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The Burnet County Commissioners Court and the Burnet County Historical Commission recognized LaVonna Rea ‘Vonnie’ Riddell Fox for her commitment to the community and the preservation of county history. Commissioners named her an honorary member of the historical commission. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County OKs slight tax rate hike, honors history buff

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The Burnet County Commissioners Court approved a slightly higher tax rate during the September 10 meeting. Commissioners unanimously adopted a tax rate for fiscal year 2020 of 39.99 cents per $100 valuation. This is just under a penny higher than the 2019 fiscal year rate of 39 cents. The newly approved rate […]

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Burnet County sheriff, state senator to talk border and more

It’s hard to understand the U.S.-Mexico border issue unless you’ve been there. In March, Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd got a firsthand look. Boyd will share his experiences as the guest speaker during the Burnet County Republican Women’s meeting Thursday, September 12. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Reed Building in Burnet. During […]

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley

Burnet County requests LCRA again lower Lake LBJ

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON At the request of residents, Burnet County commissioners are sending a letter to the Lower Colorado River Authority asking the agency to consider lowering Lake LBJ again this coming winter, if conditions allow for it. Burnet County Judge James Oakley pointed out that the county can only make the request; the decision […]

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Johnathon Gonzales

Stabbing suspect leads several agencies on high-speed chase

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON The suspect in the stabbing of a mother and son in Cottonwood Shores led law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit through two counties, but teamwork put him in the Burnet County Jail, where he is facing several felony charges. Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Johnny Liendo said the man entered a Cottonwood Shores […]

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Hot, dry weather brings back burn bans across the area

With chances of rain melting away like a popsicle on a July day in the Highland Lakes, area counties and municipalities have returned to burn bans. Llano County implemented a burn ban on July 22; Burnet County on July 31. The city of Marble Falls set a burn ban July 30, and Marble Falls Fire […]

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Burnet County

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 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 Sheriff's Office communications supervisor Sarah Wilcox loves that she and dispatchers help people through rough times in their lives. Whether handling a 9-1-1 call or entering stolen property information into a database for law enforcement, Wilcox and the other dispatchers provide the community with critical services. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County 9-1-1 dispatcher Sarah Wilcox makes connections and a difference

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Their voices are lifelines for people whose worlds are crashing down around them. They are the emergency dispatchers answering 9-1-1 calls. (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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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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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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Large electric signs on CR 120 in Burnet County announce road construction to begin Jan. 2. Staff photo by Jared Fields

CR 120 work to begin Jan. 2, causing temporary closures

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Residents along County Road 120 north of Marble Falls are “going to be real happy” when construction ends on 3.8 miles of roadway, according to Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. (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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Double Horn subdivision becomes city

Double Horn residents vote to incorporate; now the real business begins

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS After a 75-65 vote Dec. 6, the Double Horn subdivision near Spicewood will now incorporate as a new Type B city in Burnet County. (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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Public can submit input on Burnet County transportation plans at CAMPO open houses

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The future of transportation for Burnet County is open for public input. (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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The floodgates are open at Buchanan Dam. Photo copyright of Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

FLOOD BRIEFS FOR OCT. 25: Lake Buchanan to open; Marble Falls moves to Stage 4

Information regarding the recent flood from across the Highland Lakes. Lake Buchanan to open to public Oct. 26 The Lower Colorado River Authority will open Lake Buchanan to public use at noon Oct. 26. The remaining Highland Lakes — Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, and Travis — remain closed due to “debris and unsafe conditions caused by the […]

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Debris cleanup guidelines for Burnet County residents outside the city limits

  FROM BURNET COUNTY: The following guide has been developed for managing and disposing of debris associated with flood cleanup in Burnet County areas outside of city limits. As much as possible, separate debris into piles: • branches and vegetation that can go into a wood chipper; • metal and appliances (remove food items); • […]

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Tuesday is last day to register to vote for Nov. 6 general elections

Tuesday is last day to register to vote for Nov. 6 general elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS As the Nov. 6 general election nears, residents have only one more day to register to vote. Voter registration for the Nov. 6 general election runs through Tuesday, Oct. 9. You can get a voter registration application at the county elections or county clerk’s offices or at votetexas.gov. (more…)

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Hidden Ranch Road off CR 200 in Burnet County was at the heart of a debate over a ‘mass gathering’ permit application for UTOPiAfest music festival. Before Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd made a decision on the permit application, the event’s organizers decided Oct. 3 to move the event to Reveille Peak Ranch. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UTOPiAfest moving to Reveille Peak Ranch; decision comes during debate over permit

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS After weeks of friction between festival promoters and local landowners, UTOPiAfest organizers are moving the event to Reveille Peak Ranch. (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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