Burnet news

‘Community journalism’ hallmark of The Highlander

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What is a community newspaper? A community newspaper is defined as a “news organization whose primary mission is to cover the important issues that affect a cohesive and well-defined geographic, ethnic or cultural community,” according to the Saving Community Journalism Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. At The Highlander and the Burnet Bulletin, we see our mission as covering, first and foremost, the interests of the Highland Lakes region, specifically people in Burnet and Llano counties, at the local, county and regional level; thus, our focus is “hyper-local” when it comes to news and events coverage which appear within the pages of our newspaper.

Police pursue capital murder charge

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After an exhaustive investigation, authorities say they have connected a man initially arrested on credit card abuse charges with the death of an elderly woman, who was last seen at a Burnet motel. Burnet police investigators and Texas Rangers charged 45-year-old Adrian Vega with capital murder Dec.

Virus vaccine on its way to Burnet County

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Burnet County healthcare workers and nursing home personnel are next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, as a round of vaccines make their way into the Hill Country this week, officials said. As part of a tiered distribution process, the Moderna vaccine to fend off the coronavirus will go to hospitals and clinics, free-standing emergency rooms, EMS providers, pharmacies and health departments.

Sales tax soars in Marble Falls

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A robust December sales tax allocation received this week has pushed Marble Falls to its best-ever year, an economic development official said Wednesday. Since January, Marble Falls now has received $10,030,098.86 in sales tax allocations — up nearly $510,000 (or 5.35 percent) from the $9,520,122.89 received from January 2019 through December 2019, which was previously a record.

Sales tax figures showing promise

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Sales tax allocations for Marble Falls climbed by nearly 15 percent for November, according to figures released recently by the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $890.5 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 4.8 percent more than in November 2019.

Burnet County 4-H takes Livestock Show honors

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The Burnet County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently competed at the District 7 Livestock Judging contest in San Angelo. The junior team (top left) finished fourth high team overall and fourth in sheep and goats. Team members include Cooper Evans, who was fourth overall, second in cattle, and fourth in swine; and Kynslee Cody, who placed sixth overall. The Burnet County 4-H intermediate team (top right) was named overall reserve champions and also finished second in sheep and goats, third in swine and second in reasons. Team members include Cayhil Isom, who finished third overall and fifth in reasons, and McKenzie Evans, who finished fourth overall, second in reasons and second in sheep/goats. The Burnet County 4-H senior team (right) finished ninth overall and sixth in cattle. Contributed