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Fri
05
Feb

Large crowd turns out for local Candidate forum

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Over 200 people showed up at last night’s Burnet Chamber/Burnet Bulletin forum where the candidates for Justice of the Peace, Constable, Commissioners and Sheriff answered questions asked by the Mediator and audience.

 

 Read next Wednesday Burnet Bulletin for the full story

Thu
04
Feb

YMCA Pool closed for resurfacing

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/ BURNET BULLETIN

The Burnet YMCA pool will be closed in February for a $120,000 resurfacing project.

Defined by the city as “high on the priority list,” the pool's improvements were approved during budget workshops in the fall, according to Evan Milliorn, assistant director of administrative services for the City of Burnet.

“The city went out for bids in December,” Milliorn said, noting that four companies turned in bids and the lowest, winning bidder was Progressive Commercial Aquatics, Inc. of Austin.

“After doing reference checks on Progressive Commercial Aquatics, there's no reason not to accept them,” Milliorn said, adding the company suggested an upgrade of surfacing from a marble plaster to a quartz plaster, which would be more durable.

Wed
03
Feb

Kincaid announces retirement from Burnet High School

Burnet High School Principal Mark Kincaid announced his retirement on Wednesday afternoon.

After four years of serving as principal of Burnet High School and with 32 years of service in public education, Mark Kincaid announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year to his staff Wednesday, Feb. 3. During his career he has served in a number of different positions including Principal of Leander High School, Executive Director of College and Career Preparatory Programs for Austin Community College and Executive Director of College and Career Readiness in Pflugerville ISD.

Wed
03
Feb

Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Organized Retail Theft, $1,500 ≤$20K

PRESS RELEASE

 

On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, a Burnet County jury convicted Matthew Wayne Manning of Organized Retail Theft and assessed his punishment at 15 years in prison with a $10,000 fine. Judge J. Allan Garrett of the 33rd Judicial District Court sentenced Manning in accordance with the jury’s verdict. Manning was charged for stealing multiple necklaces from a glass case display at Walmart. Altogether, the necklaces were valued at $1,662.00.

 

Wed
03
Feb

Candidate forum set Thursday

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet Chamber of Commerce and the Burnet Bulletin have come together again to bring the Burnet County community a candidate forum with the local commissioner, constable, justice of the peace and sheriff candidates tomorrow night, Thursday, Feb. 4, starting at 6 p.m.

Located at the Burnet Community Center a meet, greet and acceptance of forum questions will be from 6-6:30 p.m. with the forum to start at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates for Burnet County Sheriff expected to participate include Granite Shoals Chief of Police JP Wilson and Judge Calvin Boyd.

Commissioner candidates include Precinct 1 runners Sam Cox, Glenn Whitworth and Jim Luther, Jr., and, Precinct 3 runners Billy Wall, Darrell “Butch” Turner and K. Linvel Baker.

Wed
03
Feb

UIL Texas realignment affects BHS

BY MARK GOODSON/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS

 

With the announcement of the new University of Interscholastic League (UIL) alignments on Monday, Feb. 1, Burnet football is in District 13-4A, Division I again, this time with the same schools except adding neighbor Liberty Hill instead of Waco Robinson.

The rest of the district is the same as it has been for the last two years with Burnet, China Spring, Gatesville, Lampasas and Waco La Vega still in the mix.

For all other sports besides football, Burnet will compete against Lampasas, Leander Glenn, Liberty Hill, Llano, Salado and Taylor.

In District 13-4A, Division II, Llano remains in the five-team district. Bandera is the new opponent, replacing Lytle. The District 13-4A, Division II teams are Bandera, Geronimo Navarro, Hondo, Llano and Wimberley.

Wed
03
Feb

HCCAC gets food donations for kids

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

The Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center (HCCAC) received a donation of snacks for the children that visit the center from the Burnet County Republican Women on Thursday, Jan. 28.

“We can’t express to the Republican women how much their donation means to the children we see. We were totally out of everything. But with one email they rallied and 'made a difference',” said Doris Graeter, development director of HCCAC.

“HCCAC is designed to look like a home and every home should make children feel safe and cared for. Snacks, blankets and stuffed animals help us do that,” said HCCAC Family Advocate Justin Foster.

The HCCAC, located in Burnet, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that uses a multi-agency approach to the investigation, intervention and coordination of services for children and families affected by emotional, physical and sexual abuse or neglect.

Wed
03
Feb

Bertram swears in Boyd as assoc. judge

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

During the Bertram City Council Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, Calvin Boyd was sworn in as the Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Bertram by Mayor Dickie Allen.

“His main job will be to magistrate, and the way that I understand it is, if Judge Simon has to exclude herself, then Mr. Boyd would step in,”Allen said.

Following recommendations from Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Peggy Simon, Boyd’s position

will have jurisdiction to hear all criminal cases that occur within the territorial limits of Burnet County.

Wed
03
Feb

Fallen Texas veteran finally laid to rest here, thanks to son

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Horseshoe Bay resident George Collins is finally able to lay his father, George Raymond Scruggs, to rest back at home in Texas, a long 66 years after a 1949 Civil Air Patrol mission proved fatal while assisting the Caribbean Legion.

“The last time I saw him I was only 10 years old,” Collins said.

“Year after year, the man who never was became less real, less relevant and I began researching the Hunters, my mother’s family, in 2007,” Collins said.

“There were stories of Texas Rangers and Apache Indian relatives that had intrigued me since childhood. I began by searching genealogical sites and forums, but made little progress,” he said.

Tue
02
Feb

Burnet man arrested on assault charge


Carl Gunnels

by Alexandria Randolph

A Burnet man was arrested on a felony assault charge after allegedly threatening a member of his household with a baseball bat.

Carl William Gunnels Jr., 37, was arrested by Burnet Police Department officers at his home on Hamilton Creek Circle on Sunday, Jan. 24, on charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, after police said he threatened a household member, believed to be an adult female, with a baseball bat.  

For the full story see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin. 

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