Burnet County Texas news

Tue
02
Aug

County contracts for more inmates, hires more jail staff

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Burnet County officials and law enforcement are preparing for an influx of inmates from nearby counties in coming weeks.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley said commissioners court approved contracts with three Texas counties on Tuesday to house inmates in overflow conditions or special circumstances, and the jail has hired additional staff to handle the increase. Hayes, Somerville, and Taylor county jails have all contracted for the ability to send inmates to Burnet County Jail.

Prior to new staff, the jail was only allowed up to house 240 inmates based on its staffing. The total capacity of the jail is 587.

“It's a See-Saw effect,” Oakley said. “As we bring in new inmates, we hire more jailors.”

In late June, commissioners voted to unfreeze eight positions at the jail to prepare for the influx of new inmates.

Tue
02
Aug

Concrete company eyes new site north of Burnet

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Wed
27
Jul

Riddell statue is 'home'

CHRISTI BERTELSON/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
The statue of Burnet County Sheriff Wallace Riddell (1899~1978) stands proudly at its new home at the historic jail, over which he presided almost 40 years, on the corner of Washington Street and Pierce Street in Burnet.

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON
HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Thu
21
Jul

Burn bans are in effect

A Texas Forest Service publication that outlines protection against wildfire is available at Marble Falls Fire Rescue.

County burn bans instituted

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

 

Tue
05
Jul

County intends $4.7 million debt service

By Alexandria Randolph
HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
Burnet County Commissioners unanimously made preliminary approval of $4.7 million in debt service for infrastructure improvement projects last week.
Commissioners initially began the discussion in early May after storms that brought to light the need for improved drainage at several low water crossings in the county.
Burnet County Judge James Oakley said in May that issuing the additional debt service on top of the 20 year bonds used to purchase the county jail would level the amount the county would pay semiannually on the debt by adding smaller, short-term payments to fill in gaps caused by fluctuations in the current debt service payments.
“This is the amount available without raising the debt service tax rate,” Oakley said in commissioners court Tuesday, June 28.
The debt, which totals $4,685,000, will be paid over a seven year term.
Mon
27
Jun

One dead in mysterious car fire

ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
The Burnet County Sheriff's Office recovered scant evidence with charred remains of a human being at the site of a car fire on County Road 202, southeast of Lake Victor in Precinct 2.

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

 

A charred license plate and melted side mirrors are all that remain on County Road 202 of a vehicle that caught fire Monday night with an unidentified man inside.

Burnet County officials said the fire was reported on Monday evening, June 20, in the 3800 block of County Road 202 in Precinct 2.

“It was a car on fire and there was a body in it,” said Lisa Whitehead, Burnet County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2.

Mon
27
Jun

Autopsy still out on burned man

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

Authorities are still waiting on the results of an autopsy for an unidentified man found in a burned vehicle on County Road 202 last Monday.

Burnet County Chief Sheriff Deputy Joe Canady said the man has still not been identified, and the results of an autopsy performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has not been returned in full.

“We're still awaiting on some final stuff for that,” he said.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said in a press release that “anytime there are unanswered questions surrounding a death, the investigation remains as 'suspicious' until investigators can determine the actual events.”

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