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Double Horn residents voted to incorporate as a city by a vote of 75-65 on Dec. 6. The Burnet County Commissioners Court canvassed votes during its Dec. 11 regular meeting to make the election official. Burnet County Judge James Oakley has ordered a special election on Feb. 12, 2019, for Double Horn residents to elect a mayor, five aldermen, and a marshal. File photo by Jared Fields

Special election set for Double Horn mayor, aldermen, marshal

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners canvassed votes during its regular meeting Dec. 11 from the Dec. 6 incorporation election for Double Horn, officially making the Spicewood-area neighborhood a city. (more…)

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Members of the Burnet County Republican Party executive committee are (back row from left) Precinct 14 Chair Cody Rutledge, Past-Secretary Judi Ross, Precinct 15 Chair Kristin Meredith, Past-Chairman Donna Holland Wilcox, Precinct 10 Chair John White, Treasurer Pat Moore, Precinct 19 Chair Lenwood Nelson, and Precinct 4 Chair Bill Earnest; (front row from left) Precinct 17 Chair Tammy Hullum, Chairman Kara Chasteen, Precinct 5 Chair Joyce Smith, Precinct 6 Chair Shirley Baker, Precinct 12 Chair Mary Moore, Vice Chairman and Precinct 2 Chair Mary Jane Avery, Precinct 8 Chair Trixie Bond, and Secretary Susan Doyle. Not pictured are Precinct 1 Chair Brandon Smith, Precinct 3 Chair Steve Webb, Precinct 9 Chair Londa Chandler, Precinct 11 Chair Jim Jones, Precinct 16 Chair Johnnie B. Rogers Jr., and Precinct 20 Chair Tamra Stevens. Courtesy photo

Burnet County GOP Party says goodbye to chairwoman, appoints new leader

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM After wrapping up her responsibilities for the November general election, Donna Holland Wilcox stepped down as chairwoman of the Burnet County Republican Party. She had been elected to three terms since 2014.  (more…)

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Burnet County officials continue reviewing bids for debris removal from this temporary site near Granite Shoals City Hall in the wake of October’s historic flood. With an estimated 15,500 cubic yards of debris, the cost to remove the trash could cost nearly a half-million dollars. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County approves lake debris-removal plan using portion of LCRA donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners approved a plan to allocate a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority beginning in January when the lakes are lowered. (more…)

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Strong night for GOP in Burnet and Llano counties; Marble Falls ISD bond passes

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet and Llano counties remained staunchly in the Republican corner during the Nov. 6 midterm elections, and Marble Falls Independent School District voters approved a $55 million bond. (more…)

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Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6; polling places and ballots for Burnet and Llano counties

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6; polling places and ballots for Burnet and Llano counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS Election Day for midterm races is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Residents in Burnet and Llano counties can cast their ballot at the following polling locations, based on voting precincts (which is not the same as commissioner precincts): (more…)

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Local county judges say one of the biggest challenges they face after October flooding has been debris cleanup. Residents affected by the flood, such as on Harris Loop in Kingsland, have had to move almost all of their belongings to the street for removal. The Lower Colorado River Authority announced Oct. 29 it will give $100,000 each to Burnet and Llano counties to ensure public safety. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

County judges to determine how to use $100,000 from LCRA for flood cleanup efforts

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Now that the floodwaters have subsided, Burnet and Llano counties face a new challenge: removing trash and debris. (more…)

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Records dating to the 1800s are available for the public to view at the Burnet County Clerk’s Office. To ensure they remain available in the future, the county is contracting with a company about archiving 407,538 pages and 203,776 documents to be searchable for free online. The archiving process will ensure the physical documents stand the test of time and the information remains accessible to the public. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Thousands of Burnet County records dating to the 1800s will soon be online

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County records date all the way back to 1852 from the people who settled and founded it. The handwritten ledgers hold invaluable history but, for the most part, sit in the county clerk’s office out of public view. (more…)

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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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