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Page 2A The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, "IX 78610 and additional mailing offices. ' POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we prob- ably do too! Newsroom phone: 542-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfree- press.com Mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADUNES The deadline for display advertising and any contrib- uted news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 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. LETTERS GUIDEUNES We welcome locally wdtten 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 NEWS PEC on st BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfleepress Voting is Underway election that Will replao of the old guard leader Pedemales Electric Coc board of directors. Members chn also w member bill 6f rights w establish cor e fights, election safegUards an to PEC meelJags and clo00 s its door arm history PE{ Candidates COrn DISTR :T 4 in the Ted Le ; Geoey VanderPal, the last Ken Ri bee, Deborah (Deb) ; on the Ballew Dan W. Pedersen, peradve Tom G iiebel, Chris Perry, Bob Driscol )te on a DISTR CT 5 " ]ich will uch as Joe SL mmy, Ross'Fischer, access Stever Cfirriker, Thornton Keel, :e---as,ouru Don C tsey and can only be change member vote. Ballots have been n all PEC members by Services Corporation, t pendent Ne York-bas party that is managing fion tabulation. Voting on May 5. Members cn cast th by mail or vote online fl dwith a The 12 ailed to mctors fr Election R.B. Felp,, te inde- not seeki .,d corn- has held he elec- 1975 and opened trict 5 sin Eight .,it ballot to seek tL Lrough a represenl st two remaining di- )m the old era at PEC, and O.C. Harmon, are ag reelection. Harmon he District 4 seat since Felps has served Dis- :e 1994. ndividuals have filed e District 4 seat, which 200,000-plus members can vote in each race. The co-op has seen a rocky three years of change, ushered in by a member-driven lawsuit. In 2008, an exhaustive report inves- tigating 10 years of management practices at PEC painted a grim picture of wasteful spending questionable financial transac- tions, and an iron-ftsted former general manager enabled by a complacent board of directors. Since 2008, PEC members have voted in large margins to throw out former leaders and bring in new reform-minded directors. Former General Manager Bennie Fuelberg, who ran the co-op for decades, is now facing felony charges of money laun- dering v theft in excess of $200,000 and misapplication of fiduciary duty in excess of $200,000, as is secure websit through Members als0 can vot son at the PE( Annual ship Meeting June 19 in City, where election re be announced. Ballots be accepted at PEC offi( I June 11. in per- lember- lohnson ults will will not es. s the northwestern portion )f Hays County and portions of Travis County. The sprawling Dis Lfi, ct 5 seat is an- chored i[a PECs Johnson City headquarters in Blanco County and incl0des slivers of 15 dif- ferent cbundes. All of PEC's former co-op general counsel Walter Demond. Election information, a link to ESC's voting site, and video clips of candidates presenting their platforms at PEC's April 27 pub- lic forum are available at www. pec.coop. Fallen officers honored BY JEN BIUND( jen@haysfreepres,, This Thuriday, Hay law enforcement offi gather on thesteps offl courthouse to comn their fallen comrades. "We are going to be hc officers in the state ofq lost their lives in the m in the last two years," , i organize Lcom with the ] riceandl temal Or ; County The l :ials will 30-minu m county schedul emorate May 13 ( lawn of noringall The cer exas who keynote e of duty ganizati( aid event Survivor Kyle Mayor to meet elected officials in  1 STAFF REPORT and get unique Kyle Mayor LucylohnsonwiU ernance Mike Wood, a sergeant Iays County Sheriffs Of- resident of the local Fra- [er of Police. ublic is invited to the te ceremon which is d to start at noon on n the steps otthe south he county courthouse. .'mony will feature a speaker fronn the or- n concerns of Police (COPS), a group that supports families of fallen offi- cers. San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and County Judge Liz Sumter will read proclamations honoring the 23 fallen officers. "Officers are putting their lives on the line every day and some of those officers don't make it home at night," Wood said. "We do a dangerous job and it is im- portant for the public to support police officers in their quest to try to keep the community safe." eith.young ashmgton ) share our :ideas and perspective on gov- and public policy is- SH 45 SW Continued from pg. 1A be otherwise financed and built as a non-toll road. The report estimates its cost at $69 million to $92 million. Hays Free Press May 12, 2010 Police investigate two Kyle robberies BY JEN BIU jen@haysfreep| Hays County S ricers are investi home burglaries curred last weet Green Pastures hood east of Kyl. crimes may be reL tigators say. In both cases, t cut the lock of th fence surroundin erty, then kicked door. 1DO ess.com mrriff's of- gating two that oc- near the neighbor- The two Lted, inves- ae burglars chain link the prop- the front Residents of the home on the 2700 block of Mathias Lane, just north of Green Pas- tures, reported the break-in at about 1 p.m. last Tuesday, and told investigators that the burglars took a television, radio, firearm and jewelry. The second break-in, on the 4300 block of Goforth Road, was reported at about 5:45 the same day. Residents say they lost a computer, electronics and jewelry. There are no immediate suspects in the case, investi- gators said. ' Policearrest two in sex offender check STAFF REPORTS that he may be residing in that city. San Marcos Police have Merworth is currently in arrested two i sought for failing to register as sex offenders after ;a compliance check in April. Billy Joe Cray- ton, 25, and Pat- rick Colton Mer- worth, 19, were both taken into custody on Thur day, April 29, 2010 during a joint o]- eration by the S n Marcos Police D partment, Ha i County Sheriff Office and the F1 gitive Unit of tl Texas Attorm General's Office. Crayton w found hiding the attic of a S Marcos residen when officers v. ited the hot searching for hil officials said. Mc located by ant Holt's Summit, San Marcos Pol fugitives custody CRAYTON le MERWORTH rworth was Jail horities in Mo., after ice learned in Holt's Summit and will be ex- tradited to Hays County after an- swering to charg- es against him in Missouri. Cray- ton is currently in custody at the Hays County Jail. His bond is set at $140,000. Merworth was convicted of ag- gravated sexual assault of a three- year-old girl, with a disposition date in 2004. Crayton was also convict- ed of aggravated sexual assault of a three-year-old girl, with a dis- position date in 1999. Failing to reg- ister as a sex of- fender is a State Felony punishable by confinement in a state jail from 180 days to two years and a fine up to $10,000. for verification. Letter writers join more than 200 ot er young sues," Jchnson said.  In August, BiscOe effec-  tively put the brakes on the e I ) ...... to ne letter-er elected officials in Johnson, age 26, ]r 1.1, I, I amr:nll:lt=drcan be :mailed Washington, DC next "  was elected mayor project Wahln he told his   h j At-) 1  . n rb I - -'= ........ corn week at the fifth an- , three months ago in CAMPOco eagues, Idont IJllkr,,,bI.A J , v I to CSDnaysrreepress. nual convening of the . a special election on believe there is support for I '1 _- _" t I nationalYoungElect- .i  February 13% after this ,,kind of project at this I I llrlal*[ ,NBIn//r I HISTORY edOfficialsNetworL '   serving as a coun- time. JL L41.1 Iqt'JL  ...v...,.,.,,w. w,.n,,a n,i 10 1903 by The participants, i|  cilmember. 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