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Wed
26
Nov

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Wed
26
Nov

State will not seek death penalty against double murder suspect

By James Walker
 
By Alexandria Randolph Highland Lakes Newspapers The District Attorney’s Office confirmed they will not seek the death penalty for a suspect of a double homicide indicted earlier this month.Garrett James Ballard, 21, was indicted Thursday, Nov. 6 by a Burnet County Grand Jury on a charge of capital murder of multiple persons in relation to the deaths of Elijah Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate, who were shot multiple times at Ballard’s residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on the morning of Aug. 19. The indictment was filed in the 424th Judicial District Court, and was served on Thursday, Nov. 20.
 
Wed
26
Nov

Burnet firefighters get time on the line

By James Walker
 
More than 30 Burnet firefighters received training on how to combat a live structure fire last week, thanks to a deal reached by the city’s fire department and a private landowner. On Thursday, Nov. 20, the city’s firefighters first did simulated exercises that helped them understand and experiencethe 500 degree-plus temperatures inside a burning structure and the various ways to approach and combat such a situation.
 
Wed
26
Nov

LCRA actions before state leaving water users uneasy

By James Walker
 
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) will seek permission from the state to curtail releases of interruptible stored water from the Highland Lakes for downstream rice farmers, but is doing so in a way that leaves those with lake interests with an uneasy feeling.
 
Tue
25
Nov

Bertram officials look forward to new city hall


The R Bank at the corner of Vaughan and Grange Streets will be the site of Bertram’s new city hall next year.

By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula

Bertram city officials purchased the R Bank building and parking lot earlier this month to be the site of its city hall next year. R Bank is building another bank near the town; once that building is finished, renovations can start on the new city hall, said Mayor Dickie Allen Tuesday, Nov. 25.

“We’ve purchased the building but we haven’t taken possession of it yet,” he explained.

The building is at the corner of Vaughan and Grange Streets in downtown Bertram.

“Only a few” renovations will be needed, he said, and he hopes work can begin by January or February next year.

In addition to more space and parking because of the parking lot included in the $285,000 purchase, the police department will have its own home in the present city hall building.

The city will no longer pay rent to the volunteer fire department there to rent part of their building to the police department.

Fri
21
Nov

Double murder suspect indicted


Garrett Ballard

by Alexandria Randolph

The suspect of a double homicide on the morning of Aug. 19 was indicted Thursday, Nov. 6 on charge of capital murder of multiple persons.

Garrett James Ballard, 21, was indicted in the 424th Judicial District Court on charge of capital murder of multiple persons in relation to the deaths of Elijah Adam Benson, a 17-year-old Burnet High School student, and Travis Leslie Fox, a 26-year-old Burnet High School graduate, who were shot multiple times at Ballard’s residence in the 5800 block of CR 340 on the morning of Aug. 19. The indictment was filed by District Judge Dan Mills, and was served on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Ballard remains in Burnet County Jail on bond of $50,000, and is defended by a court appointed attorney.

Tue
18
Nov

Adoption Day success heightens awareness

By James Walker
 
Wall-to-wall smiles, tears of joy and carefree balloon- batting children were everywhere to be found in Burnet county’s normally staid and sobering courtrooms on Saturday, Nov. 15. The occasion was Burnet County’s second “Adoption Day” event, which saw officials perform adoptions involving 11 families and 15 children.

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Tue
18
Nov

Tradition revisited – BHS holds ‘fireside rally’

Tradition revisited – BHS holds ‘fireside rally’

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Tue
18
Nov

Seton Highland Lakes Hospital earns ‘Top Performer’ Award

Seton Highland Lakes Hospital has been recognized by The Joint Commission, a leading accreditor of United States health care organizations, as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2013.” Seton Highland Lakes was specifically recognized for success in providing excellent care for pneumonia patients and developing high-quality surgical care services.

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Tue
18
Nov

BCISD officials sort bond projects by type

By James Walker
 
Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) board members have begun dealing with the nuts of bolts of implementing the projects voters approved in a $26.7 bond package earlier this month. At their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 17, the board split the approximately 140 separate projects into three categories, chose methods of implementing and completing them and named three of their members to a review committee that will monitor the construction Project Manager for many of the projects.

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