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City manager: Proposed development would add to Burnet’s affordable home market

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — After sitting idle for almost a decade, 13 acres in the southeast portion of Burnet could become the site for about 25 homes and possibly duplexes. The Burnet City Council entered a letter of intent on March 14 with Langley Homes to develop the acreage near the intersection […]

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3 taken to hospitals after armored truck collision on U.S. 281

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a collision between an armored truck and an SUV on March 7 on U.S. 281 that resulted in three people being taken to area emergency rooms, according to the DPS report. The crash happened at 2:08 p.m. just south of […]

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Burnet fire marshal issues alert after extension cord mishaps

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Two fires related to extension cords have prompted public safety officials to send out a warning about proper use of heating devices as well as the cords. The Burnet Fire Department responded to two incidents — one in January and one in February — connected to improper use […]

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Vandals caused about $10,000 in damage to a newly renovated space at the old Burnet Elementary School that is about to be utilized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet CISD to foot bill for vandalism damage at old elementary school

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet school district officials have paid for several thousands of dollars of cleanup and repairs due to vandalism on an unoccupied school campus and have taken steps to re-coup the cost through the judicial system. (more…)

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Ex-car dealership GM accused of buying show calf on company dime

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A former car dealership general manager and real estate salesman faces a charge he used dealership money to pay for a show calf instead of purchasing vehicles and advertising for the dealership, according to a Burnet Police Department report. (more…)

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Jack Tibbetts, the Marble Falls tax preparation coordinator for AARP’s free tax service, is ready to ensure Highland Lakes residents get their maximum refund. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

AARP offers free tax service to all ages in Burnet and Marble Falls

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Many people dread tax season, putting off filing until the last day. Ninety-year-old Jack Tibbetts isn’t one of those people. (more…)

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Vandals caused about $10,000 in damage to a newly renovated space at the old Burnet Elementary School that is about to be utilized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Police arrest three juveniles in string of Burnet burglaries, vandalism

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Investigators arrested and charged two high school students and one middle school student Jan. 24 in connection with several break-ins and property damage during a two-week period. Authorities are scheduled to transport three males to a Texas juvenile detention center. (more…)

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Burnet VFW Post 6974 member William 'Bill' Piotrowski. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

With falling membership, Burnet VFW could close its doors

DANIEL CLIFTON and CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF BURNET — As many of its current members age and not as many younger veterans join, the Burnet VFW Post 6974 faces an uncertain fate. “In the past several months, due to membership decline, we’ve been unable to put together monthly meetings, and per the requirements of the VFW, […]

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Retired city official Crista Bromley has filed to run for mayor of Burnet. Courtesy photo

Crista Bromley hopes to return to city service in bid for Burnet mayor

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Crista Bromley might have retired from city service, but she’s not finished serving the city of Burnet. On Jan. 18, Bromley filed to run for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. (more…)

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Burnet County Extension Agent Linda Wells (center) along with Burnet County Judge James Oakley (right) share how the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service building, which includes a full, commercial kitchen, will benefit the entire community. Burnet County is leasing a portion of the old Burnet Elementary School to use as the Burnet County AgriLife Extension Office. Photo by Daniel Clifton

Old school gets new life with Burnet County AgriLife

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — After many years crammed into a corner of the Burnet County Courthouse north annex, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Linda Wells was all smiles as she walked through the service’s new digs. (more…)

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Burnet police officer seriously injured in U.S. 281 collision

Burnet police officer seriously injured in U.S. 281 collision

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — A Burnet police officer is fighting to recover from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle collision Jan. 10 on U.S. 281, officials say. The incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. at the junction of 281 and FM 1855 (Fairland Road) in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Vandals caused about $10,000 in damage to a newly renovated space at the old Burnet Elementary School that is about to be utilized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Vandalism a setback to renovations at old Burnet Elementary

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Vandals caused as much as $10,000 in damage to the old Burnet Elementary School, which is under renovation to be used by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Officials reported the incident Jan. 9 on the grounds of the unoccupied building, 607 Vanderveer. (more…)

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley (center) joins the Friends of the Herman Brown Free Library board and staff and others Jan. 9 for the groundbreaking of the library's expansion project. The addition, which includes a former attorney's office adjacent to the library, will add approximately 33 percent more useable space to the facility. The Friends group is covering the cost of the renovation and project. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Renovation opens Burnet library for lounge area, more internet access, genealogy center

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — The Herman Brown Free Library director Betsy Engelbrecht accepts that library staff and patrons might have to endure some inconveniences the next several months, but what’s waiting for them on the other side of that has her smiling. (more…)

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The Burnet Fire Department firefighters push Quint 1, the city’s ladder truck, into the firehouse bay at 2002 U.S. 281 in Burnet during a ceremony Nov. 30. The push-in ceremony was a first for the city. Attendees were from the city of Burnet, the Burnet Economic Development Corp., the Emergency Services District 1, and the Burnet Rotary Club. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

New ladder truck gives big push to Burnet Fire Department

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Game changer. That’s what Burnet Fire Chief Mark Ingram called the Quint 1 ladder truck during a so-called “push-in” ceremony at the fire station Nov. 30. The city purchased the truck in June for $1.1 million. (more…)

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The Department of Public Safety is scheduled to relocate from the Burnet County north annex in Burnet and south annex (pictured here) in Marble Falls in January and re-open at a consolidated location at 1405 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls. File photo

DPS driver’s license offices to consolidate in Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — Despite a time of growth in Burnet County, the Texas Department of Public Safety has opted to consolidate two driver’s license offices located in the north and south ends of the county into one facility in Marble Falls. (more…)

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Wife of dead pastor gets life for sexual abuse of daughter

Wife of dead pastor gets life for sexual abuse of daughter

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR BURNET — The Burnet County assistant district attorney who prosecuted Misty Rae Hopkins for sexually abusing her own daughter for 14 years described the acts as “torture” during closing statements Oct. 19 in Hopkins’ trial. (more…)

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Bystanders assist victims after back-to-back Burnet crashes

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — When 27-year-old William Ridgely drove up to the scene of a crash on Texas 29 on Oct. 18, an instinct kicked in, motivating him to help the occupants —  two of whom were children —  until emergency crews arrived. He and his wife, Kaila, had just been rerouted […]

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Fallen Burnet firefighter Daniel Hampton to be honored at national memorial

Fallen Burnet firefighter Daniel Hampton to be honored at national memorial

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet firefighter/EMT Daniel Hampton was looking forward to starting his dream job of being a full-time firefighter. But he never got to experience that dream because he died in 2015 while driving an ambulance during a patient transfer. (more…)

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Mother and child die in 4-vehicle collision north of Burnet

BURNET — A mother and child have died after a four-vehicle collision Sept. 3  on U.S. 281 north of the Burnet city limits, according to a report by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The collision about five miles north of Burnet was reported to dispatch sometime about 9:30 a.m. (more…)

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Burnet officers, DPS nab serial theft and drug suspect after pursuit

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — A serial car thief and burglary suspect remains behind bars after several agencies tracked him down using social media and road spikes after a cross-county pursuit, according to the Burnet Police Department. (more…)

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The former Burnet Elementary School campus opens Aug. 23 as Quest High School. The elementary classes have moved to the renovated Shady Grove Elementary School. The facility changes are part of a 2014 school bond that are coming to fruition. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet CISD upgrades campuses, facilities before new year

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Facility improvements across Burnet Consolidated Independent School District highlighted the past several months as administrators and staff members put the final touches in time for the opening of the 2016-17 school year. Teachers at Burnet Elementary School have been moving their classrooms to Shady Grove Elementary, which reopens […]

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Statue of longest-serving Texas sheriff moved to old Burnet County Jail

Statue of longest-serving Texas sheriff moved to old Burnet County Jail

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BURNET — In honor of his legacy in Burnet County and in preparation of a renovation project, officials have moved a statue of the longest-serving Texas sheriff, Wallace Riddell, to the grounds of the old jail on the courthouse square. (more…)

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Burnet police nab four suspects in seven burglary cases

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Authorities have solved several burglary cases reported in January and February after tips, surveillance photos and police interviews led investigators to four juveniles who admitted to the crimes, according to Burnet Police Department officials. “We’ve truly had a rash of burglaries here lately. We knew once we caught one of […]

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One of the homes being built for the city of Burnet's My Town project. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet’s My Town attracts young families, making city more vibrant

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — A look into Burnet’s future was the motivation behind several entities working together to help families purchase homes. Since 2014, the My Town project has built 17 homes and brought in almost 40 new residents. (more…)

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Burnet city, school leaders giving ‘State of the Community’

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER BURNET — Burnet residents are invited to a free barbecue lunch Feb. 24 hosted by two city and school leaders who will each give a “State of the Community” address. Led by Mayor Gary Wideman and Burnet Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Keith McBurnett, the event is at the Burnet Community […]

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Burnet High School graduate dies in U.S. 281 collision

Burnet High School graduate dies in U.S. 281 collision

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Loved ones are mourning the death of a 21-year-old Burnet High School graduate killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 281 on Feb. 12 between Burnet and Marble Falls. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that 21-year-old Jamal Brown died after he stopped to make a turn at about […]

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