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Burnet County Texas news

Thu
04
May

Saturday General Election follows light early turnout

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

The early voting total for all of Burnet County reached only 762 by end of day Tuesday, May 2, the last day of early voting for the Saturday, May 6, General Election.

That was the the combined total of 340 voters at the Marble Falls Burnet County Courthouse Annex at 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway and 422 voters at the main Burnet County Courthouse at 220 South Pierce Street on the Burnet square.

The number of voters interested in local elections pales in comparison to the 2016 record-breaking early voting. More than 20 percent of the county's then 29,556 voters cast an early ballot in the presidential race.

Fri
21
Apr

Child victims of abuse to be honored Tuesday in Johnson Park, Marble Falls

Contributed/Granite Shoals Police Department

 

Granite Shoals city employees observe Go Blue Day Friday, April 8. Showing support Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month from the deck of city hall are, from left, Lisa Crane, Elaine Simpson, Wendy Gholson, Emily Flores, and Amber Campbell. The Granite Shoals Police Department joined them and others across the Highland Lakes April 8. More events are coming up Tuesday, April 25, and Sunday, April 30.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and Highland Lakes residents are being called upon to take part is special Go Blue observances Monday, April 24, and Sunday, April 30.

A ceremony to honor all child victims of abuse and neglect will be held from 5:30-6 p.m. April 24 at the amphitheater of Johnson Park, 230 Avenue J, in Marble Falls.

The annual bell ringing event is sponsored by Court Appointed Advocates (CASA) for the Highland Lakes Area and Marble Falls Daybreak Rotary.

Other groups dedicated to the protection of children, the Burnet County Child Welfare Board (BCCWB), the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center (HCCA), and Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers will be on hand also for the signing of a proclamation at the Burnet County Commissioners Court Tuesday, April 11, and other similar city events throughout the month.

Tue
04
Apr

Two meetings keep Burnet County traffic on TxDOT radar

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

The Burnet County Commissioners Court reconvenes Tuesday, March 28, to take a fine-toothed comb to detail of future Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) projects in the county. Seen here, from left, are Commissioners Jim Luther Jr. and Joe Don Dockery, and TxDOT engineers Cathy Kratz and Jason Caviness.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Two important transportation meetings went on in Burnet County this week.

A sit-down of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Burnet County Commissioners Court was held in an open workshop Tuesday, March 28, at the Burnet courthouse and a Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) open house on long-range plans was held Wednesday, March 29.

Commissioners went line by line through 54 projects, only 24 of which are on the 2017 priority list for TxDOT, but all important to one or morel precincts. CAMPO representatives came to convey feedback on possible amendments to the CAMPO 2040 and 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Commissioners workshop

Tue
04
Apr

Commissioners oppose HB 3677 threat to groundwater district

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pass a resolution opposing House Bill 3677 during their regular session at the Courthouse.

HB 3677, filed by state Rep. Jason Issac, R-Dripping Springs, would eliminate the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District (CTGCD) in Burnet, which was created by local voters, and force the county to consolidate with four other counties into a single Heart of Texas Aquifer District.

Wed
22
Mar

Countywide exhibit features youth art Thursday

March was proclaimed Youth Art Monthat the March 14 meeting of the Burnet County Commissioners Court in a brief presentation to Burnet art teacher Samantha Melvin. Pictured are, Commissioners Russell Graeter, Precinct 2, and Jim Luther Jr., Precinct 1; Melvin; County Judge James Oakley and Commissioners Joe Don Dockery, Precinct 4, and Billy Wall, Precinct 3.

 

 

 

 

A community arts exhibit and artists reception will be held Thursday, March 23, from 5-6:30 p.m. to recognize student artists from throughout the Burnet County.

The exhibit will take place at Happy Scoops Ice Cream, 104 West Washington Street, just off the courthouse square in Burnet.

The art exhibit will feature work by kindergarten through 12th grade artists from around the county, including students from Faith Academy in Marble Falls; Colt Elementary in Marble Falls Independent School District (MFISD) and Bertram Elementary, RJ Richey Elementary, Shady Grove Elementary, Burnet Middle School, Burnet High School, all in the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD), .

Wed
22
Mar

Goar honored in New Mexico

Burnet County's Lela Glimp Goar, right, is welcomed into the into the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) Hall of Fame by Kirk Carpenter, Aztec Municipal School District superintendent and a member of the NMAA board of directors, on March 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

Burnet County’s Lela Glimp Goar was inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies held March 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico .

The ring ceremony honored her years of service as an individual who has made significant contributions to Interscholastic and family related activities in New Mexico .

According to a press release by the organization, the individual must show great support for and involvement in formulating regulations and procedures for various interscholastic programs, and they must have 25 years of service, of which 20 must have been in New Mexico . The candidate is then screened by the New Mexico Hall of Fame Selection Committee. As a member of the Class of 2017, Lela Glimp Goar will be the 102nd member of the prestigious group.

Tue
21
Mar

Knapik has history in her blood and honors well earned

Burnet County Commissioners congratulate Jane Knapik, PhD, on her work earning the 2017 Burnet County Historical Commission Distinguished Service Award. Pictured, from left, are Billy Wall, Knapik, Joe Don Dockery and Jim Luther Jr.

 

 

 

Jane Knapik, PhD, has been honored with the 2017 Burnet County Historical Commission (BCHC) Distinguished Service Award.

The award was presented in recognition of “consistent and dedicated work with the BCHC," with Burnet County Commissioners Billy Wall, Jim Luther Jr., and Joe Don Dockery in attendance to congratulate her.

“With Dr. Knapik’s body of work in education and her continuing work in preservation of history in our county and others, she has earned yet another title: a Burnet County Woman of Note,” read the announcement of her award.

One could say Knapik has history running through her blood. Born Jane Alexander, a descendant of a Burnet County pioneer founding Alexander family, her ancestors fought in the American Revolution, for the Republic of Texas, and for the Confederacy. Her family moved to Uvalde County when she was three years old, but she came back after a long and satisfying career in education.

Fri
17
Mar

Burnet County recognized 2nd in state vet loans

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners learned Tuesday that their county ranked second overall in the state of Texas in 2016 for land loans through the Texas General Land Office's Veterans Land Board (VLB).

Ken Wallingford, a former Vietnam prisoner of war and senior advisor to the VLB, visited the court to present a certificate of appreciation and Texas flag to honor the county for having an extremely active veterans' presence, with $4,067,064 in land loans for fiscal year 2016 in Burnet County and to praise Veterans Officer Bill Worley, who was there for the presentation.

Fri
17
Mar

HB 3677 would dissolve Burnet County's groundwater district

Visit the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District website, www.centraltexasgcd.org, to see aquifer maps, rainfall records and more details about the district and water conservation.

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet County commissioners on Tuesday, March 14, discussed a bill pending before the Texas House of Representatives, House Bill 3677, which would eliminate the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District in Burnet and force the county to consolidate with four other counties into a single Heart of Texas Aquifer District.

Charles Shell, general manager of the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District (CTGCD), told commissioners the bill just filed Friday by state Rep. Jason Isaac is “alarming” as it would dissolve the organization, which was created by the citizens of Burnet County to manage and oversee groundwater within the county.

Fri
10
Mar

Three jailed on separate crimes against children

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Three separate and unrelated cases involving the violation of children led to arrests and bookings into the Burnet County Jail already this month.

One of them, Christina Nichole Bruton, now of Clarksville, faces prison immediately through a State Request for Adjudication filed by District Attorney Sonny McAfee.

Two others, Ronald Rambo II of Briarcliff and Austin Slade Jones of Meadowlakes, were arrested on felony indictments handed down by the Burnet County Grand Jury to bring cases to trial.

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