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Physician documents COVID-19 experiences on social media

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

When Dr. Horis Stedman discovered he tested positive for the coronavirus on April 24, he decided to keep an open line of communication with the public about his personal experiences with COVID-19.

“It was going to get out that I have it,” he said in an interview on April 27 with The Highlander. “If everyone is going to know I might as well lay it on the line.”


Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County Commissioners and County Judge James Oakley, pictured here, met March 19 with the Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal in the early stages of a series of emergency orders regarding the coronavirus scare.





By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.


Judge: Burnet County will follow governor's lead on COVID-19

Burnet County Commissioners received an update March 19 during a special called meeting, where an emergency disaster declaration was updated based on a state-issued order. Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal attended and provided an update on COVID-19 protocols at that time.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said Tuesday, March 24, he doesn't believe a “shelter-in-place” order will be necessary for Burnet County following similar orders being issued for Austin and Travis County and the city of Lampasas.


Community mourns loss of Burnet PD officer

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
A Burnet PD officer died Friday, Dec. 20, after an apparent heart attack. Area authorities escorted K9 handler Jose Meza from Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin. On Dec. 23, as seen above on U.S. 281 in Burnet, hundreds of first responders from across the state also participated in a procession from a Marble Falls church to Post Mountain Cemetery for a service with full honors.







By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet Police Department lost a member of its law enforcement family – BPD K9 handler and heart attack victim Jose Humberto Meza – and honored the life on Dec. 23 en masse to offer comfort and solace to one another and his loved ones.

“What a great husband to his wife and a daddy to his beautiful little daughter," said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson the day of his death. “Officer Meza [was] just an outstanding young man, a great officer.”


Officials gather public input for bridge at Wirtz Dam



Residents and commuters now have opportunity to weigh-in on the proposed Wirtz Dam, a transportation project that has been in the making since 1974.

The community outreach program for the dam project, which began in September, is the culmination of years of anticipation for Burnet County officials.

“This was on the 1974 Burnet County Transportation Plan,” said Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County Commissioner Pct. 1.

The next step wasn't completed until 2005, when a feasibility study was completed indicating that a bridge at Wirtz Dam would be beneficial to the community.

Following a meeting conducted by CAMPO (Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) on Sept. 9, the campaign for public opinion regarding the Wirtz Dam Bridge is officially underway.

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