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Cases of counterfeiting turn victims into unwitting suspects

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — Authorities have arrested a suspect and turned over a number of cases to federal investigators as they unravel a possible counterfeit money operation spanning several cities across the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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Newest Bertram police officer hitting streets on four feet

Newest Bertram police officer hitting streets on four feet

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BERTRAM — The Bertram Police Department is adding a new officer in February, one with a nose for crime, one might say. “We’re so fortunate to get this addition,” Bertram Chief J.J. Wilson said. “We had a local businessman and resident step forward with a nice donation to make this happen.” (more…)

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A man, who survived a 75-foot fall and an overnight stay in a creek bed, was extracted via helicopter Jan. 7 just off CR 328 in Burnet County. Courtesy photos

Crews rescue man from Burnet County creek bed after fall from cliff

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET COUNTY — A man is recovering from a broken leg and dehydration after he tumbled to the bottom of a cliff in southeast Burnet County while searching in the dark for a water source on a remote county road, according to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office. (more…)

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Plug from air conditioner blamed for travel trailer fire near Bertram

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM —  Fire officials say a plug connected to an air-conditioning unit might have ignited a fire that destroyed a travel trailer on a property on CR 304. The incident was reported at 3:11 p.m. Nov. 23 in the 1900 block of CR 304 near Bertram. (more…)

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Bertram man gets 25 years for role in meth distribution network

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — State District Judge J. Allan Garrett sentenced a Bertram man to 25 years in prison after a Burnet County jury convicted him for his role in a methamphetamine operation. (more…)

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A fire destroyed a family’s home Oct. 4 just outside Bertram. No one was home at the time, and the cause is undetermined. Courtesy photo

Bertram family loses home, pet in blaze; no injuries

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM —  A family lost its home Oct. 14 after a blaze that took firefighters several hours to contain, officials say. The fire was reported about 10:40 a.m. that morning in the 6100 block of RR 1174 just outside Bertram. According to a fire official at the scene, no one was inside […]

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Man sentenced to 25 years in meth ring case in Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Burnet County jury on Oct. 7 convicted another suspect in connection with a methamphetimine operation spanning multiple counties and involving a large cache of weapons and a network of dealers. (more…)

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Man dies in crash near Briggs

FROM STAFF REPORTS BRIGGS — A Copperas Cove man died after a two-vehicle collision on a rural road in northern Burnet County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The crash happened just before noon Sept. 3 on FM 2657 about a mile and a half north of Briggs, DPS reported. (more…)

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Bertram police chief resigns; city appoints officer as interim

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM — The Bertram police chief has resigned effective immediately, citing “personal reasons,” after a year with the department, officials say. (more…)

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Bertram woman sentenced to life for murdering husband

Bertram woman sentenced to life for murdering husband

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — After more than two weeks of hearing testimony in the murder trial of Karra Trichele Allen, a Llano County jury took about 20 minutes to return a guilty verdict just before noon June 2. (more…)

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JIMMY DON HARDIN

Bertram man gets 30 years in connection to major meth operation

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Bertram man who local and state law enforcement authorities believed was behind an operation that put between 4-5 pounds of methamphetamine on Highland Lakes streets will spend the next three decades in prison. (more…)

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KARRA TRICHELE ALLEN

Opening statements begin in murder trial of Bertram woman who shot husband

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF LLANO — A jury has been seated and opening statements are underway May 19 in the murder trial of Karra Trichele Allen, accused of sending phone text messages warning she would kill her husband before she shot him in the back, officials said. (more…)

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Burnet County, schools respond to ‘non-specific’ bomb threat

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet school officials initiated a search of all their campuses after the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office received a “non-specific” bomb threat for the county April 8. Burnet and Bertram police and fire departments began conducting sweeps of all Burnet Consolidated Independent School District campuses as a precaution, officials said. The […]

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EPA proposes investigation into contaminated water wells

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — The federal government is expected to launch an investigation and provide funding to clean up as many as nine contaminated water wells in Burnet County, officials said. Tests identified the contaminant as a “plume of tetrachloroethylene” (PCE), typically known for its use in dry-cleaning fluid and degreasing materials […]

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Federal jury convicts Bertram man in major 2013 drug investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A jury convicted 44-year-old Jimmy Don Hardin on Feb. 12 of federal firearms and drug trafficking charges stemming from a 2013 investigation in Burnet County that netted more than 15 people. (more…)

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Burnet CISD forum to focus on bond, state education news

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett is hosting a Spring Community Forum on Feb. 12. The event is 6:30 p.m. at the BCISD Central Office board room, 208 E. Brier St. (more…)

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Upgraded bond rating saves money for BCISD, taxpayers

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District officials informed the board of trustees they’ll save some bond money, which means a saving for taxpayers. “Our bond rating was upgraded,” business manager Sarah Cervi said. “The result is we’ll get better interest rates.” (more…)

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Bertram police charge 19-year-old in child porn case

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BERTRAM — Bertram Police Chief Douglas Wall could only describe the images investigators allegedly found on a 19-year-old man’s computer and other devices one way. (more…)

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Bertram Volunteer Fire Department firefighters, capturing images on a helmet camera, contained a blaze involving about 40 bales of hay Dec. 6 on private property on CR 200 in Joppa. Courtesy photo

Controlled burn in Joppa sparks hay bale blaze

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOPPA — A blaze sparked by embers from a controlled burn pile destroyed about 40 bales of hay Dec. 6 and threatened a couple of structures on private property on CR 200 just off RR 1174 in Burnet County, according to fire officials. Bertram Volunteer Fire Department firefighters arrived at the scene […]

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Burnet CISD holding presentations on $26.75M bond; election is Nov. 4

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With the November election approaching, Burnet school district officials are hoping to address questions and concerns regarding a proposed $26.75 million bond on the upcoming ballot. (more…)

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Bertram hires new police chief from within department

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — Bertram once again has a full-time police chief after the city council unanimously voted to promote from within to fill the position. Sgt. Doug Wall, who served as the interim for the past six weeks, is the new chief. (more…)

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Grant to help build Bertram park, keep families in town

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — When Bertram Economic Development Corp. president Mike Richardson looks around the one-time state roadside park on the west side of Bertram, he sees a place that could keep families from dashing to other communities on weekends. (more…)

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Interim police chief takes over in Bertram as search continues

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — An interim police chief is leading the Bertram department while the city searches for a permanent replacement. Officer Doug Wall will head the department after previous chief Tracy Weems resigned to take another position. (more…)

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Tornado rips Bertram area home off foundation with family inside

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOPPA — A family of four that survived a tornado ripping their home off its foundation June 12 while they were inside launched a cleanup effort the day after with the help of family and community members. (more…)

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Bertram police chief takes state job; council to discuss filling spot at June 10 meeting

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — The Bertram City Council will discuss the search for a new police chief during its regular meeting June 10 after the resignation of Chief Tracy Weems. Weems, who has been Bertram’s chief since February 2013, is taking an investigator position at the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. (more…)

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Bertram adds two council members, approves hire of utility director

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF BERTRAM — Bertram City Council added two new members during a special meeting May 20. Mike Konarik, who defeated James Worrell for Glen Hopkins’ vacated seat, was sworn in. Council members then appointed Ray Berrett to fill the seat of former council member John Mandigo. (more…)

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