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Taxes to go up due to CAD values

Semi-pro basketball comes to Kyle

The following entities in Hays County have recently adopted new tax rates. Hays County and the city of Kyle’s tax rates have gone down while some rates have gone up slightly and some have stayed the same. However, with increased appraised home values, residents will probably still be seeing larger tax bills in general. Below are the newly adopted rates for some of the larger taxing entities in Hays County. Monthly tax bills are based on the average taxable value of a residence homesteads in each entity.


With a red, white and blue basketball in hand, John Hollmon (right) prepares to drive the lane against an opponent in an exhibition match for the recently formed Kyle Stallions semi-professional basketball team. The Stallions, which is run by General Manager Geoff Harner, will begin its inaugural season in the American Basketball Association (ABA) in November.

Refinement of design plans for an improvement to Main Street was one of several updates given to the Buda City Council earlier this month on the status of projects under Propositions 3 and 4 of the 2014 Bond. City Engineer John Nett gave a brief report to council members Sept. 20 on the current state of projects in Propositions 3 and 4, which involve streets and drainage, respectively. Engineering firm HDR, Inc. will be taking on projects under both propositions, Nett said. For Proposition 3, Nett updated the council on improvements to four streets in town – Main Street, RM 967, San Antonio Road and Old Goforth Road.


Kyle FY 2016 TAX RATE – .5848

Average taxable value (FY 16) – $164,822 Average monthly tax bill (FY 16) – $80.32

FY 2017 TAX RATE – .5748

Average taxable value (FY 17) – $170,247 Average monthly tax bill (FY 17) – $81.54

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FY 2016 TAX RATE – .4670

• Refining design and costs for segments 1, 2 and 3 • Received bond counsel opinion regarding inclusion of segment 5-Cabela’s Drive connector • Met with Page and Klotz on Sept. 15 to coordinate Main Street design and municipal facilities site design


• Progressing from 60% to 100% design • Met with franchise utilities and Public Works on September 13 to evaluate utility conflicts


• Progressing from 60% to 100% design • Met with franchise utilities and Public Works on September 13 to evaluate utility conflicts


• Progressing from 60% to 100% design • Met with franchise utilities and Public Works on September 13 to evaluate utility conflicts

• June 2015- Selected Design Consultant • August 2015- Began Preliminary Engineering Phase • February 2016- Completed Engineering Study • July 2016- Delivered Draft Final Preliminary Engineering Report • September 2016- Conducting Drainage Stakeholders Meetings • October 2016- Presentation of Final PER to City Council • Late Spring 2017- Complete Construction Plans and Specifications and Bid projects • Summer 2017- Estimated Construction Start

According to Nett’s presentation, the Buda Bond Committee also gave counsel to staff regarding the inclusion of the Cabela’s connector in the Main Street improvement plan.

Average taxable value in FY 16 – $196,904 Average monthly bill in FY 16 – $76.62

FY 2017 TAX RATE – .4600

Average taxable value in FY 17 – $206,317 Average monthly bill in FY 17 – $79.08

Buda FY 2016 TAX RATE – .3475

Average taxable value (FY 16) – $217,367 Average monthly tax bill (FY 16) – $62.94

FY 2017 TAX RATE – .3704

Average taxable value (FY 17) – $223,454 Average monthly tax bill (FY 17) – $68.97

Hays Co. ESD 5 FY 2016 RATE – .1000

Average taxable value in FY 16 – $141,422 Average monthly bill in FY 17 – $11.78

FY 2017 RATE – .1000

COMING UP Sacred Springs Pow Wow

This annual celebration of the Native American culture has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years. Native dancers from across Texas gather at the Sacred Springs in San Marcos dressed in beautiful, handcrafted regalia. Come out to the Meadows Center Oct. 8 and watch the dancers, participate in the intertribal dances, and enjoy the booths that offer authentic arts and food.

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TAX RATE IN FY 2017 – $1.53

Average taxable value in FY 17 – $152,857 Average monthly tax bill – $195.87

BUDA BOND PROJECTS UPDATE Design improvements to be refined

Average taxable value in FY 16 – $138,332 Average monthly tax bill in FY 16 – $177.26

Voter registration ends Oct. 11

Time is running out for those who have not yet registered to vote for the Nov. 8 Election. Monday, Oct. 11 is the last day voters can submit their registration in time to cast a ballot on Election Day. According to the Hays County Elections website, residents who wish to vote in Hays County must be a U.S. Citizen, a resident of Hays County and must not be a convicted felon or mentally incapacitated. Prospective voters can obtain their voters registration form online at and mail their form to Hays County Voter Registrar, 712 S. Stagecoach TRL, Suite 1045 San Marcos, TX 78666.

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Average taxable value – $153,758 Average monthly bill – $12.81

Hays Co. ESD 8 FY 2016 RATE – .1000

Average taxable value in FY 16 – $202,647 Average monthly tax bill in FY 16 – $16.88

FY 2017 RATE – .1000

Average taxable value in FY 17– $218,875 Average monthly tax bill in FY 17 – $18.24

Hays Co. ESD 2 FY 2016 RATE – .0050

Average taxable value in FY 16 – $202,647 Average monthly bill in FY 16 – $8.44

FY 2017 RATE – .0050

Average taxable value in FY 17 – $218,875 Average monthly bill in FY 17 – $9.12

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Tax cap coming for seniors, disabled Hays Co. residents STAFF REPORT

A permanent measure enacted by the Hays County Commissioners last month will give disabled residents and those 65 years old or older the ability to cap their county taxes starting in 2017. The action, however, applies only to Hays County taxes and doesn’t apply to municipality, school, emergency service and special district-levied taxes. According to a Hays County press release, the tax cap cannot be revoked by future commissioners courts. However, improvements made to a home, such as installation of a room or swimming pool, could incur tax increases. “I think our County Commissioners Court and previous Courts truly understand and want to continue to do all we can to minimize the impact of taxes on

“I agree with the concept of what we’re doing, but it gives me pause that we can’t revoke it. Our older population may grow due to our medical facilities.� –Mark Jones, Pct. 2 commissioner

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all our citizens,� Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe said.

But Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, who voted against the measure, was concerned about the permanence of the court’s action. “I agree with the concept of what we’re doing, but it gives me pause that we can’t revoke it. Our older population may grow due to our medical facilities,� Jones said, citing concerns that young families may have to pick up more of a tax burden.

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Jail calls lead to more arrests in laundering case BY MOSES LEOS III

A Houston woman was arrested last month on a warrant stemming from her alleged role in transporting and selling stolen goods to help a man accused of theft bond out of jail. Priscilla Rendon, 22, of Houston, was booked into the Hays County Jail Sept. 30 on a charge of money laundering, which is a state jail felony. According to a Hays County arrest warrant magistrated by Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith, the San Marcos Police Department had conducted an investigation involving “numerous� thefts from the San Marcos Outlet Mall in mid-July. The investigation centered on a group of “several people� who were suspected of stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise, along with a Maroon Nissan Maxima. San Marcos Police saw a vehicle matching the car’s description at the outlet mall, with the vehicle leaving the area at approximately 100 miles per hour. Officers conducted a traffic stop and allegedly found two pairs of wire cutters, a license plate, white bags stamped with Goodwill Industries and seven Polo brand shirts with security tags attached. Authorities also found a hammer drill. Authorities arrested Alberto Esquivel, 32, of Corpus Christi, who had three active warrants for theft with two or more convictions. They released Rendon and Armando Esquivel, 32, of Houston, pending an investigation. But according to the affidavit, Alberto, while at the Hays County Jail, allegedly made “several recorded phone calls pertinent to the investigation�, where he contacted Armando, Rendon and two other women. Rendon allegedly informed Alberto that she notified one of the two women there were “buyers� for roughly $10,000 in stolen Salvatore Ferragamo purses. Alberto allegedly told

Alberto, while at the Hays County Jail, allegedly made “several recorded phone calls pertinent to the investigation,� where he contacted Armando, Rendon and two other women. Rendon that he needed $4,500 to get out of jail and told her to collect money “from people that owe him.� Armando allegedly asked her if she had transported the purses to another location. He then instructed Rendon to tell Armando to lend him the money from the sale of the stolen goods and he would pay them back. In a separate series of calls, Alberto talked to Armando about people who owe him money and sale of polo shirts. Armando said he had $3,700 and was going to give Alberto $1,300. According to the affidavit, Armando allegedly gave Rendon $100 to “put on Alberto’s books,� according to the affidavit. They also allegedly talked about the sale of the purses, which came out to only $2,600. Armando allegedly said they gave Rendon “the rest of the shirts so she could sell them and get the rest of the money.� Alberto was bonded from jail on July 28 after Rendon wired money to the two women to post bail. Shortly after leaving the jail, Armando was stopped by the Texas Highway Patrol for a warrant related to the purse thefts. He was released Aug. 1 on $40,000 bond. Rendon is being held in the Hays County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Pct. 3 Commissioner applicant must meet the Will Conley said the definition of disabled cap is “one of the only for the purpose of tools� the county has receiving disability to place permanent insurance benefits restrictions on local under the Federal taxes. Conley said the Old-Age, Survivors and cap was the “right thing Disability Insurance Act. to do� and that the court A person who wanted to give retirees qualifies as both age 65 and the disabled “a or older and disabled sense of certainty and does not qualify for stabilization for their both, but must choose lives.� which exemption to “This will benefit the claim. most people and keep If a person who our senior citizens and qualifies for the disabled citizens from exemption sells his or bearing the full burden her homestead and of taxation,� Judge purchases another in Bert Cobb said in a the county, the person statement. can receive a tax ceiling Pct. 4 Commissioner certificate for the new Ray Whisenant said homestead. those who receive If the age 65 or older the exemption would homeowner dies, the have stability for their surviving spouse may financial planning. continue to receive the “You don’t have the local option exemption flexibility of income if the surviving spouse you had when you were is age 55 or older at the younger,� Whisenant time of death, lives in said. and owns the home According to the and applies for the release, to qualify as exemption, and does Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation a disabled person, an not remarry.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “I’m pretty confident that the Buda Cabela’s location will remain open for at least the remaining 12 years of the bond repayment.”

–Todd Ruge, Buda mayor, on merger of Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop. See story, page 1D.

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A crisis in civics education W

hat do you mean Judge Judy is not a U.S. Supreme Court justice?” “Ah, yes, you speak of a recent survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni's 'A Crisis in Civic Education.' ACTA found that a high percentage of college graduates are ignorant of the basic principles of our republic.” “I'm not ignorant. Try me.” “What's the process for amending the U.S. Constitution and how is an amendment is ratified?” “That's easy. The president amends the Constitution with a red pen and ratifies his changes by telling government bureaucrats to write new rules and regulations. At least that's how President Obama seems to do it.” “Sorry, but the answer is in Article V of our Constitution. Amendments may be proposed by the Congress, when twothirds of both the House and the Senate “deem it necessary,” or by a convention of states called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.” “I knew that. I was just checking to see that you did. What about ratification?” “Well, to become a part of the U.S. Constitution, the amendment must be ratified by either the legislatures of threefourths of our states, with each having equal voting weight, or by ratifying conventions in three-fourths of our states. The Congress decides which of the two ratification processes to follow.” “Whatever. With everybody shouting at each other these days, there's no way we'll ever get two-thirds of our politicians to agree on anything.” “The rancor in our politics is concerning, but what is more concerning is how little college-educated Americans know about their government. Fewer than half of college graduates knew that presidential impeachments are tried before the Senate.” “The Senate? You mean Judge Judy doesn't oversee impeachments, either?” “Another worrisome finding of the survey was that almost 40 percent of college graduates did not know in our system of government only the Congress has the power to declare war.” “You can't fault me for not knowing that one, when our last three or four presidents didn't

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seem to know it, either.” “Here's a fact that confused more than half of the college graduates surveyed: How long are the terms of our members of Congress?” “Let me take a stab at answering that one. In the House, the terms run until our representatives qualify for excessive retirement packages? And terms in the Senate run until a senator gets caught in an inappropriate relationship with one of his young staffers?” “Unfortunately, you are not entirely incorrect. However, it is regrettable that so many college graduates do not know that House members serve twoyear terms and Senate members serve six-year terms.” “Well, maybe this is all just a fluke. Maybe the college graduates who took this year's survey were having a bad day.” “If only that were the case. ACTA says that in its 2014 survey, one-third of college graduates were unaware that President Franklin Roosevelt spearheaded the New Deal. And in a survey last year, more than one-third of college graduates couldn't place the American Civil War within the correct 20year time frame.” “You worry too much. What's the big deal if people are too busy to keep up with a bunch of random civics stuff?” “Because, as the ACTA survey concludes, our Founders built a system of selfgovernment that demands fully engaged and wellinformed citizens. Poorly informed citizens are more easily manipulated by charlatan politicians, who, if not kept in check, will eventually be the ruin of system of government.” “Maybe Judge Judy can keep them in check. I hope she runs for Supreme Court in the next election.” “Oh, brother.”

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In contrast to Ray’s head-slapper by Charles Gallatin


just finished reading Ray “I could be wrong” Wolbrecht’s column about progressives. I’d like to respond to the inaccuracies and convoluted reasoning therein. Let’s start with the biggest headslapper, his definition of a progressive. A synopsis of several online sources defines a progressive as “Favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters.” That jibes with my understanding of what a progressive is. Ray would have us believe it’s someone who “means to be in conflict soley with establishment – that being the established rules of civility, civil authority, ethical absolutes and college presidents.” Which is fairly indecipherable (solely? college presidents?), but that bit of inanity doesn’t mask the fact that he is down on progressives. It colors his outlook and makes the rest of his column nothing more than a caustic rant. Let’s move on, Ray has certainly given us a lot

of ground to cover. “It has to be stressful being a progressive liberal these days.” Actually, no. When the conservative party picks a thinskinned, philandering, racist, sexist, egotistical bully as its presidential nominee, the stress is on the other foot, as it were. Progressives and liberals are mostly just watching in head-shaking amazement. As are traditional conservatives. Ray then strings together a series of non sequiturs to make the baseless claim that progressives want to create their own “absolute values,” as opposed to going along with societal norms. “If a person has a right to create his own absolute values . . . where is the incentive to behavior which takes others into consideration.” Ray believes there is only one truth, only one reality. And, of course, he is privy to what that one truth is that the “progressives” he so disdains are supposedly not willing to acknowledge. It’s safe to say the “truth” Ray sees as being rejected is his own. Apparently he feels those of us not in agreement with him are not only misguided, we’re causing societal meltdown. “The

result of the rejection of truth and any absolute values is leading to chaos.” If progressives’ desire to see fewer unarmed black people being shot by the police is causing chaos, then I would suggest we need more progressives and more so-called “chaos.” Ray is a comfortably retired white guy, with no greater challenge than writing loopy columns. He is not a black man, or he might know of the truth of being pulled over for DWB (driving while black). He is not an immigrant, or he might know of the truth of having his meager wages stolen. He’s not a woman, or he might know of the truth of sexual harrassment. “Progressives try to reorganize society without absolutes using sand as a foundation.” Actually Ray, progressives are trying to move us toward a better society using such absolutes as “don’t kill those who are unarmed no matter their color,” “don’t steal from anyone,” “don’t sexually harrass people.” Depending on which side of the “truth” you care to see, change is sorely needed in our society. And finally we have

what amounts to irresponsible finger pointing. Regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, Ray says they “encourage burning and rioting and all kinds of lawlessness.” This is flatly wrong and it’s an irresponsible accusation which he should be ashamed of. Those in the BLM movement gather in peaceful protest because they are tired of being casually killed for no good reason. Some of those who show up are engaged in lawless behavior, to be sure. But to condemn the entire movement for the actions of the few is misguided at best. I doubt if Ray would say that all cops are bad just because a few of them are murdering black people without cause. There is much more inanity to parse, such as “when confronted with absolute truth, I have heard liberals say, ‘Well, what about Bush?’” Huh? But I’ll save that for another column. In the meantime, I think Ray might want to reconsider the name of his column. I would suggest “I’m definitely wrong.” charlesgallatin@yahoo. com

LETTER TO THE EDITOR HE IS CERTAINLY WRONG Am I the only one who finds columnist Ray Wolbrecht offensive? I never expected to see regular publication by a bigot in the Free Press. It appears the great orange racist bigot at the top of the Republican ticket has given Mr. Wolbrecht permission to come out of the closet, were he ever in it. “Czar of Immigration”. That’s scary. The “curse” then and today

Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Wicked Is the Whiskey,” a Sean McClanahan mystery novel, is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons Inc.

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which resulted from kidnapping and bringing slaves into America? Ray, you do realize they didn’t buy one-way fares here in the hope that generations later their descendents would possibly fall on hard times and qualify for temporary government benefits don’t you? And the Black Lives Matter people are encouraging “burning, rioting, and all sorts off lawlessness”. Really, again? See, Ray, you and I,

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Kyle residents get new service and $5 fee RAFAEL MARQUEZ

A $5 fee will be added to Kyle residents' utility bills starting January 2017 to fund the city's new storm drain and flood risk mitigation utility. As plans for the utility move forward, Kyle city leaders will host two public meetings in November to communicate with citizens on the new service. The city of Kyle is making efforts to communicate with citizens about the city’s new Storm Drain & Flood Risk Mitigation Utility, its function and how it affects citizens. The city will hold two hearings to discuss the fee and the new department. The first reading is scheduled for

the city council meeting on Nov. 1, and the second reading is on Nov. 15, 2016. Citizens are welcome to provide feedback to the council during any city council meeting, but the storm drain utility fees are on the schedule for those two sessions. Kyle Mayor Todd Webster explained that the reason for financing the department with a fee rather than adding the cost of the department to the ad valorem tax rate rests in state law. Webster said that since the fee is earmarked for the new department, Texas law dictates that the fee can only be used to fund the department and cannot be allocated to other uses. Had the new department been funded with tax

income, there is a chance that future councils may divert money from the department for other uses. Per the city, the floods of October of 2015 saw 17 inches of water fall within a 24 hour period. Webster said that he understands that as time moves on people may be less supportive of the fee, it is necessary for the city to have this department to help mitigate and manage flood waters. Webster said that despite receiving mixed feedback about the new proposed fee and its potential impact on individual and commercial utility bills he feels that “creating and maintaining this utility is 100 percent the right thing to do for the city.”

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Nett said the Main Street improvements are taking the longest to extrapolate since there is more to consider with that particular roadway. The design plan for the Main Street improvements still needs refining, as does the cost for three segments of the project, he said. According to Nett’s presentation, the Buda Bond Committee also gave counsel to staff regarding the inclusion of the Cabela’s connector in the Main Street improvement plan. A Sept. 15 meeting involving city staff, Page architects, and Klotz engineering was held to coordinate Main Street design and the site design of the new municipal facility. For the other three streets, Nett said they were all progressing from

60 percent to 100 percent complete in design. Staff met with franchise utilities and Public Works on Sept. 13 to evaluate utility conflicts. Council member Angela Kennedy asked Alan Crozier of HDR Engineering if there was a plan to expand the storm water culverts beneath Main Street. She referenced the most recent flood event when the water was over the road. Crozier said under Proposition 4 drainage plans, more of the drainage issues would be mitigated so the existing culverts under Main Street wouldn’t need to be expanded, as they would only receive the amount of water intended for them to hold in the first place. Nett also explained the

Proposition 4 drainage projects to council members, which includes six different improvement areas. Those include drainage improvements on west Goforth Road, near the Buda Fire Station, Bluff and Houston streets, the Oxbow neighborhood and Lifschutz Headwaters. Buda was awarded a grant from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for an early warning flood system to help mitigate flood disasters in the city, Nett said. Staff will present their final plans to council in October, Nett said. They will complete construction plans and take bids on the project in late spring 2017. Construction is slated to begin for all projects by summer 2017.


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Hays CISD will hold a public meeting beginning at 6:15 pm on October 24, 2016 Jack C. Hays High School Career & Technology Center, 4800 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda, Texas 78610 The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Hays Consolidated Independent School District’s Rating on the state’s financial accountability system (FIRST).

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Vipers strike Lobos in three BY SPENCER SPILMAN

The Lehman Lady Lobos volleyball team was snakebitten Friday as they fell to the Vandegrift Vipers 25-13, 25-12, 25-9. The Lady Lobos leapt


Despite being on different sides of the Lehman-Hays football rivalry, cousins and team players Lobo Tyler Henderson (left) and Rebel Cade Powell (right), share experiences on and off the field that help each other through life, proving that family is more important and constructive than rivalry.

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Hays CISD football players share familial bond BY MOSES LEOS III


Chaps spike Lady Rebels STAFF REPORT The Hays Lady Rebels closed the first round of district play Friday by falling to the state-ranked Westlake Chaparrals 26-24, 18-25, 15-25, 10-25 at Westlake High. With the loss, Hays (22-14, 3-3 in 25-6A) falls into fourth place in the district standings with six games remaining in the regular season. Hays hosts rival Lehman at Bales Gym Friday at 6:30 p.m. Westlake was led by an 11 kill effort from

Madi Baptiste and Samantha Bray, while Riley Haralson finished the match with 22 assists. Hays Lady Rebel senior Hailee Morton scored 15 kills and two blocks in the game and senior Mackenzie Coates tallied 39 assists. Senior Ashley Slovak had 18 digs, while junior Kacie Hall finished with two blocks. Hays has gone 4-4 over its last eight games and has notched wins over Cibolo Steele,


Westlake routs Rebels 44-14

Birthdays are always a special time for Lehman High senior Tyler Henderson and Hays High junior Cade Powell. From parties involving laser tag as children, to having family dinners as young adults, Powell and Henderson, who share an Oct. 2 birth date, cherish the memories made with friends during those times. But no matter where they celebrate, both Powell and Henderson, who are first cousins, can always count on having each other’s presence. Even as they ready for their final Hays and Lehman football game together Friday, the bond that ties them extends to the gridiron and beyond. From an early age, Henderson said the two grew up playing together and enjoyed their time hanging out, throwing the football around on weekends. Their bond continued to be forged when they both participated in the North Hays Optimist football league in their youth. Henderson, who played as a tight end and wide receiver at the time, remembered Powell playing as a running back for the NHO Gators. He said the two always pushed each other to be better on the field, but they always maintained a

out to an early first set lead due in part to mistakes by Vandegrift, Their lead, however, was short lived as the Vipers went on an 11-1 run behind Bella Benoit and Ryan Palmieri. Vandegrift took a 14-6 lead


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“That’s a given. Someone always has a football in the back of their car and they bring it out every year.” –Tyler Henderson, Lehman varsity football player

friendly competition. “We always want to do right by each other by playing together,” Henderson said. “We worked to get better.” Having fun was the priority for the two, as it “wasn’t all about winning, even though we wanted to win a lot,” Henderson said. The ability to play with close friends whom they grew up with was also a perk during their time with the Gators. “We had a good time playing there,” Henderson said.

Even as life took them to different schools, the two continued to keep their bond. While not being able to see his cousin every day had some effect, Henderson said the two still made time after school to socialize. Activities such as playing online video games, which is an added source of competition for both, was one of their avenues to keep in touch. They still play against each other to this day, and both continue to visit each other over the



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weekends. “That’s one of the main things, he’s at my house and I’m at his,” Henderson said. It wasn’t until two years ago, when Powell reached the varsity level at Hays, that both players competed on the same field again. But the Hays and Lehman rivalry isn’t something the two talk about, Henderson said. While they focus on helping their teams win, there isn’t any trash talk between them. “It’s just another game for us. At the end of the day, he’s still my cousin and we still love each other,” Henderson said. “Of course, we compete and I’m not going to want to lose and he isn’t going to want to lose. But it’s all friendly.” Their bond also extends to helping each


Struggles continue to mount for the Hays Rebels after the team dropped its fifth game in a row Friday at Chaparral Stadium. A 30-point first quarter barrage from the Westlake Chaparrals proved a hill too cumbersome for the Hays Rebels to climb as they fell 44-14. With the loss, Hays (1-5, 0-2) drops its fifth consecutive game, which is the team’s longest losing streak in six seasons. Hays’ 1-5 start is the second worst since an 0-6 start to the 2009 campaign. Hays’ defense couldn’t corral Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who returned from a knee injury to throw for 222 yards and four scores in roughly a half of play. Ehlinger, who went 12 of 17 in the game, helped spearhead Westlake’s initial 30 point outburst in the first frame. The Chaparrals tallied an additional 14 points in the second quarter

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to take a commanding 44-0 lead at halftime. Helping Ehlinger was running back Nakia Watson, who rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Hays’ offense, however, struggled to generate consistency in its run game, as they amassed 34 yards on the ground. Sophomore running back Thailand Mayberry led the team with 24 yards rushing on three carries. The Rebels found success through the air as Tyler Conley went 14 of 30 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Conley supported junior quarterback Gentry Brawith, who exited the game in the first half with an injury. Hays’ two scores in the game came in the fourth quarter, as Conley tossed touchdown passes to wide receiver Marquis Howard and senior wide receiver Conner Musick. Musick led the team with 70 yards and five receptions.


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Lobos fall to Vipers 55-0 STAFF REPORT

A first half flurry of points carried the Vandegrift Vipers to a 55-0 win over Lehman Lobos (2-4, 0-2 in 256A) Friday at Shelton Stadium. Lehman was unable to halt a dominant Viper offense led by quarterback Alex Fernandes and running back Isaiah Smallwood, who each scored three touchdowns in the game. Vandegrift’s offense

amassed 475 total yards on the evening. Vandegrift began their onslaught by taking a 7-0 lead with 5:36 left in first quarter via a Fernandes touchdown pass to wide receiver Will Bruner. The Viper lead quickly expanded to 20-0 over a two-plus minute span, as Vandegrift scored on their ensuing two possessions. Vandegrift piled on an additional 28 points in the second frame to take a insurmountable 48-0 advantage at the half.

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Fernandes went 12 of 18 for 217 yards and three scores through the air in less than a half of play. Smallwood led Vandegrift by rushing for 84 yards on six carries and three scores on the ground.


While Vandegrift’s offense thrived, Lehman’s offense struggled as they were limited to 77 total yards in the game. Lehman quarterback Jacob Zamora went 4 of 9 for 35 yards and an interception before exiting the game in the first half due to an injury. Lehman’s run game was nullified by a physical Vandegrift front seven, which held Lobo running back Bryan Mendoza to 45 yards.

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following the run. had two blocks in the Lehman respondsecond set, but it was ed with a run of its not enough to make own, aided by a block up the deficit. and a kill from MeaVandegrift quickly gan Dees gathered to close control in the gap to the third 15-10. set by But taking a The Lady Vandegrift 15-0 lead. Lobos take closed the Helping on the Lady set on a the Vipers Rebels at Hays 10-3 run, were Friday, Oct. 7 assisted seven at 6:30 p.m. by domiaces and nant play several by Benoit. kills from The second set Palmieri and Carowas similar to the line Gehring. first, as Lehman held Despite the deficit, an early lead thanks Lehman continued to Dees’ play at the to battle in the third net and a kill from set. Haley Hassinger. Lehman rallied to But a 13-0 Vancut the score to 24-9 degrift run gave the in the third frame, Vipers an 18-6 adbut Vandegrift’s vantage. Vandegrift’s height and experiMadison Jaeger had ence allowed them to three aces during the close out the match. course of the scoring The Lady Lobos blitz. will look to get a lateLehman’s Kaytlin season win against Mendoza played cross-town rival strong at the net and Hays on Friday.

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Continued from pg. 1B Lehman, Leander and Vista Ridge. Through 36 matches, Morton leads the team with 426 kills and has a .416 kill percentage. Junior Kaitlyn Krafka,

who has 348 kills so far on the season, leads the team with 54 aces. Senior Mackenzie Coates leads the Lady Rebels with 1,007 assists. On the defensive end,

Hall currently has a team high 50 total blocks, with 35 solo. Five Lady Rebels have triple figures in digs, with senior Slovak leading the way with 330 digs.

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Cousins: HCISD footballers share bond other as they ready for the college life. Henderson, who is committed to the Naval Academy and has gone through the recruiting process, said he offers Powell his experience. Advice comes in the form of how coaches recruit players and what they look for, along with what

camps to attend. “It’s going to help him get to the next level. When I did it, I didn’t have the knowledge I’m giving him,” Henderson said. Even as they prepare for the next stage in life, the family ties that keep them together will continue.

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Members of the Hays High theater program, pictured above, will be bringing a taste of Broadway to the district later this year with their production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

A taste of Broadway coming to Hays High BY JONATHAN GONZALEZ

Hays CISD will be getting a little taste of Broadway as Hays High theater students prepare to put on their production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” It will be the fall premiere of the play, which ran on Broadway for more than 18 months. It’s also the start of a guest-series program where Hays High theater director Catherine Crafton will invite local artists to bring their talents and expertise to students as they put together their own productions. Crafton said the premise behind the guestseries program stemmed from the increasing number of students participating in the theater program. Crafton, who is

currently working in her second year as theater director, said the number of students participating in the program has “tripled” during her tenure. “Because of our growth, I knew I needed to add an additional show for our students to perform, but being a one person team, I could not direct two shows at once,” Crafton said. The directors for this production include Crafton and guest Luis Muñoz, who is the UIL One Act Play director for Texas. Muñoz’s involvement in the play brings buzz due to his 25plus years of experience in theater. “Number one, it’s nice to work with the kids and I think Crafton is doing an exceptional job with those kids… They’ve all been working hard putting together the show, making the sets and

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costumes. It’s something I couldn’t pass up.” Mr. Munoz said about choosing to get involved with the production. Aside from his responsibilities as the UIL State Theatre Director, Munoz is also a professor at San Jacinto College. He previously taught at Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State, and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the University of Texas Pan-American. Muñoz is also the former president of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, recipient of the association’s Founders Award and has been

inducted into the Texas Thespians Hall of Fame. “I contacted Mr. Luis Muñoz to see if he knew of any local directors that would be interested in directing my students in our first show of the season.” Crafton said about Muñoz’s involvement. “I was stunned that he said yes, and that he, himself, was interested.” The students participating in the play tried out at the start of the school year and have been hard at work to ensure the production is successful. Crafton stated that the students rehearse

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Downtown Dripping Springs will be the hub for a variety of local, national and international songwriting talents as the 2016 Songwriters Festival hits Mercer Street Oct.14-16. Pam Owens, director of tourism in Dripping Springs who also attends the event, said the festival provides exposure to the area. “It showcases our downtown and community as a whole,” Owens said. “Visitors are spending the night and they go into shops and restaurants. They aren’t enjoying music in a vaccum.” Laurie Halfpenny, co-organizer of the festival, said the festival introduces visitors to Dripping Springs and the downtown district on Mercer Street. She said the event

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country and that performing in Dripping Springs introduces them to the area. It also helps draw fans to the songwriters as well, creating a way for many to gather exposure. The third annual event will have more than 60 shows and over 40 songwriters who will perform on six stages. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday and take place on several stages along Mercer Street, including at the Barber Shop, the Sidecar Tasting Room and Hudson’s on Mercer. All featured showcases at the event are free. Local talent scheduled to perform at the festival include Katha Harris of Wimberley, Chad Hudson and Micah Wagner of Dripping Springs, Tom Meny of Buda and Jana Pochop of San Marcos. The process in selecting talent for the event falls upon Halfpenny, along with her husband, Jim and Dave Niemeyer, who all organize the festival. Halfpenny said the three partner in selecting songwriters from the more than 300 submissions they receive. Jim, who is part of the selection committee, breaks down the submissions and listens to them. For Halfpenny, it’s all about

the “well written song,” but they process groups of performers to keep audiences entertained and wanting to come back. “We have to make sure they (musicians) are marketable,” Halfpenny said. “Where they can market us, and us, them. While it’s difficult to gauge the number of people that could potentially attend the festival, Halfpenny said all venues last year were full. So far this year, the headliner acts at the Mercer Street Dance Hall, which are ticketed, have been sold out. Owens said she has been impressed with the level of talent and the “thought provoking lyrics” performers had. “It was so peaceful and relaxing in a quiet atmosphere,” Owens said. “It’s not loud and raucous at all.” But Owens said the city lacks hotel space, which in turn has the city missing out on the tourism dollars the festival could bring. That could change next year, a new hotel opens in town along U.S. Highway 290. With the incorporation of hotel occupancy tax (HOT) dollars, Owens said it could help the Dripping Springs Chamber further promote the community. She said the Chamber receives a portion of HOT funds to promote the city for the vent. “It’s nice when people from out-of-town come here and are able to stay here,” Owens said.

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“Though the calendar says autumn is here, the faint scent of summer roses still lingers in the air. It is so with life: One gift appears but another fades.” The publishers of my “Birds of North America” calendar had no source for the Sept. 24 quote. The page drew my attention because the bird of the day was a male Painted Bunting. Painted Buntings are long gone. Some summer hummers still hang in the air. Waltzing fireflies outcompeted the competition on “Dancing with the Stars” on the Monday night of the debates (if you ask me). Butterflies swim above my blue mist flower, intentionally planted to provide butterfly nectar. Remember Barbara Coldwell? (They moved


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. Prepare grass for winter: Now is a good time to fertilize the lawn. Feeding now will help the roots through winter dormancy. Inspect and treat for brown patch, a disease common with cooling, moist weather conditions. This is also a good time to apply corn gluten for weed control. 2. Plant fall-flowering perennials: Look around and see what’s blooming this fall. Some good choices are Mexican bush sage, pineapple sage, Mexican mint marigold, Copper Canyon daisy, and fall asters. Don’t forget to check out fall blooming ornamental grasses. Tops on my list are coastal, big muhly, and maiden grass. 3. Plant a tree: Choose from central Texas’s great selection of native and adapted shade and ornamental trees. Plant one of the many oaks or elms for shade. Or add color to your late winter and spring season by planting a redbud, mountain laurel, orchid tree, flowering peach or pear, or a Mexican plum.


Concert for a Cause helps people rebuild Nathan Olivares of the south Austin-based band Stupid Drama performed on stage at the Concerts for a Cause event at Pinballz Kingdom in Buda on Saturday. The October event raised money and awareness for Rebuilding Together Austin who helps low-income homeowners by “improving the safety and health of their homes,” according to their website. Songwriter Joey Alba performed at the event prior to Stupid Drama.

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Cities, towns and communities throughout the state celebrated National Night Out (NNO), a community-building campaign which heightens crime prevention awareness. Local officials and emergency personnel were at the Kyle NNO gathering at McNaughton Park in Plum Creek

4. Plant a vegetable garden: Now is the time for broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts from transplants. Easily grown from seed are collards, spinach, carrots, radishes, lettuce, mustard and collard greens, beets, Swiss chard, spinach, and turnips. Garlic and shallots (multiplying onions) can be planted now with short day onions just around the corner in



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Normal colleges where Texans learned to teach

Oct. 10, 1879 was the first day of classes at Sam Houston Normal Institute, Texas’ third tax-supported college and the first devoted to training teachers. With the end of the post-Civil War occupation and the restoration of popular rule in 1874, Texans finally turned their attention to the long neglected issue of education. Gov. Richard Coke cited the lack of “a sufficient number of educated and trained teachers,” a void the handful of small private institutions of higher learning could not be expected to fill. Nearly everyone agreed on the pressing need for a public college that specialized in teaching teachers to teach, but the problem was how to pay for it. Help came from a most unlikely source. In 1867 New England philanthropist George Peabody established a foundation for the purpose of improving education in the conquered Confederacy. The Peabody Fund offered $6,500 toward the creation of a normal or teachers college in Texas on condition the legislature come up with a matching amount. Austin not only met the fiscal challenge but also provided free tuition, room, board and laundry for two students from each senatorial district and six more from the state as a whole. In return these “state students,” selected by competitive exams, would teach in the public schools back home for as many years as they received the generous scholarship. Huntsville was selected as the site not so much for geographic convenience but because the building that once housed Austin College, which had relocated to Sherman, was vacant and available. Four instructors welcomed 100 students to Sam Houston Normal Institute in October 1879. For the next two decades, the Huntsville normal struggled to satisfy the rising demand for teachers, but that was asking too much of a single school in a state whose population almost doubled between 1880 and 1900. Texas was actually losing ground. Of the 10,120 certified teachers in the mid-1890s, only 623 had college degrees and just 809 had completed the two-year course of study at Sam Houston. So lawmakers decided in 1899 to add two more normals. The groundwork for a teachers college in North Texas had been laid nine years earlier by pioneer educator Joshua C. Chilton, who turned the second floor of a Denton hardware store into a classroom. The private academy soon had separate quarters and a new leader after the founder suffered a nervous breakdown. The second link in the chain was forged in 1901. North Texas Normal College was a success from the start and by 1923 was the largest institution of its kind in the Southwest. The Denton addition was followed two years later by the third in an equally educationminded town. The citizens of San Marcos donated 11 acres on Chautauqua Hill for Southwest Texas Normal School. Cecil E. Evans took

This Week in Texas History by Bartee Haile

over as Southwest’s second president and held the job for 31 years. A father figure with a hands-on approach to running a college, he prided himself on being able to call every student by name. One of the hundreds he knew on sight was Lyndon B. Johnson, who rented a garage apartment from the head of his alma mater. When legislators at last okayed a normal for West Texas, 27 towns vied for the prize. The winner was the Panhandle community of Canyon (population 1,400) which turned the judges’ heads with 45 free acres and a $100,000 pledge. West Texas Normal College was less than four years old in March 1914, when a fire destroyed the main building. Classes were held in stores, churches and the county courthouse until teachers and townspeople constructed temporary quarters. “Not a member of the faculty flinched, not a student left campus,” President Robert Bartow Cousins noted. The State of Texas bought the fifth normal outright rather than build it from the ground up. William L. Mayo had been turning out teachers since 1889, first at Cooper and later at Commerce, and by 1910 had 1,400 students on the rolls of the private college he called East Texas Normal College. Mayo died on May 14, 1917, the very day the House of Representatives voted to accept his irresistible offer and purchase the school. “Cowboys wearing their boots, spurs and an occasional bandanna registered with a kind of idle curiosity” at the newest teachers school at Alpine in 1920. Named for the Texas Ranger, Civil War general, governor and president of Texas A&M, Sul Ross State Normal College survived repeated attempts by penny-pinching politicians to shut it down. Stephen F. Austin Normal College got the official go-ahead in 1917, but a world war and an economic slump postponed the Nacogdoches opening until 1923. Enrollment topped a thousand the next year, and by the 1960s Stephen F., as it was affectionately known, was among the fastest growing state colleges in Texas. The eighth and last link in the chain was added in the Rio Grande Valley. Kingsville beat out Alice for South Texas State Teachers College, later renamed Texas A&I. Although the normal system is no more, the eight former colleges are alive and well though four now have unrecognizable names. Their combined enrollment at the turn of the century was 96,400 ranging from a high of 27,000 at Denton and a low of 2,800 at Alpine. Bartee’s three books (“Texas Depression-Era Desperadoes,” “Murder Most Texan” and “Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil”) and his 10 column collections are available on his web site

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OBITUARIES GOREE James S. Goree, age 92, entered into eternal rest with his Savior on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Jimmie, as his friends called him, was born in Deatsville, Alabama on March 22, 1924, the oldest son of Walter and Willie Goree. Jimmie had three siblings, Mary Ellen DeCoene, Marie Blackwell and Harold Goree. Jimmie proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Auburn University in 1951. In that same year he joined Exxon, where he spent his entire career, and retired in 1984.

In 1953, Jimmie married the love of his life, Dorothy Hoke Goree. He and Dorothy moved to Buda in 2011 to be near family. Together they raised three daughters - Elaine Purvis of Buda, Dixie Lanier of Maurice, LA, and Suzie Kaczenski of Wimberley. Jimmie had six grandchildren, Michelle Lanier Vidallia of Erath, Louisiana, Elizabeth Purvis Stahlman of New Braunfels, James Kaczenski of Dallas, Emily Purvis Kimbro of Buda, J.T. Lanier of Austin, and Sarah Kaczenski of Wimberley. Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by Dorothy, his loving and devoted wife of 63

years, three daughters, three son-in-laws, six grandchildren and seven great – grandchildren. A private burial was held on Sept. 28, 2016 at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

SYPHERS Phillip Charles Syphers, age 81, passed away on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Phillip was born in Muncie, Indiana on February 21, 1935. He was the son of J. Lawrence and Dorotha Gesell Syphers. Phillip was retired from the Texas Department of Human Services.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eugene and Jerry. Survivors include his wife Betty; one brother, Jack Syphers, of Muncie, Indiana; and four children, Sue Syphers, Chris Syphers ( Jamie Dollahite), Lynn Syphers, and Lynda Florence (Dayne). He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Vistitation was Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Harrell Funeral Home Kyle. A Memorial Service followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Salvation Army or Boys Town. Condolences may be sent to: www. harrellfuneralhomes. com.


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November. 5. Plant snap dragons: These wonderful, winter hardy flowers should be planted now for a showy late winter and spring garden. They almost guarantee a Yard of The Month sign in April. Other bedding plants to choose from are dianthus, violas, pansies, stock and flowering kale, and cabbage.   6. Harvest basil and make pesto: Also plant some winter-hardy culinary herbs. Rosemary, oregano, parsley, cilantro, sage, thyme, and chives love winter and can provide fresh cut herbs for the kitchen.   7. Plant winter grass seed: If you have a bare spot or would like to get rid of a muddy patch, sow some rye grass or fescue. Rye grass can also be planted in a vegetable garden area to provide green compost in the spring and soil aeration. Elbon rye seed can also be planted over winter in garden areas plagued by soil nematodes (a disaster to tomatoes).   8.  Plant wildflowers: These need to be planted in the fall. They will grow leaves and stems while the days are short during the winter and will flower in the spring as the days get longer.   9. Plant fall bulbs: For spring flowers, some of the

Coolers are welcome at Fire & Ice. Contestants for fire (salsa) and ice (ice cream) competition are needed! To participate, email ASAP. The printed material says “October 1st.” But, LMC extended the deadline. There’s no entry fee. The winners walk away with a cool trophy. Fire & Ice starts at 4 p.m. Bring lawn chairs. Games, crafts, bouncy house, hamburgers and hot dogs (limited quantity), raffle. Local vendor booths. For more details, visit the Facebook page of Loving MountainCity.  Both households of Brownlows on Maple play in Island Texas. It’s run by Jeremy Brownlow.  Skip Brownlow, whose house is near Live Oak Drive, recently killed a coral snake on the front lawn.  Jeremy Brownlow and family live near Juniper. There, Skip’s granddaughter, Marley, came upon a coral snake while she headed barefoot to her trampoline. It slithered away.  Hope to see you at Fire & Ice.

••• This year, this first week in October brings to Mountain City, just four days apart, our largest annual events for meeting and greeting and getting to know one another – and having fun together, Neighbors Night Out and Fire & Ice. By the time you read this, NNO will be an event in the past. Fire & Ice, on the grounds of City Hall, was cooked up in Amy Hilton’s living room during a Loving Mountain City brainstorm, not long after Loving Mountain City was born. The festival occurs on a fall Saturday when Hays is not playing at home and when Island Texas (our local band that plays Texas music with a Caribbean flavor) doesn’t have a paying gig. Thus, this year it’s this Saturday, Oct. 8. It’s fun.

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

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

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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

Basil is one of many herbs that thrive in the colder months.

best choices are daffodils, grape muscari, tulips, jonquils, ranunculus, anemones, hyacinths, and narcissus. When planting, remember to add a little bonemeal to the root zone for some slow release organic nutrition. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or visit Chris and his staff at It’s About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 Sign up for his weekly newsletter at: www.



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

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses FM 2770, Kyle 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

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

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


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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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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.

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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

Kingdom United Christian Church 100 Madison Way, Buda

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



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

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

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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 •



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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.




to Pennsylvania a couple years back.) Barbara invited me to see butterfly multitudes on her large display of blue mist flowers several years back and sent me home with a bunch of clippings. Only when I added to hers some well-established nursery specimens and God provided plentiful rainwater did my garden show a bountiful display of blossoms that brought breath-taking splendor.


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

Hootenanny on the Hill

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The Plum Creek Homeowners Association invites you to the annual Hootenanny on the Hill Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Haupt Park and Fairway Fields (450 Haupt in Kyle). Come out for a day of fun, including: 10k, 5k, 3k, and 1k Fun Runs, a BBQ contest, music, bouncy houses, a pumpkin decorating contest and good old family fun. See www. hootenannyonthehill. com for more information.



LONE STAR GreGg-Clarke BEER be smokin’ on EDUCATION BBQ SOCIETY GARDEN Park in kyle Oct. 21-22 as the SANCTIONED CRAFTS CARNIVAL COOK-OFF city rolls out the & Oct. 21 HOG CALLING FAMILY FUN Kyle Hogwash • Carnival from 3 pm to 11 pm CONTEST • Cook-off and Festival &Carnival BBQ Cook-off. This inOct. 22 • Allaugural activities noon-11 p.m. fall event • Carnival is free to attend featuring • Cook-off and offers something for everyone. Kyle Hogwash will • CookinG Georges incorporate educational outreach onthe feral hogs, but DemOnstrations • little PigGy Pen the emphasis is on family fun and celebration of the kids’ Zone, sPonsored by city. Cory The Packfestival includes a barbecue cook-off, a carstate farm nival by Crabtree Amusements, cooking demonstra• free admission midnight river Choir tions, live music, food, kids activities such as free mar• famil y fun tial arts lessons and children’s author book signings and vendors. Patrons can also take part in contests kylehogwash.cOm and games such as the hog-calling contest and the speCial thanks tO our sponsors Hammerschlagen. The cook-off and carnival begin at Cory Pack 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, and continue along with all State Farm other events from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Buda Beer and Polka Fest

On Oct. 22, Buda City Park will be the epicenter of Texas accordion music with the return of the Buda Beer and Polka Fest. The festival will bring together different genres of Texas music that feature the top accordion players in the state. Headlining on Saturday night will be the Texas Tornados featuring original members Augie Meyers and six-time grammy winner, Flaco Jimenez. The Fest will feature local craft beers as well as other Texas favorites.

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., come out to Kyle Uited Methodist Church for this free community event featuring free games, food and more. The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas will be available with the Bloodmobile to take blood donations from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The pumpkin patch will be open daily from Oct. 9-31.

Songwriters Festival Kyle Founders Day Parade

Join us in celebrating Kyle’s birthday with the Kyle Founders Parade down Center Street and cake in City Square Park on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “United We Stand.” Keep the festivities rolling with an encore Kyle Market Days immediately after at Historic City Square Park.

The Kyle Fair, Bull Ride & Music Fest

The Kyle Fair, Bull Ride & Music Fest 2016 is a three-day event Oct. 13-15 at Central Texas Speedway. There will be carnival rides, live music and local vendors. Bull riding will be on Oct. 15 only.


Sacred Springs Pow Wow

Oktoberfest & BBQ Cook-Off

This annual celebration of the Native American culture has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years. Native dancers from across Texas gather at the Sacred Springs in San Marcos dressed in beautiful, handcrafted regalia. Come out to the Meadows Center Oct. 8 and watch the dancers, participate in the intertribal dances, and enjoy the booths that offer authentic Native American arts and food.

Enjoy country fun in Creedmoor on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Creedmoor Community Center, 12511 FM 1625, Creedmoor, TX 78610. The festival includes a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., a parade at 9 a.m., wildlife tours of Texas Disposal System Ranch, craft and food vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, live auction at 2 p.m., displays of Star Flight and emergency service vehicles, BBQ Cook-Off all day, and much more! Free admission and free parking.

COMMUNITY BRIEFS Caregiver’s Support Group Meeting

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers will meet this Thursday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church Library, 956 FM 2325. This is an opportunity for caregivers to discuss the latest Alzheimer’s information and to share ideas as they travel the care giving journey together. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with

dementia, please join us. For additional information contact Linda Germain, volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas at 512 924-3661.

Kyle Garden Club

The Kyle Garden Club will meet on Friday, Oct. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Historic Kyle City Hall. The program is on ‘Upside Gardening,’ presented by Shirley Lucas. The public is welcome.

Chicago is a female 11-year-old shorthair grey and orange tortie. She’s a super awesome gal who would love a calm environment. She loves chin scritches, napping pretty much anywhere, and batting around bottle caps. She’s so easy, you’ll be best buds in no time!

Kyle Community prayer

A community that prays together, stays together. On Oct. 8, the public is invited to a community prayer in the Waterleaf subdivision of Kyle. The event will begin at 10 a.m. the second saturday of every month. For more information, contact Sherry Hamilton at or 512-749-6071.

Atticus is a male 1 1/2-year-old boxer / pit mull mix who’s hard not to love. He is active, but also a snuggler who can never have enough belly rubs. He loves other dogs and any and all people! Though because of his playful nature and strength, he may do best in a home with older children or teenagers.

PAWS Shelter and Humane Society

is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions.

500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX • 512 268-1611 •

All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed.

sponsored by

Town & CounTry VeTerinary HospiTal Bill Selman, DVM • Kayley O’Toole, DVM • Devony Arrington, DVM.

Committed to your pet’s health since 1978.

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Head to Dripping Springs for a variety of local, national and international songwriting talents as the 2016 Songwriters Festival hits Mercer Street Oct.14-16, where more than 40 songwriters will perform on six stages. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday and take place on several stages along Mercer Street, including at the Barber Shop, the Sidecar Tasting Room and Hudson’s on Mercer. All featured showcases at the event are free. See for a schedule and more information.


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Bass, Cabela’s merge in $5.5B deal BY SAMANTHA SMITH

According to a press release on the Cabela’s website, Bass Pro Shops acquired the hunting and fishing superstore at a cash price of $65.50 per share, or an approximate transaction value of $5.5 billion.

One of Buda’s most recognizable businesses in Cabela’s shocked many earlier this week after the company announced it was being purchased by Bass Pro Shops in a multibillion dollar merger. According to a press release on the Cabela’s website, Bass Pro Shops acquired the hunting and fishing superstore at a cash price of $65.50 per share, or an approximate transaction value of $5.5 billion. News of the merger was available online Monday with a message of reassurance to customers from Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tommy Millner available on the company’s website. “We’re really excited about joining forces with Bass Pro Shops to create the truly premier retailer in outdoor sporting goods. We will be able to provide you with access to more locations and the greatest selection of outdoor recreation equipment and apparel in North America,” Millner said in his letter. The process toward the decision went through a “strategic review,” where the “company assesses a wide variety of options to maximize value,” Millner said. He said the board of directors “unanimously

concluded that this combination with Bass Pro Shops is the best path forward for Cabela’s, its shareholders, outfitters and customers.” The acquisition of Cabela’s should be complete in the first half of 2017, according to Millner’s letter. The letter, however, does not reference any information on possible name or signage changes. At this time, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have not released information on potential name or signage changes. The Hays Free Press reached out to Cabela’s for comment but did not receive a response

back before press time. “Until closing (of the transaction of sale), Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops will continue to operate as separate, independent companies, as they always have,” said Millner in his online letter to Cabela’s customers. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said the decision for Cabela’s to sell came after almost a year of the company secretly looking for a buyer. Ruge, who is on the Board of the Dupree Local Government Association that oversees the Cabela’s owned property, caught wind of the company’s decision to sell about nine months ago. A possible reason for the merger, Ruge said, could be that “Bass Pro Shops are doing better financially than Cabela’s.” Ruge said in order for Cabela’s to come to Buda almost 13 years ago, they self-funded around $30 million for a bond that was designed to be paid out for 25 years to the city. Sales tax revenue from the Buda location helps Cabela’s pay off the bond amount, Ruge said. But when Bass Pro Shops purchased Cabela’s, they also purchased the last 12 years of debt on the store’s bond to the city, Ruge said. However, Ruge was unsure of possible implications if Bass Pro Shops decides to change the company name. Ruge said the city

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carries financial responsibility for changes to the water tower and the signage for Cabela’s Drive. “It’s too early to know if signage and things are going to change,” Ruge said. As for the future of the Buda Cabela’s store, Ruge

believes it will be a long time before there is discussion about closing it. “I’m pretty confident that the Buda Cabela’s location will remain open for at least the remaining 12 years of the bond repayment,” Ruge said.

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Notice of Intent to sell property to satisfy landlord’s lien. Sale to be held at online at www. by competitive bid. Anytime Storage at 880 Windy Hill Rd., Kyle, Tx 78640 on November 5, 2016 at 11 a.m. Amount secured by lien: $504.75 Lienholder payment requested. If amount due not paid in full before 31st day after publication of this notice, property may be sold at public auction. Property includes the contents of self-storage space of the following tenant: Sandy Samis: MAZDA Various Models Cars with No Record at DMV Vins: SPA136121457, SA22C571825


Sale to be held online at by competitive bid. Anytime Storage, LLC, 880 Windy Hill Rd. Kyle, TX 78640 Sale will be ending on or after October 21, 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 and furniture. Property includes the contents of spaces of the following tenant (s). LISA FOX: clothes, boxes. BRANDON BUSCHA: kids 4 wheelers, boxes & totes, crafts.


To all persons interested

in the Estate of Belia Velasquez, Deceased, Cause No. 16-0295-P, in the County Court of Hays County, Texas. The alleged heir(s) at law in the above-numbered and -entitled estate filed an APPLICATION FOR DEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION, FOR DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP, AND, IF NECESSARY, FOR DECLARATORY JUDGMENT in the estate on the 16th day of September, 2016, requesting that the Court determine who are the heirs and only heirs of Belia Velasquez, Deceased, and their respective shares and interests in such estate. The Court may act on this application at any call of the docket on or after 10:00 a.m., on the first Monday next after the expiration of ten (10) days, exclusive of the day of Publication, from the date this citation is published, at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos, Texas. All person interested in this case are cited to appear before this Honorable Court by filing a written contest or answer to this Application should they desire to do so. To ensure its consideration, you or your attorney must file any objection, intervention, or response in writing with the County Clerk of Hays County, Texas on or before the abovenoted date and time. Applicant's Attorney: Vincent J. Scanio, Jr. 144 E. San Antonio San Marcos, Texas 78666 (512) 396-2016 Given under my hand and the seal of said Court at the office of the Hays County Clerk in San Marcos, Texas, on this the 19th day of September, 2016 Liz G. Gonzalez County Clerk, Hays County, Texas 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2008 San Marcos, Texas 78666 by Duston Crews, Deputy

presented, is: c/o MELISSA HODGKINS, Independent Executrix 215 W. San Antonio Street, Suite 2002 San Marcos, Texas 78666


Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of MARY R. NORTHERN, Deceased, were issued on September 27, 2016, under Cause No. 16-0272P, pending in the Probate Court of Hays County, Texas, to MITCHELL JOHNSTON. Claims may be presented in care of the attorney for the Estate addressed as follows: ESTATE OF MARY R. NORTHERN, DECEASED, c/o WALKER & DOEPFNER, P.C., 16479 Dallas Parkway, Suite 500, Addison, Texas 75001. 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.

All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. DATED the 29th day of September, 2016. Respectfully submitted, SCANIO & SCANIO A Professional Corporation BY: /s/ Vincent J. Scanio, Jr. VINCENT J. SCANIO, JR. 144 E. San Antonio Street San Marcos, Texas 78666 Tel: (512) 396 2016 Fax: (512) 353-2984 Email: scanios@ NOTICE IS HEREBY State Bar No. 17702500 INTERESTED PERSONS, ATTORNEYS FOR MELISSA HODGKINS

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PUBLIC NOTICES, 4D The City of Kyle, Texas, proposes to facilitate annexation proceedings at the request of Lennar Homes of Texas Land and Construction, Ltd. to PublicofNotice extend the boundary said city to include Notice of Public Hearing approximately 51.48 acres of land located IS HEREBYof GIVEN TO and FM southwestNOTICE of the intersection FM 2770 ALL INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT: 1626. The City of Kyle, Texas, proposes to facilitate annexation proceedings at the request of Lennar Homes of As prescribed by law theLtd. first of two public Texas Land and Construction, to extend the boundhearings held byapproximately the Kyle City Council on ary of saidwill city be to include 51.48 acres of land locatedOctober southwest of 2016, the intersection FM 2770 Tuesday, 18, at 7:00 ofP.M. in the and FM 1626. Kyle City Hall Council Chambers, 100 W. Center

St, for all persons thehearings proposed As prescribed by law theinterested first of two in public will be held by the Council Tuesday, annexations. AtKyle saidCity time and onplace all such October 18, 2016, 7:00right in appear the Kyleand CitybeHall persons shall haveat the heard. Council 100 W.and Centerthings, St, for all Of all Chambers, said matters allpersons persons interested in the proposed annexations. At said time interested things and the matters herein and place all in suchthe persons shall have right to appear mentioned, will take notice. and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the things and matters herein mentioned,

willorder take notice. By of the City Council of the City of Kyle, Texas, this 20thCity dayCouncil of September, 2016. By order of the of the City of Kyle, Texas, this 20th day of September, 2016.

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Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of GEORGE FORRESTER, Deceased, were issued on September 19, 2016, in Docket No. 16-0281P, pending in the County Court at Law of Hays County, Texas, to: MELISSA HODGKINS The residence of the Independent Executrix is in San Marcos, Hays County, Texas. Address claims in care of the representative, MELISSA HODGKINS, Independent Executrix. The post office address to which claims may be




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your taxable income for the year. (Taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals made before age 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) At a minimum, invest enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. And increase your own contributions whenever you get a raise. As far as your investment choices, you’ll want to spread your dollars among the different investments within your 401(k) in a way that reflects your risk tolerance and time horizon. During the early stages of your career, when you have many years to go until you retire, you can probably afford to invest more heavily in growth-oriented accounts. These will fluctuate more in value, but you have time to potentially overcome the downturns. When you’re nearing retirement, you may want to shift some of your assets into more conservative vehicles – but even at this point, you still need some growth opportunities. After all, you may spend two or three decades in retirement, so you’ll need to draw on as many resources as possible. Open enrollment isn’t just a time to fill out a bunch of papers. It’s also a chance to reconsider – and maybe even upgrade – many areas of your financial outlook. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


Sealed proposals addressed to Hays Shadow Creek Development, Inc. (“OWNER”) on behalf of North Hays Municipal Utility District No. 1 (“DISTRICT”) for furnishing all labor, materials, equipment, and performing all work required for the construction of SHADOW CREEK PHASE 8, SECTION 2 – WATER, WASTEWATER, & DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS will be received at the office of Texas Engineering Solutions, LLC (“ENGINEER”) at 3815 S. Capital of TX Hwy, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78704 until Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud. Any proposal received after the closing time will be returned unopened. Proposals shall be plainly marked with name and address of the BIDDER and the following words: PROPOSAL FOR SHADOW CREEK PHASE 8 SECTION 2 – WATER, WASTEWATER, & DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS The SHADOW CREEK PHASE 8 SECTION 2 – WATER, WASTEWATER, & DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS proposal includes approximately: 13,955 SY right of way preparation; 2,098 LF of 18”- 30” Class III RCP storm sewer with inlets, manholes and all associated appurtenances; 2,477 LF of 8” PVC water line with fire hydrants, valves and all associated appurtenances; 2,325 LF of 8” PVC wastewater line with manholes and all associated appurtenances. All work must conform to State of Texas, County of Hays and North Hays Municipal Utility District No. 1 rules and criteria. Copies of the Specifications and Bidding Documents may be examined or obtained from the ENGINEER on or after Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. They will be on file at the office of Texas Engineering Solutions at 3815 S. Capital of TX Hwy, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78704, where they may be examined without charge, or they are available electronically upon request. For electronic copies of the plans and contract documents please e-mail ccarlton@

Destination  Education Renovation A Cashier’s Check, Certified Check or acceptable Bidder’s Bond, payable to Hays Shadow Creek Development, Inc. in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the Bid must accompany each bid as a guarantee that, if awarded the Contract, The BIDDER will enter into a contract and execute bonds within ten (10) days of award of the Contract. Performance and Payment Bonds shall also be executed on the forms furnished by the OWNER and shall specifically provide for “Performance” and for “Labor and Materials Payment”. Each bond shall be issued in an amount of one hundred percent (100%) of contract price by a solvent Surety company, authorized to do business in the State of Texas and acceptable to the OWNER. The OWNER reserves the right to reject any and all bids to waive any and all technicalities and formalities in bidding. The OWNER reserves the right to determine which bids are most advantageous to the OWNER and the DISTRICT, and to award the Contract on this basis. No bid may be withdrawn for a period of forty-five (45) days after opening of the bids. If a submitted bid is withdrawn within said period, bid guaranty shall become the property of the OWNER, not as penalty, but as liquidated damages, or OWNER may pursue any other action allowed by law. A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 2:00pm at the offices of the Engineer (Texas Engineering Solutions) at 3815 S. Capital of TX Hwy, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78704. While the pre-bid conference is not mandatory, prospective bidders are strongly encouraged to attend, as well as visit the site before or after the meeting.


Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of William Edward Meister, Deceased, were issued on September 28, 2016, in Cause No. 160287-P, pending in the County Court at Law No. 2, Hays



County, Texas, to: Cynthia Ann Davenport and Dennis William Meister. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: M. Elizabeth Raxter Attorney at Law P.O. Box 281 Lockhart, Texas 78644 DATED the 29 day of September, 2016. By: /s/ M. Elizabeth Raxter M. Elizabeth Raxter Attorney for Cynthia Ann Davenport and Dennis William Meister State Bar No.: 24050084 P.O. Box 281 Lockhart, Texas 78644 Telephone: (512) 398-6996 Facsimile: (512) 668-4501 E-mail: eraxter@tx-elderlaw. com


NOTICE is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Cecilia Louise Graham, Deceased, were issued on September 26, 2016, in Cause No. 16-0283-P, pending in the County Court of Hays County, Texas, to: Elizabeth Graham Chinn and Grady Ross Graham. The notice to the Independent Co-Executors may be delivered at the following address: c/o Barnes Lipscomb Stewart & Ott PLLC Attorneys at Law Rollingwood Center 2500 Bee Cave Road Building II, Suite 150 Austin, Texas 78746 All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. Dated the 28th day of September, 2016. By /s/ Ellen P. Stewart Ellen P. Stewart Attorney for Independent Co-Executors


Chapter 59 Texas Property Code: They will conduct a Public Sale to the highest bidder for cash on their

premises. This sale is being listed below. The company reserves the right to reject any bid and withdraw any from the sale at any time. Date: October 8, 2016 River Road Self Storage wishes to avail themselves of the Texas Provision of chapter 59 of the Texas Property Code. This sale is listed below. Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: River Road Self Storage, 880 River Road, San Marcos, TX 78666 Unit #15: Floor dolly, chair, loveseat, telescope, TV, boxes Unit #24: Boxes, toys Unit #44: Clothes Unit #74: Couch, cast iron table, microwave, slow cooker Unit #131: Bed, office chair, couch, boxes, totes Unit #151: Bags of clothes Unit #297: TV, couch, vacuum cleaner, treadmill Unit #314: Microwave, bed, DVD player, guitar, golf clubs, boxes Unit #367: Bed, dresser, slow cooker, dining chairs, couch Unit #383: Office chair, floor dolly, dresser, paper shredder, printer, boxes


Chapter 59 of the Texas Property Code hereby gives notice of public sale under said act to wit: This sale will be held on October 25, 2016 at 11:45 AM. Safe-n-Sound Self Storage is located at 1602 Goforth Road, Kyle, Texas 78640. The property in the storage unit(s) listed under tenant’s name is being sold to satisfy a landlord’s lien. The property contents of all storage unit(s) sold at this sale are purchased “as is” “where is” for CASH/CREDIT. Safen-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 Sandra Perry 10x10 – Household misc. items Arnold Garcia 7.5x10 – Washer, dryer & misc. items Lisa Meditz 3 - 10x30s – Full of car parts.

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Oct. 5, 2016 Hays Free Press  
Oct. 5, 2016 Hays Free Press