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The Burnet AgriLife Extension building in Burnet was the setting for an information meeting Sept 19 where nearly 100 people came to ask questions to organizers of the Nov. 1-4 UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks music festival. Burnet County Judge James Oakley addressed the crowd before the meeting began. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UTOPiAfest music festival organizers face discord at public meeting in Burnet

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS About 100 people pelted UTOPiAfest Down In the Oaks organizers with nearly 90 questions about the music festival, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 1-4 on ranchland off CR 200 northeast of Burnet. (more…)

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UTOPiAfest organizers to address Burnet residents’ concerns about music festival

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County and UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks music festival organizers are coming together Sept. 19 to provide more information on the Nov. 1-4 event. (more…)

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Mark Salley, 57, of Leander was indicted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in an October 2017 vehicle collision that killed two Burnet County women.

Leander man indicted in October 2017 crash that killed two Burnet County women

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — A Leander man faces charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for his involvement in an October 2017 automobile collision that killed two Burnet County women. (more…)

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On Nov. 17, 2017, Austin police officer and Burnet County resident Jason Jewett (left) was returning home from work when he happened upon a ‘road rage’ incident on RR 1431 east of Marble Falls. Jewett was forced to exchange gunfire with a suspect, striking the man. The shooting, though justifiable, left Jewett struggling with a range of issues, even bringing back other traumatic experiences. He faced a choice: Get help or head toward self-destruction. He enlisted the help of Tania Glenn, a counselor in Cedar Park who works with police, first responders, and military. First responders often face higher levels of depression, mental health issues, and even suicide rates than the rest of the population. Getting help is a big but often very difficult step for first responders. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Mental health issues are part of job and need to be addressed, says officer in ‘road rage’ case

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON CEDAR PARK — Those around Austin police officer Jason Jewett saw it: He wasn’t the same man he had been before the shooting. Jason knew it, too, but as an officer with more than 20 years on the job, admitting he needed help didn’t come easily. (more…)

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Dumped barrels removed from San Gabriel River at $7,500 cost; investigation ongoing

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS JOPPA — Eight 55-gallon barrels that were illegally dumped into the North Fork of the San Gabriel River were removed Aug. 29. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners on Aug. 14 removed an emergency declaration from the county burn ban but left the ban in place. The ban prohibits outdoor burning. The disaster declaration, which prohibited outdoor cooking and welding, was made July 30 in response to the Park Road 4 fire. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Burnet County burn ban continues; commissioners set proposed tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners voted during the Aug. 14 regular meeting to remove the emergency declaration from the county burn ban but leave one in place. (more…)

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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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Opioids crisis

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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