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Thu
28
Jun

BPD seeking arsonist who torched police car

Contributed/Burnet Police Department

The Burnet Police Department is currently working with the State Fire Marshal's Office on an arson investigation which involves a marked BPD Patrol unit parked at the police department at 105 S. Rhomberg.

According to a press release sent on Wednesday, June 27, “video surveillance shows a slender suspect starting the fire, using what appears to be some type of accelerant,” at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. The suspect returns to the unit briefly, then leaves the scene. The fire burns for a few seconds before it self-extinguishes, leaving damage to the rear lift-hatch of the vehicle.

BPD Chief Paul Nelson said their K-9 unit collected samples the morning of Thursday, June 28, which will be sent to the state lab on the same date.

BPD is asking residents in the vicinity of the Police Department to review their home surveillance systems before and after 1 a.m. on June 27, to see if footage of the suspect may be acquired.

Tue
26
Jun

Specs in for CWS treatment plant

By Phil Reynolds
The Highlander •

Cottonwood Shores is looking at two purchases to reduce costs in some areas and to help deal with an expanding population.

Tue
26
Jun

PEC elects three new directors

Contributed
New Pedernales Electric Cooperative directors elected Saturday include, from left, Milton Rister (District 1), Paul Graf (District 6) and Amy Lea SJ Akers (District 7).

Voters in Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s districts 1, 6, and 7 elected directors in this year’s annual election. The results were announced at the conclusion of the cooperative’s June 23 annual meeting.

Tue
26
Jun

Shepperd legacy to be honored

The life and legacy of the late Dr. Joe Shepperd will be honored at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, during a special luncheon at the AgriLife Extension building in Burnet.

The event is a continuation of a series called “Citizens of Note,” sponsored by the Burnet County Historical Commission. For the past two years, the BCHC has honored women in a series of “Women of Note” presentations and luncheons. This year, the commission agreed to include men on the list of honorees, changing the name of the project to “Citizens of Note.”

In 1937, Dr. Shepperd helped establish the first hospital in Burnet County, which preceded what is today Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet. Shepperd's hospital had one bed and a delivery room.

The following year, Shepperd was elected mayor of Burnet, a post he held until 1953. He would late be elected mayor again in the 1960s.

Tue
26
Jun

¡Soy un Mexicano!

Savanna Gregg/The Highlander

Austin-based country music legend Rick Trevino serenades the crowd with his song “I Am a Mexican” towards the conclusion of his show, which was the second concert of the Burnet Concert Series on Saturday, June 23, at Haley Nelson Park. The final concert of the series will be held Aug. 11 when Pat Green comes to Burnet to perform.

Tue
26
Jun

Highlander wins four Texas Press Association Awards

The Highlander claimed four awards in the annual Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest at Saturday's Texas Press Association summer meeting in Montgomery County near Houston.

Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn, office manager Kim Green and staff member Glynis Crawford Smith won second place in news photography for a team entry of five photographs which showed the staff's ability to cover a diverse group of subjects.

Judges praised the variety of The Highlander's submission, which included a Horseshoe Bay fire, last year's Bertram train derailment, a photo from the Marble Falls rodeo, a photo from a fatal accident last year on Ranch to Market Road 1431 and two youngsters protesting Asphalt Inc.'s proposed rock crushing plant.

Cohn won third place in Editorial Writing for editorials about the need for changes to Texas 71 in the wake of several deadly accidents and praise for the fine arts programs at Marble Falls High School and Marble Falls Middle School.

Tue
26
Jun

Marble Falls issues Stage 2 mandatory water restrictions

Due to Central Texas being in the hottest and driest part of the summer with very little rainfall, Marble Falls has implemented Stage 2 of the city’s Drought Contingency Plan.

Stage 2 implements mandatory watering restrictions. Customers may water only between midnight and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and midnight twice a week according to the last digit of residents' street address.

Residential, odd number addresses: Wednesdays and Saturdays

Residential, even number addresses: Thursdays and Sundays

Commercial : Tuesdays and Fridays

For more information on water use restrictions under Stage 2 and to review the City’s Drought Contingency Plan, visit the City’s website at www.marblefallstx.gov or call City Hall at 830-693-3615.

Tue
26
Jun

AquaBoom blasts off this weekend

Wow! Can you believe it’s already time for AquaBoom 2018?

The 49th annual AquaBoom will be held June 30 – July 4, with five fun -filled days of fun and sun, and a little pomp and circumstance thrown in for good measure.

Tue
19
Jun

Dulin convicted of 12 crimes against children

 

 

A Granite Shoals man has been found guilty on 12 of 13 charges against him by a Burnet County jury, which now is expected to deliberate on his punishment.

Bryant Edward Dulin, 45, was convicted on a first-degree felony charge of super aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 6 as well as nine counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and one count of indecency with a child.

Tue
19
Jun

Collier seeks air permit for Sunrise Beach plant

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A Llano County commissioner is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday, June 19, at the Kingsland Library to discuss a possible new portable rock crushing operation at Sunrise Beach Village off Texas 71.

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