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Kyle OKs $45K for police audit BY LESLY DE LEON

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An agreement approved by the Kyle City Council last week will call for a third-party consultant to conduct an audit of the Kyle Police Department. Matrix Consulting Group, a California-based company which has experience working with other Texas cities, will review the police

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With his arms stretched wide and a smile on his face, Kyle resident Cole Phillps jogs toward the finish line of the Run for the Love of It fun run held in Buda last weekend. See more photos on page 1C.

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Buda resident Melissa McCrary realized how iconic Budafest was to the community when she moved to the area eight years ago. Last year, McCrary finally got the chance to participate when she applied for a craft vendor booth. But her excitement turned sour after she discovered vendors wouldn’t receive a reimbursement of their application fees, even after the event was canceled due to weather. Now McCrary and other vendors, along with city leaders, are seeking answers from Budafest committee members regarding the application and the $11,000 in vendor fees. McCrary, who applied as a craft vendor in November, said issues began two weeks prior to the

event when she realized weather could play a factor. She said she contacted Budafest committee member Eileen Conley through Facebook about a possible deadline to back out. McCrary claimed Conley never responded to her question and ultimately decided to let them “make the call” on the event. The day before the event, McCrary said she tried to reach out to Conley and committee member Elaine Purvis regarding a possible cancellation due to weather. McCrary said she never received an email from either one on the topic. It wasn’t until she saw on the city of Buda’s website that she knew the event had been cancelled. Budafest committee member Bert Bronaugh said the decision to ulti-

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Buda code to get an update BY SAMANTHA SMITH

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An overhaul of Buda’s Unified Development Code (UDC), according to Assistant City Manager Chance Sparks, is “long overdue” could be implemented later this year. Sparks introduced the agenda item to council members in late 2016 and said Buda’s current UDC, which was adopted in 2002, did not reflect the changing needs in the city in the last 15 years. Sparks said chang-

es in Buda include a tripling of the population, new development expectations, and a general shift in housing needs made a change to the UDC necessary. Another important change since the current UDC was adopted is a change from a General Law City to a Home Rule City, which gives the city “more tools for growth management.” Sparks said the proposed new UDC is approximately 470 pages long with 50 of those pages consisting

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Vendors for the canceled 2017 Budafest, as well as the city of Buda, are looking for answers as to what happened to $11,000 in application fees that were paid to the Budafest committee. Above is a photo from a previous year’s Budafest.

COMING UP Elisa Albert reading and book signing

Author Elisa Albert will hold book readings and signing on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Texas State University's Witliff Collections and Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anna Porter Center in Kyle. Albert is the author of “After Birth,” “The Book of Dahlia,” “How This Night is Different,” and the editor of the anthology “Freud’s Blind Spot.” Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, Post Road, The Guardian, Gulf Coast, The Believer, Time magazine, and numerous other publications.

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department’s policies and structure to offer recommendations for improvement. The purpose of the audit is for city and police officials to get an objective, outside perspective on what the police department can do to improve, maximize personnel and become more efficient, said Captain Pedro Hernandez. “Ultimately our goal

Starlight Symphony Orchestra Take a musical journey through time with the Starlight Symphony. Experience the fascinating transitions and differences in music from various composers. Performances will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hays Performing Arts Center and Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Wimberley, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley, TX.

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Kyle city leaders earlier this month approved an update to the city’s Public Improvement District (PID) policy by a 6-1 vote. The updated policy included additional text to clarify and tighten up certain language that may cause issues in the future, Kyle City Manager Scott Sellers said. Council member Daphne Tenorio cast the lone dissenting vote. “Every policy should be a living document and the PID policy is no different,” Sellers said. Financial advisors and other PID consultants examined the city’s current policy and recommended changes that would further protect the city’s interests

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for future developments, Sellers said. Revisions include increasing the PID application fee from $15,000 to $25,000 and clarifying the disclosure agreement. “We have negotiated agreements under the prior policy and it is our assumption that what is written in those development agreements is what those developments will move forward under,” Sellers said. Daphne Tenorio, District 6 Council Member, voted against the PID policy update as she felt it could be too complicated. “This whole package started out very simply, and it has become an extravagantly complicated piece of procedures,” Tenorio said. Everything city staff

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Wimberley man held in wife’s murder BY MOSES LEOS III

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A Wimberley man has been charged with first-degree murder after confessing to authorities that he had killed his wife at their home Thursday evening. Jimmy Lee Rhodes, 68, was booked into the Hays County Jail early Friday and was charged with first degree murder, according to a Hays County Sheriff’s Office press release. Rhodes is suspected of

killing his wife, who has been identified as Christina Pollock Anderson, 67. Rhodes was magistrated by Hays County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1-1 RHODES Joann Prado, who set his bond at $750,000. According to the release, the homicide occurred on Cripple Creek Court in the Woodcreek

North subdivision. Authorities received a call around 5 p.m. Thursday from Anderson, who called to report her husband was “out of control” and that she needed help from law enforcement, according to an earlier release. However, the call was disconnected and a return call made by Hays County Sheriff’s 911 dispatchers was unsuccessful. Initial reports indicated that when deputies arrived at the scene, Rhodes was found armed in the

front yard of the home. However, Rhodes was inside of the residence and was walking toward the front door when deputies on scene first observed him. Deputies issued verbal commands to exit the home unarmed and Rhodes did without incident, according to the release. Rhodes informed authorities that his wife, later identified as Anderson, was inside. When authorities went inside the residence, they found Anderson dead.

According to the release, Rhodes allegedly confessed to detectives that he killed Anderson. Rhodes has no previous criminal history. Rhodes is being held in the Hays County Jail. An autopsy has been ordered for Anderson to determine the cause and manner of death. The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.

also mentioned that the proposed new UDC encourages alternatives for multifamily housing like townhomes and garden homes. If the proposed new UDC is adopted, it will also include more lighting restrictions going toward true “Dark Skies” regulations. Sparks said the Dark Skies objective is to promote downward shining lights that do not emit as much of a glare, use a less bright light bulb, and reduce light pollution in the area. Sparks said the proposed UDC is unique as

the city referenced 30 to 40 different cities UDCs to tailor a code unique to Buda. “The goal behind this new UDC is to allow people to spend their whole lives in Buda no matter what stage of life they are in,” Sparks said. “It’s about meeting the needs of all ages of a Buda resident.” Sparks said the city plans to host UDC workshops for P&Z and the city council over the next two months prior to going to council for adoption. The city is also planning to gather resident feedback on the update as well.

across Texas and the U.S. Members of the police department suggested conducting an audit when negotiating contracts with city officials, Hernandez said. Audits are common

in law enforcement and most agencies, he said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what the results and the recommendations are,” Hernandez said.

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of definitions. “It’s in the normal range for a city the size of Buda,” Sparks said referencing UDCs from towns like Austin and San Antonio that could be up to 1,000 pages long. Sparks said that the main reason the UDC needed to be updated was to better reflect the wishes of Buda residents as to what the future of Buda would look like – for instance, what kinds of houses and businesses would call Buda home. “The current UDC is a little confusing,” Sparks said, “The new UDC will keep everything from

being so vague.” Sparks said some of the differences in the new UDC would be administrative, such as having a stronger reliance on the planning and zoning commission, and an emphasis on city staff recommendations, instead of outsourcing for certain duties that could be performed in-house. As Sparks said the new UDC will lay out specifically “who does what, when and how.” Sparks also said the new UDC is concentrated on duplicating Buda’s “signature small town character” into the development

of mixed use properties through a form based code. “A form-based code looks at not only the use of the building which is a regular code, but also the design of the structure, as well as the neighboring structures to see if development is compatible overall,” Sparks said. According to Sparks, residents don’t want to see Buda turn into another Austin. “A form-based code will drive developers to the city’s desired outcome,” Sparks said. In addition to mixeduse properties, Sparks

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is to provide the best law enforcement service to our community,” Hernandez said. The audit will provide concrete implementable recommendations to grow and evolve the police department, said Mayor Todd Webster. As the city’s grown and changed, so has the police department, he said. “The audit’s purpose is to bring in some expertise to help us identify how we can take the police department to that next level so it keeps pace with what we’re doing in the rest of the city in terms of improving our operations,” Webster said. The consultant will evaluate the police department as a whole without targeting officers or management and provide solid recommendations that can be enacted, said City Manager Scott Sellers. “We want to get solid recommendations that everyone can get behind as we move forward and continue to raise the bar,” Sellers said. During the process, the consulting group will consider organization culture, internal communications and accountability. The consulting group will interview police officers and staff and conduct anonymous

surveys. The audit will likely evaluate policies, operational procedures, staffing and calls-for-service response, Hernandez said. It will also consider the department’s future growth. “We’re one of the fastest growing cities in this area,” Hernandez said. “Along with that comes the need to build and grow the police department pretty fast as well.” Hernandez said the audit is an opportunity to consider the department’s future and what planning is needed to serve the community as it rapidly grows. According to the agreement, Matrix Consulting Group will complete the audit within 120 days of its start date and the city will pay the consultant a maximum of $45,000. Initially, city council had approved $20,000 maximum for the budget. However, a committee composed of officers and management reviewed multiple consultant proposals and decided Matrix Consulting Group was the best choice, Sellers said. The police department found additional funding in unpaid wages included in its budget, as the $45,000 had not been

budgeted for. Webster said he was impressed with the consultant group’s qualifications. Matrix Consulting Group has performed similar audits in cities

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “We live and die with him ... Unfortunately, it was a little bit too late because of the circumstances. It is what it is.” – Matthew Sandoval, Rebel basketball coach, on Rebel Charles Bohannon’s efforts in a recent Rebel game. See story, page 1B.

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hen I was a boy, my mother loved listening to American crooners on our old wooden stereo console Dean Martin was her favorite. Though I hated his “old people” music as I kid, I listen to it frequently on satellite radio when I’m driving my truck. Here’s why: Dino celebrated romance, “a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love,” says Dictionary.com. And if modern music is the measure, romance is dead. I point to Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 list. Last week’s No. 1 hit was “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. His song is popular, no doubt, because of its eloquent lyrics: I’m in love with the shape of you We push and pull like a magnet do Although my heart is falling too I’m in love with your body And last night you were in my room And now my bedsheets smell like you... No. 2 on the charts was “Bad and Boujee” by American hip hop group Migos. Many of the lyrics for the song are unpublishable in a family newspaper, but, with edits in parentheses, these lines will do: (Fornicating) on your (derogatory term for a woman that sounds like witch) she a (prostitute, prostitute, prostitute, prostitute) Cookin’ up dope in the crockpot, (pot)... Ah, modern romance. Things sure have changed since Dino dropped off the charts. Whereas today’s top hits celebrate human nature at its most base, Dino’s music spoke to the heart. Consider the lyrics to “Amore,” which means “love” in Italian: When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine That’s amore In 1964, when The Beatles’ new sound made them the most popular band on Earth, Dino knocked “Hard Day’s Night” out of the top spot on the charts. He did so with “Everybody Loves Somebody,” an old-fashioned song that still resonates with all age groups: Everybody loves somebody sometime Everybody falls in love somehow Something in your kiss just

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told me That sometime is now Whereas many of today’s hit songs are vulgar and cynical, Dino’s songs celebrate the subtle dance of the spirit between a man and a woman – the magic that occurs when two complementary natures collide. Dino’s songs celebrate mystery – the deep interest and curiosity a man holds for a woman and a woman for a man. They celebrate optimism – the hope that one day a special person will enter your life and sweep you off your feet, a person you will love forever. The simple, intense lyrics of his song “Sway” sum up this longing well: Other dancers may be on the floor Dear, but my eyes will see only you Only you have the magic technique When we sway I go weak I know Dino had his peccadilloes in his personal life, but his music remains untainted. With every passing year, as coarseness seeps into our culture a little more, his songs hold more power over me. Their sweetness and respectfulness uplift me. We need to get back to that spirit – the spirit of romance. I can’t think of a better day to do so than Valentine’s Day. All we need to do is study the older couples who attend the annual Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, Ohio, Dino’s hometown. As the Dean Martin impersonator takes the stage – a fellow so convincing you think the old crooner is there in the flesh – they saunter to the front of the stage holding hands. They begin to sway with a sweetness and easiness that couples knew long ago. When there was romance. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” a Sean McClanahan mystery novel, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Tom@TomPurcell.com

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ome folks ask me where I come up with ideas for this here column. I tell ‘em that usually some weird thought pops up like a baby’s poot in her bath water. Sometimes I see something in the news that sparks an interest. There have been times in the past where I simply can’t think of anything to comment on, but thanks to millions of registered voters, there is now a plethora of material coming out of our nation’s capital that keeps me up at night until I fire up my PC. Now, I don’t go around looking for a thunder pot to stir up, but when I hear some outrageous statement from the mouth of some politician, I can’t help myself to spread the word. I reckon I will upset some folks out there who just can’t find underwear that fit, but let me assure you that I poke fun at anyone who says or does something stupid. If you read my last column, you saw me poking fun at men in general, including yours truly. Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you are one sad sack. Let’s start off with our beloved president speaking recently without checking the facts first. Now, I haven’t taken a class in American History since 1976, but I do recall that Frederick Douglass was a social reformer and abolitionist back in the late 1800s. Mr. Trump spoke of this man in the present tense when he said, “Frederick Doug-

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lass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.” I refuse to relentlessly bash the guy like a lot of folks do, but you’ve got to wonder about Trump’s overall intelligence. Instead of releasing his tax returns, I’d like to see his high school report cards. I bet his GPA dropped a bit during Black History Month. And if Trump believes Douglass is still living, he probably didn’t do so hot in math either. Okay, let’s see what other alternative facts plopped at our feet during interviews with some big wigs out in D.C. Before we get started, let’s take a moment of silence for those souls lost in the Bowling Green Massacre. I want to personally give kudos to Kellyanne Conway on getting the scoop on this tragedy well ahead of CNN and the rest of the media. Um, while we are on the subject, am I spelling Bowling Green right because I can’t find anything about this massacre on Wikipedia and I’m not on speaking terms with Siri? Perhaps, our president and Ms. Conway weren’t the best

students at Trump University, and they just misspoke. Not everyone is smart enough to make it to Final Jeopardy. Some folks lack sufficient gray matter to store actual facts and know what’s real and what’s not. Now, I am sure that we won’t hear anything stupid coming from our new Secretary of Education, right? Whoa! Hold your horses! Ms. Betsy DeVos commented during her Senate confirmation hearing that we need guns in schools to protect the kids from grizzly bears. Dang it, CNN! Why didn’t you inform your viewers about all the bears mauling children in public schools? How long have these vicious attacks been going on? I’m glad we have a watchdog in the Department of Education looking after the welfare of our students. Okay, how many folks have I ticked off? Probably fewer than those who got a chuckle out of this. Again, let me emphasize that I don’t take jabs at people just because of their political affiliation. I don’t lean to the left or right, although some nights after treating my arthritis, I tend to sway both ways. And being a farm boy like I am, I do believe in spreading out the manure. Clint Younts’ cattle spread plenty of manure in the pastures around the Crow’s Nest. crowsnest78610@ gmail.com

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n July, Donald Trump said he’d never spoken to Vladimir Putin. Sure, he hadn’t. Except that in 2014 he said he had – spoken with Putin “indirectly and directly” when in Russia on Miss Universe business. Well, who you gonna believe? Donald Trump or Donald Trump? We understand: Having had a talk with Putin could slip the mind of one so globally powerful as a civilian that, on the campaign trail, Trump’s son Donald Jr. would say that the presidency would be a step down. Still, this curious nugget of narrative involving Trump and Russia assumes more significance with each day. What did he know? When did he know it? Richard Nixon said he knew nothing. One lie. One presidency down the toilet. At this point, Team Trump has

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delighted at batting truth around like a shuttlecock without penalty. Lying can be fun and come without political cost. Fun and games, yes, but one subpoena – one – would empty this White House like a pizza delivered with anchovies and anthrax. If we recall: In only a few instances did actual “high crimes” put Nixon’s men behind bars and Nixon himself on a chopper out of town. What put them there was knowing and lying. Until his dismissal as national security adviser Mike Flynn was pulling a Trump: saying one thing, then another.

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Multiple sources confirmed for the Washington Post that before he and Trump were employed by you and me, Flynn, via phone, told Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that the Trump administration would relieve Russia of those pesky sanctions imposed by President Obama over Russia’s meddling in our election. Nyet to worry. When questions first arose, Flynn said he never said any such thing. Then he said he couldn’t recall. It’s a meaty thing to slip one’s mind, sort of like what Trump said in July about interacting with Putin. The issue behind L’affaire Flynn is the Logan Act, which forbids civilians from doing foreign policy. If true, it would be stunningly Nixonian, and so Trumpian. In 1968, before taking office as president, Nixon contacted South Vietnam’s government to head off any last-minute peace agreement by the Johnson administration.

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Having broken the law, Nixon’s presidency should have ended before it began. Trump’s presidency is a month old, and already there are enough plausible concerns of high crimes involving Russia to rev up the helicopter. Trump’s glowing statements about Putin, his smirking dismissal of what the CIA labeled “an influence campaign . . . to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process” say more than words ever could, even if we could trust a word he utters. Oh, and Flynn didn’t phone Russia just once. Reuters reports he called Kislyak five times the day of the sanctions. What did Trump know? “Plausible deniability” was a catch phrase from Iran-Contra, a scandal that put a batch of Republican schemers in prison for waging a secret war and financing it in part by selling

arms to a terrorist nation. The deniability was the sculpting of operations to insulate President Reagan from knowingly illegal deeds. Flynn is out, and Trump is insulated? Trump’s front men are trying to do that. They say that whatever Flynn might have done, Trump knew nothing. Subpoena them. Hands on the Bible for the second time in a few days. Subpoena those tax records first. Team Trump would have us believe that Flynn was a lone wolf. That seems quite implausible. Citizens, insist on the truth. What was the pre-election relationship between Trump and Putin? We won’t get the truth without subpoenas. Sen. McCain, duty calls. Longtime newspaperman and former Texas resident John Young now lives in Colorado. jyoungcolumn@gmail.com

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mately cancel the event was a joint decision between the committee and the city of Buda. “No one reached out to me as a vendor and there were several vendors I talked to, they never got an email as well,” McCrary said. Bronaugh could neither confirm nor deny whether vendors were contacted regarding the cancellation of the event, as Conley was responsible for that portion of the festival. The Hays Free Press reached out to Conley for a comment, but she did not respond as of press time. “Personally I don’t know what kind of vendor outreach was accomplished, but I’m sure she (Conley) was upfront and forward about this (the event cancellation),” Bronaugh said. Bronaugh said he was in charge of the food vendors who paid a $100 fee for a booth at the event. Bronaugh said he remained in contact with vendors prior to the event, and told them it was in a “holding pattern” for the time being. “None of them have requested a refund,” Bronaugh said, “They all have access to my phone number as it appears at the bottom of the food vendor registration form.” While McCrary was glad the event was cancelled due to rain, word began to disseminate that vendors weren’t going to get their deposit back. She then attempted to email Purvis to get an explanation. McCrary said she was told to “read the contract” for craft vendors, which said vendors must pay $125 for a reservation and there would be no refunds. Eventually, she received a response Dec. 3, 2016 with Purvis saying the committee has “never refunded Budafest craft booth fees due to weather cancellation,” according to an email provided by McCrary to the Hays Free Press.

“None of them have requested a refund ... They all have access to my phone number as it appears at the bottom of the food vendor registration form.” – Bert Bronaugh, Budafest committee member

Bronaugh said committee members have cancelled or rescheduled the event in the past, but they have never had any problems. Purvis said the event coordinates with the city and a “small army of paid contract and service providers that may or may not be able to reschedule on such short notice,” Purvis wrote. “Even though we cancelled, we still incur costs for advertising, rental fees, etc,” Purvis wrote in her email. She added 2016 was the first time in the 37-year history of the event that vendors would receive a $40 credit toward the next year. “Not only do we incur a loss this year, but next year as well with reduced booth fees,” Purvis wrote. She added the response to the cancellation was “overwhelmingly positive” from longtime vendors and that they “understand Budafest still has to pay the bills that go with putting on a festival, come rain or shine.” Although Purvis and Conley are in charge of finances, Bronaugh said he knows that quite a bit of money was spent on up-front costs that were paid via vendor fees.

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Continued from pg. 1A added to the policy was vetted by legal counsel and professionals within the industry who recommended these changes to protect the city’s interests, Sellers said. “Because of our lawsuit with the Bunton Creek PID, the city – to ultimately rectify the situation with the neighborhood – adopted a PID policy that would give us direction moving forward so that we didn’t encounter the same issues that got us into legal troubles to begin with,” Sellers said. City council settled a lawsuit after a long process between the Bunton Creek Estates PID developers and the City of Kyle in December 2015. Issues with the Bunton

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Those include advertising, dumpster use, porta-potty rentals, insurance for the event and other fees that had to be paid early using vendors booth rent fees. Bronaugh also said $1,000 that the city of Buda committed to the event through the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund had never actually been paid to them. But McCrary remains upset at the lack of language within either vendor application regarding weather. She was also upset at the difficulty in obtaining a response from committee members. According to the food booth application, vendors are required to make a committment to serve the public “regardless of weather conditions.” However, neither application offered language on contingencies regarding weather cancellations. McCrary now hopes the committee presents its expenditures made during the event. Such a report was not made available during a presentation on Budafest at the Feb. 7 city council meeting. “I want to see the numbers and I want someone to say, ‘this is what we made,’” McCrary said. “Why can’t they reimburse us more than $40 (credit)? It’s not even a reimbursement.”

Creek Estates PID began in 2014 when homeowners learned the development, PID Holdings, Ltd., didn’t notify them of a PID assessment on their homes. The city filed a lawsuit against PID Holdings and settled an agreement between the developers and homeowners. The settlement included resetting the assessment for each platted lot in the PID and negotiating the $2,900 assessment to $1,800. “The policy changes were simply to address those additional issues that were brought to our attention to further protect the city so that we don’t end up in another unforeseeable legal situation,” Sellers said.

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EXHIBIT C-3

HAYS CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31, 2016 Data Control Codes 5700 5800

REVENUES Local and intermediate sources State program revenues

5900

0011 0012 0013 0021 0023 0031 0032 0033 0034 0035 0036 0041 0051 0052 0053 0061 0071 0072 0073 0081 0093

Debt Service

32,155,637

77,313

15,008,364

197,342,010

83,147,139 2,023,245 2,454,178 2,942,969 8,432,029 4,614,280 233,512 1,681,253 8,899,457 3,710,759 3,928,900 15,135,249 1,171,521 4,007,747 218,216 4,200 268,872 619,561

18,370,000 12,455,575 614,954 -

2,448,296 1,156,948 661,074 25,533,767 -

5,414,423 27 729,864 6,264 80,070 224,041 6,119 8,467,554 12,991 670 91,598 298,286 -

91,009,858 2,023,272 3,184,042 2,949,233 8,512,099 4,838,321 233,512 1,687,372 10,056,405 8,467,554 3,710,759 3,928,900 15,148,240 1,171,521 4,669,491 309,814 18,370,000 12,459,775 614,954 25,832,053 268,872 619,561

143,493,087

31,440,529

29,800,085

15,331,907

220,065,608

6,607,609

715,108

Total expenditures

1100

EXCESS (DEFICIENCY) OF REVENUES

7901 7912 7916

OTHER FINANCING SOURCES (USES) Refunding bonds issued Sale of real or personal property Premium or discount on issuance of bonds

8940

Payment to bond refunding escrow agent

OVER (UNDER) EXPENDITURES

7080

-

NET CHANGE IN FUND BALANCES

0100

FUND BALANCES, BEGINNING

6,607,609

(

904,682)

(

189,574)

FUND BALANCES, ENDING

52,933,328

$

1,444,389

77,313 -

$

( 29,722,772)

3,160,216 1,429,194 10,418,954

(

(

38,164,812 $

$

8,442,040

84,863,053 99,367,340 13,111,617

323,543)

( 22,723,598)

44,300 -

63,970,000 44,300 12,944,809 ( 77,819,491)

44,300

( 29,722,772)

1,633,963

46,325,719 $

$

63,970,000 12,944,809 ( 77,819,491)

-

Total other financing sources (uses)

1200

25,978,230 6,177,407 -

Other Governmental

150,100,696

Other intergovernmental charges

$

98 Total Governmental Funds

Total revenues

6030

3000

General

60 2014 School Building Bonds

Federal program revenues EXPENDITURES Current: Instruction Instructional resources and media services Curriculum and staff development Instructional leadership School leadership Guidance, counseling, and evaluation services Social work services Health services Student transportation Food service Extracurricular activities General administration Facilities maintenance and operations Security and monitoring services Data processing services Community services Principal on long-term debt Interest on long-term debt Bond issuance costs and fees Facilities acquisition and construction Payments related to shared services arrangements

0099

50

55,647,294 91,760,739 2,692,663

5020

$

10

(

279,243) 3,658,498

$

3,379,255

860,382)

( 23,583,980) 89,782,992 $

66,199,012

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Hard fought Lady Rebs succumb to Madison BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ

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Hays Rebel pitcher Maxine Valdez winds up as she prepares to deliver a pitch during last week’s scrimmage against San Marcos.

Rebel softball preps for 2017 BY MOSES LEOS III

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With several returning players from last year’s regional semifinalist team, Hays head softball coach Lisa Cone aims to go even further in 2017. Despite a relatively young squad, Cone said a pair of scrimmages against 5A powerhouses Dripping Springs and Rouse have shown promise. “Obviously, our expectations are high. We want to go further than we did last year,” Cone said. “We don’t want to be done after three rounds. We want

to continue playing.” Replacing the majority of the infield will be the early season focus for Cone and the Rebel defense. Cone said senior Lulu Arroyo, along with pitcher Maxine Valdez and catcher Abbie Blackwell are the only returning infielders this season. Cone said she moved Illiana Cisneros to the shortstop position to fill the void left by Alyssa Martinez, who transferred to Lehman prior to the season. She also moved Brianna Rodriguez from the outfield to

REBEL SOFTBALL, 2B

Poor shooting dooms Rebs on senior night BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ

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On senior night, with his parents watching from the Bales Gym bleachers, senior guard Charles Bohannon kept shooting despite a mounting deficit.

It was a microcosm for what has been another losing season for the Rebels, who trailed Vandegrift by 14 points entering the fourth quarter. 

Bohannon, however, was undeterred, as he poured in 17 of the team’s 21 points in the final period, closing the books on a 57-46 loss at home.  “We live and die with him,” said Hays coach Matthew Sandoval. “Unfortunately, it was a little bit too late because of the circumstances. It is what it is.”  Friday night’s loss capped a 2016-2017 season in which the Rebels went 7-24 and included a 2-10 record in district play. That mark placed Hays last in the district.

Sandoval pointed to the first quarter as an early sign of trouble. He watched as his team missed all seven of its

“We didn’t start well in the first quarter ... It was upand-down from there.” – Matthew Sandoval, Rebel coach

three-pointers. The team shot 20 percent from the field, but the deficit was just four points.  “We didn’t start well in the first quarter,” Sandoval said. “It was up-anddown from there.”  Bohannon was held to one point in the second and third quarter, as Vandegrift made its push. Led by freshman center Greg Brown III and his team-high 19 points, the Vipers generated much of their offense by capitalizing on Hays’ miscues. There were 22 turnovers in total, leading to easy buckets for Vandegrift in

REBEL BASKETBALL, 2B

Senior forward Jada Finister wiped her brow and hugged her parents. Tears streamed down her cheeks. It was over. PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III Then she embraced a teammate. Another Hays Rebel guard Gabby Bosquez (left) is obstructed by a San Antonio Madison defender teammate walked by to as she tries to pass the ball to teammates while on the ground Tuesday at Cibolo Steele console her. Down the High. Inset, Even with a hand in her face, Hays High senior Jada Finister (center) fights to take a shot as a pair of San Antonio Madison players defend Tuesday. Finister’s 38 line, Finister met with rebound effort helped Hays force overtime, but the Rebels succumbed to Madison to end each of her teammates the season. (Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com.) for the last time on a basketball court. They in part because Madison shared laughs, tears and was unable to prevent hugs. Finister from tapping the The winning side ball out to a teammate or had already vacated the outright controlling the building, leaving the rebound. Hays girls basketball Once Hays forced team and family memovertime – after erasing bers wondering what two separate doublewent wrong. digit deficits during the But, yes, it was really game – Finister was back over. Hays' season (20on the attack. 13) culminated with a Hays led 46-42 with a first-round playoff exit shade under three minonce again. utes left, after Finister The last game of knocked down a leaning Finister’s high school bank shot for her fourth basketball career came consecutive points in at the hands of Madison overtime. (21-12), leading scorer. She had was proud of her effort in “I was which esanother opportunity – acclimating to the posifeeling caped the “I want to after missing a floater tion change. pretty bi-district Bosquez, a junior, will good when at the end of regulation remember playoff return next year, ready we got that that would have won round the game – to redeem to lead the Rebels to the (senior four-point Tuesday herself. another winning season. lead in night with class) for this overtime,” Her redemption was The 2016-17 season a 52-47 short-lived. An errant ended in another 20-win Preuss win in game right pass instead led to a season and another playsaid. “I overtime. turnover and a quick off berth. thought The Mavhere – never we had it. transition basket for “It’s one of those ericks adMadison. seasons where I felt we We had say, never vanced to Hays never led for could’ve gone farther our chancface Steele the rest of the overtime but it wasn’t in the cards die attitude, es, but in the next period. tonight,” Preuss said. Madison round. fighting hard is a pretty “Unfortunately we “Whenever you can get a At least didn’t come away with 20-win season, with such good it was an even though team.” the win but I don’t think a difficult season, it’s adequate we can hang our heads, good. Sure, we are disapPreuss farewell for things were because I thought the pointed. We all are. They said his Finister, against them.” team was people I had on the floor don’t wanna quit playing if Coach were busting their butts,” basketball. It’s just a little emotionDanny Preuss said. “They had too much to overcome.” ally and Preuss has –Danny Preuss, Lady reasons to not even suit Next year’s team physically Rebel basketball coach anything up in the first place and will work in earnest to drained by to say they suited and they gave replace Finister, Chae, the overabout it. an effort like I’ve never Jaden Williams, Camille time period. That may “She stepped up big seen before.” Brown and Braejee Mcexplain why the Rebels for us against PflugerThe Rebels entered the Millian – all seniors. were unable to finish, alville in the playoffs (last game without its starting If the 2017-18 squad lowing Madison to climb year),” Preuss said. point guard Chooncan replicate a fraction of back in the game and “She steps up for big Hee Chae, who missed their heart, that’ll be half steal the victory. games. We needed her Tuesday’s game due to the battle. When the odds were to. I’d venture to say that personal reasons. Preuss “I want to remember stacked in its favor, she may have had 20 rejiggered his starting rothe (senior class) for Madison’s Denaija Danrebounds – I’m not sure. tation to include Bosquez this game right here But we needed every one iels attacked the soft as the point guard. – never say, never die underbelly of the Rebel of those.” As a natural shooting attitude, fighting hard defense. Finister was in Finister contribguard, she was out of even though things were the vicinity both times. uted 14 points, but her her element. Bosquez against them,” Preuss And both times Daniels presence was felt in the finished with 13 points said. “That’s a good converted the lay-up. rebounding department. on 16 shot attempts, legacy to pass on to the That set the stage for The Rebels corralled 38 though Preuss said he underclassmen.” Gabby Bosquez, Hays’ rebounds in the game,

Lobo lifters come in first and second PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III

Lehman High sophomore powerlifter Ty Roaches strains as he squats over 450-pounds during an attempt at the Lehman Lobo Invitational. Inset, Lehman High’s Victoria Smith readies for a squat attempt during Saturday’s competition. The Lehman High girls powerlifting team defended its turf by powering to a first place overall finish, claiming the top spot by a 26 point margin over second place Center Point. Meanwhile, the Lehman boys’ team finished in second place and was only seven points behind first place Somerset.


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Central Texas Lobos takes Texas Cup

First title for Kyle’s semi-pro soccer team in first year STAFF REPORT Less than a year in existence and the Central Texas Lobos now have hardware to place on its mantle.  Earlier this month, the Lobos knocked off Austin Real Cuauhtémoc, who is the two-time defending Texas Premier Soccer League and Texas Cup Champions, in a thrilling 4-3 win in penalty kicks in Harker Heights to claim the Texas Cup. TPSL president Brendan Keyes called the final “historic” because no TPSL

expansion team has ever won the Texas Cup in its inaugural season. The Lobos took a 1-0 lead shortly before halftime on a goal by Ali Eldrasi. Cen Tex took a 2-0 lead after Omar Rangel, a Hays High alumnus, tallied a goal early in the second half. Austin Real, however, countered by scoring on a penalty kick that was awarded after officialsl called a handball on the Lobos. Austin scored an equalizing goal with seven

“They fought hard and played well ... We never take anything for granted when we play them. However our team philosophy, and the hard work by the Lobos players and Coach Jose Ramos, paid off today.” – David Walding, Lobos president and General Manager

minutes left in the match, which was enough to force a penalty kick shootout. The Lobos prevailed by winning the match 4-3 in

the shootout. Helping their efforts was goalkeeper Allan Chehadi, who stopped Austin’s first penalty kick. “We are thrilled to bring

home the Texas Cup trophy to Kyle,” Lobos president and General Manager David Walding said. He added Austin Real Cuauhtémoc is an “accomplished team” with four trophies in the past two years, and had players who have professional experience with the Austin Aztex semi professional team, and players who played in Europe. “They fought hard and played well,” Walding said. “We never take anything for granted when we play them. However our team philosophy, and the hard

work by the Lobos players and Coach Jose Ramos, paid off today.” The Central Texas Lobos advanced in the tournament after defeating Ft. Hood FC in the group stage. A 1-0 loss to the Houston Hurricanes pitted the Lobos against league-leading Twin Cities FC in the semifinal where the Lobos prevailed 2-1. The Lobos were matched against Austin Real Cuauhtémoc in the final, which defeated the Houston Hurricanes 3-2 in the other semifinal match.

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transition. “We didn’t play well,” Sandoval said. “We didn’t execute. We couldn’t score, make layups, turnovers, bad shots. Just bad offense. Defensively, we did (execute). Offensively we didn’t.” Even as his team struggled to score, Bohannon continued to press the Vandegrift defense. He made two deep 3-pointers in the final three minutes, got to the foul line four times and made another two-point jumper. He was a bright spot in a game without many bright spots.  Bohannon had a gamehigh 23 points, which

amounted to half of the Rebels’ points, but it wasn’t enough. Following the game, he walked off the Rebels court and receded in to the home locker room for the last time. His teammates followed his lead, like they did during the game. “Outstanding group of young men, a great senior class,” Sandoval said. “I think this senior class has come a long way and they’ve made it through together on the varsity team. I’m lucky to have been their coach. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just hate to see them go.”

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first base. “We have to get used to each other and gel a little bit,” Cone said. “Once we get to that point, we’ll be fine.” Assisting the Rebels will be the combo of Valdez and Blackwell, who worked with each other last season. Cone said she could tell that the two are used to each other as battery mates. She said Blackwell is supportive of Valdez, which came into play during a recent scrimmage against San Marcos. “Whenever Max was

struggling to throw strikes, she told Abbie to come out and they talked,” Cone said. “They got on the same page and Max began to throw strikes.” While Hays works out the kinks on defense, a more aggressive style at the plate will be sought as well. Cone said the team was taking more pitches and hasn’t “been aggressive at the plate as I want us to be” during the first few scrimmages. Timely hitting and putting the ball in play, along

with scoring runs are key points of emphasis in the early going of the season. Working to improve on pitchers who have movement is also a short-term goal the team hopes to fix as the season goes on. “We do well with hard, flat pitching. The spin gives us some trouble,” Cone said. “We need to look at pitches and be aggressive at the plate.” A new district is also a hurdle that Hays must overcome this season. It will include Lake Travis, Westlake and Lehman, which the Rebels squared

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A different way to read

Community unites to crowdfund Braille computer BY LESLY DE LEON

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uccess for Hays High alumnus Michael Espinoza is often a key press away. Espinoza, a 26-year-old Buda resident who has been blind since birth, utilizes a specialized Braille computer that’s essential for his job and passions. 
But when community members discovered the essential device was deteriorating, they turned to each other to answer the call. Earlier this month, various community members united to help Espinoza obtain a new Braille computer. Espinoza’s close friend, Kelsey Ross, posted a crowdfunding site Feb. 6, through YouCaring to raise $6,600 for his new computer. By Tuesday morning, people had donated over $3,000, almost half the goal. “I had no words,” Espinoza said. “I completely lacked works to describe how that felt.” In only one week, 58 people donated a total of $5,210 to Espinoza’s crowdfunding site. Ross said one individual donated $3,000. “I’m very encouraged by the response,” Ross said. “It’s enlightening to see people coming together and helping each other out. Sometimes we need to give help, sometimes we need to ask for and accept help.” Espinoza graduated from Southwestern University with an English degree in 2013 and published his first novel in 2015. He is currently a writing tutor at Austin Community College and maintains a YouTube channel and writing website. For all his reading, writing and editing, Espinoza uses a BrailleNote, produced by HumanWare. “With his computer, Michael has successfully gotten a job, written a book, maintained a blog and YouTube channel and interacted with content he otherwise wouldn’t be able to access,” said Jessica Espinoza Glasebrook, Espinoza’s sister. “A Braille computer is probably the single most important thing he owns,” Ross said. “Without it, he can’t do his job, let alone his hobbies, or keep up with friends and family. His independence and privacy would be greatly diminished.” With the new and more modern BrailleNote Touch, a device with HumanWare software and Google technology, Espinoza said he can accomplish much more. The device has a Braille screen and an LED screen, which would allow sighted people to see what Espinoza is feeling in Braille. “My current job depends on me being able to read quickly, efficiently and accurately,” Espinoza said. “I’m an avid writer and reader so having a Braille device is essential.” Espinoza said this device

HCISD May 2017 bond basics BY MOSES LEOS III

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Hays CISD voters will decide whether or not a $250 million bond spread across two propositions will move forward May 6. By a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Hays CISD board of trustees approved ballot language for an election order to place the bond on the ballot. Voters will decide on two new elementary schools and one new high school campus within Proposition 1, which totals just over $189 milllion. Proposition 2 will harbor roughly $61 million that will go toward Career and Technology Education (CTE) facility upgrades and a baseball and softball complex at Hays High. On Feb. 6, the board capped the bond at $250 million, which was a $15 million reduction from a recommendation from the district’s growth impact committee. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHAEL ESPINOZA

Hays High alumnus and Buda resident Michael Espinoza (left) poses with a friend in front of a concert stage. Espinoza, who is blind and has used a specialized Braille computer to assist with his job and passions, is receiving help from community members who are helping crowd fund a new computer for him.

“A Braille computer is probably the single most important thing he owns ... Without it, he can’t do his job, let alone his hobbies, or keep up with friends and family. His independence and privacy would be greatly diminished.” – Kelsey Ross

would allow him to easily share feedback with his students and make writing, editing and formatting his next book more accessible. “It’s just all-around a better device for work, for independence, and for technological efficiency and effectiveness,” Espinoza said. Espinoza has been blind since birth due to an untreat-

able condition that impacts his optic nerves. Despite this, Espinoza has found success in life and hopes to continue doing so. Due to the kindness of community members who donated and shared the site, Espinoza will be able to maintain his current job, and focus on writing and publishing his next book. “With this new device, so much more should be at my

fingertips, both figuratively and literally,” Espinoza said. To express his gratitude, Espinoza said everyone who donated might receive a special mention on the dedication page of his next book or will be thanked in some way. “I feel completely blown away,” Espinoza said. “It just blows my mind away that people are that giving.”

Hays teachers honored for effective questioning Three educators at Hays High School were recognized for their incorporation of the educational technique “Effective Questioning” into their classroom instruction. Those three educators, Kara Hopkins, Lisa Cone and Joanna Farr Tegtmeyer, were honored in front of their second period classes with celebratory balloons and badges given by Instructional Strategist Lacye Matejowsky and Instructional Coaches Sharee Partain, Cynthia Julian, and Timothy Garrison, as well as Hays High principal, David Pierce. PHOTO COURTESY HAYS CISD

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PROPOSITION 1

$189,850,000 High school 3 $122,000,000 Elementary school 14 $33,925,000 Elementary school 15 $33,925,000

PROPOSITION 2

$60,150,000 District wide improvements $9,413,479 Transportation facility $16,062,000 Technology, infrastructure upgrades $1,012,200 Roofing and HVAC replacements $9,304,921 Lehman High Auto Technology building $3,127,000 Library upgrades $978,000 Security/surveillance $300,000 Music building replacement at Hays High $8,480,000 Hays High veterinarian technology facility $550,000 Lehman High veterinarian technology facility $1,764,400 Hays High auto technology expansion $100,000 Hays High broadcasting studio remodel $650,000 Lehman High broadcasting studio $590,000 Hays and Lehman High STEM equipment $236,000 Bleachers, lights and scoreboard at Dahlstrom Middle School $454,000 Books for libraries $822,000 Bleachers, lights and scoreboard at Wallace Middle SChool $473,000 Bleachers and press box at Lehman High $345,000 Hays High culinary arts addition $1,888,000 Hays High baseball/ softball complex $3,600,000


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Camino Real kinder wins fundraiser honors Students in Kasey Criminger’s Camino Real Elementary School Kindergarten class was honored as the Roadrunners’ winning class in annual Pennies for Pasta fundraising competition. Pennies for Pasta is a program of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Criminger’s class set the all-time individual class record with a total of $444.80, leading a campus effort that also set an all-time record, a total of $3,244.61. The Roadrunners in Criminger’s “Gold Level” ($300+) class were followed by 12 classrooms with “Bronze Level” ($100+) honors, including the classes of Celia Ledesma, Monica Contreras, Amanda De Hernandez, Jasmine Solis, Maria Cardona, Victoria Rosales, Marcelino Saucedo, Andrea Vineyard, Tammy  Meyer, Anna Muniz/Nancy Alvarado, Lisa Maldonado, and Kathy Willey. The top class receives an Olive Garden pasta party, where they will also be treated to a kitchen tour.

Rebels earn top honors at speech tournaments SUBMITTED REPORT The Hays High School Speech & Debate Team conquered the weekend by taking top honors at the Johnson TFA tournament and Clemens UIL tournament. Students who placed included: TFA Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking: Emma Morgan – 2nd, Luke Jackson – 5th, Peyton Gouzien – 7th TFA Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking: Chance Walker – 2nd, Jude McClaren – 3rd TFA Dramatic Inter-

pretation and Poetry: Brough Cosgrove – 4th UIL Lincoln Douglas Debate: Desiree Campbell – 1st, Zoe Puertas – Quarterfinalist UIL Extemporaneous Speaking: Vince Johnson – 1st, Marcos Vasquez – 4th, Ryan Coffey – 5th, Jasmine Russell – 6th, Zoe Puertas – 8th UIL Prose: Erin Swearingen – 1st UIL Cross Examination Debate: Holden Bukowski & Tax Bittner – 1st, Zeke Baranovicht and Mak Flores – 2nd, Emma Cook and Matthew Boddy – 3rd

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Lehman High School Principal Denisha Presley and LHS Secretary Gina Carline display a $500 Hays Education Foundation grant Lehman received this week. The campus received the grant for providing the top grossing silent auction lot at this year’s Denim & Diamonds gala. Foundation Executive Director Angie Mendez and a number of Foundation board members joined in the grant presentation.

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on’t believe everything on the Internet. And, to my great regret, don’t believe every word you read here. As much as I research, I sometimes weave in a statement not knowing it needs research. Last week, I misidentified an owl. Our “Owl’ee” in our Owl Shack was an Eastern Screech Owl, red morph. According to “Birds of the Texas Hill Country” (Lockwood), “Gray is the dominant color morph on the plateau, with redmorph birds very rarely found.” Western Screech Owls are found as far east as Kerr County, which is well west of Hays County. Western Screech Owls are gray. Our “Owl’ee” disap-

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According to Gordon Wybo, beekeeper and Sustainacycle owner, “two out of every three bites of food consumed by humans are directly related to bees, so people need to be more involved in keeping bees and increasing the bee population.”

Apiarists look for answers Triple as bees named endangered lynching touches off feud This Week in Texas History

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masked mob dragged five suspected cattle thieves kicking and screaming from the Mason County jail on Feb. 18, 1875, lynched three of the terrified outlaws and touched off a nasty feud forever known as the Hoodoo War. In the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War, Texans often took the law into their own hands. Desperate characters, who mistook common folk for easy pickings, were routinely dispatched without benefit of judge, jury or clergy. Like so many similar episodes, the Mason County hanging might soon have been forgotten had the vigilantes not been Germans and the victims so-called “natives.” Blood began to flow when fear replaced reason, and people blindly picked sides along ethnic lines. Small ranchers and farmers of German descent hesitated to strike back against the saddle tramps plundering their precious few possessions in the early 1870s. Having suffered for their pro-Union opinions during the war, they wanted only to pick up the pieces of their quiet lives. The last thing most German Texans wanted was trouble. Confronted by a worsening crime wave,

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n the last few months of 2016, Americans saw something happen that hasn’t ever happened. In October, seven species of Hawaiian Bees were added to the endangered species list for the first time ever. Joining them are the rusty patched bumblebee, which is the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be placed on the list. While their addition to the list may only appear as a small blip on our collective radar, local apiaries have a more stoic reaction to the news. “Bees in general are like the canary in the coal mine,”

“Last winter, we lost 40 percent of the bee population ... Three years like that worth of damage (to the bee population) could set us back 50 years.” –Gordon Wybo, beekeeper and Sustainacycle owner

Gordon Wybo, owner of Sustainacycle in Kyle and local beekeeper said. “When you see something wrong with those, it’s alerting you to a problem.” While Wybo said the seven species aren’t true honeybees and are only indigenous to

Hawaii, their addition to the endangered species list is historic. According to an article published in the Huffington Post in October 2016, a survey

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Run For the Love of It PHOTOS BY MOSES LEOS III

Kyle resident Matthew Frasier (2625) leads a group of runners down the final stretch of Saturday’s Run for the Love of It 5K in Buda. Inset, above, San Antonio resident Michelle Anguiano (2663) flashes dual “I love you” in American Sign Language as she approaches the finish line of the Run for the Love of It event. Inset, below, San Marcos resident Carlos Baca watches as Kai Baca sprints toward the finish line. Over 170 runners participated in the event, which was put on by area nonprofit For the Love of Go. (Browse and buy photos online at HaysFreePress.com. Just follow the photos link.)

s Texans we have a tendency to think of February as the official start of spring. Even though we still get some cold snaps, the spring weather tends to outweigh the frosts. So this is the month when we start our spring gardens. A hardy few are already putting in tomatoes, but for most of us this is a month of prep and planning. Some guidelines and ideas to help with this: 1. On a rainy day do some research in books and on-line about gardening in central Texas. It’s a different game here, and you need to be ready for it. 2. Make sure you have enough time to put into your garden. You’ll need to be watchful daily, monitoring for pests, signs of disease and moisture levels. 3. Let the time you have to spend gardening

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he increasing number of senior citizens is having a major effect on American society. According to the American Library Association, in 1950 the number of those aged 65 and older was 8.1% of the overall population. That percentage is expected to jump to as high as 20% or more by 2050. To ensure that a long life is also a good life, many factors come into play. Clearly good physical health is key. What’s becoming increasingly clear is that an engaged, healthy mind is just as important to overall wellbeing and happiness as a healthy body. Retirement needs to be an active, engaging and mentally stimulating time of life. Those who spend their years in a sedentary lifestyle largely sequestered from the larger community will not have the same quality of life as those who are more engaged. Fortunately, retirement provides individuals increased time for hobbies, volunteering, and learning. Libraries recognize this shifting demand for increased services for older adults and are adjusting accordingly. With more time available for leisure reading, older adults are helping shape the direction of library collections

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OBITUARIES PEREZ Enrique Perez, loving husband, partner, father and friend, passed away following complications of heart surgery on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the age of 40 in Austin, Texas. Enrique, a beloved MC/DJ personality at Hot Tejano live steaming radio, based out of Austin, loved to play with computers, fish and explore. Enrique was born in San Marcos, Texas on Monday, Sept. 6, 1976 to Esmeralda Perez. He graduated in 1996 from San Marcos High School. Following high school he worked for many years at Flex Tech Hose and Tubing in San Marcos. During that time he explored his passion for music by MC/DJ for Uprise Entertainment in San Marcos for over ten years. For Enrique, being a MC/DJ was a passion. For the past two years, Enrique has been the friendly face at the commercial parts counter of the Kyle AutoZone. Enrique loved to explore. He would

get up in the morning, declare, “Let’s go girls” and hop into the car with no destination in mind and discover a new place or share a unique adventure with his family. Those who didn’t share his passion for rising early, missed out and often imparted their disappointment that they didn’t get to share in his escapades. He loved to eat and try new foods. His catch phrase was “I’ve got this,” words which he even uttered as he went into lifesaving surgery. Enrique was talented with his computer and was working on a graphic arts degree where he could utilize his talents. Enrique is survived by his loving wife and partner of six years Deborah Garcia, his mother Esmeralda Perez and stepfather Tony Sandez, his children: Jariah Sandoval, Mikaela Perez, Sierra Sandoval, Ally Perez, Erick Ramsey Perez, Jaaziah Rane Perez, Aliyanna Journey Perez and. His wit will also be missed by his father and mother-in-law Martin and Cecilia Garcia, his four sisters as well as his numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held February 14. Please visit www.Harrell-

funeralhomes.com to share a fond memory, photograph, or condolence with Enrique’s family on his online memorial site.

POLACHECK Marta “Marty” Ramirez Polacheck was born in Abilene, Texas on May 30, 1959 and passed away at home in Buda, Texas on February 9, 2017. She was raised and attended school in Cross Plains, Texas with her siblings Maria, Joe, and Mario. She later lived and worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she met her husband Tom. They then moved to Austin and married in 1984. Together they raised three sons, Casey, Brady and Rudy. Throughout her life Marty worked at multiple state agencies and AISD, before concluding her work career with Hays CISD. There will be a memorial mass held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 25 at Santa Cruz Catholic Church on Main St. in Buda, TX.

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determine the size of the garden area. This could be anywhere from your whole yard, to a few containers on a sunny deck. Decide whether your beds will be tilled ground, raised planter boxes, or large containers. 4. Select a sunny spot for your new garden with easy access to water. To thrive most vegetables need at least 8 hours of direct sun and regular watering. Otherwise you can end up with pest and disease problems, lower quality fruit and stunted plants. 5. Remove all weeds before building your garden. Soil with Bermuda grass and other weeds may need a season of solarization before your garden can be planted. If not killed out completely these weeds can create a lot of work. DO NOT use herbicides anywhere near your vegetable garden. They’re bad for the health of your plants, and bad for the health of you and your family when you eat them. 6. Make a plan. What do you like to eat? Do you want to experiment with new edibles or just stick with the basics? My number one priority is always tomatoes. They’re fairly

easy to grow and the taste can’t be beat. I then create my garden plan around them. I also throw in a few new varieties every season to see if they’re better than my old standbys (and to keep things fresh). 7. Most important of all for vegetable gardeners is timing. You have to get your plants in the soil at the correct time. If you do everything else, but get your plants out too soon or too late, you’ll be disappointed. Mother Nature will intervene and either freeze your tomatoes solid or toast your greens with early season 90 degree heat. The best planting chart that I have found is from Texas A&M and is available to copy online at: http://aggie horticulture. tamu.edu/travis/wpcontent/uploads/2013/09/ Vegetable-planting-calendar-2012-1.pdf It’s a long link, but it gets you to the right place. Keep this close by and it will save you lots of heartache and money. 8. Start your garden with fresh seed and small, unstressed potted vegetable starts. These will germinate/establish faster and give you a larger yield. 9. Water, water, water! Vegetable gardens are

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peared a week ago, as quickly and quietly as she showed up, just as we finished emptying the vehicle after a weekend trip. For a week, we enjoyed seeing her sitting on the rim of our Owl Shack, owlmost every time we looked out. Now’s the time to get set to count birds over the long President’s Day weekend, anywhere you find birds. From Friday, Feb. 17 through Monday, Feb. 20 count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days. The Great Backyard Bird Count website, birdcount. org, instructs: You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like – one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period. If you count using eBird (as a past, present or new user), online or through the eBird app, your observations and counts will automatically count. eBird collects bird observations globally every day of the year and is the online platform used by the GBBC. If you do not use eBird, go to the Great Backyard Bird Count website for registration.

Whether you use eBird or register through birdcount.org, the website provides links to tools to help with bird identification. There’s a “how to” slideshow. And, you can download a printable list of birds that might be seen in February, narrowed to this area. The Merlin app helps narrow down possibilities in Hays County at this time through size, colors, and where the bird was seen. All of the data contributes to a snapshot of bird distribution and help scientists see changes over the past 20 years, since the Great Backyard Bird Count began. Expect to count many Lesser Goldfinch if you feed thistle seed. Laura Craig taught me that Mountain City’s goldfinch eat the Wagner’s thistle seed, while rejecting other thistle. If you’re a senior citizen with a Silver Sneakers card (available through many health insurance plans), you can now count on the Silver Sneakers card for a hefty discount at the local Hays County YMCA. This became true this month. Do you know Peggy Meador? Peggy leads the Arthritis Aquatic Exercise several times each week! Do you know anything that’d make for an interesting tidbit? Please email ptom5678@gmail.com or leave a message at 512268-5678. Thanks! Love, Pauline

thirsty and require watering several times a week to start, and up to daily as we get into summer. Mulch with newspaper and pinestraw to conserve moisture and suppress weeds and lay soaker hoses between the plants. Make sure you do this after your seeds are up, but before they’re too big to work around. 10. Stay up on your garden. Use organic fertilizer when planting, and every few weeks during the growing season. Check daily for bugs and any signs of disease. Be prepared with frost cover and shade cloth for those late freezes and early heat

waves. Harvest daily too. This keeps the plants producing and makes sure you don’t lose any of your hard-earned veggies to critters. Gardens are a lot of work, but they’re also relaxing, rewarding and fun when done right. Happy spring gardening everyone!

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The senseless slaying brought into the simmering feud Scott Cooley, the victim’s half-crazed adopted son. Since Indians slaughtered his parents and held him captive as a child, Cooley had never been quite right in the head. The murder of the stepfather he idolized pushed the grief-stricken youth over the edge.

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trigger-happy misfits, who had no stake in the affair but relished the combat. Mason County quickly became a blood-soaked battleground. After weeks of strife, a Ranger company commanded by Major John B. Jones temporarily restored order. Sheriff Clark complied by immediately resigning and vanishing without a trace. Cooley, however, calmly stayed put. The former Ranger bet his old comrades would be reluctant to bring him in, and to the disgust of Major Jones, he was right. Six weeks later, the Rangers pulled out of the war-torn county leaving a token force to keep up the half-hearted hunt for Cooley. Meanwhile, the fugitive shrewdly steered clear of Mason but continued his search for German targets. In late 1875, Cooley and

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Tim Williamson was brutally bushwhacked. The senseless slaying brought into the simmering feud Scott Cooley, the victim’s half-crazed adopted son. Since Indians slaughtered his parents and held him captive as a child, Cooley had never been quite right in the head. The murder of the stepfather he idolized pushed the grief-stricken youth over the edge. Coming upon the guilty deputy digging a well, Cooley shot him six times, repeatedly stabbed his dead body and removed his scalp. To prove his gruesome point, he made the rounds of the Mason saloons proudly displaying the grisly trophy in each and every establishment. Both sides suffered casualties in the ensuing county-wide conflict. Cooley organized his own band of

sidekick Johnny Ringo, the same gunslinger who later blazed his way into the history books in Arizona, were arrested in Burnet. Hopes for an end to the bloodshed soared in Mason County only to be dashed by news of a suspicious jailbreak. Freed by friends in Lampasas County, Cooley resumed his rampage. But revenge did not put food on the table, and to satisfy his grumbling followers as well as his own stomach, he turned to the tried-and-true practice of rustling cattle. In a few months, Cooley was teaching old hands a thing or two about swiping steers. Deliverance sometimes comes in strange packages, and for Mason County it came in a bottle. Cooley stopped for dinner at Fredericksburg and bought a fifth of whiskey for the road. Several swigs later, he tumbled from the saddle and lapsed into a coma. By dawn Scott Cooley was a goner, done in not by a dose of lead but poison. With him died the Hoodoo War, and the barricades at last came down in battlescarred Mason County.

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Mason County voters elected a new sheriff, who promised a complete cleanup. John Clark did his best, but the rustler rings were always one step ahead of the inexperienced lawman. In February 1875, the sheriff got lucky. He caught five members of the notorious Backus Gang red-handed with a herd of stolen cattle. That evening a crowd of irate citizens overcame light resistance at the local lockup and whisked the prisoners off to the nearest tree. A Texas Ranger, who just happened to be passing through, crashed the necktie party in time to save a pair of the badmen. Sheriff Clark suddenly appeared to back his play but swore he could not identify any members of the mob that disappeared in the darkness. Word of the lynching spread like wildfire. Although the “native” ranchers could have cared less about the Backus bunch, they feared indiscriminate attack from an aroused German community. In a show of force, they occupied the county seat. At the head of 60 armed Germans, Sheriff Clark retook the town and negotiated a fragile truce. Six weeks later, the coldblooded killing of a popular “native” rancher shattered the peace. Lured off his property by a deputy sheriff,

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Starlight Symphony Orchestra Experience the transitions and differences in music from various composers with Starlight Symphony Orchestra. The first performance will be Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hays Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohler’s Crossing. The second performance will be on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley, TX. The Starlight Symphony Orchestra concerts are always free and open to the public. Learn more at www. starlightsymphony.org. Starlight Symphony Orchestra concerts are always free and open to the public.

Fly your Texas flag

On Sunday, February 19, fly your Texas flag at your home or business to remember this day in 1846, when the Republic was formally transferred to the United States as the 28th state.

Elisa Albert reading and book signing Author Elisa Albert will hold book readings and signing on Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Texas State University’s Witliff Collections and Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anna Porter Center in Kyle. Albert is the author of “After Birth,” “The Book of Dahlia,” “How This Night is Different,” and the editor of the anthology “Freud’s Blind Spot.” Her works have appeared in Tin House, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. She has received fellowships from The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi, Vermont Studio Center, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Holland, the HWK in Germany, and the Amsterdam Writer’s Residency.

Organic Gardening 101

On Feb. 25, from 1-3 p.m., the Buda Public Library will hold this fun and informative class in the meeting room. Join long-time gardeners Billy and Jonas of Gray Gardens and learn the basics of how to grow your own nutrientrich foods.

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The public is invited to the March 3 meeting of the Kyle Garden Club at 12:30 p.m. at Historic Kyle City Hall. The program is on ‘Recycling, A Necessary Way of Life’ by Marlene Gillman and there will also be a plant exchange.

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This week in Hays County.... Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This service will be available at the Kyle Public Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

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Continued from pg. 1C commissioned in 2015 showed that beekeepers lost about 4 percent of their bee colonies. “Last winter, we lost 40 percent of the bee population,” Wybo said, “Three years like that worth of damage (to the bee population) could set us back 50 years.” Wybo attributed the decline in the honeybee population to everything from pesticides, to mites, to viruses. “There is ongoing research into the decline of the bee population to find out exactly what the trigger is and how we can make bees resistant to it,” Wybo said. One of the main triggers, Wybo said, is Glyphosate, or the primary ingredient in pesticides such as Round-Up, a pesticide that even causes illness in humans. “We don’t ban stuff as quickly as other countries do, or we don’t ban

things period,” Wybo said. Wybo explained that some people are already catching on to the need for honey bee survival. He said some beekeepers are cross-breeding strong feral honeybee colonies with domestic bees in order to breed “Queens” with the quality of a European bee and the resilience of a feral bee. “Wild bees are a true example of Darwin’s’ theory where only the strong survive,” Wybo said, “The weak ones have already died off, leaving the strong ones.” Wybo said that while people are becoming more aware of their health and the kinds of foods they eat, they should also become more involved in boosting the honeybee population. “Two out of every three bites of food consumed by humans are

directly related to bees so people need to be more involved in keeping bees and increasing the bee population,” Wybo said. While honeybees are the only insect that makes something consumed by humans, many people lose sight of the main goal when the topic of saving the honeybee comes up. “People just think they (bees) make honey for us, but they don’t look at the whole picture as to how important bees are to food production,” Wybo said. Wybo said that without honeybees to pollinate grasses, trees and flowers, nothing would grow due to a lack of material to grow from. Wybo hopes adding the bees to the list bring more awareness to the importance of bee protection. Wybo also said cities and states should keep

fee, and conversation on the second Monday of every month is one example of this new focus on more mature users. Roving Reads, which brings books to local assisted living centers, is another. The library also provides an adult book club that brings together adult readers of all ages

for book discussions and social engagement. So if you or someone you know is an older individual seeking enjoyable ways to engage with others in your community, look to your local library. Public libraries serve everyone aged 0 to 100 (and longer!), and everyone is welcome.

some green spaces protected from development where wild bee populations can thrive. Having public parks and nature reserves host domestic bee populations is also another factor. “It doesn’t take a huge investment or a lot of land to support a good hive,” Wybo said, “The bees are doing their job, we just have to do our job.”

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Rural Capital Area 2017 Occupation Forecast SUBMITTED REPORT

In 2017, nearly all occupation clusters in the Rural Capital Area are projected to experience employment gains. Total employment is forecast to grow 4.3 percent this year, according to projections from national data provider EMSI. Social Sciences is expected to be the single fastest growing occupa-

tion cluster in the region, rising 5.5 percent in 2017. Engineering, Social Services and Computer & Math are also projected to support strong job growth at 5.4, 5.4 and 5.3 percents, respectively. Additional sources of job growth include occupation clusters such as Education (5.2% percent growth), Legal (5.0 percent), Health Support (5.0 percent) and Health Care (5.0 percent).

Due to their relatively large size, many slower growing occupation clusters are projected to create the largest number of new jobs within the Rural Capital Area in 2017. Office Administration employment is expected to increase by more than 1,600 jobs this year. Food Preparation & Serving and Sales are also expected to create a significant number of jobs within the Rural Capital Area, at

1,500 and 1,400, respectively. Both Education and Transport & Logistics clusters are projected to create more than 600 jobs each. The Rural Capital Area can expect to see continued broad growth across a diverse set of occupations in 2017. All clusters will post strong growth over the next 5 years with Geology (26% growth) and Education (20%) experienc-

Kyle semi-pro basketball team gets new local owner BY MOSES LEOS III

NET PAYMENT

CURRENT THISNET PERIOD TAX PAYMENT RATE THIS PERIOD

Health Aides (23%), Bus Drivers (23%) and Teacher Assistants (23%) follow. Retail and Food Services are expected to create the most new jobs between 2016 and 2021, with Retail Salespersons (2,200 jobs) at the top of the chart. Food Preparation & Serving (1,600 jobs) and Waiters and Waitresses (1,000 jobs) follow. Information posted on Jan. 11, 2017 by headlight

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For the past several months, Kyle resident and District 6 city council member Daphne Tenorio had envisioned herself as a potential franchise business owner. Little did she realize her dream was quite literally a phone call away. By fielding a call from friend Leticia Luna earlier this year, Tenorio was given, and ultimately accepted, the opportunity to buy ownership of the Kyle Stallions basketball team. For Tenorio, the call and the opportunity came as a welcome surprise. “One day, I got a phone call and she said she wanted to sell the team and asked if I was interested,” Tenorio said. “It was extremely surprising.” Tenorio said the phone call had impeccable timing. Prior to receiving the opportunity, Tenorio said she had been to business expos and had sought to bring a business that could “be good for the city.” She also wanted something that could offer a family friendly atmosphere that was cost effective as well. She said someone can bring in a family friendly venue, but if it’s not cost effective, “there’s no sense in bringing it in.” Tenorio said she had been looking at “a few things” prior to the phone call and was in the process of pursuing them. She said she had looked at the Small Business Administration and was committed to bringing a potential business to the area before she took that phone call. “It all fell into place,” Tenorio said. “I was looking, she was selling. I could see where it could go and I jumped on it.” Tenorio accepted the offer and bought the team from Luna, who was the organization’s owner since it was founded in 2016. Tenorio did not disclose how much the transaction to purchase the team was. The role was a completely new experience for Tenorio, who said she had never

ing the highest growth. Occupation clusters with a high concentration (high location quotient) in comparison to the U.S. will also see strong growth. These strong, advancing occupations include; Geology, Construction, Computer and Personal Services. Looking at these occupations in more detail we can see that Software Engineers will grow the most at 27%. Home

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Kyle 1.50%

Niederwald 1.00%

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San Marcos 1.50%

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$3,217,252.30

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Uhland 1.50%

Wimberley 1.00%

Woodcreek 1.00%

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Hays County $1,814,513.40 -0.84%

Slight increase in sales tax numbers “I can see the potential of what it can bring to the community and what it can bring financially (to the city) ... It’s a chance for people in Kyle to see there’s another avenue of things to do.”

Kyle and Buda both saw moderate increases in sales tax receipts from February 2016 to February 2017, according the state sales tax figures, while smaller towns experienced significant revenue increases over last year’s numbers. San Marcos is the only city in Hays County that saw a dip this month. Overall, Hays County revenue rose less than half a percent for this period.

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played basketball in her youth, much less owned a sports franchise. Because she wasn’t initially prepared to take on the role, Tenorio said she made the call to end the 2016 season early, as she needed time to plan. Her motive, however, was driven by the prospect of potential profitability in the business. “I can see the potential of what it can bring to the community and what it can bring financially (to the city),” Tenorio said. “It’s a chance for people in Kyle to see there’s

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Kyle Stallions player David Smith goes up for a slam dunk during an American Basketball Association game against the San Antonio Blaze at Lehman High.

f you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way – but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals. Under what circumstances might you receive some “found” money? You could get a year-end bonus from your employer, or a sizable tax refund, or even an inheritance. However the money comes to you, don’t let it “slip through your fingers.” Instead, consider these two moves: investing the money or using it to pay off debts.

Financial Focus contributed by Jon Albright, CFP®

Which of these choices should you pick? There’s no one “right” answer, as everyone’s situation is different. But here are a few general considerations: Distinguish between “good” and “bad” debt. Not all types of debt are created equal. Your mortgage, for example, is probably a “good” form of debt. You’re using the loan for a valid purpose – i.e., living in your house – and you likely get a hefty tax deduction for the interest you pay. On the other hand, nondeductible consumer debt that carries a high interest rate might be considered “bad” debt – and this is

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SEASONAL POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR BLUE HOLE REGIONAL PARK

The City of Wimberley is accepting applications for Seasonal Positions for Blue Hole Regional

Park. The 2017 Summer Season begins with weekends in May, and then is daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Various positions available. Applications are available online at www. cityofwimberley.com, at the City of Wimberley City Hall, 221 Stillwater, Wimberley, Texas 78676, or by calling 512-660-9111 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Part-time bookkeeper needed for mfg.co. in Buda,TX.

Duties include payroll, accounts payable, bank & account reconciliations, and other duties. Position reports to head accountant. Hours are flexible. Proven bookkeeping experience, strong organizational skills and ability to effectively multi-task & complete tasks are a must. Send cover letter & resume to: jobs@ampersandart.com or write to Ampersand - Jobs, 1235 S. Loop 4, Suite 400, Buda, TX 78610.

DIRECT CARE COUNSELORS Provide positive role modeling, structure, and supervision to adolescent boys. No exp. required, We train comprehensively. Pay starting at $10 per hour for flexible 8 & 16 hr shift schedules. Health/life/dental insurance after 60 days. Min. requirements: Must be 21 yrs old, HS/GED, clean TDL, clean criminal history, pre-employment TB skin test, and drug screen. Growing (20+ year old) non-profit organization. www.pegasusschool.net. Call (512)432-1678 for further information.

Come and grow with us! Great opportunity to learn a new trade. ALL AMERICAN WASTEWATER SOLUTIONS LLC

Full service septic system company since 1982 has 3 new positions open. We are on Hwy 183 S near Mustang Ridge. 1. Entry level Septic Technician – Will train or, Licensed Septic Technician. 2. Administrative Assistant/ Customer Service – 4 days per week. 3. CDL Driver- Pump truck driver and will also train for septic technician. Benefits: Health Insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, no weekends. Must be physically fit enough to perform some manual tasks. Please email your contact info and resume and we will contact you by the next day.

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House cleaning and babysitting in Buda/Kyle/ Austin area. Excellent references, call Rebecca at 512-599-7188.

Cleaning Services HOUSE CLEANING AND DETAILING

Have references Patricia. 512-716-9904. Kyle and surrounding areas.

Homes For Rent LUXURY TOWNHOMES AVAILABLE NOW

High-end features including granite kitchen countertop and tile wood-look flooring. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, gameroom, two-car front entry garage. Covered patio. Fenced backyard. Villas at Creekside. Starting at $1,695/month. 112 Lakeview Court, Kyle, TX. Texas Management & Leasing, 972-379-7368. Apply online today. www.texaspm.com

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Approximately 2000 s.ft., nice, 3/2 plus office room w/ small fenced-in yard. Walk to Kyle park/pool in downtown. $1100/month. Dep. $800, app fee $30. 512-848-6866, leave message.

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Public Notices CITATION BY PUBLICATION

To all persons interested in the Estate of Lana Gay Claybrook, Deceased, Cause No. 17-0043-P, in the County Court of Hays County, Texas. The alleged heir(s) at law in the above-numbered and -entitled estate filed an APPLICATION TO DETERMINE HEIRSHIP AND APPLICATION FOR INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION AND LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 401.003 OF THE TEXAS ESTATES CODE in this estate on the 3rd day of February, 2017, requesting that the Court determine who are the heirs and only heirs of Lana Gay Claybrook, Deceased, and their respective shares and interests in such estate. The Court may act on this application at any call of the docket on or after 10:00 A.M., on the first Monday next after the expiration of ten (10) days, exclusive of the day of Publication, from the date this citation is published, at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos, Texas. All persons interested in this case are cited to appear before this Honorable Court by filing a written contest or answer to this Application should they desire to do so. To ensure its consideration, you or your attorney must file any objection, intervention, or response in writing with the County Clerk of Hays County, Texas on or before the above-noted date and time. Applicant's Attorney: Austin L. Ramsey 300 N. Marienfeld, Suite 700 Midland, TX 79701 (432) 683-3351 Given under my hand and the seal of said Court at the office of the Hays County Clerk in San Marcos, Texas, on this the 10th day of February, 2017. Liz Q. Gonzalez County Clerk, Hays County, Texas 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2008 San Marcos, Texas 78666 By Alfredo Sanchez, Deputy

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Hays CISD is Requesting Competitive Sealed Proposals for Proposal CSP#18-031701NT Dahlstrom MS Fire Alarm Replacement. Proposals will be accepted until 3-20-17 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-268-2141 ext 6035) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Bid responses must be returned to the HCISD Purchasing Office, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640, by the date and time indicated above. Late bids will be returned unopened. The HCISD Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids and waive all formalities in the bid process.

NOTICE TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST THE ESTATE OF JAY MICHAEL GUNN

Administration of the Estate of JAY MICHAEL GUNN, deceased, has been commenced by the issuance of original Letters Testamentary to the undersigned on February 8, 2017, by the County Court at Law of Hays County, Texas, acting in Cause No. 17-0012-P, styled In Re Estate of JAY MICHAEL GUNN, Deceased, in which Court the matter is pending. All persons having claims against the Estate are hereby notified to present them to the undersigned at the address shown below within the time prescribed by law. Dated February 8, 2017 /S/ CORINNA SUSAN GUNN, Independent Executor of the Estate of JAY MICHAEL GUNN c/o LAW OFFICES OF GARY W. GREIF, P.C. 5900 Balcones Dr., Suite 110 Austin, Texas 78731 (512) 454-7635 gary@ggreif.com

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of Kateri B. Trimble, Deceased, were issued to I.C. Trimble, whose mailing address is 220 Granite Lane, Austin, Texas 78737, on February 7, 2017, by the County Court at Law No. 2 of Hays County, Texas, in Cause No. 17-0022-P, which is still pending, and that the Executor now holds such Letters Testamentary. All persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the claims to I.C. Trimble, c/o Michele A. Mobley, DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, L.L.P., 303 Colorado Street, Suite 2300, Austin, Texas 78701, within the time prescribed by law. Michele A. Mobley DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, L.L.P. 303 Colorado Street, Suite 2300 Austin, Texas 78701 Dated: February 9, 2017

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 on February 28, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. Safe-n-Sound Self Storage is located at 1602 Goforth Road, Kyle, Texas 78640. 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. Auctioneer: Chad Larson # 17344 Rebecca Rojo 10x10 – Household Misc. items. Jonah Rodriguez 10x30 – Household Misc. items

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE

Of property to satisfy a landlord’s lien. Sale to be held online at Storagetreasures.com by competitive bid. Anytime Storage, LLC 880 Windy Hill Rd. Kyle, TX 78640 Sale will be ending on or after February 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. Cleanup deposit is required. Seller reserves the right to withdraw the property at any time before the sale. The property contents of all storage unit(s) sold at this sale are purchased “as is” “where is” for CASH/ CREDIT. Unit items sold for cash to the highest bidder. All Units have some miscellaneous household items, boxes, and furniture. Property includes the contents of spaces of the following tenants: JOCELYN ALVAREZ – baby & kids toys & stuff, clothing; SHELLY HOFFMAN – clothing, sporting goods, tools; KEITH ARCHE – kids toys, sml appliances; MANUEL MARTINEZ JR. – tools, sml appliances, sporting goods.

CITY OF BUDA Economic Development Corporation Board The Buda Economic Development Corporation will be accepting completed Boards/Commissions application forms from Buda Citizens interested in serving on the Buda Economic Development Corporation Board. Applications may be picked up at Buda Economic Development Corp. 203 Railroad Street, Suite 3-A, Buda, during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or you may access the website at www.budaedc.com or City Website at www.ci.buda.tx.us to download a copy of the Boards/Commissions application. Completed applications will be accepted through March 8, 2017.

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Continued from pg. 1D another avenue of things to do.” Tenorio said she obtained the help of Yoli Romo, who will handle public relations and marketing aspect of the team. In addition, she is in negotiations with a new general manager of the team, who will oversee team operations. While Tenorio said she couldn’t announce who the new GM hire would be, she said the GM will bring “good quality players” to the team. The ability to partner with the community is also what Tenorio envisions. She said promotions could include giving free tickets to students who make the honor roll, or are involved in clubs. Traveling to road games also provides a chance to brand Kyle to other audiences. Tenorio said the team’s schedule has them travel across the state, with games as far away as Laredo. “If I could branch out and have people see Kyle more than a dot on the map and to stop in Kyle, I thought it could only help everyone,” Tenorio said. “You don’t have to go to Austin to find a professional team. It’ll be here in our own backyard.”

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Stallions guard Michaeal Knight tries to dribble into the lane against a Blaze player earlier in the season. A Kyle resident has obtained ownership of the team, which was founded in 2016.

“If I could branch out and have people see Kyle more than a dot on the map and to stop in Kyle, I thought it could only help everyone ... You don’t have to go to Austin to find a professional team. It’ll be here in our own backyard.” –Daphne Tenorio, Kyle Stallions owner

Tenorio hopes her role will help further the fanchsie and the city as well. “It speaks to me because it’s a business for Kyle, it supports

the city by giving us a new face,” she said. “We’re basketball ambassadors for Kyle. We’re representing our city and that’s important to me.”

Financial Focus Continued from pg. 1D

the debt you might want to reduce or eliminate when you receive some extra money. By doing so, you can free up money to save and invest for retirement or other goals. Compare making extra mortgage payments vs. investing. Many of us get some psychological benefits by making extra house payments. Yet, when you do have some extra money, putting it toward your house may not be the best move. For one thing, as mentioned above, your mortgage can be considered a “good” type of debt, so you may not need to rush to pay it off. And from an investment standpoint, your home is somewhat “illiquid” – it’s not always easy to get money out of it. If you put your extra money into traditional investments, such as stocks and bonds, you may increase your growth potential, and you may gain an income stream through interest payments and dividends. Consider tax advantages of investing.

Apart from your mortgage, your other debts likely won’t provide you with any tax benefits. But you can get tax advantages by putting money into certain types of investment vehicles, such as a traditional or Roth IRA. Apart from your mortgage, your other debts likely won’t provide you with any tax benefits. But you can get tax advantages by putting money into certain types of investment vehicles, such as a traditional or Roth IRA. When you invest in a traditional IRA, your contributions may be deductible, depending on your income, and your money grows on a tax-deferred basis. (Keep in mind that taxes will be due upon withdrawals, and any withdrawals you make before you reach 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) Roth IRA contributions are not deductible, but your earnings are distributed

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