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Thu
30
Jun

Two transported following collision on TX 29 east

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH

A two vehicle collision on TX 29 at eastern Burnet City limits Wednesday afternoon resulted in reportedly two people transported by EMS. 

The collision occured just in front of Reliable Tire Disposal in the 3300 block of east TX 29 at about 4:45 p.m. 

A silver Kia, believed to be a Sorento model, sustained severe damage when it landed upside down in the westbound side of the roadway, partially in the outside lane and partially off the roadway, facing south. A Chevrolet 2500 sustained moderate damage to its truck bed and came to rest off the road outside the eastbound lanes facing east.

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

Wed
29
Jun

Autopsy still out on unidentified burned man

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Authorities are still waiting on the results of an autopsy for an unidentified man found in a burned vehicle on County Road 202 last Monday.

Burnet County Chief Sheriffs Deputy Joe Canady said the man has still not been identified, and the results of an autopsy performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has not been returned in full.

“We're still awaiting on some final stuff for that,” he said.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said in a press release that “anytime there are unanswered questions surrounding a death, the investigation remains as 'suspicious' until investigators can determine the actual events.”

Canady also said that nobody has been reported missing from the Burnet County area.

“The State Fire Marshalls Office and Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation,” he said.

Wed
29
Jun

Victoria man drowns while saving daughter

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

A Victoria man drowned on Wednesday while trying to save his daughter, who had been caught in swift current in the Llano River at Badu Park.

According to a City of Llano news release, Brian Holmberg, 52, drowned while trying to save his daughter when she was taken up by the river current while fishing.

Llano County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Brian Alexander said Holmberg and his daughter, who he believes to be a teenager, were fishing below the dam, but may have been standing on top of it.

At about 2 p.m., Llano County dispatchers reported that a child was drowning in the river.

Llano City officials said that on Wednesday, June 22 at about 2:07 p.m., police received a call in reference to an accidental drowning.

While the current of the river wasn't strong at the time, Alexander said typically eddies and swirls can form just below the dam.

Wed
29
Jun

County officials encourage safety with holiday fireworks

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

While Burnet County officials held off on issuing a burn ban in a recent meeting, they emphasized the need for safety during upcoming July 4th jubilee.

Burnet County Environmental Services Director Herb Darling said that although the county’s overall dryness rating looks steady, the county may need to consider a burn ban in coming weeks.

“We’re rapidly approaching the time of year when conditions could become serious,” he said. “Our KBI rating is still moderate.”

Darling said the county’s KBI, an index used to measure dryness and wildfire potential, is 305. Higher KBI ratings are in the 700s.

“We urge people to use caution. Just because we don’t have a burn ban doesn’t mean we can burn everyday,” Darling said. “Pay attention to the conditions and the wind forecast. Use a lot of caution with fireworks out there.”

Wed
29
Jun

Lake communities ready to celebrate Fourth of July

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

For those going out on the town on Independence Day weekend, there are a number of local celebrations to visit for July 4th activities, some that take place day-of, and some that stretch across several days of fun, family festivities.

 

ALL WEEKEND

Going on all Independence Day weekend is the annual Kingsland Aqua Boom from Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4. The festivities kickoff with the Friday Night Steak Cook-off at 7 p.m. On Saturday morning, the Flights of Fancy remote control plane air show and golf tournament both begin at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., the BBQ Championship Cook-Off begins. The first annual Aqua Boom Music Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., including performances by Clayton Jones, Brooks Crossing, William Michael Morgan, and others.

Wed
29
Jun

Bertram mayor: July 4th isn’t going to be the same

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/ BURNET BULLETIN

With Independence Day around the corner, one of the first duties of the new Bertram Mayor Cynthia Anderson has to do is report there will be no Fourth of July Firework Celebration in the City of Bertram.

“I am saddened by this news and it is unfortunate that we will not have this event that has been a part of our community for so long,” said Anderson.

The event, which is usually held by the Bertram VFD at the little league fields in the city on Fourth of July weekend, was cancelled by the VFD on April 25 via social media.

The VFD decision was in reaction to the Bertram City Council requesting them to assist with a monthly fee to help maintain the hydrants and use of the water for all of ESD4.

“Bertram is the only primary water source is ESD 4 that covers a total of 169.5 square miles for fire protection,” said Anderson.

Wed
29
Jun

Local fire chiefs weigh in on national volunteer decline

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

“We need your help. Become a volunteer firefighter,” the roadside letter board read as I zoomed by a volunteer fire hall on a country road in Bandera County.

The plea isn't necessarily uncommon.

Across the country, volunteer fire departments are suffering a gradual decline of membership and volunteer efforts.

According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, the number of volunteer firefighters in U.S. has declined by about 12 percent since 1984, dropping from 897,750 to 788,250 in the nation.

“Back when I joined in 1979 and even further back than that, the volunteer situation wasn't much of a problem,” said Randy Meeks, Burnet Volunteer Fire Chief. “At that time we had 52 members. When I joined we had 36 members… We had gotten down to about 14 at some point. Right now we're up to 21 which isn't bad compared to other departments.”

Wed
29
Jun

Historical Dining back on Track at Airy Mount

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Moving to Burnet in 2012 the last thing on AB Walters mind was starting up another business.

After successfully developing and running his business Senox since 1979 in Georgetown, Walters and his wife Elizabeth were looking to unwind on a ranch somewhere in Texas.

“Dan Brady from Jim Berry Real Estate called me and said, “I think your really going to like this place I have to show you”, and I did, I fell in love with it,” said Walters.

Brady had showed a ranch off County Road 335 in Burnet to Walters and his wife thinking it would be the perfect fit for everything Walters was looking for.

Moving and establishing their homestead in Burnet AB and Elizabeth “Lizzy” noticed, there was not much of a variety of restaurants to choose from in Burnet.

Mon
27
Jun

Autopsy still out on burned man

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

Authorities are still waiting on the results of an autopsy for an unidentified man found in a burned vehicle on County Road 202 last Monday.

Burnet County Chief Sheriffs Deputy Joe Canady said the man has still not been identified, and the results of an autopsy performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has not been returned in full.

“We're still awaiting on some final stuff for that,” he said.

Burnet County Sheriff W.T. Smith said in a press release that “anytime there are unanswered questions surrounding a death, the investigation remains as 'suspicious' until investigators can determine the actual events.”

Canady also said that nobody has been reported missing from the Burnet County area.

For more on the story, see Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin.

Wed
22
Jun

Burnet native keeps Navy's newest technology airborne

A 2012 Burnet High School graduate and Burnet native is serving with a U.S. Navy electronic attack squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced aircraft, the EA-18G Growler.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Dania Izell is an aviation ordnanceman with the “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 142, one of 14 Navy electronic attack squadrons based in Whidbey Island, Washington.
As an aviation ordnanceman, Izell loads bombs and missiles on aircraft.
“I enjoy the sailors I work with,” said Izell. "They make the work enviornment a lot of fun.”

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