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HEFTY GOAL Lehman boys powedifting squad has its eyes on the state title. - Page 1B LIVESTOCK SHOW Annual sale raises funds for local 4H and FFA. - Page 1C HaysFreePress.com : @Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 107 * No. 49 , Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Full load HCISD urges seniors to take more courses BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Hays High School students won't lose their senior perk of an optional lighter course load in their final year, school ad- ministrators said Monday. But students will still be urged to sign up for a full day of classes when they register for their se- nior year. Many Hays seniors find that they can fulfill all graduation requirements and still free up two class periods in their final year, getting out of school at 2 p.m. rather than 4 p.m. Lehman High School allows seniors to take off one class period, while See SCHOOL SCHEDULE, log. 2A Lopez quietly resigned Kyle council three weeks ago BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com Mayoral candidate Michelle L6pez quietly resigned her seat on the Kyle city council three weeks ago, she told the Hays Free Press Tuesday. Because her term is sched- tried to expire in May, L6pez was not required to resign her seat to enter the race for mayor, unlike other candidates with more than a year left on their terms. But L6pez, whose resig- nation was effective on Jan. 12, said she wanted to make sure she ran a clean campaign. "I just felt it would make ev- erything clear and transparent," she said of her resignation. L6pez stressed that she was only required to inform the cur- rent mayor and the city secre- tary of her resignation, she said. Other councilmembers were unaware that she had stepped down, including IMpez's oppo- nent in the mayoral race, Lucy Johnson. See LOPEZ RESIGNS, pg. 2A Subseaber address I PHOTOS BY SEAN KIMMONS Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division stand at pade rest next to the U.S. flag-draped casket of Capt. Paul Pefia, a San Marcos native who was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 19. A memorial service was held Thursday in=side the San Marcos Baptist Academy s theater. A sad' farewell Hundreds mourn tdeath of San Marcossoldier BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com A solemn bell rang on top of a hill as mourners gath- ered inside San Marcos Bap- tist Academy's theater Thurs- day night. After graduating almost 10 years ago, Capt. Patti Pefia had returned to his alma mater - this time in a U.S. flag-draped casket. Hundreds from Hays com- munities, as well as soldiers from Pefia's division, attend- ed his memorial service to bid farewell and support his mother, Cecelia Pefia, a long- time music teacher at Kyle Elementary School. deployed with eled back for t kind of a shoci That fateful commander 2nd Battalion chute Infantry Brigade Coral: Airborne Di teered to go q one of his plat, Once the t Gryskewicz, v seeing the mi on the radio air support a evacuation fo] others. "They wen meeting ,,w}.'th ] he said. It w ?era and tray- te service. "It's ,9 hay, Pefia, the Company A, 508th Para- tegiment, 4th at Team, 82nd ision, volun- m patrol with )ons. last occurred, rho was over- ssion, jumped to coordinate nd a medical Pefia and the going to a ocal villagers," ts nothing out The 27-year-old San Mar- cos native and another sol- dier were killed by a roadside bomb Jan. 19 while on foot patrol searching for a weap- ons cache in the volatile Kan- dahar province in Afghani- stan. Five others were injured in the blast. "I don't think it's really quite hit yet," said Capt. Allan Gryskewicz, a friend who was Nature of the ordinar ; just a routine mission." Looking ptst the inci- dent, Gryskeicz said that his friend waa jokester at heart. [ "He was bdsiness at work but he'd crack and there," he Staff Sgt. Ia See PEA ME one-liners here said. a Combs knew PRORIAL, pg. 3A The mother of Cot. Paul Pefia, Cecelia Pefia, is embraced by fellow Hays CISD music teacher Bill Crock following her son's memorial service. COURTESY PHOTO Local fitness enthusiasts will get a chance to work out with past contes- tants from 'q'he Biggest Loser", in- cluding season 2 at home winner Pete Thomas (above). Burn& Learn, baby BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Local fitness enthusiasts will have a chance to work up a sweat with eight previous contestants of the NBC reality show, "The Biggest Loser." Body Interiors, a Buda-based fitness studio, is partnering with Hays CISD to put on "Burn & Learn," a day of workouts, nu- tritional counseling and motiva- tional sessions on Feb. 20 at Hays High School. "We're really trying to inspire people to go out and try some new things in hopes that they find something that really works and find the body they've always wanted," said event organizer Krystal Loyd. Participants will work out alongside "Biggest Loser" con- testants Tracey Yttldch and Liz Young from season 8, Simone Fa from season 7, David Grif- fin from season 4, Pete Thomas, Andrea Overstreet and Ryan Kel- ley from season 2, and Lisa An- dreone from season 1. On the hit reality show, mor- bidly obese individuals show up on the Biggest Loser campus, where they trade out a fast-food and slow-moving lifestyle for dieting and hours of daily work- outs with personal, trainers. In dramatic transformations, suc- cessful contestants lose as much as 50 percent of their starting weight and wean themselves off a slew of medications for high blood pressure, diabetes and other obesity-induced ailments. Some of the 200+ contes- tants in the show's eight seasons have fallen back into old habits and regained the pounds, but many others maintain their new weight. "They really have contin- ued their healthy lifestyle they learned at the ranch," Loyd said. "They've really changed their lives." The event costs $59 for an adult or $19 for a teen, and includes a healthy lunch, snack and T-shirt. For more information, visit www. workoutlikealoser.com. supreme at the Halifax BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com The 2,193-acre Halifax Ranch near Kyle - and its more than two miles of its :e who has laid eyes on the River Valley can a200preciate and thanks to the actions breathtaking Blanco River frontage - will be preserved from real estate develop- ment forever under a con- servation easement donat- ed by its owners. The Nature Conservancy of Texas announced last week that siblings William "Bill" Johnson, Burdine Johnson and Lucy Johnson Hadac have signed away development rights to the of the., will h -Laura 'e two families, chat beauty into the future." Huffman, Director of The Natture Conservancy of Texas miles of river frontage, in- cludinlg more than a mile on both siides. tost of which :s acquired in ;hboring ranch bought in 1998 holding to 2.2 property, n their paren 1933. A nei! the lohnson increased th BOOS New tou resident,, - Page 1[ ;T See IHALIFAX RANCH, pg. 3A ..,.-, I== 'ism director promotes to,wn to as well as visitors. COURTESY PHOTO A conservation easement on the 2,193-acre Halifax Ranch on the Blanco River will protect it from development. Opinions: ................. 4-5A Sports ..................... 1-2B Education ............... 3-4B Bulletin Boards ............ 2C Obituaries .................... 4C Church Page ............... 5C Business News ............ 1D Service Directory ......... 2D Classifieds .................. 3D Public Notices ......... 3-4D