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/ 4~ Lobes strike Vipers for district win. - Page 1B LIFE SENTENCE Buda Police assist in marriage proposal. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. .... ..... : ....... ...... Vol. 120 No. 41 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 I BY MOSES LEOS III A Buda man was one of two people killed in a fatal two-car accident along State Highway 21 in Caldwell County Monday. Jose Omar Ortiz-Perez, 33, of Buda, and Olivia Maladores Flores, 45, of Dale, were killed in the accident, which occurred on Highway 21 roughly two miles from Nieder- weld in Caldwell County, according to a Texas De- partment of Public Safety press release. Four other FATALITY, 2A r BY SAMANTHA SMITH Two people suffered minor injuries Tuesday after their SUV rolled over into a ditch at the intersection of FM 1626 and Kohler's Crossing. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said the sin- gle-vehicle accident was called in at approximate- ly 10:28 a.m. ROLLOVER, 2A E- z PO z P" (} mr) .J LU V W PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Friends and family gathered at Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle today to remember Michael Minze, a 15-year-old Lehman High School student, who was killed in a hit and run accident Dec. 27. D" BY MOSES LEOS III Kyle resident Madison West remembered Michael Mince as a free spirit with a "great sense of humor." Mince, who also loved the color red, often put others' happiness before his own, West said. With a parade of red balloons in hand, West organized a ceremonial release Dec. 29 for family and friends to honor Mince, who was killed in a hit and run incident in Niederwald that remains unsolved. Robbie Barrera, Texas Department of Public safety spokesperson, said there are no new leads in the incident that killed Mince, which occurred Dec. 26 along FM 2001. According to a press release, DPS officials responded to an auto- pedestrian fatality accident along FM could have minor On Thursday, district officials damage to the right will have Hays CISD crisis side and could potentially be missing counselors at Lehman High the right side mirror. The truck is to help students following the possible a red work truck with. a welder in deaths of Mince and freshman the bed, according to Joshua Martinez, who also passed away over the holiday. CRIME STOPPPERS Anyone with in.iOn leading to the vehicle or the driver in~lved in the accident is asked to contact C~ital:~a Crime Stoppers at 512-472- TIPS (8477)~~ Those With nformation can also contact the Buda Police Department and Kyle P~ice,Dep~enti ~ong with the Hays County ~edff S office~ 2001. the roadway after A preliminary leaving the Valero investigation gas station located determined the at the intersection pedestrian, later of FM 2001 and identified as Mince, State Highway 21 in was struck by a Dodge Niederwald. Ram 3500 dually The pickup truck, pickup truck which which was also left the scene of the traveling west, struck accident, and killed Mince from It was determined behind. Mince was walking According to DPS west on FM 2001 in officials, the vehicle the release. Barrera said those who own local salvage yards or body repair shops are asked to pay attention to any vehicles that match the description that may have similar damage. As authorities continue to search for the missing truck, Hays CISD officials began helping students cope with the tragedy. On Thursday, district officials will have Hays CISD crisis counselors at Lehman High to help students following the deaths of Mince and freshman Joshua Martinez, who also passed away over the holiday. According a letter HIT-AND-RUN, 2A Race for Space at LBJ The Lyndon Baines John- son Museum of San Mar- cos celebrates a decade of serving the community with a new display. The "Race for Space," featuring an Apollo EMU (Extravehicular Mobil- ity Unit) Spacesuit used for training, will be on display at the museum until Feb. 4, 2017, courtesy of NASA. The free museum is located at 131 N. Guadalupe on the Square in San Marcos and is open to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum the public Thursday- Kyle Garden Club The Kyle Garden Club will meet Friday, Jan. 6, at 12:30 at the Kyle Historic City Hall. The speaker will be retired Lt. Col and wildlife biologist Gil Eckrich. He will be speaking on nature and wildlife photography. The public is welcome. Calling all singers The Wimberley Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for the 2017 Spring performances on Jan. 9, 2017 at the Lutheran Church (101 Spoke Hill Dr.), at 6:30 p.m. Please register online. Call Dixie Camp at 512-517-3111 for more info. SUBMITTED REPORT The Hays County Health Department received confirmation from the Texas Depart- ment of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a local, trav- el-associated case of the Zika virus infection in Hays County, according to a Hays County press release. The individual, who is not contagious and does not pose a risk to Hays County residents, con- ZIKA VIRUS, 4A Possible incoming restaurant brings up signage issues BY SAMANTHA SMITH A prospective fast food chain's appeal to the Buda City Council for larger signage was met with stiff resistance Tuesday. As a result, city leaders opted to send a proposal for a 35-foot stand-alone sign for a new Panda Express restaurant, which is planning to expand to Buda, back to the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commission for a final decision. Assistant City Manager Chance Sparks said the item was on the agenda as an appeal by Panda Express to an earlier decision made by P&Z to deny its original request. Jennifer Ronneburger, of Atlas Sign Industries, and Jamie Green with Panda Restaurant Group, said P&Z denied the restaurant's application based on its request for a 50-foot stand alone sign. Current Buda ordinance allows for a maximum signage height of 12 feet. The company countered with an appeal to council, which asked them to grant a variance for a 35-foot stand alone SIGNAGE, 2A Kyle speedway looks for new tenant. - Page 1D I' ews ............... ............ O/ll!!l!!t!tll!!!!!!llll Opinions .... 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