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July housing report: Median prices up in Burnet and Llano counties, closed sales down

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The July housing report shows increased median prices in Burnet and Llano counties, according to the Highland Lakes Association of REALTORS. (more…)

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A wildfire that began in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 29, on private property near Inks Lake State Park forced the evacuation of about 250 park visitors. This photo was taken at 5:22 p.m. from the Inks Lake walking bridge looking southeast toward the fire. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UPDATE: Park Road 4 fire 90 percent contained; another blaze at CR 228-US 183

FROM STAFF REPORTS HOOVER’S VALLEY — Fire officials reported that the Park Road 4 wildfire was 90 percent contained as of approximately 11:35 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, though people might see smoke emanating from the burned area. (more…)

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More than 100 firefighting personnel, including from out-of-state agencies, have assisted in battling the Park Road 4 fire in Burnet County. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Park Road 4 fire: Evacuated residents can return home; more than 100 personnel battling blaze

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — The Texas A&M Forest Service announced July 31 that evacuated residents near the Park Road 4 fire will be allowed back into their homes at 5 p.m. (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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Authorities remove boys from Bertram-area residential facility under investigation

Authorities remove boys from Bertram-area residential facility under investigation

FROM STAFF REPORTS BERTRAM — After a two-week investigation, state and local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant July 25 at a Bertram-area facility that claimed to be a residential home for troubled boys. (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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Storm in Burnet County topples power lines, damages property

Storm in Burnet County topples power lines, damages property

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — A brief but severe thunderstorm marked by high winds and hail swept into Burnet County on May 15, causing power outages and property damage. Crews were called out to clear uprooted trees and electrical lines blocking roads. (more…)

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‘Brazen’ burglar rides off on ATV in daylight; others reported stolen in Burnet County

‘Brazen’ burglar rides off on ATV in daylight; others reported stolen in Burnet County

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Three burglary cases involving all-terrain vehicles — one in which the “brazen” suspect drove off the property in broad daylight — prompted the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office to release surveillance images of possible suspects and offer tips to help residents avoid becoming victims. (more…)

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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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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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David Meyer of Rockport, Illinois, was indicted by a Burnet County grand jury Feb. 7 in a 2017 'road rage' incident.

Burnet County grand jury indicts ‘road rage’ suspect; Illinois man faces up to 99 years

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet County Grand Jury indicted an Illinois man for his actions during a November 2017 “road rage” incident during which he allegedly shot at an off-duty Austin police officer as well as threatened a family of three with a gun after a two-vehicle collision on RR 1431 near Smithwick. […]

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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 considers joining Texas lawsuit over opioids crisis

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Burnet County commissioners could join a lawsuit with more than two dozen other Texas counties to recoup the cost from pharmaceutical companies they believe have fueled opioids abuse and placed a financial burden on entities and resources combating the crisis. (more…)

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Burnet County JP office hooked into phishing scam; police send warning

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — A so-called “phishing” scammer recently used the phone number of a Burnet County justice of the peace office to target a victim, leading authorities to send out a warning about potential fraud. (more…)

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In light of a granted air quality permit for a mining operation in Burnet County, opponents say they will continue their fight due to concerns about the impact on air and water quality associated with the industry. File photo

TCEQ grants air quality permit to besieged Burnet County quarry operation

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN —  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has given approval for a rock crusher operation to put down stakes in southern Burnet County despite hundreds of complaints from area landowners, municipalities, hospital representatives, and residents of Blanco, Burnet, and Llano counties. (more…)

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John W. Hoover Parkway dedicated to Burnet businessman instrumental in hospital, other projects

John W. Hoover Parkway dedicated to Burnet businessman instrumental in hospital, other projects

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Several hundred people turned out Nov. 21 to witness the official naming of a Burnet roadway, but it wasn’t just any name. (more…)

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Stolen truck leads to suspects’ flight, crash involving Burnet County deputy

Stolen truck leads to suspects’ flight, crash involving Burnet County deputy

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BERTRAM — Authorities are searching for two suspects who reportedly stole a vehicle and fled the scene Nov. 8 on a remote stretch of CR 323 on the Burnet-Williamson county line, according to investigators. (more…)

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Early voting numbers 'anemic’ in Burnet County

Early voting numbers ‘anemic’ in Burnet County

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — Election officials have reported meager voter turnout during the two-week early voting period for seven proposed state constitutional amendments as well as a couple of local options on the ballot. (more…)

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Burnet County mulls asking at-fault drivers for autopsy reimbursement

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY  BURNET — Burnet County officials will take a closer look at the likelihood of reimbursement for autopsies ordered in fatal vehicle crashes from at-fault drivers. Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the county attorney and auditor are working on “identifying wrecks where county expense is involved.” (more…)

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Burnet County Pct. 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter not filing for re-election

Burnet County Pct. 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter not filing for re-election

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET — As many as three candidates have announced they plan to seek the Republican nomination for the Burnet County Precinct 2 county commissioner seat as the current commissioner, Russell Graeter, announced he will not seek re-election. (more…)

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District 24 State Sen. Dawn Buckingham

TCEQ extends deadline for commenting period on rock crusher permit

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has again extended the commenting period for an air quality standard permit for a proposed rock crusher as well as set a date for an informational meeting on the process. (more…)

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The Highland Lakes Clean Air group lined U.S. 281 in southern Burnet County on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 to protest the air quality permit application for a rock crushing operation. The group has invited the public to a second weekend of protests from 9 -5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the intersection of 281 and CR 403. Courtesy photo

Mining influx pits environmental concerns against economic impact

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — A mining industry representative has blasted environmental concerns by opponents of rock crusher permits, citing the economic benefits of aggregate materials tied to infrastructure and jobs. (more…)

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Opponents of a proposed rock crusher facility (pictured here Sept. 30) on U.S. 281 just south of Marble Falls are planning a second weekend of protests Oct. 7-8 at the intersection of 281 and CR 403 to express concerns about what they believe is an air quality issue should the operation move forward. Courtesy photo

Rock crusher opponents, advocates clash on danger of crystalline silica

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — Opponents of two rock crusher permits in Burnet County have raised concerns about air quality connected to a substance called crystalline silica, but industry advocates scoff at their claims, saying the science does not support fears about pollution. (more…)

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A group of protesters stand at the entryway of a planned rock crushing facility at the intersection of U.S. 281 and CR 403 intersection this past weekend. They expressed their concerns about a pending Texas Commission on Environmental Quality air-quality permit for Asphalt Inc., which would operate the rock crusher. Photo courtesy of Highland Lakes Clean Air organization

TCEQ unveils public meeting process on rock crusher air quality permits

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY AUSTIN — As the potential approval of air quality permits for two planned rock crushing operations looms, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering insight into the public meeting process prior to decisions on the permits. (more…)

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