Marble Falls


Sales tax revenue down for Burnet, Bertram

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Sales tax collections in Burnet and Bertram experienced a downward trend this month, though the county's other four cities all reported sales tax growth, and five of six cities in the county have total sales tax distributions above last year's pace.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $817 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 5.4 percent more than in November 2017.

These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.


Burnet County burn ban lifted




From staff reports

The Burnet County burn ban has been lifted as of Thursday, Sept. 6, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said.

Soaking rains fell throughout Burnet County this week, with some areas reporting up to three inches of precipitation within a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Thursday. The rain caused the county's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) average to drop 32 points from 523 to 491, with a high of 703 (just north of Burnet) and a low of 320 (near Marble Falls).

The KBDI is used to determine forest fire potential. The drought index is based on daily water balance, where a drought factor is balanced with precipitation and soil moisture (assumed to have a maximum storage capacity of eight inches) and is expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion.


A Shepperd of men: Doctor's legacy remembered

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The memory of Marble Falls resident and well-respected physician Dr. Ivan Shepperd will forever hold a spot in the hearts of the members of the community he impacted for 61 years.

Dr. Shepperd was born in 1927 and raised in Liberty Hill, the youngest of six children. During the early 1940s, Dr. Shepperd attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Virginia Wirtz. The two then moved to Galveston, where Shepperd studied at the University of Texas Medical School while the two started growing their family.

Because of the efforts during World War II, individuals were being rushed through medical school as the country saw a need for more medical professionals, but Shepperd completed his schooling and graduated after the end of the war. After he obtained his degree, Dr. Shepperd, Virginia, and their young family moved to Marble Falls and opened his practice in 1948.


PEC celebrates grand opening of new district office

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Representatives with PEC and Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the new PEC district office in Marble Falls.




By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials had a proverbial “Chamber of Commerce day” Wednesday, June 27, as they celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Marble Falls district office on US 281.

Patti Zinsmeyer, executive director of Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, welcomed a large crowd to the facility to see up close what she called “a grand addition to Marble Falls and the Hill Country.”

Zinsmeyer also pointed out PEC recently observed its 80th birthday as the cooperative has been serving the Texas Hill Country since 1938. She praised the involvement of PEC in the local community, especially at the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights and Christmas Light Up Parade, both of which are sponsored by the Chamber.


Llano police chase ends at CR 122

A Saturday night police pursuit through Marble Falls ended when the suspect vehicle collided into this building near the 2000 block of US 281 after hitting a loaded horse trailer and flipping the vehicle. The suspects were quickly apprehended by police.

By Richard Zowie

Burnet Bulletin

An 18-year-old Llano man sustained injuries of a busted lip after allegedly leading police officers on a high-speed chase that ended at County Road 122 at approximately 12:49 a.m. on May 20.

According to Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn, 18-year-old Andrew Charles Spence Belew allegedly stole a 2011 Chevrolet HHR and begain driving with it.

After his sister called the police but added that she didn't know where he was headed, police officers reportedly spotted him at in Kingsland.

Blackburn said once the officer followed Belew and flipped on his lights, Belew then allegedly led them on a pursuit that reached speeds of 125 mph.

Besides Llano County, police officers from Granite Shoals Police Department and Burnett County Sheriff's Office also participated in the pursuit.


Sales tax revenue up for Bertram, Marble Falls

The addition of several retail outlets in Marble Falls and an influx of shoppers has helped the county's largest city reach double-digit gains in sales tax revenues for the month of December, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced.

Marble Falls continues to lead Burnet County in sales tax revenue and set yet another record for December as Hegar's office returned $678,388.28 to the city from sales made in October by businesses which report monthly. This represents an increase of a whopping 12.04 percent above the $605,439.02 returned in December 2016.

For the year, sales tax revenues are up 9.17 percent at $8,609,399.62, up from $7,886,178.12 received through this time last year.

A number of new businesses — especially new restaurants which have opened — have helped sales tax revenues climb higher than expected in 2017 in Marble Falls.


Read the TCEQ Response to Comments on Asphalt Inc. in their entirety

As a service to our readers, we have loaded the TCEQ Response to Comments regarding Asphalt Inc.'s air quality permit 148112 on our website in its entirety. This is available for free as an e-edition to our readers. This is the official 58-page TCEQ response to public comments made about the air quality permit for the proposed rock crushing plant to be located south of Marble Falls off US 281.

To read the document, go to and click on "TCEQ RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON ASPHALT INC."


Memorial 5K raises funds for Camp Agape

Camp Agape is for children grieving the loss of a loved one. A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s camp.

The 2018 camp is scheduled for July 16-19 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center outside of Burnet. The memorial run fundraiser will allow children between the ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.

“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”


Herbert injured in Marble Falls Rodeo

Contributed/Pauline Reese-Herbert

Bill Herbert of Marble Falls lands on his head and neck in a fall from a bucking bronc Saturday, July 15, at the 2017 Marble Falls Pro Rodeo. Family and friends are rallying to help with the expense of surgery to take place Tuesday, July 25, and recovery.



During the Saddle Bronc Riding  Saturday, July 15, at the Marble Falls Rodeo, contestant Bill Herbert suffered severe injuries when he flipped off the bucking horse, landing on his head.

Upon landing, Herbert’s neck twisted and was shoved forward causing his neck to break at the C3 and C4 vertebras, said a go fund me account set up in Herbert’s name by Rachel Biagini.

Herbert also sustained a torn and occluded artery going to the right side of his brain from the fall, said his wife Pauline Reese-Herbert.

“He actually got up and walked away from the fall,” said Reese.

Reese, reaching out to all family and friends took to Facebook on Sunday, July 16, informed them Herbert was transported by ambulance to the Temple Trauma Center, where doctors stated that he would more than likely have to go through surgeries in order to fuse the two vertebras together.


Burnet County Sheriff's deputies arrest 17 in drug roundup

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Working in conjunction with other local agencies, Burnet County Sheriff's deputies in the Special Operations Unit have arrested 17 individuals in Burnet and Llano counties as part of a month-long undercover investigation targeting methamphetamine dealers in the two counties that culminated in a raid Thursday at multiple locations.

Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said a total of 31 warrants were obtained on the 17 individuals arresed, charging each with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1, more than one gram but less than four grams.

Each charge is a second-degree felony under Texas Penal Code, Chapter 481.112(c), punishable by a prison sentence of two to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

“This represents a significant impact on the local methamphetamine supply network,” Boyd said.


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