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Page 2A + NL S Hays Free Press January 19, 2011 + treg__._ rl 55 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087- 9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals post- age paid at Bud TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POST- MASTER: Semi address changes to Barton Pu~cations, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 m111~ If you think It's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268- 7862 E-mail: Mail: RO. Box 339 Buda, Texas 78610 c01mEclmm Any enoneous mflecUon upon the charact~, staining or reputation of any person, fsm or c~ which may appear in the peges of the Hays Free Press will be cor- rected udon being brought to the attention of the pu~her. The deadline for display advetis- ing and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Fdday the week pdor to publication. The deadline for Lettem to the Ed~r and dassir~ word advertis- ing in the /-lays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage madors and advertise~ to obsewe the Fridw deadline. tB'IBS 6111~JES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on t~ay topics of community interest. We esk that you keep tt~n t0 about 350words in ler~ and that you not indulge in pemonel attacks on pdvate individuals. Letters may be ed~)d for brevk'y and ck~ty. ~i k~tets shoulcl be signed by ttm authcz and include a daytime phone number whem the author can be contacted for vedflcatlon. Letter wdters are fimited to one letter p~ month. Lettem can be ern~led to csb@ Founded Apd110, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher I-brwea as The Kyte News, with flees on the comer of Burle- son and Miller Streets in the town~ o~dest remaining bu(Iding. It merged into The Hays County ~ in 1956. The paper ~ed w~h The Free Press in October, 1978. Dudng its more than lO0-year h'~ toff the newspaper has maintained off~es at more than a dozen loca- tions in Kyle and Buda, BY JENNI R Buda leaders are on the looks the most like a nice hunt for the picture that place to come home to." says a thousand words Councilmembers con- about the city they call curred with the focusgroup the tagline, noting that it home. on their top choice, a logo could call to mind air pol- Tuesday night, court- with the words "BudaTx," lution concerns from ear- cilmembers took their and a bold graphic of a lier in the decade. first look at a series of lo- young boy playing on a "I don't like the'breathe gos and taglines created tire swing hanging f~m easy' statement because the by the Addison-based the "x". The tagline reads, eight years ago we had ta firm Ariamedia, part of a "Breathe easy here." the EPA and every group $25,000 branding cam- "The tire swing cleverly associated with bad air paign commissioned by completes theX, resulting parked outside the plant," ily the city. in an iconic image that Chilcotesaid. blooms Each of the five logos creates an inseparable But Buda Mayor Bobby hem." tries to capture the spirit whole," the Ariamedia Lane said the logo capital- Councilmember of a laid-back, friendly report says. "...this Texas izedonBuda's small-town dra Tenrio made a town with historical roots city is proud of its laid- charm at the edge of a big and big plans for the fu- back lifestyle and family city. ture, said Ariamedia part- focus." %s know, it's we not ner JordanWollman, cau- Wollmannoted thatthe easy to breathe in down- tioning that each logo is logo offered an element town Austin but you can still a work in progress, of nostalgia, suggesting a come down here and get Earlier this week, afo- carefme and happy child- abreathoffreshair,"Lane S~n- mo- tion to move forward with the "breathe easy here" tag-line and logo. "The only thing I would say is, can we check with the EPA and make sure we haven't been cited in a cus group of local resi- hood in a safe commu- dents rated the logo and nity. tagline combinations on a Councilmembers series of ten criteria such agreed, with most picking as, "Which one looks the that logo as their favorite, most like Buda~" "Which though Councilmember one looks the most thriv- Cathy Chilcote spotted ingj' and "Which one a possible hiccup with said. while?" Tendo said. For their second choice, Coundlmember Ron the focus group opted for Fletcher cast the sole dis- thelogoshowingaplant, senting vote. Ariamedia reminiscent of across will tweak the logo and between a bluebonnet and present two final options an agave cactus, growing to the council next month. out of the word Buda, with Kyie Murder Inmate Release Continued from pg. 1A he was woken up by his wife, who heard the shots. gmann said that at least 10 emergency vehicles responded to the inddent, and crime scene tape lined the street. "It was a lot of commotion and excite- ment earlyin the momin he said. The manager of the park said that Vasquez was an unapproved tenant. Neighbors interviewed by the Hays Free Press said they did not knowVssquez. Court records indicate Vasquez has a San Marcos address and he was sched- uled to go to ~al Feb. 3 for an assault with bo~ injury charge, a Oass A m~e- meanor, which occur~ in July 2010. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Kyle ~Sce Department at 268-3232. The last reported homicide in Kyie was Oct. 2, 2004, when Jasper Foster stabbed his wife Terd Foster to death. Foster was convicted in November 2005 and sen- tenced 80 years in prison. Contin=ued from Pg. 1A feted to inmates who conduct to save more taxpayer mon~ manuad labor during their stint "By summertime, we'll be at the jail. For each day an in- readyto take on other projects," mate :spends doing manual he said. labor, mnother "good ~me" day Cutler took office Nov. 15 to willbe eamed.Basica ,apris- the two years or so ofthe oner couldbe releasedwithjust late Allen Bddge's term. Bridges one-thaird ofhis time served, died in December 2008 before Manuai labor time indudes being sworn to a term that an army of odd jobs in or wouldhavestarted]am 1,2009. around the ja, such as, wash- The commissioners court ing cars, mopp'mg floors, paint- appointed former Texas Eanger in~ ~g tile, plumbin~ sheet TommyRatliEto holdthe office metal work and heavy equip- until the next general election, ment operator work, among which was held in November other }bb~ this year. "I think it's good for them," Ratliff, along with former Page ~d. "]t gets them outside CountyJudge Elizabeth Sumter, into the fresh air." aggressively advocated for con- Prisoners are always super- stmction of a new jail, often vised at the work sites, said d~g over~n~ling and the Page, ~ho hopes to develop an- resu/ting cost of the Guadalupe other p~ to allow prison- County contract as part of their ers to work at municipal parks reasoning. Budget Cutbacks Continued from log. 1A Staffing costs for the district's 2,200 employees consume more than 84 percent of its operating budget, Scherff said, so any significant cuts would likely have to come from that pool. But because of the dis~ct's rapid growth, that probably wouldn't mean layoffs. Instead, Hays CISD might consider a full-blown hiring freeze, or simply not make some previously planned hires. Hays CISD Superintendent/eremy Lyon sent out a lengthy email to district employees on Friday shar- ing information about the possible budget cuts. "Hays CISD will have less revenue, but the fact is that no one knows how deeply the cut will be un- ~] the legislature identifies budget priorities," Lyon wrote. "What we do know is that we are committed to pulling through this state budget crisis with mini- mal impact on the quality of educational services we provide for our children." Lyon noted that no specific staffing cuts have yet been formulated, and any staff member whose job was proposed to be cut would be informed before the proposal was made public. Esperanza Orosco, a leader with the local chap- ter of the Texas State Teacher's Association, said her group has been keeping an eye on state budget pm- ceediogs and understands that staffing cuts may be inevitable. "The cuts are tremendous and the ramifications of those cuts are scary," Omsco said. Omsco said she appreciated the email that Lyon sent out to keep employees in the know about bud- get issues, and met with him this week. The legislature is considering loosening the state's 22-1 student teacher ratio in an attempt to save money, in his email, Lyon said he would advocate to maintain that ratio on the elementary level "One thing I did tell Dr Lyon is I do want to see a firm commitment to a 22-1 ratio," Omsco said. "We need to really stay firm to what our beliefs have been and our commitment to creating a 21st century en- vironment for our students." No new campuses are opening next year, reliev- ing some of the staffing pressures the district has faced in previous years. Though growth has slowed somewhat in the last couple of years, the district added 700 students this year and is projecting another 700 students next year, bringing the total student body to.about 16,000. That growth might also papally shield the district f~om state budget cuts. Under the current budget structure, those extra students would mean an ad- ditional $3.8 million in state fun d~g. Meanwhile, a five percent reduction in state' funding would amount to about $3.5 million, meaning the district will likely receive slightly more cash from the State next year. Rather than facing outright budget cuts, it's likely the district would instead be in a position of having to educate more students for the same amount of money. "l firmly believe you can't look at the $70 million we get this year and say we're going to have to cut $3.5 million," Scherffsaid. While school disuicts across the state wait out the budget wrangling of the legislative session, all they can do is plan for the worst and hope for the best. "When the legislature is in session you will never know what will happen until they hit the final gavel down," Scherff said. +