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Burnet Police Department officials purchased three patrol rifles after receiving their first-ever grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation. Photo courtesy of Burnet Police Department

Burnet police buy rifles with first NRA Foundation grant

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet Police Department officers refuse to be caught “under the gun” now that the agency has outfitted itself with new rifles paid for by a National Rifle Association Foundation grant. (more…)

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Ex-Burnet car dealership GM to pay restitution to local 4-H in show calf cash plea deal

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A former car dealership general manager has agreed to pay restitution to the Burnet County 4-H program in a plea deal related to charges he used dealership money to purchase a show calf, according to court documents. (more…)

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Marble Falls, Burnet schools open doors to Harvey students

Marble Falls, Burnet schools open doors to Harvey students

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — As families fled Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath in late August, those with school-aged children faced an additional problem: getting them back in class. Highland Lakes school districts are answering that need, but officials aren’t just concerned with academics. (more…)

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Helicopter crash on US 281 in Burnet sends 2 to hospital

Helicopter crash on US 281 in Burnet sends 2 to hospital

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Emergency crews responded to a helicopter crash Sept. 2 at about 4:30 p.m. on U.S. 281 south of the Burnet Municipal Airport. (more…)

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Burnet police suspect rash of car burglaries tied to drug trade

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Police fear a string of recent vehicle burglaries could be fueling the drug trade in the Highland Lakes and are sending a warning to residents about securing valuables. There were two reported incidents Aug. 22 in the 1000 block of east Johnson Street in Burnet. In one, thieves stole […]

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Burnet gas station latest target in card skimmer cases

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Authorities have ramped up their search for suspects in a string of cases involving credit card-skimming devices found in rural communities at a bank ATM and at least two convenience stores. (more…)

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Marble Falls recorded a 4.7 percent increase in sales tax receipts over the same time last year as people are staying overnight, eating at local restaurants, and shopping at local stores, including at Old Oak Square on Main Street. File photo

Highland Lakes cities see bump in sales tax revenues

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON MARBLE FALLS — Strong retail growth helped spur an increase in sales tax revenues in Marble Falls as well as other Highland Lakes communities. The Texas Comptroller’s office released the most recent sales tax distribution numbers Aug. 9, and Marble Falls experienced a $36,183.86 bump over the same period in 2016. (more…)

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Keith Maynard and Johnny Loehr face drug charges in a July 25 arrest at a Burnet County home.

Two men face drug charges after authorities find meth, firearms in Burnet County home

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant on a residence in the 1500 block of Buchanan Drive in Burnet County on July 25 and recovered drugs and firearms. The search also resulted in two people facing drug charges. (more…)

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First State Bank of Burnet is located at Washington and Pierce streets on the courthouse square in Burnet. Go to fsbburnet.com for more. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

First State Bank of Burnet recognized as Texas treasure

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Ever since Ike D. White hosted a meeting of 15 stockholders in October 1908, First State Bank of Burnet has faithfully served the community on the city’s historic courthouse square. Now, the Texas Historical Commission is honoring the bank with its Texas Treasure Business Award. (more…)

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Phillip Austin Morris, 37, of Burnet.

Officers catch Burnet drug suspect fleeing from courtroom hearing

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Following a pursuit on foot, authorities captured a drug suspect July 14 when he attempted to flee in the midst of courtroom proceedings at the Burnet County Courthouse annex, according to a report. (more…)

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Burnet Chamber warns people about potential phone scam asking for personal info

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet Chamber of Commerce is cautioning people and businesses about a potential phone scam by someone who claims to represent a chamber of commerce. (more…)

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Government closures July 3-4

MARBLE FALLS — Since the Fourth of July is a national and state holiday, Highland Lakes residents can expect federal, state, and local offices to be closed on Tuesday, July 4, but there are some offices that will tack on July 3. (more…)

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Michele Lee Weems, 35, of Burnet was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hitting a man with her vehicle in June 2016 while she was intoxicated.

Burnet woman gets 10 years in prison for intoxication assault in 2016

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A state district judge sentenced a Burnet woman to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to striking a man with her vehicle while he was walking down Texas 29, according to court documents. (more…)

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a landing mishap involving a small aircraft June 24 at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Photo from cityofburnet.com

FAA investigating landing mishap at Burnet Municipal Airport

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A pilot walked away without injuries June 24 after his aircraft slid off the Burnet Municipal Airport runway as he was attempting to land, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (more…)

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Two women killed in rollover on US 281 south of Burnet

Two women killed in rollover on US 281 south of Burnet

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Two women died after a one-vehicle rollover on a rain-slicked U.S. 281 on June 24 just south of the Burnet city limits, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety report. (more…)

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UPDATE: Burnet County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 service back up

UPDATE: Burnet County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 service back up

  UPDATE: As of 4:15 p.m., the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office reported that crews repaired the damaged AT&T fiber-optic line, which restored the office’s 9-1-1 dispatch services. STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet-area residents have temporarily lost all AT&T-based phone services, including direct access to 9-1-1 for emergency services. Those living in the unincorporated […]

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Burnet-based Trooper Franklin Randolph (front, center) was presented June 15 with a Life Saving Award from the Texas Department of Public Safety for his involvement in a successful swift-water rescue in 2016. Pictured are Public Safety Commission Chairman Steven Mach (front, left) and DPS Director Steve McCraw; Public Safety Commissioners Jason K. Pulliam (back, left), Cindy Leon, Manny Flores, and Randy Watson. Courtesy photo

Texas DPS honors Burnet trooper for his life-saving and meritorious actions

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — A Burnet-based trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety has earned a Life Saving Award for his courage and successful effort in rescuing a motorist stranded in a low-water crossing during a torrential storm. (more…)

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Jenny Loza of First Baptist Church of Fredericksburg suffered ‘massive head trauma’ in a collision on U.S. 281 in Burnet County on June 9.

Woman fighting for her life after collision between church van, truck on US 281

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Fredericksburg woman continues to fight for her life after a head-on collision on U.S. 281 involving a church van she was driving back from a faith-based camp. (more…)

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EPA to ‘sniff’ out contaminants with test wells on Burnet square

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a followup investigation to try to narrow down the source of suspected well water contamination using monitoring devices on the courthouse square in Burnet. (more…)

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Company disputes Burnet school district’s claim regarding degraded field turf

Company disputes Burnet school district’s claim regarding degraded field turf

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HOUSTON — The maker of the original shock pad installed at Bulldog Field disputes Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s claim the company hasn’t offered to help resolve an issue that led to the replacement of part of the synthetic turf. (more…)

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The artificial turf at Bulldog Field on the Burnet High School campus. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet CISD looks to recoup $105,000 after football turf reinstalled

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Burnet school district officials were probably expecting to get more than two years from the synthetic turf installed at Bulldog Field in 2015, but that didn’t happen and it’s now set the district back $150,000. (more…)

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Burnet woman faces homicide charges in toddler vehicle death

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A Burnet woman faces three indictments on charges of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of abandoning/endangering a child (criminal negligence) in connection with a 2015 one-vehicle rollover that killed a 2-year-old boy and injured a second child passenger. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: Llano votes ‘yes’ to liquor-by-the-drink; Brugger wins in Granite Shoals

ELECTIONS: Llano votes ‘yes’ to liquor-by-the-drink; Brugger wins in Granite Shoals

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Despite the impact it might have on their city property taxes, Llano residents gave a thumbs-up to major road spending, and in Granite Shoals, voters decided to stick with the mayor they know instead of taking a chance on a new face. (more…)

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Two Burnet Area Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are recovering from injuries after being involved in a crash when a tire blew out on their emergency vehicle on the way to a medical call. Courtesy photo

Burnet volunteer firefighters suffer cuts and bruises in rollover crash

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A day after he was involved in a rollover, 31-year-old Burnet volunteer firefighter J.D. Berry realized just how fortunate he and his fire captain were based on photos of their crumpled rescue truck. (more…)

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Burnet County fires destroy home, scorch 30 acres near state park

Burnet County fires destroy home, scorch 30 acres near state park

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Two fires burned dozens of acres and destroyed a manufactured home just off adjacent roads May 1 in a remote part of Burnet County. Several agencies, including an Austin-based helicopter crew, battled the blazes. (more…)

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DPS: Burnet County deputy car strikes man lying in the road; autopsy ordered

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County Sheriff’s Office officials have placed a reserve deputy on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation involving a traffic incident during which authorities believe the officer ran over a man lying in the roadway in a remote part of the county. (more…)

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