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+ REPEAT McCurdy looks to repeat at state golf tournament. - Page 1B MARKED Former 'Southside School' 4 receives Texas Historical Marker. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ............ Vol. 111 * No. 04 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 Chester Davis owns several firework stands state, including this one in Buda. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III and superstores in the avis. PHOTO BY LARRY KNAPEK, WEST NEWS BY ANDY SEVILLA Biting her nails with an~ety, nervousness ever apparent in her gaze, she patiently waited for her turn to exit the interstate after al- most three hours of travel. Braving the tmtfic - at dines down to a crawl, at times through country back mads - Kyle Coun- dl Member Samantha Bellows- LeMense was in a hurry Sunday to transport supplies to a ravaged small town in need of help. A lot of help. "I'm nervous, I'm sorry," she said as her car got closer and clos- er to West Elementary School, not knowing what damage to expect. Just days earlier an explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked West, Texas, leaving at least 14 dead and about 200 injured, according to law enforcement reports. The town's nearby middle school was reduced to rubble and its high school deemed useless after the damage it, too, had sustained. %s citizens of West we are all in this together," said Mayor Tommy Muska and the West City Cotmdl in a news release. "Long tem~ re- covery will take several months to years. We are working non stop to expedite processes and proce- dures for the health and safety of all our citizens." And a town left picking up the pieces is on its way to a return to normalcy, step-by-step, day-by- day, and Kyle is lending support. See WEST EXPLOSION, pg. 6A PHOTO BY ANOY SEVILLA Above, apartments in West were destroyed by the fertilizer plant explosion. An SUV cov- ered in dust (directly above) says it all, as residents work to restore their school in time for Monday classes. West ISD employees (right) help Saman- tha Bellows-LeMense unload school supplies in front of the West Elementary School Find more local events at Nonprofit organizations may submit an event for inclusion in our calendars. 8LO New Challenges - New Solutions The Hays County Victim Services Office wili host a ceremony recognizing national crime victims' rights at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hays County Govern- ment Center. Art by Hays High and Live BY MOSES LEOS III The battle over setting pre- cedence or upholding the law will come full C'Lrcle on April 30 for the Buda City Council. On that day, the council will de- cide whether to proceed with annexation of 36 adres along the northwest comer of IH-35 and Main Street, near Exit 221. That annexation would put longtime business owner Chester Davis in the position of having an illegal business within the city limits. Davis' saga began with pro- posed annexation of land just north of Buda. That's where one of his American Fireworks superstores, a permanent fix- ture on which he has a long- term lease, sits. He currently subleases the building with Big Tex Trailer World Inc. According to Buda City Ordinance 14.03.002 and 14.03.003, it is illegal to sell and use fireworks within Buda. Should the city continue with annexation proceedings, Da- vis' business will become an illegal operation. That forced Davis, who owns the American Fireworks company, to file a seven-year variance to keep his super- store open at that location. He See BIJDA VS. DAVIS, pg. 6A BY KIM HILSENBECK The Hays County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), which main- tains the Hays County Jail, ad- mitted no wrong- doing in the suicide death of an inmate in2011. On April 8, the HCSO responded to a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed against Sheriff Gary Curler and eight oth- er employees of the facility on behalf of Eric Loyd Dykes, 25, of Wtmberely who OYKI:S was found hanging in his cell March 26, 2011. He died two days later at Seton Medical Center Hays. His mother, Diana Rile~; filed the civil suit in Febru~, and an amended complaint in March, with the help of the Texas Civil Rights Project. In it, she claimed the defendants violated Dykes' constitutional and statutory rights by not pro- viding necessary mental health services "despite receiving seri- ous warnings Eric intended to take his own life." The suit contends that jail answer to the amended com- plaint, when Dykes was admit- ted to the jail he denied having any psychiatric condition or ever having been treated by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Therefore, the response claim the defendants are without knowledge or information to admit or deny the allegations against them. Chaffs Boissev- ain-Dawes of San Marcos, whose husband knew Eric Dykes from living in Wimberley, said her husband told her it is not uncommon for inmates to deny having any psychiatric history when they are booked into a facility because they area tar- geted, either by other inmates or by guards. Boissevain- Dawes said her husband has not disclosed mental health is- sues to booking officers at jails and prisons for that same rea- son. She said her husband has been in and out of jail Since he was a juvenile and bad similar experiences to that of Dykes in terms of home life and circum- stances. Dykes spent 14 months in O Oak Academy students, among Run like the ween' employees knew Dykes had bi- the Hays County Jail as a pre- others, will be Get ready for the running of the wiens as polar disorder and that despite n-ial detainee, based on the (fj ~ on display and hundreds of wiener dogs - and their owners receiving serious wanlings that court documents submitted by LLI tic ~'~ winnerSawarenessOf thefor - converge on Buda Saturday and Sunday the man intended to take his Riley:. The lawsuit says that dur- teen dating for the 16th annual Buda Wiener Dog races own life, they did not reason- ing his life, Dykes "struggled ? ~ ~ Preliminaries are Saturday, with finals on ablypmtect him from suicide. violence will be Sunday. Lots of activities for adults, children - n t.O announced. According to the HCSO'sSee SUICIDELAWSUIT, pg. 2A O Z ~ ~ and dogs. See page 6A for schedule. . oe; : -4, > = SEPTIC TO SEWER Opinions ............. : ........... 4A Best Bets .................. 2C ~ ~, ~o Hillside Terrace Sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory .......... 2-3D E:D , ~ r',--" to O~ ~ ~ neighborhood to be added Education ..................... 3-4B Classifieds .................... 2D to Buda sewer system. Neighbors 1-6C Public Notices ............... 2-3D - Page 11) Business ..................... 1 & 4D +