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+ Lady HISTORY WEEK Lobos continue historic week for Lehman athletics. - Page 1B SHATTERED DREAMS Mock wreck dramatizes consequences of drinking and driving. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 108 NO, 48 Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 tie mayor, council draw BY BRAD ROLLINS Kyie Mayor Lucy Johnson and two council members up for the ballot all drew challeng- ers on Monday, the candidate filing deadline for the May 7 municipal and school board elections. Johnson, Who announced her re-election bid in January, has been in office little over a year after winning a special election in February 2010 to See IffLE ELECTIONS, 10g. 6A races for Hays school board BY JENNIFER BIUNDO Three candidates for the Hays CISD school board have shuffled themselves into an unopposed race for a trio of open seats, leaving the district free to call offthe May 14 elec- tions. Shaun Bosar and Sandra Bryant had been preparing to face off against each other for the at-large seat being vacated by incumbent Ralph Pfluger. But after a fourth candidate, Deena Davis, dropped out of the race for the District 1 seat, Bosar milled for the empty slot. District 1 incmnbent Melissa Villarreal is not seeking reelec- tion. Incumbent Willie Tenorio did not draw a challenger for his District 2 seat. See LOCAL ELECTIONS, lag. 6A PHOTO BY WES FEIIJSON Mason I.alley, a pizza delivery driver in Kyle, squeezes out a profit from his deliveries even though he has to absorb the cost of higher gas prices out of his own pocket. Pizza delivery drivers are among the hardest hit by surging gasoline prices. .... [, prices appro; ch cord highs BY WES FERGUSON pity the lowly pizza guy. Of all the drivers being pinched by high gas prices - especially those commuters inching down In- terstate 35, to and from Austin- the delivery guys have it about as bad as anybody. They don't earn that much to begin with. Now they're expected to fill up their tanks when regular unleaded is going for $3.42 a gallon? Just so the rest of us can gorge ourselves in the comfort of our own homes? "Yeah, it sucks," deadpanned Mason Lally, a driver for Pizza Classics in Kyle. "Especially when you drive a VS." Lally's V8 is a an old, grey Grand Mar- quis. One afternoon last week, he was boxing up a pie for his next delivery. Then he slipped it into an insulated bag, set the bag in the back seat of the RISING FUEL PRICES The average price of a gallon of fuel in the Austin-San Marcos area, accordiing to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report: Regular Diesel Current $3.42 $3.80 Week ago $3.40 $3.77 Month ago $2.95 $3.42 Year ago $2.64 $2.86 For regular unleaded gasoline, the hiigh- est recorded average price in Austin-San Marcos was $3.98 on July 17, 2008. For diesel, the highest price was $4.74 om July 18, 2008. Marquis, and rumbled down the street. Sitting at a table inside the restata- rant, Lally's boss, Gary Rock, said he charges a flat $3 fee for deliveries, rao matter what the price of fuel. Those three bucks don't go far when a galhon of gas is selling for $3.42, as it was on Tuesday in the Austin-San Marcos area, according to the AAA daily fuel price survey. "I'm hesitant to make any changes," said Rock, who has owned Pizza Clas- sics for about four years. "You never know. It goes up and down, but at the moment, the drivers are taking the brunt of the damage." Rock guesstimates that his drivers travel 50 or so miles on a typical Friday night. That's nothing compared to the buses in the Hays Consolidated Inde- pendent School District. The buses in the district's fleet journey nearly 2 million miles a year, according to Deputy Superintendent Carter Scherff, the district's chief finan- cial officer. "We definitely feel the pain," he said. "We spend the money. But it's not like we don't have the money budgeted for See RISING GAS PRICES, pg. 6A For mentally ill, help is hard to find in Texas BY JENNIFER BIUNDO n the day that he was arrested for assaulting a Hays County sheriff's deputy in the park- ing lot of Cabela's, Jill Mar- tinez re- members begging her son Eian to stay home. MARTINEZ On March 12, 2010, Cabela's employees witnessed Han Martinez shoplifting and called law enforcement, who de- tained the suspect. As he wait- ed in the patrol car, Marfinez began yelling and making a racket, a sheriff's spokesperson said. When the deputy stuck his head in the car to tell him to quiet down, Martinez threw a punch that would land him in jail for the next two years. The arrest capped off a life- time of mental health struggles for the 22-year-old Kyie resi- dent, and highlights many of the difficulties that the families of the mentally ill face in Texas as they try to find treatment for their loved ones in an ever- diminishing pool of options. With the Texas Legislature star- ing down a $27 million budget shortfall, deeper cuts are likely headed to the state's mental health resources, and some law enforcement leaders fear that they'll soon be shoulder- ing even more of the burden in state prisons and county lock-ups. "There's no question- this is an area where'we have failed," said Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd. "We just don't have a lot of resources. A pretty significant percentage of people in our prisons and jails, that could have been avoided with getting them the help they need." 'IT CHANGES HIM' Jill Martinez says her son has .grappled with mental health Issues since childhood, and received a slew of possible di- agnoses over the years: depres- sive disorder, general anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and PATIENT OR PRISONER, pg. 3A Subscriber address St. Patrick's Day Page Turner's Book Club The Book Club at the Kyle Public Library features "At Home: A Short Story of Private Life" at 6:30 p.m. Old Town Kyle Advocate's Meeting Ray Bryant will discuss Kyle's new recycling program, 6:30 p.m. at Old Kyle City Hall. 'Unexpected Tenderness' A heavy drama dealing vNith domestic abuse will premier at the Burdine John- son Theater at Hays Higlh School at 6:30 p.m. Spring Bass Anglers try their luck in this annual benefit hosted by Kyle Parks and Rec beginning 6:30 a.m. at Lake Kyie. Wii Dance-Off and Dance Hosted by Project Gradua- tion, with teams of 4 compet- ing for prizes. Hays High School cafeteria. CAFE FOR SALE Uhland C, afe owners hang up their aprons. -PagelD Opinions ......... , ..... 4&5A Sports ........................ I&2B Education ................... 3&4B Community ..................... 1-6C Obituaries .......................... 4C Calendar. .......................... 6C Service Directory ......... 2&3D C~ass'~eds ..................... 2~ Public Notices ............. 2&4D +