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07
Aug

Schiffman donation funds SBVFD's new 'live-burn' facility

Phil Reynolds/The Highlander
Sunrise Beach volunteer firefighters prepare to put out a blaze in the department's new "live-burn" room during a demonstration at the room's dedication. The room was made possible by a donation by a former fire chief, Sy Schiffman.

 

 

 

 

By Phil Reynolds

The Highlander

Sy Schiffman leaned on his crooked cane in the driveway of the Sunrise Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s new training building and squinted in the sun and mumbled something about they just said that’s what they needed.

Tue
31
Jul

Bertram boys' home has long history of dubious activity

By Alexandria Randolph

HLN Correspondent

After criminal investigations resulted in the raid of a ministerial boys’ home last week, details emerging about the ministry and those who run it are only leading to more questions.

The Joshua Home in the 2500 block of Farm to Market Road 243 is under investigation by local and state authorities over allegations of “abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations and human trafficking,” stated a Burnet County Sheriff’s Department release on Wednesday.

Sheriff Michael Hall of McDonald County, Missouri, gave Burnet County Sheriff’s Office a heads up when he heard the facility had relocated to the area.

“He called a few weeks before (we executed the warrant) and talked to our investigators,” said Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd.

Hall could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Tue
31
Jul

Evacuees returning to homes after fire

Contributed/Burnet County ESD Commissioner Clayton Smith
A lone individual with a water hose is doing his best to help fight the County Road 116/Park Road 4 fire as flames rise on a nearby ridge. Some 557 acres have burned and the fire is 60 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

The Highlander

Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) officials were hopeful residents evacuated from Park Road 4 and County Road 116 (Hoover Valley Road) due to fire would be allowed to return to their homes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31.

More than 50 local personnel from 17 different departments have responded to a blaze which consumed 557 acres, forced evacuations of residents from 150 homes and closed the two major roads as well as Inks Lake State Park.

Fortunately, no one has been killed or injured and no homes have been reported damaged from the grass fire, which began at about 2:52 p.m. Sunday, July 29, along County Road 116, better known as Hoover Valley Road, near Park Road 4, close to Inks Lake State Park, and quickly escalated to yet another raging wildfire for Burnet County.

Mon
30
Jul

Judge declares disaster, bans all outdoor burning

On Monday, July 30, Burnet County Judge James Oakley signed an emergency disaster declaration and order banning all outdoor burning in the county.

Previous exemptions for welding, cutting, grinding, outdoor cooking using wood or charcoal and burning of prickly pear for livestock consumption have now been removed.

Sun
29
Jul

Residents evacuate as fire burns near Inks Lake

Contributed/Daniel Adams Art Gallery This photo by local artist Daniel Adams captures the fantastic image of a water drop occurring in an effort to cease progress of the Hoover Valley fire on Sunday, July 29. First Responders from Burnet, Llano, Blanco, Williamson, and Travis Counties teamed together Sunday afternoon and continue to fight the fire off County Road 116 as residents and campers in the area fled towards safer ground.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

The Highlander

Sat
28
Jul

His Joshua House not affiliated with Joshua Home in Bertram

 

 

 

While an investigation into a Bertram-based “residential home for troubled boys” continues, a Llano County organization is making sure people know they are in no way affiliated with the group home.

The confusion has come about due to the similarities in the names of the two organizations. Authorities on Wednesday removed eight juvenile males were removed from the Joshua Home near Bertram after an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations, and human trafficking.

Meanwhile, in Kingsland, is the headquaters of His Joshua House, a faith-based drug and alcohol recovery house for men. It is also a non-profit corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Fri
27
Jul

Eight juvenile males removed from Joshua Home

 

 

 

 

Eight juvenile males were removed from the Joshua Home near Bertram Wednesday after an investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect, labor violations, fraud, licensing violations, and human trafficking, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office reported today.

During the past several weeks, investigators and officials from many state and local agencies conducted joint investigations into the Joshua Home, which purports to be a residential home for troubled boys and which is affiliated with a nonprofit organization known as The Joshua Home Ministries.

Sun
22
Jul

Weather funace still on high

  • Hottest Day is expected to be Monday and additional counties could be added to the Excessive Heat Warning.
 

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), continuing its Excessive Heat Warning for the area, says tomorrow will top a week of broiling heat from today's expected high of 107 to a possible 209 tomorrow.

 

 

Their warning:  Prolonged exposure to this excessive heat could lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

Sat
21
Jul

Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze on the Bluebonnet Belle after the historic aircraft crashed at Kate Craddock Field in Burnet on Saturday, July 21.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Tue
17
Jul

MFAEMS asks GS for increase

In addition to the regular Granite Shoals City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a town hall meeting will be held for an update on the urban deer project Wednesday night.

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Johnny Campbell, executive director of the Marble Falls Area Emergency Service (MFAEMS) presented a contract proposal to the Granite Shoals City Council during a regular meeting Tuesday, July 10.

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