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+ REBEL CUP Lobes earn Top 5 finish in Rebel Cup with 4-2 win over Leander. - Page 1B NEGOTIATORS Hostage negotiators compete at Texas State University. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ...... ....... Vol. 110 No. 41 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY JASON GORDON Last week, Ector County ISD pionships and has been voted the everything we need to succeed." playoffs in every team sport both athletic director Todd Vesely of- national high school champions Feldt will receive a two-year years Feldt was at Hays. fered Feldt the job and Feldt twice. The school's last state title contract at Permian with a salary "It's great to have a multi-year jumpedattheopportunitytolead came in1991, of $110,399 per year plus a $7,200 contract," Feldt said. "I'm go- Blake Feldt will be coaching the Permian Panthers, who were "l was just ecstatic when Coach car allownce, ing to miss the Hays community next season where the Friday made famous by H.G. Bissinger's Vesely offered me the job. I told At Hays, Feldt had an 18-6 over- though. It was honestly the best night lights are brightest of all. 1990 book "Friday Night Lights: him I'm ready to go to work," all record during his two seasons two years I've had in coaching so Feldt, who was the head foot- A Town, a Team, and a Dream," Feldt said. "I wouldn't have ac- at the school and led the Rebels far because of the kids and par- ball coach and athletic coordina- which chronicled the Panthers' cepted the job if I didn't think we to consecutive district titles for ents I've dealt with. They are sec- tor for two seasons at Hays High, 1988 state semifinal season, couldn't get Permian back to its the first time in history. Still, he ond to none. It breaks my heart accepted the same position at Since opening in 1959, Perm- rightful place as the king of Texas only had a one-year contract and l'm leaving after just two years Odessa Permian High School. He ian has captured six state football football. The great thing about was making an annual salary of will start at Permian on Jan. 22. championships, 24 district cham- the job is they are going to give us $90,000. The Rebels made the See BOUND FOR ODESSA, pg. 4A FELDT City infrastructure could bear name of highest bidder BY ANDY SEVILLA Upon entering Kyle's City Hall you can quickly find yourself in front of a basic room located in the corner on the first floor, right next to the council chamber. As basic as that side room may seem, housing only a few tables and chairs corralled in by neutral colored walls and a brown carpet, it represents decades of service. The "Minerva Falcon Commu- nity Room," was named after a city secretary who worked in different posts for the city over a 32-year span. In 2007, city council mem- bers presented a proclamation to recognize her "significant public service career and her consider- able contributions to the better- ment of Kyle." In keeping with that tradition of recognition, council members last week deliberated criteria in an effort to set guidelines in how to go about naming city infrastructure after in- dividuals and organizations. Council members decided not to let city infrastructure bear the name of religious institutions as it could lead to "sticky" situations, but corporations or individuals who pay the right amount of mon- ey can have buildings erected in their honor. Council members decided that if a person, organization or corpora- tion pays for at least 51 percent of a building's construction cost, that city building could then be named after them. Naming rights could also be awarded if at least 51 percent of a building's maintenance is covered through an endowment or if the land the building is constructed on is donated. Council members also decided to name city infrastructure after individuals who have significantly contributed to and impacted the Kyle community. Residents interested in having XLLJ e~ F-8-< city infrastructure named will have the opportunity to submit an ap- plication to the city, which will then be forwarded to the appropriate municipal board or commission for recommendation to council. Among the city features that could bear someone's name are parks, buildings, streets, lakes, rooms, benches, fountains, tables, trees, furniture, and windows, amidst a litany of other city-owned infrastructure. The discussion on naming fights was birthed through Council Mem- ber David Wilson's Dec. 18 recom- mendation to name the Kyle His- toric City Hall after Adell Hurst. Wilson beseeched the building's name change to the Adell Hurst Se- nior Citizens Center, in an effort to memorialize her contributions to the senior citizen community and to the preservation of the city's his- tory and heritage, according to the council's agenda. Ultimately, that recommen- dation was tabled until council PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE KYLE FIRE DEPARTMENT The namesake of Miller Whitaker Fire Station #1 was named after James Miller (right) and George Whitaker, who both joined the Kyle Volunteer Fire Department in 1946 and served over 50 years. adopts rules specific to the naming of city infrastructure. Council members are expected to finalize adoption of the rules for naming rights through a city coun- cil resolution. Celebrating MLK Day and LBJ City and county offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The city of San Marcos and the LBJ-MLK Crossroads Memorial Committee will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new sculpture commemorating the civil rights legacy of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21,2013. Kickball season is here Spring Kickball League 2013 team registration is now in progress. Team registration is on-line only and ends 5pm, Friday, Feb. 22. Contact (512) 262-3939., BY ANDY SEVILLA New details have emerged surrounding the arrest of a Kyle city employee charged last week with a felony terror threat, paint- ing him as "capable" o4 carrying out threats to shoot coworkers at the Parks Department. Four-year Kyle Parks and Recreation Depart- ment employee Gabriel Dominic Garza, 33, was arrested and charged Jan. 7 with making a terror threat impair- GARZA ing public/government service, a third-degree felony, according to Hays County Jail records. Garza's Probable Cause Affidavit showed that four city employees affirmed that Garza was "capable of committing the shooting" he threatened to carry out against at least two coworkers and the en- tire department. City officials said Garza's employment has since been terminated. City employee Arthur Zamarrippa told authorities Garza threatened to shoot him, because Garza was upset that Za- marrippa blocked his vehicle during an employee meeting, according to the af- fidavit. But Garza allegedly threatened to shoot someone else, as well. "The suspect (Garza) said when he got out of the army he was coming back to shoot his fellow coworker by the name of David Johnson," Ronnie Esparza, city employee, is attributed in the affidavit as telling authorities. "The suspect (Garza) was upset with Johnson because Johnson picked on him a lot. Esparza said on 01/04/13, (Garza) told him that he was going to call him on the day of the shooting so he can call in sick. Esparza stated he believed (Garza) was capable of committing the shooting," the affidavit stated. City employee Martin Gonzales told au- thorities on Jan. 2 that Garza "randomly" began discussing shooting Johnson, and on Jan. 4 Gonzales said that after their employee meeting, Garza stated he was going to shoot Johnson," according to the affidavit. Johnson told authorities he was un- aware of any threats made against him, but said he "believed (Garza) was possi- bly capable of shooting him and the Kyle Parks Department," the affidavit stated. City spokesman Jerry Hendrix said that at the time of Garza's arrest, no weapons were found on his person or property. Hendrix would not comment last week on whether Garza was believed to be dan- gerous, but said," proper restrictions and precautions are in place, that are typical with this type of case, to ensure the safety of employees and the public." Garza was released on a $25,000 bond Jan. 8. 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