PEC Board votes 6-0 to investigate Oakley complaint, consider possible removal

James Oakley

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors voted 6-0 Wednesday, Nov. 30, to give written notice to director James Oakley that the board will consider his possible removal on Jan. 17 if a complaint filed against Oakley is found to merit such discipline.

In a resolution approved at a special called meeting, the board voted to establish a committee to investigate the complaint against Oakley and determine what punishment, if any, he may face for a social media post made earlier in the month in which Oakley commented it was “time for a tree and a rope” for the suspected killer of a San Antonio police officer.

Board President Emily Pataki indicated the committee, which will be comprised of directors Kathy Scanlon, Paul Graf and herself, can consider all avenues open to them through the cooperative's bylaws, including removing Oakley from the position he has held since 2013.


BHS Tree Lighting Thursday, Christmas Parade Dec. 10

The Burnet High School inaugural Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Burnet High School courtyard amphitheater.

Burnet Consolidated ISD and Burnet High School staff and students invite members of the community to put an ornament on the tree, hear some caroling and drink some hot cocoa to help get the community in the Christmas spirit.

Burnet's Annual Christmas Parade has been set for Saturday, Dec. 10 starting at 5 p.m.

The Christmas on the Square Parade has been a community tradition for over 30 years. Individuals, groups, clubs, churches, schools, and “kids of all ages” are encouraged to join in the parade festivities and are reminded to submit parade applications by Thursday, Dec. 1. There is no fee for entry in the parade.


Man arrested following attack on local firefighter

John Coleman Walker


A Burnet man was arrested on assault charges after a firefighter stepped in to ease an alleged racial misunderstanding at a Bertram restaurant.

John Coleman Walker, 56, was arrested on charge of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, after he allegedly attacked a local firefighter during a reported misunderstanding.

According to a Bertram Police Department arrest affidavit, officers responded to the Good Grazin Cafe at 240 west Texas Highway 29 on Monday, Oct. 15 at 8:15 a.m., after an alleged assault occurred there.

The affidavit stated that the victim, a Bertram Volunteer firefighter, was eating alone inside the restaurant when the defendant, Walker, became irate over some comments that were made between two women that were also eating inside the restaurant.


Llano County murder suspect claims self defense

Justin Lamb


The suspect of a Llano County murder has claimed he shot a man in self defense, authorities said Tuesday.

Justin Lamb, 27, of Yuma, Ariz. was arrested on charge of murder after authorities were led to a Llano County ranch where a Mason man was slain.

Joshua Lee Jordan, 31, was found shot multiple times in the head and torso on Saturday morning, Nov. 19, while his three-year-old son slept in a nearby house.

“At about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, we had a call from the Stripes at Texas Highway 29 and Texas Highway 16,” said Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn.

The caller said there was a man at the location who told employees he had shot his friend on a nearby ranch.

“We went out to the ranch about nine miles west of Llano off County Road 403,” Blackburn said. “There we found a subject shot multiple times. He was deceased.”

Jordan's three-year-old son was asleep in the house nearby when the shooting occurred.


Horseshoe Bay man arrested in teen rape case

Nicholas Bryant Foster

UPDATE: A correction was made to the date of the alleged assault based on information given to the Burnet Bulletin by the family of the victim. Readers are asked to keep in mind that what is presented here is not all of the information. See Wednesday's Burnet Bulletin for more details on the case. 



A 21-year-old Horseshoe Bay man was arrested on charge of sexual assault of a child after he allegedly raped a teenage girl by coercion.

Nicholas Bryant Foster was arrested on Nov. 11 on the second-degree felony charge after a teenage girl under 17 years of age made an outcry to her mother, naming Foster as the offender.

According to an arrest affidavit released by the Burnet County Sheriff's Office, deputies were contacted by the victim's mother about the sexual assault of her daughter on Oct. 23. Family of the victim clarified Monday that the assault occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 22.


Christmas Market at YMCA Friday

The Annual Christmas Market is opening its doors again at the Burnet YMCA.

The market opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 and will remain open during YMCA business hours until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Over 40 vendors are expected to attend and sell their handmade goods, arts and crafts, and novelty items, event officials said.

Elm Ranch Soap, Sage Creek Farms, Origami Owl, and Haute Tots Boutique are just a few of over 26 vendors that have confirmed attendance.

The YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway Hammond is located at 1601 south Water Street.



Tell us what you're thankful for!

In honor of our upcoming Thanksgiving edition, The Burnet Bulletin would like to poll our readers on what you are most thankful for. Message us on Facebook, email us at or call us at 512-756-6136 and let us know what you are thankful for this year!


More than $160,000 raised for scholarship fund


The 5th Annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser in late September had its biggest year yet, officials said – garnering over $160,000.

Cary Johnson, founder of the endowment fund and President of First State Bank of Burnet, said that so far, the endowment has funded some $44,000 in scholarships for local students through the Hill Country Community Foundation.

“This is the best year we've had,” Johnson said. “We raised $166,167 after expenses which we will turn over to the Foundation.”

Johnson said the number is even higher than last year, when the fundraiser accrued $123,000.

“Our family – this blows us away that the community has embraced this. We believe that with the check we're going to give the Foundation on Thursday, we will have given the Foundation $703,000 in the last five years.”


Craddock rededicated on 55th anniversary

The Burnet Municipal Airport and the City of Burnet recently celebrated the completion of a multi-million dollar improvement project at Kate Craddock Field.

The event held in the Highland Lakes Squadron Commemorative Air Force hangar on Thursday, Nov. 10 also marked the 55th anniversary of the airport.

The project, which officials said cost an estimated $12 million, included an increased taxiway/runway separation with construction of a new taxiway and a runway overlay; acquisition of land for the separation and for additional protection zones at each end of the airport. Other improvements included increased apron areas, drainage study, installation of storm water collection systems, relocation of the fuel farm, new fencing, relocation of utility lines and other associated work.


Main Street Bethlehem opening Dec. 2!

Alexandria Randolph/Burnet Bulletin

This manger scene was captured during the 2015 Main Street Bethlehem village production. 

Burnet residents and travelers from all around are invited to experience the historical village of ancient Bethlehem that will come to life on Dec. 2.

Main Street Bethlehem is a free family event offered to the citizens of Texas as a Christmas gift by the members of First Baptist Church, Burnet and other area churches.

Guests can walk among 100 costumed characters living their daily lives in the busy historical village of ancient Bethlehem, working and raising families as distant travelers arrive to pay taxes under the oppression of Caesar Augustus. Traveling merchants, craftsmen, basket makers, weavers, corn grinders, rope makers and many others as some among them are found to be searching for the long awaited Messiah.


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