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Home prices rise roughly Buda takes 33% in past three years over bond projects BY MOSES LEOS III

As the greater Austin area continues to see median home prices rise, Hays County is experiencing a similar effect. According to an August Austin Board of Realtors press release, the median price for single family home sales in Central Texas in July 2016 was $260,000, which was a 6.1 percent increase from last July. The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Hays County, saw median home prices in July 2016 rise by 5.6 percent from the same time last year, according to the ABR. Meanwhile, the median home price in Hays County rose by 3.5 percent to $237,900.  


The rising cost of a home in the Buda/Kyle area Buda

August 2013 – $215,000 August 2014 – $247,000 August 2015 – $273,000 July 31, 2016 – $289,950


August 2013 – $159,000 August 2014 – $183,000 August 2015 – $196,000 July 31, 2016 – $210,191

Increase from August 2013 to July 31, 2016 is


Increase from August 2013 to July 31, 2016 is


Passing bad gas rates?

TGS seeks rate increase in Central Texas A “major” rate increase proposed by a natural gas company could drastically affect the average monthly bill for nearly 1,500 Hays County residents. The rate increase request, made by Texas Gas Services (TGS), has prompted several area cities to pass resolutions to suspend rate increases for the time being. The cities of Dripping Springs and Kyle joined Austin, Westlake and other local municipalities in enacting rate suspension resolutions as a response to TGS. In June, TGS made an official filing with the Texas Railroad Commission to increase rates

Customers in Buda and Kyle could see a 23 percent jump in their monthly bills, while Dripping Springs customers would see their bills rise by 33 percent. for all customers in the Central Texas Service Area, according to an emailed response from Christina Penders, TGS communications manager. The TGS rate case is the company’s first since 2009. The CTSA includes approximately 430 households in Buda and Kyle, and roughly 1,000 homes in Dripping Springs. TGS requested a $4.49 increase for residential customers who live in city limits where TGS provides service. Residential

customers in Central Texas outside city limits could see a nearly $11 increase in their monthly bill. Customers in Buda and Kyle could see a 23 percent jump in their monthly bills, while Dripping Springs customers would see their bills rise by 33 percent. Commercial customers in Central Texas would see their monthly bills go down by $3 per month. One of the main reasons for TGS’s proposed increase is not enough revenue is collected from

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customers for infrastructure improvements, according to Penders. TGS has filed for yearly incremental gas rate increases through the Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP), which allows the company to recover funds to replace pipeline and related infrastructure over a five-year period. Funds do not go to operation and maintenance for the pipeline or cost of the gas, which is passed to customers, according to Penders. After five years, TGS must file a rate case, which provides them a way to “make comprehensive changes to all customers.” That includes residential, commercial, industrial,


Hands and Paws for a Cause

Come out to GreggClarke Park in Kyle Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this Pet Parade and Fair benefitting the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. Enjoy a day of costume contests, petting zoos, food vendors and family fun. For more information contact or Michelle Syltie at 512-645-9923.

Come out to Buda City Park Sept. 23 and 24 for the 3rd annual Fajita Fiesta. This year’s Fiesta introduces a Chihuahua Beauty Pageant on Sept. 24, and is open to both male and female Chihuahuas. Contestants will be judged on costume originality, personality, enthusiasm and over all Fajita Fiesta spirit. If you are interested in entering your Chihuahua or being a cook-off contestant or a vendor contact the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce at (512) 295-9999 or info@



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Proposition 3 includes $12.2 million in street improvements, while Proposition 4 includes $7 million in drainage fixtures, which voters approved in 2014.


As Buda continues to mediate a dispute resolution with its 2014 Bond proposition project management firm, the city has chosen to oversee a subcontractor directly. Earlier this month, the Buda City Council unanimously approved an agreement that allows ECM International, Inc. to allow city staff to serve as project manager on all projects under Propositions 3 and 4 of the bond. As a result of the agreement, Buda now will directly oversee HDR Engineering, Inc., which had entered into an agreement with ECM in 2015 as a subcontractor. HDR is contracted as the engineering firm for the $12.2 million in street improvements, along with roughly $7 million in drainage fixtures associated with the bond, which voters approved in 2014. Street improvements include the widening of Main Street from Cabela’s Drive to Cedar Street, improvements on Old Goforth Road and improvements at the FM 967 and Main Street intersection. HDR will also complete drainage improvements in the West Goforth, Bluff Street areas, along with drainage issues in the Oxbow neighborhood, Lifshutz and near the Emergency Services District No. 8 station on FM 2770. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said the city worked with ECM to transfer HDR “directly to us.” He said HDR’s roles and duties for both Proposition 3 and 4 did not expand or change. Ruge said the agreement allows the city to have a direct line to HDR and not have to go through ECM. “We really like HDR,” Ruge said. “And we

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“We really like HDR. And we wanted to make sure they stayed on board with us, regardless of what happens with ECM.” –Todd Ruge, Buda Mayor

wanted to make sure they stayed on board with us, regardless of what happens with ECM.” In July, the Hays Free Press reported Buda entered into dispute resolution with ECM over design issues with the city’s new municipal buildings on Main Street. Ruge said the city entered into dispute resolution as the scope of the project had “changed in a direction that we didn’t really like.” Issues extended to items added to the initial cost of the facility that were not originally listed. Ruge said city officials were not satisfied with the scope of the emergency management room, and had issues with a backup generator for the facility. Buda and ECM are continuing to work through dispute resolutions, Ruge said. No delay on any of the bond proposition projects is anticipated. “As of today, they (ECM) are still our project manager, but the sub-contractor is now working for us,” Ruge said.

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Kidnapping and aggravated robbery suspect stands trial BY MOSES LEOS III

A case involving a former San Marcos resident who was indicted in a 2015 aggravated robbery and kidnapping will be heading to trial this October. According to Hays County records, Malcom Oshea Houston, 25, of Luling, is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 17 and faces two counts of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping. Houston’s trial stems from an April 2015 arrest where he allegedly stole a man’s firearm, then committed an aggravated robbery with the weapon while holding a person against their will at gun-point. According to a San Marcos Police probable cause affidavit, authorities were dispatched to the Elevation at Post apartments on Post Road just after midnight on April 12, 2015. Officers spoke to a man who alleged Houston took his black Mac-10, 9-mm handgun after he showed him the firearm. Houston allegedly tried to pistol

whip the man with the weapon and threatened to shoot him. The man fled to his apartment and called HOUSTON authorities. He eventually chose not to file a police report after police attempted to coordinate with Houston to give the firearm back. Roughly an hour later, San Marcos Police responded to the 800 block of Bracewood Circle for a verbal disturbance where a firearm was displayed. An officer found three people running from the area, which included the man who declined to file a police report for the firearm. The man told authorities he and two others went to Houston’s apartment after he was told by Houston to pick up the firearm he took. Houston and another man, Tristian Delgado, allegedly confronted them with guns, with Houston allegedly confronting

them with a pistol in a “threatening manner.” Two of the men, including the initial victim, ran away, eventually calling police. One man was removed from his vehicle at gunpoint and forced into Houston’s apartment. Houston and Delgado allegedly instructed the man to empty his pockets, where they took his car keys and a cell phone. Authorities met with the two other victims who fled, but were interrupted when Delgado drove the third man’s vehicle without permission at a high rate of speed, eventually crashing. Delgado fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended after he returned to the apartment to receive medical treatment for his injuries. The man who was being held against his will emerged from the apartment holding a rifle by the barrel. That man told authorities Houston was inside of the apartment with firearms and had allegedly threated to shoot him if he told police what happened.

Kyle Police are asking residents to remain vigilant after reports of a phone scam involving impersonators posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents have surfaced once again. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said KPD received reports last week from residents who claimed they received calls from phony IRS agents. The most recent incident had scammers asking residents to pay back money they “owe” in the form of iTunes cards. According to the IRS official website, the service has seen an increase in “robo-calls” from scammers attempting to target potential victims to “settle their tax bill.” In Kyle, residents were told by the scammers they have unpaid taxes or owe back taxes, and that the scammers were working in coordination with local authorities. Barnett said the most recent calls involve a tactic called spoofing, where the caller uses a different phone number to show up on their potential victim’s caller ID. Barnett said spoofing is a crime and is illegal. Scammers targeting Kyle residents have used the KPD’s non-emergency line. “This is a typical scam where the callers will make the number that shows up on caller ID that of the

Assault - 1:38 p.m. - Mccormick Middle School - Sept. 7 Environmental Crime - 12:02 p.m. - 3XX Suffield Dr - Sept. 7 Possession/Marijuana - 9:12 a.m. - Hays High School - Sept. 7 Theft - 8:52 a.m. - Hays High School - Sept. 7 Environmental Crime - 10:21 a.m. - 6XX Quail Run - Sept. 8 Theft - 8:58 a.m. - Precinct 5 Office - Sept. 9 Accident/Major - 1:44 p.m. - FM 1626 at Leisurewoods Dr - Sept. 10 Burglary/Building - 3:02 p.m. - 4XX Clark Cv - Sept. 10 Possession/Marijuana - 11:57 p.m. - Branch View Dr at Windy Hill Rd - Sept. 10 Accident/Major - 1:34 p.m. - Hwy 21 at Rohde Rd - Sept. 11 Criminal Mischief - 3:51 p.m. - 11XX Talley Loop - Sept. 11 Burglary/Building - 8:52 a.m. - 5XX Ruby Ranch Rd - Sept. 12 Burglary/Habitation - 1:03 p.m. - 4XX Rolling Hills Dr - Sept. 12 Credit/Debit Card Abuse - 4:59 p.m. - 1XX Razzmatazz Trl - Sept. 12 Environmental Crime - 3:49 p.m. - 79XX Niederwald Strasse - Sept. 12 Possession/Controlled Substance - 12:46 a.m. - FM 967 .5 mile from W access - Sept. 12

KYLE Accident/Major - 9:49 p.m. - Hwy 21 at Brushy Creek Bridge - Sept. 7 Burglary/Vehicle - 10:38 a.m. - 2XX Greenfield Rd - Sept. 7 Fraud - 1:03 p.m. - Kyle Police Department - Sept. 7 Injury To Child - 2:25 a.m. - 6XX Ranch House Loop - Sept. 7 Racing - 8:57 p.m. - CR 158 at Drue Dr - Sept. 8 Sexual Assault/Of Child - 9:41 a.m. - 5XX Cotton Gin Rd - Sept. 9 Theft - 1:04 p.m. - Chapa Middle School - Sept. 9 Assault - 11:44 a.m. - Stripes 1528 / Valero - Sept. 10 Burglary/Vehicle - 7:01 a.m. - 41XX Goforth Rd - Sept. 10 Possession/Controlled Substance - 12:36 a.m. - IH 35 NB at 213 MM - Sept. 10

IRS impersonator calls surface in Kyle Kyle Police Department or any other law enforcement agency,” Barnett said. Scammers will attempt to convince potential victims they owe money and ask to obtain some form of repayment, Barnett said. He said one person has fallen victim to the scam, with the victim losing an unknown amount of money when they provided the scammers with the iTunes card information. The scam is similar to those seen across the United States and in the Central Texas area, Barnett said. He said Cedar Park and Leander Police Departments have combatted similar scams over the summer. Barnett said the calls are random and scammers are not targeting any specific age group. Barnett said residents should avoid giving money to any agency, company or debt collection service when they don’t owe money. He said residents should be wary if they receive a call that seems “less than official” and the call is not made from an official number. According to the IRS official website, the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first mailing information. In addition, the IRS will not threaten to bring in local police for non-payment, demand payment without


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opportunity to question nor appeal the amount, or ask for a specific payment method, such as gift cards. “It used to be that most of these bogus calls would come from a live-person. Scammers are evolving and using more and more automated calls in an effort to reach the largest number of victims possible,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement. “Taxpayers should remain alert for this summer surge of phone scams, and watch for clear warning signs as these scammers change tactics.” Barnett said residents should be aware of who is calling and what number they call from. “Don’t send money to an organization or agency unless you’re certain you’re dealing with a lawful agent,” Barnett said.

Assault/Family Violence - 10:23 a.m. - Longhorn Rv Park - Sept. 11 Burglary/Vehicle - 8:00 a.m. - 1XX Quail Run - Sept. 11 Accident/Major - 8:16 p.m. - Bunton Ln at Goforth Rd - Sept. 12 Assault - 8:46 p.m. - 1XX Duchess Pass - Sept. 12 Fraud - 8:00 p.m. - 2XX Windridge Dr - Sept. 12 Possession/Controlled Substance - 2:00 p.m. - Lehman High School - Sept. 12 Theft - 2:07 p.m. - 2XX Montague Dr - Sept. 12

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “It’s become increasingly clear that top-down, one-size-fits-none testing doesn’t work for our schools or for our students.” –Jason Isaac, State Representative. See story on page 4B.

September 14, 2016

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The myth of the ‘criminal immigrant’ by Bianca E. Bersani and Alex R. Piquero


ven as researchers find that the foreign-born commit fewer crimes than their native-born peers, the perception that immigrants are uniquely crime prone permeates public and political discourse. Of course the warnings and anxiety about “criminal immigrants” are nothing new. At the turn of the 20th century, nativists worried that the large numbers of Polish, Italians and Irish migrating to the United States would taint the bloodstream. Though the countries of origin of today’s migrant groups have shifted, a similar concern reverberates: Are immigrants bringing with them tendencies to offend, victimize and profit from the hard work of U.S. citizens? The findings exonerating the foreign-born are equally consistent. A sizable body of scientific research conducted by criminologists, sociologists and economists indicates that: Neighborhoods with more immigrants have lower rates of crime; an influx of immigrants has been shown to decrease crime; and that foreign-born individuals commit less crime than their U.S.-born peers. These patterns hold not just for minor offenses, but also for serious violent crimes. Some have suggested that immigrants may actually revitalize communities and lessen crime. Yet there may be a problem with the scientific record: Many of these studies rely on self-reported survey data. These surveys ask individuals to respond to questions such as how often they have stolen goods, sold drugs or severely hurt someone in the last year. One major criticism of the research on immigration and crime is that it does not account for the possibility that immigrants have a distinct incentive to lie. Unlike their U.S.-born peers, immigrants may conceal their offenses – even on anonymous surveys – for fear of deportation. They may also lack a deep understanding about the U.S. criminal justice system and not realize they’ve broken laws. In a recent study, we investigated whether immigrants have a greater tendency to underreport their of-

fenses than native-born Americans. Over a seven-year period, a large sample of adolescent offenders were tracked and interviewed 10 times. At each interview they were asked if they had been arrested. We then compared these self-reports with official arrest records to check for accuracy. Bottom line: We found no evidence supporting the idea that immigrants are especially prone to hide their criminal behavior. Over the seven years of the study, immigrants accurately self-reported their arrests 87% of the time, which is slightly more accurate, though not statistically different, than their native-born (86%) and second-generation (84%) peers. The finding that the foreign-born commit less crime than their U.S.-born peers is not a product of differences in reporting practices across these groups. As the public’s views on immigration policy trend toward support for increased pathways to citizenship, the rhetoric on the immigrant-crime nexus appears particularly resilient to scientific evidence to the contrary. Interest in the rhetoric-reality divide is more than an academic puzzle as exposure to these messages exacerbates fears, fuels anxieties and provokes reactionary responses that are not well conceived, like mass deportation plans or broad stroke exclusionary practices. Pundits and policymakers should drop the fear-based tactics and focus on understanding why, despite various disadvantages, immigrants remain less likely to be involved in crime than native-born Americans. We know that many immigrants uphold cultural traditions that prioritize the family over the individual; there’s also emerging research showing that immigrants have a stronger faith in the legitimacy of the criminal justice system than many Americans of long-standing. Perhaps these beliefs, and the people who hold them, are worth embracing.

The hat in the ring is covered in cow manure, really, for sure! A s y’all might recall, the last time you heard from me, I was jawing about running for president as a write-in candidate. Well, I officially threw my cowboy hat into the ring. Actually, the wind blew my hat clean off my noggin while I was on my tractor, and it landed smack-dab on a fresh cow patty. Well, if that weren’t appropriate for this current presidential campaign, I don’t know what is. Now, I don’t know diddly-squat about getting my name on the ballot. Some fella two barstools down from me said I need to file. I looked at my neatly chewed fingernails and thought they looked just fine. He might’ve been talkin’ about my jagged toenails that do indeed need a good filing, but I can’t figure out how he could see them through dirty bullhide. Now, to get elected as a write-in candidate, I need all y’all to tell folks who know how to read

From the Crow’s Nest

by Clint Younts

and write to vote for me. Tell ‘em to take a pencil and a sticky note with my name on it, and scribble it on the ballot. If it’s one of them fancy electronic voting machines, I don’t know where to jot down your write-in candidate. Perhaps you can use a crayon and write on the video screen or carve my name on the voting booth with your pocketknife. I see Donald Trump won’t disclose his tax returns, like he has something to hide. With me being an honest man, well, as honest as a bull-shootin’ son-of-agun true Texan can be, I will be glad to reveal my latest tax returns if I could find ‘em. Usually, I get so riled up doing my tax return and paying even more of my hard-earned

money to those bumbling buffoons currently running the country, I have to spend the rest of tax day sipping on my blood pressure medicine. I can’t recall much about where I filed my tax papers, but I do have vague memories of sittin’ around a campfire and conferring with my CPA from Beam, Daniels and Crow, Inc. If you’re concerned about my email account, there’s no need to fret over that. All correspondence from lonely women, Nigerian princes and manufacturers of magic love potions go straight to my spam folder and promptly get deleted. I rarely send emails to my friends since most of ‘em ain’t smart enough to know how to get their own Yahoo account, so there’s no worry of me sending important documents to Russian hackers. Another fella down the bar from me said I have to reveal how much money was donated for my campaign. How many Os

are in “zero”? I did have a friend buy me a beer, so I better disclose that so Fox News doesn’t come down hard on me. Other than that, I haven’t raised a cent for my campaign. If you were to look in my war chest, you’d only find ratty, old flannel shirts, dingy long johns and a few moth balls. Okay, enough said. I need to hit the campaign trail and get back up on my swiveling soapbox before happy hour ends. I apparently need to drum up some more supporters since I don’t see my name being mentioned in any poll by Survey Monkey. And if any of y’all have money to burn, don’t hesitate donating it to my campaign. Or as my wife calls it, my bar tab. Clint Younts has a following, but we don’t believe cows can vote. He might –might – get the votes of his daughters and sons-in-law. As for his wife? That’s only a maybe.

Bianca E. Bersani is associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas. This column previously ran in the Los Angeles Times.

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Buda city official hired as Keene city manager BY SAMANTHA SMITH AND MOSES LEOS III

After a six year stint as Buda’s assistant city manager, Brian LaBorde will head north next month after he was hired as the new city manager in Keene, Tex. Keene Mayor James Chaplin announced Wednesday LaBorde was joining the Keene City Staff and is set to start as the city manager Oct. 3, according to a report from the Cleburne Times Review. LaBorde was selected out of a list of 29 initial applicants, which was narrowed down to four people, then two finalists, Chaplin said to the Times Review LaBorde, who was hired as Assistant City Manager in March 2010 according to the City of Buda website, travels to Keene, which is approximately 28 miles south of Ft. Worth. Keene, located in Johnson County, has an estimated population of 6,181, according to 2015 U.S. Cenus Bureau figures. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said the news of LaBorde’s hire was “wonderful.”

“Brian is very talented. That’s wonderful news for him,” Ruge said. “It’s always sad when we lose someone, but what a wonderful opportunity and adventure.” Buda City Manager Kenneth Williams said LaBorde informed him on Wednesday that he had been hired as Keene’s city manager. He said LaBorde’s final day as Buda assistant city manager is Sept. 28. LaBorde had “kind of put out feelers for a while,” Williams said. LaBorde was selected roughly three years ago as a finalist for the Elgin city manager position, which he said Laborde considered, but ultimately turned down. “My first thought was congratulations to him. He’s worked hard to get to that point,” Williams said. “He’s put on a lot of projects here. He has a good background.” LaBorde had worked his career toward that goal, taking on positions such as the past Region 7 president of the Texas City Manager’s Association, Williams said. He also passed along advice of gaining experience in many diverse areas of city government to LaBorde.

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“You have to have a diverse knowledge to know all areas of a city,” Williams said. “That’s what I talked to him about over the years.” Williams said the city would take some “moves internally to fill that,” but also have the position “posted as soon as possible and start searching for another assistant city manager.” Buda will work on some items and reassign some tasks prior to LaBorde’s departure. The process to hire a new assistant city manger is expected to go “smoothly,” Williams said, as the city has talked about succession planning. Williams said he thinks the city can handle the search internally with its human resources department. The search could allow the city to possibly explore a reorganization of city staff, Williams said. While he said there is an “idea of what we’re going to do with it,” Williams said nothing has been decided on a possible reorganization, as discussions with city council have not occurred. “It’s a possibility,” Williams said. “This gives us an opportunity to explore some other options.”

The Plum Creek Conservation District conducted public hearings on September 6, 2016 and September 13, 2016 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the Plum Creek Conservation District from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 7.981221 percent. The total tax revenue raised last year at last year’s tax rate of 0.022500 for each $100 of taxable value was $784,358.98. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.023000 for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $822,083.78. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.023000 for each $100 of taxable value, including tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $865,075.20.

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Despite the price increases, Christy Anderson, broker/owner of ReMax Asset Realty in Buda, said the Buda and Kyle housing markets remain more affordable than other cities in the region. Anderson said most people who look for a home in Buda and Kyle are moving because they are being “priced out of Austin” and “there isn’t enough inventory. But Anderson said

there is a lack of homes for seniors or first time homebuyers, primarily in the Buda area. She said potential homebuyers commonly request for homes at $300,000 or less, which directs them to Kyle. Anderson said the average sales price in Buda is approaching $275,000, while Kyle is still in the low $200,000s. “Everything that is being built is catered to growing families, not to singles or

seniors who want to downsize, or those starting out,” Anderson said. Developers, however, are following a trend of constructing high-density neighborhoods in the $200,000 range. “I know developers are trying to build a bigger bang for their buck. I get that. But they don’t take into consideration that not everyone can afford a $250,000 house,” Anderson said.

The Plum Creek Conservation Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on September 20, 2016 at PCCD Office Building, 1101 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, TX 78644 at 1:00 PM.

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transport and public authorities. “As the company has replaced pipe and made safety-related investments, the revenues collected from customers have not been enough to cover the costs related to those important and necessary investments. This is a major factor in the company’s increase of rates,” according to Penders. She added in the email that commercial customer costs were not rising because of a determination and cost causation study, which found “commercial customers are already paying their share of costs.”

Cities are now reviewing the rate request. Penders said in her email that TGS is “working with them to reach an appropriate resolution which balances the needs of our customers and shareholders.” Jerry Hendrix, Kyle chief of staff, said cities are able to review the rate case request for any possible discrepancies on how it’s calculated, which TGS could adjust. He said Kyle joins other area cities in working with a law firm that “handles that review for us,” as it’s a complicated process. But Hendrix said cities are unable to dictate what

the rate increase will be. If cities deny the increase, it would place them in a rate case against the entity. “The bad thing about that is if we challenge their rate, we have to pay our own legal expenses to do that, which is expensive,” Hendrix said. He added gas utility companies can pass litigation costs to defend their rate case to rate payers. “There’s nothing a city can do can do with GRIP rate increase, or the rate case itself,” Hendrix said, who later added, “State law supports gas companies on these things. Our hands are tied.”


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Lobos devour Akins Eagles 42-7 BY LOGAN MCCULLOUGH


Lehman Lobo senior running back Bryan Mendoza (17) attempts to shake off a tackle attempt made by Akins Eagle senior defensive back John Padilla (31, left), who grabs on to Mendoza’s jersey during a play made in Friday’s game at Shelton Stadium.

The Lehman Lobos (1-2) picked up their first win in nearly two years as they cruised past the Akins Eagles (2-1) 42-7 Friday at Shelton Stadium. The Lobos put on a show for their homecoming crowd as they controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening whistle on. They scored on their first three drives to push the score to 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and 35-0 by halftime. Things slowed down in the second half, with Lehman and Akins scoring one touchdown a piece. Friday’s win was a monumental victory and a huge stepping stone for the Lehman football program. After dealing with a tough season in 2015, and having to manage a medley of injuries at the beginning of this season, Lehman needed

The star of the night was senior Bryan Mendoza, who led the Lobos rushing attack with 178 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns.

the win, according to Lehman head coach Todd Raymon. “I’m proud of the kids,” said Raymond. “We needed this. We needed this to believe, to get over that hump a little bit.” The Lobo offense revolves around a “threeheaded monster” as Todd Raymond puts it. The players who make up this monster include quartertback Jacob Zamora, running back Bryan Mendoza and hybrid wide receiver and running Tyler Henderson. The star of the night was senior Bryan Mendoza, who led the Lobos rushing attack with 178 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns.

“I just got more opportunities,” Mendoza said. “And when I got those opportunities, I just showed out.” Senior captain Tyler Henderson rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns on the night, before being sidelined for the second half with another lower-leg injury. Lobo senior quarterback Jacob Zamora was back to full health and went 17 of 25, at one time completing 11 consecutive throws, for 161 yards and one rushing touchdown. His two primary weapons through the air were juniors Braden Sullins



Lehman Lady Lobo junior libero Haley Hassinger (5) stands at the ready as Hays Lady Rebel senior Mackenzie Coates (11) bumps the ball in Tuesday’s district match at the Lobo Den.


Hays wide receiver Patrick Guerrero waits for the football to fall into his hands for a reception. The catch helped set up a field goal for the Rebels to narrow the Tigers’ lead to 14-10 in the second quarter. Trevor Greenman defends on the play for Dripping Springs.

Rebels fall to Tigers 33-26 BY MOSES LEOS III

Perhaps it was fitting that a matchup 37 years in the making had the backdrop of a setting sun Friday at Tiger Stadium. For the first time since 1979, the Hays Rebels and Dripping Springs Tigers locked horns in a duel reminiscent of a pair of Wild West gunslingers. But Dripping Springs’ ability to make the big plays at critical moments made the difference as it outlasted the Hays Rebels in a 33-26 drama-filled slugfest. “Our kids were resilient. At times it wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done against a quality program,” Dripping Springs head football coach Galen Zimmerman said. “We had some frustrations, part was us and part was them, but we kept battling.” The Tigers’ (3-0) ability to take advantage of Rebel miscues was a consistent theme throughout the evening. Dripping Springs

Hays accomplished its comeback attempts via an air attack that was consistent. Led by quarterbacks Tyler Conley and Gentry Brawith, Hays’ pass attack amassed a combined 257 yards and two touchdowns passing. tallied 21 of 36 points off of four Rebel (1-2) turnovers. Dripping Springs bookended the evening with touchdowns scored off Rebel miscues. The first touchdown came as a result of a Rebel turnover on the second play of the game. A fourth quarter interception by Josh Embry led to a 28yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jacob Cox to ice the game. Tiger defensive end McKenley O’Neal said the early turnover provided a “momentum swing” for the defense. He said the Tiger defensive backfield “stepped up in the second half.”

Zimmerman said it was a “chess match” up front between the Tiger defense and the Rebel offensive line. He said the Tigers were able to battle up front against the Rebel line. “I’m happy with the kids and how they handled adversity,” Zimmerman said. “At times, when we were put in a position to make a play, our kids made those plays tonight.” On offense, Dripping Springs found success on the ground with Cox, running back Teo Brinckmann and quarterback Reese Johnson. Each player rushed for more than 100 yards each, with the trio combining for 333 rush

yards. Dripping Springs’ success on offense allowed them to build a 20-10 lead following a 15-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to wide receiver Curtis Raymond. But another consistent theme on the night was the Rebels’ penchant to rally from a double-digit deficit. Three times did Dripping Springs build a ten-point advantage in the contest. The Rebels had a response each and every time. Hays accomplished its comeback attempts via an air attack that was consistent. Led by quarterbacks Tyler Conley and Gentry Brawith, Hays’ pass attack amassed a combined 257 yards and two touchdowns passing. Aiding the effort was wide receiver Tyrone Meredith, who finished with seven receptions for 90-yards and a touchdown. A 49-yard strike from Conley to Meredith pulled



When the Lehman Lady Lobos put their best foot forward Tuesday, the Hays Lady Rebels followed suit. Twelve kills from sophomore Kaitlyn Krafka spearheaded Hays’ 25-12, 25-14, 25-17 win over a resilient Lehman squad at the Lobo Den. A consistent theme was Lehman’s (6-15, 0-2) ability to keep pace and challenge an experienced Hays (20-11, 1-0) team during the course of all three sets. After dropping a relatively tight first set, Lehman responded when it surged ahead to a 7-6 advantage early in the second frame. Hays High head coach Stephanie Coates said Lehman played a different style of volleyball that they haven’t experienced in the majority of their schedule. Lady Rebel senior Ashley Slovak said unpredictability on what Lehman was bringing across the net led to a slightly slow start. “That unpredicability can kind of put a team that’s used to playing past the hit on their heels a bit,” Coates said. “We knew that coming in, so we had to fight to not have a slow start. That maybe almost crippled

us.” Lehman High head coach Kathryn LeghPage said staying up and staying big at the net, along with staying “on top of things” guided Lehman’s success. She lauded the play of Megan Richard-Dees and Sarah O’Neal, who provided help at the net, both on offense and defense. Dees led the Lady Lobos with six kills on the night. “To see the growth from last year is unbelievable,” Legh-Page said. “We won’t get down. We can’t let ourselves do that. We have to stay on our toes defensively and on offense, be smart on our plays.” But Hays’ ability to string together scoring runs in the latter part of sets allowed it to close out the match. Hays outscored Lehman 19-6 in the second set to take a 2-0 advantage. It continued that trend in the third set, as the Rebels outscored Lehman 11-7 down the stretch in set three. Coates lauded serving efficiency, along with effective passing from senior Ashley Slovak, which she said kept the team in system. “Ashley kept us in system with her passing, and our hitters worked to keep our offense in the groove,” Coates said.


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Coming up in HCISD football DISTRICT 25-5A STANDINGS Westlake


Lake Travis 2-1 Vandegrift 1-2 Lehman


Vista Ridge 1-2 Hays





Welcome back to the win column, Lehman. After a 720-day sabbatical, the Lehman Lobos Friday earned their first win in a while and did so in a big, big way. Kudos to the Lobos, who have the potential to go on a two-game winning streak when they play San Antonio Jay, which is currently winless. Provided Jacob Zamora, Tyler Henderson and Bryan Henderson stay healthy, the Lobos have the chance to do some damage and maintain momentum. Meanwhlie, the Hays Rebels will look to end a two-game skid when they host a San Antonio Reagan team that will have traveled roughly 500 miles over the past three weeks when they roll into Shelton Stadium. Consistency and avoiding costly miscues could help Hays get back on the winning side. Elsewhere, Westlake will take its Sam Ehlingerless show to Burger Stadium to play former district rival Bowie in what should be a stellar matchup. Defense could be at a premium when Lake Travis and Hendrickson meet this week, while Vista Ridge, Leander and Vandegrift all look to avoid going 1-3 before district play begins next week.

Westlake at Bowie – Friday

Lake Travis vs. Pflugerville Hendrickson ­– Friday

Vandegrift at Killeen Harker Heights – Thursday Lehman at San Antonio Jay – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Vista Ridge at Westwood – Friday

Hays vs. San Antonio Reagan – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Leander vs. Stony Point – Friday

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number of pass deflections on the night. Akins’ lone touchdown came on a 49 yard run by senior quarterback Demarcus Cabezas. Cabezas finished the game 4-15 for 76 yards in the air, and 49 yards on the ground. Other Akins contributors include running back Kenan Lockhart with 56 yards on 16 carries. The Lobos are back in action on Friday with a non-district game against San Antonio Jay in San Antonio.

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the Rebels to within four points at 20-16 at halftime. After the Tigers extended its lead to 26-16 late in the third quarter, Hays battled back. Brawith connected with wide receiver Marquis Howard for a 15-yard touchdown, pulling the Rebels to within 26-23. Cox delivered the final blow, plowing ahead for the final touchdown of the game to give the Tigers the edge. While he was nervous as he acquired the starting running back role midway through the third quarter, Cox said he was confident his team could pull out the win. He lauded the play of his offensive line. “I was a little bit nervous. If I screwed up, there was no one to come in behind me,” Cox said. “That’s the first time I had to do that at the varsity level.” Hays will travel to San Antonio Friday as they play San Antonio Reagan in its final non-district game of the season.

the upmost respect to the defense for its outstanding play. “The defense played their tails off. They just pounded those kids,” Raymond said. “I’m proud of the defense. I’m just proud of the effort all around that our kids gave tonight,” Lehman’s defense was led by defensive tackle Carl Ferguson, who recorded a fumble recovery and sack, and junior defensive back Kaleb Priestly, who had two interceptions and a

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What’s the cost of growth? Rapid student population increase strains Hays CISD system BY MOSES LEOS III

Hays CISD ten day enrollment report


ver 19,100 students now call Hays CISD home with more expected to enroll in the coming months, according to the district’s 10-day enrollment report disseminated Sept. 2. As the district continues to expand, officials are now bracing for the district to reach 19,600 students by year’s end, with enrollment possibly surpassing 20,000 by fall 2017. The new enrollment projections present a challenge – to accommodate for the influx of students. Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer, said the district ended the 2015-2016 scool year with roughly 18,800 students, about 20 to 25 more students than was projected. Growth, however, will continue to expand beyond the Labor Day holiday, Savoy said. Such growth was not seen several years ago, when enrollments stabilized after November. But the attractiveness of the Austin region has spurred additional growth, Savoy said. Popularity of the district stems from the relatively affordability of the area, along with the Austin economy. “We don’t stop (growing) in the fall semester anymore,” Savoy said. “We effectively grow all year along. Over the summer, we see larger jumps in enrollment.” That growth brings many challenges when it comes to accommodating the new

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One big ticket item that could be included in the May 2017 bond is a $100 million third high school, which is to be located on FM 967 near Carpenter Hill Elementary School. Other large projects could include two new elementary schools. students. Savoy said it’s a community-wide concern, as it extends not only to campus capacity, but also infrastructure and utilities. Savoy said the district will begin reviewing the situation this October when the Growth Impact Committee prioritizes projects for a May 2017 bond initiative. The GIC manages the needs and the wants for the

district when it comes to bond package items. One big ticket item that could be included in the May 2017 bond is a $100 million third high school, which is to be located on FM 967 near Carpenter Hill Elementary School. Other large projects could include two new elementary schools. Growth also places a strain on student transportation. The district could look

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in this bond package at adding to its fleet of school buses to accommodate for the growth. Repairing and renovating existing facilities, which would follow the district’s facility needs assessment, will also be reviewed. Prioritizing what the district needs, while also making sure the district can afford it, is paramount. The district has a capability to sustain a $250 million bond, without raising its Interest & Sinking (I&S) rate. Savoy said it’s a far cry from the district’s 2014 bond package, which was capped at $70 to $80 million. Increased property values, along with more commercial business in the area, have contributed to the capacity increase. But the district must also be “efficient with what we have,” as there is an added cost to the growth, Savoy said.


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Local state rep to introduce test reform bill in January BY MOSES LEOS III

flexible testing regulations school districts are held to.” Isaac cited specific requirements, including A local state represenidentical statewide exams tative’s quest to reform for elementary and middle standardized testing in schools, but not high Texas is gaining traction, as schools. language within a proposed “The Texas state of mind bill for the 85th Legislative has always favored local Session in 2017 is being control,” Isaac said in the finalized. release. “No Child Left BeState Rep. Jason Isaac hind and ESSA have failed (R-Dripping Springs) is callour students. It’s ing for a bill time for the Lone that would Star State to push “It’s become allow school back at the feddistricts to increasingly eral government’s select any heavy-handed clear that “nationregulations and ally normed allow our locally top-down, standardelected school one-sizeized testing board members system” that the autonomy fits-none meets Texas to select the test curriculum provider that testing standards inbest meets their doesn’t stead of the schools’ and stuState of Texas dents’ needs.” work for Assessments Isaac said he our schools was “pleased” of Academic Readiness with positive or for our (STAAR). feedback he reEarlier this ceived from “not students.” month, Isaac only the district called for I serve, but also – State Rep. reform after from people all Jason Isaac a variety of across the State of issues surTexas.” rounding According to the release, the 2016 STAAR test were several legislators have indiscovered. dicated interest in supportAccording to a press ing Isaac’s new proposed release, Isaac said his bll, which he plans to file legislation would “clearly when the next legislative state” that eligible tests session begins in January. must be nationally normed “It’s become increasand comply with Texas’ ingly clear that top-down, curriculum standards, the one-size-fits-none testTexas Essential Knowledge ing doesn’t work for our and Skills (TEKS). schools or for our stuThe bill would also call dents,” Issac said in the on the Texas Education release. Agency (TEA) to request a Issac said it was “time to waiver from the Every Stuput the ‘independent’ back dent Succeeds Act (ESSA), in ‘independent school the successor of No Child district’”and allow freeLeft Behind. market principles to “deAccording to a release crease costs and increase from Isaac, ESSA is the quality in standardized “souce of many of the intests.”

“It’s the least we can do to support our hard-working students and their families in light of the appalling errors they were forced to put up with during the last administration of STAAR,” Isaac said. As a public school district in Texas, Hays CISD will honor the decisions of the legislature for school districts and accountablilty assessments, Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer, said in an emailed reponse. According to Savoy, some form of standardized testing can be an important component in the accountability formula. “We appreciate Representative Isaac’s interest in the issue and the work he conducts on behalf of our students and teachers,” Savoy said. “We look forward to seeing his completed proposal and the forthcoming discussions in the upcoming legislative session.” But Hays CISD is also working to develop a community-based accountability system that will measure a broader set of parameters, according to Savoy. Those measurements would go beyond a single test or series of tests. Later this month, Hays CISD will host a series of strategic planning summits, including a new accountability system. Savoy said the district wants the community to determine what are the “most important elements in its school district.” “As our district continues its visioning, strategic planning, and communitybased accountability processes, we hope our parents, teachers, employees, and taxpayers will join us in the conversations,” Savoy said.


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Dripping with Taste PHOTO BY PAULINE TOM

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Whether trying out a Texas-made wine, or sampling an assortment of gourmet foods, patrons made their way to Dripping Springs Ranch Park for the 9th annual Dripping With Taste Food and Wine Festival on Saturday, which was sponsored by the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The festival showcased the growing number of local vineyards, breweries, distilleries and gourmet food establishments in the area. The 2016 festival included over 75 vendors.(Browse and buy photos at

Push to build Kyle veterans memorial gains momentum BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ

Plans to construct a veterans memorial in Kyle is gaining traction as the city during it’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget discussion set aside an initial $10,000 for the project. The item is intended as a placeholder in the budget and is meant to spur additional contributions from both public and private entities. Kyle councilman David Wilson proposed the item during budget discussions earlier this month. Wilson said he would like the city to approach the veterans memorial in the same way that the city approached the restoration of the Kyle train depot. The train depot was restored by a combined public and private donation drive and is now run by the Hays County Historical Commission. The old city hall was also restored using the same public-private model and approach. The old city hall is currently mostly used by the Kyle Area Senior Zone, which is a local 501(c)3 charity that provides activities for senior citizens.

“I do not want the city council to be directive on this, other than providing funds that will allow us to initiate the activity and allows us to put together the Veteran of Foreign Wars and AMVETS.” –David Wilson, Kyle City Council member

“I do not want the city council to be directive on this, other than providing funds that will allow us to initiate the activity and allows us to put together the Veteran of Foreign Wars and AMVETS,” Wilson said. Wilson said that a committee would need to be formed that would then use the funds to look at sites, displays and further fund-

ing options. The original amount requested was $25,000, but after deliberations with other council members in open session, the requested amount was brought down to $10,000. The city of Kyle does not have a veterans memorial, and Wilson said that it’s time to “do our veterans right” and get a memorial built in the city. Buda has a memorial that Wilson believes cost about $50,000 to build. It was a public-private endeavour that was led by the Boy Scouts in Buda. There are ongoing maintenance landscaping and other costs associated with the memorial, but the Kyle/ Buda VFW maintains the flagpole and is in charge of displaying the flag as appropriate. Kyle’s potential veterans memorial committee would then advise the city council on ways to honor local veterans. Members would also discuss the best and most appropriate ways to provide a history lesson for the children in our schools in a graphic form or in remembrance of the price that people have paid, Wilson said.


The veterans memorial in Buda was funded by both givernment and private entities. The city of Kyle is looking to fund a memorial the same way.

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id you open your recent envelope from realtor Penny Moulder? If not, you missed the Loving Mountain City flier which Penny, LMC Coordinator, mailed as a courtesy. This column recaps the details. Fire & Ice, our biggest social event of the year, is Oct. 8, 4-9 p.m. Friends and family are invited. This follows Tuesday, Oct. 4, National Night Out, where neighbors meet one another and local law enforcement and firefighters at the Smiths, 116 Cedar. Details forthcoming. For Fire & Ice, bring your own blanket, chairs and beverages. For free, you may set up a shade canopy between 3– 4 p.m. Our very own “Island Texas” plays and we dance the night away. For the kids, there’s a new LOW price for unlimited access to bounce house, etc. – five dollars! There’s no entry fee for the 4-5 p.m. Fire and Ice Tasteoff. Register by Oct. 1. Chop your peppers and get your rock salt ready. Each attendee is eligible to cast one vote for “fire” and one vote for “ice.” From 4-7 p.m., shop local. For those selling, until Oct.1 ground space for a booth is available. Nothing is provided. Reserve space by emailing or contacting Penny Moulder, (201) 573-8195. Picnic with neighbors and friends at the festival. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available while the limited supply lasts.


Record casualties for Texas rebs at Antietam T exans died in record numbers on Sep. 17, 1862 at the Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg, bloodiest of the Civil War. Never one to rest on his laurels, Gen. Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland six days after winning the rematch at Bull Run. His objectives, endorsed by President Jefferson Davis, were to bring the border state into the Confederacy and the enemy, whose morale was at an all-time low, to the bargaining table. The Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac on Sep. 5, 1862 and bivouacked two days later at Frederick. Believing he was safe from attack, Lee sent Stonewall Jackson southeast to Harpers Ferry, James Longstreet northwest to Boonsboro and D.H. Hill to the rear to protect the wagon and artillery trains. However, rather than let the Bull Run losers leisurely lick their wounds, Major General George B. Mc-

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Clellan quickly whipped the sad sacks into fighting shape. Showing rare resolve, he marched on Maryland with an army 90,000 strong. Following a minor run-in on Sep. 12 with the Rebel rear guard, a Union private found three cigars at a vacant campsite. Wrapped around the stogies was a copy of Lee’s secret order splitting his forces, a chance discovery that caused “Little Mac” to rejoice, “Here is a paper with which if I cannot whip Bobbie Lee, I will be willing to go home.” But his usual caution canceled McClellan’s advantage. He jumped to the incorrect conclusion that Longstreet had returned, when in reality

he did not arrive until the night of the 14th. While his opponent procrastinated, Lee regrouped near the town of Sharpsburg west of Antietam Creek. At sunrise on the 17th, thirty thousand Grays faced twice as many Blues along a three-mile front. (Lee would utilize his 15,000 reserves, but miserly McClellan insisted upon saving a third of his troops for a rainy day.) An artillery overture preceded a charge by northern foot soldiers, whose ranks were rapidly thinned by southern sharpshooters. At half past six, North Carolinians, Mississippians and Alabamans screaming at the top of their lungs rushed forward to meet the Union wave in a cornfield. Hot on their heels was the Texas Brigade made up of the First, Fourth and Fifth Texas regiments plus the 18th Georgia infantry and Wade Hampton’s South Carolina Legion.

At sunrise on the 17th, thirty thousand Grays faced twice as many Blues along a three-mile front. (Lee would utilize his 15,000 reserves, but miserly McClellan insisted upon saving a third of his troops for a rainy day.)

Halfway through the sea of swaying stalks, the leading Dixie defenders came to a sudden and unexpected halt. The Fourth Texas regiment would have overrun the 11th Mississippi had not Lt. Col. B.F. Carter ordered everybody to hit the dirt. Lt. Col. W.H. Sellers directed the Fifth Texas to do the same, and both officers instructed their men to hold their fire pending positive identification of their targets. Meanwhile, the First Texas, 18th Georgia and Hampton’s Legion raced through the clover below the cornfield. Shooting on the run, they drove the

survivors of the Second and Sixth Wisconsin into the tall corn. By seven o’clock, those Federals still alive had “scattered like quail.” Most units were in as bad or even worse shape than the 12th Massachusetts, which left 224 of its 325man complement on the battlefield. As the Confederate charge slowed to a crawl, Hampton’s Legion was surprised by a devastating volley. Brigadier General John Bell Hood sent the First Texas to the rescue, but Lt. Col. P.A. Work lost contact with his warriors as soon as they stepped

into the corn. On the opposite end of the field, a Union battery was primed for a pointblank barrage. When the last retreating Yankee scampered past, the four cannons roared in unison scoring a direct and deadly hit on the First Texas. Fresh northern troops counterattacked in a reckless attempt to retake the cornfield. Battered but not beaten, the First Texas practically obliterated the Ninth Pennsylvania with a ferocious fusillade. Although the Texans silenced the quartet of cannon which had done them such dire damage, they were under constant fire from three sides. The color bearer fell, and Work watched six comrades risk their lives for the beloved banner. The flag fluttered briefly over the corn before vanishing in the dense smoke, and a Massachusetts corporal later


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Throwing shade with native oaks


y favorite shade trees of all time are the oaks. Planted and watered properly, young trees will grow fast and can dramatically enhance our landscapes. Apart from their beauty, there is a practical consideration too. If you plant them in the right place, shade trees will cool off the air around your home and help offset costly utility bills. We have two native Texas oaks that are considered evergreen: the live oak and the Mexican white oak. Both hold their foliage throughout the winter months, but then shed their leaves around the end of February-early March. Spring growth follows in 2 to 3 weeks.  Evergreen oaks are also highly effective as windbreaks and privacy screens. In addition, when planted on the east, south, and west sides of a house, they’ll provide you with winter shade.  On the Texas Superstars list and one of my favorite Texas native shade trees is the Chinquapin oak. What makes this deciduous shade tree so wonderful is its uncommon appearance. The leaves can be 6 to 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. The leaf color is deep green on top with a whitish underside. Unlike the smooth leaf of the live oak, the Chinquapin’s leaves are toothed or serrated. Sometimes we call it the ‘Saw Tooth Oak.’ This magnificent shade tree fits so well with the central Texas climate. It loves the heat and does well in our alkaline soil. It’s very drought resistant and has few problems with insects and disease pests. Plant your Chinquapin on a well-drained location in full sun or just a little shade. With infrequent, deep water-

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ings, this beauty can grow moderately fast, reaching an average height of 40 feet with an equal spread. Chinquapin’s fall color is yellow to bronze, making it at top choice for fall color in the landscape. Their small acorns are loved by birds, squirrels, deer, and wild turkeys. For fall color, the Shumards (commonly known as the Texas red oak) are hard to beat. They carry their brilliant red/orange fall colors throughout November and December, and late trees can hold these colors even into January. The stately Bur oak sheds its big leaves without fall color change.  However during the winter months you can enjoy the stark beauty of their bark and branching structure.. Considered slow growing, the oaks have often been overlooked by homeowners and property developers in their quest for fast growing shade trees. People have often made the mistake of choosing soft-wooded trees like Arizona ash, only to find a few years later that they are short lived and expensive to remove.  The oaks, however, when planted properly and watered on a regular basis, can grow as much as 3 feet a year in height and width. That’s fifteen feet in five years. Now that’s shade!. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or mail a postcard to It’s About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748

OBITUARY ALDERETE Mary Alice Urias Alderete was born in Fort Stockton on Sept. 7, 1938, to Manuel and Alvina Urias. She graduated from Ector High School, class of 1959. She went on to marry her lifetime sweetheart Armando Martinez Alderete. Together they had three children, Rebecca A. Mendoza of San Antonio, Rosemary Alderete of Austin and Armando Alderete Jr. She was employed for many years at Artcarved, nanny to Katie, and crossing guard for the AISD. She enjoyed spending time with family and assisted

in raising many of her grandchildren. She was blessed with many grandchildren: Moses Moreno, Joshua Alderete, Marina Helms, Armando Alderete III, Pete Mendoza III, Matthew Holleran Jr., Daniel Paul Mendoza, Luke Holleran and Andrew Holleran. She was blessed with great-grandchildren Ualani, Adreana, Aliyah, Cade, Mando, Nathanial, Areana, Keanu, Uriah, Adam, Alexander, Scarlett, and Jayce. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother. She previously fought breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. Her third battle was the hardest - she fought hard against pancreatic cancer, stage 4. On Sept. 3, 2016 she lost the battle. Her beautiful smile will be missed “Smiling Alice”.


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Continued from pg. 1C counted 13 dead Rebs within arm’s reach of the colors. Lee thought long and hard about fighting a second round the next day but ultimately elected to withdraw much to the relief of his staff. As for McClellan, he was more than happy to let the Confederates make a clean and uncontested getaway. When the bloodiest day of the Civil War was over, 12,410 Yankees and 11,172 Rebels were dead, wounded, captured or missing. The appalling 64 percent casualty rate for the Texas Brigade, double that of the Confederate contingent as a whole, was primarily the

result of the record losses suffered by the First Texas. Of the 226 Lone Star volunteers Lt. Col. Work led into the Maryland meat-grinder, only 40 emerged unscathed. The 82 percent casualty rate of the First Texas at Antietam/Sharpsburg was the highest of any regiment North or South in the entire war.

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New leaders for Buda 4-H

On Aug. 16, the 2016-2017 Buda 4-H Club officers were sworn in to their new officer roles. The students will serve a one-year term of planning and leading the 4-H meetings, as well as participating in various community service projects and fundraising events. In addition, most students raise and show animals for livestock shows and are active in many other programs. The Buda 4-H Club meets the second Tuesday of every month from September-May at 7 p.m. at the Buda VoAg Complex, 2801 Jack C Hays Trail.  Senior officers include (back row, left to right) Kaleb Clark-historian, Tori Clark-treasurer, Kaleb Covarrubias-council delegate, Evan Speckman-secretary, Hunter Savage-Pierce - council delegate, Ainsley Farmer- third vice president, Hayden Lugo-reporter, Konleigh Eben-second vice president, Makenna Hawkins-president, Carleigh Funk-first vice president. Not pictured is Joshua Ewald-parliamentarian. Front row (left to right) are junior officers Matt Bridges, Madyson Clark, Annie North, Mikayla Verver, Morgan Hernandez, and Anistyn Hill.

Come worship with us



203 Railroad Street Downtown Buda Pharmacy 312-2111 Fountain 312-2172

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

Your Hometown McDonald’s

McDonald’s of Buda

15359 IH-35, Ste. B P.O. Box 1364, Buda, TX 78610 512-312-2383 Locally owned and operated by Jimmy and Cindi Ferguson

Manchaca Baptist Church Lowden Lane & FM 1626 Immanuel Baptist Church 4000 E. FM 150, 4 miles east of Kyle Center Union Baptist Church Goforth Rd., Buda


St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church 725 RR 967, Buda

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

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church 11819 IH-35 South JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Completed & Perfected Faith Church Tobias Elementary Cafeteria, FM 150, Kyle

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


Primera Mision Bautista Mexicana Kyle

Redeeming Grace Lutheran LCMS FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd., Manchaca

2325 FM 967 • 312-0701

Baptist Church of Driftwood 13540 FM 150 W.

St. John Lutheran, LCMS 20 N. Camino Real (State Hwy. 21), Uhland

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St. Michael’s Catholic Church S. Old Spanish Trail, Uhland



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

Services Sun. 11:00 a.m. Wed. 7:30 p.m.

Call or Text 512.393.4460

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uel Baptist Church n a m Im 4000 East FM 150 (4 miles east of Kyle) (512) 268-5471

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


Fellowship Church at Plum Creek 160 Grace Street at 2770, Kyle

Friendly, Courteous Service

Trinity United Chuch of Niederwald 13700 Camino Real, Hwy. 21, Niederwald PENTECOSTAL Mision de Casa de Oracion S. Hwy. 81, Kyle New Life Sanctuary Kyle Science Hall Elementary 1510 Bebee Rd.

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

Driftwood United Methodist Church RR 150 at County Road 170

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


Hays Hills

CONFESSION Saturdays: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

OFFICE HOURS Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday evening: 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. (Spanish), 11 a.m. (English) 5 p.m. (English)

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Baptist Church

Adult, teen, children’s classes • Children’s worship Professionally-staffed nursery & pre-school


8:30 a.m. Traditional service 9:45 a.m. Contemporary service 11:00 a.m. Blended service

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

Call 1-866-691-2369

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

Privately owned From local springs

A Fountain of Life Church 302 Millenium Dr. Kyle

Buda-Kyle Church of Christ 3.5 miles south of Buda on FM 2770

*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.

Pure Texas Spring Water!

Vertical Chapel 801 FM 1626 (Elm Grove Elem.), Buda

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

Elm Street & San Marcos

FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801

Por Tu Gracia Fellowship 701 Roland Lane, Kyle


Buda United Methodist Church


New Covenant Community Church 1019 Main Street, Buda (in Dance Unlimited)


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

Antioch Community Church Old Black Colony Rd., Buda

9:00am 10:00am 6:00pm 7:00pm

Wednesday  1401 N. FM 1626

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Thursday Evening Bible Study, 5:30 p.m. & Open Communion

Highway 21, Uhland

Pastor: Rev. David Goeke 210-635-8584 • 20 N. Camino Real (State Hwy. 21) • Uhland, Texas 78640

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 •



of Uhland , LCMS Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m. Church Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30 a.m.

Bible Class Worship Worship Bible Class

Science Hall Elementary, 1510 Bebee Road. Pastor J.D. Elshoff 512-638-6312

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Southeast Baptist Church 5020 Turnersville Rd • Creedmoor, TX 512-243-2837

Sunday Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. Worship: 11:00 a.m. WEdnESday Pray & Devotion: 6:30 p.m.





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St. Anthony’s Fiesta

Enjoy a weekend of food, live music, fun and games at the annual St. Anthony Catholic Church Fiesta Sept. 16-17 at 801 N. Burleson St. in Kyle. Grounds open at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information visit

Hands and Paws for a Cause

Come out to Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this

Pet Parade and Fair benefitting the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. Enjoy a day of costume contests, petting zoos, food vendors and family fun. For more information contact HCWCHandsandPaws@gmail. com or Michelle Syltie at 512-645-9923.

Fried Chicken Dinner

On Saturday, Sept. 24, come on out to the Claiborne Kyle Log House for our annual Fried Chicken Dinner. The event runs from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This annual event is a fundraiser for the house, to pay for upkeep and and repairs.

Classes, meetings and local events can be found on the calendar at Email event submissions to


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Come out to Buda City Park Sept. 23 and 24 for the 3rd annual Fajita Fiesta. This free event offers something for all ages, including live music, vendors and the best fajitas around. If you are interested in being a cook-off contestant or a vendor contact the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce at (512) 295-9999 or info@


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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Texas Heroes Day & Texian Navy Day

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational series designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a loved one or friend. Caregivers develop self-care tools to reduce stress and communicate their needs while making tough care-giving decisions. Registration is required and class size limited. Classes will be held at Chapel in the Hills in Wimberley on Tuesdays from Sept. 27- Nov. 1. 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 more info contact Linda Germain, volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas, at 512 924-3661.

Fly a Texas flag Sunday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 to honor Texas Heroes Day & Texian Navy Day. Honor the heroes who resisted the Mexican invasions of 1842, the Mier Expedition and the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution, which occurred near Velasco. Sponsored by the Moon-McGehee Chapter, Daughters of The Republic of Texas, in keeping with its dedication to the preservation and education of Texas History.


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Montage: Fire and Ice and holiday fun Continued from pg. 1C

The flip side of the Loving Mountain City flier details Holiday Fun plans. Many Mountain Cityians provide holiday delights, starting Thanksgiving weekend, with decorated houses and lawns. Many devote hours in November (even October) preparing and placing their displays for December-long splendor and fun. Now is not too soon to hit the sales on holiday décor. The deadline for

substantial completion of Holiday Décor (so “the best” can be recognized with yard signs and the route for Tour de Lights Hayride can be mapped) is 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Scouts will collect addresses on Sunday and Monday evening, and Mountain Cityians will select favorites through a ballot that weekend, starting Dec. 9. This year, “Old enough for email. Old enough to vote.” The next weekend, Fri-

day, Dec. 16, Santa arrives at City Hall at 6 p.m. The Tour de Lights Hayride will pull away about 7 p.m. Back to the present, Queen butterflies by the hundreds and caterpillars by the dozens held me captive on Monday. So glorious. Such a beautiful and vivid picture to me of new life in Christ. A small investment in Butterfly Weed and Blue Mistflower paid big dividends this year. I hoped to sneak in,

past my deadline, word of the Council’s decision on a trash service provider. Three bids were in hand time for the Monday night council meeting. But, they’re thick. Decision time is postponed to a special meeting next Monday, Sept.19, at 6 p.m. Montage’s deadline is Monday noon. Please send tidbits as soon as feasible. (subject: Tidbit) or 512 268 5678. Thanks! Love, Pauline

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The Best of Buda and Kyle

The Hays Free Press staff recently set out to find out who has the best of what when it comes to food and libations in the Buda and Kyle areas. We asked Hays Free Press and Hays County Echo readers what their choices were and 500-plus readers responded. Here is a list of the results along with photos of the proud recipients of the first place honors. For more information on our runners up, see the September issue of the Hays County Echo. It can be found online at

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In accordance with the Development Corporation Act, Sections 505.159 and 505.160 of the Texas Local Government Code, a public hearing will be held by the Buda Economic Development Corporation, a Type B economic development corporation, on September 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm, at the Buda City Hall – Conference Room located at 121 Main Street, Buda, Texas, to solicit input prior to expending funds in support of the following project: to provide an additional financial incentive not to exceed $250,000, which is in addition to the $200,000 in financial incentives discussed at the public hearing held on September 19, 2016, to Project Bourbon, for economic development purposes, being assistance with the construction costs, including the construction of water line to serve the project and additional businesses, and the installation of sprinkler system improvements and upgrading/renovations of a building located in the City of Buda, which will house a manufacturing and bottling facility for a distillery company and the possible future location of a tasting room to be located within the

It is requested that you make your views known, either in person or by writingThe public NOTICE IS HEREBY ALL hearing will be GIVEN held byTOthe Board of to the Buda Economic INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT: Development Corporation. Adjustment on Monday, October 3, 2016, at 6:30 Notice posted at the Buda City of Kyle shall hold a public hearing on a request P.M. The Economic Development by BioLife Plasma Services, tenant, representing SCC Kyle office and Buda City Hall, Partners, owner, on property located at 906 Seton Parkway September 12, 2016. for a variancepersons to Chapterare 53, Section 33(n)(3) Maximum All interested encouraged to attend the Ann Miller, Executive Parking, of the City of Kyle Code of Ordinances. Director publicThehearing and express their opinions on the Buda Economic public hearing will be held by the Board of Development Corporationvariance request. Adjustment on Monday, October 3, 2016, at 6:30 P.M.


All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public and express their opinions on the variance request. Kyle hearing Council Chambers

Hays CISD is Requesting KyleCenter Council St., Chambers 100 W. Kyle, Texas Qualifications for RFQ 100 W. Center St., Kyle, Texas #25-091702MS 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.


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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

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Public Notices, from page 2D NOTICE OF TAX RATE

The Caldwell-Hays ESD 1 will hold a meeting at 6:00 PM on September 27, 2016 at CTFR Station 3, 9835 FM 1854, Lytton Springs, TX to consider adopting a proposed tax rate for tax year 2016. The proposed tax rate is 0.100000 per $100 of value. The proposed tax rate would increase total taxes in Caldwell-Hays ESD 1 by 4.058273 percent.


Notice is hereby given that the original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Joan Evans Everett were issued on August 22, 2016 in Docket No. 14-0257-P pending in the County Court at Law of Hays County, Texas to J. Mark Everett. Claims against this Estate should be addressed in care of the Executor's attorney, whose name is set forth below. The address to which claims against this Estate may be presented is: J. Mark Everett, Attorney at Law 1122 Colorado Street, Suite 1705 Austin, Texas 78701 All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law.


Cause Number 16-0242-P On the 22 day of August, 2016, Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of TERESA MAXINE SHIRLEY, Deceased, were issued to URSULA NANETTE DeGHELDER, Independent Executrix by the County Court at Law # 2 of Hays County, Texas, in cause number 16-0242-P pending upon the docket of said Court. All persons having claims against said Estate are hereby required to present them within the time prescribed by law at the address shown below. The name where claims may be sent is: Steven G. Marget, Attorney at Law, whose address is 2465 S. Kirkwood, City: Houston, State: TX Zip:77077,Telephone: 281-556-3155 Fax: 281496-7920, TX Bar Number: 12976850, Signature: /s/ Steven G. Marget


Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Ernest F. Anderson, Deceased, were issued on June 28th, 2016 under Docket No. 16-0179-P, pending in the Hays County Court at Law No. 2 of Hays County, Texas, to Fredda Anderson. Claims may be presented to the Independent Executor, addressed as follows: Independent Executor, Estate of Ernest F. Anderson, 219 Fairview Rd. San Marcos Texas 78666 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 7, 2016.


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 a.m. Sa elf Storage is located at 1602 Goforth Road, Kyle, Texas 78640. The property in the storage unit(s) listed under tenants’ 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


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 1-800-423-6246. To view information about your rights in this proceeding, go to aspx. DATED this 23RD day of August, 2016 by PEGGY PIWONSKI, Deputy County Clerk


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 PKWY SELF STORAGE 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.


STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF HAYS By virtue of an First Order of Sale issued out of the 22nd District Court of Hays County, Texas, on a judgment rendered in favor of Silverado Homeowners Association, Inc. against Donna Speegle in Cause No. 14-1473, I did on the 3rd day of August, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., levy on the following described tract of land in Kyle, Hays County, Texas, as the property of Defendant, Donna Speegle: Lot 1, Block C, Silverado at Plum Creek Section 1A, a subdivision in Hays County, Texas, according to the map or plat thereof filed in Volume 10, Pages 183 of the Plat Records of Hays County, Texas. Locally known as 100 Colt Loop, Kyle, Texas 78640. On October 4, 2016, the first Tuesday of the month, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at approximately 10:00 a.m., at the main entrance door of the Hays County Government Center located at 712 S. Stagecoach Trail San Marcos, Texas 78666, I will offer for sale and sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash in hand, all the right, title, and interest of the Defendant in the property. Dated August 3, 2016. JAMES H. KOHLER Constable Pct. 2 Hays County, Texas By: C. Verastegui, Deputy



APPLICATION Texas Landfill Management, L.L.C., has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for issuance of Air Quality Permit Number 142331L001, which would authorize construction of a Portable Crushing Operation located at 3016 Farm-to-Market Road 1327, Creedmoor, Travis County, Texas 78610. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility's general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. index.html?lat=30.106948&lng=-97.763043&zoom=13&type=r. The facility will emit the following contaminants: organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hazardous air pollutants, and particulate matter including particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less. This application was submitted to the TCEQ on August 9, 2016. The application will be available for viewing and copying at the TCEQ central office, the TCEQ Austin regional office, and the City of Creedmoor Government Offices, 5008 Hartung Lane, Creedmoor, Travis County, Texas, beginning the first day of publication of this notice. The facility’s compliance file, if any exists, is available for public review in the Austin regional office of the TCEQ. The executive director has determined the application is administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application. PUBLIC COMMENT/PUBLIC MEETING You may submit public comments, a request for a public meeting, or request a contested case hearing to the Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. The TCEQ will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application. The deadline to submit public comments is 30 days after newspaper notice is published. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comments or ask questions about the application. A public meeting about the application will be held if the executive director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. If only comments are received on the application, the response to comments, along with notice of the executive director’s action on the application, will be mailed to everyone who submitted comments or is on the mailing list for this application. The executive director will complete the technical review, issue a preliminary decision on the application, and a Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision will be published and mailed to those who are on the mailing list for this application. That notice will contain the final deadline for submitting public comments. If a hearing request is timely filed in Response to this Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Air Permit, the time period for requesting a contested case hearing will be extended to thirty days after the mailing of the executive director’s response to comments. After the final deadline for public comments following the Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision, the executive director will consider the comments and prepare a response to all relevant and material, or significant public comments. If comments are received, the response to comments, along with the executive director’s decision on the application, will then be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments or is on a mailing list for this application. OPPORTUNITY FOR A CONTESTED CASE HEARING You may request a contested case hearing. A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in state district court. A contested case hearing will only be granted based on disputed issues of fact that are relevant and material to the Commission’s decisions on the application. Further, the Commission will only grant a hearing on issues submitted by you or others during the public comment period and not withdrawn. A person who may be affected by emissions of air contaminants from the facility is entitled to request a hearing. If requesting a contested case hearing, you must submit the following: (1) your name (or for a group or association, an official representative), mailing address, daytime phone number; (2) applicant’s name and permit number; (3) the statement “[I/we] request a contested case hearing”; (4) a specific description of how you would be adversely affected by the application and air emissions from the facility in a way not common to the general public; (5) the location and distance of your property relative to the facility; (6) a description of how you use the property which may be impacted by the facility; and (7) a list of all disputed issues of fact that you submit during the comment period. If the request is made by a group or an association, one or more members who have standing to request a hearing must be identified by name and physical address. The interests which the group or association seeks to protect must also be identified. You may also submit your proposed adjustments to the application/permit which would satisfy your concerns. Following the close of all applicable comment and request periods, the Executive Director will forward the application and any requests for contested case hearing to the Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting. The Commission may only grant a request for a contested case hearing on issues the requestor submitted in their timely comments that were not subsequently withdrawn. If a hearing is granted, the subject of a hearing will be limited to disputed issues of fact or mixed questions of fact and law relating to relevant and material air quality concerns submitted during the comment period. Issues such as property values, noise, traffic safety, and zoning are outside of the Commission’s jurisdiction to address in this proceeding. MAILING LIST In addition to submitting public comments, you may ask to be placed on a mailing list to receive future public notices for this specific application mailed by the Office of the Chief Clerk by sending a written request to the Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at html, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. If you communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the Public Education Program toll free at 1 800 687 4040. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. Further information may also be obtained from Texas Landfill Management, L.L.C., P.O. Box 17126, Austin, Texas 78760-7126 or by calling Mr. Paul Gregory, Business Development Specialist, at (512) 421-1300 Notice Issuance Date: August 26, 2016









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