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Section D HaysFreePress.com CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC, NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY April 28, 2010 Page 1D Lifetime recreation in Kyle KYLE PARKS & hweat is lifetime creation? When e were young, baseball and soccer was considered recreation. In high school, football and basketball was recreation. We won't mention what college recreation was but those that went know what I am referring to. As you get older, it is harder to play baseball, soccer, foot- :ball and basketball. These are not considered lifetime recreational activities. In our profession, life- time recreational activi- ties are those that we do throughout our lifetime. These include such activi- ties as golf, tennis, hiking and fishing. In Kyle we have been able to play golf, tennis and take a hike, but not go fishing. That is about to change. With parkland dedica- tion, donations and grants, the Kyle Parks and Rec- reation Department has been acquiring parkland ' along the Plum CreekWa- tershed east of Lehman Rd. Included in that parkland are a couple of lakes cre- ated by detention dams built and maintained by the Plum Creek Conserva- tion District. One of these ,sffoms point on, be called Lake Kyle. : The Kyle PARD is deep :in the planning phases of construction and develop, ment of Lake Kyle. These plans include accessibil- ity to all and until we can meet ADA guidelines, we have to keep the park closed to all. With adequate funding the construction time line has Lake Kyle open to all the summer of 2012. In the meantime, Kyle PARD is planning and pre- paring a free fishing clinic. On Saturday, June 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m., up to 50 registrants will be taught by certified fishing instructors, the proper wayto tie and bait a hook, rules of fishing, casting techniques and more. Ad- ditionally, after lunch that same day, the Kyle PARD will host a fishing derby where teams will compete as they test their skill catching fish. Each team will consist of one adult and one child, and the $15 registration fee covers the cost of t-shirts for each person, bait and drinks. After the derby, prizes will be awarded to top catchers and each child will leave Lake Kyle with their very own rod and reel. This event is purposely called "Hooked On Fish- ing", as we hope that everyone wanting to go fishing in Kyle will get 'hooked' on this wonderful lifelong recreational activ- ity. If you are interested in being a sponsor of prizes for the kids, or would like to come out and volunteer some time taking the fish off their hooks and see the joy of someone reeling in their first fish - contact me at the Kyle PARD office. We still need your help. If you would like to participate and register for this exciting day, you need to hurry. We will only take that first 50 registra- tions received before May 19. Registration forms and information can be found on our website at www. kylepard.com. You may also find the forms in City Hall, at Market Days and at Plum Creek Front Porch Days. PHOTO BY JOHN HAWN Some of the Hays Free Press staff includes (left to right) Sean Kimmons, Connie Brewer, Tracy Mack, Cyndy Slovak-Barton, Jen Biundo, David White, Suzanne Hallam and Brenda Stewart. Honored for excellence Hays Free Press wins top honors from press association 'F RB30gI'S Kyle and Buda's only locally owned newspaper, the Hays Free Press, racked up honors at the South Texas Press Association annual conference last weekend, winning first place awards in General Excellence, News Coverage, Family/Social Pages and Community Service. In addition, the newspaper won third in the sweepstakes for all contest categories combined with 500 points, be hind;:first fl!ace Rockda/e r with 675 points and second place Port Aransas South leay with 650 points. Other awards for the Hay$,,Free Press includei second place in" fi- ous C01umn Writing by Svea uer, second ,place. in News Photography with Cyndy Slovak-Barton's photo of Kyle Fire Chief Glenn Whitaker walk- ing away from a wreck scene and Scan Kimmons' photo of a house fire, and third place in Page Design, with staffer David White in charge of the production for the newspaper. The first place award for News Coy- erage includes honors to Jen Biundo for her stories on Sex Ed in Hays CISD schools. The first place for Commu- nity Service was awarded for the newspaper's overall coverage of the drought of 2009. The judge for the General Excel- lence category said about the Hays Free Press, "Excellent, excellent, ex- cellent. This is a solid paper. This is what it's all about. Thank youI Solid writing, photos, layout is clean. No. 1 by a mile. No smoke and mirrors - all substance!", Other comments by judges: Fam- ily/Social Pages, " Nice, clean cover design... Good mix of local news and photos' News Coverage, "Sex Ed - good treatment of a sensitive topic"; Serious Column Writing, "The col, umns submitted by S'vea Saner show cleverness, admirable writing style and a determined 'hold 'em account- able' stance. Ms. Sauer does an excel- lent job of staling her opinion"; News Photo,"Fatality/Drug deal- good spot news image. I like the focus on the firefighter. The mangled mess in the background speaks for itself. The look of concern on the firefighter speaks volumes of the situation"; Page De- sign, 'Airy. Effective use of cut offand column rules carry through from' front to back. Nice use of photos." Staff members o f the Hays Free Press .include Managing Editor ]en Biundo, Production Manager David White, Slorts Editor Jason Gordon, Business Manager Connie Brewer, Circulation lManager Stmanne Hallam, Advertis- ling Director Tracy Mack, reporters Scan Kimmons and Brad Rollins, ]uda Office Manager Sandra Grizzle, sports reporter Mark Caul, education rreporter Jim Cullen, proof reader Jane Kirkham and proofreader/columnist IBrenda Stewart, production assis- taant Jorge Garcia, columnists Svea uer, Clint Younts, Darryl Jamail, Phil Jones, Myrtle Heideman, Pauline Tom, Donn Brooks and Ed Cherry- holmes, and Co-Publishers Bob Bar- teen and Cyndy Slovak:Barton. The Hays Free Press competes in a category with some of the largest weekly newspapers in the state. San Marcos Record stops the presses BY SEAN KIMMONS AND BRAD ROLLINS news@haysfreopress.corn For the first time since at least 1872, the county doesn't have a newspaper printed in the county seat. The San Marcos Daily Record, which publishes five editions a week, this month shuttered its print- ing press operation and outsourced the work to Cox Enterprises' Austin American-Statesman. The Record was founded in 1917 and printed in-house for 92 years until April 3. "We made a business decision that we could print more effective- ly if we outsourced," Daily Record Publisher Stan Woody said. An undetermined number of em- ployees were laid off as part of the move, including the paper's, four pressmen and nearly all of its ckcu- lation department. Woqdy did not respond to an inquiry on how many employees were let go. Besides its broadsheet newspa- per, the Record previously did print jobs for nine commercial clients. "We're just going to be a vendor to them," said Michael Vivio, the Austin American-Statesman pub- lisher, who said that his presses cur- rently print 25 other publications. "We hope to provide the best qual- ity possible for the readers of the San Marcos paper." San Marcos has a colorful history mf competing newspapers and at keast one has been printed continu- omsly in the city since at least 1872, when the San Marcos Free Press be- gan operations. The Record began printing daily, nnore or less, in 1971. In the early 2!000s, the Recordwas bought out by Community Newspaper Holdings Ime., a subsidiary of the Retirement S;ystems of Alabama, which owns 90 daily and 200 non-daily newspa- pers in 22 states, according to the cmmpany's website. The Daily Record's press will be dlismantled and used for parts in CNHI presses. Rainbow Internation- al, a restoration and cleaning company, cut the ribbon on its new business on April 13 outside the Kyle Chamber of Commerce office. The company cleans up after emergencies such as flooding, fire, smoke or mold, and also performs cleaning, deodorizing and stain treating for commercial and resi- dential properties. COURTESY PHOTO Hays County home values decreasing BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Despite slightly depressed average home values across the county, total property values in Hays County in- creased 1.7 percent to $14.26 billion, according to pre- liminary numbers released this week by the Hays County Central Appraisal District. That uptick, howev&, may be wiped out during the protest pro- cess when prop- erty owners big and small haggle over their property valuations and, by extension, the size of the tax bill they'll receive from the count, ci, school district and a num- ber of smaller, more local taxing entities like emergency services and water control districts. THE AVERAGE HOME VALUE IN: Hays County de- creased about 1.70 percent to $162,724 for 2010. Dripping Springs ISD decreased about 2.79 percent to $267,899 for 2010. Hays CISD decreased about 2.12 percent to $131,136 for 2010. The City of Kyle decreased about 3.67 percent to $127,305 for 2010. The City of Buda decreased about 0.6 percent to $158,876 for 2010. The City of San Mar- cos decreased about 0.5 percent to $118,790 for 2010. San Marcos CISD decreased about 0.9 percent to $128,779 for 2010. Wimberley ISD re- mained flat at $193,089 for 2010. The appraisal district does not certify valu- ations untilJuly25. Untllthen, ChiefApprals- er David VaUe said, "We really won't know if each entity is going to come out ahead or flat or see a little decrease." Those final numbers will be watched closely by local governments who need to project rev- enue for summertime budgetmaking and by taxpayers in a county accustomed to yearly in- creases, like clockwork, in their home values. According to preliminary numbers, average singie-family home values decreased in nearly every jurisdiction, the first .time most home- owners will see a drop in property value in a decade. In the city of Kyle, the average home value is expected to decrease 3.67 percent since this time last year to $127,305 for 2010. In the city of Buda, the decline is projected at about 0.6 per- cent since 2009 to $158,876. The average home value in Hays CISD decreased about 2..12 per- cent to $131,136. Those preliminary figures are no surprise to Realtor David Aston of ERA Millennium Real Estate in Buda, who has seen recent signs of more home buyers but says it may be due to the approaching deadline for a tax credit being of- fered by the federal government. "There's been some recent activity. I have a lot of first-time homebuyers rushing out to get that home under contract by April 30, but I'll be interested to see what takes place after then. Hopefully it's not artificial, hopefully it can be sustained," Aston said. There certainly has been a slight decline in property values and more homes on the mar- ket. Most of Hays County is faring no better than Buda and Kyle. Every city and school dis- trict is on track for a decrease in average home value, except Wmaberley, where it is remaining flat at $193,089. The average home value in Hays County de- creased about 1.70 percent to $162,724 for 2010, according to the preliminary figures. Both the city of San Marcos and the San Marcos school district are seeing average home value decreas- es of less than 1 percent while Dripping Springs CISD's preliminary values have decreased from about 2.12 percent to $131,136. The city of Kyle is seeing higher rates of home value decline because the market here was overbuilt and became even more saturated with a high number of foreclosures in young neighborhoods, said Steve Flyrm, a San Marcos- based .appraiser who teaches on the subject at Texas State University. 'A lot of those builders had their own mort- gage companies and they were getting these people into homes and qualifying them for a loan without any regard for whether these peo- ple could afford those mortgages. That's kind of coming back to haunt them," Flynn said. For most taxing entities, however, slippage in single-family home values 11 be offset by gains in the value of vacant, platted tracts and com- mercial and industrial property, Valle said. Since 2009, 1,252 vacant, platted tracts were added to the appraisal roles through new sub- divisions and replats, driving an anticipated 13 percent increase in that category. Commercial and industrial property in- creased six percent, from $1.27 billion to $1.35 billion. Residential multi-family property in- creased 5.3 percent, from $510 million in 2009 to $537 million in 2010. Most of the increases in those areas were from new construction and platted lots, not in- creases in existing commercial, industrial and residential multi-familTfi Valle said. Without new construction, property tax roils probably would have declined further, he said. "I drink that will cushion the droos in resi- dential," Valle said. Property owners have until June 1 to appeal their appraisals at the district's office, 21001 N. IH-35 in Kyle. For information, call (512) 268- 2522.