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+ Rebel basketball sinks Lobos in nailbiter - Page 1B IMAGES OF KYLE Local author wrote the book on Kyle, holds book signing - Page 1(; Barton Publications, Inc. iii~i ........... .... Vol. 119 No. 43 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY MOSES LEOS III If there was one thing former Hays Rebel head football coach Blake Feldt remembered about Will Trevillion, it was that he was always happy. Feldt, who now coaches at Odessa Permian High School and spoke via phone Monday, recalled a young man who, he said, "always had a smile on his face." "He was always laugh- ing and he was a fun young man to be around," Feldt said. "Because of the happiness that just came out of his whole being." For Feldt and many oth- ers who knew Trevillion, the news of his death on Jan. 6 was something that shook them to their core. "When I heard the news last week, I was heartbro- ken," Feldt said. "He had so much to offer to the world at large." Many of the details sur- rounding Trevillion's death remain a mystery. Accord- ing to reports, Trevillion, 20, collapsed in his home in Buda. Hays County Justice of "When I heard the news last week, I was heartbroken. He had so much to offer to the world at large." -Blake Feldt, former Hays High football coach the Peace No. 2 Judge Beth Smith said Trevillion was pronounced dead at 1:43 p.m. on Jan. 6. Smith said the cause of death was unknown and an autopsy was ordered. According to Smith, the autopsy is pending toxi- cology and microscopic examination. Smith said autopsy results would take "a few weeks." Trevillion, who graduat- TREVILLION, 4A COURTESY PHOTO Will Trevillion, who graduated from Hays High in 2013, played at Texas State University as a defensive lineman. BY PAIGE LAMBERT Talk of conspiracy ringed at the Hays County Courthouse steps Thurs- day as Tommy Ratliff put Hays County Sheriff incumbent Gary Curler under the ,microscope. Ratliff's allegations ofa' ,. cover-up to a 20!4 case led ............ him to-entl-for Cutlers res- ignation roughly a month before the two square offin the March 7 primaries. "He abuses his position to ensure that cases are not moving forward any farther than the sheriff's of- rice," Ratliff said. "He's not trustworth~ not anymore." The case Ratliff referred to involved former intemal affairs officer Bruce Board- man and his family. The controversy began in February 2014 when Hays County deputies were called to a family violence issue where the wife allegedly hit her husband, resulting in a concussion. The couple was later iden- dried as Jesse and Brittany Hedland in a July 20, 2014 incident report, Ratliff said. Brittany is Boardman's daughter. Ratliff said no one was arrested in the incident. According to Ratliff, however, Jesse later tried to press charges but to no avail. not moving -Tommy Ratliff~: ;~ :+i candidate for Hays ~ii! ~ County Sheriff PHOTO BY PAIGE LAMBERT Former Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff has announced he will run against incumbent Sheriff Gary Cutler in a March 7 primary. Above, Ratliff publicly accuses Cutler of wrongdoing on the steps of the County Courthouse last Thursday. "The sheriff's office said, we don't believe this caused you to have a con- cussion, overriding what a medical examiner said, and showed .him the door," Ratliff said. According to a February 2014 Hays County incident report, Sgt. Michael Briggs responded to a civil call at 698 Ranchers Club I_ane, south of Driftwood. The complainant, Jesse, had allowed his then-wife to house-sit while he was in a California rehab facility. Ratliff said Jesse called Boardman to pass a mes- sage to Brittany. "Your daughter is at the house and I'm trying to sell it," Jesse said, "She needs to stay out of the house and tell her to not go into the house." Ratllff said Boardman became irate, threatened to kill Jesse and make him "disappear." Four other people heard the conversation before Jesse called the Hays Coun- ty Sheriff's office to press charges. 'An officer gets to the scene and he is met by the internal affairs officer who is very agitated," Ratliff ALLEGATIONS, 4A 'Images of Hays County Livestock Show Bust out your boots and head to Dripping Spring Ranch Park Event Center for the annual Hays County Livestock Show Jan. 26-28. Visit for a full schedule. Learn about the his- tory of Kyle with the help of local author Betty Harrison and the Hays County His- torical Commission with the newly-pub- lished "Images of America: Kyle." Har- rison will do a book signing at the Depot on Center Street on Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.- noon, 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. Kyle road detours affect businesses - Page 1 D BY MOSES LEOS III With a final public input meeting scheduled for February, Kyle and its consulting team are readying to present the final draft of its Transpor- tation Master Plan (TMP) update. Questions over trad- ing proposed road im- provements would be one of several topics, including drainage and wastewater, the city plans to address prior to coun- cil adopting the plan in March. "From an engineering standpoint, I don't know whether to cry, scream or both," City Engineer Leon Barba said. "There are a lot of folks that don't want to see these improvements.., it's going to keep growing and people need to move somewhere." The Kyle City Coun- cil on Jan. 5 was given a presentation from Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam (LAN) on the progress of the proposed TMP update. David Manuel, project manager with LAN, said the process for the TMP update began in 2014. It involved collecting data from entities such as the Capital Area Metropoli- tan Planning Organiza- tion (CAMPO) to produce draft plans. In addition, ]_AN also collected data from stakeholders via two public meetings. They compiled all of the information to come up with a ranking system that prioritized projects: Reconstructing Bebee Lane from Interstate 35 to Highway 21 to a two- lane, divided highway with a center turn lane held highest priority. Barba said while he wasn't surprised that Bebee was at the top of the list, there were other roads that the city be- Kyle's top 3 projects in ........ . 1 Bebee Road from IH-35 to SH 21 - $57 million Reconstruct to 2-lane divided with center turn lane/median 2 CR 158/Opal Lane from Old Stagecoach Rd. to SH 21 - $44 million Reconstruct to 2-lane and 4-lane divided arterial 3 Goforth Road from Kyle Parkway to Brent Blvd. ~- $2.0 million lieved needed improve- ment. Some of those roads include Dry Hole Road, which was damaged by floodwater on Oct. 30. "We knew Bebee wasn't in the greatest of shape, but it was decent," Barba said. In addition, Barba said there was concem on some of the recom- mendations on the plan about costs and needed changes. One of those was the Kyle Parkway extension. In Kyle's 2005 transpor- tation master plan, the project was to tie the ex- tension to Lehman Road. In the TMP proposal, the extension connects at the intersection of Dacy Lane and Kyle Parkway. Barba said that was "not on the plan any more." Widening Old Stage- coach Road was one project that could be too expensive, both in con- struction and right-of- TRANSPORTATION, 4A I, News ............... ............ "c1 III]!1!1!!!111L![!1!![!1111 Opinions ...............3A Business ......... 1,4D Sports.. ............. 1-2B Service Directory ... 3D Education ......... 3-4B Classifieds ............ 2-3D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ... 2, 4D 7 7 + ./