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Page 2A NBIS Hays Free Press March 31,2010 The Hays Free Press 0SSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, "IX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS "rIPS If you think it's" news, we prob- ably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- Mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyle, "IX 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. DEADUNES 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 e signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one lette r 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 Budeson 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. Purple Politics Continued from pg. 1A ers like that, the better chance our team has of victory both in the nmoff and in Novem- ber," he said. The state's newspapers have scoffed at Green's can- didacy, calling into question his constitutional reading and recalling the perceived ethical lapses that contributed to his narrow defeat by Patrick Rose in 2002. Green, however, has sought to use the opposition to his favor calling media op- position evidence that "thqy only tackle the one carrying the football." Green said, "The media has been criticizing me for be- ing a Christian who believes Founders like Thomas Jeffer- son were brilliant men that created the greatest nation in history. Most Texans agree with me in those beliefs, so when the media mocks our values or distorts my record, I do think it helps the voters to know I'm the one that shares their values. Texas voters have figured out that if you get endorsed by the Statesman, Chronicle and Morning News, you are most likely not the people's candidate." Coming at you from a com- pletely different perspective, San Marcos resident Rebecca Bell-Metereau is the Demo- cratic Party's nominee for the District 5 seat on the State Board of Education. The dis- trict stretches from Waco in Bell County to northern Bexar County and much of the Hill Country. A Texas State University English and film professor, Bell-Metereau is running against what she calls the ex- tremism of incumbent Ken Mercer, who supported recent changes to the state's textbook curriculum that became a na- tional phenomenon after be- ing ridiculed on Comedy Cen- tral's The Daily Show. Last year, Mercer supported continuing requirements that high school science teachers cover "weak- nesses" in the theory of evolu- tion, characterizing the theo- ry as having a "bad history of lies" in its support. Bell-Metereau said, "I want to bring the board back to the business of education and take the politics and personal beliefs out of the discussion. The focus needs to be back on education - particularly getting our students the best 21st century education - not try to go back to the 1950s which seems where some of the board members are stuck. Or maybe the 1850s- it's hard to tell some times." La Mexicana robbed An armed robber hit La Mexicana bakery on the 2700 block of Goforth Road east of Kyle Saturday morning, stealing cash at gunpoint, officials say. investigators from the Hays County Sheriff's Office say the robber, a Hispanic male about 5'11" tall with a medium build wearing blue jeans, a white t- shirt and a black face mask, en- tered the store just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The robber brandished a handgun at store employees and demanded cash, speaking in fluent native Spanish, investigators said. He fled in a four-door red vehicle. CRIME BRIEFS I I II Buda businesses burglarized Three Buda businesses were burglarized Monday night, say officials from the Hays County Sheriff's Office. Thieves targeted three industrial companies along IH-35 on Buda's west side, investigators say. Two of the companies, Pallet Express and Massey's Grease Trap & Septic Tank Service, share an address on 15000 IH-35. The third business that was hit, Entech Sales, i s located nearby; just off the interstate on Trademark Drive, south of the Meadows at Buda subdivision. Burglars pried the doors to Take the PEC Earth Day Pledge! To commemorate Earth Day, we encourage members to take the PEC Earth Day Pledge to conserve electricity and make environmentally friendly choices. Go online, call toll-free or visit your local PEC office to submit a personal pledge to do as much as possible on Earth Day to reduce your electric use. Visit us online to learn more! Pedernates Etectric 1-888-554-4732,op | BudaFirst Sues: Supreme Court takes case Continued from pg. 1A the right to decide the matter at the polls. The city certified 788 submitted signatures, well in excess of the 20 percent of the city's 3,514 registered voters required by the City Charter to call an election. But city attorneys argued that the land use change was not subject to referendum, lead- ing opponents to file a lawsuit against the city on Oct. 9. The judge's ruling came less than six weeks later, concurring with the city that the development agreement amendment was not a legislative act, and there- fore not subject to referendum. Attorneys for the plaintiffs continue to argue in the Su- preme Court motion that the land use change was not an ex- ecutive act. "If you're going to look at it from the standpoint of what it accomplishes, it surely does look and feel like a legislative act," Hogan said. Budafirst is ftmded almost exclusively by descendents of Herman Heep, a wealthy rancher and oil wildcatter who owned huge tracts of land on the Hays-Travis County line in the 1900s, including the acreage that would become the Sunfield Development. Heep's grand- daughter Betsy Urban and her husband Carl Urban have said I II gain entry into Pallet Express and Massey's, investigators say, stealing several hundred dollars worth of tools from Pallet Express and electronics from Massey's. Company em- ployees reported the Massey's break-in just after 4 a.m. Tues- day morning, and the burglary next door was reported about an hour later. Entech also lost several hundred dollars worth of tools and electronics. That crime was reported just after 8 a.m. Investigators say they aren't sure how the burglars broke into Entech and couldn't im- mediately confirm if all three crimes were related, i There are currently ao leads in the case, investigatgrs said. i ' i "We believe that the right to ref- erendum and the ability of the citizens to have a referendum on these issues are very important." - Jennifer Hogan, attorney for BudaFirst the U.S. Foodservice distribu- tion could hurt their plans to put an upscale development on their own extensive acreage nearby. Budafirstreported$13,955.79 in contributions and nearly the same amount in expendi- tures for the time period from July 1 - Dec. 31, 2009. Carl and Betsy Urban donated $7,700 in that period, while Heep Ranch Properties gave $5,850. Another Heep granddaughter, Kathleen Adkins, gave $160. lust $250 in donations come from three other Buda residents. A previous finance report filed in July showed about $2,200, all coming from mem- bers of the Urban family. Expenditures include nearly $5,000 for printing and mail-out of campaign literature, several thousand for administrative service and petition drive assis- tance, and more than $1,000 in consulting fees to Linda Curtis, a political activist described as "litigious Linda" by the Austin Chronicle. However, the political expen- dittires don't include the fees for the team of lawyers pushing the case to the Supreme Court and it's unclear from the filings who is footing the legal bill. Supporters of the develop- ment say that U.S. Foodservice would bring much needed jobs to the area, and would actually generate less traffic than com- mercial or retail development. 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