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I ..................... MIXED ADC 750 1399 01-01-15 32P 9S SMALL TOWN NEWSPAPERS **C005 217 W COTA ST ## SHELTON WA 98584-2263 i,lh,,,hhl,l.i,,illnu,lu,,Hihhi.l',i',i.,lll,llldq,q 1873- 2014 Wednesday January 7, 2015 Vol. 142 No. 3 1 section, 16 pages 50 cents Burnet, Texas Home of the Burnet Bulldogs www.BurnetBuiletln.conl ||'$ St08k Sh#N tO step into the ring JAMES WALKERIBURNET BULLETIN Sixth-grader Cade Schooler works his shorthorn steer "Whitey" in preparation for the Burnet County FFA and 4H Livestock Show later this week. Schooler will also show his steer "Scott," giving him entries of Scott and Whitey. By JAMES WALKER ny at 1:30 p.m. BUeJvErBuLLEnN Rounds of judging will start at 8 a.m. Friday with the The Burnet County FFA breeding sheep, followed by and 4H Livestock Show annu- the market lambs. Also, from ally serves as the no-turning- 8-10 a.m. will be the rab- back start of winter in the Hill bit show and showmanship Country. rounds. The event, always on the Intermittently throughout second weekend of January, the day, judges will continue is actually much more than to eye, sift and deem champi- that and a large number of the ons and reserve champions the county's kids, from third grade various swine, goats, chick- up to high school, are much ens, turkeys, hogs and other the better for it animal entries. The 2015 version of the The steer show is set for livestock show is slated this 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by Thursday, Friday and Satur- the heifer show. day, Jan. 8-10, and will feature The premium sale will cap 649 projects shown by 290 this year's show starting at 1 youths, p.m. Saturday. "We're set up to have a At the premium sale, Hill good show and everything is Country merchants, business falling into place," said Steve owners and other supporters Ebeling, the president of the of local agriculture endeav- livestock show association's ors and the youths involved board of directors, recently, in them are expected to show "The numbers of entries and their support by digging deep exhibitors are going to be up into their wallets to show from last year and the way ev- their appreciation for the in- eryone is responding, it looks volvement and hard work and good." responsibility put into their The barn and stalls at the project animals by this com- Burnet County rodeo grounds munity's kids in agriculture. open at 10 a.m. Thursday, fol- lowed by the opening ceremo- Stockshew ... see Page 3 BURNET STOCK SHOW SCHEDULE The 48th Annual Burnet County Livestock Show is Jan. 8-10, and some 649 entries have signed up for competition. The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. 2015 Burner County 4H & FFA Livestock Show, Sale (Burnet County Fairgrounds) THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015 10 a.m.- Barn opens 11 a.m.-noon - Check in dairy, Angora, boer goats 12-1 p.m.- Sift poultry . 12-2 p.m. - Ag mechanics check-in 12-6 p.m. - Swine arrive in barn 1-2 p.m..-Weigh, sift market goats 1:30 p.m. - Opening ceremony 2 p.m.- Dairy goat show, followed by Angora goats (Ring A) 3 p.m. - Poultry show, showmanship (Ring B) 4 p.m. - Boer goat show (Ring A) 4 p.m. - Ag. mechanics show 4:30 p.m. - Breeding sheep in place 5-5:30 p.m.- Weigh, sift market steers; Check-in heifers 5:30-6 p.m.-Weigh, sift market lambs 6-8 p.m. - Weigh, sift swine; check-in gilts 6-8 p.m.- Weigh, sift rabbits 6 p.m. - Market goat show (Ring A) FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015 8 a.m. - Breeding sheep show fol- lowed by market lambs (Ring A) 8-10 a.m. - Rabbit show, showman- ship (Ring B) 12-5 p.m. - Market swine show, followed by breeding swine, followed by crossbred gilt class (Ring A) Bertram ,water woes recover in December BY EMILY H1LLEY-SIERZCHULA discussions in mid-December, ure Of a check valve at one of in the 20 percent range, usual- HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPER The amount of water lostthe city's well sites in Bumet. ly staying below 30 percent. dropped in December to the That particular well is seen "It's been high ever since I Bertram has been battling more typical 24 percent loss once in the momings, so "it started; it was in the 20s then, $ .... watertou issues for years,.b t. s...for.the city, teadi ik am's /toek, t awhile;.ta.c, ateh:that," dov nber,'s [w terAoss] the problem reached an apex utility director Adam Lambert Lambe d, was by far worst since I've in November with a 39 per- to say the spike the month be- The: city-run utility deals cent loss, according to council fore was likely due to the fail- with water loss that fluctuates Walor ... see Page 2 in i I Jan. 1 swearing in seats 11 S bUs, supported ag- prosecutor for Llano Coun- gressively by Jones, defeat- ty when she decided to run ed long-time incumbent Dan for the Bumet County Court BY JAMES WALKER inspiration. Mills in g hard-fought and of- at Law judge position after BUeacErBuLZErm Three new judges took of- ten nasty Republican primary Randy Savage announced his flee in Bumet County. Joining last March and then did not plans to retire., Burnet County off~cialswith 33rd District Judge Allan have an opponent in the Nov. Bayless defeated Natalie who were elected by voters on Garrett, 424th State District 4 General Election. Bennett in the GOP primary Nov. 4 took the oath of office Judge Evan Stubbs and Coun- "I am honored that you and also did not have an oppo- and were sworn in on the first ty Court at Law Judge Linda chose me and I look forward to nent in November. day of 2015. Bayless were sworn in. Also serving as your district judge," Bayless' former boss in In a well-attended ceremo- seated was new Burnet Coun- Stubbs told the crowd who Llano, Cheryl Mabry, who ny at the Burnet County court- ty Judge James Oakley. filled the courtroom, now is judge for child pro- house, 11 of the officeholders, "I can't tell you howStubbs takes office two tective services cases for a several bringing worn and pleased and proud I am of our years after Garrett took over multi-county Hill Country dis- heavily-used family bibles and new lineup of judges," said the position that once be- trict, made the trip to admin- with spouses, children, broth- retired 33rd District Judge Gil longed to Jones, who an-ister the oath of office to her ers and sisters at their side, Jones, who swore in Stubbs, a nounced his retirement before friend. vowed to tackle their jobs of Johnson City native who has the 2012 election. "It is an honor for me to at least the next four years had a law practice based in Bayless, a Marble Falls at- with energy, dedication and Lampasas for several years, torney, was the acting county Counl ... see Page 3 JAMES WALKER / BURNET BULLETIN Evan Stubbs, with his family ~ his side, took the oath of office as the new 424th State DlOtrlct Judge on Jan.l. Stubbs was sworn in by former judge GII Jones. WEATHER UPDATE Week ended Dec. 28: 0.76 inches Month to Date: 0.74 inches YTD: 0.74 inches Any weather conditions occurring after 8 a.m. Sunday will be reported the following week. Source: Hugh McCoy Hamilton Creek Drive i!11!!1!1!!I1!1!!!1]It!!i BY JAMES WALKER BURNEr BULLEr/U One of new Burnet Coun- ty Judge James Oakley's first actions since taking office has been to assume direct respon- sibility of tourism and market- ing efforts, resulting in long- time tourism director Teri Freitag losing her j ob. Oakley, who became coun- ty judge Thursday, Jan. 1, after winning in the election to suc- ceed a retiring Donna Klaeger, apparently made the tourism and marketing decision before taking office and told Freitag of his decision in a meeting with county attorney Eddie Arredondo on Dec. 19. "I made the decision that I want to handle the tourism de- partment in a different way," Oakley said Monday, Jan. 5. "I had a different vision for the way the program was to be ad- ministered and I don't think it FREITAG requires a full-time employee to do it." The tourism director posi- tion was budgeted at $41,646, plus benefits worth $18,000 in Fiscal Year 2015, said Karen Lester, county auditor. That means the elimination of Fre- itag's position translates into $60,000 in cost savings to the COunty; Freitag also served as the county's public information officer. Oakley insisted that Freit- ag was not terminated but also said she was not offered the opportunity to keep working for the county in a different capacity. Freitag said via text mes- sage Tuesday, Jan. 6, that she was called to Arredondo's of- fice where she met with the county attorney and Oakley. "He said it was nothing personal but he was moving in another direction," Freitag said. Asked who will perform Freitag's former duties, Oak- ley said, "In the interim, I will be the person heading that up. I will be putting in the applica- tions for funding and heading up the marketing efforts." Oakley asserted that he is qualified to handle the tourism and marketing responsibilities. Freltag ... see Page 2 to hear from stakeholders over water plan BY JAMES WALKER Emergency drought or- BURNETBULLETIN ders that LCRA sought and received from TCEQ the past One of the top priorities three years have helped pre- for stakeholders in the Colo- serve what water is left in the rado River's upper basin is to lakes, but they came after se- ensure the establishment of an vere damage had been inflict- updated plan that better pro- ed on them and endangered tects the Highland Lakes water the region's water supply, up- supply which is vital to much per basin stakeholders believe. of Central Texas. "The 2010 plan is broken The Texas Commission and should not ever be used on Environmental Quality again," said Jo Karr Tedder, (TCEQ) currently is consider- president of the Central Texas ing the Lower Colorado River Water Coalition, which advo- Authority's (LCRA)proposed cated for better management update to its plan that was last of the Highland Lakes. changed in 2010. Tedder and members of Highland Lakes interests her organization, as well as view the 2010 Water Manage- others from both the upper ment Plan (WMP) as a disaster and lower Colorado River that allowed large amounts of basin are scheduled to be at a water from the lakes to be re- stakeholders meeting today at leased in recent years during a TCEQ headquarters in Austin record-setting drought for use by downstream rice farmers. I RA ... see Page 3 1 N :i'| I [i "[ ....':fl I