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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd (right) stands outside a patrol vehicle with newly hired Deputy William ‘Tally’ Talamantez in the driver’s seat. Talamantez’s first day was Oct. 1 following his retirement from the Texas Department of Public Safety after 34 years. Boyd hired Talamantez as a new traffic unit that will focus on commercial traffic. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office hires veteran DPS officer to patrol increased truck traffic

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Outside the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy William “Tally” Talamantez can look at a commercial truck and trailer driving east on Texas 29 and immediately determine it’s in violation. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners accepted a grant to hire an environmental crimes deputy during their regular meeting Sept. 25. Pictured are Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall (left), Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr., Precinct 4 Constable Missy Bindseil, Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan, Precinct 2 Constable Garry Adams, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Precinct 1 Constable Leslie Ray. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County hires environmental crimes deputy; job first of its kind in Texas

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan isn’t just a new hire in Burnet County. Filling the newly created environmental crimes deputy position in Burnet County, he’s the first such officer in the state. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said he plans to make his decision regarding a mass gathering permit application from UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks on Oct. 9. Boyd addressed a full courtroom Sept. 25 at the Burnet County Commissioners Court regular meeting. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UTOPiAfest on ‘shaky ground’ as Burnet County sheriff mulls permit for November event

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS As of Sept. 25, Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd had his answer on a mass gathering permit application from UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks. (more…)

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R.G. Carver (standing, white shirt) presents a map of a proposed boundary for the incorporation of Double Horn on Texas 71 near Spicewood. Carver and residents are seeking a special election to incorporate the community into a city. An election could be held as soon as Dec. 6. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County could set special election for Double Horn incorporation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS If all goes as planned, residents of Double Horn subdivision near Spicewood could be able to vote Dec. 6 on whether to incorporate. (more…)

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Officials from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Burnet County, and the Texas Department of Transportation met Sept. 14 at the Burnet County Courthouse for a workshop on CAMPO’s Regional Arterials Plan. The meeting’s discussion focused on identifying new regional roads and recognizing which current small roads might need to be considered arterial. Photo courtesy of James Oakley

CAMPO workshop over Burnet County’s transportation needs

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Officials from Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization met Sept. 14 to discuss regional transportation needs that are years, even decades, in the future. (more…)

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UTOPiAfest organizers to address Burnet residents’ concerns about music festival

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County and UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks music festival organizers are coming together Sept. 19 to provide more information on the Nov. 1-4 event. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners approve 2018-19 budget, tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners approved a budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year during their regular meeting Sept. 11. (more…)

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Burnet County received the 2017 Gold Star Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool. The county was one of only nine in the entire state to receive the award, given for safety in the workplace and controlling workers’ compensation claims. Pictured are Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. (left), Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Larry Boccaccio of Texas Association of Counties, Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County receives workplace safety award; commissioners vote to approve EMS contract

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners accepted an award, kept the burn ban in place, and approved contracts during their regular meeting Aug. 28. (more…)

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Eight, 55-gallon barrels were dumped into the North Fork of the San Gabriel River just behind Joppa Church. Officials are asking for anyone with information about the illegal dumping to contact the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office or Hill Country Crime Stoppers. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Officials investigate barrels dumped in San Gabriel River behind Joppa Church

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS JOPPA — Eight, 55-gallon barrels were dumped over a steep embankment earlier this month near Joppa Church, bouncing off trees along the way before splashing down in the North Fork of the San Gabriel River. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners on Aug. 14 removed an emergency declaration from the county burn ban but left the ban in place. The ban prohibits outdoor burning. The disaster declaration, which prohibited outdoor cooking and welding, was made July 30 in response to the Park Road 4 fire. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Burnet County burn ban continues; commissioners set proposed tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners voted during the Aug. 14 regular meeting to remove the emergency declaration from the county burn ban but leave one in place. (more…)

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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New construction such as the Residences at Panther Hollow in Marble Falls (pictured here) is a driving factor in increased market values in Burnet County. The Burnet County Central Appraisal District sent certified property values to taxing jurisdictions that showed a double-digit increase in values for the entire county. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Total Burnet County property values spike 13 percent due to new construction

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Property values for all of Burnet County grew more than 16 percent to nearly $10 billion. Adjusted taxable values from 2017 to 2018 rose $582.45 million, or 13.1 percent. The adjusted taxable value is what cities, school districts, and special taxing districts use to set tax rates and budgets after […]

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Railroad officials tell commissioners long waits at crossings won’t happen again

Railroad officials tell commissioners long waits at crossings won’t happen again

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners received assurances from Austin Western Railroad and WATCO Companies representatives during a Commissioners Court meeting July 24 that long traffic delays at crossings won’t happen again. (more…)

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Commissioners appoint longtime law enforcement officer to replace late friend as constable

Commissioners appoint longtime law enforcement officer to replace late friend as constable

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — When Burnet County Commissioners Court appointed Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. John “Chip”  Leake as the Precinct 3 constable, they selected an officer with more than three decades of law enforcement experience as well as a friend of the man whose shoes he will fill. (more…)

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Austin Western Railroad representatives will be addressing the Burnet County Commissioners Court on July 24 to answer questions and offer possible solutions to unusually long wait times at railroad crossings. File photo

Railroad officials to offer remedy to extensive crossing waits in Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Representatives of Austin Western Railroad will address the Burnet County Commissioners Court on July 24 regarding protocols they have enacted to avoid extensive wait times at crossings, which, in one case, resulted in a delayed emergency response to a heart attack victim. (more…)

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Motorists along Burnet County roads, including 120, 121 (pictured here), and 123 and U.S. 281 north of Marble Falls have reported wait times of 30 minutes to an hour the first and second week of July as rail line crews stopped aggregate hauling train cars to make additional connections. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Recent long wait times at railroad tracks an ‘anomaly,’ says company, as EMS blocked during Burnet County heart attack call

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Ten minutes after her 911 call on July 10, a lone first responder arrived at the home of Mojo Cornelius’s ailing 79-year-old mother. “A paramedic came up in a personal vehicle and told us they were having trouble getting the ambulance there,” Cornelius said. “The train was blocking […]

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Peace officers pay respects to longtime Burnet County constable with escort home; Ballard died July 2

Peace officers pay respects to longtime Burnet County constable with escort home; Ballard died July 2

  UPDATE: Jimmy Ballard’s memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Drive in Marble Falls. Visitation will begin an hour earlier. After the service, he will be laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery east of Marble Falls in Burnet County.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE […]

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UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

  UPDATE: As of noon July 2, Burnet County joined the list of counties imposing a ban on outdoor burning, officials said.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — As the summer dry spell and heat linger, several area counties and municipalities have imposed burn bans. The city of Marble Falls is under a burn […]

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The Burnet County Historical Commission worked to get historical markers for two iron bridges, including one in Joppa. The Texas State Historical Commission recognized the county organization’s hard work in 2017 with a Distinguished Service Award. This marks the seventh year in a row the county commission has earned the honor. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County Historical Commission earns Distinguished Service Award for seventh straight year

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — When it comes to history, we think of the big events and the big places, the ones that had the largest impact on the country and the world. But history doesn’t just happen on the “big stage;” it happens all around us in our communities and counties. (more…)

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PRIMARY RUNOFFS: Beierle, Hurst win in Burnet County, Riggs in Llano County

PRIMARY RUNOFFS: Beierle, Hurst win in Burnet County, Riggs in Llano County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The results are in for the primary runoff elections in Burnet and Llano counties. (more…)

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Friday last day of early voting in GOP, Democratic primary runoffs; Election Day is May 22

Friday last day of early voting in GOP, Democratic primary runoffs; Election Day is May 22

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Early voting in the Republican and Democratic primary election runoffs wraps up Friday, May 17, giving voters in Burnet and Llano counties one more day to cast their ballots in advance of Election Day, which is Tuesday, May 22. (more…)

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Early voting for GOP, Democratic primary runoff elections May 14-18

Early voting for GOP, Democratic primary runoff elections May 14-18

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With the school and municipal elections behind us, the focus is now on the Republican and Democratic primary runoffs May 22. Early voting for the runoffs is Monday-Friday, May 14-18. (more…)

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A $1.6 million proposed upgrade to the RR 1431/U.S. 281 intersection would include widening of the roadway to enhance mobility and ease congestion. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

RR 1431-U.S 281 intersection on proposed upgrades list for $1.6M

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Another project aimed at easing congestion at a busy intersection — RR 1431 and U.S. 281 — has joined the list of proposed road upgrades eligible for millions of dollars in federal fuel tax funding, officials said. (more…)

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May 5 elections feature handful of contested races, city charter amendments

May 5 elections feature handful of contested races, city charter amendments

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Highland Lakes voters have one more opportunity to cast their ballots in a handful of local races. The May 5 elections feature contested races in Burnet, Bertram, Granite Shoals, Kingsland, and the Llano Independent School District. (more…)

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Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

Municipal and school district elections in Burnet, Llano counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — While not as “glamorous” as the major party primaries or the November gubernatorial election, local municipal and school district elections affect residents’ daily lives from property taxes to zoning ordinances. (more…)

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Burnet County officials propose reuse and recycle center on 9 acres donated by city

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — City and county officials have agreed to a land donation to jumpstart a proposed regional reuse and recycling facility for household hazardous waste. Burnet City Council approved the donation to Burnet County of a 9-acre tract of land on RR 963, adjacent to the existing trash transfer station, to […]

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