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Sat
23
May

Flash flood watch in effect

by Alexandria Randolph

Wed
20
May

Alive no more

BY JAMES WALKER
Burnet’s famous Indian Marker Tree is dead and gone. The huge Texas live oak, located a few feet from Hamilton Creek behind the Highlander Restaurant, was listed in the “Famous Trees of Texas– Texas A&M Forest Service Centennial Edition” book published by Texas A&M University Press. The tree dated back to the 1840s when Commanche Indians passed through the area after spending summers in North Texas and the High Plains and winters in South Texas and Mexico.

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Wed
20
May

Drought over?

BY JAMES WALKER
Rejoice over the recent rains, but don’t get too carried away and start proclaiming that the record-setting drought that has gripped the Highland Lakes region for five years has broken. “Yes, we’ve gotten rain and yes we are thankful for it,” said John Hofmann, vice president of water for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA.) “But we are not out of this drought — not by a long stretch.”

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Wed
20
May

Gov. Abbott appoints Russell to LCRA board

BY JAMES WALKER
Outgoing Marble Falls Mayor George Russell has been appointed to the board of directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) by Gov. Greg Abbott. Russell, whose term will expire in 2021, effectively replaces LCRA director Buddy Schrader of Horseshoe Bay. “I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Russell, whose third and fi nal term as mayor ends tonight, Tuesday, May 19.

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Wed
20
May

$500,000-plus in scholarships due to Burnet graduates

BY JAMES WALKER
The Burnet community is being offered yet another way to step up and support its young people by attending the Hill Country Community Foundation (HCCF) Scholarship Presentation at 7 p.m. tomorrow, May 21, at the Burnet High School Auditorium. The extent to which the Burnet community already supports its youths is demonstrated in multiple ways each year – from the annual Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock Show and the Seton Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party to other events which see individuals, businesses and civic leaders dig deep and come up time and time again with hundreds of thousands of dollars to back its younger population.

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Thu
14
May

Burnet County corrections officer killed in crash on US 281

Riddle

A 29-year-old Burnet County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer died Wednesday, May 13 when the car he was driving was involved in a four-car accident on US 281 about four miles south of Lampasas.
Anthony Riddle, a resident of Lampasas and the father of two small boys, was headed to work when the accident happened at about 5:20 p.m., according to a Burnet Police Department statement.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety accident report filed by trooper Frank Randolph, the accident happened when a car on US 281 struck another car traveling in the same direction then skidded across the center stripe where it collided with the car being driven by Riddle and another car.
The DPS did not say in which direction the cars were traveling but if Riddle was headed to work he would have been traveling south.
Riddle was pronounced dead at the scene by Burnet County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead.

Thu
14
May

PEC District 1 candidates to square off in HSB forum

By: Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Wed
13
May

Former judge Jones to fill JP 4 position on interim basis

Former district judge Gil Jones will become the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace on an interim basis after being appointed to the position by the Burnet County Commissioners Court Tuesday, May 12.
Jones, who retired in 2012 after serving 16 years as the 33rd Judicial District Judge, will replace the retiring Ed Cutchin, who announced his retirement effective June 30.
Cutchin’s last day to work will be June 19 and Jones will assume the position June 20.
The commissioners and County Judge James Oakley praised Jones as an honorable person and an excellent choice for the position but the appointment still was not without controversy.

Wed
13
May

Tornado watch in effect

by Alexandria Randolph

Wed
13
May

Murder Trial to Start Monday

By James Walker

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