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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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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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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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