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Fri
10
Jan

County server falls victim to ransomware attack

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County found itself the victim of a ransomware breach on one of its servers just before Christmas — the latest in a string of attacks on local governments throughout the country since 2013.

“A bug that got into one of our servers caused it to seize up and we had to unplug all of our systems and make sure that breach was isolated,” County Judge James Oakley said …

Wed
08
Jan

Gov. Greg Abbott declares wildfire threat

Special to The Highlander

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a proclamation certifying that exceptional drought conditions continue to pose a threat of imminent disaster in several counties including Blanco, Burnet and Llano counties due to persistent drought conditions. …

Wed
08
Jan

Burnet County to implement state-mandated cyber training

Photo Illustration/Connie Swinney

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County government employees who do any work using county-owned computers will have to take a mandated cybersecurity course each year, starting this month.

Wed
08
Jan

Burnet County raises cost to house female inmates

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Other counties wishing to house female inmates in the Burnet County Jail will be paying a higher cost per day after a vote Friday morning by the Burnet County Commissioners Court.

Wed
08
Jan

Report unveils details in Marble Falls Walmart pedestrian collision

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Walmart employees assisted clearing the scene Dec. 24 after the victim was sent to the hospital.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls police utilized surveillance video and witness accounts to piece together an incident where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

The incident occurred at 9:28 a.m. Dec. 24 at the store, located in the 2700 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls.

Victoria Leigh Bailey, 34, was the pedestrian struck by a 2015 Chevrolet pickup driven by 82-year-old Mark Eldon Fox of Marble Falls, according to the Marble Falls Police Department report. …

Fri
03
Jan

Marble Falls police seeking armed robbery suspect

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Authorities are looking for a suspect who robbed the LBJ Food Mart in the 400 block of U.S. 281 in Marble Falls this morning, Jan. 3, around 7:45 a.m. The suspect, believed to be either an Hispanic or Asian male, was wearing a mask, brandished a firearm, took cash and punched the clerk in the face, according to police. The suspect then fled the store on foot north on U.S. 281 and headed west on Sixth Street. To offer a tip, call 830-693-3611.

Thu
26
Dec

Marble Falls police seek suspect in store bomb hoax

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Marble Falls police closed the Walmart parking lot after receiving a report of a “non-specific” bomb threat the morning of Dec. 26 in a recorded phone message. The scare ended about two-and-a-half hours later with no device found following a sweep of the building.

 

 

 

 

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls police are looking for a possible suspect who left a message on a store phone which resulted in the evacuation of Walmart the day after Christmas.

Officials confirmed that the message may have been left the evening before but was discovered the morning of Dec. 26 by a staff member.

“The threat was extremely vague and not specific to any part of the store or person,” Marble Falls Police Sgt. Barry Greer said. “The building was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. …

Mon
23
Dec

Law enforcement mourns Burnet PD K-9 handler's death

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Burnet Police Officer Jose Meza, who served as the K9 handler for the agency, died Dec. 20 of a heart attack, according to the preliminary autopsy report. He was just 30 years old with a wife and toddler child. Hundreds of members of law enforcement from local agencies as well as across the state attended Meza's services at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls. Agencies conducted a funeral escort to Post Mountain Cemetery with full law enforcement honors near Burnet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Hundreds of peace officers and emergency personnel from around the state descended on Marble Falls two days before Christmas to honor a Burnet PD K9 handler who died after suffering an apparent heart attack, just a week short of his year anniversary with the agency.

A funeral mass for Burnet PD K9 Officer Jose Humberto Meza was conducted at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Dec. 23, followed by a procession to Post Mountain Cemetery where graveside services were conducted with full law enforcement honors. …

Tue
17
Dec

Marble Falls crisis center worker dies after car crash

Contributed
The collision, which resulted in a fatality, occurred in 8300 block of Highway 190 and involved multiple vehicles. Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the cause.

 

 

 

From staff reports

A Lampasas woman, who works at a Marble Falls women's shelter, has succumbed to her injuries Dec. 13 and died following a vehicle crash in Lampasas County.

Caety Edwards, a vehicle occupant, suffered “significant injuries” including a punctured lung, broken bones and internal damage, a family source stated. Prior to the incident, she had worked for the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center. …

Tue
17
Dec

Texas Parks and Wildlife discusses Inks Lake park public use plan

File photo
Inks Lake officials plan to construct a new headquarters at the entrance of Inks Lake State Park and utilize the old building as an interpretive venue for the enjoyment of visitors.

 

 

 

Savanna Gregg
Staff Writer

Lake-area residents heard a future Public Use Plan for the Inks Lake State Park complex, including Inks Lake State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, and Park Road 4, at a public hearing held Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Burnet Community Center.

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