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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press March 8, 2017 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed 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 GUIDELINES 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 csb@ haysfreepress.com. 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 lO0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. .-run case BY LESLY DELEON likely authorities will find moses@haysfreepress.com the suspect, Barrera said. Authorities believe the suspect's vehicle was a red Nearly two months ago, Dodge Ram 3500 work Kyle teenager Michael pickup truck which could Mince was killed have damage to in a hit-and-run the right side and along FM 2001 in a missing side Niederwald. mirror. Since then, Mince had just investigators left a gas station have not received on the corner concrete leads in of FM 2001 and finding the driver. State Highway 21 responsible, on Dec. 26, and Officials have he was walking received tips but MINCE westbound on none that lead to FM 2001 when he finding the driver, said was hit. Robbie Barrera, Texas Mince, who was a Department of Public Lehman High School Safety spokesperson, sophomore, would have As time goes on, it's less turned 16 in January. Kyle Conflicts: Ethics question put to rest Continued from pg. 1A have transactions with the city, provided they follow Ethics Code requirements. Those include not taking action as a councilperson regarding any contract or transaction with the city and not having communication with the city at that time. In addition, if Kyle were to go through a procurement process with MMS, Mitchell would be required to recuse himself and disclose information. "This section does not prohibit the contract or transaction from taking place as long as the official does not participate in any manner with the contract or transaction," Garza said. He also cannot use his position to "unfairly advance" private interests including his business and cannot attempt to secure any special consideration or treatment that's lawfully available to other businesses. Allegations against Mitchell were made by Kyle Place 6 council member Daphne Tenorio, who claimed he profited through his personal business while on the dais, according to a Feb. 21 letter from Chevo Pastrano, Jr., who is Tenorio's attorney. The letter was sent by Tenorio after Mitchell levied his own ethics violation claim. The Hays Free Press reported in January Tenorio had purchased the Kyle Stallions basketball team. According to the letter from Pastrano, the purchase had not been finalized. On Feb. 21, Kyle city leaders announced they had been working on a project called "Just Peachy," which involved a sports complex possibly developed in partnership with sports teams, which included the Kyle Stallions. Tenorio recused herself prior to that discussion. Tenorio did not offer comment on the city attorney's opinion. Kyle Housing Authority: New director takes reins Continued from pg. 1A in larger housing authorities, Arredondo said. Finding the balance of federal paperwork and addressing maintenance concerns is also a challenge. Arredondo said the KHA staff consists of himself and a maintenance man, who are responsible for not only routine maintenance, but also to clean vacant units for move in. He has so far contracted assistance to help with maintenance duties. "The housing units, they have been here a while," Arredondo said. "They're aged some and they need some extra care." Routine fixes include water heaters, refrigerators, ovens, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units and bathtubs, along with landscaping duties. Arredondo said he plans to check units' HVAC systems one-by-one in the future, along with done on typewriter," documents and what window screens and other Arredondo said. reports must be things "I believe need to Upgrading filing submitted, he said. be done." systems is an important Residents were "sad to see Arrendondo said he feat. Arredondo said filing her go" and that she had personally thought the cabinets are needed asa "good repertoire" with units could have used documents were stored in tenants, Arredondo said. more attention over the cardboard boxes, but not The KHA has also years, filed, reached out to the "Without faulting In June, Arredondo community for assistance anyone, it's the funding must submit a as well. Arredondo said that's difficult, to have comprehensive budget to Lehman Highs shop class enough hands to get the HUD. Next week, auditors was commissioned to fix work done," he said. are expected to visit the the Charles Young sign. Improving the KHA. 'Tm trying to take it administrative side of the Simpson is assisting one step at a time and not authority is also a plan of the process by helpingtake too big a bite I can't action. Checks are "being Arredondo find certainwork," Arredondo said. ~i!i!i~i~i~i!i~i~i~i!i!!!i!i!i!iii!i~i!i!i~iii!iiiii!i!~!iii!iii!i~iiiii!ii~iiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiii~i~i~iiiii~iiiiiii~iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Gun Threat: Former Lehman student arrested Continued from pg. 1A i e iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiliiiiiii iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiililililiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Lehman High but with- monitoring and aware-support in making that drew from the campus ness to ensure the safety happen," Presley said last week. Presley said in of our students and staff," Gutierrez said the her letter the student is Presley said in her letter. HCSO takes any type of not enrolled in Hays CISD. She added the Lehman school threat made by Once learning of the High administrative team juveniles seriously. threat, Presley said cam- is adjusting schedules to pus administration, along have a stronger presence with district officials and on campus today. the HCSO, conducted an "I am committed to en- investigation, suring that Lehman High "We are confident that School is a safe school Lehman High School is that fosters and focuses not currently in danger, on quality teaching and but maintain a com- learning. Thank you for mitment to high level your partnership and "If we deem some cred- ibility (to a threat), we will arrest a juvenile," Gutier- rez said. "They may thi,nk it s cute, but we think it s serious." Wreck Fatalities Continued from pg. 1A Four 11-year-old boys were also injured and were transported to Dell Children Medical Center. Three of the boys are in serious condition and one is in stable condition, the spokesperson said. Thursday's accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. on U.S. 290 roughly 1.5 miles west of Austin. According to the spokesperson, a 2013 Jag- uar, driven by Sluder, was traveling westbound on U.S. 290 when it crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic. A 2001 Honda FJ Cruiser, driven by Sud- dath, took evasive action attempting to avoid a collision. Both vehicles hit on the front left side, the spokesperson said. It is unknown at this point how fast the vehicles were going at the time of the accident. Sluder and Sudduth were both pronounced dead at the scene, the spokesperson said. Their bodies were transported to the Travis County Med- ical Examiner's Office. It is unknown at this time if drugs, alcohol or medical issues contrib- uted to the crash, the spokesperson said. DPS is investigating the acci- dent. Beetle is a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix who would love to find his bestie. He's great on a leash, does well in a kennel, and is low-key. 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