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Sat
09
May

To the polls!

Burnet County polls are open today, May 9 for local elections. Polling places are listed below by precinct. To find out in which precinct you reside, see your voter registration card or the Burnet County website. The listing for precinct 3 was improperly reported in Friday's Highlander and appears correct here.

1, 2, 8, 9, 17,

9 and 20 IN (BCISD)  - Burnet County Courthouse 2

5 - Silver Creek Community Center 5

7 – Cassie Community Center

6, 10, 12, 13 – Bertram Library

15, 16 and Williamson County 207 and 310 (for BCISD) – Briggs Schoolhouse/Fire Station

11 and 14 – Lake Victor Community Center

6 – Smithwick Community Center

9 – Highland Haven Community Center

3 and 18 – Granite Shoals Fire Department

4, 19, 20 – Marble Falls South Annex

Llano County 203, 204, 205 (for BCISD) – Lakeshore Library

Wed
06
May

Mobile home blaze under investigation

Alexandria Randolph/The Highlander
The remnants of a mobile home fire in Burnet in the 1000 block of CR 340 had to be bulldozed Wednesdays to protect firefighters as they quenched the embers.

by Alexandria Randolph

A structure fire in Burnet in the 1000 block of CR 340 Wednesday afternoon is still under investigation due to structure safety concerns, authorities said. 

The blaze reported at 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 decimated a mobile home and travel trailer, leaving two occupants homeless. Burnet Fire and EMS officials said the structure had to be bulldozed to ensure firefighter safety in fully extinguishing the blaze. 

Authorities said the two occupants, an unidentified man and woman, were both treated on the scene for smoke inhalation but were otherwise unharmed. 

"When the call came in it was fully engulfed," said Lealand Raiford, Burnet EMS Coordinator. "We made it to the scene about 5 minutes after the call came in. When we got here, 75 percent of the house was gone."

By 4:15 p.m., the blaze was under control, but the roof was beginning to collapse. 

For the full story, see Friday's Highlander. 

Tue
05
May

Man charged in kidnapping case

Scott Reynolds

by Alexandria Randolph

 

A Burnet County man was arrested on two felony charges Saturday after he allegedly a woman to a chair in his home.

Scott Perrin Reynolds, 48, was arrested Saturday, May 2 on charges of aggravated kidnaping and unlawful restraint.

According to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office release, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., dispatch received a call from a woman in the 100 block of Southland Drive west of Burnet. She was hysterical and screaming, “Please don't hurt me anymore,” the release stated.

Tue
05
May

Austin man charged in home burglary

Michael Berry

by Alexandria Randolph

An Austin man was charged with burglary of a habitation after a woman woke to find a stranger in her Burnet County home Saturday morning.

Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Michael Brandon Berry, a 35-year-old from Austin, on charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony.

Fri
01
May

MFISD announces information sessions for parents

Marble Falls Independent School District is holding annual round-up for parents interested in learning more about the district’s half-day pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs offered for the 2015-2016 school year.

To be eligible for pre-kindergarten, a child needs to be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

The event is scheduled for Monday, May 4-Friday, May 8, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. each day.

During the Round-up, parents of potential pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are invited to visit the office of their local campus to pick up general information about the program.

Parents of pre-kindergarten children may indicate preferences of morning or afternoon sessions. Parents of both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will receive information about required immunizations.

Thu
30
Apr

Harmony's Annie Jr. starts tonight

Folks can catch these young actors in action in Annie Jr. starting tonight through Saturday, May 2.

Harmony School of Creative Arts’ Musical Theater will be presenting Annie Jr., starring many Highland Lakes youngsters who have been rehearsing for months. Shows start Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. all three nights. 

Folks can catch Annie Jr. at First Baptist Church, 501 12th Street, Marble Falls. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12.

Additionally, there’s an interactive show for children Saturday morning, May 2, 10:30 a.m. Children through age 12 are admitted free to the interactive show, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult ticket-holder as well as a donation of at least 3 canned goods or other nonperishable items per child. The food will go into the food bank at First Baptist Church.  

Thu
30
Apr

Misdemeanor charge leads to felony evasion

By Alexandria Randolph
 
A man wanted in Gray County led police on a vehicle and foot pursuit on Thursday morning.
Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Burnet County resident Shane Edward Pate, 31, after he led them on a vehicle pursuit and footchase Thursday morning, April 30.
The chase began at about 7:40 a.m. when deputies received a report of black Chevrolet Tahoe that passed a stopped school bus on FM 1980. 
According to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office release, ten minutes later, deputies observed a vehicle matching the description traveling northbound on FM 1980 at a high speed. When deputies tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver sped up, allegedly in attempt to outrun deputies.
 
For the full story, see Friday's Highlander. 
Sun
26
Apr

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

By Alexandria Randolph

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Burnet, Llano and surrounding counties until 2 a.m. Monday morning. 

According to the National Weather Service, large hail and damaging winds may be possible. 

Residents should take measures to secure outdoor property and shelter animals. 

Thu
23
Apr

HSB experiencing changes in first response leadership

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Horseshoe Bay will be seeing changes in emergency management this year with the retirement of the police chief and resignation of the fire chief, according to discussions at the city council meeting Tuesday, April 21.

The council officially appointed Assistant Fire Chief Stephanie Black interim fire chief after the resignation of Jim Fiero April 7. He was hired as the city’s fire chief in 2006.

Black has been with the department 8 of her 20 years as a firefighter. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Horseshoe Bay,” she said at the meeting, adding she appreciates the city’s support. “We’ll continue to serve to the best of our abilities.”

Police Chief Bill Lane said he plans on staying involved in the community after his retirement in September. “My heart is with this community,” he told citizens and council members. “Besides, I bought a few niches at the Mausoleum and I want to get my money’s worth.”

Thu
23
Apr

Federal judge decides Ripple concussion case

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

A federal judge ruled in favor of Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) in a concussion lawsuit case involving a former student who played football for the high school from 2007-2011.

Blake Ripple, 22, sued the district in 2012 claiming he suffered more than 30 concussions or sub-concussions while a MFISD football player. Ripple alleged Cord Woerner, former athletic director and head football coach, ignored multiple concussions he suffered as a lineman, according to court documents on file with the U.S. District Court Western District of Texas in Austin.

In a 58-page decision, Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel Ezra granted the district’s motion for summary judgment, ending the lawsuit.

“We appreciate the Court’s interest, involvement and learned memorandum, on the case,” said Ripple’s lawyer, Martin Cirkiel of the law firm Cirkiel & Associates in Round Rock, April 22.

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