived in the area coming in contact with drug use as well as a lack of sanitary conditions at a trailer home in the area that was a reputed manufacturing lab for methamphetamine.

Daughtry said he witnessed trash and human feces being burned outside one home and was horrified to think children might be exposed to disease due to the filfth. He was hopeful local law enforcement could do something to get rid of the drug dealers and users in Llano County.


Kingsland man arrested in Burnet home burglary

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Burnet Police charged a Kingsland man with burglary on Sept. 29 after he allegedly confessed to burglarizing a Burnet home.

Joshua Kayde Amidon, 28, was charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony and theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.

Burnet Police said two other suspects are still under investigation.

“He burglarized a house in town,” said Burnet Police Investigator Steven Vollmar. “He confessed to taking a TV and a pistol.”

The television, a 52-inch flat screen, and the pistol, a Glock 9mm, have yet to be recovered, police said.

Vollmar said the residents discovered the theft after leaving their home for several hours, and returning to find that an air conditioning unit was not in its place in the window.

Vollmar said the displaced window unit was probably the way the burglar gained entry.


Lake LBJ drowning under investigation

By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers


A Labor Day weekend drowning is under investigation by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).


The identity of victim of the incident Saturday, Sept. 3, is confirmed as 19-year-old Dominiq Amir Castillo Porterfield.


News outlets have published varying accounts of the event, but TPWD will say only “the investigation is still on going as to cause of death and other details."


“The call came in to the Llano County Sheriff's Department at 3:20 p.m.,” according to LCSO Chief Deputy John Neff. “The boaters were not sure where they were on the lake.”



Kyle Stephen McAlister

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Kyle Stephen McAlister

Sept. 23, 1950~Aug. 14, 2016


Kyle Stephen McAlister, 65, of Kingsland, Texas went to rest in Heaven on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Kyle was born on Sept. 23, 1950 in Big Spring, Texas to George and Lavonia McAlister. 

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Lavonia McAlister, and his brother Clint McAlister.

He is survived by his wife Tara McAlister; son Jake and his wife Toffee McAlister of Midland, TX; son Travis and his wife Ann McAlister of San Antonio; son Kent and his wife Gretchen McAlister of Denver, Colorado; son Taylor Smith of Midland, and son Hunter Smith of Chicago, Illinois.

He is also survived by his four grandchildren Rhodes McAlister, English McAlister, Campbell McAlister, and Wynn McAlister.

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