Burnet City officials have issued a scam alert regarding false collection calls.
City officials said Friday morning that Burnet businesses have reported receiving telephone calls, claiming to be from the City of Burnet, telling them they are “past due on their utility bills and that unless they immediately pay the bill in cash their utilities will be terminated,” officials said in a release. “The caller is very aggressive and insists that they must make a payment immediately.”
The City of Burnet reminds residents that past due notices are issued on the 21st of each month and city employees will not call a citizen demanding payment over the phone.
“Citizens should never provide personal banking information or give money to someone they do not know,” officials said.
While concrete plant officials share their plans for pending facilities, Burnet County residents have begun to question whether the county is prepared for increased industrialization.
After a concrete company applied for an air quality permit with the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality on June 15, Burnet County residents have turned to local officials to voice concerns about increased industrialization.
Dave Holmes, resident of Stone Mountain in the Tobyville area, said the issue is bigger than this plant.
“What's happening is the Texas legislature is favoring the aggregate industry big time,” he said. “The legislature does not consider the county when they approve gravel digs.”
In August, Burnet County Judge James Oakley said the county had no say over the permit besides acknowledging receipt of it.
Proposed changes to the bylaws of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative that change how directors are elected were passed Monday, Aug. 15, by the co-op's board of directors during a meeting that, at times, was very heated and tense.
The amendments to the bylaws — passed by a 5-2 supermajority vote — now create single-member districts in which only members who live within a district may vote for the director from that district. They also create a different quorum requirement for election of directors than that required for the annual PEC meeting, which is when director elections have traditionally taken place. The changes would take effect for the 2017 election cycle.
This story first appeared in the Wednesday, Aug. 24 edition of the Burnet Bulletin, and the Friday, Aug. 26 edition of The Highlander, in which it was reported that two individuals, Terry Wayne Perkins and Travis Carl Kerr, were each charged with evasion with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle. This was incorrect. Kerr was only charged with parole violation, and Burnet Police said on Friday, Aug. 26 that other charges are pending. His charges of evasion and unauthorized use of a vehicle listed in the story were from a previous incident in January, for which he served his jail time. We apologize for the inaccuracy.
Two men were arrested on Monday morning after one allegedly led police on a cross-county car chase overnight.
Seven area students participated in the 2016 National Fire & EMS Explorer Conference in Flagstaff, Ariz., and had some great experiences on the way.
This article was originally printed in the Wednesday, Aug. 24 edition of the Burnet Bulletin and included photos that were listed as having been provided by a member of editorial staff. The photos were in fact contributed by the Burnet Fire Department.
BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH
Seven teenagers traveling across country to take on a national competition as an underdog team – it sounds like the plot of a popular 80s movie, but for the Burnet Fire Explorers, it was a recipe for success and life lessons.
After a cross country trip to compete in first response skills, Burnet Explorers learned more than just how to train for the next time around, said Burnet Fire Department EMS Coordinator Lealand Raiford.
Raiford is the head of the Burnet Fire Department Explorer Post 4700, a group of students that meet weekly to learn first response and life skills vital to those in the industry.
In mid-July, the students took their knowledge and skills to compete in the 2016 National Fire & EMS Explorer Conference in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“Three weeks ago we went to Arizona. They absolutely blew us away. The group we took learned so much,” Raiford said.
A 5K memorial run is scheduled for Aug. 27, beginning at 8 a.m. at Johnson Park in Marble Falls to raise awareness about next year’s sessions at Camp Agape, a program for children grieving the loss of a loved one.
The 2017 camp is scheduled for July 17-20 at Camp Buckner Retreat Center, 3835 Farm to Market Road 2342 between Burnet and Kingsland.
The memorial run fundraiser will allow children ages of 7-12 to attend Camp Agape at no cost to their families.
“Everyone who joins the 5K memorial run can be assured of their profound impact on a child’s life,” said Christen McVaney, the camp’s executive director. “Participation in the race will make it possible for precious children to attend Camp Agape where they no longer feel alone in their grief, giving them true hope for their future.”
The Highland Lakes Texas Exes Chapter has been re-activated and is re-establishing their University of Texas Longhorn family with an event from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18.
The event, with appetizers and beverages, will be held at Mama's Home Cooking, 200 South West Street in Burnet.
The chapter will be working to bring together UT graduates in the Highland Lakes through social, cultural, fundraiser and community help events to provide benefits to area students through scholarships.
At the Aug. 18 meeting, $6 per person includes the first beverage ticket and appetizers. Additional beverage tickets will be $5 each. Payment at the first gathering will be by cash only. Separate dining at the restaurant will be available for those who want to stay longer.
Drawing tickets sold at the meeting for $2 each or five for $10 will be the first small fundraiser.
Due to new season dates adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas hunters may enjoy the longest dove season in 80 years.
While the traditional opening dates established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remain fixed, a new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared to previous years.
“The additional days are being integrated early in the season to take advantage of birds migrating into the state, as well as at the end of the season in the Special White-winged Dove Area to offer more wingshooting opportunities,” TPWD officials said in a release.
Dove season in central Texas will begin on Thursday, Sept. 1 and will continue through Nov. 6. The late season for dove is Dec. 17 through Jan. 8.
BY LEW K. COHN & ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/ BURNET BULLETIN
A month of drought-like weather in the Hill Country ended with a boom as a tropical disturbance from the Gulf moved its way over Burnet county and dumped a large amount of rain on the area over the weekend.
The tropical disturbance, which was also responsible for heavy flooding in parts of Louisiana, collided with a stalled cold front in the Hill Country, leading to heavy downpours late Sunday and early Monday as well as several periods of rain Friday and Saturday.
Friday marked the first significant rainfall in Burnet County since early July and helped temperatures drop more than 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, making the weather the most temperate it has been since May.
Two Burnet men accepted a plea bargain for reduced jail time in a Burnet pawn shop burglary case, while a third suspect will go to trial.
James Paul Martin, 49, was indicted on three charges of theft of a firearm in May, and a hearing on Thursday, Aug. 12 determined he will go to trial on Dec. 5 to face criminal prosecution for the alleged crimes. His alleged cohorts, Shawn Michael Adams, 28, and Bryce Robert Barron, 19, both pled guilty to burglary of a building and ten counts of theft of a firearm, all state jail felonies, and were given reduced sentences in exchange for testifying against Martin and a fourth suspect, District Attorney's officials said Thursday.
Assistant District Attorney Kristen Sharpe said Adams was sentenced to a maximum of two years, but will be on probation for five years.
“He will go to ISF here locally, and will have to pay restitution to the pawn shops,” she said.