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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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Llano County commissioners weigh in on proposed Burnet County rock crusher

Llano County commissioners weigh in on proposed Burnet County rock crusher

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY HORSESHOE BAY — Llano County commissioners sidestepped sending a resolution in opposition to a proposed rock crushing operation and opted instead to send individual letters to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which is considering Asphalt Inc.’s air quality permit. (more…)

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Burnet collecting brush, junk, tires, and more at three cleanup events

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As a part of a community-wide cleanup effort, residents have a few options when it comes to cleaning out their garages, storage sheds, and backyards, which might be overflowing with yard waste, brush, hazardous items, or old furniture and some appliances. (more…)

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Burnet County emergency officials prepare for toxic chemical disaster

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With four major thoroughfares running through Burnet County, the types and amount of toxic, even deadly, materials on the road at any time might send a chill down your spine. While those chemicals make safe and uneventful journeys every day, county officials are planning for the moment one doesn’t. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff's Office Capt. Tom Dillard

Longtime investigator, councilman joins Burnet County Sheriff’s Office

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Sheriff Calvin Boyd announced the appointment Sept. 26 of Capt. Tom Dillard to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office command staff to oversee the criminal investigation division. (more…)

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State rep pushes for public meeting on rock crusher; protest planned

State rep pushes for public meeting on rock crusher; protest planned

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Opponents of a proposed rock crushing facility have found a friend in higher office to offer concerns and demand a public meeting about the latest project’s pending air quality permit. (more…)

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Stay calm, officials say, as gas shortage reports fuel long lines at the pumps

Stay calm, officials say, as gas shortage reports fuel long lines at the pumps

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Reports in Burnet and Llano counties of some stations temporarily closing and others running out of certain grades of fuel prompted a “run on gas” by motorists concerned about the limited availability of the resource in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. People have reported long lines at several […]

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DPS: Car driving erratically just before fatal US 281 crash on July 3

DPS: Car driving erratically just before fatal US 281 crash on July 3

UPDATE: This story was updated July 10 to include the names of the victims.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY ROUND MOUNTAIN — Two people in a car reportedly driving erratically died July 3 after a Texas Department of Public Safety pursuit and collision with two other vehicles on U.S. 281 in Blanco County, according to […]

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Burnet County fires destroy home, scorch 30 acres near state park

Burnet County fires destroy home, scorch 30 acres near state park

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Two fires burned dozens of acres and destroyed a manufactured home just off adjacent roads May 1 in a remote part of Burnet County. Several agencies, including an Austin-based helicopter crew, battled the blazes. (more…)

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