Burnet County


Rabies alert issued in Granite Shoals

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander
A dead bat found in Granite Shoals has been confirmed as infected with rabies and residents are being urged to report any others found in the area.
Granite Shoals Animal Control retrieved the dead bat from a local residence on April 5. The bat was submitted for rabies testing to the Department of State Health Services and has been found to be positive for the disease. It was one of four reported this year in Burnet County, TDSHS reported.
“We ask that any person that comes in contact with a bat, dead or alive please contact Granite Shoals Police Department immediately,” said Officer Ginnie Kirkpatrick. “Please remember to not touch any bat for any reason at any time. We also ask that you make sure that your animals stay current on their vaccinations at all times.” 

Take Wildlife Hunter Safety course Saturday at Inks Lake State Park

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Safety Course will be offered at Inks Lake State Park on Saturday April 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Any one born after Sept. 2, 1971, who is older than age 9 and wants to hunt alone in Texas, is required to complete the course.

Hunter Safety is not required to buy a hunting license, but it is required for an individual to hunt alone. Without the course, the young hunter must be accompanied within earshot by a person who is at least 17, who is licensed to hunt in Texas and who has passed hunter education or is exempt (born before Sept. 2, 1971).


Monarchs and more spring nature programs set

A male Monarch butterfly pauses to dine on spring phlox. Migration and habitat preservation will be topics of at least three upcoming area programs.

Area wildlife and gardening organizations are lining up spring programs and high on the list of topics is the Monarch butterfly.
On April 10 from 2-5 p.m., Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (FBCNWR), a Feed the Monarchs program will be presented by Sondra Fox. Her free family program will provide hand-on instruction for planing a butterfly garden, making a wildflower seed ball to plant and a hike to search for Monarch eggs, butterflies and caterpillars in fields of native milkweed and to plant seeds in the new butterfly meadow at the refuge.
Balcones Canyonlands is a national wildlife refuge east of Marble Falls at 24518 Ranch to Market Road 1431. For more information call 512-339.9432.

Cohn named Highland Lakes Newspapers managing editor

Lew Cohn, left, is welcomed as the new managing editor by Frank Shubert, publisher of Highland Lakes Newspapers.

Highland Lakes Publishing, LP publisher, Frank Shubert, announced this week that Lew K. Cohn would take the reigns as managing editor of the Marble Falls Highlander and the Burnet Bulletin.

Cohn, 45, is an award-winning former editor and publisher of several newspapers in Texas with more than 23 years experience in community journalism.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Lew as the managing editor of our publications in the Highland Lakes,” said Shubert. “These communities, which we are privileged to serve, will benefit greatly from Lew’s comprehensive experience as a journalist and director of our editorial and digital products.”


County job rebound ahead of state's

Here's how Burnet County fell in the lineup of an eight-county region of adjoining counties in a chart from the Texas Workforce Commission statistics online at www.texasworkforce.org..



Burnet County's job market is healthier than it was a year ago, according to a Texas Workforce Commission report that shows the local unemployment rate dropping from 4.0 percent in January 2015 to an improved 3.5 percent for the same month this year.


Celebrate Easter beginning today

Photo by Frank Shubert/The Highlander
'Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.'
~John 1:29
Easter services and hunts for Easter eggs one of the earliest Christian celebrations of Eastertide are found in the list here.

Easter events are here and we have compiled a list of some happenings in the area still to come in the way of Easter services and hunts for Easter eggs, one of the earliest Christian celebrations of Eastertide:



Easter Egg Hunts



Rain, rain, going away

Highlander Sports Editor Mark Goodson, faced with one game cancellation after another due to rain, captures an image of the last winter seemingly had to toss at the Highland Lakes Friday, March 11. Sunny skies should warm Spring Break into the 80s.

Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Friday rains may the last for the Highland Lakes for a while, with the last chance of a shower fading after Saturday morning.

Sunny, dry and warm weather is forecast Sunday through Tuesday as a weak ridge of high pressure sets up across Texas, according to the forecast by Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority. Breezy west and southwesterly winds with speeds of 10-15 mph are forecast all 3 days, allowing temperatures to warm well into the 80s, despite cool mornings, he said.


Register now for women's health conference Saturday, March 12

Let's talk...Women 2 Women is a women's health conference taking place Saturday, March 12, and organizers are asking for a call in advance to reserve a sandwich lunch to round out visits to the event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The fun, educational meeting with people who provide services for women throughout this area will include subjects such as heart attack in women, vaccines for adults, incontinence and dealing with abuse and introduce the participants to Use It Or Lose It Exercise, healthy eating habits and how to get the most out of 15-minute meetings with their doctors.


Burnet County sees record primary turnout

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A record number of voters cast ballots in the March 1 Party Primary Election, a process that will be repeated for the eight candidates in four county runoff races.

“The turnout beat the 2008 primary, which was the biggest we know of,” said Doug Ferguson, Burnet County elections administrator. “The total was 11,751 of about 27,000 registered voters.”



NOTE: The following results are for how BURNET COUNTY voters cast their ballots. They may or may not line up with state outcomes. For a graphic that shows how county and state results compared, see Friday's edition of The Highlander.



After all the polling locations closed Super Tuesday evening, March 1, and the votes were tallied, it became apparent that Burnet County voters mirrored the rest of Texas in favoring Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz over Donald J. Trump, 4,026 votes to 3,145.



In locally-contested races, there were many clear-cut winners, as well as several expected runoff situations (if the top candidates did not gather at least 50.1% or more of the votes for that position):


* Indicates anticipated runoffs.




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