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|L. NEW HEAD COACH Hays High's new head football coach gets familiar with new turf. -Page 1B "TillS AIN'T FRISBEE' Disc golfers converge on Steeplechase Park to throw for top honors. - Page 1C r,.. p,,. Barton Publications, Inc. e,. ........... Vol. 108 No. 46 ig Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 7,54: areas pass up SanMarcos BY JENNIFER BIUNDO The landscape of Hays Coun- ty along the Interstate 35 corri- dor has shifted dramatically in the last decade, as thousands of new homes sprang out of rural cow pastures like bluebonnets after the first spring rain. Long-awaited data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau finally puts hard num- bers on that rapid-fire growth. Between 2000 and 2010, Hays County's population jumped from less than 100,000 to 157,000, an increase of almost 61 percent. The most staggering growth was concentrated in north- eastem Hays County along the Interstate 35 corridor, where See CENSUS SHOCKER, pg. 4A iua fined for effort ongoing BY WES FERGUSON The company that operates Kyle's wastewater treatment plant will be fined $20,000 for violations stemming from a sewage spill last fail into a trib- utary of Plum Creek. Meanwhile, an effort is un- der way to bring sewer service to the low-income Hillside Ter- race neighborhood southeast of Buda. For sewage treatment, the 360 or so homes in Hillside Terrace currently use septic tanks, which can malfunction and lead to bacteria and other contaminants entering the Plum Creek tributary. See SEWAGE SOLUTIONS, log. 2A PHOTOS BY C'YNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Teachers, school district employees and parents pack the Lehman High School cafeteria to listen to proposed budget cuts in the $7 million range. The initial budget presentation drew many speakers asking that particular teachers, aides and programs be saved. J b would cut I BY JENNIFER BIUNDO Facing revenue shortfalls that could reach $12 milh'on, Hays CISD officials released a preliminary plan Thursday afternoon to slash more than 100 jobs, including 31 classroom teaching posi- tions, in the 2011-2012 school year. The painful cuts come as the Texas Legislature prepares to squeeze contri- butions to local school district, with the state facing its own $25 billion shortfall. See HAYS CISD CUTBACKS, pg. 2A Left, attendance officers, one of Whose job is expected to be cut, told the board trustees that Hays CISD has fewer attendance officers per capita than area schools. Right, School Board President Patti Wood, left, and trustees Merideth Keller and Melissa Villareal listen to speakers at the board meeting. STAR:REPORT Nearly tllree years after voters ap- proved funding in a countywide bond package, work has not yet begun on widening FM 1626, a m~jor thorough- fare - second only to Interstate 35 in traffic volume- fTom Suburban Buda into Tmvis County. The years-long federal environmental approval.process Continuall~ frustrated former Commissioner Jeff Barton, who in January 2010 set up an arrangement that sent the county's road project con- sultant and an environmental law firm to help the Texas Department of Trans- portation speed up -review of the proj- ect, T'/.DOT officials say they, in turn, are waiting for a go-ahead from the U.S. Fish and "Wildlife Service. The project will widen FM 1626 to four alld five lanes. Now Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones says residents who rely on the road have mason to be optimistic environmental ap- proval is forthcoming. TxDOT Executive Director Armando Saenz told the com- missioner last week that he has instructed department staff to make completion of projected to come in $1.3 million under the clearance process a priority, its $39.8 million original pricetag. "Keep your fingers crossed," lones Earlier this year, the Hays County said on Tuesday. "He said he was do- Commissioners Court approved a stem ing everything he can to get it pushed resolution urging TxDOT to speed up through. It's the best news we've had review of FM 1626 and other state road in a while .:. A lot of people over there projects in Hays County. The approval think it's never going to happen." process has been "arduous and pro- The northern 3.6-mile segment of the tmcted with unnecessary and excessive project, between Bmdie Lane and FM delays," the resolution said. 967, is on course to come in nearly $3.5 In 2004, an average of 12,800 vehicles million under its original $43.2 million a day used FM 1626, according to Tx- estimated cost; the southern 3.2-mile DOT, and that volume is projected to segment, from FM 967 to FM 2770, is rise to more than 20,000 by 2024. Organic Fruit Workshop at Millberg Farm Join organic farmer Tim Miller for a hands-on planting of a 20'x20' fruit tree orchard at his farm in Kyle at 5 p.m. Author at the Porter House Celebrated writer and poet, Nick Flynn, will read from his work at the Katherine Anne Porter House beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Kyle. FreeBeekeeping Seminar Explore the joys and challenges of bee- keeping at Reid's Nursery at 1 p.m. Homemade soup and artisan bread in hand-thrown bowls will be served up at the Old Kyle City Hall beginning at 11 raise funds for the Hays County Food Bank. Relay for Life Team Meeting 4 There will be a 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Plum Creek Community Center for RELAY those interested in FOR LIFE participating in the next Relay for Life event. First Thursday in Buda Join the Buda Downtown Merchant's Group for some Country/Western fun as they encourage everyone to visit and wander the unique antique and s shops, from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for more ca/endar I/st/ngs on page 4C and 6C or at haysfn) NEW PECCEO Pedernales Electric Cooperative names R.B. Sloan Jr., as new chairman - Page 1D l m Opinions ..................... 3A Sports ........................ 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