JULY 11, 2018 HELPING HANDS
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Neighbors rally in support of Hays CISD educator
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Kyle-ites indicted in major crime ring BY MOSES LEOS III
Two Kyle residents have been indicted in connection with a major 20-person crime ring that stole more than $765,000 worth of heavy construction equipment over several years. An investigation into the theft ring, which involved 18 law enforcement agencies, confirmed the involvement of mem-
bers and associates of criminal gangs, including the Aryan Brotherhood and Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, according to a press release. William Shawn Lawrence, 42, of Kyle, and Sonya Elayne Brown, 38, of Kyle, were indicted in June on theft of property greater than $200,000, a first-degree felony, and engaging in organized criminal activity, a first
degree felony. Both were also indicated on fraudulent use or possession of identifying information of
50 or more items, also a first-degree felony. Sixteen other people, several of them from Travis County and Caldwell County, were also indicted for their participation in the ring. Two other men were recently arrested in connection with the crimes. Spearheading the bust was San Marcos Police, which began its investigation in August 2017 when
they discovered a reportedly stolen trailer while investigating a suspicious vehicle call. SMPD expanded its investigation after two more pieces of stolen equipment were recovered in September and October 2017, according to the release. That includes a Kubota excavator worth more than $50,000. The department’s subsequent investigation en-
compassed multiple years and included a handful of agencies, including the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle Police and Buda Police. Authorities also identified “large groups of individuals” responsible for theft, storage and sale of the stolen equipment. The suspects are accused of stealing equipment from construction sites and
CRIME RING, 2
Buda eyes new water source with pilot program
Dripping settles permit fight
BY KATERINA BARTON
BY EXSAR ARGUELLO
To mitigate stress on Buda’s water supply during the dry summer months, the city is looking into building a pilot well for an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) system. The proposed ASR project would inject groundwater into the Trinity Aquifer and store it for later use. A pilot well would be drilled and tested prior to building the ASR system, to make sure the well site would be viable. At a July 3 city council meeting, the city’s Water Resources Coordinator, Blake Neffendorf, said the ASR would be advantageous to the city in two cases. “One is to try to meet seasonal peak demand. So in the summer months when we have higher usage, we can kind of rely on some of that, the other method is what we call our drought demand,” Neffendorf said. In the case of a lengthy drought, the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD), from which the city gets its water, could curtail water
After a legal campaign and community outcry, the city of Dripping Springs has reached a settlement with affected parties that will change provisions to its wastewater permit. Per the settlement, which was finalized last week, Dripping Springs agreed to reduce its proposed discharge limit to 822,500 gallons per day (gpd). Originally, the city had submitted an application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to expand its wastewater treatment system to a
Let freedom ring
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Alliance Water project to save $60M
Top: Brody Burke, a young Willie Nelson fan, sits down for a little picnic and the most creative float trophy in the Buda July 4th parade. Inset, Uncle Sam shows off his red, white and blue while participating in the annual Wimberley Fourth of July parade. More photos of Hays County July 4 can be found on page 9.
BY KATERINA BARTON
PHOTO BY CARLIE PORTERFIELD
COMING UP BUDA
Weather permitting, area residents can pull up a lawn chair and take in a movie at the Buda Sportsplex Park July 13. The free event features the showing of “Despicable Me 3,” which will begin at 8:45 p.m.
Residents will need a bigger park Friday, July 14 when they take in the showing of “Jaws” during Kyle’s Movies at the Lake event. The film begins after sunset at the amphitheater at Lake Kyle Park.
Essay contest ends July 12
Don’t forget! July 12 is the final day for submission for the Friends of the Buda Library Summer Contest for Young Writers. Essay prompt information can be found online at haysfreepress.com.
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Movies in the Park
Dripping Springs Rodeo
Cowboys and cowgirls alike will take to Dripping Springs Ranch Park for the 7th annual Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo, held July 27-29. The event features two nights of CPRA Rodeo, as well as various games, booths and much more. Ticket information and schedules can be found online at dsfairandrodeo.com.
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A savings of more than $60 million is expected on the Alliance Regional Water Authority’s (ARWA) 45-mile water pipeline project, due to a new partnership struck June 20. That partnership, which includes the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), cut $30 million off of ARWA’s cost for the project, meaning its participants will not have to raise rates as much as previously thought. ARWA Executive Director Graham Moore said the partnership also could provide opportunities for future projects and create a reduction in environmental impact by consolidating water projects. ARWA plans to construct a pipeline that would funnel groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer to its member entities. In 2017, GBRA closed on
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Hays Free Press • July 11, 2018
Kyle OKs $50K sidewalk repair program BY CARLIE PORTERFIELD
After more than a year of discussions about the possibility of Kyle giving homeowners help with sidewalk repairs, city leaders earlier this month entered into a $50,000 contract with a company to continue to help with sidewalk maintenance. On July 3, the Kyle City Council approved a contract with Tempe-based Polylevel of Central Texas in an amount to not exceed $50,000. The money was earmarked as a capital improvement in the city’s fiscal year 201718 budget for the Public Works department. According to a memo from Kyle Director of Public Works Harper Wilder, Polylevel of Central Texas was “the lowest and responsible bid,” out of the two companies that submitted to the city as part of the mandatory bidding process. The existing pilot sidewalk repair program
If the damage is too extensive, it will be removed and replaced completely, according to city documents. The plan also includes removing interfering tree roots to prevent recurring damage to sidewalks. “I continue to get emails, text messages and pictures sent to me (of sidewalks),” Mitchell said at the July 3 meeting. “We know there’s work to be done, so we’re hoping this funding will give HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO (Public Works) the bandSidewalks in Kyle such as this one on Burleson Street will be maintained by Temple-based width to move forward Polylevel of Central Texas. with all haste.” A Polylevel of Central said. role in fixing what they is something of a hybrid Texas representative at This additional $50,000 can afford to fix.” for residents and the city the meeting said work for the project will go a The program is only to come together to help on Kyle sidewalks could long way toward repossible because of new improve the quality of begin as early as July 10. pairing more sidewalks. technology to repair sidewalks in Kyle. “We’re not turning a However, the underlying sidewalks, Mitchell said. Last year, the Public blind eye to our probresponsibility for who By injecting polymer to Works department had lems,” Mitchell said. maintains the sidewalks even out uneven sections “Council is aware resistaff gather locations of of sidewalk, the city can sidewalks that needed re- has not changed, Kyle dents are frustrated with Mayor Travis Mitchell help residents maintain pair and put them into a the quality of sidewalks said. their sidewalks without que. Polylevel of Central in their subdivision. We’ll “Homeowners are still the prohibitive costs Texas will come to Kyle continue to find creative responsible for sidewalks,” associated with tearing several times a year to ways to bring real soluout existing sidewalks and tions to what is a fairly repair the damages at the Mitchell said. “However, the city will take an active pouring new concrete. top of the que, Mitchell significant problem.”
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supplies anywhere from 10 percent up to 40 or 50 percent of its permitted amount, according to Neffendorf. “So as a way to kind of increase our supplies, or smooth out those drought periods, ASR is looked at as a solution to that issue,” Neffendorf said. Buda’s water production was 57 million gallons in July 2017 and the winter average was around 28 million gallons, according to city documents. City officials began looking into using an ASR system in 2015 and had a consultant perform a
feasibility study in 2016. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the city’s budget included $1,896,000 in funding for a pilot well study which would test out a site for a future ASR. During the meeting, three well sites, Triangle, Site 4 and Site 5, were presented by Neffendorf as potential ASR sites. Site 5, located near Whispering Hollow subdivision, was recommended to council as the best site due to its long term water supply availability, easy acquisition, surplus of space, among other scoring categories. According to the city, tree
removal and proximity to the subdivision were disadvantages of Site 5. Additionally, Site 5 is designated as parkland and would require a Chapter 26 public hearing in order to redesignate the property for city use. Due to several of the Site 5 disadvantages, council felt it needed more information, and would consider studying further sites, before making a final decision on a pilot well site. Each location was identified as a viable site because the land was either already owned by the city or easily acquirable
and had access to the Trinity Aquifer. The Triangle site, located near Old Black Colony Road and FM 1626, has issues with space constraints and is potentially harder to acquire, according to the city. Site 4 is located near Dahlstrom Middle School and the Hays Communities YMCA, although there is a YMCA community garden on the spot where the well would go. Once a site is identified, Neffendorf says he hopes to begin drilling the pilot well in December 2018 or in early 2019. The city will then
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capacity of 995,000 gpd. In addition, Dripping Springs will avoid discharging treated effluent into Walnut Springs or Onion Creek until its wastewater treatment system surpasses a capacity of 399,000 gpd. Currently, Dripping Springs system is operating at a capacity of 80,000 gpd. However, Ginger Faught, Dripping Springs deputy city administrator, said the city aims to avoid discharging as much as possible. Faught cited a 2017 agreement between the city and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) that spelled out parameters and contingencies that could allow for possible discharge, if necessary. Dripping Springs also committed to establishing a utility commission that will work to achieve 100 percent beneficial reuse, according to a city press release.
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Groups that entered into the settlement agreement were the Save Barton Creek Association (SBCA), Protect our Water (POW), Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD), Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) and several landowners in the area. All were granted affected party status by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) for a contested case against the permit. According to a release, the Save Our Springs (SOS) Alliance, which was also an objector against the permit and deemed an affected party, did not join in the settlement. “As a result of the efforts of SBCA and the other protestants, Dripping Springs has agreed not to dump sewage into Onion Creek for the immediate future and create a Utility
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Commission that will help them meet their goals of wastewater re-use,” said Clark Hancock, SBCA board president in a statement. “A permit will still be issued but, if Dripping Springs stands by their commitments and the community continues to work together to protect our creeks and aquifers, we might be able to hand down to future generations a legacy we can be proud of.” The wastewater plant project came in light of the city looking for ways to accommodate its growth. Expansion of the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) aims to provide capacity to treat wastewater for the next decade. But residents and water entities in Hays and Travis counties were concerned about the impact of discharging treated effluent into Walnut Springs, a tributary of Onion Creek. A dye trace test conducted in 2017 found “hydrological connectivity” between Onion Creek surface water and recharge of the middle Trinity Aquifer, a source of water for area residents. According to a city press release, Dripping Springs never intended to discharge, but a permit was required through TCEQ for the expansion of wastewa-
ter infrastructure. “We said from the very outset that our plan was to maximize opportunities for beneficial re-use,” Dripping Springs Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Foulds said. “My hope is that with the contracts we have in place, as well as our willingness to compromise through the settlement agreement process, demonstrates how serious we are about providing necessary services to our community, while remaining sensitive to our environment.” Patrick Rose, former Texas House District 45 representative and president of Corridor Title, LLC., said that, in today’s political climate, he is happy to see government work on occasion. “Those of us who have long advocated for a sustainable, environmentally sound solution to the growing wastewater needs of Dripping Springs are extremely pleased with this outcome,” Rose said. “The city’s leadership should be commended, as should the representatives of the responsible stakeholder groups who came together for this mutually beneficial settlement. Credit is due to all involved, save and except SOS.”
perform cycle testing by injecting water into the Trinity Aquifer and pull it back out after several days to test water quality and quantity. Neffendorf said the city will probably perform three cycle-tests during the year. If testing is successful, then the city can move forward with the ASR sometime in 2020. If the project works out, Buda would join Kerrville and San Antonio as cities that use ASR. The neighborhood of Ruby Ranch outside of Buda has also done some pilot well work for possible ASR development.
Dripping Springs’ wastewater saga 995,000 GALLONS PER DAY Requested capacity for Dripping Springs wastewater treatment plant.
822,500 GALLONS PER DAY
The capacity agreed upon by Dripping Springs and several entities for the city’s wastewater treatment system expansion.
80,000 GALLONS PER DAY Current operating capacity of Dripping Springs’ wastewater system.
Amount of beneficial reuse the city aims to achieve with its wastewater system expansion.
Number of entities and water districts that entered into a settlement agreement with Dripping Springs.
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burglarizing buildings and vehicles across the state. Other stolen items included electronics, jewelry, as well as firearms. The suspects worked with their criminal networks to resell the stolen goods for money or “significant quantities” of methamphetamine. Several people within the crime ring were also accused of selling guns and narcotics. Kelly Bomersbach, San Marcos Police commander, said the investigation represented the “tenacity”
of Detective Patrick Aubry. “Through Detective Aubry’s persistence and hard work, a vast criminal ring has been exposed, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment has been recovered. Detective Aubry received invaluable support from area crime analysts and other law enforcement agencies to complete this investigation,” Bomersbach said. Authorities also seized five firearms from three convicted felons, according to the release. They
also obtained marijuana, meth and a “large quantity” of stolen documents that contained addresses, identification numbers, credit card numbers and account numbers from unknowing victims. Brown is being held on $250,000 bond, which includes two unrelated charges, while Lawrence is being held on $350,000 bond. Both Brown and Lawrence were originally booked into the Hays County Jail in October 2017, according to Hays County records.
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Hays Free Press • July 11, 2018
Oh, yes, we are better than this – really “A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.” – Emma Lazarus
“A nice piece of brass.” – Donald Trump
nderstand: That first depiction of the Statue of Liberty is for real; the other is only an attempt to track Youngthe gerbils At-Large churning in one man’s by John Young mind. The first words are lesser-known from the poem that included, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” They’re just words, of course – and so dismissed by clinically bizarre Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a press conference. Miller, not even fit to preside over a high school key club, nonetheless lectured the Capitol press that Lazarus’ passage was an add-on to the factory model. So disregard. Whatever his brain trust might think of Lady Liberty, Trump’s actions have sapped her of her might, her light – at least until we elect someone else as her steward. Of late, we’ve had the horror of children’s pleading for their parents from behind chain-link. Then we had a one-vote majority in the Supreme Court ruling a travel ban spun of pure racism is within Trump’s power. Curious: The ruling five called the policy race-neutral, ignoring such hints as “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” from Trump on the campaign trail. However, when the same court ruled that the Colorado Commission on Civil Rights was wrong to rule against a Denver bake-shop owner for refusing to prepare a cake for a gay couple, it cited the language of commission members which showed “clear and impermissible hostility” to people who use their religion to justify said discrimination. Curious. OK. Those rulings are behind us, with discrimination the winner. So, Time magazine asks, have matters like these come to define us as a nation? “The story we tell the world is the story we tell ourselves,” writes Karl Vick. What are the American people saying? The fact is that poll after poll shows most of us do not agree with most of what Trump is doing. As the president is putting the clamps on immigration, a new poll by the Los Angeles Times finds “support for tighter immigration has steadily declined” to only 25 percent. When Gallup asked Americans last week if more immigration is a good thing for the country, 75 percent said “yes,” the highest number Gallup has recorded since it started asking the question in 2001. And while polls had shown a “Trump effect” building antipathy toward Muslims in general (what a legacy, Mr. President), 66 percent of Americans polled by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding agreed with the statement that negative statements by politicians about Muslims are “harmful to our country.” It is significant, indeed, that in writing the majority for the court that deemed the travel ban legal, Justice Anthony Kennedy had some words that analysts judged to be a scolding of the president. Kennedy wrote that Trump’s job is to adhere not just to the letter of the law – that equal treatment stuff in the Bill of Rights – but to also its “meaning and promise.” He wrote, “An anxious world must know that our government remains committed always to the liberties the Constitution seeks to preserve and protect, so that freedom extends outward, and lasts.” Extending outward, like a lamp held out over the ocean’s waves. By the way, the Statue of Liberty isn’t made of brass but copper, 62,000 pounds, which if sold as scrap could fetch a pretty penny on the international market. Longtime former Texan newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. email@example.com
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Summertime dinner calls long overdue
aybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner. Utah recently passed the nation’s first “free-range parenting” law to protect parents from prosecution for allowing their children to play in nearby parks, walk to school, go to the store or rumble through a neighborhood creek without adult supervision. It’s a shame that it now takes passing laws to allow kids to enjoy childhood activities without adult supervision, but we must. We must because, according to Parents Magazine, nearly 75 percent of parents fear their children are at risk of being abducted. Some 30 percent of parents fear child abduction more than they do car accidents, sports injuries or drug addiction involving their children. Parental fears have been stoked for decades by sensationalistic news stories on the internet and cable television, 24/7 - fears that, regrettably, are woefully out of sync with reality. According to The New York Times, among America’s roughly 40 million elementary school-age children, approximately 115 are abducted by strangers each year – while 250,000 are in car wrecks. According to The Washington Post, “children taken by strangers or slight acquaintances represent only one-hundredth of 1 percent of all missing children.” Such abductions are also on the decline. In any event, mediastoked fears have changed childhood forever, prompting “helicopter parents” to “hover” over their children every moment of every day – placing undue burdens and stress on children and parents alike. Lenore Skenazy says the heck with that. Skenazy, an American blogger, columnist, author and reality-show host, wrote
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a newspaper column in 2008 that explained her decision to allow her then-9-year-old son to ride on the New York City subway alone. The column sparked a flood of outrage among stressed-out parents and won her the label of “America’s Worst Mom.” It also led to Skenazy penning the book “Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry.” Some 10 years later, Skenazy’s advocacy culminated in the passing of Utah’s new “free-range parenting” law, which hopefully will enable children to enjoy the sort of unsupervised freedoms we baby-boom kids experienced in abundance – and bring back the lost art of parents calling their children home
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Every parent’s dinner call had a unique sound. My father went with a deep, booming “Tom, dinner! Tom, dinner!” I could hear him a mile away or more. for dinner! In the ’70s, after we spent the day outdoors building shacks, going on bike hikes, swimming in a neighbor’s pool or enjoying dozens of other activities without adult supervision, our parents called us home for dinner. Every parent’s dinner call had a unique sound. My father went with a deep, booming “Tom, dinner! Tom, dinner!” I could hear him a mile away or more. When moms did the calling, they always used
full names. They often sang, too, as my Aunt Jane did: “Miiiiiikkkeeelllll, Keeeeevvvviiiiinnn, suuuuuppppppeeerrrr!” The Givens boys, up on the hill across the railroad tracks, were called in by a large bell. The clanging sounded at 6 every night, giving us the sense that a riverboat was making its way up the Mississippi or a chuckwagon was calling in cowboys for some grub. These mystical summer sounds have been gone a long time now – too long. Hopefully, the efforts of gutsy moms like Lenore Skenazy will gradually restore the happy, artful sounds of those shouts, chants and bells carrying through the sweet summer air. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood,”is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Tom@TomPurcell.com
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Hays Free Press • July 11, 2018
U.S. to show soccer world what it’s made of in 2026 Reporter’s View by Exsar Arguello
spent much of Sunday afternoon in Dripping Springs enjoying the refreshing taste of good English beer while taking in a grueling knockout-round World Cup match between Croatia and Denmark. As I sat there, a group of eager football and non-football fans alike discussed the beautiful game, dissecting what was at stake for the two countries battling it out in Russia. Nothing else in the world, at that moment, mattered more than the World Cup. And in the most unlikely of venues, in Dripping Springs, I was surrounded by people who shared those same emotions. Despite the United States not qualifying for the tournament, millions of Americans are tuning in every day to catch the top teams as they fight for the cup. Following last month’s announcement that all three North American countries will host the World Cup in 2026, now, more than ever, is the time to watch the world’s game. Houston and Dallas are the two Texas cities that will host matches in 2026, bringing a diverse pool of people from all over the world to the Lone Star State. This, like Russia, is an opportunity to show the world that we are not a polarized nation, but a group of people who welcome all walks of life for the love of sport. Despite what may seem like differences on the surface, we all walk the same, talk the same, drink the same and love football, or soccer, the same. Above all in 2026, I am looking forward to sharing those moments
PHOTOS BY JIM CULLEN
Rebels, Lobos hit the paint at basketball camp Learning the rules and regulations of the hardwood drove close to 200 area grade schoolers to the Hays and Lehman boys basketball hoops camps, which were held at each campus in June. At the Hays High camp, over 140 students improved their skills on the court, aided by Hays head boys basketball coach Matt Sandoval and several former Rebel players. At Lehman High, Lobo head boys basketball coach Steven Pinchback fielded over 50 students who learned fundamental elements of the game.
World Cup’s impact seen in Hays County BY CARLIE PORTERFIELD
Despite Mexico getting knocked out and the United States not making an appearance at the FIFA World Cup, local business owners say patrons are still showing up to watch matches in Hays County. Acopon Brewing Company in Dripping Springs is one of the few Hays County soccer hotspots. Acopon plays most of the Premier League games during the season, but interest in soccer among their customers has ramped up since the World cup began in midJune. Co-owner John McIntosh said they have had a good turnout of soccer fans at the bar for matches, even though the local favorites aren’t in the running. This year marks the first time since 1986 that the men’s United States men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the world’s biggest sports
Having a ball at Rebel softball camp PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN
Over 30 Hays CISD students from 7th grade to incoming freshman took part in the annual Hays High softball camp, held by head coach Lisa Cone and the Rebel coaching staff. Campers were taught specific elements of the game, including fielding, throwing, hitting and other softball-related intangibles. Helping the coaching staff was Rebel alumna and current Angelo State University Rambelle softball player Karina Rocha, who completed her team’s third straight trip to the NCAA Division II World Series.
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Soccer fans watch the World Cup at Centerfield in Kyle.
event, and Mexico was defeated by Brazil in early July. The United States’ apathy for “the beautfiul game” is known worldwide. An ESPN sports poll showed soccer as the fourth most popular
team sport in the United States since 2006, when it overtook hockey. Soccer consistently ranks first in virtually every other country in Asia, Africa and Europe. During the 2010 World
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Hays Free Press • July 11, 2018
Neighbors rally in support of Hays CISD educator BY MOSES LEOS III
cancer diagnosis during a weekly Wednesday dinner urprise and conin August 2017. fusion filled Buda Carol Tobias, who resident Shelly is part of O’Donnell’s O’Donnell’s mind when Watson Hollow support told in August 2017 that group, said many neighshe had contracted multi- bors “broke down” when ple myeloma, a rare blood they heard the news of cancer. O’Donnell’s illness. TobiIt was a jarring moas, who has had friends ment for O’Donnell, succumb to cancer, said a longtime Hays High learning of O’Donnell’s educator, whose diagnocondition hit close to sis came as the result of home. blood work drawn during “No one is supposed a routine check-up sever- to get cancer. Why the al weeks previous. sweetest one of the block? The shock was folIt’s unfair,” Tobias said. lowed with the realization But the group quickly that her disease is not morphed into a call for only rare, but is usually action. Tobias said many found in older, Afriof O’Donnell’s neighbors can-American men. jumped in, wanting to Amid the trials and help O’Donnell and her tribulations that have family. come with a tough bout The help has ranged against cancer, the from simple texts of ensupport O’Donnell has couragement to providing received from her neighfood and treats for the bors in the Watson Hollow O’Donnell family. subdivision has been Support also came immeasurable, she said. from Hays High, as It’s continuing to O’Donnell’s students motivate her to combat a began raising awareness persistent disease. of her fight. O’Donnell’s bond with Students in O’Donnell’s her neighbors was forged American Sign Lanwhen she disclosed her guage (ASL) class created
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Draped in a maroon flag and t-shirt, Buda resident Shelly O’Donnell displays the colors of her fight with multiple myeloma.
t-shirts that had signs for courage, brave and strong on the back. “Even though I’m not able to go back this year,” they’ll keep the program running. A lot of districts don’t do that. Most would drop the program,” O’Donnell said. For O’Donnell, all of their efforts were key cogs in what has become a fight for her life.
FIGHTING THE BEAST O’Donnell’s battle against myeloma began with her first round of chemotherapy on Sept. 11, 2017. The intensi-
ty of the treatment led O’Donnell to take a leave of absence from teaching ASL at Hays High. Over the next few months, O’Donnell continued to experience the effects of cancer treatment. Eventually, doctors in April 2018 were able to find a suitable donor to conduct a month-long bone-marrow transplant. The transplant, which left O’Donnell sick throughout the process, involved doctors taking out stem cells and sending them to San Antonio for storage. Following another round of strong
chemotherapy, doctors then returned the stem cells back into the patient. O’Donnell said the goal is battling the cancer that is within the plasma cells within a person’s bones. However, a side effect is the process “wipes out all of your baby shots,” O’Donnell said. She then had to redo all of her childhood immunizations, to avoid contracting additional illnesses. “I hope that a relapse will go beyond 12 months,” O’Donnell said. “That will be a good sign that it’s engrafting.” Once the process was
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Continued from pg. 4 watching soccer for the first time. “Half of what we do is explain the rules of the game to people,” he said. “People ask, and we’re happy to explain it.” McIntosh recommends watching a match at a bar or pub for the best experience. “It’s a lot of fun. Soccer is definitely a world sport, even if it is peculiarly underrepresented in the U.S.,” he said. “When you get a good crowd in here, it’s a lot of fun. A game can change quickly, and it’s exciting.” Staff at Los Vaqueros Cafe & Grill in Kyle said they play most of the games, and will often host crowds, especially for matches that fall in the evenings. Chavelo’s Mexican Restaurant in Buda has also been showing some of the games, an employee said. The final match is scheduled to take place July 15 at 10 a.m.
FLAGS OF COURAGE It started with an idea from O’Donnell to have her husband, Mike, fly a burgundy flag, a symbol of the fight against Myeloma, if her treatment was going well. Soon, nearby neighbors caught wind of the idea and sought to follow
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In May, Hays High senior Taylor Cooper earned the incredible distinction of Outstanding Performer at the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Competition at the University of Texas at Austin. Of the 100,000 who participated at regional UIL music contests and the 25,000 musicians who performed at TSSEC, only two to three percent of the solo performances are recognized as outstanding. Taylor became the third Hays High choir member to receive this honor, the first since 2015.
Cup in South Africa, viewership reached over 3.2 billion people worldwide, according to a FIFA 2011 report. “The big challenge for Americans is the U.S. didn’t qualify. And then Mexico went out, that’s their default back up team,” McIntosh said. “It will be curious to see what happens for the other matches.” His favorite memory from showing the World Cup at the bar is when a Belgian couple came to watch a match their national team play. Belgium ended up winning. “They had a great time,” McIntosh said. “When Belgium won, they said it was their custom to buy everyone a round. No one complained about that.” Dedicated soccer fans are not the only customers coming in to watch matches; McIntosh said they have had in patrons who are not fans of the sport, some who are even
completed, O’Donell received the go-ahead to return home in early June. Upon her return, O’Donnell witnessed something she could have never envisioned.
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“Before we issued the call for help, we had a few empty shelves ... The community support was amazing and it shows how much our citizens care.”
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Top: Empty shelves were prevalent for the Hays County Food Bank in late June, prompting members of the community at-large to provide donations to help curb food insecurity. Above: Volunteers with the Hays County Food Bank move boxes of donated food purchased through Amazon.
drastic food shortage at the Hays County Food Bank is sparking a community effort to restock the shelves that help curb food insecurity in the county. The initial plea for help came June 25 after a Facebook photo showed empty shelves at the food bank. Within two days, 3,000 pounds were donated for the effort. “Before we issued the call for help, we had a few empty shelves,” said Mallory Best, communications coordinator for the Hays County Food Bank. “The community support was amazing and it shows how much our citizens care.” Best said the food bank serves 1,500 households a week. During the summer months, hundreds of students throughout Hays County rely on the food bank to stay fed while school is out. Best said 70 percent of San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD) students qualify for free and reduced meals. Although school districts
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olan Ryan was one out away from pitching his second no-hitter in as many months on Jul. 15, 1973 when the Detroit Tigers’ Norm Cash strolled to the plate carrying a table leg instead of a baseball bat. The umpire was not amused. “You can’t use that up here,” he gruffly informed the prankster. “Why not?” the wisecracking Texan drawled. “I won’t hit him anyway.” Retrieving a piece of regulation timber from the dugout, Cash popped up to the shortstop to end the game. Trotting past the plate umpire, he quipped, “See, I told you.” That was Norman Dalton Cash, a born comedian who kept teammates, sportswriters and fans in stitches but who also could hit home runs and the occasional high average. Born in 1934, the West Texan grew up on a cotton farm near tiny Justiceburg (2010 population 75) south of Lubbock. He credited hard physical labor from an early age with developing his stamina and strength, especially in his powerful wrists. “I drove a tractor
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from the time I was ten,” often “ten to 12 hours” a day. His college of choice was Sul Ross State in Alpine, where he excelled on the gridiron instead of the diamond. His senior season the big halfback broke the school rushing record with 1,255 yards, a feat that attracted the attention of the Chicago Bears, who picked him in the thirteenth round of the NFL draft. But Cash turned down a career in professional football to play major-league baseball. Signing with the Chicago White Sox right of out college, he spent most of his two Windy City seasons watching from the bench. In December 1959, Cash was part of an eight-player swap that sent him to Cleveland. But before seeing a single inning of action with the Indians, he was traded to Detroit for a washed-up veteran who lasted just four games with
the Tribe. Norm Cash, however, found a permanent and happy home in the Motor City. For 15 years, the power-hitting first baseman was a productive cog in the Detroit machine and the most popular member of the ball club, a fact made official by a vote of the fans. Cash got off to a good start with the Tigers hitting a respectable .286, 16 round-trippers and batting in 63 runs. But 1960 was merely a warm-up for what he would describe as his “freak season (when) everything I hit seemed to drop in, even when I didn’t make good contact.” In 1961 Cash went on a 159-game rampage smacking career highs of 41 homers and 132 RBIs. His .361 batting average was the highest in the American League not only that year but for the entire decade of the Sixties. The Tigers outscored every team in the major leagues on their way to a 101-61 record yet still finished eight games behind the hated Yankees. As if to put an exclamation point on the incredible campaign, on Jun.11, 1961
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in the area provide meals during the summer, it can be difficult for students to find adequate transportation to these programs. “Food is a basic need and we operate all year long, a misconception some people may have,” Best said. “All year is the season of giving, and we always need donations to
keep our shelves stocked.” According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 41 million people in the United States were food insecure in 2016. In Hays County, one in seven citizens is food insecure, according to HCFB statistics. “Your donations help keep our community fed through the summer months,” Best said. “Our goal is to have 12,000 pounds of food each month. It’s a revolving door. As food leaves our building, we need to replace it.” The food bank is also utilizing Amazon as a tool for donations. Citizens can donate through Amazing via the food bank’s wishlist. On July 3, the Hays County Food Bank received nearly 1,000 pounds of food through the delivery service. “We are always looking for staple items like pasta, rice, beans, diced tomatoes, veggies and snacks,” Best said. “If food is damaged, we will donate it to local farmers for animals or use it as compost. Nothing is going to waste and it all serves a purpose.”
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arly July gets me in the mood to plant fall tomatoes. Texas A&M’s Vegetable Garden Planting Guide advises gardeners to get their fall tomato transplants in the ground between July 7 and August 7. (Larger transplants in 1 gal. pots or larger can be planted as late as Sept.1.) I prefer to plant determinate, heat-set tomatoes for fall. Varieties such as Bob Cat, Celebrity, and BHN 444 can crop in under 80 days, making them perfect for fall planting. Celebrity, an all-time backyard favorite, acts as a semi-indeterminate, producing longer if frosts come later than average. July is also the perfect time to plant cherry type tomatoes – which have no problem setting fruit in the heat. My favorites are Sweet 100, Juliet and Sun Gold. Rarely do they make it to the kitchen! For your fall tomato garden, choose a sunny location with good drainage, and be sure to shovel in lots of compost and slow release organic fertilizer.
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of San Marcos and Bonnie Dabelgott Thompson Dixie Lee Tombaugh (Clay) of Wentsville, MO., Dabelgott, a San Marcos, sister-in-law Helen DabelTexas native, passed away on July 8, 2018. She was 85. gott Kovar (Howard) and Born in 1933 to Albert and their families including 8 grandchildren and 6 great Lurline Tombaugh, Dixie grandchildren. was preceded in death Dixie graduated with by her parents and two the San Marcos High sisters, Billie Tombaugh School class of 1951 where Ewing and Mary Tomshe was a majorette/ baugh Leifeste. In 1953 cheerleader. She was she married Bobby Joe also one of the original Dabelgott, a Kyle, Texas mermaids at Aquarena native, who preceded her Springs. Dixie went on in death in 2005. Dixie is to the 30+ year career in survived by her children, banking most of which David Andrew Dabelgott (Diana) of New Braunfels, was at Kyle State Bank, Susan Dabelgott Wagner formerly Citizens State
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Roommate Denny McLain said he routinely violated curfew and “could not make 9:00 a.m. workouts because he threw up until 10:00 a.m.” Cash’s comical stunts were the stuff of legend. One of his favorites, which he pulled several times, was to advance a base during rain delays. Noticing something was not quite right, the second base umpire asked, “What are you doing over there?” “I stole third,” was Cash’s answer. “When did that happen?” “During the rain.” In 1962, Cash’s average dropped 118 points, the
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Bank. She was passionate about balancing the books to the penny each day and enjoyed visiting with all the patrons of the bank. Dixie loved going to College Station and watching her beloved Aggies until her health declined. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday July 28 at the Kyle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
Daphne, Robert, Nanette, Natalie, great-granddaughter Kylee and many other family members and friends. She was a devoted member of the Austin First Church and the family wishes to thank them for their continued devotion and prayers. Funeral Services were held Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Austin First Church in Del Valle, Texas with Pastor Charles Stephens officiating. Interment followed at Onion Creek Memorial Park. Condolences may be made at www.harrellfuneralhomes.com.
home. As a young woman she moved to Galveston, Hazel Dean Joy was born Texas where she met the on September 29, 1929 love of her life, Amos James in Jena, Heitman. The two married Louisiana on October 25, 1949. to Dave During their 64 years Franklin of marriage they moved Joy, Sr. and all over Texas, living in LaSallie Jewel Marque, Galveston, Austin Bradford and Manchaca. Hazel lovJoy. She ingly raised one daughter. passed She enjoyed cooking away on meals for her family and June 23, crocheting gifts for her 2018 at 88 years of age. loved ones. She grew up in Jena, Hazel leaves behind to Louisiana with a large mourn in her passing her family that included 2 devoted daughter Bonnie sisters and 4 brothers. She had a happy life in a loving her four grandchildren
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Kyle elected officials (L-R) Damon Fogley, Mayor Travis Mitchell, City Manager Scott Sellers and representatives from HPI break ground on a new commerce facility in April. According to WalletHub, Texas ranks as one of the best states for business start ups.
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Access to resources and lower business costs are factors that rank Texas as one of the best states to start a business, according to a study conducted by WalletHub. The study found Texas is one of the top states with the highest average growth in the number of small businesses, offering a strong jumping-off point for start-ups and entrepreneurs ready to invest in the Lone Star State. Julie Snyder, CEO for the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce, said she credits a lot of Texas’ business success to an affordable cost of living, low labor costs and underdeveloped areas as factors for getting a new business in place. Snyder, who lived in California for more than a decade, said Texas does not have a state income tax, which in other states, like California, can hinder the ability to start a small business. “Overall, Texas is a more affordable state to come and set up a business,” Snyder said. “Our state legislature also likes to operate with a pro-business attitude, so there are less regulations here. And with all the growth in central Texas, this is a prime time to come and invest.” For Kyle business owner Ammie Wright, the rigors of staring up a business were eased by limited city and state regulations. However, Wright said all entrepreneurs should conduct their own research before making the jump into starting a business. That includes researching any laws or ordinances that businesses must follow. “When you are ready to open your business, be sure you are communicating with the city government for what you can and cannot do based on their ordinances,” Wright said. “I wasn’t aware of the restrictions businesses have with
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Kyle broke ground on the Hays Logistics Center, a new 108-acre mixed-use commerce center. Late last month, Los Angeles-based Majestic Realty Company announced it was planning to invest $40 million into a 12-acre business park in the city. Those developments would not have been possible without the triple-freeport tax exemption offered by the city, county and school district. The exemptions allow –Julie Snyder, CEO for Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce companies to forgo paytheir signs, so I had to key component. ing an inventory tax on work around that. To “Texas is great if you’re qualified freeport goods make it easier on yoursmall and just starting that leave Texas within a self, just be educated on out but it’s also a compet- 175-day period. your city’s laws.” itive area, so the goal is to The diverse pool of Wright said he chose to try and stick out,” Wright incentives offered for open a business that prosaid. businesses allows largevides a service he believed Texas’ commercial scale operations and the community needed. attractiveness is also small mom and pops “I moved to Kyle to catching the eye of larger to operate in the same start my business beentities, which have space. cause of the growth and I helped boost new job “Kyle has a lot of really wanted to plug my growth in not only locally, advantages that other products in a community but also throughout Hays places in the country that is being developed,” County. Factors contribdon’t have,” Snyder said. Wright said. “I’ve been uting to new job growth “This area has a lot of here for a year and a half is a low cost of living, potential for growth and now, and the main goal lower tax rates, as well as with new families coming was to integrate myself the opportunity for com- in, there is an abundance with the people of Kyle.” mercial entities to obtain of space and resources to However, Wright said business incentives. set up great businesses in trying to stand out is a In April, the city of the city.”
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Separate sealed bids addressed to the City of Hays, Texas clearly labeled McKinnon Loop Reconstruction Project will be received by Larry Odom, Mayor, City of Hays, Texas, 520 Country Lane, Buda, Texas 78610, until 2:00 P.M. on August 9, 2018. Contract Documents, each consisting of Advertisement for Bids, Information for Bidders, Bid Proposal, Agreement, General Conditions, Special Conditions, Notice of Award, Notice to Proceed, Technical Specifications and Plans, together with any Addenda are available by contacting DGRA, Inc. at P. O. Box 342707, Austin, Texas 78734 or by email at email@example.com. The Construction Contract for the Project shall be awarded to the lowest, most-qualified responsible BIDDER; however, the OWNER reserves the right, as the interests of the OWNER may require, to reject any and all bids, and to waive any informality or minor defects in bids received.
INVITATION FOR BID: CITY PARK CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATIONS
City of Buda’s Invitation for Bid 18-012 for City Park construction and renovations. The intent is to describe the minimum specifications for purchase and installation of holiday lights in Downtown Buda to include Construction/ Installation of: Amphitheater, playgrounds, splashpad, restrooms, roads, parking, paving, irrigation and planting, lighting, and sidewalks. Please submit three (3) copies of the proposal [one (1) CD or flash drive and three (3) hard copies, signed in ink in a sealed envelope to: City of Buda Attention: Purchasing Manager RE: IFB 18-012 for City Park 405 E. Loop St. Bldg. 100 Buda, Texas 78610 The deadline for submission of proposals is 2:00 pm on Wednesday August 8th, 2018. The City of Buda reserves the right to negotiate with any and all persons or firms submitting proposals, per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act and the Uniform Grant and Contract Management Standards. The City of Buda is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to attain goals for Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u), as amended.
INVITATION FOR BID: HOLIDAY LIGHT PURCHASE
The City of Buda is seeking proposals for Invitation for Bid 18-013 for Holiday Light Purchase, installation, and removal for the 2018, 2019, and 2020
Holiday Season. The intent is to describe the minimum specifications for purchase and installation of holiday lights in Downtown Buda to include the temporary lighting over-the-street, temporary lighting of downtown buildings and a few additional trees and poles around Buda City Hall in a uniform soft-white light. This is a three (3) year term bid for holiday lighting installation with two (2) one (1) year renewals possible. Please submit three (3) copies of the proposal [one (1) CD or flash drive and three (3) hard copies, signed in ink in a sealed envelope to: City of Buda Attention: Purchasing Manager RE: IFB 18-013 Holiday Lights 405 E. Loop St. Bldg. 100 Buda, Texas 78610 The deadline for submission of proposals is 12:00 pm on Tuesday July 31st, 2018. The City of Buda reserves the right to negotiate with any and all persons or firms submitting proposals, per the Texas Professional Services Procurement Act and the Uniform Grant and Contract Management Standards. The City of Buda is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to attain goals for Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u), as amended.
INVITATION FOR BID FOR THE ELLIOTT BRANCH PHII WASTEWATER AND RECLAIMED WATER LINE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
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check, or bid bond furnished A non-mandatory pre-bid by a reliable surety company conference will be held on having authority under the laws August 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. of Texas to write surety bond at the City of Kyle Public Works in the amount required, with Department Training Room, such security made payable 520 E. RR 150, Kyle, TX. without recourse to the City of Leon Barba, P.E. Kyle. The envelope containing City Engineer the bid shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked: INVITATION FOR BID FOR Elliott Branch PH II WasteSOUTHSIDE WASTEWATER water and Reclaimed Water IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT Line Improvements Project Sealed bids addressed to Bid/Contract Documents, including Drawings and Techni- the City of Kyle will be received cal Specifications will be on file for the Southside Wastewater Improvements Project until by July 18, 2018 at: 2:00 p.m. on August 14, 2018 City of Kyle Engineer’s Ofat City of Kyle Public Works fice, 100 West Center Street, Department, 520 E. RR 150, Kyle, Texas 78640 Kyle, TX. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at Public Works Building, 520 2:00 p.m. on August 14, 2018 E. RR 150, Kyle, Texas at City of Kyle Public Works 78640 Department Training Room. Builders Exchange, 4047 Bids are invited for several Naco Perrin, San Antonio, items and quantities of work as Texas 78217 follows: F.W. Dodge, 4300 Beltway 1. Approximately 16,500 Place #180, Arlington, Texas linear feet of PVC gravity 76018 mains Bid Documents in an 2. Approximately 9,500 linear electronic format on Compact feet of PVC force main Disc (CD) may be obtained at City Hall located at the 3. 2,000 linear feet of PVC address above at no cost. reclaim water main Bid Document CD’s may also 4. Lift station, manholes, be obtained at the offices of borings, and various other LJA Engineering, Inc., 5316 appurtenances. Highway 290 West, Suite 150, Bids must be submitted on Austin, Texas 78735, (512) the Bid Form provided, and 439-4700. must be accompanied by a State statutes including bid security in a penal sum wage and hour provisions and approximately equal to and not contract regulations must be less than five percent (5%) of adhered to as they relate to the total amount of the bid. The this project. Contractors will security shall be in the form of be required to comply with all a certified check or cashier’s applicable Equal Employment check, or bid bond furnished Opportunity laws and regulaby a reliable surety company tions. having authority under the laws City of Kyle reserves the of Texas to write surety bond right to reject any or all bids in the amount required, with or to waive any informalities in such security made payable the bidding. Bids may be held without recourse to the City of by City of Kyle for a period not Kyle. The envelope containing to exceed 30 days from the the bid shall be submitted date of the bid opening for the in a sealed envelope clearly purpose of reviewing the bids marked: and investigating the bidder’s Southside Wastewater qualifications prior to the conImprovements Project tract award. The final Notice Bid/Contract Documents, of Award of Contract shall be including Drawings and Technigiven to the successful bidder cal Specifications are on file at: by the City of Kyle within sixty (60) days following the opening City of Kyle Public Works of bids and no bidder may Department, 520 E. RR 150, withdraw his bid within sixty Kyle, Texas 78640 (60) days after opening thereof. City Hall, 100 West Center Bidders should carefully exStreet, Kyle, Texas 78640 amine the plans, specifications Builders Exchange, 4047 and other documents, visit the Naco Perrin, San Antonio, site of work, and fully inform Texas 78217 themselves as to all conditions RPS, 4801 Southwest Parkand matters which can in any way, Parkway 2, Suite 150, way affect the work or the cost Austin, Texas 78735 thereof. Should a bidder find discrepancies in, or omissions F.W. Dodge, 4300 Beltway from, the plans, specificaPlace #180, Arlington, Texas tions or other documents, or 76018 should be in doubt as to their Bid Documents in an meaning, bidder should notify electronic format on Compact the City Engineer and obtain Disc (CD) may be obtained clarification prior to submitat City Hall located at the ting any bid, but no later than address above at no cost. Bid August 10, 2018. Document CD’s may also be Time of substantial compleobtained at the offices of RPS, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN ALL tion shall be 120 calendar days. 4801 SouthwestTO Parkway,
Notice of First Public Hearing
INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT:
The City of Kyle, Texas, proposes to initiate Public Notice of SecondatPublic Hearingof Blanco annexationNotice proceedings the request River Ranch Properties, LP to extend the boundary IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL of saidNOTICE city to include approximately 63.6 acres of INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT: land located generally south of W. FM 150, west of Arroyo Road.proposes to initiate annexation The City ofRanch Kyle, Texas,
proceedings at the request of Blanco River Ranch Properties, LP to extend the boundary said city to include As prescribed by law, the firstofpublic hearing will approximately 63.6 acres of land located generally be held by the Kyle City Council on Tuesday, July south of W. FM 150, west of Arroyo Ranch Road.
17, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. in the Kyle City Hall Council Chambers, 100 W. public Center St., will for all As prescribed by law, the second hearing be held by the Kyle City Council on Saturday, July At persons interested in the proposed annexation. 28, 2018, 8:00 A.M.all in such the Kyle City Hall said time atand place persons shallCouncil have the Chambers, 100 W. Center St., for all persons interested right to appear and be heard. Additional maps in the proposed annexation. At said time and place and materials related to the therightabove all such persons shall have to appearreferenced and be heard. Additional maps and materials related to at the City annexation are available for inspection above 100 referenced annexation are available inspecHall, W. Center St., Kyle, Texas,for and will be tion at CityatHall, 100 W. hearing. Center St., Kyle, Texas, and available the public will be available at the public hearing.
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The Alliance Regional Water Authority (the “OWNER”) is requesting sealed written proposals for serving as the OWNER’S Auditor (RFP No. 2018-006). ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE BY 3:00 P.M., Central Time, on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Documents may be obtained without charge from www.CivCastUSA.com. Proponents must register on this website in order to view and/or download the Request for Proposals. At the time a Proponent registers on this website, the Proponent must provide a working e-mail address, so the Proponent will receive any addenda or clarification issued by the OWNER. ANY PROPOSALS NOT RECEIVED BY THE DATE AND TIME SET FORTH ABOVE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CONSIDERATION. All procurements by the OWNER are subject to the OWNER’s Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. The Program provides HUBs full opportunity to participate in all of the OWNER’s contracts. Goals for HUB participation are stated for each solicitation. Information on achieving the goals or documenting good faith efforts to achieve the goals are contained in the Bid Documents. When a HUB participation goal applies, each Proponent is required to complete and return a HUB Participation Plan with its Proposal. If a HUB Participation Plan is not submitted with a Proposal, the Proposal will not be accepted for consideration.The OWNER reserves the right to reject any or all Proposals and to waive any minor informality (one that does not affect the competitiveness of the Proposal) in any Proposal or in the solicitation
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Application has been bade with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner for a Wine and Beer Retailer’s Permit (BG) for a Restaurant doing business as Caliente’s Burgers &Public More toHearings be located at 905 N. Old Hwy 81,ofKyle, Texas Notice FirstHays PublicCounty, Hearings 78640. Business owner, Janet Saenz. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT:
The City of Kyle, Texas, Public proposesHearings to institute unilateral annexation Notice of Second Public Hearings proceedings of said city to include three areas of land consisting of NOTICE IS HEREBY TO ALL approximately 195.99 acres, more or GIVEN less, as depicted in the maps INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT: below.
The City of Kyle, Texas, proposes to institute unilateral
As prescribed byproceedings law, the firstofpublic hearings will bethree held by the annexation said city to include Kyleareas City of Council on Tuesday, 17, 2018, at195.99 7:00 P.M. in the land consisting of July approximately acres, less,Council as depicted in the maps below. Kylemore City orHall Chambers, 100 W. Center St., for all persons interested in the proposed annexations. At said time and As prescribed by law, the second public hearings will placebeallheld suchby persons shallCity haveCouncil the rightontoSaturday, appear andJuly be heard. the Kyle
28, 2018, at 8:00 A.M. in the Kyle City Hall Council
Chambers, Public Hearings:100 W. Center St., for all persons interested
in the proposed annexations. At said time and place shallparcels have the and bein Hays Areaall B.such All persons those certain or right tracts to of appear land located heard.
County, Texas, being approximately 131.73 acres, generally located south of W. FM 150, north and west of Arroyo Ranch Public Hearings: Road.
Area B. All those certain parcels or tracts of land located in Hays County, Texas, being approximately 131.73 Areaacres, C. All those certain parcels of land in Hays generally located southoroftracts W. FM 150,located north and County, approximately 1.79 acres, generally located west of westbeing of Arroyo Ranch Road. N. Old Stagecoach Road, north of Gunnison Way and Cypress Area C. All those certain parcels or tracts of land loForrest Drive.
cated in Hays County, being approximately 1.79 acres, generally located west of N. Old Stagecoach Road, Areanorth D. All certain parcels or tracts of land located of those Gunnison Way and Cypress Forrest Drive. in Hays
County, Texas, being approximately 62.47 acres, generally located those certain orWildcat tracts ofHollow land locatwestArea of S. D. OldAll Stagecoach Road,parcels north of Drive.
ed in Hays County, Texas, being approximately 62.47 acres, generally located west of S. Old Stagecoach Additional maps of and materials related to the above referenced Road, north Wildcat Hollow Drive.
annexations are available for inspection at City Hall, 100 W. Additional maps and materials to the above Center St., Kyle, Texas, and will related be available at the public referenced annexations are available for inspection at hearings.
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Continued from pg.1 the purchase of a 15,000 acre-foot Carrizo-Wilcox project directly adjacent to ARWA’s, making a shared facility attractive. “Instead of having two projects with two water treatment plants and two pipelines crossing in virtually the same area, we’re able to combine that into a single project, so I think that benefits the landowners and everybody in the region by having that one single project,” Moore said. After facilities and pipeline completion, ARWA will deliver water to Buda, Kyle, San Marcos and the Canyon Regional Water Authority to help supplement their water supplies with groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer. The two water author-
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According to data from the city of Buda, total production from its current water source has risen by more than 100 million gallons over a seven year period. However, water conservation efforts have led to the city’s gallons per capita per day, or average household usage, to decrease during the same time frame. Buda, along with Kyle and several other entities, are sponsors of the Alliance Regional Water Authority’s (ARWA) pipeline project, which city officials believe could cover the need for water for the next few decades.
15,000 acre-feet per year, or 26.8 million gallons of water per day, of permitted Carrizo Aquifer groundwater in Caldwell and Gonzales counties, treat it Year Total Production (Gallons) Gallons per Capita per Day to drinking water stan2010 346,959,700 159 dards and then deliver it to 2011 383,702,600 159 customers. Buda City Manager and 2012 374,293,800 144 ARWA Board Member 2013 412,954,800 138 Kenneth Williams said the 2014 469,116,200 138 agreement is beneficial to 2015 386,821,400 106 all sponsors in the project. 2016 391,873,500 99 “It’s a major and important part of this project 2017 456,084,600 113 to do this agreement with GBRA and I think it adds a lot of validity to the Moore said a partnership water authorities began the Carrizo here. It kind of Alliance project,” Williams would not have worked discussing the partnership sets us up for a long-term said. with GBRA in the past. in the last six months. relationship and allows The $236 million project About two years ago, the “I think it sets the stage us to have the ability to GBRA leadership changed, for us to continue to work work together long into the will be financed with the Texas Water Development opening the door to a with GBRA in the future future,” Moore said. conversation about how to develop water supplies GBRA and Alliance Water Board’s low-interest SWIFT Loan Program. to combine projects. The beyond what we see for will each produce about
Public Notices process.The persons listed below may be contacted for information regarding the Request for Proposal. If a Proponent contacts any other officer or employee of the OWNER during the period beginning on the date this Request for Proposal is issued and ending on the date of contract award or rejection of all proposals by the OWNER’s Board of Directors, any Proposal submitted by the Proponent is subject to rejection by the OWNER. Authorized Contact Persons: OWNER’s Executive Director: Graham Moore; 512-2943214; gmoore@alliancewater. org
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Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Pat Girard-Newman a/k/a Patsy Ann Girard & Patsy Girard-Newman, Deceased, were issued on June 25, 2018, in Docket No. 18-0199-P, pending in County Court at Law No. 1 of Hays County, Texas, to Girard Rynnee Newman. Persons having claims against this estate are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law, addressed to Representative, Estate of Pat Girard-Newman a/k/a Patsy Ann Girard & Patsy Girard-Newman at 10 Tanglewood Trail, San Marcos, Texas 78666.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to City of Buda Charter, Article III, Section 3.11 (D). Ordinances, that the Buda City Council, at its regular meeting on July 3, 2018, adopted the following ordinances: 1) updates of the City’s adopted International Code Council Codes to the 2015 Edition, amending Chapter 6, Articles 6.01, 6.02 and 6.03 and Chapter 10, Article 10.03; 2) amending Chapter 14, Article 14.05; amending regulations related to junked vehicles; and 3) amending Chapter 18; providing rules and regulations related to special events, block parties, parades and film production; amending Appendix A of the Code of Ordinance schedule of fees related to same; providing for penalties for failure to comply with such ordinance(s); providing for publication; and, providing for an effective date.
By: Mayor George Haehn. Attest: Alicia Ramirez, City Clerk. (full text is available in the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 121 S. Main Street, during business hours and on www. ci.buda.tx.us.)
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for RFP #06061803VL Keyless Entry. Proposals will be accepted until 07-31-18 at 2:00 p.m. local time. A mandatory Prebid meeting will be held on 7-17-2018 @ 10:00 a.m. at Hays CISD Technology Building, 21003 IH 35, Kyle, Texas. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-268-2141 ext. 45092) 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, Valerie Littrell, 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 OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY
State of Texas By virtue of an Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 428th District Court of HAYS County, Texas, May 31, 2018, in cause numbered 17-1205, styled THE PARK AT STEEPLECHASE (KYLE) HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC versus GENE TAYLOR on a judgment rendered against GENE TAYLOR; I did on June 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., levy upon as the property of GENE TAYLOR the following described real property: LOT 15, BLOCK A, THE PARK AT STEEPLECHASE, AN ADDITION IN HAYS COUNTY, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF RECORD IN VOLUME 10, PAGE 212, HAYS COUNTY, TEXAS ALSO DESCRIBED AS 188 LEXINGTON, KYLE, TEXAS 78640 On AUGUST 7, 2018, being the first Tuesday of the month, between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Hays County, at the South Door, 712 Stagecoach Trail of the Courthouse of the said County, in the City of San Marcos, Texas,
I will sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the right, title and interest of GENE TAYLOR in and to the real property described above. Dated at Kyle, Hays County, Texas, June 5, 2018. Michael Torres Constable, Pct. 2 Hays County, Texas 5458 FM 2770 Kyle, Texas 78640 by ROBERT L. ELLER, Deputy
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of ERNEST AMAYO, Deceased, were issued on June 11, 2018, in Docket No. 18-0176-P, pending in County Court at Law #1 of Hays County, Texas, to: ERNEST RENE TAMAYO, Applicant. The residence of the Independent Executor is in Hays County, Texas. The mailing address is: c/o Alison K. Spencer Attorney at Law 1095 Evergreen Circle, Suite 200 The Woodlands, Texas 77380 All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered, are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. Dated the 2nd day of July, 2018. The Spencer Law Offices, P.C. By: Alison K. Spencer, Attorney for Ernest Renee Tamayo, Independent Executor
NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SUBDIVIDE
An application has been filed with HAYS COUNTY to subdivide 64.31 acres of property located at along Cotton Gin Road, Kyle, TX 78640. Information regarding the application may be obtained from Hays County Development Services (512) 393-2150. Tracking number: SUB-911
INVITATION TO BID
MGC Contractors, Inc will be
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Continued from pg.4 accepting Subcontractor and Supplier bids for the following project: Project Name: Alliance Regional Water Authority Ð Phase 1A Booster Pump Station Bid Date: July 17, 2018 2:00pm Please confirm that your firm will be bidding the project and what spec sections that will be included. Send to: txbids@ mgccontractors.com Scope letters are requested to be in our office no later than 3 days before bid AT 12:00 p.m.Completed proposals are requested to be in our office no later than 12:00 p.m. CST on day before bid.For technical questions regarding this bid call: David Kenley at 210-694-0565 or 512-517-8922.Any other questions contact: Mike Panter at 210-694-0565 or 830-3583412.For drawings, specs and any addendums, contact David Kenley or they can be obtained without charge from www. civcastusa.com
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
Notice is hereby given that Original Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of Juan Bernal, Deceased, were issued on the 20th day of June, 2018, in Cause No. 18-0181-P, pending in the County Court at Law of Hays County, Texas, to Margarita Bernal, Independent Executrix of the Estate of Juan Bernal. The address is: c/o David Morris 1921 Corporate Drive, Ste. 102 San Marcos, Texas 78666 All persons having claims against this Estate, which is currently being administered, are required to present themselves within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. Dated this the 3rd day of July, 2018. Respectfully submitted, DAVIID H. MORRIS MORRIS & WISE Attorney for Applicant 1921 Corporate Drive, Ste. 102 San Marcos, Texas 78666 Telephone: (512) 396-7525 Telecopier: (512) 396-7599 State Bar No. 14476600 firstname.lastname@example.org
with my fellow soccer fans across the world. Such a scene is already playing out during this World Cup. As I type this, Mexico’s World Cup came to a close at the hands of Brazil, and many Americans of Hispanic descent are mourning the loss. Many of those people, who are also fans of the United States, cheered on our neighbor just south of us to represent the North American continent well. In 2026, Mexico, Canada and the United States will all represent this continent by hosting the tournament. North America 2026, just like Japan/ South Korea 2002, is an opportunity to unite our people. I will spend the remainder of the tournament watching matches
at my desk, talking to my coworkers about the games, and enjoying a good drink at Acopon while I watch great football, making new friends along the way. “World Cup fever” is real, and the goal is, as the games conclude and one nation is crowned a true world champion, that the beautiful game will live on in these great United States in preparation for the next 8 years. Sure, we aren’t a country focused solely on football, but this sport gives us the opportunity to share a common interest with people of all walks of life, and, at the end of the day, win or lose, diversifying Americans and showing that we are not that different is why the World Cup matters. Cheers.
Continued from pg.5 suit. Helping the cause was Tobias and Cindy Naples, who aspired to show O’Donnell the entire neighborhood’s support when she returned from her transplant. Tobias said they both decided to purchase burgundy flags and flag poles for every home in the 18-unit subdivision. From there, every neighbor was on board. “You can only make so many casseroles,” Tobias said. “I wanted to provide flags for the entire neighborhood because I wanted to see this and show support when she got here.” For O’Donnell, the show of support was a welcoming experience. “We are a close group and we care about one another,” O’Donnell said. “I’ve never lived
in neighborhood that’s this close and this tight knit.” O’Donnell will now continue to battle a disease that will never go away. She lauds her husband and son for their ongoing support. She plans to continue raising awareness, with the possibility of participating in the 2019 Relay for Life. Ironically, O’Donnell believes her diagnosis, in effect, “saved my life.” She realized it allowed her to reach out to others and focus on her family, friends and her health. “I was working so hard as a teacher. I had to slow down,” O’Donnell said. “It’s not the way I wanted to do it, but it’s allowed me to put things in perspective.”
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