Burnet County


Bertram, police chief reach resignation agreement, payment for wrecked cruiser

By Richard Zowie
Staff Writer

Embattled former City of Bertram police chief J.J. Wilson has agreed to reimburse the city for a $1,000 deductible to acquire a new police cruiser that he's been charged with crashing in October.


Rifles and gators and fur-wheelers, Oh my!

". . . And sitting on the western shore of Lake Buchanan is the community of Tow, another name I had to learn how to pronounce. It's not pronounced “Toe” like “Someone better call in a tow truck!” It's pronounced like the first three letters in the word “towel.” That's because it's named after two brothers, William and Wilson Tow, who settled in the area in the 1850s.." - Lew K. Cohn





“Hey, I've got a rifle I want you to advertise!” the caller said.

“A rifle?” I asked.

“No, not a rifle. A rifle. For a Gator” he said.

“You have a rifle made for an alligator?” I asked, not sure I heard correctly.

“No, there is no rifle. It's a rifle. You know, where you sell tickets and the person with the winning ticket gets a prize?”

“Oh, a raffle!” I said. “I misunderstood you.”

“That's what I've been saying. A rifle. For a Gator.”

“You're giving away an alligator?”

“No, a Gator. You know, a Mule?”

“Well which is it, an alligator or a mule? Those are two very different animals, plus I'm not sure you can sell tickets to give away an alligator in the state of Texas.”

“It's not an animal. It's a fur-wheeler.”

“A fur-wheeler? But, alligators and mules don't have fur! Wheels don't either!”

“No, dummy, not fur like animal fur. I mean the number “fur!”


Burnet County approves LCRA flood grant plan

Connie Swinney/The Highlander


By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 27, on a plan to share with affected municipalities portions of a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority for cleanup from the October flood.

The plan approved by commissioners honors LCRA's request that at least 70 percent of the money be used for waterway cleanup. The remaining 30 percent will be used to pay for household hazardous waste removal ($20,000), refrigerant removal ($3,000) and monitoring ($7,000) at the county's Phillips Ranch road debris site, the latter a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Lakes Marble Falls, LBJ to remain closed through mid November; To be lowered Dec. 30

Connie Swinney/The Highlander

Lake Marble Falls (Pictured here) will remain closed at least until Nov. 12, and Lake LBJ until Nov. 16 due to post-flood debris and conditions. LCRA is also scheduled to lower the waterways Dec. 30 for an eight-week period for dredging and maintenance.





From staff reports

Debris and unsafe conditions prompted the Lower Colorado River Authority today to extend the closure of Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls for week to 10 days following an assessement of post-flood waterway conditions.

Lake Marble Falls will remain closed until at least Monday, Nov. 12, and Lake LBJ will remain closed until at least Friday, Nov. 16, an LCRA press release stated.


Commissioners accept LCRA donation, award debris bids




By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Burnet County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, Nov. 5, during a special called meeting to accept a $100,000 contribution from the Lower Colorado River Authority to help defray flood debris cleanup costs of public waterways.


Abbott asks for presidential disaster declaration

Contributed Photo
Several hundred residents were temporarily displaced after storm water runoff from the Llano River flooded homes and damaged property throughout the Junction, Llano and Highland Lakes areas, including the one pictured in Kingsland. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott has requested FEMA funding to help residents recover in the aftermath of the flood event.







By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has asked President Donald Trump to approve a presidential disaster declaration for Burnet and Llano counties in the wake of flooding and severe weather which devastated the Highland Lakes last month.


Early voting under way in Burnet, Llano counties

Cindi Fry/The Highlander
Early voting got off to a brisk start Oct. 22 at the Marble Falls south annex of the Burnet County Courthouse.



By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Early voting in Burnet and Llano counties has begun for the Thursday, Nov. 6, general election and will continue through Friday, Nov. 2.


Flood disaster assistance FAQs for donations, needs, volunteers and public health

Richard Zowie/The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin
From where to go for supplies to how to donate and volunteer, flood victims and those helping them have a wealth of resources to turn to in Burnet and Llano counties.




Special to The Highlander and Burnet Bulletin

In the aftermath of Highland Lakes flood event, emergency management officials have compiled a list of general help information for the public.

Those seeking assistance with the cleanup and other cleanup resources and wanting to donate or volunteer:

• Marble Falls First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana, 78654 830-693-4381.

Go to https://fbcmf.org/flood/ for more information.

• First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Dr. in Marble Falls, 830-265-0761.

• Granite Shoals First Baptist Church, 505 S Phillips Ranch Road, 512-755-5217.

• The Church at Horseshoe Bay, 600 Hi Ridge Rd., 214-636-8373.

Collection points for water/sports drinks:

• Lakeshores Church parking lot, 700 US 281 in Marble Falls, 617-291-8310.

• Granite Shoals Fire Hall, 8410 W. FM 1431, 830-596-8110.


Body found on Lake LBJ identified as missing Junction flood victim





A body found near Circle Drive near Kingsland on Lake LBJ during Tuesday's flooding has been identified as a woman who went missing in Llano River flooding in Junction nearly three weeks ago.

The Travis County Medical Examiner has identifed the body as being that of Charlotte Moye, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Department, which issued a press release Saturday, Oct. 20.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a call to the Lake LBJ waterfront in the 700 block of Circle Drive at 11:58 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The complainant believed he had located a body that had washed ashore during flooding on Lake LBJ.

Patrol deputies arrived and called investigators to the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased by Burnet County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanne Nelson and an autopsy was ordered. The body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and an autopsy.


Area shelters welcome displaced residents in wake of Highland Lakes flood

Flood waters from the Llano River overflowed in the Kingsland area, including roadways such as RR 1431 in Llano County. Emergency first responders helped residents find higher ground and temporary quarters in area emergency shelters.





Editor's Note: As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 the Marble Falls Middle School shelter has reached capacity. Marble Falls First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Dr., has been established as a new shelter location.

Compiled by Savanna Gregg •
Staff Writer •

As flood waters continue to plague areas of Burnet and Llano counties Oct. 16, residents – and their pets – were evacuated from their homes to area shelters.

Flood waters in the Llano River ushered in by thunderstorms in a 24-hour period have wreaked havoc in the Highland Lakes.

Area emergency first responders have assisted residents in communities including Meadowlakes and Marble Falls as well as Llano and Kingsland in getting to higher ground.

For those who do not have alternative accommodations, officials have established temporary shelters until the flood waters subside.


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