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Mon
20
Oct

Ranger to be honored in weekend ceremony

Christian Dorbandt

by Alexandria Randolph

An iconic figure of Burnet County history will be honored Saturday, Oct. 25, for his service in the Texas Rangers of old, only a few days from the 104th anniversary of his death.

Christian Dorbandt, born Dec. 12, 1818 and deceased Oct. 28, 1910, will be recognized in a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Service at South San Gabriel Cemetery on CR 322 on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

The service is open to the public.

Dorbandt came to America at age 34 from Denmark and served in the US Army during the Mexican War in the 1840s before being stationed at Fort Croghan in Burnet County.

Dorbandt built the rock house that shares his name in Backbone Valley, which is now along US 281 in Marble Falls.

Mon
20
Oct

Burnet man arrested in drug bust

Bobby Earl McGraw

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man was arrested Friday, Oct. 17 in what authorities said was a drug bust.

Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Bobby Earl McGraw, 41, on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 200 and 400 grams, and six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

He was booked in Burnet County Jail and released Sunday, Oct. 19 on bond of $190,000.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said authorities also recovered stolen property during the bust.

For more on the story, see Tuesday's Highlander or Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Fri
17
Oct

Mitt Romney makes brief stop in Burnet

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula/Staff
Mitt Romney stands with James Oakley, candidate for Burnet County Judge,and W.T. Smith, Burnet County Sheriff, left.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a brief stop at the Burnet Municipal Airport Friday afternoon, where he spoke with several of his Republican supporters. James Oakley, candidate for Burnet County Judge, and W.T. Smith, Burnet County Sheriff, were on hand to greet Romney. Only a few other supporters were there because it was meant to be a low-key affair.

Romney was flying from Houston on his way to Utah. Romney participated in a Republican fundraiser, along with one of his supporters from the area. The supporter offered Romney the use of his Lear jet. The supporter did not want to be identified.

Neither Oakley nor Smith had met Romney before. “I was honored to meet him, I supported him when he ran for president,” Oakley said, adding that he was proud Romney “carried Texas.”

“I admire what he stands for and I hope he stays involved,” he said.

Smith reiterated Oakley’s sentiments.

Fri
17
Oct

Cottonwood Shores searching for police chief, raising water rates

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Cottonwood Shores administrators are in the process of combing through around 40 applications for police chief to replace Chief Harold Piatt, who has turned in his resignation, according to council discussions at a Thursday, Oct. 16, meeting.

The job posting closed Friday, said Cottonwood Shores city secretary and administrator Sheila Moore. “We’re in the application review process, and we’ve had a good response to our posting and good applicants,” she said.

The council will convene in executive session to discuss the final three candidates once other applications are eliminated.

“It’s a staff decision, between me and Sheila [Moore],” said Mayor Donald Orr, explaining that the city council will not choose the next chief but will have input.

Thu
16
Oct

Sculptures get in position for Friday

Alexandria Randolph/Staff

The “Dreamcatcher” by William David was placed in its showcase position at the corner of Third Street and US 281 for the upcoming Sculpture on Main competition this weekend, Oct. 17-18.

Wed
15
Oct

Police: Burnet man threatens teens with Airsoft gun

David Andrew Crum

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man was arrested last week after allegedly brandishing an Airsoft gun at a group of local teenagers.

David Andrew Crum, 38, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 10 on charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon after officers investigated an altercation in the Walmart parking lot in Marble Falls.

Marble Falls Police Detective Tom Dillard said the incident began on the US 281 highway Friday, Oct. 3. 

“Teenagers were involved in a verbal altercation on US 281,” Dillard said, adding that interchange had occurred between the vehicles while stopped at a stoplight.

Wed
15
Oct

LCRA and community leadership dedicate HSB power plant

The Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant in Horseshoe Bay is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Folks in well-worn hard hats and overalls mingled with people dressed to the hilt Wednesday afternoon at the dedication ceremony for the new Lower Colorado River Authority power plant in Horseshoe Bay.

The mayor of San Marcos, Daniel Guerrero, called it “ribbon-cutting weather.”

The Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant replaces the original plant that went online in 1974. The skeleton of the old Ferguson plant, which is gradually being dismantled, sits alongside its larger and more efficient successor. The site is along the shore of Lake LBJ, which will continue to supply cooling water for the plant.

Work on the new plant began in April, 2012. LCRA officials said the project cost $500 million, under the projected cost of $520-550 million.

“We’re proud that we’re on time and on budget,” said LCRA general manager Phil Wilson.

Mon
13
Oct

Three-week manhunt ends with arrest of McIntosh

Rocky Drew McIntosh

by Alexandria Randolph

A Llano County wanted man three weeks at-large has finally been apprehended in Galveston County, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 10, authorities said.

Rocky Drew McIntosh, 36, was apprehended over the weekend after deputies from the sheriff’s office there followed up on a tip, said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

“We received information that he had been staying with a friend in the Crystal Beach area,” said Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Michael Benevides. “He has no charges down here. He was arrested on Llano County warrants.”

Benevides said McIntosh did not resist arrest.

McIntosh is still in a Galveston County facility and “he will eventually be transferred back here to Llano County Jail,” Blackburn said.

Sat
11
Oct

Burnet jail inmate recaptured after escaping while getting medical treatment

A Burnet County Jail inmate was recaptured Saturday after he scuffled with a jail corrections officer and took the officer's gun while being treated at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.

The inmate, Murl Lamb, was being treated for a medical condition related to a fall at the jail.

The man escaped shortly before 7 a.m. and was recaptured a few hours later when he was found hiding in a dumpster behind a Cinemark movie theater across the street from the hospital, Cedar Park police said.

The Burnet County Jail corrections officer, whose name was not released, had accompanied the inmate to the Cedar Park hospital in a Burnet Fire Department EMS vehicle, which was called to the jail at about 12:30 a.m., the statement from the sheriff's office said.

Thu
09
Oct

Bond set at $2 million for man accused in recent double homicide

By James Walker

State District Judge Allan Garrett set bond at $2 million on Wednesday, Oct. 8, for Garrett Ballard, who is accused of killing two friends with a high-powered rifle on  Aug. 19.

Ballard, 21, has been held in the Burnet County Jail since the killings of Travis Fox and Elijah Adam Benson. His attorney asked the judge to set bond at $250,000.

"A $250,000 bond would provide reasonable assurance that (Ballard) will appear in court," said Tony Odiorne, an assistant public defender with the state's Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases agency based in Burnet.

The office represents only indigent defendants charged with a capital case where the death penalty is sought at the trial level.

Earlier, Ballard's father, Burnet County Constable (Precinct 3) Jimmy Ballard, testified he could raise enough money to post a $250,000 bond, saying he own an electrical supply store and works as an electrician in addition to his constable duties.

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