A Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee has stopped short of calling for the removal of Burnet County Judge James Oakley from the Board of Directors entirely but has recommended his removal as Vice President of the cooperative's board.
The recommendation of the Complaint Committee will be discussed and action taken during Tuesday's regular Board of Directors meeting at the cooperative's headquarters in Johnson City.
The board will also consider a resolution by Oakley to rescind the bylaws for removal and discipline of a PEC director from bylaw amendments that were put in place just one week before Oakley made a post on Facebook which brought national media spotlight to the PEC and cast Oakley in an unfavorable light.
Dawn Buckingham will take her oath of office today, Jan. 10, as the new senator for Texas District 24 and she shared time yesterday for telephone interviews with the press.
She succeeds Sen. Troy Fraser of Horseshoe Bay after coming out on top of five Republican candidates, besting Rep. Susan King in the run off and swamping Democrat Virginia Leeder of Llano 214,568 to 81,836, statewide in November.
“We really appreciate Sen. Fraser's years of service,” said Buckingham. “Those are big shoes to fill and he has worked with me to make a smooth transition and make sure the district is represented well throughout the transitional period.”
In District 24 that are includes the counties of Burnet, Lampasas, Llano, Blanco, San Saba, Comanche, Gillespie, Brown, Bandera, Bell, Callahan, Coryell, Hamilton, Kerr, Mills, and parts of Taylor and Travis.
Alyssa Arnold has been selected as Burnet High School Rotary Student of the Month. Alyssa, or Fred as she’s known around school, is an outstanding student and leader and demonstrates Service Above Self in all she does. As a student she is maintaining a 4.0 GPA, while taking the most difficult classes BHS offers and takes on leadership roles in every organization she participates in. She is currently a captain on the soccer team, Vice President of the junior class and a varsity cheerleader. She has also been instrumental in every activity that student council and cheer have participated in this year. She helped lead the cheer team to their national bid at the regional UCA competition in November. Fred has also done everything asked of her this year in student council and without her, events such as the winter formal would not have been as successful and perhaps not have been completed at all. After school Fred plans on attending the University of Texas and majoring in Business.
Lone Star Barbecue Society will host their Cooker of Year event honoring previous champions and the State Championship Cook-off on Friday Jan. 20 and Saturday Jan. 21, 2017 at the Burnet County Fairgrounds.
During the event, judging will take place on the categories: Chicken, Pork Spare Ribs, Brisket and Beans.
Entry fee's will vary in each competition with 100 percent payback for the Beans category, paying first, second, and third place.
The Meat payout will be $5,000, including first through fifth place, as well as Grand Champ and Reserve Champ.
“The Cooking Channel will be in attendance to film the event this year as well,” said Harvey Gebhard, owner of Lone Star Barbecue Society. “We usually have from 85-100 entrants.”
In addition to the regular judging items, Lone Star has included a Grilled Cheese judging event.
“We did it last year and the lady that won got quite a bit of money for winning,” said Gebhard.
A standing room only crowd filled the Burnet County Courthouse Sunday, Jan. 1, for the New Year's Day ceremonial oaths of office for elected and appointed officials.
The new Texas House District 20 Representative, Terry Wilson, was on hand to congratulate the local officials. The Marble Falls resident, who won his spot to replace Marsha Farney in the Republican Primary, will be sworn in officially at the Capitol on Jan. 10.
No only elected officials were included. Almost the entire contingent of Burnet County Sheriff's Department deputies came forward to be sworn by new Sheriff Calvin Boyd.
Months of preparation will come together for local youths involved in agricultural projects as they get ready to step into the show ring and before the judges in the 50th Annual Burnet County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 5-7, at the Burnet County Fairgrounds, 1301 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet.
The barns will open Thursday at 10 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m.
“We welcome everyone to come out to the show,” said Brandon Evans, president of the stock show association. “If you have never been, it’s a lot of fun and it is a great program for kids to get involved in,” he said.
The two-year highway beautification project for the intersection of US 281 and Texas 71 began with a groundbreaking Tuesday, Dec. 27. The site has been called the Gateway to the Hill Country and Highland Lakes Region and described as a “welcome mat” at the threshold of traffic from seasonal visitors from within Texas and from far beyond Texas borders. As such, it was endorsed during the spring and summer by the Burnet County Commissioners Court and the City of Burnet, among most of the area's cities and counties. The project was proposed by Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways (CSTH) in a landscape partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program. Tuesday marked the beginning of phase one of the project, professional arborist services donated by Mills Services of Kingsland.
Just as the State of Texas is reaching in a new direction for an answer to some of its decade old Child Protective Services (CPS) problems, there is a new local face on the scene.
On Dec. 7, Governor Greg Abbott announced he would channel $8 million from his Criminal Justice Division into care of hard-to-place youth and, while it is not yet perfectly clear how that effort may play out, a Burnet County woman is aiming at similar problems.
Some 20 years ago Theresa Alexander of Burnet saw a documentary on high risk kids in cities and she was inspired.
“It made me want to create a summer ranch experience for those kids,” she said. “The idea has morphed into a dream of a residential treatment facility for boys age 12-17.
State Senator-elect Dawn Buckingham filed her first bill last week, seeking to hold Texas' presidential electors to their pledges to vote for the candidate elected by the majority of Texas voters. Senate Bill 394, titled the Texas Elector Accountability Act, would make so-called “faithless electors” who fail to vote for the Texas general election winner subject to a civil penalty of $5,000. It would also make them ineligible to serve again as state electors in subsequent elections. The bill was filed by Buckingham Dec. 21 and will be considered during the next legislative session, which begins in January. A companion bill was filed in the Texas House by District 14 Rep. John Raney, R-College Station. “Electoral College members from Texas proudly pushed President-elect Donald Trump over the required number of 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency,” Buckingham said.