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Cruise death of board member’s HCISD refines father a cautionary tale $212M bond Two prop arrested after sword fight ROTHMAN
STAFF REPORT Buda police say two people arrested on Jan. 9 and charged with aggravated assault had been engaged in a sword fight. Brittany Tate, executive assistance to Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd, said someone reported a disturbance at the Carrington Oaks Apartments.
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Man found dead in Kyle STAFF REPORTS An individual found dead inside his residence behind the Kyle Flea Market on Jan. 8 has been identified as 48-year-old Renee Pavia. A friend discovered his body shortly after 4 p.m., the city of Kyle said in a press release. Hays County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace John Burns pronounced Pavia dead and ordered an autopsy to be performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner.
BY ANITA MILLER
A member of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees whose father died on New Year’s Day while on a Caribbean cruise has a warning for others planning a getaway at sea: Take advantage of the air ambulance insurance offered by most cruise lines, and have the number of at least one air ambulance service on speed dial. Vanessa Petrea’s parents Kathleen and Euel Vines departed from Fort Lauderdale on a Princess Cruise Lines tour of the Caribbean late last year. On New Year’s Eve, they had stopped in St. Thomas and experienced what she called a “magical day” ending with a “champagne toast to health and happiness.” Later, in their stateroom, her 69-year-old father began to feel ill. “He thought he had food poisoning,” she said, and noted he had had problems with food allergies. “He just felt off. Mom said he looked different and asked him if he had chest pains and he said ‘no.’” In the cruise ship’s
emergency room he underwent tests and it was determined it
BY ANITA MILLER
Vanessa Petrea with her father Euel Vines in the Carribean prior to Vines’ heart problem. Vines was not able to get the proper treatment while on vacation and succumbed to his ailment.
was a heart issue. They didn’t know until later, she said, that it was an aortic dissection, “basically a tear in the artery above the heart.” He was put ashore in St. Maarten, the next scheduled port of call, and Petrea’s mother called her at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. “People there were very nice but she didn’t know what to do. I jumped into action and called the hospital. What we didn’t know initially is you can’t just get an air
“What we didn’t know initially is you can’t just get an air ambulance down there, you have to have a heart surgeon and an ICU bed waiting. I was turned down by three hospital because they didn’t have enough ICU beds or he wasn’t stable enough to be transported.”
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–Vanessa Petrea, Hays school board member
Growth, technology and maintenance are among the driving forces for the proposed May 3 Hays ISD bond election. District officials laid out a slightly strippeddown version of proposed projects Saturday at McCormick Middle School in the first of three scheduled public forums on the bond, which is now an estimated $212 million (down from $232M). The meetings were the first chance district residents had to hear the proposals in person, though officials are promoting online participation through the “Bond Talk” button on the Hays CISD web page. With many campuses near capacity and student enrollment up by 800 compared to last school year, “We are here because of growth,” District spokesman Tim Savoy said.
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County approves early voting times, locations for March 3 primaries
High-tech jobs come to Kyle
BY ANITA MILLER
ENF Technologies to break ground on Friday STAFF REPORTS ENF Technology, the Korean-based technology firm that announced last April that it would open a manufacturing facility in Kyle, will hold a ribbon cutting on Friday. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Friday at 1550 Kohlers Crossing. Scheduled speakers include Lee Seungho, senior executive vice president of ENF Technology, Mayor Travis Mitchell, City Manager Scott Sellers, Director of Kyle Economic Development Diana Blank-Tor-
The new $45 million facility will be the company’s base of operations in the U.S. and will house a manufacturing operation for the blending of electronic and process materials meant to support fabrication of microelectronic products. res and Jason Guilietti, interim president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. The new $45 million facility will be the company’s base of operations in the U.S. and
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will house a manufacturing operation for the blending of electronic and process materials meant to support fabrication of microelectronic products. Last March, Kyle city
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officials approved the facility known as Magic Mint. ENF Technologies, which has several South Korean manufacturing sites, produces products for several technology companies including Samsung, GlobalFoundries, Miron, Intel and Texas Instruments, Ground was originally scheduled to have been broken in October on the 25-acre property. At the time the facility was announced, the company said it expected to be hiring 15 to 20 employees in the first quarter of 2021, with room for future expansion.
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Hays County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted dates and locations for early voting in the March 3 Democratic and Republican primary elections with a couple of changes from the locations voters used in November 2019. Early voting will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and run through Friday, Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting hours on Saturday, Feb. 22 are 7 am. To 7 p.m.; on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. and from Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 pm. Voters can choose any location countywide for early voting s well as for voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Locations in Kyle
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Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
Commissioners adopt countywide fire code
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“The Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office will review your site plans, building plans and when approved will issue stamped plans and required permits.”
BY ANITA MILLER
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spectors will also do all of the necessary inspections Hays County now has a throughout your construcCountywide Fire Code. tion project and issue a The new standards and Certificate of Compliance rules were adopted by the prior to you occupying the Commissioners Court last building,” Raven said. –Scott Raven, Hays County Fire Marshal month. The code became Under normal circumeffective Jan. 1 and is stances, construction or 35 corridor from Williampermits after it reviews building, commercial designed to provide the “substantial improvement” son to Bexar that had not construction and site establishments and basis for fire protection must be within 180 days of adopted a fire code.” plans including the types multifamily residential for the occupants of new when the permit is issued. The code regulates of construction materidwellings of four or more construction as well as Also, two six-month exten“building construction, als and interior finish, authorize the Fire Marshal units” to reduce the risk sions may be available. to make “fire and life safety of fire. The code applies in exits, fire protection equip- location of all exits and Permit decisions are ment, hazardous matedistance between exits and subject to appeal to a unincorporated areas of decisions” on existing rials and processes, heat the location of fire alarms, Board of Appeals, which the county. occupancies. producing devices, public automatic sprinklers, On the suggestion of As part of the vote, shall be appointed by the County Fire Marshal Scott assembly, fire department emergency lighting “and the county also declared Commissioners Court. The any other necessary safety Fire Marshal or his desigRaven, the model adopted access roads and water its intent to enforce the was the international code. supply,” Raven continued. measures” required by the nate will be an ex officio, 2018 International Fire Certificates of complicode. “Counties of 250,000 or Code which, among other non-voting member of the ance or noncompliance “The Hays County Fire greater and counties that things, provides “miniappeals board. Marshal’s Office will review border a county of 250,000 will be issued regarding mum requirements, with Applications and fee your site plans, building or greater are able to adopt all new construction once due regard to function, schedules are available at it is inspected by Raven’s plans and when approved the Fire Marshal’s Office at a fire code,” Raven said. for the design and conwill issue stamped plans “Hays County was the only office. Likewise, the Fire struction or substantial 512-393-7355 or firemarand required permits. Incounty along the Interstate Marshal’s Office will issue improvement of public firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TDA delivers assessment Work on Buda’s report on downtown Kyle Main Street shifts FM 2770
“A strong, vibrant downtown leads to a strong, vibrant community. You have a great downtown. It’s compact, which makes it manageable. It’s the historic and cultural center of your community — it’s where Kyle began. Downtown Kyle has a number of residential units and strong and established neighborhood surrounding it.”
BY ANITA MILLER
No “clear vision” plus the presence of vehicular traffic and the railroad, are factors that could hamper the future of Kyle’s downtown; but the involvement of residents and business owners, as well overcoming the fear of taking risks are positive factors, was reported to the city council last month. The “Downtown Kyle Assessment Report” was compiled by the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) in the wake of a visit on Aug. 23, 2019. Catherine Sak, the organization’s executive director, laid out the “pros” and “cons” of what was discovered that day – first in a City Hall meeting involving more than 40 stakeholders and then on a “walking tour” that included meeting with downtown business owners as well as visitors to the area. “Downtown is the heart of your community,” Sak said. “It is a unique sense of place that attracts new businesses and visitors. Downtown is also a retention tool – employers will
–Catherine Sak, Executive Director of Texas Downtown Association
see less turnover when they have workers intent on staying within the community. People choose where they want to live based on quality of life.” In introducing Sak, Council member Dex Ellison noted that downtowns are important to cities, in particular those like Kyle, located “outside two large cities,” but that “doesn’t want to be just another suburb of Austin.” Noting downtown’s history, Ellison admitted there are challenges, but said the degree of interest residents
and others have displayed “further proves downtown is important to everyone in the city.” Sak, who said her organization has worked with more than 100 communities across the state, said downtowns occupy a high priority “no matter the region or economic group.” In fact, she said, it’s a “top three” issue in most communities. “A strong, vibrant downtown leads to a strong, vibrant community,” she
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to west side TxDOT’s Contractor, Lonestar Sitework, has completed the mill and overlay work on the east side of Main Street in Downtown Buda. Work has now shifted to the west side of Main Street. The southbound lane of Main Street between Ash Street and Peach Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic during this phase. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the existing crosswalks at Elm Street on the north and Peach Street on the south to cross Main Street. Sidewalk access will be open on both the east and west side of Main Street for access to downtown businesses. Law enforcement may be directing traffic during this traffic change. Please follow the detour signage in place and direction provided by law enforcement.
TRAFFIC WILL BE DIRECTED AS FOLLOWS:
• Southbound Main Street traffic will continue to use the detour of San Antonio Street where travelers can then turn west onto RM 967 or continue to Peach Street to return to Main Street. • Northbound Main Street traffic will be able to turn west (left) onto RM 967 or continue north on Main Street. • Eastbound vehicles on RM 967 will be restricted to a left turn only onto north Main Street. No vehicles will be permitted to turn south (right) onto Main Street from RM 967. • Business access will remain open through Ash St. for on-street parking and to access the parking lot located at 303 Main Street. Parking is also accessible in city-owned parking lots along Main St., San Antonio St. and on-street, where available. • Truck traffic headed north on RM 967/Main Street should take FM 2770 to go west.
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Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
The state of news ...
ooking through the news these past few days has been difficult. While I was going to write about the megafire in Australia and also about the fear of war, the two national columnists printed here today spoke
with such passion that I could not match it. While I would not have been as harsh as John Young in his laying the blame at President Trump’s feet, I still believe that our step toward war with Iran was not a small
one. And our long slow step toward environmental destruction is just one cause of the massive wildfires in Australia. There’s not much more I can say except we need to make changes.
I look at my young grandson and wonder what the world will look like when he is an adult. Will we have taken our environment and the problems of global changes seriously? Or, will he be faced with the death
of the earth? Because that’s where we are headed. We need to heed to warnings of scientists and not mock them. We need to know that our dependecy on fossil fuels is detrimental to mother
earth. These steps toward war and toward environmental destruction are very real. Let’s hope that thoughtful people will rise up and say, “That’s enough.” The time is now.
Talking to my daughter about war and ‘megafires’ BY JOHN L. MICEK
known brush fire in California, had taken shape in We were on the way to New South Wales and Vicballet rehearsal. It’s my toria, the country’s most favorite 30 minutes of the populous states. day. It’s a chance to break That’s on top of the 135 away from work, and to bushfires in southeastern touch base with my only Australia that have left child. She’s 14 now. And it at least 26 people dead, won’t be long before she’s killed more than 1 billion driving herself. I treasure animals and damaged or these moments. destroyed nearly 3,000 “So,” I asked her. “How homes. was school today?” Writing in the New York “We were arguing about Times, columnist Paul whether we’re more likely Krugman observed that, to die from World War III in a more rational time, or climate change,” she the fires, which have been said. partially a result of climate Her response stopped change, “would have repme cold, but I guess I resented a turning point.” shouldn’t have been sur“After all, it’s exactly prised. the kind of catastrophe With the dogs of war climate scientists long straining at the leash, the warned us to expect if we missiles flying in Iran, and didn’t take action to limit our bellicose and unstagreenhouse gas emisble commander-in-chief sions,” he wrote. “In fact, lurching from one scarce- a 2008 report commisly believable justification sioned by the Australian to the next, the prospect government predicted of another American forthat global warming ever war on the other side would cause the nation’s of the globe didn’t seem fire seasons to begin earliall that far-fetched. er, end later, and be more First up, I disabused intense – starting around her of the notion that any 2020.” of her classmates might And all this got me to be drafted, reassuring thinking about the world her that there was no that we’re bequeathing such movement afoot on to my daughter and her Capitol Hill. Nor would classmates. there likely ever be one. While much is better The American military about the planet, there’s remains an all-volunteer still much to be conforce comprised not of cerned about. And the the nation’s elite, but of threat of an uninhabitable the sons and daughters globe should lead us to of Main Street America. a united search for soluTrump’s voters. Some of tions, not juvenile taunts my daughter’s classmates hurled at a teenager by – if they ever heed the one of the most powerful call to serve – may well be people on Earth. Even among them. one dead child in an eleShe seemed relieved at mentary school classroom that news. Talking to her should motivate us to find about the threat of climate ways to reduce violence, change was another mat- not watch hopelessly as ter entirely. more bodies pile up. It seemed to me there I’m still firm in my bewere decades remaining lief that it’s not too late before the Earth might for us to shrug off all that ever be rendered undivides us, and to work inhabitable because of together to fight these exclimate change, I offered. istential threats. Which didn’t mean that But that means having we shouldn’t do all we can a nation that engages with right now, I added. the global community not “But Australia is burndenigrates it; one that reing,” she countered, her jects the false choice that brown eyes wide with less gun violence somealarm, anger creeping into how means fewer rights; the edges of her voice. and one that doesn’t stare She had me there. each over the trenches, I’d seen the photos of each irrevocably conscorched koalas and dead vinced that its way is the kangaroos. The endless only way. walls of flame. It’s difficult My daughter – and all to find the words to deour children – deserve far scribe the scale, and the better answers than the scope, of the ecological ones we’ve been giving and human catastrophe them. that’s unfolding on the other side of the world. An award-winning poAs of this writing, NPR litical journalist, John L. was reporting that a hellMicek is Editor-in-Chief ish “megafire” comprising of The Pennsylvania Capian unfathomable 1.5 mil- tal-Star in Harrisburg, Pa. lion acres, an area three times larger than any email@example.com
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Standing around oblivious to flames Two views this week stand as a haunting porYoung trait of planetary distress. At-Large From the ground: Frantic kangaroos bound by John in silhouetted stamYoung pede against advancing hellfire. Young people know From the sky: Flames this and are far more and smoke literally ring the Australian continent, alarmed by the really-big its outer reaches charred picture. That’s why Greta Thunberg like unathas become tended toast. Most young a patron No wonder saint to so right-wing Americans many (yes, politicians only 17 and know and there, includthe fourth ing Prime appreciate most adMinister the science mired womScott Morrian: Gallup). son, have cirof climate Donald cled their seTrump scores change. dans against with the fury They know points his base of people mocking that doing who know her and her bought-andsomething cause. owned polLike much about it icies helped of what he create this isn’t antidoes and situation. says, this is business. We who to his party’s worry about It means a long-term tensions in sustainable detriment. the Middle Young East think we economy. Americans are focused are reacting It isn’t on the bigto him like gest story in anti-jobs. creatures the world. fleeing the It’s about We are off by inferno. a long shot. jobs for A few milThe the future – lion young human passions of a their future. Americans have come region can be of voting age moderated during the three ghastly if leaders will it. Jimyears of the Troll Presimy Carter and Barack dent. Obama demonstrated Most of them know this. and appreciate the sciIt’s a lot more dauntence of climate change. ing to rein in the fury of They know that doing a planet pushed to the something about it isn’t brink.
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anti-business. It means a sustainable economy. It isn’t anti-jobs. It’s about jobs for the future – their future. Trump’s only concern has been about jobs concerning his political future – rhetoric and policies to placate Big Energy, particularly “beautiful coal.” By the way, Trump’s pandering has done little to elevate coal as an industry. The market is dictating against it. So how are Republican policies doing with young voters? If we are to assume that young people are always going to be more liberal than their elders, the Party of Trump is cultivating twice the blowback that conservatives might have expected from young voters. In 2018, Democratic congressional candidates outpaced Republicans 2-to-1 among young (18-29) voters – 67 percent voting for the Ds, 32 percent for the Ts (T for Trump, the R’s lasting curse). This isn’t just your garden-variety show of affection and alienation, reports USA Today, but “the largest share of the youth vote won by Democrats in recent political history.” Ignore those flames, Mr. T. Young people observe the Party of Trump do nothing about the gun violence that has stared them in the face. They observe the Party of Trump playing a game of chicken with
Iran with live ammunition, after obliterating a nuclear agreement that can only make their planet more dangerous. Speaking of relations on that planet: Nothing Trump has done as president has enhanced America’s global standing. In an article titled, “Why Europe hates Trump more than Iran,” Politico chief Europe correspondent Matthew Karnitschnig writes that if Trump expected support there for his cowboy tactics with Iran, he is attempting to lasso his loafers. For one, European leaders are furious about Trump’s nuking of the Iran deal. For another, they were incredulous about the brazen dispatch of Team Trump in assassinating Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Since Europe is far more vulnerable to anti-West retaliation, writes Karnitschnig, “Efforts to convince Europeans of the bright side of Soleimani’s killing have been met with dropped jaws.” There you go: As our planet overheats, our Great Leader sloshes around with jugs of accelerant. But look at this the way Republicans do. It’s got to be good for the kerosene industry. Longtime newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lady Rebel hoops take down Del Valle 60-32 BY SHANE SCHOLWINSKI Hays girls basketball (12-15) earned a much needed district win this Saturday at Bales Gym as the team defeated the Del Valle Cardinals by score of 60-32, improving the Lady Rebels’ record to 3-5 in District-25. Defense was key to the Lady Rebels victory as they forced 18 total turnovers and held the Cardinals to only 12 points in the first half. As a team, Hays defense had nine blocks and eight steals for the game. “I thought defense was really, really good today,” Hays head coach Danny Preuss said. “We had a good defensive output against Lake Travis on Tuesday night, and I think we kind of turned it around a little bit there. We started hustling more and playing more like a team. I was pleased with them today.” A 25-point second quarter by Hays offense gave the Lady Rebels a wave of momentum and a 35-12 cushion heading into halftime. Hitting open shots and converting fast break points were big part of the offensive explosion, according to Preuss.
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Lehman Lobo Hannah Loya rifles a shot on goal off a breakaway during the first half of Tuesday’s game against Ann Richards.
Lady Lobos stifle Stars 3-0 BY MOSES LEOS III
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Lily Guevara (center) was the Lady Rebels go-to offensive player as she led the team with 12 points, while also pulling down eight rebounds and one block.
A career-high two goals from sophomore Faith Howells Tuesday pushed the Lehman Lady Lobos to a dominant 3-0 home-opening win over the Ann Richards Stars. For Howells, team cohesion is so far playing a key role for the Lady Lobos who have now won four of their first five matches of the season. “You can see the bond on the field, the way we connect our passes,” Howells said. “You can see it off the field as well.” Howells’ goals consisted of a larger Lady Lobo effort predicated on aggressive play from the first whistle to the last. Lehman (4-1, 1-1) led 1-0 midway through the first half when Howells blasted an open 25-yard shot that soared over the Ann Richards’ goalkeeper and into the net to give the Lady Lobos a 2-0 advantage. “I took the shot because I saw a wide-open field. That got my heart pumping. I was going to score,” Howells said. “I was ready to score again and play.” Howells closed the night with a goal six minutes into the second half, giving Lehman an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Sean Dickson, Lady
Lobo head coach, said Howells’ aggressiveness created opportunities, which Lehman relies on. The aggressive play was contagious as the Lady Lobo front line controlled possession and regularly kept the ball in Ann Richards’ side of the
field. “She will not get pushed around on the field,” Dickson said. “She will make you pay for your mistakes.” Backing up Howell and the Lady Lobo offense
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Anderson outlasts Hays 3-1 BY SHANE SCHOLWINSKI Lady Rebels resulted The Hays Lady Rebels soccer team dropped to 0-1-1 in district play after a 3-1 loss to the Anderson Lady Trojans Tuesday at Bob Shelton Stadium. With 20:15 left on the clock in the first half, an unlucky break for the
in Anderson’s first goal of the game, causing a momentum swing in the Lady Trojans’ favor. Anderson sophomore Samantha Fulton tallied the game’s first goal after the ball was deflected off of her by a clearing kick from Hays freshman goalkeeper
Bella Briceno. The ball then bounced into the open field where Fulton had an easy shot on goal with an open net. “I think we always had a chance to win, but we were just very unlucky with the first goal,” said Hays head
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Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
104-year-old delivers books to Tom Green Elementary BY ANITA MILLER
to Community Relations and I’ve been here nine Director Gina Martinez, years,” Hays CISD Public By the age of 104, most quite popInformation people would have had ular. Davis Officer Tim their fill of birthday pres- actually Betty X. Davis Savoy said. ents. But Betty X. Davis turned 104 “We’re is a lifelong isn’t most people. on Nov. 25, incredibly As her birthday advocate of 2019 and grateful she approached in Novemexpressed thought of reading and ber, Davis sent out a her birthday us – how call for presents – but in addition wish was incredible not for herself. Rather, to collect to be 104 to reciting she sought donations books for and want of children’s books that the alphabet a school to give back she in turn donated to library. with her backwards, the library at Tom Green With the presents. Elementary. she quizzed holidays Her family Davis visited the approachsaid she was the children school Friday, bringing ing, Martienergized along wagons full of on various nez said the to do it. It books and plenty of endeadline for energizes aspects of thusiasm for the young donating her to get children. life, like where out and it books was She queried them extendenergizes they wanted about their schooling ed – while the kids to and what they liked to to live and the initial see her … read. For an encore, she goal was to Maybe there what they recited the alphabet deliver 104 will be some backwards. liked to read books, the opportunity A longtime resident of total ended for her to about. the Buda area, Davis has up being visit anothfor three months been a 250. er school resident at Sodalis Senior “This is the first time for more interaction … Living and is, according I’ve seen this happen if there are more oppor-
tunities that occur in the future we’re happy to help facilitate them.” Davis is a lifelong advocate of reading and, in addition to reciting the alphabet backwards, she quizzed the children on various aspects of life, such as where they wanted to live and what they liked to read about. A native of Ohio, Davis is the mother of eight. She is a graduate of Rollins College and received two masters degrees from Southern Methodist University and became a public school speech therapist in Richardson. She and her husband retired to Austin in 1981 to be nearer their children and grandchildren. A prolific writer throughout her long life, she was first published in Spider Magazine in 2012, when she was 96. The Austin Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators established the Betty X. Davis Young Writers of Merit Award in her honor “to recognize budding writing talents and to spark enthusiasm for writing among young people,” according to the organization’s website. Davis “has judged
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104-year-old Betty Davis got to know some of the students she donated books to at Tom Green Elementary. Davis is an advocate for literacy and encourages young writers and readers.
many young people’s writing contests and believes these contests help them feel successful at writing, an important lifelong skill,” the website says. The award was established in 2013 and annually honors three young writers from Austin area
elementary, middle and high schools, who are given journals and gift certificates to Book People. The winner at the high school level also receives a $500 scholarship that is payable upon acceptance to a school of higher education or program of their choice.
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in library and/or administrative offices at Blanco Vista, Camino Real, Carpenter Hill, Science Hall, Pfluger, Fuentes, Hemphill, Elm Grove, Tobias, Tom Green and Negley elementary schools and Lehman High School; replacing gym floor at Fuentes, Negley, PROPOSITION 1 Tobias, and Hemphill Proposition 1 is to accommodate school growth, elementary schools; and replacing vinyl tiles with including: polished concrete at Hays Expansion and imHigh School, Hemphill, provements to Dahlstrom, Science Hall, Kyle, Fuentes McCormick, Wallace, and Tom Green elementary Chapa, Barton and Simon schools and replacing a middle schools totaling shower drain in the boy’s $47,655.305. This would include a fine arts addition red gym locker room at that would assist the district Hays High School at a cost of $2,522,546 in developing an orchestra Miscellaneous mainteprogram A new elementary school nance projects including with a capacity of 900 to be bleachers at Hays High School and Barton Middle built in the Sunfield addition at a coat of $35,864,394 School; wash stations at Renovations and expan- Fuentes and Hemphill elementary schools; replace sion at Live Oak Academy. Performing Arts Center Proposal would increase lighting and controls; and capacity from 200 to 476 replace Hays High School (there are currently 140 theater lighting and constudents on the waiting list). This proposal would trols at a cost of$942,000 necessitate relocating Hardscape improveCurriculum and Instrucments (asphalt and tion to the administrative concrete) at Kyle, Hemphill, offices. Cost projected to be Fuentes and Camino Real $8,113,384 elementary schools, Hays Expansions (additional High School, Dahlstrom classrooms, larger cafeMiddle School and the terias) at Negley and Elm Child Nutrition Warehouse Grove elementary schools at a cost of $1,020,926 at a cost of $14,377,000 Keyless entry upgrades that will automatically deactivate employee cards PROPOSITION 2 when they leave the district Proposition 2 deals with maintaining district assets, at a cost of $1,200,000 Baseball and softball including: improvements at Lehman Campus HVACs and High school to include fire alarms at Lehman renovating bleachers, and Hays high schools, backstops and dugouts Tom Green, Fuentes, Elm Grove and Kyle elementary and adding sidewalks for pedestrian traffic at a cost schools and districtwide of $1,623,511 Bard AC units at a cost of Intercom upgrades at $22,147,780 Campus roofing projects Lehman High School, Barton, Chapa and Wallace (done in conjunction with middle schools, and Kyle, AC projects) at Lehman and Hays high schools and Tom Green, Elm Grove, Blanco Vista, Hemphill, Kyle Elementary School (including walkway covers) Fuentes, Science Hall, Tobias, Camino Real and at a cost of $6,570,064 Campus flooring projects Negley elementary schools including replacing carpet at a cost of $320,000
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Proposition 4 is for a new administration building. Curriculum and Instruction and Special Education Department would be moved to newly constructed Central Office at a cost of $27,7668,317
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Proposition 5 is for technological upgrades — adding storage capacity at a cost of $200,000 and providing additional mobile devices for teaching, virtual learning and on-line state assessments at a cost of $1,100,000
Proposition 6 is for 28 new school buses and was scaled down from what will be needed in five years to what will be needed in three, cost estimated at $3,266.434
Proposition 7 is to purchase land for future schools at a cost still to be determined. Removed from consideration were improvements to Historic Buda School, expansion of the weight room at Hays High School, demolition of Old Buda Elementary, uniform replacement and an agriculture barn. Savoy stressed the importance of community involvement in the bond process. “It begins with the community, goes full circle and comes back to the community,” he said. If the bond election is called but voted down, “nothing occurs.”
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Gravestone from J lost settlement found in Hays Co. BY ANITA MILLER
County Historical Com- Matagorda Bay from mission and, as luck Indianola. At first, just the corner would have it, discovThe two women were was visible in a field of ered he was planning reportedly friends. “Perold flood debris along a trip to Austin. Loflin haps this connection an intermittent creek pickup the gravestone may hold a clue as to near The Plant at Kyle, on Jan. 4. how Margaret Clement’s on west FM 150. Mar“After I got back I stone found its way to tha Kinscherff and her drove down there to the banks of the creek.” husband Jamie, stewards make sure it fit,” Loflin Born in south Texas in and neighbors of the said. The base of the Jan. 12, 1846, Margaret popular wedding venue, headstone was still in Clement’s father Robwalked the area often, place in the old Indiert F. Clement was an but it hadn’t caught their anola Cemetery, he English Merchant and eye until one day just explained. The base her mother was his first over a year ago. “had part of the inscrip- wife Christina Wallace, “We lifted it up to see tion – that’s partly how who had been born in what it was and diswe were able to identify Scotland. Christina died covered it was a gravewhere it went.” Though “when Margaret was still stone,” she recalled. weathered by time, he a little girl,” Landon said. What she still didn’t said the piece of the “Her father then marknow was the story that stone that Kinscherff ried her aunt, Margaret would unfold about the PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTHA KINSCHERFF person whose resting Posing with the gravestone found at an intermittent crrek in place it had marked. Kyle are (left to right) Robert Loflin, Calhoun County HistoriThat story has since cal Commission chairman; Jo Landon, Hays County Historbeen filled, though ical Commission, Cemetery chair; and Martha Kinscherff, many questions – insteward at The Plant at Kyle. cluding how it got to Central Texas – remain unanswered. had found fit the base Wallace. For the duraThe Kinscherffs didn’t “like a jigsaw puzzle.” tion of the Civil War, her do anything with the Loflin said he’s now father and stepmother/ stone until December “working with a conaunt returned to Bath in 2019, when serendipservation company to England, leaving Marity delivered the Hays get the stone repaired.” garet with her married County Historical Com- Once that’s done, he sister Sarah Burbank. By mission to a function plans to invite the Hays the time Margaret died at The Plant and seated County Historical Com- at age 37, the family was Martha Kinscherff next mission down to see it united once again in to local historian Jo restored to its rightful South Texas.” Landon. place. Margaret Clement “I menNo one died after the first major tioned we is sure how hurricane hit Indianola had the The gravesite the partial but three years before gravestone made the second one. Kinwas that of stone,” and its way from scherff said it’s possiLandon the coastal ble her friend Eudora Margaret and anothplains to a brought the stone with Clement, er member Hays Coun- her when her family of the comty creekbed, abandoned Indianola who was mission Landon for good. laid to rest in but asked to be has a “When they left they sent a photheory that would take everything,” 1883 in the to. “They a she said of families in coastal town involves took the connection that area at the time. ball from between “They would even take of Indianola there,” she Margaret houses apart. I suspect in what is recalled. Clement, they brought the graveUsing stone with them.” now Calhoun who died the Find at the age Loflin said another County. a Grave of 37, and wrinkle tying the Texas website, Eudora Inez coast with the Kyle area Landon discovered the Moore, who had also involves the Kuykendall stone had marked the lived in Indianola but family. “They actually gravesite of Margaret later moved in with her moved from the BlessClement, who was laid cousin Maggie Kuykening/Palacios area up to rest in 1883 in the dall. Decades ago, the to Hays County,” after coastal town of Indiarea where The Plant at the family patriarch anola in what is now Kyle is located was part had worked cattle with Calhoun County – once of the Kuykendall Ranch. legendary Abel Head a thriving port near the During the Civil War, “Shanghai” Pierce and mouth of the Guadalupe Indianola was a critical decided to buy his own River and gateway to staging area for Conranch. “We’re looking elsewhere in Texas that federate troops, and to see if there’s a conwas heavily damaged Margaret Clement and nection between Clemby a major hurricane in Eudora Moore were part ent and the KuykendSeptember 1875, then of a group of “12 young alls,” Loflin said. “We’re destroyed by another ladies” who sewed and trying to figure out – along with a fire – in presented a Confederate why the stone ended August 1886. flag to the commander up all the way up here. Landon said she and of an artillery company It might be a longterm others contacted Robert stationed at Fort Esperproject to try to figure Loflin of the Calhoun anza, which was across out.”
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Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
immy Demaret trailed Dr. Cary Middlecoff by one stroke with five holes to go in the fourth and final round of the Thunderbird tournament at Palm Springs on Jan. 22, 1956. Jimmie Newton Demaret was born the fourth of ten children in 1910 in Houston. He was bitten by the golf bug at an early age, when an army officer asked the seven year old to lug his clubs around the military course at Camp Logan. Demaret grew up caddying and playing on the public links in the Bayou City. He studied the swings of adult duffers, imitated the best and developed into a promising young golfer. At 15 he dropped out of school to work as an assistant to Jack Burke, Sr. at the River Oaks Country Club. Demaret started playing for money around the Lone Star State while in his teens. He was the resident pro at the municipal course in Galveston, when he finally came out on top winning the first of his five Texas Professional Golfers Association championships. “Then as now,” Demaret reminisced 40 years later, “I’d jump up on the stand and croon a ballad or two with the orchestra if given the slightest encouragement.” “Yeah,” chimed in lifelong pal and business partner Jack Burke, Jr., “and he’d always make certain one of his friends furnished the encouragement.” After belting out a couple of songs onstage at a Galveston nightclub in 1935, the struggling golf pro was propositioned by the bandleader. “Jimmy, how would you like to sing for us full-time?” The offer was tempting, but he could not give up on his dream. Demaret soon got his big chance courtesy of gangster Sam Maceo, who provided the financial backing for him to go on the PGA tour. He came into his own during the 1939-40 season with six major tournament victories and his first green jacket. Sick as a dog from some bad shrimp he had eaten, Demaret began the third round of the 1940 Masters deadlocked with Lloyd Mangrum for first place. But sheer determination and an amazing wedge shot on the 15th hole put him a stroke up on the fellow Texan. The final 18 was anticlimactic. Demaret crafted a one-under-par 71 to Mangrum’s 74 to win the Augusta classic by three shots. Demaret spent World War II in uniform and did not return to the professional golf circuit until 1946. But the long layoff had not hurt him one bit. In fact, as he soon showed, he was better than ever. In 1947 Demaret was the king of the tour. He won seven tournaments, including his second Masters, the most money and the coveted Vardon Trophy with an average round of 69.9 strokes. Demaret stayed at the top of his game through
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the rest of the 1940’s and into the next decade. He consistently ranked among the top ten money winners, played in four Ryder Cups without losing a match and in 1950 became the first three-time winner of the Masters. The Thunderbird in Palm Springs was one of Demaret’s favorites. He won all the marbles at the desert tournament in 1953 with a birdie on the 17th hole and an eagle on the 18th to beat the incomparable Ben Hogan. Three years later at the Thunderbird, Demaret shared the lead with Cary Middlecoff halfway through the 72-hole event. The Texan shot a 67 on the third day, but the dentist responded with a 66 for a one-stroke advantage. Demaret finally caught Middlecoff on the 14th hole of the decisive round. He put his approach shot two feet from the pin and sank the short putt for a birdie. Then he ended the suspense with a long birdie putt on the next green that put him ahead for good. Even at a distance, Demaret was easy to spot. His colorful attire might include purple shoes,
green slacks and a threetone cardigan sweater, but he always wore a big smile. Today Demaret would be called a “party animal.” He stayed up half the night drinking and swapping stories, often nursing a hangover through the front nine, but never
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OBITUARIES ANDERSON Kelli Jean Anderson (Jeana to family) was born October 2, 1974, in Austin, Texas to Gus F. Anderson and Norma J. Anderson. She is survived by her mother Norma J. Anderson, sister Terri Lacy and Larry, sister Kim Anderson-Scott, and soul mate Waco Boyd, nephew Garrett Lacy (Tiffany) and son Jack, and niece Tara Lacy-Budde, nephew Luke Anderson (Haley) and niece Grace Scott (Austin) and son Wade, multiple aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Gus F. Anderson, nephew James Robert Lacy, nephew Logan James Howell and grandparents and great grandparents. Anderson was a caring and loving child of God and loved God. She loved deeply from her heart, and she loved everyone. She loved making gifts to give to friends and family. She made friends easily and was a people person. She worked early in her career after college as an eye technician and enjoyed helping fit people with glasses. She also enjoyed gardening and shopping. She loved to write
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Demaret died of a heart attack in his hometown of Houston. At the time of his death, he ranked ninth on the all-time tournament winners list with 35 titles. Many remember Jimmy Demaret as the life of the party instead of a great golfer. “I’m sure his personality kept people from recognizing just how good he was,” conceded Jack Burke, Jr. who turns 97 this month. “He didn’t have to practice as much as Hogan. He was a much more natural player than Ben. So he had more time for fun.”
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In 1972, Leon and Margaret Toungate decided that they had earned a vacation and that they needed to start taking them. These vacations happened each summer, and spanned several weeks, exploring America’s national parks and their favorite destination, Yellowstone. Toungate’s heart was broken on Sept. 20, 2019 when Leon, the love of her life for over 75 years, entered the Kingdom of God. Toungate is survived by her children Shirley Toungate Austin and her husband Rod, Dennis Toungate and his wife Sandra, her grandchildren Misty Pagel (Ezra), Aaron Schuelke, Marisa Eastmon, Mark Schuelke, Jeremy Toungate (Erin), Brandy Crober (TJ), Jessie Bolding (Amber), Paisley Bolding, Kenny Austin (Rosemary) and Kristi Augustine (Sheldon). She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A visitation at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle will be held 5-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, with graveside services on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas. A memorial service at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle will be held at 6 p.m. March 5.
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9, 1946 in Prairie Lea. Together, the couple faced life’s challenges, showing their children that when you’re married, you don’t always have to agree, but that love should always be nurtured. She was dedicated to her family. She served as her children’s first Sunday school teacher and instilled strong Christian values into them. Toungate’s heart was always one of service. She taught Sunday School & Bible School at their church for over 60 years. Her desire to teach and help her children understand the bible is credited as the inspiration for her son Dennis TOUNGATE to become a pastor. As Shirley and Dennis navigated school, Evelyn Lela Toungate served as PTA PresiMargaret Toundent, Cub Scout den leader, ran gate “Margaret”, the concession stands for Little devoted and League baseball, junior high doting mother, & high school football games, grandmother, along with being a great seamwife, and an stress and making all of her & imaginative and Shirley’s clothes. She served talented artist, died peacefully at Orchard Park Caldwell County as the prein Kyle, on January 6, 2020 at the siding election precinct judge. Toungate also dedicated much age of 93. of her time to her husband, Toungate was born to Ruby helping Leon run Toungate Pipe Lee and Floyd Pinkney Bishop and Salvage in Luling for over in Prairie Lea, Texas, on Nov. 65 years and traveling with him 8, 1926. At the age of 13, she on business trips. Toungate’s armet Leon Toungate, and fell in tistic abilities knew no bounds. love at first sight. From 1944 She loved working in the yard to 1946, her love, Leon served and would do landscape and in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge from the service, they interior design as a hobby. immediately married on June She loved to travel with Leon.
Texas History regretted his wild ways. “I lost some sleep,” he once said, “but I made thousands of friends.” As the sun started to set on his touring days, Demaret together with old friend Jack Burke, Jr. opened Champions Golf Club in 1958 on the northern outskirts of Houston. In the 1970’s, he designed the Onion Creek course in Austin, site of the first seniors tournament known as The Legends of Golf. Demaret was a natural for television, which brought golf into everybody’s living rooms in the 1960’s. As co-host of “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf,” he entertained millions and even taught them a thing or two about the sport he loved. In December 1983,
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Downtown Assessment: Specific plans needed
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said. “You have a great downtown. It’s compact, which makes it manageable. It’s the historic and cultural center of your community – it’s where Kyle began. Downtown Kyle has a number of residential units and strong and established neighborhood surrounding it.” Although traffic is a hindrance – in particular because Center Street is also a state highway – and trains can cause traffic backups, Sak said both can be considered a blessing as well as a curse. Proximity to Interstate 35 provides easy access to downtown, she noted, and drivers stuck waiting for a train have more time to notice their surroundings, including new businesses. “I know it’s inconvenient, thousands of people driving through everyday, but it provides an opportunity to connect with those people.” Going forward, Sak
Going forward, Catherine Sak, the organization’s executive director, suggested small steps and designating city staff to concentrate on the downtown area. “You have an opportunity to use existing building stock and infrastructure that’s already in place.” suggested small steps and designating city staff to concentrate on the downtown area. “You have an opportunity to use existing building stock and infrastructure that’s already in place.” She would also spur the city to address pedestrian safety, perhaps with more signage, perhaps with painted, attention-drawing crosswalks. Improving sidewalks and their connectivity would also make people more comfortable coming downtown, Sak said, and specific zoning overlays could prove
helpful in revitalization efforts. She also recommended going “all in” on the Pie Capital of Texas – observing “pie days,” having pie-throwing contests. “That’s what makes you different. Embrace that – I want to see big pieces of pie everywhere.” Redoubling efforts to encourage shopping local was also among her suggestions, as well city staff and leadership taking road trips to see how downtown revitalization efforts have taken hold elsewhere. “Look forward,
Continued from pg. 1 not back. Formulate a plan of action for next year – low cost, high impact projects. Don’t take on too much too fast.” Council members including Ellison and Alex Villalobos noted that foot traffic has increased in the downtown area after the Christmas decorations were put up and lit. “In the last couple of weeks, downtown is attracting a lot of walking traffic,” Council member Robert Rizo said. “We need to find something to do that on a weekly basis. Keeping families there – that’s what we need to target.” “We need to start small and be very specific – it builds from there,” Villalobos said. “Clear, specific, directed and diverse. A lot of those ‘cons’ are opportunities. We need to focus on supporting everything down the line that makes it more seamless.”
Death Abroad: Advice from family Continued from pg. 1
ambulance down there, you have to have a heart surgeon and an ICU bed waiting. I was turned down by three hospitals because they didn’t have enough ICU beds or he wasn’t stable enough to be transported.” Finally, she said, she found the Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, which had a surgeon and an ICU bed. But after making the three-hour flight to St. Maarten, “his numbers were not good enough” for the trip. Petrea said the only way the service agreed to take him is if he was intubated. At that point, she said her father was struggling to breathe and realized having a tube down
his throat was his only chance to make it. “He demanded it. He knew it was his only shot to get off the island alive. My parents were able to say their goodbyes and ‘I love you’ prior to the tube going in.” Within a few hours his condition seemed to improve and while he could not talk, her father was “calm, able to breath and in no pain.” However, the air ambulance still would not take him, citing a level of oxygen in his blood insufficient for a flight at 40,000 feet. Desperate, the family contacted a second air ambulance service around 3 a.m. on Jan. 2 and the REVA team arrived in just over four hours.
Medical personnel were in the process of transferring him from the hospital’s machines to the air ambulance’s machines when he passed away. “Some people have this happen and die immediately,” Petrea said. “My understanding is, had this happened in the U.S., he would have gone into surgery immediately and would have been fine.” She also said that, had the cruise line returned her father to St. Thomas, which is a U.S. territory, things might have gone differently. Petrea said her father was in excellent health and had worked out on the morning of New Year’s Eve. She recalled on a previous cruise looking
at a local hospital and thinking that ending up in a medical crisis under that sort of circumstance would be her worst nightmare. “I have now lived through my worst nightmare,” she said, adding that the family, already scheduled for a July cruise to celebrate her son’s high school graduation, may rethink the trip. “Every cruise I’ve been on there’s been an emergency. Before you go on one you better make sure you know what can happen.” At the time of his death, her parents were living “their best life” in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Funeral services will be held on Feb. 1 in The Woodlands.
include the ACC Campus Hays at 1200 Kohler’s Crossing, Hays CISD Administration Office at 21003 Interstate 35; and Kyle City Hall, 100 West Center Street. Chapa Middle School was originally on the list but Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson said the Hays CISD has asked that the school not be used. “The only place they have to vote is the library,” she said. Using it, she added, would “mean shutting the library down for two weeks.” Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones noted that because McCormick Middle School, just down the street from Chapa, is an early voting location “I don’t think it’s going to be a huge inconvenience (to not have Chapa) especially sine we can vote anywhere even on election day.” It’s possible that the building on Yarrington Road the houses Development Services, Transportation and Emergency Serves could be substituted for Chapa Middle School. In addition to McCormick, 5700 Dacy Lane, Buda voters can cast their ballots early at City Hall, 405 E. Loop Street. In Wimberley there are two locations: the Wimberley Community Center at 14068 Ranch Road 12, and the Wimberley ISD Building at 951n FM 2325.
Anderson said the Cypress Springs Church has declined to host early voting but will be an active polling place in November. Dripping Springs and Driftwood voters can vote early at the Hays County Pct. 4 office at 195 Roger Hanks Voters can also use Ledgestone Senior Living, 13152 Four Star Boulevard, Austin. Concerning Pct. 4, Commissioner Walt Smith said he hopes the Citizen Advisory Council “will look at additional locations in my precinct for the November election.” He said using the Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace office hampers its operation and delays justice. “It’s the most used polling place in Dripping Springs; the problem is if you’re looking for justice you’re going to have to wait. It’s a concern, so I wanted to bring it up.” There are also several location in San Marcos including the Hays County Justice Center on South Stagecoach Road. Smith noted that primary polling locations have generally been agree on by both Democrats and Republicans. “We’re fortunate in our county, the parties actually work together pretty well. I commend the Democratic and Republican Party charts for bringing us a list of locations acceptable to both of them.”
Sword Fighting Continued from pg. 1
She said officers arrived and met with 25-year-old Kelsey White and 28-yearold Joshua Rothman, “who admitted to being in an altercation in which each swung a sword with the intent to strike the other.” Both were charged with aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon, which is a second degree felony. Both were still behind bars Friday afternoon, with White’s bond set at $25,000 and Rothman’s at $20,000. Tate said both had minor injuries, but neither required medical attention.
Lobo Girls Soccer
Lady Rebel Hoops
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was a midfield that limited Ann Richards from making incursions into the scoring third for most of the match. Encouraging the flow of play through the midfield led to success, Dickson said. He also felt a “stout” back line on defense helped to generate chances on the offensive side of the field. Howells said strong defensive play, mixed ad-
ept passing and regular attacks toward the flanks, paid dividends especially in the midfield. “They see that (the midfield) as their strength,” Dickson said. “To see it in play today and in our previous games, it’s gotten faster and faster. It’s beautiful to watch.” As district play begins to ramp up, Dickson said keeping up their pace of
Continued from pg. 4 play is a primary point of focus. “We’re doing really good this season, as long as we keep playing how we did tonight and keep up the work,” Howells said. Lehman hosts district frontrunner Westlake Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Lobo Field. The Lady Lobos follow with a home match Jan. 22 against Lake Travis at 7:45 p.m.
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coach Mario Bellver. “It was a mistake that we can definitely improve on. But it was also something where we had the mistake, they got lucky and got the score.” Anderson extended its lead to 2-0 in the second half on a penalty kick by senior Kate Caven in the top left corner of the net. Despite being down by two goals, Hays kept fighting and eventually cut the lead to 2-1 with 14:37 remaining on a 30yard chip shot by junior striker Kayli Wagner. “I mean, Kayli is an amazing player,” Bellver said. “She has an amazing shot, and whenever she plays striker she is really good.” Over the final ten minutes of the match, Hays went on the attack and generated several opportunities to equalize. However, all Lady Rebel chances were unsuccessful. A Fulton goal with less than four minutes left in the match placed Anderson ahead 3-1 and the game out of reach. “You know it was 2-1 and we still had a chance, we got all of our offensive players out there,” Bellver said. “We had to pull one (player) out because there was the danger of her getting a red card, and we really wanted to be able to use her Friday
against Bowie. So at the end we were also just thinking about the next game.” Anderson out-shot Hays 17-7 for the match, while also edging out the Lady Rebels 11-5 with shots on goal. Briceno ended the game with nine total saves for the Lady Rebels. Even though the ending result was a loss, Bellver liked what he saw from his team with the effort and positive attitude they displayed towards the end of the second half. “Positives I take away from this game is that they never gave up even when there was ten minutes left and we were down,” Bellver said. “They kept playing
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and we scored that first goal, and they tried to pursue the other one and it didn’t work out. It happens, it’s soccer.” In order to bounce back and get a win in their next game Bellver wants to see the Lady Rebels carry over a positive attitude into their next match on Friday. “So I talked to the girls and I want to see a positive attitude,” Bellver said. “Whenever we scored the one goal and we came all together and we were trying to score the second goal, that’s the (attitude) I want to see from them on Friday.” Hays will look to get its first win in district play Friday when the Lady Rebels host Bowie at 7:45 p.m. at Shelton Stadium.
“I called a couple of offenses to get our shooters open,” Preuss said about the second quarter. “They have to put down the shots and they did. Plus I think fast break, we got some stuff off fast break a little bit. We’re capable of putting some points on the board, we just don’t always do it.” Hays got big time performances from junior forwards Trista Strasser and Lily Guevara. Strasser dominated the paint with nine points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Guevara was the Lady Rebels go-to offensive player as she led the team with 12 points, while also pulling down eight rebounds and had one block. “I need those two to play big,” Preuss said about Strasser and Guevara. “They have to play big. And then we need a supporting cast after that,
but they have to play big.” Strasser and Guevara’s 18 combined rebounds tied Del Valle’s total rebounds for the entire game. Hays as a team pulled down 40 rebounds over the four quarters. “My goal is to out rebound every team we play,” Preuss said. “We got the size, we should be able to do it. So that’s big, when you can control the boards you only give them one shot. You know you don’t give them multiple shots and stuff.” Other key contributors for the Lady Rebels were senior guards Anastasia Matthews, who had eight points, and Bridgette Ramirez’s six points off two made three-point shots. Del Valle junior center Eriny Kindred led all scorers with 25 points, and also had six re-
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION FOR TPDES PERMIT FOR MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER
NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION (NAPD) FOR WATER QUALITY LAND APPLICATION PERMIT FOR MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER
PERMIT NO. WQ0014431001
APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION. North Hays County Municipal Utility District No. 1, 901 South Mopac Expressway, Suite 225, Austin, Texas 78746, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a major amendment to Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit No. WQ0014431001 to authorize an increase in the discharge of treated domestic wastewater from a daily average flow not to exceed 486,000 gallons per day to a daily average flow not to exceed 611,000 gallons per day. TCEQ received this application on May 17, 2019.
The facility is located at 330 Dark Horse Lane, in Hays County, Texas 78610. The treated effluent is discharged to an unnamed tributary, thence to Brushy Creek, thence to a reservoir, thence to Brushy Creek, thence to Plum Creek in Segment No. 1810 of the Guadalupe River Basin. The unclassified receiving water use is limited aquatic life use for the unnamed tributary. The designated uses for Segment No. 1810 are primary contact recreation, aquifer protection, and high aquatic life use. In accordance with 30 Texas Administrative Code Section 307.5 and the TCEQ's Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (June 2010), an antidegradation review of the receiving waters was performed. A Tier 1 antidegradation review has preliminarily determined that existing water quality uses will not be impaired by this permit action. Numerical and narrative criteria to protect existing uses will be maintained. This review has preliminarily determined that no water bodies with exceptional, high, or intermediate aquatic life uses are present within the stream reach assessed; therefore, no Tier 2 degradation determination is required. No significant degradation of water quality is expected in water bodies with exceptional, high, or intermediate aquatic life uses downstream, and existing uses will be maintained and protected. The preliminary determination can be reexamined and may be modified if new information is received. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and is not part of the application or notice. For the exact location, refer to the application. https://tceq.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=db5bac44afbc468bbddd360f8168250f&marker=-97.813498%2C30.037306&level=12
The TCEQ Executive Director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit. The draft permit, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The Executive Director has made a preliminary decision that this permit, if issued, meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. The permit application, Executive Director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit are available for viewing and copying at the Kyle Community Library, 550 Scott Street, Kyle, Texas.
PUBLIC COMMENT / PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or request a public meeting about this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comments or to ask questions about the application. TCEQ holds a public meeting if the Executive Director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. OPPORTUNITY FOR A CONTESTED CASE HEARING. After the deadline for submitting public comments, the Executive Director will consider all timely comments and prepare a response to all relevant and material or significant public comments. Unless the application is directly referred for a contested case hearing, the response to comments will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and to those persons who are on the mailing list for this application. If comments are received, the mailing will also provide instructions for requesting a contested case hearing or reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision. A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in a state district court.
TO REQUEST A CONTESTED CASE HEARING, YOU MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR REQUEST: your name, address, phone number; applicant's name and proposed permit number; the location and distance of your property/activities relative to the proposed facility; a specific description of how you would be adversely affected by the facility in a way not common to the general public; a list of all disputed issues of fact that you submit during the comment period; and the statement "[I/we] request a contested case hearing." If the request for contested case hearing is filed on behalf of a group or association, the request must designate the group’s representative for receiving future correspondence; identify by name and physical address an individual member of the group who would be adversely affected by the proposed facility or activity; provide the information discussed above regarding the affected member’s location and distance from the facility or activity; explain how and why the member would be affected; and explain how the interests the group seeks to protect are relevant to the group’s purpose. Following the close of all applicable comment and request periods, the Executive Director will forward the application and any requests for reconsideration or for a contested case hearing to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting.
The Commission may only grant a request for a contested case hearing on issues the requestor submitted in their timely comments that were not subsequently withdrawn. If a hearing is granted, the subject of a hearing will be limited to disputed issues of fact or mixed questions of fact and law relating to relevant and material water quality concerns submitted during the comment period.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ACTION. The Executive Director may issue final approval of the application unless a timely contested case hearing request or request for reconsideration is filed. If a timely hearing request or request for reconsideration is filed, the Executive Director will not issue final approval of the permit and will forward the application and request to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting.
MAILING LIST. If you submit public comments, a request for a contested case hearing or a reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision, you will be added to the mailing list for this specific application to receive future public notices mailed by the Office of the Chief Clerk. In addition, you may request to be placed on: (1) the permanent mailing list for a specific applicant name and permit number; and/or (2) the mailing list for a specific county. If you wish to be placed on the permanent and/or the county mailing list, clearly specify which list(s) and send your request to TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. All written public comments and public meeting requests must be submitted to the Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087 or electronically at www14.tceq.texas.gov/ epic/eComment/ within 30 days from the date of newspaper publication of this notice. INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE. For details about the status of the application, visit the Commissioners’ Integrated Database at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/cid. Search the database using the permit number for this application, which is provided at the top of this notice.
AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION. Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eComment/, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Any personal information you submit to the TCEQ will become part of the agency’s record; this includes email addresses. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040 or visit their website at www.tceq.texas. gov/goto/pep. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. Further information may also be obtained from North Hays County Municipal Utility District No. 1 at the address stated above or by calling Mr. David Fusilier, P.E., Atwell, LLC, at (512) 904-0505 ext. 4304. Issuance Date: December 20, 2019
PERMIT NO. WQ0015289001 APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION. H-E-B, LP, 646 South Flores Street, San Antonio, Texas 78204, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a renewal of TCEQ Permit No. WQ0015289001 which authorizes the disposal of treated domestic wastewater at a daily average flow not to exceed 14,000 gallons per day via a public access subsurface drip dispersal system with a minimum area on 3.21 acres. This permit will not authorize a discharge of pollutants into waters in the State. TCEQ received this application on July 29, 2019. The wastewater treatment facility and disposal site are located at 12225 West Highway 290, in the City of Austin, Hays County, Texas 78737. The wastewater treatment facility and disposal site are located in the drainage basin of Onion Ceek in Segment No. 1427 of the Colorado River Basin. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. https://tceq.maps.arcgis.com/apps/ webappviewer/index.html?id=db5bac44afbc468bbddd360f 8168250f&marker=97.971111%2C30.2075&level=12 The TCEQ Executive Director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit. The draft permit, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The Executive Director has made a preliminary decision that this permit, if issued, meets all statutory and regulatory requirements. The permit application, Executive Director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit are available for viewing and copying at Dripping Springs Community Library, 501 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs, Texas. PUBLIC COMMENT / PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or request a public meeting about this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comments or to ask questions about the application. TCEQ holds a public meeting if the Executive Director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. OPPORTUNITY FOR A CONTESTED CASE HEARING. After the deadline for submitting public comments, the Executive Director will consider all timely comments and prepare a response to all relevant and material, or significant public comments. Unless the application is directly referred for a contested case hearing, the response to comments will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and to those persons who are on the mailing list for this application. If comments are received, the mailing will also provide instructions for requesting a contested case hearing or reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision. A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in a state district court. TO REQUEST A CONTESTED CASE HEARING, YOU MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR REQUEST: your name, address, phone number; applicant's name and proposed permit number; the location and distance of your property/activities relative to the proposed facility; a specific description of how you would be adversely affected by the facility in a way not common to the general public; a list of all disputed issues of fact that you submit during the comment period; and the statement "[I/we] request a contested case hearing." If the request for contested case hearing is filed on behalf of a group or association, the request must designate the group’s representative for receiving future correspondence; identify by name and physical address an individual member of the group who would be adversely affected by the proposed facility or activity; provide the information discussed above regarding the affected member’s location and distance from the facility or activity; explain how and why the member would be affected; and explain how the interests the group seeks to protect are relevant to the group’s purpose. Following the close of all applicable comment and request periods, the Executive Director will forward the application and any requests for reconsideration or for a contested case hearing to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting. The Commission may only grant a request for a contested case hearing on issues the requestor submitted in their timely comments that were not subsequently withdrawn. If a hearing is granted, the subject of a hearing will be limited to disputed issues of fact or mixed questions of fact and law relating to relevant and material water quality concerns submitted during the comment period. TCEQ may act on an application to renew a permit for discharge of wastewater without providing an opportunity for a contested case hearing if certain criteria are met. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ACTION. The Executive Director may issue final approval of the application unless a timely contested case hearing request or request for reconsideration is filed. If a timely hearing request or request for reconsideration is filed, the Executive Director will not issue final approval of the permit and will forward the application and request to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting. MAILING LIST. If you submit public comments, a request for a contested case hearing or a reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision, you will be added to the mailing list for this specific application to receive future public notices mailed by the Office of the Chief Clerk. In addition, you may request to be placed on: (1) the permanent mailing list for a specific applicant name and permit number; and/or (2) the mailing list for a specific county. If you wish to be placed on the permanent and/or the county mailing list, clearly specify which list(s) and send your request to TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. All written public comments and public meeting requests must be submitted to the Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087 or electronically at www14.tceq.texas.gov/ epic/eComment/ within 30 days from the date of newspaper publication of this notice. INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE. For details about the status of the application, visit the Commissioners’ Integrated Database at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/ cid. Search the database using the permit number for this application, which is provided at the top of this notice. AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION. Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eComment/, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Any personal information you submit to the TCEQ will become part of the agency’s record; this includes email addresses. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040 or visit their website at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/pep. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. Further information may also be obtained from H-E-B, LP at the address stated above or by calling Mr. Brett Baker at 210-938-8145. Issuance Date: November 18, 2019
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Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
Public Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Buda City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers at Buda City Hall, 405 E. Loop Street, Bldg. 100 Buda, TX 78610 to discuss the following item: Z 20-01: Zoning
Map Amendment from Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) to One and Two-Family Residential (R-3) and Form District 4 (F4) for 173.740 acres out of the Phillip J. Allen Survey, Abstract No. 1, the Steven V. R. Eggleston Survey, Abstract No. 5, and the Hiram Cummings Survey, Abstract No. 108, Hays County, Texas;
being all of Lot 1, Block 2 of Scales Subdivision, Hays County, Texas, addressed as 855 Cole Springs Rd. At said time and place, all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the subject matter herein mentioned shall take notice.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Donald C. McKeon, Deceased, were issued on January 8, 2020 under Docket No. 19-0436-P, pending in the County Court of Hays County, Texas, to Nancy McKeon-Andrus.
Claims may be presented in care of the attorney for the estate, addressed as follows: Representative, Estate of Donald C. McKeon, Deceased c/o Bethann Eccles Eccles & McIntosh, PC 506 West 16th Street Austin, Texas 78701
All persons having claims against this estate, which is currently being administered, are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. Dated January 13, 2020. Eccles & McIntosh, PC Bethann Eccles Attorney for Independent Executor
CITY OF KYLE, TEXAS CALL FOR STATEMENTS OF INTEREST AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR A DOWNTOWN RETAIL DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
1. The business should contribute to the City of Kyle’s branding as a point of destination for tourism within Central Texas. 2. The business should allow for friendly, inclusive participation of the citizenry of Kyle, Texas by providing dining,
Submission of Proposals Proposals shall be submitted in a sealed envelope plainly marked in the left-hand corner, Statement of Interest for “Downtown Development Partner” Deadline All responses must be submitted prior to 12:00 P.M. on February 28th, 2020. Any submittals received after closing time will be returned unopened. Proposals must be mailed or delivered to the City of Kyle at 100 W. Center St., Kyle, TX 78640. Name of Proposer Proposing party must give full business name and address. Failure to manually sign the proposal will disqualify it. Contract Once a partner, satisfactory to the city is selected, a detailed performance contract will be prepared with the participation of both parties. Addenda The City reserves the right to revise or amend the requirements for submissions and the criteria for evaluating submissions prior to the date set for opening proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to these specifications, copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective proposing parties. Documentation Proposer shall provide all documentation required by this call for statements of interest and qualifications. Failure to provide this information may result in rejection of the proposal. MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR RESPONSIBLE PROSPECTIVE PROPOSERS A proposer must affirmatively demonstrate proposer’s abilities. A proposer must meet the following requirements and address these items to be considered. 1. Have adequate financial resources, or the ability to obtain such resources as required. 2. Be able to comply with the required or proposed delivery of the project 3. Have a satisfactory record of experience and business performance. 4. Have a satisfactory record of integrity and ethics. 5. Be otherwise qualified and eligible to receive an award. 6. Make a presentation outlining the proposer’s proposal including financing arrangements, elevation sketches and tenant mix. 7. Meet the expectation to acquire Certificate of Occupancies within 24 months of award. The City of Kyle, Texas may request information sufficient to determine proposer’s ability to meet the minimum standards set forth herein. Termination for Default The City of Kyle, Texas reserves the right to enforce the performance of the contract entered into with the successful proposer in any manner prescribed by law or deemed to be in the best interest of the City in the event of a breach or default of thecontract. The City of Kyle, Texas reserves the right to
Bid Bond A bid bond based on the final project may be required as a condition of a future contract/RFP. Performance Bond A performance bond based on the final project may be required as a condition of a future contract/RFP. Award The City of Kyle will select a development partner from those that respond to this Call for Statement of Interest and intends to issue a future RFP for the final project. That award will be given to the proposer who demonstrates the ability to deliver a project most closely aligned with the description of the request. Transfer of any property agreed to will be made after proposals are submitted to the city and approved. In awarding the proposal, the following criteria will be used, in addition to any other criteria set forth in the RFP: 1. A comprehensive business plan. 2. A proposed vision document, elevation plan, or other visual representation of the proposer’s ideas. 3. The reputation of the proposer and the proposer’s prior projects. 4. The extent to which the proposal aligns with the City of Kyle’s objectives for downtown development. 5. The proposer’s past relationship with the City of Kyle. 6. The impact on the ability of the City of Kyle to comply with laws and rules relating to contracting with historically underutilized businesses and non-profit
LOCATION Please find the attached GIS imagery of the location, R33592. ST
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Silence Of Specifications The apparent silence of these specifications, terms, and conditions to any detail, or to the apparent omission of a detailed description concerning any point, shall be regarded as meaning that only the best commercial practices are to prevail. All interpretations of these specifications shall be made on the basis of this statement. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening proposals pursuant to the paragraph entitled “Addenda” above. .
Existing Conditions The lot currently has a single-family residence on it that would be slated for demolition. The lot has access to all utilities and has an unimproved alley behind it. For the right use, the adjacent historical building could possibly be obtained. The proposal shall meet the construction and architectural specifications consistent with the City of Kyle’s expectations for commercial development in historic downtown. The proposer shall be subject to the standards for incremental review to be determined upon award of proposal.
General Requirements Permits, Fees, and Inspections; Onsite temporary facilities; dumpsters; construction documents; etc. All design and construction related efforts, construction of the structure and civil assets, close control of the end uses.
In the event the successful proposer shall fail to perform, keep or observe terms and conditions of this proposal, the City of Kyle, Texas shall provide written notice of such default, and in the event said default is not remedied to the satisfaction and approval of the City of Kyle, Texas within two (2) working days of receipt of such notice by the successful proposer, default may be declared and the successful proposer’s rights shall terminate.
organizations employing persons with disabilities. The total long-term cost and benefits to the City of Kyle to engage the proposers to deliver the project. City of Kyle reserves the right to reject any and all proposals received as a result of this Call for Statement of Interest and Qualifications. If a proposal is selected it will be the most advantageous to the City. The city does not intend to award a contract fully on the basis of any response made to the proposal; the City reserves the right to consider proposals for modifications at any time before a contract would be awarded, and negotiations would be undertaken with that proposer whose proposal is deemed to best adhere to the City’s specifications and needs. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive or not waive informalities or irregularities in proposals, and to accept to negotiate cost, terms, or conditions of any proposal determined by the City to be in the best interests of the City. Proposals must be signed by an official authorized to bind the proposer to its provisions for at least a period of 90 days. Failure of the successful proposer to accept the obligation of the contract may result in the cancellation of any award. Proposals should be prepared simply and economically providing a straight-forward, concise description of the contractor’s ability to meet the requirements of the RFP. Proposals shall be written in ink or typewritten. No erasures are permitted. Mistakes may be crossed out and corrected and must be initialed in ink by the person signing the proposal.
terminate the contract immediately in the event the successful fails to: 1. Meet schedules 2. Pay any required fees; or, 3. Otherwise perform in accordance with the proposal specifications.
DESCRIPTION The City of Kyle (City) owns a certain parcel at 104 South Burleson Street, a .45-acre lot (Exhibit A) and is currently seeking a proven business partner (Partner) to develop a commercial building in the historic downtown district on the subject property. As a partner in this Economic Development Initiative, the City is interested in supporting the deal through the most appropriate mechanisms. The City seeks a visionary Partner to propose building elevations and synergistic (controlled) uses for a parcel the City owns abutting the Historic Square. The City desires to support this project by providing the parcel toward an Economic Development Incentive to the selected development Partner. The City is open to various ways the land could be contributed, that best suits the Partner. The Partner will need to demolish the existing structure and build a new multistory facility and supporting hardscapes/utilities. The Partner should propose a structure that would complement the architectural landscape currently utilized in downtown Kyle, and include, at a minimum, permanent tenant space on the ground (main) floor to be used solely for destination entertainment/dining/retail, specific uses of which the City may desire to restrict. The structure should additionally include outdoor seating for the main floor tenants and consist of multiple stories – any additional stories above the main floor are not required to meet the destination use and may be any use suitable to the downtown district, including office or residential space. Preference will be given to possible partners that assure any tenant of the main floor support the City’s trademark of the Pie Capitol in some significant way. Ideas include a mix of uses and tenants such as a microbrewery/restaurant that sells a pie themed/flavor beer. Or perhaps a restaurant that also sells deep fried pies for dessert. The Pie Capitol brand does not itself limit ideas to just dessert pie. Pizza pie, Shepherd’s Pie, etc are also possibilities so a destination Pizzeria or Pub could qualify. The business should bring in revenue that contributes to commerce, business development, tourism, local sales tax, or other revenue streams that align closely with the City of Kyle’s core values and objectives for historic downtown. Proposals will be evaluated on the strength of supporting the brand. All real improvements to the property will be fully taxable. The tenant will be required to maintain set and dedicated hours of operation that promote a night life destination for families, Kyle’s predominant demographic. The developer will be expected to cover the construction costs associated with building the property to match the current architectural model (multistory brick building) and will need to gain approval of the City Council on the elevation/design. If the property fails to adhere to the relevant restrictions, including having a tenant that satisfies the above requirements, the City shall require full payment of the retail value of the land. If the land is conveyed, the city will place deed restrictions on the lot, which will closely align with the City of Kyle’s values for meaningful commercial and business development. Examples of such values may include:
entertainment and retail options on the ground floor. 3. The business should contribute to local commerce and development. 4. The business should work closely with elected officials and City Management to develop and strengthen meaningful partnerships between businesses and local government.
REQUEST FOR LETTER OF INTEREST DOWNTOWN RETAIL DEVELOPMENT PARTNER The City of Kyle is seeking proposals from those interested parties in making known and highlighting their interests and qualifications for the development of a downtown parcel owned by the City, for a mixed-use building. Statements of Interest and Qualifications, addressed to James R. Earp, will be received at the office of the City Manager, 100 W. Center St. Kyle, Texas 78640 until 12:00 P.M. on February 28th, 2020, and then considered by City Council in Executive session under Economic Incentives at the closest regular council meeting. Details of what the City seeks may be secured from the City website ((www. cityofkyle.com/rfps)) and are also available from the office of the City Secretary, Kyle, Texas. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals and to accept only those proposals which are in the best interest of the City of Kyle.
Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
Public Notices NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Barbara Ann Howe, Deceased, were issued on January 13, 2020, in Cause No. 19-0453-P, pending in the County Court at Law #3 of Hays County, Texas to: Ruth Wagner. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: David Glickler Attorney at Law 130 Hall Professional Center Kyle, TX 78640 DATED the 13th day of January, 2020 David Glickler Attorney for Ruth Wagner State Bar No.: 00787549 John A. Hall & Associates, P.C. 130 Hall Professional Center Kyle, TX 78640 Telephone: (512) 268-6425 Facsimilie: (512) 268-5404 E-mail: glick@ johnhalllawfirm.com
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Buda City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers at Buda City Hall, 405 E. Loop Street, Bldg. 100 Buda, TX 78610 to discuss the following item: DA 19-01: Development Agreement for a residential subdivision for 173.740 acres out of the Phillip J. Allen Survey, Abstract No. 1, the Steven V. R. Eggleston Survey, Abstract No. 5, and the Hiram Cummings Survey, Abstract No. 108, Hays County, Texas; being all of Lot 1, Block 2 of Scales Subdivision, Hays County, Texas, addressed as 855 Cole Springs Rd. At said time and place, all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the subject matter herein mentioned shall take notice.
NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF HAYS CAUSE: 18-1591
By virtue of an Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 22nd District Court of HAYS County, Texas, November 18, 2019, in cause numbered 18-1591, styled Post Oak One Homeowners Association, Inc. versus Joe M. Canales and Valorie a. Canales on a judgment rendered against Joe M. Canales and Valorie a. Canales; I did on January 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., levy upon as the property of Joe M. Canales and Valorie a. Canales the following described real property: Lot 1, Block S, of Post Oak Subdivision, Phase 5B, a subdivision in Hays County, Texas, according to the map or plat recorded in Volume 18, Page 119, Plat Records of Hays County, Texas more commonly known as 256 Unity, Kyle, TX 78640 (Property) On February 4, 2020, being the first Tuesday of the month, between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hays County, at the South Door, 712 Stagecoach Trail of the Courthouse of the said County, in the City of San Marcos, Texas, I will sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the right, title and interest of Joe M. Canales and Valorie a. Canales in and to the real property described above.
Dated at Kyle, Hays County, Texas, January 2, 2020. Michael Torres Constable, Pct. 2 Hays County, Texas 5458 FM 2770 Kyle, Texas 78640 by Robert L. Eller, Deputy Notice to Bidders: You are buying whatever interest, if any, the Debtor has in the property. Purchase of the Debtor’s interest in the property may not extinguish any liens or security interests held by other persons. There are no warranties, express or implied, regarding the property being sold, including but not limited to warranties of title, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Notice to Judgment Debtor: If there is any property, real or personal, you want to point out for levy in lieu of the above described property, you must contact this office immediately.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
The Alliance Regional Water Authority (the “OWNER”) is requesting sealed written statements of qualifications for serving as the OWNER’S representative providing Construction Management and Inspection Services (RFQ No. 2019-003). ALL STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS ARE DUE BY 3:00 P.M., Central Time, on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Documents may be obtained without charge from www.CivCastUSA.com. Proponents must register on this website in order to view and/or download the Request for Qualifications. At the time a Proponent registers on this website, the Proponent must provide a working e-mail address, so the Proponent will receive any addenda or clarification issued by the OWNER. ANY STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS NOT RECEIVED BY THE DATE AND TIME SET FORTH ABOVE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION. All procurements by the OWNER are subject to the OWNER’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. The Program provides HUBs full opportunity to participate in all of the OWNER’s contracts. Goals for HUB participation are stated for each solicitation. Information on achieving the goals or documenting good faith efforts to achieve the goals are contained in the Bid Documents. When a HUB participation goal applies, each Proponent is required to
Employment complete and return a HUB Participation Plan with its Statement of Qualifications. If a HUB Participation Plan is not submitted with a Statement of Qualification, the Statement of Qualification will not be accepted for consideration. The OWNER reserves the right to reject any or all Statements of Qualifications and to waive any minor informality (one that does not affect the competitiveness of the Statement of Qualifications) in any Statement of Qualification or in the solicitation process. The persons listed below may be contacted for information regarding the Request for Qualifications. If a Proponent contacts any other officer or employee of the OWNER during the period beginning on the date this Request for Qualifications is issued and ending on the date of contract award or rejection of all Statements of Qualifications by the OWNER’s Board of Directors, any Statement of Qualification submitted by the Proponent is subject to rejection by the OWNER. Authorized Contact Persons: OWNER’s Executive Director: Graham Moore; 512-294-3214; gmoore@ alliancewater.org.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that original Letters of Administration for the Estate of VELIA NEVAREZ RODRIGUEZ were issued on October 16, 2019, in docket number 19-0113-P, pending in the County Court at Law, Sitting in Probate, Hays County, Texas, to PATRICIA RODRIGUEZ. All persons having claims against the estate, which is presently being administered, are required to submit them, within the time and manner prescribed by law, and before the estate is closed, addressed as follows: c/o Patricia Rodriguez 10819 Crown Colony Drive, #34 Austin, TX 78747 Dated the 9th day of December, 2019 THE BOLING LAW FIRM 1301 S. Old Stagecoach Rd. Kyle, TX 78640 Tel: (512) 504-3051 Tel: (877) 629-5353 Fax: (877) 629-3130 Anna Martinez Boling SBN: 00791188 annaboling@bolinglawfirm. com Attorney for Patricia Rodriguez
LEGAL NOTICE Application is being made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for Beer Retail Dealer’s Off-Premise, Wine Only Package Store and Local Cartage Permits by GoBrands Texas LLC located at 1820 Peter Garza drive, San Marcos, Hays County, Texas 78666. Officers of said Company are Rafael Ilishayev, Secretary and Yakir Gola, Manager.
An original Application has been made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a Wine and Beer Retailer’s Off-Premises Permit by LJABC Inc. d/b/a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dripping Springs located at 333 E. Hwy 290, Suite 500, Dripping Springs, Hays County, TX 78620. Officers of said corporation are Hollis D. Leddy, President/Director and Jeanette C. Mosley, Secretary/CFO.
Notice of Public Hearing for the Hays CISD 2018-2019 Annual Report
The Hays Consolidated Independent School District will conduct a public hearing for the 2018 – 2019 Annual Report on January 27, 2020, as part of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Hays CISD Board of Trustees. The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM at Lehman High School located at 1700 Lehman Road Kyle, TX 78640. Texas Education Code B39.053 requires each school district's board of trustees to publish an annual performance report that includes the TAPR report; campus performance objectives; a report of violent or criminal incidents; and information received under the Texas Education Code B51.403(e) from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Aviso de Audiencia Pública para el Informe de Rendimiento Académico de Texas Hays CISD
El Distrito Escolar de Hays (HCISD) llevará acabo una audencia pública para el 20182019 informe de Rendimiento Académico de Tejas (TAPR) el 27 de enero, 2020, como parte de la reunión regularmente programada de la mesa directiva de Hays CISD. La reunion comenzará a las 5:30 pm en la escuela secundaria de Lehman ubicada en el 1700 Calle de Lehman, Kyle, TX 78640. El Código de Educación de Tejas B39.053 requiere que la mesa directiva de cada distrito escolar publique un informe anual de desempeño que incluya la información de TAPR; objetivos de rendimiento de cada escuela; un informe de incidentes violentos o criminales; e información recibida bajo el Código de Educación de Tejas B51.403(e) de la Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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Public Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE
Chapter 59 of the Texas Property Code hereby gives notice of public sale under said act to wit: This sale will be held January 31, 2020 at 2:30 PM on StorageAuction. com. The property in the storage unit(s) listed under tenant’s name is being sold to satisfy a landlord’s lien. The property contents of all storage unit(s) sold at this sale are purchased “as is” “where is” for CASH/ CREDIT. Safe-n-Sound Self Storage reserves the right to refuse any bid or to cancel any public sale advertised. Announcement made the day of the sale takes precedence over any printed materials. See Solution on 7
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Hays Free Press • January 15, 2020
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