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Page 2A B Hays Free Press January 6, 2010 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- Mail: P.O.'Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classi- fied word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publica- tion, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observ e the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and c.larity. All letters should be signed . by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be con- tacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed tocsb@haysfree-. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspa- per has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. PHOTO BY SEAN IQMMONS That's hot Firefighter Taylor Hawes, of the Kyle Fire Department, douses the remnants of a small brush tire Monday afternoon at the corner of Summit Drive and Skyview Terrace just east of Kyle. The fire came close to two homes but no damage was reported. The cause of the fire was unknown. Two county, positions remain unopposed BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfi' Even County Surveyor Kelly Kilber, who holds an antiquated position with virtually no job duties, drew an opponent this year. But three county- wide incumbents, two Democrats and a Republican, did not. District Attorney Sherfi Tibbe, term in office." Likewise, Treasurer Michelle Tutfle and County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Linda Rodriguez will also be on the ballot by themselves. Turtle, who is finishing her fourth term, hasn't had an opponent since her first election in 1994; Rodriguez has run unop- posed for four terms as well. 'Tmjust very, very thankful," Turtle said. "The cost of an election now is who won in 2006 by 24 votes, said just really outrageous and I'm thank- she was surprised herself that she mn unopposed. "To be honestwith you, I am sur- prised. It was a close election last time and I had always planned to have an opponent," Tibbe said. "I'm so grateful for the last three years and I'm looking forward to a second ful to be unopposed." All five justices of the peace up for election this year are also unopposed, inchiding Democrats Margie Heman- dez (Precinct 1, place 2), Beth Smith (Precinct 2) and Scott Cary (Precinct 5) and Republicans Andrew Cable (Pre- cinct 3) and Terry Kyle (Prednct 4). County DA stands behind Monroe plea deal BY SEAN KIMMONS The Hays County District Attorney's Office is standing by its decision to drop the DWI charge following Texas Longhorn running back D.]. Monroe's arrest. On Dec. 18, Monroe accepted a plea agreement for the less stigmatized charge of obstruction of a passageway with deferred adjudication. Both charg- es are Class B misdemeanors, Hays County Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber stressed on Dec. 28. The district attomey's office defend- ed the move, saying that it would help keep the 20-year-old redshirt fresh- man's scholarship intact. "With Mr. Monroe we faced two choices. A plea to a DWI where he "With Mr. Monroe we faced two choices. A plea to a DWI where he would be on probation and more than likely lose a chance at a college education at the University of Texas or a plea to Obstructing a Highway where he would be on probation and be allowed the opportunity to educanon. complete his " " r. -Fred Weber, Asst. Hays County eration than any other young person charged with the same crime. The only difference is that he is a football player and it made the newspaper." Weber also denied that the plea deal would be on probation and more than likely lose a chance at a college eduea- had anythingto do with Monroe being tion at the University ofTex or a , Te  player or the upcom- to Obstructing a Highway where: ing hip game, and noted his would be on probation and be atlowed lack of a r criminal record. the opportunity to complete his edu- ,'It has absolutely nothing to do with cation," Weber wrote in an e-mail, his stares as a football player," he said. "In the long nm I sincerely believe we "Ithas eyeing to do with his chan, c- made the correct choice," Weber added, es of obtaining his college education. "He received no more or no less consid: Under the plea agreement, Monroe Hill be on one-year probation. If he io- lates his probation, he could face jail time, Weber said. "It is quite common for us (and other jurisdictions across the state) to resolve first offense DWI cases with this ex, act same plea agreement," Weber said. "Sometimes we do it because we have a weak case. Other times we do it simply because it is the right thing under a cer- tain set of circumstances." If the cise had gone to trial, Sift. James Brawner, of the Brazoria County Sher- iff's Office, would have been a character witness for Monroe. Brawner befriend- ed Monroe, who is originally from An- gleton in Brazoria County, while he was in high school. Brawner became Monroe's mentor and said that the video of his DWI ar- rest didn't show anything out of the or- dinary about Monroe. "To me, it didn't look like anything other than normal DJ.," he said. "He's just a nervous person." As for the vomiting in the b.ack of the patrol car, Brawner said that he knows of several occasions when Monroe threw up due to his nervousness. At a press conference last week, Texas football coach Mack Brown announced that Monroe would be reinstated. "What I told him is I didn't llke what . he did, but I do think he's paid the pen- alty," he said. "I wanted him to learn from it and be more accountable, blat he's been practicing with our team ev- ery day. He has not missed anything, and he's had a great attitude since his incident: "And if he practices well enough, we'll play him in the game," Brown added. "We're not punishing him anymore." To view Monroe's arrest video, "go to ,, ,, ,,, , ,, ,, County Elections Continued from pg. 1A for that party's county judge nod. The Republican victor faces either incumbent Eliza- beth Sumter or Pct. 2 Com- missioner Jeff Barton, who are competing in the Democratic Party primary. The Republican ballot will also feature a marquee match-up in the Precinct 2 commission.ers race between Kyle Mayor Mike Gonzalez, considered a rising star in the GOP, and Hays CISD trustee vice chair Mark Jones, who has assembled an apparently formidable grassroots opera- tion. The victor of that race will take on former Kyle city councilman, Ray Bryant, for a seat on the Commissioners Court. Bryant is running un- opposed on the Democratic ticket. In other races, 428th Dis- trict ]udge Bill Henry, a San Marcos Republican, will run against San Marcos attorney Scot Courtney, a Democrat. Both District Clerk Cece- lia Adair, a Democrat, and County Clerk Linda Fritsche are retiring and in both cases deputy clerks are competing to replace their bosses. Beverly Crumley, a Buda Republican, and Alfredo San- chez, a San Marcos Democrat, are competing for district clerk. Gina Islas-Mendoza, a San Marcos Democrat, is run- ning against Liz Gonzalez, a San Marcos Republican, for county clerk. The midterm election is set for November 2. i i Join us.. Pedernales Electric Cooperative is exploring. possible changes to its Bylaws, and PEC also is considering creating a Member Bill of Rights. To ensure our success, we are hosting a forum to gather valuable member feedback. Topics for discussion and the proposed Bill of Rights are posted in the "Corporate Profile" section of our web site, and we encourage each member to read them and let us know what you think at the event, or send your comments to Bylaws Forum January 13, 2010 6-9 p.m. PEC Headquarters 201 South Avenue F John City Texas If you use your debit card to make purchases denominated in a foreign currency, you will be charged a forei exchange fee by MasCartl' to convert currency , Federally insured by the NCUA. + J