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I PLAYOFF-BOUND Lady Rebel softball looks to snap postseason misery. RUN UKE THE WIEN Wiener dogs from far and wide gather for annual competition. - Page 1B HaysFreePress.com Mountain 00'00ity :- Page 1C " Barton Publications, Inc. ' ! ; ++ ' $ I. i'08 NO. 4  erving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County. 75 celebrates wild west history BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Before there was a Buda, and ;fore there was a Kyle, there was Vlotmtaln City And like any self- specting pioneer town, Moun- in City had its own low-down aiskey joint. Chicago, as the bar was known, s described as a place of"low ggery" and "gambling hell," d with card'playing, killings d loose women, it scandalized community through Moun- n City's heyday in the 1870s tin- the more respectable citizenry titioned for its closure. This Saturday, Mountain City - now a community decidedly without a rough and tumble fron- tier watering hole - will celebrate its 160 m birthday from 10 a.m. until noon with a carnival, local farmer's market, kid's games, his- tory presentations and more. Nowadays, to most Hays County residents, Mountain City is just the name of a small incor- porated subdivision offFM 2770 near Jack C. Hays High School, home to about 730 residents that live on shady, winding streets with names like Maple Drive and Live Oak Court. But from the early 1850s until the 1880s, Mountain City was a CELEBRATE Birthday activities will take place near the main entrance of Mountain City from 10 a.m. until noon. sprawling community on the old Stagecoach Road that served as an important hub in the ranch- ing and farming industries of the newly-formed Hays County. The original Mountain City was centered near the modem com- munity of the same name, but stretched from the Blanco River around present-day Kyle all the way to Manchaca Springs north- east of present-day Bud& The first settlers, such as Chat- tanooga native Phillip Allen and his famil5 landed in Mountain City around the time of the Texas Revolution in 1835 and 1836. Allen had acquired more than 4,600 acres of land in what would become northern Hays County from Ben Milam's colony grant from the Republic of Texas. But American Indians in the area fought to maintai a control of their ancestral lands, driving the settlers away. Allen left to See Mr. CITY HISTORY, pg. 3A PHOTO BY STEPHANIE JAMAJL Clyde and Janet Gooding dance to local Mountain City band Island Texas at last year's Fire and Ice Festival. arents rrested ,n injury e BY SEAN KIMMONS i(yle pdice ar- rested the prents ofla local chad on April 13 for alllegedly inluring thek two- mdnth-old baby in CORBLEY lue 2009, authorities sa ,onald Corbley, 28, and Brenda Ro( Lriguez, 34, were naL bed at the r home in aae 100 RODRIGUEZ block of Spring Branch Cove in Kyl on active felony warrants. Police officers made the arrests after an investigation led them to believe that the child's parents wel responsible for multiple fraclawes in the baby's ribs and clavicle, Kyie police spokesper- son _,apt. Pedro Hemandez said. Another sibling alSO had in- juribs, police said. The children have not been with their par- ent since the original incident, polie said. Rdriguez was charged with two I st-degree felony counts of injy to a child. She has been rele, sed from jail on bonds total- ing 170,000. Corbley is still in the Ha F; County Jail on two third-de- gree felony counts of injury to a chilc on bonds totaling $85,000. PHOTO BY JAY WEST Last year's Front Porch Days featured music, games and of course, watermelon. This yeatr's festival is set for May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Front P(}rch Days Plum Creek celebrates its 9tll annual community party BY SEAN CLAES Special to the Hays Free Press l'or the ninth year running, Kyte's 1--'t Plum Creek rieighborhood is get- JL ting ready to celebrate withits com- munity-wide party, Front Porch Days. Open to the general public, the fee celebration is set for May 2 from 11 a..m. to 4 p.m. Plum Creeks Fergus Park will feature moon bounces, a petting zoo, pony rides and the Iigglebus Express. Of course, it wouldn't be a Front Porch Days without a free concert by the Ernrrny Award winning Biscuit Brothers, wlho play at 12:30 p.m. 'The music runs all day long, opening with a gospel set from the Kyle United Methodist Church Praise Band. Front Porch Days will also include a pie baking contest, washer tournament, a 5k and lk run, an old-fashioned soapbox der- by and a skating exposition byTxSk8 Team. County jail to remain in 01d digs BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Seeming to settle a hot but- ton issue dzat has dogged the Commissioners Court for more than a year, a con- sultant's wide-ranging study of the Hays County criminal justice system says the exist- ing jail will serve the county's needs for the next decade with an addition of about 100 new beds. Officials can expect the jail population to remain relative- . ly flat over the next 10 years with an average population of 321 and a peak population of 326 in 2020.. That population can be accommodated at the 362-bed Hays County Law En- forcement Center on Uhland Road in San Marcos with the addition of 48-96 beds. The jail needs the extra space to handle incarceration standards like segregating male and female inmates and those with medi- cal and mental conditions. "Today we have good news about the jail and good news about the criminal justice sys- tem as well... It doesn't mean we won't need to put seri- ous dollars into our jail but it changes the equation dramat- ically," said Pct. 2 Commis- sioner Jeff Barton, who initi- ated the study last year. The jail situation has been fraught with political impli- cations since the Texas Com- missioner on Jail Standards Ordered the facility's kitchen shut down in November and threatened more extreme sanctions. That order was later See GOUNTY JAIL, pg. 2A Subcber address How many police does Kyle really need? BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com The city of Kyle inched closer to construction of a new police station last week after city councilrnembers He added that the assessment is a 14-week process, which is slated to begin within the week once the contract is signed. approved a $35,000 needs assessment In March. Blake to help envision and develop a pro- had requested a jected $5 million station tO be built in" $124,000 fiscal the future, year 2009-10 bud- BLAKE Brinldey-Sargent Architects, Inc., of Austin, was chosen to conduct the needs assessment that should de- termine how large a station the city might require and how much it should spend. "They try to right size a facility to meet [our] current and future needs," said Kyle Police Chief Michael Blake. get amendment to cover the needs assessment as wellas $47,000 for overtime pay and $42,000 to fully implement Kyle Police Depart- ment's Coban audio/visual system. The resolution to authorize the needs assessment, which passed 6-1, was the first part of the amendment to be voted on. Councilmember Jaime Sanchez was the lone dissenter. Last year, fighting a significant tax hike, city councilmembers slashed the police department's overtime budget proposal by more than haft. The department originally requested $136,000 for overtime pay but only landed about $48,00ff. The current police budget amend- ment of $124,000 is approximately a one-cent increase on the tax rate, cur- rently at 42 cents per $100 property valuation, city officials have said. Spurred by a low crime rate, coun- cilmembers were hesitant to appro- priate requested fundsto the police last year. In a 2008 Texas Department of Pub- lic Safety report, Kyle is 60 percent be- low San Marcos' crime rate and is 68 percent under the statewide average. However, as city development and population continue to grow, Blake said he expects crime to follow. Blake also stressed that his depart- ment, matched against other compa- rable cities, is still understaffed by at least 37 percent. Each Shift is required to have three patrol officers and a su- pervisor, he said, but most times only three officers can be on duty. A short-staffed police force has slowed the department's response time to an average of 6.75 minutes. The goal is 5 minutes or less, Blake said. Each year," roughly 350 emergency calls are put on hold, delaying re- sponse times as officers react to other incidents, or the calls don't get a re- sponse, according to police records. 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