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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press May 10, 2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 6 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. LE-I'rERS GUIDELINES 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 be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter 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 Burleson 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. Election Results Continued from pg. 1A dais. VanessaV. Petrea, a former PTA member who works as a paralegal, claimed the board of trustees At-Large seat by a 202 vote margin Saturday. Petrea gathered the lead after early voting numbers were released and emerged with 41 percent of the vote after FJection Day ballots were counted. Petrea defeat- ed candidate Debbie Munoz who took 31 percent of the total vote. Candidate Doyla A. Burrell finished third with 27 percent of the vote. Petrea said she was "extremely honored and grateful" for the opportunity to serve on the dais and she was eager to dig into the process. She was with friends at Buck's Backyard near Buda when she got'the news of her victory. She added she was impressed with all of the can- "I've never done this before and I wasn't confident when the early voting numbers came in that I would win the election ... I was cautiously optimistic, but never expected to win." -Vanessa Petrea, newly elected HCISD trustee didates and"everyone ran a great race." "I've never done this before and I wasn't confident when the early voting num- bers came in that I would win the election," Petrea said. "I was cautiously optimistic, but never expected to ~n." Petrea said she was eager to begin Texas Association of School Board (TASB) train- ing, but also to start to focus on one of her platforms, which is pushing for social and emotional learning programs. "I'll be eager to vote on important issues fight away," Petrea said. "But I want to get all of the facts and learn as much as I can before I jump into the issues." Hays CISD voters also sup- ported the reelection bid of incumbent District 1 council member Teresa Tobias, who carried 59 percent of the vote to ~ the seat. Tobias defeated candidate Charles McNiel, Jr., who gathered 84 of the 203 votes, and Michelle R. Care~ who took 37 votes. Continued from pg. 1A on with a convertible driven by 60-year-old Nancy Sterling Dalton. She died at the scene in the crumpled wreckage of her car. The prosecutors, Hays County District Attorney Wes Man and assistant district attomey Jennifer Stalbaum, have called a parade of witnesses whose testimony they say proves Tarr was dnmk at the time of the collision. One Austin couple testified that they fol- lowed Tarr's truck for miles before the accident and became increasingly concerned as it swerved repeatedly into the oppo- site lane. Tarr gave conflicting stories about the wreck, telling Buda police officer Joshua Albarez at the scene that another car had stopped abruptly in front of him and later telling state trooper Kevin Lashlee that the car had pulled out suddenly into his lane. Footage from Albarez's body camera, on the other hand, showed Tarr walk- ing without any apparent problems and talking without any discernible slurring. When Lashlee told Tart that he would have to involuntarily submit a blood sample, Tart rolled out of a hospital bed and appeared to try to flee, the trooper testified. The defense, led by San Marcos attorneys Billy McNabb and Scot Court- ne~ have relied primarily on cross-examination of the state's witnesses and two experts of their own to cast doubt about the re- liability of a field sobriety test and the subsequent blood-alcohol testing. Samuel Salinas, a former state crime lab technician, and his supervisor, Anna Mudd, testified for more than 10 hours collectively during the course of several days about methodology used for testing blood sam- When Lashlee told Tarr that he would have to involuntarily submit a blood sample, Tarr rolled out of a hospital bed and appeared to try to flee, the trooper testified. pies for alcohol. Under questioning by George Scharmen, a third defense attorney, Salinas said he was under orders to rush testing of Tarr's sample and inadvertently gave it a duplicate file name in a computer system. Salinas and Mudd insist that the error does not affect the outcome of their testing, which found Tarr's blood sample to contain an alcohol concentration of 0.102 percentage, more than the legal limit of 0.08 to drive a vehicle. The test has a margin of error of about 10 percent, Mudd testified. Justin Hrabovs~, Tarr's golfing partner at a charity tournament, testified Tuesday that Tart drank only two or three beers during a six- or seven-hour period prior to the fatal wreclc The jury will have the option of convicting or acquitting on one or both of two charges: Murder, a first-degree felony punish- able by up to life in prison, and intoxication man- slaughter, a second-de- gree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Tarr's prosecution is one of, if not the first, case in Hays County in which a murder indictment stemmed from a dnmken driving case. ,% OF 8" Vub,ic anno..cement ....... the Public Works Department BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO STORM WATER POLLUTION What is the problem ? Each time it rains, water washes over our streets, driveways, and yards picking up pollutants along the way and flowing into our storm drains. This runoffmay contain pollutants such as motor oil, yard clippings, pet waste, litter, lawn chemicals, anti-freeze, and other toxins, which can pollute our water supply as well as clog pipes and culverts which can lead to flooding. Known as "Non-Point Source Pollution", it is the largest threat to our waterways today. Sometimes pollutants are dumped directly into storm drains by neighbors who don't know any better. Contrary to popular belief, most storm drains are not connected to treatment systems. Whatever enters the drain is discharged directly, untreated into local waterways! Ho~o can you heltO? ~ The storm drain inlets on your street are marked with a colorful marker, like the one shown here, with a pollution prevention message. You can help by using the following tips to prevent pollution: "Properly dispose of hazardous waste and recycle used motor oil. " Use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides sparingly and follow the manufacturer's instructions. ,, Keep yard waste, trash, and dirt off the street and out of the gutters. ,, Clean up after your pets. - Wash your car at a car wash facility or park your car in the grass before you wash it. ~, Spread the word about protecting our waterways from polluted runoff. Please report anyone you spot putting anything which should not go into a storm drain by calling the Public Works Department at (512) 312-2876. THANKYOU FORYOUR COOPERATION! PLAN NOW INSTEAD OF THE COURT DECIDING LATER FOR HOMEOWNERS.. 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