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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press March 3, 2010 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-maih news@haysfree- Mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDEUNES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. PHOTO BY SHARRI BOYE'n" PALS Spay Day Sharlie Martin, a veterinary technician with Prevent a Litter of Central Texas (PALS), prepares a dog to be spayed. PALS is holding a free spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats on Monday, March 8 starting at 8 a.m. at 15 North Old Spanish Trail in Uhland. Families that are low income, receive federal aid or have other financial hardships may qualify for the free program. Appointments are required. Call (512) 754-7257. Buda Police: Local law enforcement returning Continued from pg. 1A With the county contract expiring in April, city officials are negotiating with the sheriff's office to extend law enforcement coverage until the Buda Police Depart- ment is up and running. The county may also fill in some gaps if the city can't afford to hire officers for 24 hour coverage. It's still unclear how much the new po- lice department will cost the city, W'llliams said, with the final price tag depending on the size of the staff. "For the first year there will be some startup costs," W'flliams said. 's far as operational costs, my goal is to stay somewhere close to what we're spending now." This year Buda budgeted $724,000 for the conwact services with the county, which included eight officers patrolling the city. In a cost analysis presented to councilmembers last fall, Williams said that costs would hit about $875,000 for eight officers, $725,000 for six officers, or $600,000 for four officers. "It's one thing to have a mission, but you have to deal with the reality too," Kidd said. "I would expect there to be some growing pains and things to be tight in the formative years. One thing we need to make certain is we don't provide less than the citizens are currently getting." City officials say they hope the county will agree to foot the bill for dispatching services, as they did in the early days of the city of Kyle's police department. But some local residents have worried that the city is underestimating the price tag for operating a homegrown police force. The city of Kyle, with a current popu- lation nearing 30,000, budgeted $2.9 mil- l1iutllf|lilU-* = I C&J Greenhouses ! Hcmqinq 1Dask00s Plants Fueohia 6" Geranium Boston Fern 11" Geranium Begonia 11" Petunia Verbena Trailing Petuna v(U , Tomatoes & Much i Peppers lfforet -- Greenhouse ltLd. --- -= - One hedl' mUe no d'  on Hi Iq2. - ----- g12 - 397 - 6193 --= - _ - ).'il _ - = - l|| CRIME BRIEFS The average PEC member pays $101 annually in lighting costs. Turning off lights when you're not using them will help you conserve electricity and save money. Reduce your lighting use by 20 percent and save about $10 a year. Visit the Home Energy Center on our web site :oz-more conselT:?/Jo12 tipS, Annual Savings* $9-$11 Annual CO 2 Savings* 119 [bs. *Figures based on average resldentiat member GREEN WORKS Pedernales Electric 1-888 - 554-4752 Jaguar stolen from Buda A JagUar XJ8 stolen from the Elliot Ranch subdivision in Buda was recovered the next day near Fort Worth thanks to a high-tech anti-theft system in the car. Hays County Sheriff's Deputies say the vehicle's owner left her home on Elliot Ranch Road Satur- day and returned Sunday afternoon to discover that the front door had been kicked in. Investiga- tors say the burglar took the keys to the Jaguar XJ8, a high-end luxury sedan, and made off with the vehicle. The Jaguar was equipped with a LoJack system, which uses radio signals to transmit the vehicle's location to police. Police in Haltom City, near Fort Worth, recovered the car the next day. Investiga- tors said the license plates had been removed and the keys were inside the car. No arrests have been made, Haltom City police said. Buda, Kyle aparlments robbed One home east of Kyle and two apartments in the Vantage at Buda Complex off IH-35 were bur- glarized Monday, said investigators with the Hays County Sheriff's Office. In one of the Vantage incidents, the burglar forced entry through the back door of the apart- ment, making offwith a computer, officials said. In the second burglary, investigators could not immediately confirm if any valuables were stolen or if the two reported crimes were related. Also on Monday, a homeowner on South Plum Creek Road east of Kyle near Uhland reported that a burglar entered the home through a door with a broken deadbolt lock, making offwith jew- elry, an Ipod, andWii and Nintendo video games. All three incidents are under investigation. lion this year for the 25 officers in its po- lice force, with an additional $420,000 for dispatching and support personnel. Kyle officials signed the ordinance creating their municipal police force in 1975. Pending council approval, the new police department will occupy the 7,500- square-foot building directly behind City Hall at the comer of Railroad and Hous- ton streets, sharing the space with other city departments including engineering, planning and parks. The city purchased the building in late 2007 for a cost of $450,000, well above its appraised value of $219,000. As of press time Tuesday night, the council was scheduled to debate and possibly approve about $260,000 worth of renovations to the Houston Street build- ing, estimated to be completed in July. "My mission will be to get a depart- ment up and running to coincide with that," Kidd said. The city has also hired Ricky Conner to be Kidd's second in command. Conner, currently the emergency management coordinator for Angelina Coun has 25 years of law enforcement experience with theAngelina County Sheriff's Department and DiboU Police Department. Williams is the former city manager of Diboll. Kidd, who has 15 years experience with the county and currently serves in the narcotics division, said he's glad to be coming back to Buda. "I was really taken by the reception we got when we went over there as Buda Pa- trol," Kidd said. "The greatest thing about Buda for me was the people, the citizens, city staff and council." / 1-800-580-3300 3.2% APR applies to new loans andJ those financed from other institutions. Rates and terms are subject to change without nolJna. Some resb'ictions may apply. Loans are subject to credit approval. Federally insured Iby the NCUA.