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t- + HOOPS CITY Lady Rebels beat Cavs in district game - Page 1B DOGS STOLEN Diabetic owner misses pets with special skills. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ...... ............... Vol. 119. No. 42 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 STAFF REPORT A Hays High junior was killed Ihesday after he was unable to escape a vehicle that caught fire near Southpark Meadows in South Austin. Tuesday's accident happened at around the 9800 block of Alice Mae Lane shortly after 6 p.m. Authorities have not released the name of the victim pending notifica- tion of next of kin. Hays CISD ;.ic information officer Tim Savoy confirmed Tuesday that the victim was a cur- rent junior at Hays High. Savoy said crisis coun- selors would be on hand at Hays High Wednesday morning for students and staff members. According to multi- ple reports, emergency officials were dispatched to a vehicle rescue and a car fire for a one-vehicle rollover crash. Emergency officials believe four people were a major factor in the "It's been a very diffi- in the vehicle, but only accident, cult time for the district three of them escaped. The Austin Police De- as a whole.., so many The juvenile was in the partment is investigating, of our staff members front side passenger seat Savoy said Tuesday knew these students and but was trapped in the marked the fifth deathformer students," Savoy vehicle, of a current or formersaid. "It affects anyone According to a report Hays CISD student since when a tragedy like this from KXAN News, the December. Four of those happens. We've had too Austin Fire Department deaths have occurred many in the past several believes alcohol played within the past week. weeks." BY MOSES LEOS III Kyle resident Stepha- nie Vasquez is no strang- er when it comes to beating the odds. Married in 2009 to her husband Steve, Vasquez, who moved to Kyle only six months ago, was told there was a "one in a mil- lion chance" for them to have children due to her various medical condi- tions. After three years of trying, which included in vitro fertilization, Steph- anie and Steve became pregnant with their first child. But life took a twist Thursday when Vasquez and her husband were involved in a major crash along the Interstate 35 access road at Burleson Road. The accident claimed Steve's life, while leaving Stephanie seri- ously injured. Through the creation of a gofundme page, Bridget Phelps, Steph- anie's sister, and the Vasquez family hope to raise funds to assist Stephanie and her baby's recovery, along with giv- ing closure for their loss. "She's going to need a lot of help and rehabili- tation," Phelps said. "We need to get that started." The Vasquez's story began when she first met her husband in 2008. At the time, the California natives worked as teach- ers. Phelps recalled Steve as a person who had a , baby survive fatal ck Steve and Stephanie Vasquez at their wedding crash along 1-35 Thursday, which took Steve's COURTESY PHOTO in 2009. The Vasquezes were involved in a major life and left Stephanie seriously injured. "He had the biggest laugh. I can hear it now. He was funny and had a great personality." -Bridget Phelps, Stephanie's sister "big personality." He also laugh. I can hear it now. was a volleyball and soc- He was funny and had a cer coach who was well great personality," Phelps liked by his students, said. She added that he "He had the biggest was active and loved to do Ragnar races with his sister. Stephanie and Steve eventually got married in 2009 and had plans to have children. For more than three years the couple tried to conceive, and in 2015, were told they were going to have a baby. While both knew it would be a high risk FATAL WRECK, 4A STAFF REPORT An investigation by the Comal County Sheriff's Office is underway after two kayakers from Kyle who were reported missing were found dead Sunday. Authorities have identified the kayakers as Tanner Earp, 17, and his brother Larry Earp, 25, of Kyle. The kayakers were found in the water by boaters near Boat Ramp 1 at Skyline Drive at Canyon Lake Sunday morning. According to a CCSO release, the two broth- KAYAKERS, 2A BY MOSES LEOS III Kyle residents who owe outstanding municipal fines to the city may not be able to hide for much longer. With the implementation of new license plate reader (LPR) technology, the Kyle Police Department hopes to not only mitigate outstanding warrants, but also keep people from possibly finding themselves behind bars. "I realize people sometimes forget to take care of obligations. If this allows them to take care of the obligation, and avoid going to jail and avoid having their car impounded, and avoid other consequences ... we think it's a good situation," Kyle Police Chief/eft Barnett said. The new technology comes as part of an agreement between the city and Vigilant Solutions. The Kyle City Council via a 6-0 vote on Jan. 4 approved PLATE READERS, 4A Hays County Livestock Show It's that time of year again! Bust out your boots and head to Dripping Spring Ranch Park Event Center for the annual Hays County Livestock Show. The presentation of the queen will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 a.m. with the horse show to follow. The other categories of the annual livestock Show will be held Jan. 26-28, including home skills, ag mechanics, swine, goats, poultry and more that Hays County has to offer. Visit www. for a full schedule and more information. "Images of America: Kyle" book signings by former Hays High teacher Learn about the history of Kyle with the help of local author Betty Harrison and the Hays County Historical Commission with the newly-published Images of America: Kyle. Harrison will do a book signing at the Depot on Center Street on Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Kyle Public Library on Jan. 29 from noon-2 p.m., and Jan. 30 at the Texas Pie Company from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Books will be for sale at all three readings. Santa Cruz Ladies Movie night Santa Cruz Catholic Church (1100 Main St., Buda) will host a double-feature movie night on Friday, Jan. 15 from 6:30- 9:45 p.m. at Deane Hall (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) We will have an intermission with favorite concession items. There will also be raffle prizes & door prizes. Please contact Margarita Negron, if you need more information, at (512) 657-7988. 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