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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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On April 13, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties due to drought conditions. Before a brush or wildfire strikes, fire officials urge people to take an assessment of their property and create a ‘defensible space’ around their home and buildings. In March, the Texas A&M Forest Service, Marble Falls Fire Rescue, and Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department created a ‘model’ defensible space at the Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Go to texasforestservice.tamu.edu or firewise.org for more information on how to protect homes and structures. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Texas governor issues disaster declaration in Burnet County due to drought

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — A combination of high winds and lack of rain prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to issue a disaster declaration for Burnet, Travis, and Williamson counties. “These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy,” stated a media release from the governor’s office. He issued the declaration […]

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Residents can find out more about recent road projects on a recommended funding list by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Among funding recommendations are the engineering component of the proposed Wirtz Dam Road bridge project. Courtesy map

Wirtz Dam Road bridge, US 281 project on recommended funding list

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — A handful of Burnet County road projects have made the cut on a recommended list for federal highway funding, launching a comment and meeting phase for the public. (more…)

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Two eastbound pickup trucks — one stopped to turn into a subdivision entrance — collided March 14, prompting Burnet County officials to capture images at the scene to encourage the Texas Department of Transportation to consider safety upgrades to the crash-plagued section of Texas 71. Photo courtesy Burnet County Judge James Oakley

Burnet County officials call for TxDOT road upgrades on crash-prone Texas 71 in Spicewood

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — Burnet County officials on March 15 descended upon the scene of the second Texas 71 collision in a week to gather evidence and urge the Texas Department of Transportation to consider safety upgrades to the crash-prone stretch of highway. (more…)

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ELECTIONS: Two Burnet County races headed to runoff elections

ELECTIONS: Two Burnet County races headed to runoff elections

BURNET — The two contested Republican Primary races for Burnet County offices are headed to May 22 runoff. (more…)

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Early voting underway in Republican, Democratic primaries

Early voting underway in Republican, Democratic primaries

FROM STAFF REPORTS LLANO — Early voting in the primaries for the Republican and Democratic parties got underway Tuesday, Feb. 20, and continues through Friday, March 2. Election day for the primaries is Tuesday, March 6. (more…)

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Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker believes that if he can get defendants with substance abuse issues connected with the programs at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services early in the criminal justice process, the individuals stand a better chance of getting out of the cycle. Courtesy photo

Burnet County magistrate flips the process to help defendants better their lives

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Burnet County Magistrate Kirk Noaker knows when someone stands before him in his small county jail courtroom, the arrest paperwork sitting on his desk doesn’t tell the entire story, especially when it comes to those battling drug or alcohol issues. Though he’s a judge, Noaker isn’t judging the person for […]

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Spicewood ESD No. 9 commissioners celebrated the grand opening of the new Spicewood EMS station on Spur 191 on Feb. 10. Pictured are ESD No. 9 board President Byron Zinn (left) and board Commissioners Johnnie Bindseil, Martha Norwood, Renee Hollingsworth, and Karen Bruett. Courtesy photo

Spicewood officials celebrate new EMS station, hear early success story

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD — It was the “longest nine minutes” of Karen Bruett’s life. Her husband, Michael, suffered a seizure on Jan. 16 at their Lakeside Beach home, just off Spur 191 in Spicewood, and she dialed 9-1-1. (more…)

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Several new peace officers join Burnet County law enforcement agencies

Several new peace officers join Burnet County law enforcement agencies

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY GRANITE SHOALS — When Chief Gary Boshears selected his most recent recruit to the Granite Shoals Police Department, he had a clear philosophy in mind. “We’re looking for someone who is in line with our vision and core values,” he said. “We’re continuing to put together a very professional staff that […]

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Burnet County officials request federal funds for $109M road projects wish list

Burnet County officials request federal funds for $109M road projects wish list

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — From more turn lanes on well-traveled thoroughfares to a new bridge project connecting two communities, Burnet County officials have released a list of roadway projects competing with five other counties for federal funding. (more…)

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More than 100 Texas counties have enacted a ban on outdoor burning as the fire danger heats up due to lack of rain and dry conditions. Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

Burnet County enacts burn ban to combat increasing fire danger

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A growing fire danger and dry conditions have prompted counties in the Highland Lakes — most recently Burnet County —  to enact outdoor burn bans. On Jan. 31, Burnet County banned outdoor burning, joining Lampasas, Llano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson counties. (more…)

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Burnet County Precinct 2 commissioner candidates Damon Beierle, Ryan Rowney, and Tom Stephens.

Burnet County elections showcase newcomers in three-way races

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — With primary election season gearing up, two Burnet County Republican races feature three-candidate matchups while the incumbents for both positions have bowed out. (more…)

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Burnet County ban on commercial landfills to protect water, resources

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners recently approved an order prohibiting commercial landfill operations in unincorporated parts of the county to protect water and ground resources. (more…)

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Burnet County dispatched sand truck crews Jan. 15 to areas where icy roadways could pose a risk to motorists. Courtesy photo

Highland Lakes cities, counties prep for threat of icy conditions

UPDATE: City of Burnet offices closed Jan. 16. UPDATE: Burnet CISD, Marble Falls ISD, Llano ISD, and Faith Academy of Marble Falls cancel classes Jan. 16. UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m., Burnet County officials opted to close county offices and services on Jan. 16 due to the potential for hazardous travel conditions.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SPICEWOOD —  […]

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Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives presented a $22,487 grant Jan. 9 to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office for new portable radios. Pictured are BCSO Chief Deputy Mike Cummings (left), LCRA board member George Russell, BCSO Capt. Chris Jett, BCSO Sgt. Russell Kneese, Burnet County Commissioner Jim Luther, Burnet County Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, BCSO Sheriff Calvin Boyd, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, Burnet County Commissioner Billy Wall, LCRA Governmental and Regional Affairs Rep. Steve Dyer, and Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Courtesy photo

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to upgrade portable radios with grant

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A Lower Colorado River Authority grant has opened the door for the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to begin replacing its obsolete portable radios with state-of-the-art equipment. (more…)

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Burnet County rejects request for extended alcohol sales hours

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County officials voted against allowing businesses in unincorporated areas to extend the sale of alcoholic beverages to 2 a.m. Opponents cited concerns about a potential increase of drunken drivers. (more…)

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