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4= Hays baseball team beats Westlake 8-4. - Page 1B Community benefactor dies after a century of contributions. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 120. No. 4 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 KYLE COUNCIL CAMPAIGN FINANCES BY MOSES LEOS III As Election Day draws near, the Kyle City Council District 1 race continues to speed full steam ahead as both candidates vying for the seat spent $8,600 from Jan. i to April 7 toward their campaigns. Leading the way in spending for the District 1 race was challenger Travis Mitchell, owner of Mitch- ell Motor Sports in Kyle, who spent over $6,300, ac- cording to his Campaign Finance Report filed 30 days before Election Day. CAMPAIGN FINANCE, 2A MITCHELL HERVOL ARABLE LLOYD Contributions:Contributions: Contributions: Contributions: $695 $3,060 $I00 $0 Spent: Spent: Spent: Spent: $6,312.84 $2,290.56 $100 $25 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lead singer Kam Franklin of the Houston area band The Suffers thrills the crowd as she performs a song on the Bluebonnet Stage of the 2016 Old Settler's Music Festival in Driftwood on Friday. Fans from far and wide braved threatening weather condi- tions as they flocked to the Salt Lick Pavillion and Camp Ben McCulloch for the event, which was held April 14-17. Wiener Dog Races The wieners are back April 23 and 24! See the dogs wiggle their way to the finish line and enjoy a best- dressed dog contest, barbecue cook-off, a bake-off, a washers tournament and arts-and-crafts booths. See for more information. Founders Day Festival The 29th annual Dripping Springs Founders Day be held in downtown Dripping Springs April 22-24 The celebration kicks off with the grand parade and includes free music and entertainment on two stages, the Mighty Thomas Carnival, street dances, cook-off competitions and over 150 arts and crafts booths and business vendors. See a schedule at Wimberley Arts Fest The Wimberley Arts Fest 2016 will be held at Blue Hole Park in Wimberley on Saturday, April 23 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Come out and see 75 juried local artists, enjoy live music, and eat great food. Visit www. for more information. BY MOSES LEOS III An estimated 195,000 gallons of domestic wastewater spilled into Garlic Creek Tuesday following a suspected pump malfunction at a lift station that is currently under construction. The spill happened at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday at the FM 967 Lift Station. Domestic wastewater comes from homes and road runoff. According to a city of Buda press release, the location of the spill is FM 967, north of Hay- ley's Way. The spill has no impact on Buda's public water supply system, according to the city. The domestic waste- water, however, spilled into Garlic Creek, east of FM 967. A portion of the spill, according to the release, may have been infiltration and inflow from the recent rain event. City Manager Ken- neth Williams, along with Mike Beggs, Direc- WASTEWATER SPILL, 6A Commissioners vote for BY ANNA HEROD A new jail might be in Hays County's future. After Hays County spent an estimated $500,000 to $1 million on outsourcing inmates last year, commission- ers unanimously voted Tuesday to pursue a November bond election to fund a new jail, law enforcement center and communications facility. As the standing jail's infrastructure contin- ues to age, the com- missioners agreed that doing nothing about the time-weathered building is not a feasible option. Hays County Precinct No. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe said if a new jail is not fund- ed soon, the county will continue to pour money into fixing the old one and outsourcing inmates. The county currently outsources inmates to Bastrop, Caldwell and Guadalupe counties. "The jail facility is just really old and out of date and it's becoming a huge liability for us," said Pre- cinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley. "Cell doors don't lock and the place can catch on fire from wiring that is 30 years old. We'd be in an end- less cycle of funding a couple of million dollars for a while on an annual basis of duct taping that whole thing together." Commissioners voted for the county's Law Enforcement Committee Keeping up with growth The 157,107 population of 2010 has increased to 194,739 residents presently. Not only does Hays hold the top spot for fastest-growing county in the state, but it also ranks at No. 5 in the national ranking. to recommend a pro- gram director who will be charged with guiding the county through the bond election process, and then bringing the final proposal back to the court. According to County Judge Bert Cobb and the commissioners, a recent report from consultants said the current jail's 300 beds simply aren't enough for the growing county. According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Hays County's population has increased by 23.9 percent since 2010. The consultants suggested the new jail have anywhere from 500 to 600 beds. Although this may be more than needed at a given time, it puts a buffer in place, which is mandated by the Commission on Jail Standards. The court intends for the election, which must be called byAugust, to be for general obligation JAIL BAILOUT, 6A Downtown Kyle gets a new face - Page 1D I' News ............... ........... ,C,71111!!!1!1!!t111!1jl]!1!11117 Opinions ...............3A Business ......... 1, 4D Sports ............... 1-2B Service Directory ... 3D Education ......... 3-4B Classifieds ............ 2D Community ...... 1-6C Public Notices ...... 2D 4- +