Burnet County, TX

RUNOFF ROUNDUP: Flores, Troxclair win Republican nominations

Local, district, and state Republican and Democratic nominations were decided Tuesday, May 24, in each party’s primary runoff election. Winners will be on the Nov. 8 midterm ballot. In Llano County, Lisa Simpson defeated William Koch 627-388 for the GOP nomination for Precinct 4 justice of the peace. In...
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Burnet man faces murder charge in knife attack after victim dies

A Burnet man now faces a murder charge following the death of the person police say he stabbed multiple times. Daniel Smith Sr., 57, was first arrested May 8 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police say he held a knife against the side of a woman at a Burnet restaurant before stabbing another person several times. The second person, identified as 55-year-old John Hawkins, was transported to an Austin-area hospital by helicopter due to the seriousness of his injuries.
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Commissioners address Bertram Library building, juror pay, political signs

The Burnet County Commissioners Court accepted a warranty gift deed for the Bertram Library building, increased pay for selected jurors, heard several presentations, including from the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, and set up a committee to regulate political signs on county property during its regular meeting Tuesday, May 24. The Bertram...

Highland Lakes school districts feeding kids during the summer

The three Highland Lakes public school districts are offering summer meal programs at several sites for ages 18 and younger as well as enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old. Meals are free from the Marble Falls Independent School District, Burnet Consolidated ISD, and Llano ISD through the...

State, local runoff elections May 24

Several high-profile state office and two district races are on the ballots for the Republican and Democratic runoff elections Tuesday, May 24. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The runoff includes the race for the new Texas House District 19 seat on the Republican ticket, which has drawn much...

Groundwater conservation district OKs study for future development

Current drought conditions and developmental pressures might be impacting the water supply in Burnet County, directors of the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District learned during the board’s regular meeting Friday, May 20. After a presentation by General Manager Mitchell Sodek, directors voted to commission a study to determine the state of the county’s groundwater.

Burnet County Jail bookings for May 13-19, 2022

The following people were arrested and booked into the Burnet County Jail during the period of May 13-19, 2022, according to Burnet County sheriff’s logs. City of residence and release information are listed when available. This list does not constitute an official court document, and all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Vote through June 10 in PEC District 5 director election

Voting in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative election is underway and continues through 5 p.m. June 10. Only PEC members in districts 4 and 5 may vote for their respective candidates, either online, in person, or by mail. Both incumbents are running for re-election and both have drawn opponents. In District...

Property valuations at all-time highs in Burnet and Llano counties

Property valuations have increased by 25 percent in Burnet County and 20 percent in Llano County. Both rates are all-time highs, according to the chief tax appraisers for each county. “This is uncharted territory,” Burnet Central Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Stan Hemphill told “Look at the growth. Just look...

Hidden Falls Adventure Park off-roader dies after striking tree

A 56-year-old man died May 14 at Hidden Falls Adventure Park in Marble Falls after his utility vehicle struck a tree. Burnet County Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency crews responded to the park, located in the 7000 block of RR 1431 east of Marble Falls, at about 5:25 p.m. Saturday.

Burnet County 4-H team returning to nationals

KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune’s Mac McClennahan had a great conversation with Lizy Lily, a member of the Burnet County 4-H rifle team that will be headed to Ohio for national competition July 13-18. The team is hosting a barbecue fundraiser on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Place Downtown in Kingsland. Money raised will go toward the trip to Camp Perry, Ohio.

Free pancakes at Marble Falls volunteer firehouse May 21

Marble Falls volunteer firefighters are serving free pancakes from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at their fire station, 606 Avenue U. “We want people to know who we are and see our faces,” said Michael Phillips, chief of the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department and an employee of the Marble Falls school district. “And if someone has an interest in helping out, we want to meet them.”