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Will Kyle tax vote mean 5% hike? BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ

The Kyle City Council Tuesday approved the city’s Fiscal Year 2017 $81.4 million budget by a vote of 6-1. The lone vote against the new budget came from councilwoman Daphne Tenorio. The council unanimously passed the new ad valorem tax rate for the new fiscal year at $0.5748 per $100 of assessed value.



Buda city officials, including (left to right) council member David Nuckels, City Manager Kenneth Williams, Mayor Todd Ruge, council member Wiley Hopkins and council member Angela Kennedy share a smile as they broke ground on the city’s new 54,683 square foot municipal facility and public safety building on North Main Street. The facility will house a new city hall, library and a public safety building for the police department. All facilities are part of the city’s $55 million bond initiative approved by voters in November 2014. The facility is projected to completion in Spring 2018.

20% more for Buda

Buda council considers budget increase for police training “It’s either spending the money to get it (training) right or spending the money on liability issues.”


A 20 percent increase in the amount budgeted for Buda Police Department officer training could be a part of the city’s $87 million budget for the next fiscal year, if approved by city officials. The increase was presented to the Buda City Council during a special presentation by City Manager Kenneth Williams Aug. 30 at a special called meeting on the city’s upcoming budget. Buda Chief of Police Bo Kidd said the department’s budget for training in fiscal year 2016-2017 is a little over $16,000. Almost half of that amount consists of state-mandated continuing training for all officers. Buda Police spent just under $13,000 for officer training in 2016 out of a total departmental budget of $1.59

–Bo Kidd, Buda chief of police

million. The department’s total proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 is $1.89 million Kidd said “training is essential” due to the liability involved in police work. “It’s either spending the money to get it (training) right or spending the money on liability issues,” Kidd said. Some of the state mandated training courses include how to handle identity theft, use-of-force training, K-9, accident reconstruction, homicide and forensic training, among others. The length of each training course varies,

Kidd said. Some training courses can last up to eight hours, with the longest training course, accident reconstruction, taking two weeks. Kidd said the accident reconstruction course takes so long because of the meticulous nature of the reconstruction itself. According to Kidd, accident reconstruction is very complex because of the delicate procedures involved, such as gathering evidence and deducing the likelihood of what could have happened based on small clues. Additional training courses that are going to be added in the new fiscal year include

driving school and leadership training on all levels. Kidd said he added the driving school training course this year because of the increased amount of officers and cars in the department’s fleet. As far as the leadership training goes, Kidd said that he thinks it’s important for all officers to have leadership training so transitioning up to higher level positions is easier. “We take care of mandated courses first, then from there, plan out what we need for the year,” Kidd said of the overall BPD training budget. According to Kidd, ongoing training for police officers is essential because academy training isn’t enough to be successful in the field. “Investing in people and training is essential to having a successful department,” Kidd said.


Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

The San Marcos Fire Department would like to extend an invitation to you and your family 8:45 a.m. Saturday at San Marcos City Hall, 630 East Hopkins Street in rememberance of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. The San Marcos Fire Department Honor Guard will raise the flag that was flying over San Marcos City Hall the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Following the flag raising will be renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance and a performance from the San Marcos Fire Department Bagpipers. Mayor Daniel Guerrero will follow with a proclamation and moment of silent reflection. Flowers will be provided to place on the 9-11 Flower Memorial.


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A $15,000 expenditure that would go toward a swift water rescue boat for the Emergency Services District No. 5 (ESD 5), which includes the Kyle Fire Department, was allotted by Kyle city officials within the 20162017 budget earlier this month. But city’s budget item doesn’t include personnel training, which would force ESD 5 to foot the bill. ESD 5 Chief Kyle Taylor said the need for the boat is created by not knowing if another

Holy Cross Festival

Santa Cruz Catholic Church will conduct its annual Holy Cross Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The hours will be from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Come and enjoy rides and games for the kids, food, and musical entertainment for the whole family. The church grounds are located at 1100 N. Main street in Buda.

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A slight reduction in Hays County’s ad valorem tax rate could be forthcoming for property taxpayers in the next fiscal year. As the county’s tax rate is proposed to go down by a little over a halfcent, county officials are also proposing a $179 million budget for 20162017.


Buda votes to save tree $300K to relocate heritage oak BY SAMANTHA SMITH

A 250-year-old, 53-inch wide heritage oak has a new lease on life after the Buda City Council Tuesday voted to save the tree by relocating it from the footprint of the city’s new municipal facility. By a 6-1 vote, the Buda City Council voted to relocate the tree, with an amendment to relocate it to a location on-site of the new municipal facility, which has a price tag of $324,000. Council member David Nuckels cast the lone dissenting vote. Council had tabled an agenda item regarding the tree at its last city council meeting. They directed city staff to try and find a funding source to relocate the heritage oak, which would cost the city upwards of $300,000. Originally council was torn on whether to save the tree or repurpose it. After hearing from City Manager Kenneth Williams that funding could come from the general fund, in addition to fundraising and possible grant funding, council was more in favor to move the tree. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge admitted that before the agenda item was presented he was not in favor of relocating the heritage oak, but the passion of residents and council changed his mind. A couple of Buda residents were in attendance



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Man arrested for kicking in doors at apartment complex “When he threatened to shoot, I was sure he was going to shoot and kill me.”


Several residents at a Buda-area apartment complex received a rude awakening Aug. 24 when a man allegedly kicked in doors, entered residences and threatened people before being tased and apprehended by authorities. Karl Daniel Rivas, 33, of Caldwell County, was booked into the Hays County Jail on three counts of burglary of a habitation, a seconddegree felony, and two misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass. Rivas was also charged with a Class-A misdemeanor attempted criminal trespass charge, and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. Hays County Lt. Dennis Gutierrez said authorities were called to the Trails at Buda Ranch Apartments on Robert S. Light Blvd. around 5:02 a.m. Aug. 24 for a burglary in progress call. Gutierrez said authorities received reports of a shirtless

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man with tattoos who allegedly kicked in “multiple doors.” Gutierrez said the man, later identified as Rivas, had allegedly kicked in five to six doors. According to Gutierrez, authorities learned from residents that Rivas allegedly was threatening residents that he was armed and that he allegedly was going to shoot. Rivas was not found to have a weapon in his possession. One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were shaken awake that morning to the sound of something breaking. The resident said they initially thought their cats had turned over a television in the living room. Upon walking into the room, the resident said they saw a “strange man standing”

in their living room. The resident said the man allegedly said “people were after him,” and that he was “flying” and they believed he was “on something.” Gutierrez said it is unknown at this time if Rivas was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The resident said Rivas then threatened to shoot them before he ran out of the apartment. “When he threatened to shoot, I was sure he was going to shoot and kill me,” the resident said. When officers arrived, they found Rivas outside one of the structures in the apartment. Rivas allegedly started running away from deputies. After a short chase, authorities tased Rivas and placed him under arrest. Rivas was released Aug. 26 on $27,000 bond.

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Tenorio, however, noted that despite the onecent decrease from last year’s ad valorem tax rate, the tax rate for FY2017 represents an effective 5 percent tax increase for homeowners in the City of Kyle because of higher property valuations.

Samantha Martinez. Councilman Travis Mitchell nominated Ryan Browning for the City of Kyle Ethics commission. The council approved the nomination 7-0.


The biggest discussion Tuesday was reserved for a proposed Pre-Annexation agreement template related to receiving city-provided utilities. The agreement template stipulates that future developments that receive city utilities, such as water and wastewater, agree to be annexed by the city at some point in the future. Receiving city-provid-

Eight new appointments were made by the Kyle City Council to the Kyle Area Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC) Tuesday. The new members are Sarah Watson, KAYAC Staff Liaison, Jude McClaren, Skyler Gold, Mia Padron, Dharma Heaney, Raymond "RJ" Navarro, Anna Holsonbake and


ed utilities is one of the biggest benefits of annexation and once subdivisions receive the utilities there is little motivation for them to amicably join the city. The city hopes to sidestep issues with future developments with this instrument. The council passed this new agreement template 7-0.


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to advocate the relocation of the 250-year-old oak. Longtime residents Josh Harper and Nancy Brinkley, who are also on the Historic Preservation Society, pleaded for council to see the ‘long term’ solution in relocating the tree. “Trees in Central Texas don’t usually live that long,” Harper said. Brinkley pleaded with council to save the heritage tree to help set a good example for the community now and in

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “It’s either spending the money to get it (training) right or spending the money on liability issues.” –Bo Kidd, Buda Police Chief. Story on page 1A

September 7, 2016

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Teaching the young how to vote “Son, you’re 18 now. As an American citizen that means you’ll vote for the first time in the upcoming election.” “Gee, dad, I can’t wait to do my civic duty. How do you suggest I prepare?” “Well, son, a good place to start is to re-read the American Constitution to understand the basic principles upon which our country was founded.” “It’s been a while since I read it in school, dad.” “Son, the Constitution is the highest law of the land. All new laws in our country originate from it or should. However, not all politicians buy into the Constitution. Some think it is old and outmoded.” “Outmoded, dad?” “The Constitution establishes a framework for how our government functions. It establishes a system of checks and balances, so that none of our three branches of government — the legislative, executive and judicial — can become too powerful. Some politicians hate having such limitations placed upon them, however. They want to do as they please with the taxpayers’ money or impose laws on citizens without following the constitutional process. So you’ll want to know their position on the Constitution before you vote.” “OK, dad, I’ll re-read the Constitution and be sure to research what each candidate thinks about it. What else should I do before I vote?” “You’ll also want to study the Bill of Rights, son. The bill represents 10 amendments to the Constitution designed to protect the civil liberties of individuals. For instance, the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the right to petition the government and freedom of the press.” “I remember learning in civics class that a free, objective press is essential to the survival of our republic.” “Which is a worrisome thing, son, when you see how in the tank the major media are for one presidential candidate over the other. You’ll also want to read the 17 other amendments. The 16th Amendment, for instance, was passed into law in 1913. It created the federal income tax.” “I’m already very familiar with that painful amendment, dad. What else can I do?” “Well, son, it’s important to study

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the issues. There’s lots of disagreement in America and how to move the country forward. Some people think our government is too big and isn’t following the limitedgovernment spirit of our Constitution. However, other people think the government should double down and spend lots more.” “More, dad?” “Yes, some people think ‘the rich’ aren’t paying their fair share. They think we can impose massive tax increases on them and redistribute the money to others who don’t have as much. But others think that would create a huge negative economic backlash that would end up hurting everyone, in particular the poorest among us.” “So you want me to study the political promises each candidate makes and then vote for the best person, dad?” “Yes, son, but that takes time and effort and too few voters are willing to do any due diligence on the candidates. Since many people get their information from the mass media, candidates who raise the most money to pay for the most negative advertising are often able to sway poorly informed voters.” “That’s disturbing, dad.” “It surely is, son. A thoughtful, wellinformed public is the heart and soul of a thriving republic. In my opinion, the candidates who best embrace our country’s founding principles will be best able to tackle the incredible challenges we face — debt, spending, government bureaucracy, a flat economy. Regrettably, however, few people think as I do.” “Maybe so, dad, but you offer sound advice. I promise to be as wellinformed as I can before I pull a voting lever on Election Day.”

America needs more like Kaepernick, not less Y

ou don’t need to agree with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” during a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers last week. But you should understand and respect it because it was an act of protest as fundamentally American as Muhammad Ali’s refusal in 1967 to be inducted into the Army for service in Vietnam or runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their arms in a black power salute at the Mexico Olympics in 1968. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media after last Friday’s game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” One of those bodies last weekend was that of Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, who was gunned down last Friday on Chicago’s South Side. Two brothers have been charged in connection with her death, CNN reported. Her death came just weeks after Wade, joined by fellow NBAers, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony opened the 2016 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles with a comparably wellreceived call to end gun violence.

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How, in the face of that carnage, or, for that matter, anywhere else in America, could Kaepernick, who is of mixed-race descent, be expected to stay silent? Black Americans are justifiably shouting from the rooftops about the violence wracking their communities. Given that context, Kaepernick didn’t just have the right to protest, he had an obligation to protest. And in so doing, it placed him the tradition of Ali, Smith and Carlos. Pittsburgh Steelers Star Alejandro Villanueva, an Army veteran, said he understood Kaepernick’s protest, but didn’t endorse his tactics. “I just think that shotgun blast and not standing up for America is a little bit unfair on his part because it’s not really taking into consideration the minorities that are fighting for the flag, like myself – the thousands of people that are laying their lives to make sure that he can express himself,” Villanueva, a West Point grad and former Army Ranger, said. “So it’s a doubleedged sword. Yes you can sit down during the national anthem but know that by doing so you’re kind of praising the fact he can sit down and not have to stand up.” And because this is a political season, the presidential candidates also felt obligated to get involved. After all, Kaepernick did

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“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” –Colin Kaepernick, Green Bay Packer call Donald Trump a “racist” and suggested that Democrat Hillary Clinton belongs in jail. “I think it’s a terrible thing,” Trump told a radio interviewer, according to “And maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.” In the wake of his remarks there have been some who have suggested that Kaepernick, a multimillionaire athlete, should just count his blessings and shut up about the pressing issues of the day. Others have suggested that, after two lackluster seasons, and amid rumors of cuts, that he was either looking to burnish his fading star or force his employer to trade him. That’s as cynical a reading as there is - but it has nonetheless made the rounds. But again, as sloppy as his execution was, and as confrontational as his tactics were, Kaepernick is forcing the nation to once again confront thorny issues of race, class and privilege. And, yes, you can scoff that these complaints are coming out of the mouth of an elite athlete. But who else, outside of political and public figures, or even

entertainers, has the high-profile soapbox to spark just such a conversation? “In an America where many of the most powerful people use their power and influence to gain further advantages, widening the gap between their children and ours, Kaepernick has risked more than most people to speak up for you,” Domonique Foxworth wrote at ESPN’s “The Undefeated” blog this week. “Yes, he speaks for you, too, white folks. Whether he intends to or not. Yes, he speaks for soldiers who have died in defense of this country and veterans of war who suffer back at home without the support they have more than earned. He even speaks for the police whose actions prompted his nonviolent demonstration.” And that’s why Kaepernick’s silent protest is the kind America needs more of - not less. An award-winning political journalist, Micek is the Opinion Editor and Political Columnist for PennLive/ The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Readers may follow him on Twitter @ByJohnLMicek.

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Buda’s Garison Park cleanup could save city $100,000 BY SAMANTHA SMITH

A $100,000 savings could be had by Buda after city officials determined they could complete a cleanup of Garison Park in-house, rather than contracting the project out. The city announced the possible savings during a special city council meeting held August 30, where residents got a sneak peek of the city’s proposed $87 million budget. According to an

emailed response from Buda Parks and Recreation Director Drew Wells, the original budget for the Garison Park clean-up project was $125k which would cover the cost of the work being completed by an outside contractor. “The budget was reduced from $125,000 to $25,000 with City Staff performing the work throughout the year instead of contracting the work out,” Wells said. In the email, Wells said that the change in plans and budget would also reflect a longer duration for the clean-up process.

“It’s the opportunity to realize some savings with the understanding that the clean-up effort will take longer,” Wells said in his response. According to Wells the “extra money” saved by the City of Buda for doing all the clean-up work in house was used to “balance the over-all proposed FY 2016-2017 budget.” The Garison Parkland was recently purchased by the City of Buda using a portion of the 2014 Bond money in a situation that Buda City council described at the time as “too good to pass

up.” “The majority of the clean-up required involves flood debris along the creek side,” according to Wells. According to Wells, city staff plan on doing the work with “heavy equipment such as back hoes, front end loaders, dozers and dump trucks.” According to Wells the City plans on installing a few fences to enhance safety but has not yet decided to demolish any structures already onsite. It is unknown at this time how long the cleanup efforts at Garison Park will take.

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“We’re asking our citizens for a lot this time around this year, asking them to support some bonds to build a new jail and roads ... If we can come back with a little more of a decrease, I’m in support of that.”

agency “can get to us where we need it and how many hours will it be until they get here” during future flood events. Should there be a need for a water rescue during a flash flood, ESD 5 has to request the resource from a different department in the region, as it does not currently own a swift water rescue boat. Taylor said that during each of the three most recent flood events, the department has “had a need to rescue people that are stuck in trees or on top of houses.” While the city of San Marcos has two swift water rescue boats, “when we need it, theirs are already tied up,”

Taylor said.   Flash flooding events usually trigger the county to open the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Requests for swift water rescue boats are coordinated through the EOC.  During the most recent flood events, the EOC coordinated a boat from the San Antonio area; the office has also coordinated resources from San Marcos and other cities as well. The specialized training needed to safely operate the boat and perform rescues costs $1,100 per person, Taylor said.  He added ESD 5 can likely only afford to send six people to the training due to budgetary constraints. 

The Hays County ESD #5 conducted public hearings on August 24, 2016 and August 31, 2016 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the Hays County ESD #5 from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 7.30 percent. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised last year at last year's tax rate of $0.1000 for each $100 of taxable value was $2,479,586.

–Debbie Ingalsbe, Pct. 1 County Commissioner

Conley said if the county didn’t start moving quickly on the low water crossing improvements, it “could be a very long time before we get the assets out on the field.” “This is not something we can put out on the streets in 30 days,” Conley said. But setting a tax rate led to debate, as commissioners differed on what to propose to taxpayers. The county’s original proposed budget held a tax rate similar to fiscal year 2016. Conley, who proposed the county keep going with the rate, said it fit the needs of the court and all projects. “I feel comfortable the county can maintain its position, of which we stated to constituents, as we consider the bond proposal, that we can maintain a position with no (property) tax rate change,” Conley said. Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie GonzalesIngalsbe, however, advocated for lowering the tax rate even further. While she appreciated the decrease, she advocated for lowering

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On Aug. 30, the Hays County Commissioners Court proposed a tax rate of $.4600 per $100 assessed valuation for the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget. The total rate is a .7¢ decrease from last year’s tax rate of 46.70¢. The change in the tax rate affects the county’s maintenance and operations rate, which is proposed at .2916. Hays County’s interest and sinking rate will remain the same at $.1246. According to county documents, Hays County is expected to pay $28.3 million in principal and interest toward $354.7 million in outstanding debt. Within Hays County’s budget are renovations to the Precinct No. 3 building, which total $1.5 million. The county will also allocate $900,000 to replace law enforcement vehicles and $222,000 for software to “address financial transparency, county wide custom reporting and electronic signature options,” according to a release. Hays County’s recommended budget will also include raises for eligible law enforcement positions under the county’s collective bargaining agreement. Roughly $18,000 would go toward merit pool for department heads, and a three percent merit pool for all other Hays County employees. Hays County’s budget does not include raises for elected officials. Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley said an item totaling $2.2 million for low water crossing improvements across the county was needed, in order to fund the project.

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the tax rate further. In order to do so, the county made roughly $300,000 in adjustments to accommodate the move. “We’re asking our citizens for a lot this time around this year, asking them to support some bonds to build a new jail and roads,” Ingalsbe said. “If we can come back with a little more of a decrease, I’m in support of that.” But county officials reiterated their stance on not issuing certificate of obligation bonds if voters deny proposition 1 or 2 of the $237 million total bond. “I will not issue COs in my position if voters turn down the bond on the jail,” Conley said. Hays County Judge Bert Cobb initially was concerned about lowering the tax rate too much and about how local growth would affect those who are disabled or on a fixed income. “I think sometime between now and the end of the year, we need to have a frank discussion on exemptions for property owners,” Cobb said.

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Senior running back Andre Blackmoore scored four touchdowns to help McCallum to a 35-10 victory over the Lehman Lobos. McCallum scored on three of its first four drives, pushing the score to 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Down three touchdowns, Lehman head coach Todd Raymond made the decision to make a change and install wide receiver Tyler Henderson at quarterback. It was an ingame move that helped Lehman gain momentum and score on its next two possessions.  However, immediately before the half, Henderson, the man behind Lehman’s surge, went down with a lower leg injury and was unable to return.  “I feel like we lost energy and focus,” Raymond said. “When that

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Hays looks for silver lining in loss to Georgetown BY QUIXEM RAMIREZ

Hays head football coach Neal La Hue wanted to test his team in the non-district slate. Even if that meant taking a loss in the standings, La Hue is playing the long game in the hopes that the elevated competition results in better execution down the road. La Hue’s wishes – and more – were granted as Georgetown defeated the Rebels 40-17 at Bob Shelton Stadium Friday night. The 23-point loss wasn’t ideal, after all. Georgetown scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to claim the double-digit victory. Instead, La Hue is looking at the response in the second quarter – in which Hays scored 17 points and cut the deficit to three points at halftime – as the silver lining from the team’s first loss of the season. “We still have guys that

are learning,” La Hue said. “This is what this non-district is all about – playing tough teams and trying to get better. We’ve played two tough teams so far and we have another one next week. It’s all about trying to prepare us for district.” Georgetown leapt out to a 13-0 lead after the first quarter, scoring two touchdowns on its first two possessions. This was the moment La Hue was waiting for. Would his team respond or continue to stumble out of the gate? It didn’t take long for La Hue to see what his team was made of. Hays’ offense settled down in the second quarter when Gentry Brawith utilized a welltimed pump fake that forced a Georgetown defensive back to take an errant route on the ball. Brawith’s pass landed just outside the reach of the defender in to wide receiver Pat Guerrero’s



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The Hays Lady Rebels volleyball team fell behind early to the Cibolo Steele Lady Knights, but battled back to win the match in three straight sets, 25-23, 25-18 and 25-22. The Lady Rebels hurt themselves throughout the match with unforced service errors. They fell behind 15-10 thanks to Steele’s Jada Gardner, along with three service errors. Hailee Morton stepped up big for the Lady Rebels and was a huge factor in the first set comeback. Her teammate Mackenzie Coates assisted on a majority of her 10 kills in the first set. The turning point of the set came when Kacie Hall made a huge block at the net to help tie the set at 22 points apiece. Hays Coach Stephanie Coates gave credit to her bench players. “Bailey Graham, Ryann Torres and Kayla Tello all came off the bench and really made a difference in that set,” Coates said. The block gave the Lady Rebels the momentum and they never looked back on their way to the 25-23 win. Morton said the team was prepared for the comeback because they do it every day in practice. “In practice we play a game where we start by trailing 13-18, and they had us down 13-18 so that definitely helped us during that set,” said Morton. The momentum stayed with Hays in the second set as they quickly jumped out to an 11-6 lead behind the kills of Morton, Hall and Kaitlyn Krafka. The Lady Knights

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fought back with six straight points to tie the set at 14, and they eventually took the lead 15-14. Hays came roaring back with its outside hitters dominating the finish of the set. The Lady Rebels closed the game on an 11-3 run to win handily 25-18. The third set was heavily contested by the Lady Knights and they weren’t going back to Cibolo without a fight. Both teams traded points and were deadlocked at 15 points until the Lady Rebels created some distance with three kills in a row. Steele answered with a run of its own that included two aces in a row from Harlan Maurial. Hays called a timeout with the score at 23-22, and whatever Coach Coates said in the huddle, seemed to work. The Lady Rebels went straight to their workhorse Morton, and Hays quickly finished off the match 25-22. The Lady Rebels will host former district opponent Bowie on Friday before opening up district play against cross-town rival Lehman next week.


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Coming up in 25-5A district Mesothelioma Football STANDINGS Westlake 1-1 Vista Ridge 1-1 Hays 1-1 Lake Travis 1-1 Vandegrift 0-2 Lehman 0-2 Leander 0-2

SCHEDULE OF GAMES Westlake vs. Pflugerville, 7:30 p.m. Friday Vista Ridge vs. Bowie, 7:30 p.m. Friday Hays @ Dripping Springs, 7:30 p.m. Friday Lake Travis @ Dallas Jesuit, 7:30 p.m. Friday Vandegrift vs. Killeen, 7:30 p.m. Friday Lehman vs. Akins, 7:30 p.m. Friday Leander vs. Westwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday

When the ball kicks off Friday at Shelton Stadium, the Lehman Lobos will have gone 721 days since they last tasted victory. Perhaps it’s coincidence that their opponent Friday, the Akins Eagles, is the same team the Lobos played when they last won a game on Sept. 19, 2014. Fate could smile on the Lobos, which will attempt to top an Akins team that’s won two straight. But can the Lobos stay healthy, while also getting back some of their big playmakers? Meanwhile, Hays, coming off a loss to Georgetown, will travel to the western part of Hays County to take on a red-hot Dripping Springs ball club. According to Dripping Springs officials, the matchup marks the first time since the 1970s the two programs have met. However long it’s been, Hays will look to avoid a sub .500 record after the first three games for a third straight season. Across the district, the Sam Ehlinger-less Westlake Chaparrals look to avoid their first 1-2 start since 2012, while Lakeway compatriots Lake Travis travel to play Dallas Jesuit. Perhaps no one has fought as hard and has come away with little results as Vandegrift, which has dropped its first two games (against heavyweights Permian and Cedar Park) by a meager 14 points combined. Vipers get the Killeen Kangaroos in what will surely be the best mascot battle of the weekend.

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stuff happens, coaches, kids, everyone’s got to step up. We were already without our starting QB, then the Henderson kid goes down and doesn’t play the second half, so we’ve got to do a better job of stepping up.” The second half revolved around McCallum’s Blackmoore. Thanks in part to a medley of turnovers and miscues by Lehman, the senior took advantage of the favorable field position. “He ran hard,” McCal-

lum head coach Charles Taylor said. “He took what they gave him. You keep pickin’, keep pickin’, take what they give you and don’t try to make the big play and keep working, and I think he does that.” Although the game seemed out of reach, the Lehman Lobo defense continued to fight. Senior cornerback Austin Lackey led the Lobos with seven tackles. Defensive tackle Carl Ferguson led the pass rush with 1.5 sacks. “Our defense played

their butt off tonight, we just kept putting them in terrible positions,” coach Raymond said. “It’s awful, we’ve got to eliminate those critical errors. It’s all we talk about. It’s all we work on.” Although Blackmoore was the obvious star, the defense of McCallum won the game, in the eyes of their coach. Strong safety Will Loewen led McCallum’s defense with six tackles and a forced fumble. None of these tackles were as important as the

one deep in the second quarter. With Lehman seizing momentum and looking to score its second consecutive touchdown, the junior safety made the play of the night chasing down Lehman running back Derrick Gomez on the 10 yard line.  This play forced Lehman to settle for a field goal, and swung momentum back to McCallum’s favor. Lehman did not score in the second half. 

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“I love the way we fought two weeks in a row ... Two weeks in a row now we could’ve just laid it down and got rolled over. We fought back. We just didn’t finish the job in the second half.”

waiting hands, resulting in a 55-yard touchdown. Guerrero joked that Brawith’s improvisation during the play was by design. “I knew if I could get one move off that guy I could get some space and make some things happen,” Guerrero said. “And it worked out. It was a great throw.” Brawith led another potential scoring drive later in the first quarter, before he was replaced by Tyler Conley with about 50 seconds left. La Hue said Brawith was pulled from the game with an undisclosed injury, but he did return in the second half. Conley finished the job with an eight-yard touchdown throw to Guerrero, who beat his defender again for an easy pitchand-catch. What was a doubledigit deficit was a manageable three points at halftime. And, just like that, the Rebels were back in business. “I love the way we fought two weeks in a row,” La Hue said. “Two weeks in a row now we could’ve just laid it down and got rolled over. We fought back. We just didn’t finish the job in the


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second half.” When the second half resumed, Georgetown provided the scoring punch and Hays was left punchless.  Georgetown snuffed out any semblance of a comeback attempt with a dominant second half performance. The Eagles tacked on two field goals in the third quarter before quarterback Chandler Herman connected with wide receiver Caden Leggett for a 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. A Michael McDonald five-yard rushing touchdown on the ensuing drive was the finishing touch on the win. Hays failed to convert on fourth down five times in the game, oftentimes gifting Georgetown with the ball in Rebel territory. The aggressiveness backfired each time and

Georgetown continued to add on to its growing lead. “Hindsight is 20/20 and we probably should have not gone for a couple of those and just punted,” La Hue said. “But we felt like they are pretty explosive on offense. We were trying to keep the ball.” Guerrero, who finished with five catches, 72 yards and two touchdowns, said the best is yet to come even though Hays did not continue its offensive success in the second half. “To be quite honest, we started the game better this week than last week,” Guerrero said. “We had some struggles offensively and I thought we responded really well this week and put some points on the board. Things slowed down in the second half, but it’ll get better from here.”

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Price hike for allergy medication worries local health officials BY SAMANTHA SMITH

In the wake of drug manufacturer Mylans’ price spike of their EpiPen epinephrine auto injector devices by 400 percent, concerns now lie in how area residents can cover the exorbitant cost. In a CNBC article last month, Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, attributed the rise in the company’s epinephrine auto injectors to a rise in cost of “manufacturing the product, distributing the product, enhancing the product and investing.” Dr. Coburn Allen M.D., who is the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director for UT Austin Dell Medical School at Dell Children’s Medical Center, said the price spike is “disturbing.” Allen said that the price spike for the name brand EpiPen auto injectors worries him for his patients, even though he is not too sure how the elevated price will affect the hospital. Allen, who serves at the front lines of the medical field in the emergency room, said they typically use zero to one EpiPen a day, since most patients experiencing anaphylaxis receive an EpiPen injection in the ambulance en route to the hospital. “I know that we (Dell Children’s Medical Center) have them on hand, but the price spike is disturbing,” Allen said.

Allen said the number of epinephrine prescriptions written every year at Dell Children’s Medical Center can average 3.4 million. But a very small percentage of individuals actually use them yearly. Allen said he is very “pro-generic unless there is compelling data otherwise,” but he is unfamiliar with Adrenaclick and any other generic form of epinephrine auto injector delivery devices that could substitute for the name brand. “I have never seen the Adrenaclick used by anyone,” Allen said. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the generic epinephrine auto injector devices are not up to snuff, but that Mylan has done a good job in making the EpiPen auto injector brand synonymous with anaphylaxis emergencies, Allen said. But the sudden price spike in the popular auto injectors shouldn’t alarm parents sending their children with life-threatening allergies to school without an injector. According to the CNBC article, Bresch said that the Mylan Company has funded the EpiPen 4 Schools program, where the company gives school campuses one EpiPen 2-Pak and one EpiPen JR 2-Pak each year at no cost since 2012. Hays CISD public information officer Tim Savoy confirmed that all Hays CISD school campuses participate

The number of epinephrine prescriptions written every year at Dell Children’s Medical Center can average 3.4 million, according to Dr. Coburn Allen M.D., Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director for UT Austin Dell Medical School at Dell Children’s Medical Center. But a very small percentage of individuals actually use them yearly. in the EpiPen 4 Schools program and receive the maximum amount of EpiPens allowed for each campus. Savoy also said that the Mylan program offers free replacement EpiPens for any that have to be used

in an anaphylaxis situation for staff or students. Dripping Springs ISD Communications Coordinator Dale Whitaker also said that Dripping Springs ISD campuses participate in Mylans’ EpiPen 4 Schools pro-

gram. DSISD has the maximum amount of EpiPens dispensed by the program at each campus, Whitaker said. But there are dangers when it comes to the price hike for individuals, Allen said. The price spike

could result in patients refusing to fill their EpiPen prescriptions in order to avoid paying the $600 price tag. “That would be a tragic circumstance,” Allen said of a patients gamble for their life resting on $600. Even though Allen has never used any other epinephrine auto-injecting device, he said that following the directions on such a device whether it be the name brand EpiPen or a different one is paramount. “We are really adamant about teaching patients and families how to use it (EpiPen devises) before they leave the hospital,” Allen said.


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ith a baritone and energetic voice that defies his age, and inspired to do the best job that he could, Ralph Pfluger has provided a lifetime of public service to the people of Hays County and to the students of the Hays CISD in particular. Pfluger Elementary School is named in his honor, but Pfluger himself is a selfless and humble man. Pfluger is much more interested in serving the community than being honored by it. Pfluger was born in Pflugerville, but has lived in Hays County since 1953. Pfluger met his wife Lois back in 1950, at church in Austin. They went on a hay ride, got caught in a thunderstorm and have been together ever since. They have been married for 64 years. Pfluger has 5 children, 14 grandchildren and is waiting on great-great grandchild number 18. It was in 1967 that Pfluger was tabbed to become one of the founding members of the new Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Prior to that, Pfluger was serving on the board of trustees of the Buda

the district started in the “right direction financially and educationally.” “I think we did that. We built something that could be built upon,” Pfluger said. “We knew it would grow but we did not know that it would grow to be what it is today. We can be proud of the school district that we have today.” Pfluger’s message to current and future Hays CISD board members is that they should “take an interest in our schools and work with them.” “Parents in our schools are extremely important. This is something that has not always been done in our schools,” Pfluger said. “We have a new principal here that is amazed at the support that she is getting from parents.” Improving parental involvement in schools is key to providing children with a well-rounded educational experience. For students at his eponymous school and in the district in general, the message is to “apply yourself as best as you can.” Pfluger feels that school should be fun, but students need to get the education that they need to succeed in life and beyond. Students of all ages need to realize how important these years are in their lives, he said.

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Texans survive first WWII U-boat sinking This Week in Texas History by Bartee Haile

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Houston judge learned on Sep. 8, 1939 that his daughter not only had survived the U-boat sinking of the British passenger ship Athenia but also had been hailed as a heroine by the American ambassador. In her last letter before leaving Europe, Helen Hannay told her parents not to worry. “There may be a delay, but we will get out all right. We aren’t in the least afraid.” The teenaged traveler closed on a prophetic note: “I am certainly glad to have had this lovely trip and to have seen all the beautiful things before they are blown up.” Germany invaded Poland on Sep. 1, 1939, and later that day the Athenia left Liverpool on a 10day voyage to Montreal. The British liner carried a crew of 315 and 1,102 passengers -- 469 Canadians, 311 Americans, 150 European refugees and the rest British and Irish. She had 1,600 life jackets and 26 lifeboats with room for 1,828 people. The British and French gave Hitler a day and a half to come to his senses and pull out of Poland. When the blitzkrieg did not even stop for lunch, they declared war on Germany early on Sep. 3. The dreaded news reached the Athenia a few minutes past 11. At 7:39 p.m. the Athenia was 200 miles west of Scotland. Seventeen year old Harry Bridge of Abilene, one of 26 Texans on-board, was lounging in a folding chair on the tourist deck. A sudden shout from the crow’s nest was followed by “a terrific explosion. Clouds of smoke arose from the sides of the ship and a huge spout of water jumped about 70 feet above the ship and came down into the lifeboats half filling them.” The son of a Red Cross disaster relief director felt his way down pitch-black and panic-filled passages to fetch his life jacket from his cabin. Harry bumped into his older sister Constance, who said she would meet him on deck. “When I reached my boat station, I could not see her. Mother and I got into a boat and just as it was pulling off I saw Constance in another boat.” The three Bridges made it off the stricken ship in one piece and safely back to West Texas. Dorothy Fouts, daughter of a prominent Houston attorney, was dining with other young women from Texas “when we heard the explosion on the lower deck. The boat rocked, lights went out, the furniture turned over and the food that had been on the table flew onto the floor” making it nearly impossible to stay upright. “When the ship was torpedoed, I was at dinner with some of the girls,” recalled Mrs. Arthur Strain, the Dallasite in charge of 17 coeds from the Lone Star State. She searched



From Harley Davidson to Kawasaki model motorcycles and everything in between, many flocked to Mitchell Motor Sports in Kyle Saturday to celebrate the inaugural Motorcycle Festival. The event featured a show, where motorcycle enthusiasts showed off their rides, along with several events and stunts, where riders popped wheelies and did burnouts on the tarmac.

Not Go-ing too far Police report no issues with popular app BY SAMANTHA SMITH

been no incidents involving the app, Kidd said it doesn’t mean they aren’t happening, ince Niantic’s reas he believes some lease of its popular incidents aren’t being iOS and Android reported. App Pokémon Go in “People that play that July, there has been a game should be aware divide in the country re- that they could be held garding potential safety liable for criminal tresand privacy issues. passing,” Kidd said. Buda Police Chief Bo Barnett said “no Kidd and Kyle Police serious incidents” have Chief Jeff Barnett, resulted from interested however, said there players taking part in have been no incidents the game in Kyle. related to the popular While minor infracvirtual pocket monster tions have have taken game in place, Bareither city. nett said Accordthere have “We get ing to a been no July article called out significant in “USA issues that on a lot of Today,” have “made defendit to my things that ers of the desk.” popular During turn out to app claim the first that it encouple of be nothing courages weeks of more otherwise the game’s sedentary release, than legal individuBarnett said als to head departbehavior ... the outdoors. ment reThe ceived calls We’re so game alfor some lows users accustomed suspicious to search activity. to that, so for elusive “In the “monfirst two it didn’t sters” weeks, we that are had calls change projected where on a smart people were anything.” phone asking, ‘hey, screen in there’s a –Jeff Barnett, the app. bunch of Kyle Police chief The game suspicious projects people the monsters among walking around,’” reality using technology Barnett said. “It took evcalled augmented realeryone a while to know what it was.” ity, which also utilizes But Barnett said the GPS technology. game didn’t change the But opponents of the department’s tactics game claim it can be toward calls. distracting, and could “We get called out on lead to car accidents, a lot of things that turn criminal trespassing out to be nothing more and other bizarre outthan legal behavior,” comes that have been Barnett said. “We’re so reported through the accustomed to that, so it media since the game’s didn’t change anything.” launch. But both departments While there have



Local police say there have been no reported incidents of Pokémon Go players trespassing on private property.

stress the need to obey laws when operating any game. Even if a minor trespasses onto private property, they can be charged with criminal trespassing, although the severity of the charges would depend on the property owner and the juvenile court system, Kidd said. Citizens are encouraged to report any possible incidents, even if people don’t plan to press charges. He said it would go toward ad-

dressing the issue with educating people about safe Pokémon Go game play, Kidd said. “Parents should talk to their kids about the possible dangers of trespassing or not paying attention while playing the game,” Kidd said. Both police chiefs encourage citizens to keep the lines of communication with the departments open if residents do experience a problem involving Pokémon Go game play.

An early jump for a fall garden It’s About Thyme by Chris Winslow


es, it’s still hot. . . but now is the time, fellow Hays Co. gardeners, to start planning (and planting) your fall garden. By planting our coolseason crops now while it is still summer, it gives them a better chance of growing and producing before the coldest of our winter slows them down. A late summer planting is especially crucial for the Cruciferous vegetable family. Here in central Texas broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage thrive when planted in late August into September. Late winter plantings on the other hand have a tendency to run into early spring heat that causes them to stop producing edible heads and start bolting (going to seed). September is also the time to start successively seeding carrots, beets and radishes along with leafy greens. Carrots and beets can be planted through October and again in late winter. Radishes and many greens can be planted throughout the winter for long-term harvest. Don’t forget to thin your root crops along the way so that they can develop properly. The thinned veggies, including carrots, are great in salads or mixed into a stir-fry. September and October are also the months that we start thinking about the onion family. While onion sets are typically set out in Jan/Feb, we plant the rest of the ‘bunch’ in early fall (less than a month away). Garlic cloves are planted individually, broken off from the head and planted pointed side up. Shallots are also planted this way. Bunching onions can be dug and divided this time of year if you have a perennial variety (such as Egyptian multiplying onions) or direct seeded. I have a tendency to over-plant. If I have any left over at the end of the harvest season I cut or chop them up and freeze for later use. Even my onion tops freeze great and then I have them to toss into soups and gumbo the rest of the year. Strawberries are also best planted in the fall here in Hays County. By planting now we can get the plants established and producing before the worst of the heat hits next spring and summer. Make sure to give your strawberries mid-late afternoon shade. They will do fine right now, but when summer does hit next year they will need it. Planting a late summer garden for fall and winter harvest has its challenges. Be sure to have some shade cloth or frost cover on hand to shade the fragile seedlings and trans-



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recently read the book “I Contain Multitudes: the Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” by Ed Yong. It discusses some of the current research and hypotheses surrounding the world of microbes, how they affect us, and how they can change the world around us. For a long time, many people thought of microbes as the same thing pathogens, microorganisms that will harm you if you don’t get rid of them. New research shows us that we are biomes, individual environments in ourselves. Scientists’ latest estimates suggest that our bodies are a roughly even split

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between human cells and microbial cells. Studying and understanding these microbes, how they interact with us, and how they interact with each other could be a key to various medical breakthroughs. And it doesn’t just affect humans; scientists are also working on understanding how tweaking microbes could affect agriculture, wildlife, and forests invaded by pests. The once hidden world of microbes could be a vast

landscape of possibilities. While I am a science enthusiast, I am not a biologist. Going into this book, I was nervous that I might not have the background knowledge needed to understand it. Yong, an award-winning science writer, has taken very high level, hardcore science and translated it into something I, and many other average people, can understand. It also didn’t feel like it was being over-simplified. I’m looking forward to hearing more about what scientists learn about the microbial word. Connect with the world, microscopic and full sized, at the Buda Public Library!


Wimberley Players present ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” opens on the Wimberley Players stage September 9 and runs through Oct. 2. The story takes place in 1942 and is about two wise-cracking young brothers who are temporarily marooned at their grandmother’s home when their mother dies. Their father takes a job on the road to pay off medical bills and the boys are forced to navigate the family they don’t know - their drill-sergeant of a grandma, their woman-child aunt Bella, and their Uncle Louie, a goofy gangster with something to hide. A comedy with substance, it delivers riveting characters, dialog, and themes. Cast includes (front row, left to right) Morganne McCann, Shelby Miller, Justin Tristan; (back row) Lorin Craft, Bill Claussen, Danny Mosier and Nina Bryant.


It’s About Thyme Continued from pg. 1C

plants from the extreme heat. Lay soaker hoses along the new plants and cover with pine straw or something similar to keep the new roots cool and the moisture from evaporating from the soil. Fertilizing with organic fertilizers helps to feed the vegetables slowly and deliberately and should not burn when applied in the late summer/early fall heat. You can also water in new plants and seeds with a solution including seaweed or Superthrive to encourage stronger growth and faster root establishment during this super hot

time of year. We are lucky to be able to garden year round here in Texas. While that sometimes means our labor comes at a time when we would prefer to be on the porch or hiding in the air conditioning, toughing out the heat pays off in spades in the form of fresh vegetables even in the ‘dead’ of winter. Happy Gardening everyone!

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Continued from pg. 1C the ship from stem to row, whose father was stern, rounded everybody president of the Houston up and put them all in a chamber of commerce, lifeboat. and Rowena Simpson, The calm efficiency of daughter of a bank presithe Athenia crew saved dent, huddled together countless in the bottom lives. Within of lifeboat 15 The calm 80 minutes, and chanted 24 of the 26 Afraid efficiency of “Who’s lifeboats of the Big Bad were loaded the Athenia Wolf?” and lowThe Atheered into nia somehow crew saved the North stayed afloat Atlantic. At for 15 and a countless 11 o’clock, half hours. lives. the captain Only after the and remain1,300 survivors Within 80 ing crew were picked up members did she finally minutes, abandoned vanish beneath ship. the waves. 24 of the The U.S. Ninety-three freighter 26 lifeboats passengers, City of Flint, including 69 were Norwegian women and tanker children, loaded and 16 Knute along with 19 Nelson and crew members lowered the Southlost their lives. ern Cross, Terrible, to be into the a Swedish sure, but nothmillionaire’s ing like the North yacht, heard 1,200 dead in Atlantic. the Athethe sinking of nian’s SOS the Lusitania and raced during World through the night to the War I. rescue. Close behind this Every Texan survived trio came a number of without serious injury. British naval vessels. Publisher Jesse Jones For a day or even two passed on to Judge Allen B. in some cases, family and Hannay a cablegram from friends endured the hell of Joseph Kennedy, American not knowing whether their ambassador to Britain: loved ones aboard the “My son Jack (future presiAthenia were dead or alive. dent of the United States) Texans sat by the phone saw Helen Hannay in in San Angelo, Sonora, Glasgow. She was singled Gladewater, College Staout by all survivors for the tion, Austin, San Antonio, heroic way she conducted Ganado, Athens, Dallas, herself. She united three Fort Worth and Houston or four mothers with their waiting for the call that families, even though it could break their heart. necessitated going into the It was no picnic in the ship’s hold, where water lifeboats waiting to be was coming in.” rescued. Mary Kathryn The heroine’s mother Underwood of Athens was amazed. “It doesn’t swore her boat almost ran seem possible. Helen is into the German U-boat. such a frail little thing. She “A little while after we left only weighs 104 pounds. the Athenia’s side, we saw She has always been so the periscope of the subsheltered and has never marine and nearly hit it.” seen a dead body or even Houstonian Betsy attended a funeral.” Brown was dumped into the drink, when rough seas Bartee’s three books and caused her lifeboat to flip “Best of This Week in Texas over. “I saw one man gasp History” column collections for breath and die. It was are available for purchase horrible.” at Genevieve Mor-

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machetes but the culprits had disappeared in a large bed of ivy. Not a particular fan of snakes, but we love all the other wildlife in our yard. Our backyard is against the highway and when we moved in all we heard were coyotes and cattle from the ranch; unfortunately now its mostly traffic. We do still have hundreds of birds of many varieties every day



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Faith Assembly of God 1030 Main St., Buda BAPTIST First Baptist Church-Buda 104 San Marcos St., Buda First Baptist Church-Kyle 300 W. Center St., Kyle Hays Hills Baptist Church 1401 FM 1626, Buda Sledge Chapel Missionary Baptist Church 709 Sewell, Kyle Southeast Baptist Church 5020 Turnersville Rd., Creedmoor

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Monte del Olivar Christian Center 2400 FM 150 E., Kyle

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church RR 3237 (Wimberley Rd.), Kyle

The Connection Church 1235 S. Loop 4, Buda

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Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses FM 2770, Kyle

Kingdom United Christian Church 100 Madison Way, Buda

Jehovah’s Witnesses South 10802 Manchaca Rd., Manchaca

Mission Fellowship Church 200 San Marcos Street, Buda

LUTHERAN Living Word Lutheran ELCA 2315 FM 967, Buda Good Shepherd Ministries FM 967, Buda Redeeming Grace Lutheran LCMS FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd., Manchaca

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New Life Christian Church 2315 FM 967, Buda Iglesia Israelita Casa de Dios 816 Green Pastures Dr., Kyle

A non-denominational church with live contemporary Christian music and life giving teaching! Located 1 block off FM 2001 at 302 Millennium Dr., Kyle, Texas (Millennium Drive is an entrance road) Pastor Rusty Fletcher and family

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SUNDAY: Bible Study for all ages, 9:45 a.m. Worship Service, 10:55 a.m. Pastors: (English and Spanish) Rodney Coleman and WEDNESDAY: Bible Study, 2 p.m. Men’s Bible Study, 7 p.m. Family Discipleship, 7:15 p.m. (Spanish)

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Buda United Methodist Church San Marcos & Elm St., Buda Kyle United Methodist Church Sledge & Lockhart St., Kyle Journey United Methodist 310 San Antonio Dr., Buda


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St. John’s Presbyterian Church 12420 Hewitt Ln., Manchaca

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First Presbyterian Church 410 W. Hutchison, San Marcos, TX 78666


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Santa Cruz John Catholic Church St. Lutheran Church

1100 Main Street • Buda, Texas 78610 Office: 512-312-2520 • Fax: 512-295-2034 • Rev. Kirby D. Garner, Pastor • Fr. José Luis Comparán, Assoc. Pastor

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Word of Life Christian Faith Center 400 Old Post Road, Kyle

Manchaca United Methodist Church FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd., Manchaca

Rev. Nancy Day Office 295-6981, Parsonage 512-393-9772

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*Traditional Worship (Worship Center)-9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)-10:00 a.m. *Informal Worship (Chapel)-11 a.m. Wednesday Evening (Chapel)-6:30 p.m. *On 5th Sundays we conduct one service at 10 a.m. with special music.

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 7206 Creedmoor Rd., Creedmoor

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Por Tu Gracia Fellowship 701 Roland Lane, Kyle


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Southern Hills Church of Christ 3740 FM 967, Buda


The Well Buda

Santa Cruz Catholic Church 1100 Main Street, Buda St. Anthony Marie Claret Church 801 N. Burleson, Kyle

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including many humming birds, mocking birds, blue jays, an apparent resident pair of road runners, and lots of nocturnal critters which we love in spite of some of their destructive habits. Thanks, Bill! I’m a particular fan of tidbits. Please send. (subject: tidbit) or 512 268 5678. Thanks! Love, Pauline

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First Baptist Church

A loving & caring Southern Baptist Church 104 S. San Marcos Street, Buda Buddy Johnson, Pastor • 295-2161 Sunday School...........................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship....................................10:45 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/Youth Activities...6:00 p.m. AWANA’s (Wednesday)..........................6:00 p.m. Nursery Provided •



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••• Butterfly weed, which many Mountain Cityians plant for Monarchs, is not exclusively for Monarchs. Queen butterflies are thick nowadays on butterfly weed and thicker still on purple mist flower. The Queen looks something like a Monarch with wings closed. Open wings reveal a somewhat solid orange color with no striking black veins.

presence of a large black snake on their front step in late August. Bills tells it this way, “A Racer, I believe, no markings of any kind, solid glossy black from end-toend for about 6 feet, heavy in the middle at about 6 inches around, thinning down to a very pointed tail end. Never got a good look at the underside, but appeared to be black or dark. It apparently started to leave when it heard or sensed the door opening and took off immediately or I would have stepped right in the middle of it coiled against the stoop. No time to get a picture as it was in the grass and then the bushes quickly. In spite of giving a person a chill, it was still a beautiful animal. During the 22 years we have lived here this is only our third encounter with snakes. The first was a coral snake about 10 years ago that I almost stepped on tending to bird feeders in the back yard. The next was about 6 years ago while a tree trimming crew was here and I opened the small shed in the rear of the house to turn on a water valve so the workers could get some water. I was greeted by a trio of rattlers three to four feet in length. The tree trimmers immediately responded with


ountain City shut the prized recycling trailer behind a gate, signaling the end of the city’s recycling service. Before the city added the trailer (thanks, Kevin Johnson, for making it happen), green folks went to The Green Guy in San Marcos. Now, the city could not find anyone to empty the trailer, and most available trash services offer recycling. In Monday’s council meeting, the city will award an “exclusive” trash service agreement to a single provider, and recycling service will either be included or available to individual homeowners as an option. The exclusive agreement will begin January 2017.

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Concerts for a Cause

Come out for an evening of live music 5-8 p.m. Sept 10 at Pinballz Kingdom in Buda with Concerts for a Cause benefitting U.R. Our Hope, a local nonprofit that helps families on the journey to diagnosis for rare diagnosis. Vanessa Lively will open and Bret Coats will headline 6-8 p.m. The event is free but donations are welcome.


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Holy Cross Festival

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Santa Cruz Catholic Church will conduct its annual Holy Cross Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11. The hours will be from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, come and enjoy rides and game for the kids, food, and musical entertainment for the whole family. The church grounds are located at 1100 N. Main Street in Buda.

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Texas Heroes Day & Texian Navy Day

The San Marcos Fire Department invites the public to gather at 8:45 a.m. at San Marcos City Hall, 630 East Hopkins Street in rememberance of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. The Remembrance Ceremony will be held by the Fire Bell at City Hall and will last approximately 15 - 20 minutes. The program will open with a welcome from Mayor Daniel Guerrero. The San Marcos Fire Department Honor Guard will raise the flag that was flying over San Marcos City Hall the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Following the flag raising will be renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance and a performance from the San Marcos Fire Department Bagpipers. Guerrero will follow with a proclamation and a moment of silent reflection. Flowers will be provided to place on the 9-11 Flower Memorial. May we never forget those who sacrificed their lives to keep our country ‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.’

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care-giving decisions. Registration is required and class size limited. Classes will be held at Chapel in the Hills, 14601 RR 12 in Wimberley, on Tuesdays from Sept. 27- Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Class tuition is covered by St. David’s Foundation and Alzheimer’s Texas. To register, contact Rose Rodriguez at rrodriguez@ or (512) 241-0420 x10. For additional info contact Linda Germain, volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas, at 512 924-3661.

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Attend an open house and provide your comments on amendments to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2040 Plan. Locally, there will be an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Buda Public Library. For more open house

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While boundarie s for the potential ESD are still being finalized, San Marcos Hays County EMS Chief David Smith said nearly all entities have supported ESD 9’s creation. ESD 9 is being created to service residents do not live within who an existing ESD in Hays County. One of the major hurdles that remains for ESD 9 is setting service boundarie neighborhoods s for Hugo Road and west of STAFF REPORT Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley . Smith said those Appraised values areas have been historically are on the rise once served by Wimberley in Hays County again Fire and Rescue (ESD property ownersas feel the In late May, the7). ramifications Hays of rapid County Commissi growth. oner’s Court closed Hays County’s its overall hearing on the public preliminary market PHOTO BY MOSES of ESD 9, but creation LEOS III value in 2016 delayed increased the vote to call by 12.79 percent an election. The 2015, according from reason to a press was to finalize BY SAMANTHA release from ESD SMITH the Hays service boundarie news@hays County Central Appraisal Wimberley area. s in the According to Hays County HOME APPRAISAL S, 2A TxDOT public a A rising population August xx to callhas until informaan in Central Texas tion officer Kelli election for November has led to Reyna, a rising issue 8. TxDOT has developed 7 FATALITIES from traffic Over the past of traffic accidents on a 10-year plan accidents in Kyle so far in 2016 months, Smith several Interstate that 35. costs an estimated officials from said the $4.3 billion. The According to new ESD 9 and 2,558 TOTAL CRASHE latest available the Reyna said, will plan, 7 have met to ESD redraw S in Hays County May 2015, crashreports, dress congestionadboundaries in last year statisthat area. tics from the enhance safety and “That took us Texas Deon I-35. a partment of TransporShe said it includes couple of months,” 1.4 FATALITIES A over tation (TxDOT), 40 planned projects MONTH in Kyle on average Smith said. He were 17 fatalitiesthere along the I-35 ESD 9 is waitingadded corridor, traffic accidents from if funding is identified. the finalizatio for n County last year in Hays That number One of the proposed boundary mapsof and a down to roughlybreaks total of 2,558 projects on the “There’s just legal descriptio and crashes. Mobilns before fatalities a month.1.4 motorists usingmore ity35 plan, created No clear informataking the measure If in back such a trend tion, however, roadway (I-35), that August 2013, to the Commissi were involves is known oner’s continue, there to about how many length of heavy and the widening the Court. could freeway traffic be a these fatalities of hours footprint by adding But Smith said occurred by total of 17 fatalities until have extended an on I-35. additional lane the end of the boundaries are the almost 7 year on I-35. said Barnett. p.m.,” direction of I-35,in each Kyle Police Depart“hardline” and not BY MOSES LEOS ment Chief Jeff Barnett attributes Future Transportacalled This surge in entities “just that all III Barnett populatry to send the increase of said there have tion growth has Corridors (FTCs). tion the closes ambulanc traffic m related seven fatalities been to the already added The cost breakdown to help emergency es” congestresulting influx accidents to an from traffic accidents ed roadway, prompting of adding an in population FTC to A record 18 days a growth, as well on I-35 near Kyle city and state section of I-35 of ESD 9, 4A officials in each rainfall in May so far more lax drivingas a in 2016. to up the ante city is separated mento some delays has led into tality. creased safety on inthree phases. in Kyle’s measures quest to complete on I-35. jority of its Gofortha maRoad I-35, 4A reconstruction project. While City Engineer Leon Barba said the project is still on schedule, the city is fighting to ensure the project is Learn a little completed prior more about the history of Kyle gust and the startto Auby exploring your backyard! 21 Geoc 2016 school year. of the will be live as of 9 a.m. oaches The reason is 11. Trackable Geocoins n June to avoid construction be awarded to the first will interfering 250 to with traffic in complete the front passport. Use Fuentes Elementar of #ExploreKyle to y next The city of Buda adventures, just share your fall, Barba said. will host its fishing tournament at Enjoy family-friend descriptive (the don’t be too that finishing He added ly fun is in the construcBradfield Park Pond on movies under find). 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Buda Chamber preps for fajita fever


Fajita enthusiasts from all around will converge at the annual Fajita Fiesta in Buda the final week of September.


Buda Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director J.R. Gonzales wasn’t sure how his idea of a festival centering on fajitas and music would boil over in Buda in 2013. Fast forward three years and the Buda Chambers’ Fajita Fiesta continues to grow, both in attendance and notoriety,  But as Gonzales and the Buda Chamber look to expand marketing opportunities, continuing to keep the event fresh and innovative is also his goal.  “The challenge is to make it different every year. To have consistency of what people like, fajitas and music, but also adding a different twist,” Gonzales said.  Gonzales said the event, held in the final week of September, has had “overwhelming public support” as it continues to grow.  In 2015, the event drew between 3,500 and 4,000 patrons, Gonzales said.  Gonzales said last year’s event, which was its second year, met their expectations. Roughly xxxx patrons attended the inaugural Fajita Fiesta  “I was pleased with last year’s number,” Gonzales said. “This year, we’re looking to duplicate that and make it better.”  One of the challenges is providing new content and events during the course of the two-day festival.  Last year had re-enactors from across the state perform

This year, Gonzales is adding the first Chihuahua beauty pageant, which he believes could attract 10 to 15 participants. The event will also feature reenactors in Buffalo Soldier uniforms, along with Mexican charro horsemen. in a mock Battle of Medina in 1813. This year, Gonzales is adding the first Chihuahua beauty pageant, which he

believes could attract 10 to 15 participants. The event will also draw re-enactors in Buffalo Soldier uniforms, along with

Mexican charro horsemen. “It attracts a different market segment and widens the participation base, and it’s fun,” Gonzales said.  Gonzales said the Chamber is also getting smarter on “what to expect” from the festival, while also being more focused and targeted in its advertising and marketing expenses.  The focus is spending marketing dollars outside of Buda, in order to encourage patrons to stay in Buda and conduct business. 

While the event is meant as a chamber event, the ability to give local businesses the chance to sell their wares brings new traffic to Buda, Gonzales said. During the event’s first year, Gonzales said they were a “little lean” on marketing dollars. In 2015, the Chamber spent roughly $10,000 for marketing expenses.  This year, Gonzales said he chamber has allocated roughly $10,000 in “hard dollars” for marketing. The Chamber also receives roughly $3,000 from the city’s tourism department in Hotel Occupancy Tax dollars, in order to put “heads in beds.” In total, the chamber spends $30,000 to put on the festival.  So far, the event has drawn patrons from as far as the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso and Houston.  “As that popularity grows, so will crowds from different parts of the state,” he said.  Success of the festival is also a benefit for Buda, Gonzales said. As the festival continues to grow, Gonzales hopes it can encourage more people to visit the city. “For the past 19 years, the Buda Weiner Dog Races are known nationally and overseas. As Fajita Fiesta continues to grow, we anticipate more people knowing about it beyond the borders of Texas, overseas and into other countries,” Gonzales said. “We hope Fajita Fiesta can be as large and successful as they are.” 

Congressman meets with Buda biz owners Congressman Lamar Smith is joined by (left to right) Chamber director J.R. Gonzales, Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams, Smith, and Pct. 2 County Commissioner Mark Jones at a recent meeting of Buda business owners. Smith talked about his work in the Science and Technology Committee, and several bills that he introduced during the last few sessions of Congress. Joking with the approximately 12-15 people in the room, Smith said he believes that compromise is needed to get the job done in Washington D.C. “My goal was the make 60% of the people happy 60% of the time,” he said. “Compromise is not a dirty word if you are passing something toward the goal of helping.”



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Chapter 59 of the Texas Property Code hereby gives notice of public sale under said act to wit: This sale will be held on September 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM. 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 Brandi Fuller, 5x10 – High chair, crib and misc. items Michael Browning, 10x15 - Paintings, cedar chest and area rugs


Of property to satisfy a landlord’s lien. Sale to be held online at by competitive bid. Anytime Storage, LLC 880 Windy Hill Rd. Kyle, TX 78640 Will be ending on or after September 23, 2016 at 11 A.M. Cleanup deposit is required. Seller reserves the right to withdraw the property at any time before the sale. Unit items sold for cash to the highest bidder. All Units have some miscellaneous household items. Property includes the contents of spaces of the following tenant (s). DOUGLAS COLLICOTT - electronics, kids furniture,totes PATRICK CULLUM kids furniture, mattress, vacuums, electronics


Hays CISD is Requesting Qualifications for RFQ #25091702MS Energy Savings Program. Responses will be accepted until 9-22-16 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for RFP #18-091704MS DDC Renovations. Responses will be accepted until 9-2916 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 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bid responses must be received 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 is hereby given that Letters of Independent Administration for the Estate of NORMA JEAN SARMIENTO were issued on August 29, 2016 in Cause Number 16-0195-P in the Probate Court No. 1, Hays County, Texas to MARTHA BARNES as Independent Administrator. Claims may be presented in care of the Administrator of the Estate addressed as follows: The address of record for

ESTATE of NORMA JEAN SARMIENTO is 500 Bayou Bend Drive, Buda, Texas 78610. All persons having claims against this Estate, which is currently being administered, are required to present them within the time and the manner prescribed by law. Dated the 31st day of August, 2016 Martha Barnes, Independent Administrator of the Estate of Norma Jean Sarmiento, Deceased


Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Natha Lee Lorentz, Deceased, were issued on August 31, 2016, under Docket No. NO.-16-0249-P, pending in County Court of Law No. 1 of Hays County, Texas, to Leslie Ann Runkle as Independent Executor. Claims, may be presented in care of the attorney for the estate, addressed as follows: Representative, Estate of Natha Lee Lorentz, Deceased, c/o Joseph C. Gagen, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 162834, Austin, Texas 787162834. 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: September 2, 2016 --/S/ Joseph C. Gagen, Attorney for Applicant


To all persons interested in the Estate of William Martin Bosch, Deceased, Cause No. 16-0273-P, in the County Court at Law, Hays County, Texas. The alleged heir(s) at law in the above-numbered and entitled estate filed an APPLICATION FOR DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP & LETTERS OF INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION in this estate on the 25th day of August, 2016, requesting that the Court determine who are the heirs and only heirs of William Martin Bosch, 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 l 0:00 A.M., on the first Monday next after the expiration often (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: Charles Smaistrla 7200 N MoPac Expy, Ste. 160 Austin, Texas 7873 l (512) 795-0565 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 29th day of August, 2016.


IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF PIERCE, JUVENILE DEPARTMENT, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO 1. GERARD PRICE, alleged father, of JAZMINE PRICE; DOB: 12/30/14; Cause No. 16-7-01873-8; A Dependency Petition was filed 6/29/16; AND TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: A Fact Finding Hearing will be held on this matter on: October 4, 2016 at 1:30 P.M. at Pierce County Family and Juvenile Court, 5501 6th Avenue, Tacoma WA 98406. YOU SHOULD BE PRESENT AT THIS HEARING. THE HEARING WILL DETERMINE IF YOUR CHILD IS DEPENDENT AS DEFINED IN RCW 13.34.030(6). THIS BEGINS A JUDICIAL PROCESS WHICH COULD RESULT IN PERMANENT LOSS OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS. IF YOU DO NOT APPEAR AT THE HEARING THE COURT MAY ENTER A DEPENDENCY ORDER IN YOUR ABSENCE. To request a copy of the Notice, Summons, and Dependency Petition, calls DSHS at 1-800-4236246. To view information about your rights in this proceeding, go to www.atg. DATED this 23RD day of August, 2016 by PEGGY PIWONSKI, Deputy County Clerk


Hays CISD is Requesting Proposals for RFP #25091703SC Municipal Advisor Services. Requests for Proposal will be accepted until Friday, September 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Specifications are available in the HCISD Purchasing Office (512-268-2141 ext 46035) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday or on the Public Purchase web site (www. Bid responses must be into the HCISD Purchasing office 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 is hereby given pursuant of Chapter 59 Texas Property Code, (Chapter 576 Acts Of the 68th Legislature Regular Session 1983). Storquest Self Storage will sell at public sale, by competitive bidding to satisfy a landlord’s lien, the personal property of: Trinidad Salas, Sam Alaniz, Josh Brown, Michael Crockett, Rosa Salas, Christina Shelton, Jareld L Price III, Liberatore Dameris, Linda Ruiz, Lea Magruder, Michael Loosier Date and Time: Sept. 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. Location: StorQuest Self Storage, 5500 FM 2770, Kyle


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5141 Cromwell Dr. Kyle, TX 78640 will hold a Public Auction of property being sold for CASH to satisfy a landlord’s lien. The sale will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:50 a.m. The contents in the space of Simaila Tairou contains: Bow & arrow, Yamaha motorcycle frame, motorcycle parts, copier, monitor, other misc. items. The contents of Simalila Tairou contains: Bow & arrow, Yamaha motorcycle frame, motorcycle parts, copier, monitor, other misc. items.


The City of Buda City Council will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 and Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the City Council Chambers at Buda City Hall, 121 Main St., Buda, Texas 78610 to receive written and oral comments in regard to annexation of the following properties: 1. Approximately 40.99+/acres of land generally located at 711 Garison Road (Garison Park Annexation). 2. Approximately 17.730+/- acres of land generally located on northbound Interstate 35 adjacent and south of Truck City Ford (Truck City Expansion Annexation). At said time and place all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the subject matter herein mentioned shall take notice. For more information regarding the above matters, please contact the City of Buda Planning Department at (512) 312-5745.


TO: DEDRICK LOTT And To All Whom It May Concern, Defendants(s) GREETINGS: YOU HAVE BEEN SUED. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days after you were served this citation, the same being October 3, 2016

a default judgment may be taken against you. YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED to appear and answer before the 274th District Court, Hays County, Texas, at San Marcos then and there to answer the Petition for Declaratory Relief filed in said Court on the August 12, 2016, and said suit being numbered 16-1657 on the docket of said Court, wherein Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC is the Plaintiff and Dedrick Lott and Giant Smile, LLC are the Defendants. The nature of said suit is as follows: This suit is an action for rescission of a foreclosure sale that was conducted on November 3, 2015 on property located at 131 Ruddy Cove, San Marcos, Texas 78666, legally described as Lot Thirty-Four (34), Block E, Brookhollow Club Estates, Phase Two, situated in Guadalupe County, Texas according to plat thereof recorded in Volume 5, Page 16A, Plat Records of Guadalupe County, Texas and declaration nullifying and voiding a post-sale substitute trustee’s deed and deed without warranty dated November 19, 2015 and April 25, 2016 respectively. ALL AS MORE FULLY APPEARS OF RECORD ON FILE IN THIS OFFICE, AND WHICH REFERENCE IS HERE MADE FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES. ISSUED AND GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL of said Court at office, on this the 18th day of August, 2016. REQUESTED BY: Preston H Neel Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP One Federal Place 1819 Fifth Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205-521-8000 BEVERLY CRUMLEY Hays County District Clerk Hays County Government Center 712 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 2211 San Marcos, Texas 78666 By Kathy Orlowski, Deputy

make an appointment to get the details by calling the Kyle Parks & Facilities Department at (512) 2623939 or email at parks@ on or before September 23, 2016. CITY OF KYLE, TEXAS REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) 2017 CARGO VAN: RFP2016-08-PARD

NOTICE TO RESPONDERS: The City of Kyle is accepting proposals for purchase of cargo van. Specifications and details of the RFP may be found online at www.cityofkyle. com/recreation/cargo-van or by calling the Kyle Parks & Recreation Department at 512-262-3939 or email at RFP DEADLINE: 2:00PM,


NOTICE TO RESPONDERS: The City of Kyle is accepting proposals to provide all related services,


NOTICE TO BIDDERS: The City of Kyle is accepting bids from qualified representatives to replace the sliding wall divider in City Hall with a new one. Interested Bidders can

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