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Burnet County couple faces indecency, child porn charges

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A Burnet County grand jury indicted a man and a woman in January for allegedly exposing a child to sexual behavior along with secretly videotaping another child in a bathroom in the adjacent residence of the duplex where they lived. (more…)

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Public invited to swearing-ins for elected county officials

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER LLANO — Officials in Llano and Burnet counties will welcome a few new faces, along with some familiar ones, during the ceremonial administration of the oaths of office. The public is invited. For elected officials in Llano County, the event starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, in the second-floor […]

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Burnet County Sheriff-elect Calvin Boyd is joined by his leadership staff, which includes some familiar faces at the sheriff's office as well as some new ones. Boyd takes office Jan. 1. Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith is retiring. Pictured are Burnet County Sheriff's Office Capt. Ricky Bindseil (patrol division captain), Chris Jett (administration captain), Boyd, Mike Cummings (chief deputy), and BCSO Capt. Dwight Hardin (criminal investigations division). Not pictured is BCSO Capt. Matt Kimbler (Burnet County Jail captain). Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

New faces and bigger presence at Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — When Jan. 1 rolls around, people might notice some new faces at the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office as well as some familiar ones. Plus, people might also see a few more patrol cars on the road. “People have been asking a lot of questions about the direction of the […]

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The trial of a man accused of murdering two people with the rifle of his father, a Burnet County constable, started this week in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex in Burnet. Defense attorney Zachary Morris (left), capital murder defendant Garrett Ballard, and Ballard’s mother, Linda Ballard, walk into the courtroom. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Designer hallucinogenic drug at center of Ballard murder case

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET —A designer drug at the center of a capital murder case has prompted a warning from drug enforcement officials in Burnet County. Results of a Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab described in the Dec. 12 conviction of capital murder suspect Garrett Ballard showed the drug used by […]

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Burnet County Commissioners have appointed Missy Bindseil as the Precinct 4 constable, making her the first woman to serve in that capacity in the county. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Commissioners appoint first woman to Burnet County constable position

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — For Millicent “Missy” Bindseil, her future in law enforcement was sealed on the day of her birth. “As my mother likes to put it, we blame my dad,” Bindseil said. (more…)

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The trial of a man accused of murdering two people with the rifle of his father, a Burnet County constable, started this week in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex in Burnet. Defense attorney Zachary Morris (left), capital murder defendant Garrett Ballard, and Ballard’s mother, Linda Ballard, walk into the courtroom. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Garrett Ballard guilty in 2014 murders, receives life sentence

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — A Burnet County jury on Dec. 12 convicted Garrett Ballard, 23, of capital murder of multiple persons in the 2014 killings of Elijah Benson, 17, and Travis Fox, 26. Burnet County District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee did not seek the death penalty in the case; thus, under Texas law, Ballard […]

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BCSO: Phone scam callers request bail money for relatives

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet County sheriff’s deputies are warning people about a phone scam in which a caller requests bail money on behalf of a family member of the potential victim. (more…)

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The trial of a man accused of murdering two people with the rifle of his father, a Burnet County constable, started this week in State District Judge Allan Garrett’s courtroom at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex in Burnet. Defense attorney Zachary Morris (left), capital murder defendant Garrett Ballard, and Ballard’s mother, Linda Ballard, walk into the courtroom. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Capital murder trial reveals drug-fueled night leading to double-homicide

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — What started as a birthday celebration turned deadly as details of a bad LSD trip, visions of demons, and access to a weapon led to the death of two friends and a capital murder charge for another, according to the first day of testimony Dec. 6 in the […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley addresses people during a special PEC board meeting Nov. 30 in regard to his Facebook post of ‘Time for a tree and a rope’ under a photo of an African-American man charged with the murder of a San Antonio police officer. Oakley apologized for the post and said his intent wasn’t racist but a reaction to the officer’s senseless murder. The board formed a committee of three directors to investigate an official complaint against Oakley. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

PEC committee to discuss James Oakley disciplinary action

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A three-member committee on Dec. 7 could possibly determine disciplinary action for Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 director and board vice president James Oakley regarding a Facebook comment he made in connection with the capture of a man suspected of killing a San Antonio police officer. (more…)

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Authorities allege Horseshoe Bay man threatened teen in sexual assault

Authorities allege Horseshoe Bay man threatened teen in sexual assault

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — A Horseshoe Bay man faces a charge he sexually assaulted an underaged female using the threat of violence and revealing to her parents that she attended a party with her friends, according to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office report. (more…)

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After recent prison release, man gets another 30 years for Inks Lake burglary

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Within four months of getting out of prison in 2015, Joe Canchola burglarized a Burnet County residence. But a jury and a state district judge made sure the 28-year-old won’t get an opportunity to do that again for many years. (more…)

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Burnet County property owners continue their battle against a number of rock-crushing and quarry operations, including one that has requested the right to pump several million gallons of water per year from the Ellenberger-San Saba Aquifer. Pictured is the Oldcastle Materials quarry operation. Courtesy photos

Burnet County landowners battle quarry’s request for water well permits

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET COUNTY — Following criticism from landowners, a water regulatory board has approved a temporary 30-day permit for a quarry operation asking to pump up several million gallons of water per year from wells to handle expanded excavation, officials say. (more…)

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Marble Falls Mayor George Russell announces for Burnet County judge position

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Mayor George Russell made it official Oct. 28 when he announced his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County judge’s seat during the March primary. Earlier this year, Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger announced she would not seek re-election. Russell is in his third […]

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Grant money right on target for ammunition and vests for Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — A National Rifle Association Foundation grant has armed Burnet County deputies and constables with resources for safety and training. (more…)

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