The wife of a late Burnet Pastor was pronounced guilty of nine counts of child sexual assault and indecency on Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Misty Rae Hopkins was found guilty of five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and four counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact in the court of District Judge Evan Stubbs. She was sentenced to a consecutive 380 years imprisonment.
During the guilt or innocence portion of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Stacey Burke argued that Hopkins and her late husband John Hopkins confined and tortured their children over a period of seven years.
“What warrants a life sentence? Torture?” Burke asked the jury during the sentencing portion of the trial. “That’s exactly what (her daughter) went through. None of her kids’ lives were more important than much of anything to her… It is her turn to be isolated and confined from this world.”
Lakeshore Library in Buchanan Dam is pleased to welcome Blanco County weaver Deb McClintock presenting an introduction to natural dyes on Monday, Oct. 24 at 2:30 p.m.
McClintock uses natural materials from her garden and the surrounding land to concoct dyes for the silk and wool fibers that she weaves into scarves and rugs. She will discuss the process of getting color from leaves and stems, twigs and tree prunings, flower heads, barks, roots, insect dyes, outer skins, hulls and husks, heartwoods and wood-shavings, berries, seeds, and lichens; how to get the color to “bite” with mordants; how to use different “assists” such as vinegar and iron to push the colors different directions; and even the impact that the type of water used (rainwater versus well water) has on colors.
The Upper Highland Lakes Nature Center will host Owl-oh-ween, a festive open house, on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Reveille Peak Ranch.
The event is free to the public, and will include a number of activities for visitors of all ages:
nature scavenger hunts, Hill Country geology and archaeology, Nature's Masters of Disguise, a program about camouflage, water conservation and rainwater collection, art in nature and face painting, fishing and angler education, and presentations on owls, honey bees, bats, bugs and other creep crawlers.
Food and drink will be available by donation. For groups of 10 or more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reveille Peak Ranch is located about eight miles northwest of Burnet just off Ranch to Market Road 2341.
Seton Highland Lakes is offering free flu shots for kids this season.
Shots will be available to kids between six months and 18 years old on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. No pre-registration or appointment is needed but children must come accompanied by an adult. The flu mist option will not be available.
Free shots will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Seton Marble Falls Healthcare Center at 700 US 281 in Marble Falls, and again on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the Main Entrance of Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet.
Join the Journey, a program implemented in 2013 to help Burnet youth deal and fight against substance abuse in the community, has grown in the last three years.
“We have implemented a school resource officer, random drug testing program and our proudest moment, partnering with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services,” said Keith McBurnett, BCISD Superintendent of Schools.
“So not only do we have random drug testing, but when a student does test positive for drugs, we now have free counseling opportunity for our students,”
“It is not only about the consequences but also about getting them the help they need,”
Burnet Police are still investigating the cause of a three-vehicle collision that sent one person to an area hospital.
The collision occurred on Friday, Oct. 14 just before 9:57 a.m. in the 4200 block of east Texas Highway 29.
First responders on scene said it was possible that a silver Dodge 4X4 was heading west and crossed over the eastbound lanes, causing a beige Lexus RX330 to veer off the roadway to the right, striking an oak tree and coming to rest in the right-of-way, facing southwest. The rear left tire was torn off during the wreck.
To help women have a better understanding of Breast and Cervical/Ovarian Cancer and the best ways to prevent and treat these cancers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Burnet County will host a "Friend to Friend Staying Healthy Together" Awareness Luncheon on Oct. 25 at the Burnet County Fair Building located on Houston Clinton Drive.
Early detection and treatment will be the focus of guest speakers Tammy Sartor, M.D. and general surgeon, along with Karen Goodman, lead mammography technician at Seton Women's Center in Marble Falls.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 290,000 women were diagnosed in 2015 with invasive breast cancer and of that number 40,000 were expected to die. Also, the American Cancer Society is actively fighting the disease by encouraging women get tested to find breast cancer earlier and help them understand their treatment options and how to cope with the physical and emotional side effects.
Another district judge was 'hung' in the courthouse hall this week before a score of onlookers.
The portrait of former district judge Guilford Jones was hung in the hall at the Burnet Courthouse Annex on Wednesday following a ceremony honoring the local figure.
Guilford, or 'Gil' Jones, as many refer to him, practiced law for 60 years, including service as a lawyer, 16 years as District Judge for the 33rd District Court, and most recently a legal mediator and arbitrator. He retired from the position as district judge in December 2012.
“When he made his ruling, he made his ruling on the law,” said presiding 33rd District Judge Allan Garrett of Jones. “You knew you'd get a fair shake every time.”
Evan Stubbs, 424th District Judge, also spoke to Jones' character at a ceremony held in a court room at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex in Burnet on Wednesday, Oct. 12.