FROM STAFF REPORTS
HOOVER’S VALLEY — Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for the public’s help in determining who is responsible for allegedly burning a cross at the entrance of the Smoking for Jesus Ministry church in the 1800 block of FM 2342.
According to a BSCO statement, deputies responded to the church just after 9 p.m. March 1 after somebody reported a fire. Deputies found a charred wooden cross propped up against the church’s sign near the road.
Investigators collected evidence at the scene and are submitting it for analysis.
Smoking for Jesus Ministry is a predominately African-American congregation. The church began in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Rev. Willie Monnet Sr. guided the congregation from the distraction and eventually led members to the Highland Lakes. At first, the church set up worship in the Marble Falls area, but eventually, Smoking for Jesus Ministry leaders purchased property on FM 2342 north of Kingsland, where it relocated.
Anybody with information on the incident is asked to the call the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 756-8080 or the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers at (512) 756-TIPS (8477).