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+ REBEL CUP Rebel boys win title. Girls compete this weekend. - Page 1B MLK DAY Hays County residents celebrate MLK and his dream. - Page 1C r,,. t~ Barton Publications, Inc. VOI. 108 * No. 41 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY SEAN KIMMONS A bloodstain outside an abandoned mobile home marks the spot where a Kyte man was shot to death early Mon- day momin~ the first homicide in the city in more than six years. At 4:10 a.m., Kyle Police Department received several calls of shots being fired at the Aztec ViUage Mobile Home Park, 291 Roland Lane in south Kyle. Officers located the body of a Hispan- ic male laying near a vacant mobile home, city officials said. The body has been identified as Gabriel Vasquez, 36, who is a resident of the park. Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Beth Smith pronounced the victim deceased, city officials said. As of Tues- day afternoon, police said they have not identified a motive or suspects in the shooting. A resident of the mobile home park said that she heard four or five shots, then a pause of a few seconds, followed by a volley of four or five more shots. "I was afraid," Pamela Fultz said. "I didn't want to come outside." Fult caged the police and eventu- ally went outside with other neighbors when she saw two men on their knees praying next to the body. "One of the men was scmandng at the top of his lungs saying 'My brother, my brother!"' Fultz said. Police spoke to both men and took one away in a squad car, possibly to be ques- tioned, Fultz said. She also overheard one of the men tell police that they were being followed before the shooting. Nearby, Jesse Bergmann said that See KYLE MURDER, pg. 2A PHOTO BY SEAN KJMMONS Curious residents of the Aztec Village Mobile Home Park walk around an aban- doned mobile home where a 36-year-old men was found shot to death early Monday morning. Hays ClSD facing budget constrainls BY JENNIFER BIUNDO As state legislators face down a biennial budget deficit that could ..... exceed $25 billion, school districts across Texas are steeling them- selves for painful financial cuts headed their way, and Hays CISD is The state funds nearly two-thirds of Hays CISD's operating budget, amounting to more than $70 rail- lion annualS, with local property tax revenue making up the remain- der. The 82nd Legislative session is now underway, and lawmakers will almost certainly slash public education funding in an attempt to bridge their enormous budget gap. "The common feeling among the public school systems is there'll probably be somewhere around a five percent reduction" in state fundin~ said Hays CISD Deputy Superintendent Carter Scherff, noting that some legislators have floated possible cuts as high as 10 percent. Next Monday, during their regu- lar board meeting, ~,ays CISD di- rectors will take their first public look at options to build a tighter budget. Like other districts, Hays CISD would have two options: rais- ing taxes, or cutting costs. Other Central Texas districts al- ready have proposed more draco- nian measures to cope with an im- pending cash shortfall. Austin ISD is facing community outcry at a po- tenrlal plan to close nine campuses across the district, while Round Rock ISD recently implemented a hiring fteeze. See BUDGET CUTBACKS, pg. 2A Rebel Cup victors A defeated Pflugerville player contains his after scoring the second goal of the Rebel house Pflugerville Panthers. The Hays Girls BY SEAN KIMMONS New Sheriff Gary Curler has insti- tuted an early-release program for in- mates who behave themselves, a move that has already allowed Hays County to stop housing inmates at consider- able expense in neighboring Guadalupe County. Implemented during his first month in office, under the sheriff's system, a well-behaved inmate can receive a "good time" day for each day served. For PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-I~IUTTON gdef in the pouring rain while joyous Hays High soccer players congratulate Adam Simmons Cup championship soccer game. The Rebels won the Cup 2-1, taking out the state power- Rebel Cup commences on Thursday. example, if a pris- oner has a one year sentence, he could be released in six months. "It is something that is approved by the state leg- islature," Chief Deputy Sheriff Ia- mie P. Page said of the pmgran~ The state's Code of Criminal Proce- dures allows judges and sheriffs to shave lime off sentences for good behavior. As of Tuesda~ 305 prisoners were be- ing held at the 362-bed Hays County Jail, Page said, and the last inmates sent to Seguin have been brought back to Hays County. Last fiscal year, the county spent mote than $880,000 to house prisoners in Guadalupe County, Page said, a fig- ure that does not include transportation and sheriff personnel time to transfer inmates. Even shorter sentences are being of- See INMATE RELEASE, pg..2A C01JRTBY PHOTO The site of the Antioch Colony his- torical marker is just off of Old Black Colony Road in Buda, just west of Cole Sprngs Road. Antioch Colony receives marker STAFF REPORT Originally settled by former slaves following the Civil War, the Antioch Colony, just west of Buda, was recently awarded a Texas His- torical Marker to document its storied yet undertold history~( The City of Buda will officially unveil the Antioch Colony His- torical Marker at a 10 a.m. Jan. 22. The site is just off of Old Black Colony Road, which is located west of Cole Springs Road. Followin.~ the unveiling, a re- ception will be held at the Buda City Hall located at 121 Main Street. The unveiling and the re- ception are open to the public. The original Antioch Colony first drew settlers in 1870, when Anglo businessman Joseph E See ANTIOCH COLONY, pg. 4A Sul~cdb~ address Computer Classes in Kyie The Kyle Library hosts free classes on computer basics from 8-10 a.m. through Monday, Jan. 24. Dia de Familla This Hays CISD distrtict-wide event focuses on health antd community services for Spanish-speaking families. it will take place fmnm 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hemphill Elementary. Kyle What a great way to help out your library... Come stuff letters for the library, at the Buda Public Library beginning at 1 p.m. 'Larger Than Life' Experience the work of internationally recognized local painter, sculptor and muralist Buck Wren through the documentary playing at the Old Kyie City Hall at 7 p.m. Hays County Livestock Show The Hays County Youth Live- stock Show will take place Jan. 27-30 at the Hays County Civic Center. Look for more ca/endar HsUngs on page 4C and TACO TOUR Who has the most tacos in town? - Page 1D heavenly l Opinions ..................... 3A Sports ........................ I&2B Education ................... 3&4B Community ....... : ............. 1-2C Obituaries .......................... 2C Bulletin Boards ............... 4C Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ..................... 2D Public Notices ............ 2&4D ~.~ _JIL__ ........J l i ,i +