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STILL NO. 1 Lobo boys soccer team remains unbeaten. - Page 1B EMPTY BOWLS Annual fundraiser helps restock Hays Food Bank. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 110 * No. 47 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 r BY ANDY SEVILLA The cause of a blaze that burned down the Ace Hardware in Wimberley Friday night will remain undetermined due to the amount of damage to the property, investigators said Tuesday night. Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said no evidence of wrongdoing or criminal activity was found during the investigation, and the building has now been released to the owner. "The exact cause of the fire will remain undetermined due to the extensive damage to the property caused in part by the collapse of the roof and fire that smoldered for some 24 hours underneath the collapsed roof," Chambers said through county spokesperson Laureen Chernow. The fire resulted in a complete loss of the building, Chambers said Monday. He estimated the damage at $3 million. "It was a very sad night in Wimberley, TX as a local landmark and business burned to the ground," Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley wrote on his Facebook page. "Ace Hardware is my wife's and daughter's favorite store and loved by all in Wimberley." The fire started after closing hours See WIMBERLEY FIRE, pg. 4A Fire engulfed the Ace Hardware in Wimberley Friday night, resulting in a complete estimated at $3 million. loss ofthe PHOTO BY KEN BRIGGS building, according to Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers. Damages are STAFF REPORTS Wind damage, power outages and fires in Buda and Kyle were prevalent Monday afternoon, as local residents took stock on damages "to homes and businesses. Wind and fire advisories were in ef- fect, with gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. East of Kyle, an elderly couple lost a big portion of their roof off their home at 3346 Goforth Road in Kyle. The cou- ple has no family, nor insurance. They stayed in their home through the night. The house is still in need of repair, and a community fundraiser is in the works. In addition, Kyle firefighters strug- gled with windy conditions Monday while putting out a grass fire on Mathias Lane in Kyle. Afire in Oxbow engulfed a garage. No one was home. A neighbor called the fire department, which got the flames under control. Temporary power outages were re- ported and limbs broke and dropped on electric lines. Trees were reported down throughout the region. A histor- ic tree in particular, at Kyle Cemetery, had some wind damage as a large limb was broken from what is known as the "hanging tree." Area firefighters battled brush fires during Monday's wind storm, which from the "Hanging Tree" in Kyle Cemetery also damaged roofs and PHOTO BY LINCOLN RAMIREZ took down a huge branch < u,,l e4 (3,. ~ -J '9 BY KIM HILSENBECK Had the ESD 8 had been success- ful in 2011, critics within the city said Buda would have lost out on nearly $3 million a year, according With just 28 votes deciding the is- to estimates from a council-autho- sue in Nov. 2011, Hays County Emer- rized study. gency Services District (ESD) No. 8, Sales tax inside city limits is al- which covers the city of Buda, lost ready capped at the state-allowed out on roughly half a million dollars 1.5 percent. In outlying areas, how- in additional sales tax revenue when ever, that tax is currently .5 percent, voters said no to higher taxes, leaving a penny on the proverbial At stake was the revenue from table. Voters in those areas would a potential sales tax hike on goods have to approve the increase. In and services sold by businesses in 2011, they said no, but the issue the unincorporated areas outside caused friction between the city and the citylimits- areas the city had set ESD 8. its sights on annexing in the future. Comments made by Buda City Without being able to tap into that Council members and the city man- additional tax revenue, the city was ager set the stage for a rough-and- miffed, tumble fight all the way to the ballot box. When Buda Fire Chief Clay Huck- aby spoke about the tax election at an Oct. 18, 2011 council meeting, tensions were high. Sandra Tenorio, Buda's mayor pro tem, told Huckaby, "I'm so disap- pointed. I hate to feel betrayed, but I do. I feel stabbed in the back. You know what this means to the city." Other council members said they were "pissed" about the "sneak at- tack," and they vowed to fight back. Huckby alleged at council meeting later that fall that Williams said, "The City of Buda will do all that it can to make sure this election does not take place, or fails on election day." See ESD 8 TAXES, pg. 4A SCAMMED Credit card fraud on the rise in Buda. - Page 1C Opinions .................. ,..4-5A Sports ........................ 1-2B Education ..................... 3-4B Neighbors ..................... 1-6C Business ............................ 1D BY ANDY SEVILLA Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby now, too, is at the helm of Kyle's Fire Depart- ment after a vote by the Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 5 Board Saturday. In a special called ESD 5 meeting, the board "unanimous- ly" tabbed Huckaby to serve as Kyle's interim Fire Chief, while members lay the groundwork for a new head to step in, said ESD 5 board member Beth Smith HUCKABY in an email. Outgoing Kyle Fire Chief Glenn Whi- taker resigned his post, effective Feb. 25. "ESD #8 (Buda) Commissioners have allowed me the opportunity to work with Kyle Fire/ESD #5 during this transition with the understanding that my ~esponsibilities and duties for Buda Fire/ESD #8 (are) not neglected," Huckaby said in a statement. "To ac- complish this, I will be working during the evening hours at Kyle Fire and~on the weekends." ESD 5 board members discussed naming Whitakers' temporary succes- sor during executive session Saturday before calling on Huckaby to fill the post in open meeting. Smith, nor board member Mike Fulton, would divulge the names of those in the running for Kyle Fire's top job, because it was a matter of executive session. Fulton said Huckaby will serve as Kyle Fire's head at $900 per week. "(Hucka- by) agreed to come on board and help us during our search for a new chief, while continuing to serve as the chief Best Bets .................. 6C Service Directory ........... 3D Classifieds .................... 2D Public Notices ............... 2-4D See BUDA/KYLE FIRE CHIEF, pg. 2A 71111!!!IU!IIIItlJI!U!1117