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10
Sep

Hometown Heroes


Brailey Hall, left, Vanessa Escamilla and Hannah Smith visited with five-year-old Jordan Johnson Sunday, Sept. 7, at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin after they came to her aid when she stopped breathing and had no pulse Saturday evening in Burnet.

By James Walker.

Thanks to the quick and cool-headed actions of three undaunted Burnet teenage girls, five-year-old Jordan Johnson is alive and happily able to laugh and play with her two younger siblings. Hannah Smith, Vanessa Escamilla and Brailey Hall were able to revive Jordan after she stopped breathing while in the family vehicle Saturday, Sept. 6, with her mother, brother and sister.

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Wed
10
Sep

Llano eagles will be rebuilding fallen nest


The eagle pair get comfortable in their Llano nest in January, 2014. The photographer, Jess Thompson, has been observing the eagle pair for more than 10 years.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula.

The well-known eagle pair who had a nest along Texas 29 near the Llano River will be building a new home this fall after their nest collapsed about a month ago because of a combination of a rotted tree trunk, a heavy nest and a windy day, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department official said Friday, Sept. 5. People have traveled from all over the country to see the eagle’s nest.

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Wed
10
Sep

Brother, sister die in crash near Oakalla late Friday

By James Walker.

A brother and sister on their way home from college to Round Rock, Texas, for a family birthday celebration both died in a crash on US 183 Friday evening, Sept. 5, near Oakalla, Texas. It was the second fatal incident on that stretch of road in a week’s time. Kylie Murphy, 20, and her brother, Ryan Murphy -- who was observing his 20th birthday that day – perished at the scene of the crash after their car careened into the path of an oncoming pickup and was struck broadside.

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Wed
10
Sep

LCRA expected to vote on amended water plan

By James Walker.

Once again, the Lower olorado River Authority (LCRA) board of directors is expected to vote on an amended Water Management Plan at its monthly meeting next week. And, once again, Highland Lakes water activists are cautiously optimistic about the vote’s outcome. “Everybody seems to be in agreement on the need to move forward,” said Jo Karr Tedder, president of the Central Texas Water Coalition, after the last of three recent LCRA-led stakeholders meetings was held to educate the public on the complexities and possibilities inherent in the proposed new Water Management Plan (WMP.)

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Thu
04
Sep

Benefit for Burnet woman injured in ATV accident


Contributed Charlie Campbell, center, poses for a picture with family and friends at the Charlie Campbell Bulls and Barrels Rodeo fundraiser in March.

by Alexandria Randolph

The Second Annual Charlie Dawn Campbell Fundraiser Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Delaware Springs Golf Course in Burnet.

Campbell, mother of two and a resident of Burnet, was seriously injured on the opening day of dove season, Sept. 1, 2013, in an ATV accident on a private Burnet County ranch. She suffers paralysis and now requires continued medical and rehabilitation care.

“She’s doing good. She’s got a lot of her upper body back,” said Gary Campbell, her brother. “She’s strong. Her ultimate goal is to be able to take care of her children on her own.”

Campbell said his sister goes to Austin for rehabilitation treatment two to three times every week, which costs roughly $7,000 per month. In-house rehabilitation, which she completed a few months at a time, costs $6,000 a month. Campbell will soon undergo shoulder surgery in addition to her rehabilitation.

Wed
03
Sep

Friends with ‘Oatie’

Whitney Wood of Johnson City finds new friend in “Oatie”— the official mascot of the Oatmeal Festival held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30. Drawing a crowd of fans, the event featured a fun run, pageant, parade and more.

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Wed
03
Sep

Dove Season

Mike Winter of Red Top Bait Shop could not have looked more proud teaching his grandson, Gabe Martin, how to shoot on the first day of dove season, Monday, Sept. 1. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department experts are saying this year’s dove season is looking good, since populations of both mourning and white-winged doves have improved by five percent over last year.

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Wed
03
Sep

Where’s the water going?

By James Walker.

The diminishing water storage levels in Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis are expected fall below 700,000 acre feet this week and could continue to drop by an average of close to 2,000 acre feet a day for at least the next 10 days.

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Wed
03
Sep

Burnet Schools affected by ‘unconstitutional’ financing

By James Walker.

Texas legislators should commit to fixing the inequities in funding the state’s public schools when it meets next year and not wait until they are compelled to do so by a judge, Burnet schools superintendent Keith McBurnett believes.

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Wed
27
Aug

Back in Class

The first day of school at Burnet schools Monday, Aug. 25, saw second-grader Kenzie Barrow

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