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~llmll~IUi l ~IIIA llmlmum~,L~ ~.a..... Page 4A NEWS Hays Free Press February 23, 2011 + + PHOTO BY UNCOI.N RAMIREZ Car wreck leaves Interstate 35 lied up A Chew Camaro sits in one of the southbound lanes along Interstate 35 near exit 215 in Kyle after it was involved in a crash around 8 p.m. Monday. The driver told authorities that a blue pick-up truck veered into his lane and stepped on his brakes while his car rammed into the rear of it. The truck fled the scene, he said. Police did not say if the crash was alcohol-related; however, empty beer bottles could be seen in the front passenger seat. No injurias were reported and no charges have yet been filed, police say. to re; STAFF REPORT Award-winning author Nick Flynn will hold a reading and book sign- ing 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 at Texas State Uni- versity, and another 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle. The Thursday signing will be held in the Witt- lift Collections on the 7th floor of Alkek Library on campus. The Katherine Anne Porter House is lo- cated at 508 Center Street in Kyle. The event is co- sponsored by the Wittliff Collections, the Therese Kayser Lindsey Reading Series and the Texas State University Department of English. It is free and open to the public. Nick Flylm's 'Another Bullshit Night in Suck City" won the PEN/Mar- tha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into 13 languages. He is also the author of two books of po- etry, "Some Ether," which won the PEN/Joyce Os- terwefl Award, and "Blind Huber." His second mem- oir, "The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewil- derment," was recently re- leased by Norton. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Amy Low- ell Trust and the Fine Arts Work Center. He was an artistic collaborator on the film "Darwin's Nightmare," which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. For more information, visit www.english.txstate. edu/kap or email kaplit- c1mm~Y Pm}m Author and boot Nick Flynn will be at-the Katherine Anne Porter house Fel3.25. Census Shocker:. Kyle, Buda area surpasses SM Continued from pg. 1A the combined regional popula- tion of the Buda-Kyle area now exceeds that of the county seat of San Marcos by almost 11,000 residents. Reflecting the demographic shifts of the nation as a whole, Hays County's growth clus- tered around the transit artery of Interstate 35, as commuters sought affordable suburban homes that still allowed them relatively quick access to Aus- tin jobs. Nowhere were the changes more seismic than the city of Kyle, which added 22,702 new residents onto the original township of 5,300, a growth rate of 427 percent, for a total population of 28,016. For city leaders, the sudden influx represented both oppor- tunities and deep challenges throughout the last decade. Those new residents placed ex- traordinary demands on a sys- tem of inflastmcture - roads, water supply, wastewater lines - designed to accommodate a sleepy ranching community, rather than a suburban boom town. En route to Austin jobs, thousands of new commuters steered their cars out of fresh- ly-poured driveways in subdi- visions such as Plum Creek and POPULATION GROWTH SINCE 2000 City 2000 2010 % Growth San Marcos 34,733 44,894 29.25 Kyle 5,314 28,016 427.21 Buda 2,404 7,295 203.45 *Wimberley N/A 2,626 N/A Dripping Springs 1,548 1,788 15.5 Uhland 386 1,014 162.69 Mountain City 671 648 -3.42 Niederwald 564 565 -3.25 City of Hays 233 217 -6.86 Hays County 97,589 157,107 61 *Wimberley was not incorporated when the 2000 census was taken Nevertheless, San Marcos both shed about three percent maintains a comfortable pop- of their population, losing 23 ulation lead of nearly 10,000 and 19 residents, respectively, over Buda and Kyle combined while the City of Hays lost 16 - at least within city limits, residents, for a decrease of al- However, the Buda and Kyie most sex~en percent. Census CountyDivision(CCD) Empty nests may be to - a measurement that includes blame for the declines - the residentsoutsideofthebound- three small towns have some aries of the two municipali- of the smallest proportions of ties in neighborhoods such as residents under the age of 18. Green Pastures to the east and Just 14 percent of residents Ruby Ranch to the west - hit in the college town of San Mar- 66,181 in 2010, more than dou- cos were under the age of 18, ble the 2000 CCD population the smallest proportion in the of 29,319. county. Meanwhile, the fast- Meanwhile, the San Marcos est growing communities of CCD - an area that includes Buda and Kyle are also some unincorporated W'dlow Creek, of the youngest, as families large residential areas off Lime with young children turned to Kiln and HiMard roads other the affordable starter homes Steeplechase, and onto a street outlying neighborhoods in ad- of northeastern Hays County. grid built around the twist- dition to the city limits - grew More than one-third of Kyle's ing property lines of defunct from 45,209 in 2000 to 55,314 residents are under the age of farms. Early in the decade, re- in 2010. alizing that they wouldn't have While San Marcos led Buda the water to supply all the new and Kyle by 15,890 residents in homes already in the pipeline, 2000, the tables have turned, councilmembers frantically and the sister cities now out- enacted a moratorium on new pace the county seat by 10,867. development. Within city limits, Dripping The city of Buda also saw Springs saw just 15 percent tremendous growth. In 2000, growth, adding 240 residents with a population of 2,404, for a total population of 1,788. an established resident could WLrnberley, which wasn't in- feasibly expect to recognize corporated during the 2000 most of the faces in line at the. census, finished the decade at post office or Buda Grocer~ By 2,626 residents. 2010, the city's population had However, the combined 18, compared to about 25 per, cent in the county as a whole and 27 percent in the state, In the last decade, those children have swarmed into the Hays Consolidated Inde- pendent School District, more than doubling the student population from about 7,000 to nearly 16,000 and resulting in a flurry of new school con- struction funded by bond debt. Though growth slowed slightly through the recession years, current projections show that by more than 200 population of the Dripping the district will exceed 20,000 percent to 7,295, with many Springs-Wimberley CCD ex- students midway through the ~f~ new residents buying perienced growth of nearly decade, said Superintendent ~-built homes in subdivi- 50 percent, with more than ]eremy Lyon. ,:~like Cullen Country and 12,500 new residents bringing "Itisdependentontheecon- ~Greek. the total regional population to omy, but you've got a signifi- San Marcos grew nearly 30 35,612. cant number of homebuilders percent in the last decade, The city of Uhiand grew who want to build here and reaching a population of 162 percent, from 386 to just open new subdivisions," Lyon 44,894, up from 34,733 in 2000. over 1,000. However, some of said. 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