Burnet County

Wed
11
May

Air quality hearing clouded

ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS
Burnet resident Paul King is one of several area residents that opposes a permit amendment to allow an increase in production for the Oldcastle Materials Texas rock quarry on US 281.

By Alexandria Randolph

Highland Lakes Newspapers

Citizens begged state environmental officials to consider the cumulative effects of air pollutants at an air quality hearing for a local rock quarry Thursday.

Burnet County residents took to the mic to openly oppose the permit amendment, which would authorize modifications to the rock crushing facility at the Oldcastle Materials Texas quarry on US 281, (formerly Capital Aggregates) allowing for an increase in production.

Mon
02
May

Burnet County prays for America Thursday

Burnet County churches and community members will observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. with prayers for America's government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

U.S. Congressman Roger Williams will speak on honoring veterans following and opening by Burnet County Judge James Oakley. The program will include prayer led by pastors of more than 10 Burnet County churches.

Also participating will be veterans, Hill Country Community Band and Choir and Boy Scouts to conduct a flag ceremony.

Fri
29
Apr

City manager confirms Granite Shoals Police Chief on leave

J.P. Wilson

Granite Shoals City Manager Ken Nickel has confirmed the city has placed Police Chief J.P. Wilson on administrative leave, but has no further comment on the nature of the leave.

Nickel and other city officials have told The Highlander several times during the past two weeks that Wilson is still the chief of police in Granite Shoals and has not been terminated by the city and remains a paid employee. In his absence, command of the city's police force has shifted to Capt. Gary Boshears.

Wilson has served as the police chief of Granite Shoals for 13 years. He recently ran for sheriff of Burnet County, but failed to make the runoff election.

 

Fri
29
Apr

Severe weather risk this afternoon, evening

The Hill Country, including Burnet and Llano counties, is at risk for some severe storms this afternoon and evening. As you can see on the attached map, this includes areas across the eastern Hill Countgry as well as along and east of I-35, including Austin and San Antonio.

Threats include hail up to 2 inches in diameter as well as wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph and rainfall of between half an inch to 2 inches. Isolated pockets east of I-35 could see up to 4 inches of rain and an isolated tornado or two is possible.

Isolated to scattered showers will develop this morning with scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon and evening. Environmental conditions are favorable for some storms to become strong to severe and the severe threat may diminish after midnight.  

Tue
26
Apr

Oakley, Palasciano face off in PEC forum

Hear from District 5 candidates who spoke in Johnson City Thursday, April 21.

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor

 

Burnet County Judge James Oakley of Spicewood and Carlos Palasciano described their respective visions about the future of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative during a Thursday evening forum in Johnson City.
The two men are candidates for the District 5 place on the board currently held by Oakley, who also serves as the board president. PEC hosted a forum for the candidates at their cooperative headquarters.

Mon
25
Apr

Weather alerts still on the map

Burnet and Llano counties are not in the target area for the worst weather this week, but stay alert if you are traveling north.

The National Weather Service issued a weather alert that is not leaving us out of the large hail and isolated strong storm threat.

Today, Monday April 25, we can expect to hit near 90 degrees and most likely tomorrow, to share a few of the showers.

Wed
20
Apr

Traffic congestion on US 281 needs to be addressed

By LEW K. COHN

The Highlander

Managing Editor

I listened with interest to the presentation last week on the City of Marble Falls' comprehensive plan, which has been updated through the work of Halff Associates along with the City Council, Economic Development Committee and a Comprehensive Plan Action Committee (CPAC).

One of the more interesting topics which came up as Robert Halff presented the plan was traffic and transportation through Marble Falls, especially on the U.S. Highway 281 corridor. I was especially encouraged when I heard discussion about the possible development of alternate routes to US 281.

Sun
17
Apr

Sunday weather alert issued

A National Weather Service Flash Flood Watch continues for most of South Central Texas from 10 a.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Tuesday.
All of South Central Texas is included, with the heaviest rainfall expected primarily along and east of U.S. 281 and along and north of Interstate 10. This still includes both the San Antonio and Austin metro areas.
Over the next 48 hours and widespread, 3-6 inches of rain are expected over most of South Central Texas with isolated amounts of 8-12 inches mainly east of U.S. 281 and north of Interstate 10. 
Flash floods and river flooding remain the primary concern. Rising levels on rivers, creeks, and streams and increasing soil moisture levels will continue to increase this threat over the 48 hour period ending Tuesday morning.
Sun
17
Apr

Latest weather alert reported

This map accompanied the National Weather Service alert issued Saturday, April 16.

The National Weather Service on Saturday, April 16, issued the alert for a slow-moving storm system with the threat of locally heavy rainfall across South Central Texas Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
All of South Central Texas, with the heaviest rainfall expected primarily along and east of a Fredericksburg to Pearsall line, including both the San Antonio and Austin metro areas.
Rainfall with 48-hour hour totals during that time span in a widespread could be 3-6 inches with isolated 7-10 inch totals possible for areas east-northeast of a Fredericksburg to Pearsall line. Lesser amounts of 1-3 inches are expected elsewhere.
Flashflood and river flooding are the primary concern. Although it will be secondary to the heavy rainfall and flash flooding threat, isolated damaging winds and isolated brief tornadoes will be possible. The threat for large hail is low.
Fri
15
Apr

Matching helps leverage donations to Phoenix Center

By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor

 

Residents of Burnet County who contribute to The Phoenix Center during its current capital campaign could see their gift leveraged into an even larger amount, thanks to two separate matching pledges by supporters of the Marble Falls-based center.

Marble Falls resident Robert Ruff has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, donations made to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization through Jan. 10, 2017, up to a maximum amount matched of $300,000. This includes contributions received through charitable organizations.

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