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Central Texas Speedway looks for new tenant, - Page 1D ? ree January 4, 2017 Page 1C BY SAMANTHA SMITH Ever since opening a barbershop in downtown Buda in 1977, many local residents have come to know Mike Evans and his haircutting expertise. For some, Evans has been the barber that's serviced their family for at least two generations. It's for that reason that many Buda residents are mourning the loss of Evans, who passed away Dec. 29 from complications due to cancer. According to his obituary, Evans, 66, passed away peacefully. According to the Mike's Barber Shop website, Evans began cutting hair in 1968, which was the year he exited barber school. He then started cutting hair in Austin until he opened a barbershop in front of his house in Buda in 1977. The building he PHOTO COURTESY OF REMY ALCALA BUDA BARBER DIES, 4C One of the first babies born in the Austin area came from Hays County Sunday as Athena Voudouris entered the world at 12:00:13 a.m. Jan. 1 at Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle. Athena, whose parents are Joelle and John Michael Voudouris, weighs 6 Ibs.., 3 oz. and is 19.5 inches long. According to Seton Hays, Athena is the couple's first baby. PHOTO COURTESY OF SETON MEDICAL CENTER HAYS Buda Police help arrange surprise proposal BY SAMANTHA SMITH A planned mock traf- c stop turned into surprise moment for a Buda couple prior to Christmas. With the help of the Buda Police Depart- ment, Emmanuel Avina proposed to his girlfriend Panlina Rios Dec. 22, which was captured on video and has since gone viral online. Assisting Avina was Buda Sgt. Erica Simmons and Public Information Officer Brittany Tate. Tate posted a video of the mock traffic stop on the Buda Police Facebook and Twitter accounts. Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd said that when Avina approached the Police station last Thursday, Avina had no idea that his plan of a surprise pro- posal to Rios would even be possible. Simmons and Tate helped arrange the fake traffic stop, allowing Avina to conduct his down-on- one-knee proposal. "We (BPD) said we wanted to connect with citizens in new and in- novative ways and this is one of those ways," Kidd said. The video of the pro- posal has already had over 40,000 views on the sta- tion's Facebook page with a sign-off from Simmons to dispatch confirming that Rios "said yes". "We were very glad to be a part of such a special moment and at the same time something like this helps to humanize the badge and show people that cops are just people COURTESYPHOTO Buda Police worked with Emmanuel Avina to surprise Paulina Rios with a marriage proposal. too, men and women in the community," Kidd uniform ready to serve said. General notes: For those of us who like to bundle up during this time of year, our balmy 'flip- flops and T-shirt' Christmas was a bit of a disappointment. Weather forecasters think this is because of the return of La Nifia conditions in the Pacific. When will winter truly arrive, and how should gardeners handle the effects of another mild winter? It's About Thyme by Chris Winslow The main problem we face during mild winters is the rapid fluctuation of temperature. In the warmth, the plants will mistakenly think that it is time to start growing, and then IT'S ABOUT THYME, 4C A dmiral James /-~ Otto Richardson J. Jkrnet with Frank- lin Delano Roosevelt on Jan. 5, 1941 and for the second time in three months tried to convince the President I that the Pacific Fleet I was a sitting duck at I Pearl Harbor. [ Joe Richardson was L: ~,~Qg~[l~ Paris in 1879, " 71~]~ ~t northeast [ Tekas: town was where [ hegrew up and at- ] tefided public school. A brilliant student, he was singled out by his congressman for a hard-to-come-by appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Shortly before his departure for Annapo- lis, his father, a former captain in the Confed- erate Army, told him, "Son, you can't expect to compete with those Northern boys in the naval academy. There's something about this Texas sun that dries up your brain." Determined to prove his pappy wrong, Richardson kept his nose to the academic grindstone. His dedication to his studies was rewarded in 1902, when he graduated fifth in his class of 85. Fresh out of the academy, the junior officer took part in the Philippine campaign that constituted the final phase of the Spanish-American War in the Pacific. After WofldWar I duty on the battleship USS Nevada, the Texan "saw the world" with a series of far-flung assignments. His steady rise in the ranks during the Depression caused those in the know to speculate that FDR was personally grooming him for big- ger things. Richardson reached the top in January 1940, when his tem- porary rank of admiral was made permanent with a promotion to Commander in Chief, United States Fleet. No sooner had he taken charge than President Roosevelt ordered him to move the Pacific Fleet to Pearl Harbor from its longtime base in San Diego. This Week in Texas History by Bartee Haile If the Navy had an "in-house" expert on the Japanese military, it was Joe Richardson. While a student at the War College in 1934, he had written a thesis explaining "Pearl Harbor was the logical first point of attack for the Japanese High Command, wedded as it was to the theory of undeclared and surprise warfare." But the people who would have benefitted the most from reading his paper never did. As Richardson pointed out in his autobiogra- phy, finished in 1958 but withheld from publication until 1973, "In 1940, the policy- making branch of the Government in foreign affairs - the President and the Secretary of State - thought that stationing the Fleet in Hawaii would restrain the Japanese. They did not ask their senior military advisors whether it would ac- complish such an end. They imposed their decision upon them." Early in October 1940, Admiral Rich- ardson made the long trip from Honolulu to Washington, D.C. to present his view- point in person to the President. Although visibly annoyed by the criticism, Roosevelt politely heard him out before making clear his own opinion that war with Japan would not happen anytime soon. Richardson realized he was putting his career on the line by requesting a second face-to-face with Roosevelt five days into the NewYear. The plain-spoken Texan said, "Mr. President, I feel that ! must tell you that the senior officers of the Navy do not have the trust and confidence in the civil- ian leadership of this country that is essen- tial for the successful prosecution of a war in the Pacific." TEXAS HISTORY, 4C