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F + REBEL CUP Lady Rebel soccer takes title of self-named tournament. - Page 1B CAUGHT OH FACEBOOK The impact of social media and how it can be used in a court of law. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. ............... HaysFreePress.com ...... Vol. 110 No. 42 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 + County mourns the loss of publisher, politidan, historian Robert C. (Bob) Barton Jr., proud son of Central Texas, family man, newspaperman, politician, friend and mentor to many - and a staunch believer in social justice as a basic right for all - died January 19, the birthdate of one of his heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. He was 82. His death, of congestive heart failure, also came a few days before the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, a leader whose election four years ago served to affirm Barton's undying faith in his country as a nation of fairness and equality. Barton served in the Texas House of Representatives, but he was known throughout Central Texas as an influential political operative who mentored, advised and sup- ported numerous candidates who became successful officeholders. He had a fascination with demograph- ics before that word joined the political lexicon and he was known to accurately predict the outcome of a local election before the polls closed based solely on the number See BOB BARTON, pg. 4A BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Kyle has dimmed the light on government transparency with the end of the city manager's informative Friday letter. EveryFridayafternoon, council members could expect to receive a letter from City Manager Lan- ny Lambert, a practice he has executed throughout his career, detailing his schedule for a two-week period, what new busi- nesses came into town, what permits were grant- ed and the city's sales tax collections, among a plethora of issues of con- cem to Kyle. That practice was end- ed as the New Year rang in. "Our new city attorney has advised me that a potential exists for the disclosure of confidential information regard- ing personnel, advice from the city attorneys, advice for the city's lawsuits, that in my effort to communicate with the council could be in- advertently released to the public, through the news media, through the letter," Lambert said. "He advises that I no longer communicate with the council in that way, and I've accepted his advice. He's the expert on the Open Meetings Law." "1 personally liked the Friday letter and personally thanked (Lambert) for doing it, because it gave us all a summation of what's happening in Kyle." -David Wilson, Kyle council member The Hays Free Press, too, has been a recipi- ent of Lambert's weekly letter since August 24, 2012 and that resource faded after the Jan. 4, 2013 communication. But, not only is the information being kept from the media, coun- cil members, too, are confounded by the re- source's end. "I personally liked the Friday letter and personally thanked (Lambert) for doing it, because it gave us all a summation of what's happening in Kyle," said Council Member DavidWilson, cautioning that he, too, understood potential legal ramifi- cations. See FRIDAY LETTER, pg. 4A" myor and O~'y O~un~l, NxKhed f~" your review im the Czty Ma~ Calenderz (put and future) and ~ refardt~l cny I~t~r~y for t~e v~ek of December 31 - Janua~ 4, 2013. R~ call If you ~ any qu4Stlom. Oty Men~W Kyle road bond meeting Kyle will host its second public information session for a proposed road bond Saturday Jan. 26 at City Hall. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to last about two hours. Members of the city's mobility committee and city staff will be on hand to present the various road projects and answer question about the timing and fis- cal impacts of the projects. Kyle City Council is considering putting a road bond package before voters as part of the May 2013 election. CTMC in San Marcos will have a healthy cooking dem- onstration in their Commu- nity Classroom, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Call (512) 753-3818 to reg- ister for the next demonstration. At this event, you will learn how to prepare heart-healthy dishes from the dietary and nutri- tion team. RAIL YEAH! Lone Star Rail expected in I neXt three to four years. [ - Page 1D :,. ,: [ Opinions ....... : ................. 3A Sports ........................ 1-2B Education ..................... 3-4B Neighbors ..................... 1-4C Business ............................ 1 D Best Bets .................. 40 Service Directory ........... 3D Classifieds .................... 2D Public Notices ............... 2-4D BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com Buda residents have the oppor- tunity to vote in a special election this Saturday for a candidate to re- place Todd Ruge, who gave up his Place 2 seat when he was elected mayor in December. Ruge was voted into office in a special elec- tion after former Mayor Sandra Mangham resigned from the posi- tion due to health reasons. The three candidates vying for the open council spot are Amy Proctor, a 30-year Buda resident, Wiley Hopkins, currently the vice chairman of Buda's Zoning Board of Adjustments, and Cathy Chilcote, Community Director at The Lynd Company, a property management firm. Chilcote is also a former Buda council member who lost the seat in November to George Haehn. Each of the candidates was given an opporttmity to answer a question- naire from the Hays Free Press. On the next page are Cathy Chilcote's verbatim responses. The other can- didates did not provide a response. Election day is Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. All voting is at Buda City Hall. See CHILCOTE ~ pg. 2A BY ANDY SEVILLA andy@haysfreepress.com Kyle council members violated the state's Open Meetings Act last week when they met without post- ing required notice of the meeting and deliberated on a potential bond election aimed at address- ing city roads in disrepair. The Open Meetings Act states that "a governmental body shall give written notice of the date, hour, place, and subject of each meeting held by the governmental body ... A municipal governmen- tal body shall post notice of each meeting on a physical or electron- ic bulletin board at a place conve- nient to the public in city hall." On Saturday, the city's mobility committee hosted a public infor- marion session in the city council chamber at City Hall. The commit- tee discussed the two road bond options council will consider put- ting on the May ballot, after receiv- ing direction from council to con- duct two informational meetings. See ROAD BOND, pg. 2A