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Page 4A NL~IN$ Hays Free Press January 23, 2013 + + Bob Barton Continued from pg. 1A of people who had voted in certain key precincts. He was an unabashed liberal and lifelong Demo- crat who believed deeply in the promises of FDR's New Deal, ]FK's idealism and LBI's Great Society. He was a strong supporter of full participation in the political process of Hispanics, African Americans, women, students and other minorities, which often led to strong disap- proval from those in the political establishment who saw him as a traitor to his roots. He was ~lso a staunch supporter of e'ducation and was proud of his role in the effort to form the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. Bob Barton's populist roots in Central Texas and Hays County were deep. He was born on April 5, 1930 in Austin - because there was no hospital in Buda - to long-time Buda residents Robert C. Barton and Mari- etta Fly Barton. His father was a rancher and superin- tendent of the Buda School toted and encouraged nu- District. A product of the merous journalists who went Buda schools, Barton earned on to successful careers in a teaching degree from Texas the field. He was a strong State University and served defender of the First Amend- in the U.S. Army during the ment but also believed that Korean conflict, stationed in a newspaper had an obliga- Germany. tion to treat its readers and Bob and Wynette Word of community with respect. Kyle were married in 1955 In 1998, Barton combined and had two sons, Jefferson his love of history, politics Word, a businessman who and newspapers to produce served two terms as Precinct a highly readable history, 2 County Commissioner, in newspaper form, of Hays and David Gilbreath Slaugh- County from the Indian days ter, a writer and professor to the arrival of the railroad. at Northern New Mexico Among his heroes were College in Espafiola, north principled politicians such of Santa Fe. Wynette is a ]un- as the late U.S. Sen. Ralph gian psychoanalyst practic- Yarborough and Isaac Julian, ing in Kyle and Austin. the crusading publisher of In 1952, Barton and close the San Marcos Free Press in friend Moe Johnson entered the 1870s. the newspaper world with An avid historian and the purchase of the Kyle lover of Central Texas lore, News, which eventually be- Barton devoted the last sev- came a county-wide award- eral years of his life to histor- winning newspaper known ical research, in addition to as the Hays County Citizen. writing occasionally for the After selling The Citizen in Hays Free Press. 1978, Barton established Barton was preceded in what is now the Hays Free death by his parents, as well Press, a consistent award as parents-in-law, W.A. (Lex) winner in regional and state- Word and Bobbie Word of wide newspaper contests. Kyle, and sister Barbara Bar- Over the years, Barton men- ton Younts and his aunt and HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO Bob Barton (left) with lifelong friend Mo Johnson. Johnson was the first superintendent of the Hays Consolidated School District. uncle Elizabeth and Iohn Porter. In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by his daughters-in-law Cyndy Slovak-Barton and ]olana ]anisova-Barton and grand- children Zachary Alexander, Mary Rose Bozena, Katrina Wynette (Katka) and ]akub Sterling Adam (Kuba). Other survivors are Nancy (Word) and Iohn Osgood of Austin and their family; lane (Word) and Calvin Kirkham and their family; nephews Clint and Amy Younts and family; Clay and Diana Younts and their family; niece Kathy Flake and Randy and their family; and many beloved friends and former employees. A public memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, ]anuary 26 at the Old Rock Gymon the Kyle Elementary Campus in Kyle. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Friends of the Kyle Library, P.O. Box 2349, Kyle, TX 78640 or Hays County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 1245, Buda, TX 78610. Friday Letter Continued from pg. 1A Council Member Saman- tha Bellows-LeMense said she was not aware of any in- formation being released in the city manager's Friday let- ter that would not have been otherwise presented to the public. "We're still getting the in- formation, which is a plus, it's just more spread out," Le- Mense said. "It's a little incon- venient, but in all honestly, as long as I get the information then that's all that really mat- ters to me - whether it be in a Friday letter or whether it be in individual letters." Wilson said council has not discussed the future of the Friday letter, but for now, evidently, it has been put on hold. He said "it just hap- pened," one day he just did not receive the awaited com- munication "that kept (him) up to date" on matters of in- terest. As he understands it, Wil- son said council will in the future discuss the dissemi- nation of information, main- taining in the forefront that there are legal quandaries that must be addressed. City Attorney Julian Grant, who once headed the Local Government Affairs Section of the Attorney General's Of- rice, was tight-lipped about recommending the Friday letter's end, but sMd "internal communications will remain (at City Hall)." Grant said personnel mat- ters, attorney-client privilege and other sensitive mate- rial must be protected in the city's interest. Wilson said Lambert's let- ter kept him organized, and in late 2012, council mem- bers directed Lambert to keep them abreast of issues in Kyle through the Friday let- ter. Council Member Diane Hervol particularly took is- sue with feeling uninformed on certain matters and hav- ing details falling through the cracks. Lambert said that through- out his career he's presented councils in various cities with his Friday letter in an effort to keep council members cog- nizant on the multitude of ci~ affairs. .......... 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