Burnet County news

 

 

Wed
25
Mar

Burnet County issues “Stay in Place” order over COVID-19

Burnet County officials created a listing graphic of what the 'Stay in Place and Stay Safe' order means for residents' day-to-day activities.

 

 

By Connie Swinney and Lew K. Cohn
The Highlander

Burnet County officials, in cooperation with municipalities and the Burnet County Health Authority, opted March 25 to order “Stay in Place and Stay Safe” guidelines in response to growing concerns about minimizing the number of potential infections of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Tue
24
Mar

Officials halt local general public COVID-19 testing, say 'Stay home' if ill

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

In the wake of Burnet County's first confirmed COVID-19 test, the Burnet County Health Authority has important advice for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to coronavirus or may be suffering from the illness: Stay home.

Fri
20
Mar

Publisher's statement on COVID-19 coverage

Staff photo
Publisher Jeff Shabram

The Highlander newspaper office, 304A Highlander Circle, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call 830-693-4367 to subscribe, offer a news tip or advertise.

 

 

 

 

By Jeff Shabram
Publisher

As we all continue to deal with the fallout and effects of the threat of coronavirus, we realize that our readers need accurate information.

In light of the announcement of the Burnet County "Stay in Place and Stay Safe" emergency order on March 25, 2020, we will continue our operations as an essential service in the provision of news coverage for the community.

Thu
19
Mar

Burnet County and Llano County launch COVID-19 battle plan

Lew K. Cohn/The Highlander
Burnet County Health Authority Dr. Juliette Madrigal spoke March 19 during a special Burnet County Commissioners meeting to address concerns about the coronavirus.

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

As the state of Texas, Burnet and Llano counties declared emergencies due to the COVID-19 virus, public officials advised residents it is inevitable the virus will find its way into the Highland Lakes region.

“It's not a matter of if, but when. It's right next door,” said Burnet County Judge James Oakley on Thursday, March 19, during a special called meeting of the Burnet County Commissioners Court that was simulcast live on Facebook.

Tue
17
Mar

Sales tax allocations up in GShoals and Cottonwood Shores

Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Connie Swinney/The Highlander
Cottonwood Shores saw an increase of 24.6 percent in March 2020, up from $11,792.04 to $14,693.99. For the year, sales tax revenues are up 13.36 percent from $41,112.84 in 2019 to $46,606.41 through the same point this year.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Sales tax allocations for March for Marble Falls were down slightly, but Granite Shoals and Cottonwood Shores each saw large percentage increases, it was announced last week.

Fri
13
Mar

HEB tells customers avoid 'panic,' orders purchase limits

Contributed/Linda Landua
Empty shelves stand where toilet paper and other paper goods are normally stocked at the H-E-B in Marble Falls on Friday, March 13.

 

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

HEB grocery store officials are asking customers to quell “panic” over concerns about the coronavirus, and have implemented temporary purchase limits of certain items, according to March 13 company statements.

The statement was released after a week-long barrage of customers – including those in Burnet, Marble Falls and Kingsland – in the midst of COVID-19 scare buying items in bulk such as toilet paper, cleaning products, hand sanitizer and even some food items.

Fri
13
Mar

Health Authority: No Burnet County COVID-19 cases

 

 

 

 

 

Special to The Highlander
Juliette Madrigal, MD
Burnet County Health Authority

Citizens of Burnet County:

With so much misinformation and speculation surrounding COVID-19, we want to deliver as much factual information as we have today (Friday, March 13).

Currently, there have been no cases reported in Burnet County, and we wish to keep this a reality as long as possible!

Tue
25
Feb

Master Naturalists Clean Sweep at Inks Lake State Park

Contributed/Mark Stracke
While the waterway was lowered, members of the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program and Park Ranger Monica Stewart participated in the Inks Lake State Park Clean Sweep campaign.

 

 

 

 

By Becky Breazeale
Special to The Highlander

Clean Sweep is an annual volunteer activity which has taken place for 16 years at Inks Lakes State Park.

This event is held in early spring and is a project coordinated by Highland Lakes Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program (HLMN). This opportunity helps to prepare the park for the arrival of Spring Breakers and summertime campers. …

Wed
19
Feb

Birds of prey soar on the Colorado River

Contributed/VTRC
Colder winters in the northeast motivate eagles to migrate to Texas for temporary homestead.

 

 

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

At the height of the winter season, catching a glimpse of one of the largest birds of prey on Earth is not out of reach for visitors to Burnet and Llano counties.

From December to spring time, Lake Buchanan and the Colorado River which feeds into it, along both the counties have become migrating grounds to the American bald eagle and a number of their juvenile brood. …

Wed
19
Feb

Burnet County may pick up PACE for infrastructure

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Commercial property owners may be able to upgrade infrastructure at their facilities with little to no initial capital outlay under a program being considered by the Burnet County Commissioners Court.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing Feb. 25 to dicuss participation in the Texas Property Assembled Clean Energy (PACE) program, which can make low-interest loans available to property owners to pay for eligible water conservation, energy efficiency, resiliency, and distributed generation projects. …

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