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Wed
22
Oct

Burnet Band, dance team advancing to UIL Area D

By James Walker
 
The Burnet High School Esprit de Corps earned nothing but First Division ratings at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region 26 Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, keeping its hopes of a state run alive and earning it the right to advance to the next level of competition. BHS’ group of students musicians will advance to the UIL Area D Marching Contest scheduled this Saturday, Oct. 25, in Cedar Parks’ Gupton Stadium. The Esprit de Corps (EDC) is set to step its show onto the field at 1:30 p.m. in the prelminaries. The top 10 bands will be chosen to advance, with finals performances scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
 
Wed
22
Oct

Rifle racks and deer tracks

By Alexandria Randolph
 
A methamphetamine stash with a street value of about $250,000 was confiscated and a Burnet man was arrested Friday, Oct. 17, in what authorities called a significant drug bust. Bobby Earl McGraw, 41, was arrested by Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputies at his rural residence on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 200 and 400 grams, and six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
 
Wed
22
Oct

Rifle racks and deer tracks

John Wallace who recently moved to Burnet County from McAllen, Texas, was invited by friends to attend the “Rifles, Racks and Deer Tracks” event benefitting the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center.
 
Wed
22
Oct

$26 million school bond decision in hands of voters

By James Walker
 
The contest for the hearts and minds, and votes, of citizens who live within the boundaries of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) has begun in earnest, with backers of a $26 million bond package scrambling to combat a recent newspaper ad that questioned the debt that the school district will face if it passes.
 
Mon
20
Oct

Ranger to be honored in weekend ceremony


Christian Dorbandt

by Alexandria Randolph

An iconic figure of Burnet County history will be honored Saturday, Oct. 25, for his service in the Texas Rangers of old, only a few days from the 104th anniversary of his death.

Christian Dorbandt, born Dec. 12, 1818 and deceased Oct. 28, 1910, will be recognized in a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Service at South San Gabriel Cemetery on CR 322 on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

The service is open to the public.

Dorbandt came to America at age 34 from Denmark and served in the US Army during the Mexican War in the 1840s before being stationed at Fort Croghan in Burnet County.

Dorbandt built the rock house that shares his name in Backbone Valley, which is now along US 281 in Marble Falls.

Mon
20
Oct

Two dead in fatal weekend wrecks

by Alexandria Randolph

Two men died in separate fatal collisions on Saturday, Oct. 18.

A two-vehicle collision four miles west of Spicewood at 1 a.m. Saturday morning took the life of Bradley Tchiebe, 32, of Columbiaville, Mich.

Texas DPS reports said the collision occurred when a 1997 Saturn, traveling westbound in the inside lane of TX 71, crossed the center-line.

A second man, Bryan Pitney, 33, of Harker Heights, died in a single vehicle wreck on US 183. Pitney was an enlisted member of the US Military.

Pitney passed away at the Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.

For the full story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Mon
20
Oct

Authorities bust meth stash worth $250,000


Bobby Earl McGraw

by Alexandria Randolph

A methamphetamine stash worth about $250,000 was recovered and a Burnet man was arrested Friday, Oct. 17 in what authorities called a significant drug bust.

Burnet County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Bobby Earl McGraw, 41, at his residence on Friday on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance between 200 and 400 grams, and six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

McGraw was booked in Burnet County Jail and released Sunday, Oct. 19 on bond of $190,000.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Highlander or Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

 

Wed
15
Oct

Burnet Commissioners delay on CTWC funding request after concerns aired

By James Walker
 
Even though the Central Texas Water Coalition (CTWC) is widely acknowledged to have been instrumental in convincing the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to take significant steps toward better management and protection of the water in the Highland Lakes, Burnet County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Oct. 14, were urged by some local Republicans and Tea Party activists to discontinue funding the organization.

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Wed
15
Oct

National Night Out

Six-year-old Jeffery Good, (top photo) with the help of Burnet fireman and paramedic Robert Resa turned plenty of heads as he experienced the feeling of being loaded onto a gurney and placed into a Burnet Fire Department EMS unit during the 2014 Burnet National Night Out event held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Wallace Riddell Park.

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Wed
15
Oct

Jailbreaker recaptured

By James Walker
 
When a Burnet County Jail inmate escaped after overpowering a corrections officer and taking his gun on Sunday, Oct. 12, it was a planned getaway, county commissioners and jail officials confirmed yesterday. Burnet County Sheriff W. T. Smith first acknowledged to an Austin television station Monday afternoon, Oct. 13, that the inmate, 40-year-old Murl Lamb, intentionally injured himself early Sunday morning in order to be taken out of the jail as part of his plan to escape.

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