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Burnet man charged with child sex assault

Dehart

By James Walker

Burnet Bulletin

A 17-year-old Burnet man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a young girl.

Brandon Michael Thomas Dehart, who is being held in the Burnet County Jail in lieu of $100,000, is charged with “Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.”

Dehart was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 21, after a four-year-old girl told forensic interviewer Kim Cruz of the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center that Dehart touched and penetrated her genital area with two fingers, as well as a spoon, fork and a knife.

During the interview, the girl was able to identify the parts of the female and male body, Burnet police officer Brandon Bertelson said in an affidavit used to convince Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead to issue a warrant for the arrest of Dehart.

The alleged assault apparently happened on or about Jan. 4, Bertelson said in the affidavit.

Wed
28
Jan

Pearce rescues, rehabilitates, releases injured owl

By James Walker
 
Arlene Pearce’s latest rescue and rehabilitation story is familiar to the many who know her as Burnet County’s Bird Lady. Pearce is a retired Burnet Elementary School special education teacher whose life now is devoted to her second passion of giving birds, especially some of Texas’ magnificent birds of prey, another chance at life.

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Wed
28
Jan

Filing opens to seat new mayor, others in city, school races

By James Walker
 
A battle over the leadership and direction of the City of Burnet is shaping up with the decision by city council member Mickey Phair to run for mayor and the expected announcement that long-time public works director Danny Lester will run for a seat on the council in the May 9 municipal elections. Filing opens today, Jan. 28, for candidates who want to have their names placed on the ballots in the Burnet City Council, Bertram City Council or the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District races.

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28
Jan

Longtime employee

Meg Hernandez (center) celebrated her birthday and 35th anniversary working at the Lakes Area Pharmacy in Burnet yesterday, Tuesday, Jan. 27. Former pharmacy owner David Humphries (left) and his son Todd, who recently purchased the store, plus the Corner Drug Store in Llano and Kingsland Pharmacy from his father, joined other employees for birthday cake in honor of Hernandez.

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Wed
28
Jan

School bond developments save $4 million

By James Walker
 
Burnet school district taxpayers apparently will get a significant cost savings from what they signed up for when they approved a $27.5 million bond package last year. The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) board of trustees approved an order on Monday, Jan. 26, authorizing the issuance of bonds, which clears the way for getting many of the 140 projects in the bond package underway.

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Wed
21
Jan

Smiling...the smart way

Angelina Bernal, a second grader at Bertram Elementary, gets a check-up from Jen Banton, Registered Dental Hygienist who works at Susan Henson DMD, PA, during the “Smart Smiles” event held Friday, Jan. 16, at all of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District locations. Smart Smiles is made possible by dentists, hygienists and volunteers who donate their time and skills to make sure that each student is provided free dental care.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Commissioner calls out Judge Oakley

By James Walker
 
Burnet County Commissioner Bill Neve had a couple of gentle reminders fornewly-seated Burnet County Judge James Oakley as he presided over his first meeting of the commissioners’ court on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Neve spoke up after reading comments by Oakley in stories published in the Burnet Bulletin in the days before he took office regarding his plan to assume personal responsibility for the county’s tourism and marketing efforts and the high priority he places on the need for a bridge over Lake LBJ near Wirtz Dam that would link FM 1431 and FM 2347.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Approved stadium work may affect BHS graduation

By James Walker
 
The need to start work on installing artificial turf and a new track at the Burnet High School football stadium might mean the senior graduation ceremony will have to be held elsewhere, Superintendent Keith McBurnett has acknowledged. In order to be ready for the start of the 2015 football season, the stadium project needs to be underway by the end of April, McBurnett said. “Based on the timing of the district track meet (April 15-16) we are projecting that construction at the stadium will begin on April 20 and be complete by Aug. 24,” the superintendent said.
 
Wed
21
Jan

Burnet police arming with ‘body cameras’

By James Walker
 
Burnet police officers soon will be wearing body cameras designed to capture video of events that take place during the course of their work shifts. Burnet City council members approved a request by Police Chief Paul Nelson at its Tuesday, Jan. 13, meeting to lease 15 VIEVU body cameras at a cost of $4,500 for the next three years.
 
Wed
14
Jan

Fourth grader comes up big in county showmanship

By James Walker
 
Mason Hocker, a 70-pound Burnet fourth grader, pulled, tugged and at times seemed to hang on for dear life, but in the end was rewarded when his 1,300-pound European crossbreed steer won “Grand Champion Steer” honors at the Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock show Friday evening, Jan. 9. Hocker’s hulking, recalcitrant black steer “Johnny Football” showed a propensity for emulating his famous namesake and freelancing his movements during the judging, but judge Jason Marek was able to get a good enough evaluation on him to award him the blue ribbon.
 

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