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Jr Lobe boys soccer team remains unbeaten. - Page 1B CSl KYLE Kyle Police Department gives insight into its forensics. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ................ Vol. 110 No. 47 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY ANDY SEVILLA of sexual abuse, according to an her room just before her birthday get dressed and go back to sleep." affidavit of probable cause, party when she tamed 7 years old Kelley told authorities he had According to the affidavit, the which would have been in 2009, been having sexual intercourse child aileged that Ke]]ey came into and the last time that it hap- with the child "for a long time," A Kyle man has been arrested her room, removed her clothes pened was in December of2012," according to the affidavit, and and charged with four counts and performed sexual activities the affidavit said. "Victim child he corroborated the child's state- of aggravated sexual assault of on her. stated that David Kelley would ment that "he would go into her a child for alleged abuses taking A child forensic interview was come into her room 1 to 2 times room one to two times a month." place over a four-year span. conducted on the alleged victim a month." Kelley was arrested on the David Michael Kelley, 31, ad- at the Child Advocacy Center The affidavit described Kelley's felony charges after Justice of mitred at the Hays County Sher- Roxanne's House in San Marcos sexually explicit admission of the Peace Beth Smith issued a iff's Office on Feb. 7 that he had on Feb. 6. abuse and went on to say, "Keney warrant on Feb. 8. Jail records sexual contact with a child, after "The child victim stated that stated that when he was finished show he remains in custody on a the ll-year-old girl complained David Kelley began coming into he would tell the victim child to $400,000 bond. KELLEY Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett talks to his department in the 1raining/briefing room. After about $120,000 in renovations, which included new permanent walls, painting, re-staining of wood and cabinetry, replacing fixtures and appliances, running electrical outlets, sealing the roof and outer perimeter of the building and bringing in new modular furniture, among other things, the police department is now operating out of their new headquarters, next door to city hall. Barnett said he's "extremely thankful to the mayor and council, the city manager and the assistant city manager for all their help and support." He said he's "very proud" of his de- partment and "excited" to work out of a building that's better equipped to address the needs of a growing city. PHOTO BY ANDY SEVILLA e counc in a BY ANDY SEVILLA From four candidates, down to three, then back up to four, and now, once again, down to three - the race for the Kyle Council District 3 seat has been shaken and stirred and is left, still, with enough time for more jumps in and out of the fray. Candidate Bill Sinor said he planned to bow out of the race last week, though a change of heart finds him in the fight for the council seat once again. '~ few days ago I stated that I was not going to run for the Dist. 3 seat because I bought another new busi- ness and needed to focus on getting it launched and to make it a success," Sinor said. "Since that time, I have talked with many people across Kyle and after explain- ing to them why I would wait a year to run I heard them telling me that I am needed On the council this year." Planning and SINOR Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner Michelle Christie joined the battle for the District 3 seat last week, but after a few days in the race decided to withdraw her candi- dacy to the seat being vacated by out- going council member Brad Pickett. BACON BENNINGHOFF Christie said Friday she would rather focus her time, at least for now, on the business before the P&Z Com- mission and would consider a run at council down the road. Mobility Commission member Joe Bacon also threw his hat into the ring last week. Bacon helped the council take a second stab at a road bond that would improve five Kyle roads identi- fied as priorities. "I felt that it was unportant to step up and be willing to serve the citizens of Kyle," Bacon said. "I want to work to continue to move Kyle forward." With the ins and outs of the coun- cil race, as of Tuesday, voters will see three names on the May ballot for the District 3 seat - Sinor, Bacon and Chad Benninghoff, whose candidacy has been constant since entering the competition two weeks ago. "I have always had a commitment to public service and work to improve the See KYLE CITY COUNCIL FILINGS, pg. 2A Lu ?3 X LU ~'~ 1-_< + ;-.. L.L {:O t-- .-~_ (,0 r.:o _o', -A .,. C ~o GO c,a .c CO L3 BEHIND THE BADGE I-~'I-RY ~4 ]I{)|]RS .. TIll "I|IIN Ill Ill I INI! I11}1:~'1{~ IllA{'K. Heroes Behind the Badge The Kyle Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (KCPA3) will be sponsoring a law enforcement documentary, Heroes Behind the Badge. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at-the-door. Fifty percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, D.C. The screening will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Evans Auditorium on the campus of Texas State University. See page 4C for more details. Empty Bowls Project The fourth annual Kyle/Buda Women Democrats Empty Bowls Project will donate 25 percent of its profits to the Hays County Food Bank. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Kyle Historic City Hall. Everyone is welcome. For a $20 donation, each guest can choose their own hand crafted bowl and from a wide variety of delicious homemade soups. There will be options for carnivores and vegans alike, along with fresh bread and cornbread. Gov. Perry comes to Hays County The Hays Republican Party will host its annual Lincoln/Reagan dinner. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the keynote speaker for the dinner. The state's top elected official will discuss current issues and timely topics. Tickets are required but the event is open to the public. The dinner will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Texas Disposal System Exotic Game Ranch in Buda. FOR CHARITY Local real estate broker changes business model. - Page 1C .a a winner in BY ANDY SEVILLA Buda and Kyle roads might get some needed additional improve- ments, flail goes as planned by Hays County commissioners. The commissioners court unani- mously approved a $123 million state and county pamlership that would trail-blaze $34 million in road improvements for Buda and allocate $5 million to Kyle. The proposal calls for $88 million from the Texas Department of Trans- portation (TxDOT), $48 million of which will be reimbursed to the state through a Transportation Reinvest- ment Zone (TRZ). The countywould contribute $35 million to the nine projects identified in the proposal. The county's contribution to the partnership come from the savings accrued from the Pass-Through and Priority Road Bond programs ap- proved by voters in 2008. See COUNTY ROAD PLAN, pg. 4A BY KIM HILSENBECK Buda City Council voted to give direction to city staff to move forward with the Transportation Master Plan at the Feb. 5 meeting; the motion passed 5-1, with coun- cil member George Haehn voting against it. Votes from the Jan. 26 special election for Buda City Council place 2 were canvassed. Candi- dates Wiley Hopkins and Amy Proctor will face off in a run-off election on March 9. Early voting begins today. The Place 2 spot was vacated by Todd Ruge when he was elected mayor in December. PEC has discontinued its ban- ner hanging program. Buda City Council will decide whether or not to move ahead with the purchase of an LED sign that would provide announcements and special event information. PEC would provide $25,000 for the initial investment in the technology. The city would retain control of the sign and be responsible for programming. City Manager Kenneth Williams said no decision has been made on whether to charge organizations for having their event information programmed. He said the current cost to purchase an over-the-street banner is approximately $300. Clay Huckaby, Buda Fire Chief, made a presentation to council re- garding asking voters in Emergen- cy Service District (ESD) 8 to add a sales tax that would be exclusively for ESD 8. If such a tax is going to be called on the May election bal- lot, it will need to be filed by the March l deadline. Opinions ...................... 4-5A Best Bets .................. 6C Sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory ........... 3D Education ..................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2D Neighbors ..................... 1-6C Public Notices ............... 2-4D Business ............................ 1 D 1111 ]![ i!!lll!l!l!! !11117 +