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Burnet County officials and residents are asking the Texas Department of Transportation to consider improvements and safety upgrades on area highways with the increase of traffic, especially from 18-wheelers. Several fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers have raised concerns about highway safety, even prompting a petition calling for TxDOT to study adding turn lanes on U.S. 281 near CR 403 in southern Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County highway deaths prompt road safety campaign

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A county official and a business owner have launched an effort to coax the Texas Department of Transportation to research traffic safety and potential upgrades along state highways in and around the Burnet, Horseshoe Bay, Marble Falls and Spicewood communities. A spike in traffic deaths on those […]

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Terry Wilson greets supporters during the Burnet County Republican watch party March 1 at Riverbend Conference Center in Marble Falls. Wilson defeated state Rep. Marsha Farney for the GOP’s nomination for District 20. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County’s Terry Wilson upsets incumbent state rep

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — A celebratory Terry Wilson thanked supporters and well-wishers March 1 as it became evident he had unseated the incumbent District 20 state representative. (more…)

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Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff's contest; four races in runoffs

Boyd wins Burnet County sheriff’s contest; four races in runoffs

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Calvin Boyd picked up his granddaughter and gave her a big hug as the final tallies came in March 1 for the Burnet County Republican primary. Boyd won the Burnet County GOP nomination in the sheriff’s race over Granite Shoals Police Chief J.P. Wilson, 5,968 to 3,242. Boyd now […]

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The Burnet County sheriff has reaffirmed his stance on allowing deputies to place 'In God We Trust' decals on their patrol cruisers after the department received some complaints by commenters on social media. Courtesy photo

Burnet County sheriff defends ‘In God We Trust’ decals

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A move to allow deputies to affix “In God We Trust” decals on their patrol units has tipped off a firestorm on social media and prompted the Burnet County sheriff to recommit his support for the display of faith by his staff. (more…)

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Burnet County Precinct 2 Constable Garry Adams, Burnet County Precinct 4 Constable Chris Jett and Burnet County Judge James Oakley recently unveiled new license plate readers on the two constables’ patrol units. The readers can detect license plates belonging to people with active traffic or other warrants but also alert the law officers to a missing person connected to Amber or Silver alerts. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New license plate readers alert Burnet County constables to warrants

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR MARBLE FALLS — Two Burnet County constables now have new technology that will help them locate people with traffic warrants and assist in finding lost seniors and abducted children. (more…)

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Burnet County officials approved the $88,500 purchase of a building just off the square to house elections administration functions. Courtesy photo

Burnet County to bring back election functions to square

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Renovations are underway on a building, slated for election functions, bringing the process closer to the Burnet County Courthouse just off the square. Burnet County Commissioners approved the purchase of the building, 106 W. Washington St., on Jan. 26 for approximately $88,500. (more…)

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Voters sort through crowded field with candidates forums

Voters sort through crowded field with candidates forums

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Candidates are vying for spots in several Republican nomination races in the Highland Lakes, so various political entities have organized a string of events to help voters determine who might be the best nominees for local and statewide elections. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: It’s political season in the Highland Lakes

ELECTIONS: It’s political season in the Highland Lakes

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While Christmas and the holiday season are upon us, it’s also another season this year: political. And the candidates for the March 1 primaries are lining up for your support. This year marks a big political year as the races feature candidates from the White House down to the county […]

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Burnet County voters pass liquor-by-the-drink measure

Burnet County voters pass liquor-by-the-drink measure

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County voters approved Nov. 3 a measure that will allow businesses and restaurants in unincorporated portions of the county to sell liquor by the drink. The proposition passed 3,311 to 1,031. It creates a more uniform standard for businesses seeking the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s approval for liquor-by-the-drink sales. […]

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Retired Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger (center) and Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead (right) swear in Roxanne Nelson as the new Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace on Nov. 1. The Burnet County Commissioners Court appointed Nelson to the position after Calvin Boyd resigned so he could run for Burnet County sheriff. Nelson served as the Burnet County magistrate before her justice of the peace appointment. Courtesy photo

Jail magistrate to fill role as Burnet County justice of the peace

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County Commissioners have appointed Roxanne Nelson to fill the unexpired term of former Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd, who resigned to run for sheriff. (more…)

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Burnet County voting on constitutional amendments, alcohol option

Burnet County voting on constitutional amendments, alcohol option

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Early voting is underway for seven state constitutional amendments, an alcohol option election and an Emergencys Service District sales tax proposal in Burnet County. Early voting began Oct. 19 and continues until Oct. 30. (more…)

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Burnet County drops inmate housing price to attract customers and defray costs

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet County Commissioners Court on Oct. 13 approved lowering the price other counties pay to house inmates in an attempt to fill beds and help defray operating costs of the near-empty Burnet County Jail. The Burnet County Jail consistently houses about 120 inmates daily — a fraction of […]

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Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd, pictured with his wife, Julie Boyd, recently announced his resignation from that position effective Oct. 30. Though he hasn’t announced he will be seeking the Republican nomination for Burnet County sheriff, Boyd said before pursuing such action he must resign from the justice of the peace seat. Courtesy photo

Calvin Boyd resigns JP spot, eyes possible Burnet County sheriff bid

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Justice of the Peace Calvin Boyd submitted his resignation Oct. 13 to the Burnet County commissioners in anticipation of potentially running for the Republican nomination for sheriff in Burnet County. The Burnet County Precinct 1 justice of the peace’s last day in office is Oct. 30. (more…)

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Burnet County lowers tax rate and boosts staff salaries

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — County commissioners adopted the 2015-16 fiscal year budget Aug. 25 with increases in employee pay as well as additional amenities and staff positions for various departments, officials say. And it all came with a tax rate decrease. (more…)

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Alcohol option makes November ballot in Burnet County

Alcohol option makes November ballot in Burnet County

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —  A county-wide alcohol option will be placed on the November ballot to let voters decide if businesses should have the ability to sell and serve liquor-by-the-drink in unincorporated areas of Burnet County. Burnet County elections officials on Aug. 19 released that they counted 4,504 valid registered voter signatures […]

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Driver’s license offices to move out of Burnet, Marble Falls annexes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The need for space is behind a request by Burnet County officials that driver’s license offices in the courthouse annexes in Burnet and Marble Falls find new homes. (more…)

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Llano, Burnet counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Llano, Burnet counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham says she won’t let her personal views about the federal government’s role in the  marriage debate get in the way of the mandated duties of the county in issuing marriage licenses. (more…)

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Burnet County residents can claim $2.6M in cash, property

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —  From forgotten bank accounts to mineral royalties, Burnet County residents have left millions of dollars in cash and property on the table, and the Texas State Comptroller’s Office will be in town to help them claim their lost loot. (more…)

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Petitioners launch campaign for Burnet County-wide booze option

Petitioners launch campaign for Burnet County-wide booze option

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER KINGSLAND — A group of citizens has launched a county-wide, alcohol-option petition to place a proposition on the ballot that would allow businesses the ability to sell and serve liquor by the drink. Burnet County Committee for Economic Growth must collect about 4,200 signatures for the mixed-beverage option to place the […]

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Judge Guilford "Gil" Jones

Retired Judge Gil Jones sworn in as Burnet County justice of the peace

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — After a swearing-in ceremony, a retired district judge will take his place as a “temporary” justice of the peace in Burnet County while continuing his duties as a mediator. (more…)

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Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter staying open with counties taking active role

Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter staying open with counties taking active role

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BUCHANAN DAM — Officials from Burnet and Llano counties came to the rescue of the Christ-Yoder Animal Shelter, which faced closure because of lack of volunteer and financial support. (more…)

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Guilford 'Gil' Jones

Retired district Judge Gil Jones accepts justice of the peace position

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — County commissioners on May 12 approved appointing retired State District Judge Guilford “Gil” Jones to the position of Precinct 4 justice of the peace, officials said. (more…)

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Highland Lakes voters decided city and school races

Highland Lakes voters decided city and school races

BURNET — With the results in, Highland Lakes voters have made their voices heard in the local elections. (more…)

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Highland Lakes cities and school districts holding elections May 9

Highland Lakes cities and school districts holding elections May 9

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The spring round of elections are May 9 for several cities and school districts around the Highland Lakes. Polls in Burnet and Llano counties are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The last day of early voting is May 5. The Highland Lakes has several races on the ballot. (more…)

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Judge Edward Cutchin

Judge Edward Cutchin hanging up robe to stay active with family

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET —  With his recent retirement announcement, Burnet County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Edward Cutchin said he plans on many more years fishing, hiking and spending time with his wife and family. (more…)

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Early voting for Highland Lakes elections runs through May 5

Early voting for Highland Lakes elections runs through May 5

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With spring in the air, it means many things, including local school board and municipal elections. Early voting for the May 9 elections began April 27 and runs through May 5. The Highland Lakes has several races on the ballot in Burnet and Llano counties. (more…)

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