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50 cents Wednesday April 20, 2016 Vol. 143 No. 22 1 sections, 18 pages 'Thank a veteran or emergency first responder every day!' Burnet, Texas Hometown newspaper of Nita Spivev i Important local elections are rapid- ly approaching. The Burnet Bulletin has extensively inter- viewed all of the can- didates for Burnet City Council, Burnet CISD, Bertram City Council, and Ber- tram Mayor. Start- ing on Page one and continuing on Pages 2, 8, I3 and I8, find out where your local candidates stand on al --the issues. ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS The Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy released a bald eagle back into the wild on Wednesday. Conservancy Executive Director John Karger, right, assisted Conservancy Manager Kelly Rayner in releasing the bird of prey. A piece of cardboard had to be removed from the juvenile female eagle's tail after it was put there to protect it from damage while traveling. Local candidate forum set for Monday, April 25 The Burnet Chamber of Commerce and Burnet Bul- letin will sponsor candidate forum for Burnet City Coun- cil and Burnet CISD Board of Trustees candidates. The event is set for 6 p.m. Monday, April 25 at the Sylvester H. Reed Memorial Building, 402 E~ Jackson, in Burnet. The public is invited to come meet the candidates at 6 p.m. with a forum to fol- low at 6:30 p.m. Takingflight ... Conservancy releases bald eagle on fiver cruise BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN An awed murmur spread across a small crowd of by- standers as a man and wom- an remove the last protective wrappings from a young, fe- male bald eagI The woman opens her hands, and. in a few quick flaps, the eagle takes flight, cruising over the sur- face of the Colorado River and landing among the trees on its incident BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH BURNET BULLETIN Two teens were arrested on felony aggravated assault charges after their target practice alleged- ly injured a passerby. Bumet Sheriff's Department Deputies arrest- ed Ronald Mason Reynolds of Cedar Park and Richard Phillip Spradling of Burnet, both 18, on charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, a second degree felony. On Wednesday, April 13 at about 9:54 a.m., the Bumet County Sheriff's Office re- ceived report an individual had been injured by an "unknown exploding item," officials said. Ronald Reynolds The individual was driving in the 1200 block of Burnet County Road 304 when something exploded and caused injury to his right hip. According to a Burnet County Sheriff's Office release, deputies and EMS personnel responded to the location and later believed the individual to be a victim of a gunshot wound. Deputies and investigators checked the area and made contact with three young men in the 1400 block of County Road 304. The teens re- ported that they had been target practicing with a rifle. According to Burnet County Jail records, Week ended April 17". 1.76 inches Month to Date: 2.28 inches YTD: 10.82 inches Any weather conditions occurring after 8 a.m. Sunday will be reported the following week. Source: Hugh McCoy Hamilton Creek Drive ttl!!l!l!t!!ll!!!l!!lllll bank. The crowd bursts with cheers and applause. While some of the patrons of the Vanishing Texas River Cruise on Wednesday morn- ing, April 13 had no idea the were going to see an eagle re- leased back into the wild that day, others on the boat have been preparing for this mo- ment for some time. Eagle... see Page 18 leads to assault arrests Spradling lives in the 1400 block of CR 304. "Further investigation led investigators to be- lieve that two of the individuals were shooting a .308 caliber rifle into some trees," officials said. "One of the rounds .fired missed its intended target andcontinued west, for approximately 150 yards, before striking the passenger door of a ve- hicle on County Road 304." The bullet passed through the door and into the right side of the man, the release said. The victim was transported to Seton Medical Center Wil- liamson for treatment. The three teens, identified as Reynolds, Spradling, and Cruzito Joe Sells, 17, were initially arrested for a misde- Richard Sprsdling meaner possession of marijuana. Investigators later obtained arrest warrants for Reynolds and Spradling on the aggravated assault charge. Reynolds and Spradling each posted a $25,000 bond and were released the next day. Sells was also released the next day on bond of $1,500. "Persons need to consider where a bullet may travel before engaging in shooting a firearm. The reckless actions of the individuals could have caused much more serious injuries or death to the victim," said Chief Deputy Joey Canady. i BY ALEXANDRIARANDOLPH Pell. "As for last night, JoJo BURNET BULLETIN R e a 1 i - and her date Luke showed up Rumors are floating in the ty television for the Dan + Shay concert at reality TV circuit that 2016 commenta- around 11:45 p.m. local time, Bachelorette JoJo has a Burnet tor "Reality a good two hours and 45 min- beau. Steve," who utes after they let people in the JoJo Fletcher, a real estate has predicted venue," he said. developer hailing from Dal- the endings of ' Luke Pell On Monday, April 11, Re- las, hopwmto find love on this nine seasons of ality Steve -reported that Poll season of the Bachelorette, the hit reality television show, was one of eight contestants premiering Monday, May 23, The Bachelorette, said on his remaining. Photos ofaman re- and one of the contestants in website that Pell had been sembling Pell were posted on rumored to be Burnet native seen with Fletcher on a date in Reality Steve's social media and U.S. Army veteran Luke Greensburg, Pa. Pall... see Page 2 But eN es e,, away GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/HIGHLAND LAKES NEWSPAPERS Bonnie and Susan Clark remember their son Colin at the annuaiCompassionate Friends Butterfly Release Sunday, April 17, at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet. Despite stormy weather, painted lady and monarch butterflies were released to fly free, some in memory of children long-lost and some newly departed. The Compassionate Friends support group for families dealing with the death of a child is an international organization with a local group meeting at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at First Christian Church, 204 East Graves Street. For more information call 830-798-4091. Get to know your Burnet C By CHRISTI BERTELSON Early voting starts April Btn ET BULLETIN 25-29. Voters will decide on May Place 1 candidates 7 which of the candidates for Earl Foster Place land Place 5 on the Bur- Q: What prompted you to net Independent School Dis- file for a place on the Board of trict (BCISD) Board of Trust- Trustees? I have been contem- ees ballots will get the spots, plating running for the board Kerry Carroll, Andy Feild, for several years. We have had Earl Foster and Richard Pre- four children who have all at- witt, each answered questions tended Burnet schools since for TheBurnetBulletintohelp 1994. Our youngest is gradu- citizens make their decision, ating in May, which will allow Kerry Carroll, owner of K me time to focus on my duties Bar T Homes and Andy Feild, as a trustee, while giving back current Place 5 trustee will run to the District and Community. for the Place 5 position. Q: What are the strengths Earl Foster, Lakeway Mu- of the district? I feel like nicipal Utility District gen- the school is committed to eral manager and Richard increasing student academic Prewitt, now retired; former- achievement, improving the ly assistant principal at Bur- facilities to better serve the net High school will run for needs of the students and has Place 1 which is currently held strong leadership qualities. by Jim Luther Jr., who is not Q: What couM the district seeking re-election for BCISD do better? Continue to expand school board, on the Burnet CISD Improve- Rollover accident claims life BY CHRISTI BERTELSON BURNET BULLETIN Burnet County Emergency responders were called to a fa- tality rollover two miles north of Burnet on County Road 200 Saturday evening at approxi- mately 11:26 p.m. Francisco Acosta, 40, of Bumet, was traveling in a 2001 . Chevy Trail- blazer heading West bound on County Road 200 when his SUV left the roadway onto the improved shoulder where Acosta Acosta over corrected, going back onto the road Acosta lost control flipping his car. trustee candidates Fgtgl... see Page 2 Foster Prewitt Carroll FoliO ment Plan "ensure that the experience in the Utility In- students of Burnet CISD are dustry, which includes exten- exposed to a variety of col- sive budgeting, Public Funds lege and career opportunities, Investment certification and a strong focus on Career and leadership qualities. I am very Tech Education, creating a familiar with the Open Meet- college and career culture in ings act and understand Rob- all schools." "Create a more erts Rules of Order on how student centered learning en- to conduct an open meeting. viroument that focuses on stu- I feel like I will be able to dent engagement." help the district in all areas of Q: How can you make abusiness, communication and difference as a trustee? How leadership. will your background help Q: Do you have children you make a difference as a in BCISD?. If so, How did trustee if elected? I have a having children at BCISD business degree from Concor- school this enter into your de- dia University and 28 years of cision? Yes, a senior. It played a very small role in my deci- sion. I felt like now that my last child will graduate it's time to do my part and help the district in any way that I can. It's all about the children getting a better education and "Crafting the Future", which is what BCISD is all about, i am looking forward to serving the community and providing the best experience for every- one involved. Rick Prewitt Q" What prompted you to file for a place on the Board of Trustees ? After retiring from spend- ing thirty six years in the ed- ucation profession as a teach- er, coach, and administrator, ! decided that my life has been spent trying to help children and trying to make sure that they all have the best chance we can give them to be suc- BOLD... see Page 2