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JP feels like ‘stepchild’ regarding security at south annex

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two justices of the peace told Burnet County commissioners they are concerned about the lack of full-time security in the county’s south courthouse annex in Marble Falls. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Jane Marie Hurst and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Debbie Bindseil addressed the Commissioners Court at its […]

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Burnet County environmental crimes deputy resigns; commissioners discuss budgets

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Budgets and employees generated little action but a great deal of discussion during the Burnet County Commissioners Court’s regular meeting May 29. The most discussion came from the news that Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan has submitted a letter of resignation to join the Granite Shoals Police Department. (more…)

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Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting May 14, 2019

Burnet County moves forward on road work and safety projects

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners tackled the details on several road projects during their regular meeting May 14. (more…)

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Burnet County officials anticipate thousands of people will head to Reveille Peak Ranch on May 18-19 for Spartan Race weekend. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of going over the event’s mass gathering permit. Commissioners are concerned about traffic congestion on RM 2341 as participants wait to get into the facility. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County commissioners address safety concerns near developments, Spartan Race

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just about every big topic within Burnet County — public safety, development, grants, and state politics — was covered during the county commissioners’ regular meeting April 23. Growth, traffic, and development were addressed in multiple items on the agenda, including two subdivision plats. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd (left) stands with Deputy Mike Sorenson, who was awarded Officer of the Year in the department earlier this year by the Hill Country 100 Club. Sorenson is one of two Burnet County Crisis Intervention Team officers who, in the past year, saved the county $55,000 by working with people in mental health crises to divert them out of the criminal justice system and into getting needed help. Photo courtesy Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

Burnet County’s crisis intervention officers saving money, and potentially, lives

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Two Burnet County crisis intervention officers saved the county about $55,000 in a year with jail diversions for people in mental health crises, thanks to a partnership with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. (more…)

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Burnet County Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan was hired Oct. 1 and has been busy ever since working illegal dumping cases and educating county residents about environmental laws. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Educating Burnet County residents on environmental laws big task for new deputy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan followed his GPS to a location where he needed to investigate an environmental crime. The device took him to the wrong spot, but that didn’t matter. (more…)

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The Briggs Volunteer Fire Department is no longer being dispatched for calls. The Emergency Services District No. 8 let its contract expire, and Burnet County suspended its contract with the department. Photo courtesy of Briggs Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page

Burnet County suspends contract with Briggs VFD

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners voted Feb. 26 to suspend its mutual aid contract with the Briggs Volunteer Fire Department. (more…)

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A large debris pile in Granite Shoals should be removed beginning next week after Burnet County Commissioners voted March 1 to contract with companies for the debris removal and monitoring. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Disposal of Granite Shoals flood debris pile to begin soon

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS A 15,000-cubic-yard debris pile near Granite Shoals City Hall should begin disappearing next week. (more…)

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The first elected officials in the newly formed city of Double Horn took oaths of office during the Burnet County Commissioners Court meeting Feb. 22. Cathy Sereno (left) was elected mayor. Glenn Leisey (alderman), John Osborne (city marshal), and Bob Link (alderman) also took the oath at the Burnet County Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Joe Don Dockery

Elected officials sworn in for new city of Double Horn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Double Horn’s first elected officials took their oaths of office at the Burnet County Courthouse on Feb. 22. Burnet County commissioners certified the Feb. 12 Double Horn special election, which selected a mayor, marshal, and five aldermen. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff’s Office trainee has nose for crime

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Deputy Kyle Ciolfi said becoming a K9 officer is his second greatest achievement, right after earning his badge. (more…)

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Chris Cowan was hired four months ago to handle environmental crimes in Burnet County. He's been so busy with cases that the county is seeking funding for a second officer to help him. Courtesy photo

New county environmental crimes officer swamped by cases

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over four months into the job, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan already is a victim of his own success. (more…)

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The Burnet County Jail. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County awards $695,000 jail security upgrade contract

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners awarded a jail security contract for $695,137 to Sydaptic Inc. during their regular meeting Jan. 23. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners pose during the regular commissioner court meeting Jan. 8 with members of the Burnet County Historical Commission after accepting a donation of $88,800 from the estate of Ina Cooper, who died in June 2017. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Former NASA code writer and Burnet resident leaves $88,800 to historical commission

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS When Ina Cooper died in June 2017, she left a percentage of her estate to the Burnet County Historical Commission. (more…)

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Damon Beierle, incoming Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner, takes the oath of office Jan. 1 during a ceremony at the Burnet County Courthouse. Administering the oath is 424th Judicial District Judge Evan Stubbs. Photo courtesy of James Oakley

Elected officials in Burnet and Llano counties sworn in

FROM STAFF REPORTS Officials elected in Burnet and Llano counties took part in oath-of-office ceremonies Jan. 1. (more…)

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Double Horn, Texas

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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Sen. Ted Cruz in Llano

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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