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HISTORY REPEATS Lady Rebels softball advances to Regional Semifinals. - Page 1B SISTERLY LOVE Big sister program helps "Bigs" and "Littles" alike. - Page 1D Barton Publications, Inc. .... ........ ...... Vol. 111 No. 07 .... Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 PHOTO BY KIM HILSENBECK Means more tax money for ESD #8 Former Buda Mayor Billy Gray listens to Buda firefighter Craig O'dell explain Proposition 1 for Emergency Services Dis- trict 8 on Election Day at Buda City Hall. "1 was just trying to understand it," Gray said. After O'dell finished, Gray said, "OK, I'll go vote for it." Though the proposition passed by a healthy margin, O'dell said he talked with several people on Election Day from the Coves of Cimarron and Shadow Creak who didn't know anything about the issue. "It's just hard to understand," he said. BY ANDY SEVILLA Twenty-six votes separated the top two candi- dates for the District 3 Kyte City Council seat in Saturday's election, but Chad Benninghoff's lead was not enough to clinch a victory. Kyle voters did, however, decidedly approve a $36 million road bond set to improve five city streets. Benninghoff and Joe Bacon knocked Bill Sinor out of the nmning for the cotmcil seat, as the top two vote getters will face off in a runoff election June 1. Benninghoffwho received 324 votes (45.89 per- cent) fell short of the 50 pement plus one vote nec- essary to win the election. Bacon brought in 298 votes (42.21 percent) and Sinor lagged behind with 84 votes (11.90 percent). Benninghoff, whose brother was tound dead See KYLE ELECTION, pg. 2A BY ANDY SEVILLA A woman who police say jumped off the Kyle Parkway overpass and landed inside a motor coach bus traveling on Interstate 35, late last month, is recovering at an Austin hospital and the victim said she may be getting out soon. The woman, who authori- ties say jumped onto oncoming traffic, said 1hesday evening she is recovering and expects to be released from the hospital in the near future. She declined to com- ment further. Kyle police officers were dis- patched to Kyle Parkway on a sui- cide attempt call just after 4 a.m. on April 27. According to several police incident reports, the vic- tim jumped off the overpass and crashed through the windshield of a motor coach bus traveling north on Interstate 35 (IH-35), knocking down several rows of seats before landing on the floor board in between rows four and five of the commercial vehicle. Officers who were approxi- mately ten yards away from the woman before she allegedly jumped, were quickly discussing "the best procedure to attempt to keep her from falling or jumping off the bridge," but were too late in their efforts as she "swung her left arm around and propelled herself off the bridge," according to Officer Michael Torres' inci- dent report. "I observed [the victim] grab the rail and push herself off of the side and fall. I heard a loud banging sound from underneath (the overpass) after she fell to- A woman who police say jumped off the Kyle Parkway Overpass in the early on Interstate 35. The woman crashed through the passenger side windshield board behind the fourth row. The woman is expected to recover. wards the middle lane of IH-35 crashed into the passenger side northbound," said Kyle Police windshield, according to Mark Sergeant Ander Marmolejo in an Gri~n, an OKTours supervisor. incident report. "... It appeared "If (she) would have gone as if [the victim] had struck the through (Casiano's) windshield, front windshield as the bus was who knows what could have passing underneath the bridge happened," Griffin said. and had collided with seatbacks OK Tours, which operates out before coming to rest in the foot- of San Antonio, had to cancel well." trips and is "losing revenue" as Emergency medical respond- the motor coach bus remains ers transported the woman to out of commission, Griffin said. Brackenridge Hospital in Austin A cost estimate of the damage to where she remains and is ex- thebusorthelossofrevenuefig- pected to recover. Police say the ureis not yet available, he said. OK Tours bus she crashed into The northbound lanes of IH- was not carrying passengers, and 35 were closed for about three aside from the woman, nobody hourswhile authorities conclud- else was injured in the incident, ed their investigation. Traffic was The driver of the struck vehi- diverted out of the northbound de, Ralph Felix Casiano, was not lanes of the interstate at Exit 215, hurt in the wreck, as the victim according to incident repotts. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KYLE POLICE DEPARTMENT morning hours of April 27 landed inside a motor coach bus traveling north of the bus, taking down a few rows of seats before landing on the floor Hope & Love 4 Kids will raise funds for Hays County student scholarships Hope & Love 4 Kids ~11 host the Third Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund- raiser & Silent Auction May 18, 2013, at Historic Kyle City Hall in Kyle, Texas. All proceeds benefit the Hendricks Hope Scholarship Foundation. Supporters who attend can expect a three-course meal in a historic ven- ue, served by the Hope & Love 4 Kids board of directors and volunteers. The event includes musical entertainment, opportunities for networking and social engagements and a well-supplied silent auction. SUBMITTED REPORT City officials declared at their May 7 council meet- ing that Kyle was under Stage lI drought manage- ment restrictions effective immediately. The restrictions came shortly after the Barton Springs/Edwards Aqui- fer Conservation District (BSEACD) officially de- clared the district was under Stage IlI Critical Drought. Kyle receives some of its water from the BSEACD, though the majority comes from Canyon Lake, which is governed by the Guadal- upe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA). Under Stage II drought Kyle protocol, restrictions include mandatory maxi- mum of twice per week wa- tering and restrictions on car washing and other out- side uses of water, accord- ing to the city's website. Kyle customers are al- lowed to water (irrigate) by handheld hose, or hand- held bucket at any time dur- ing the day or night; or by a hose and sprinkler, a soaker hose or drip irrigation from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. on their designated outdoor water use day. Customers with au- tomatic irrigation systems should time their devices to operate from midnight to 10 a.m. on their designated outdoor water use day. Kyle residences with odd- numbered addresses are scheduled for Wednesday and/or Saturday as their water use day, and residenc- es with even-numbered ad- dresses are designated with water use days on Thursday and/or Sunday. Washing cars, trucks, trailers, boats, or other vehicles or mobile equip- ment is allowed only on the customer's designated water use day. Custom- ers can wash their vehicles only from midnight to 10 a.m. and again from 7 p.m. to midnight on desig- nated days. Washing must be done with a handheld bucker or handheld hose equipped with a positive shutoff nozzle. Using automatic fill valve to add water to an outdoor Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day at Jacobs Well in Wimberley swimming or wading pool t~ Kids of all ages are invited to take part in "National Kids to Parks Day" or pond, charity car wash- ~ ~t~ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at Jacob's Well Natural Area in Wimberley. Hays County Parks Department employees and Hays es, and washing sidewalks, County Master Naturalists will offer tours of the Natural Area, activi- driveways, parking areas, "~ Safety demos for the Idddos ties and demonstrations as part of the National Park Trust's effort to streets, patios or other connect children with outdoor adventures. Planned activities include paved areas, excepttoai]e- I~t.~,~ or') ~ The Buda Fire Department will be fingerprinting kids, while firefight- hourly guided interpretive tours of the natural area and demonstra- viate an immediate health ~. ~ ers provide rescue demonstrations in the pool at Silverado Cross- tions throughout the day on surface interactions with rainfall, poilu- or safety hazard is prohib- ing apartments. There will be free healthy living tips, too. The event tion sources and daily water use. There will be a scavenger hunt and ited during this Stage II ~t~ ' takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday at 1480 Cabela's search for native species. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch b .~ , , Drive in Buda. Drought Management. .~ ~ (1% ~ and take a swim in Jacob's Well, , 0% d CHINA INSPIRED Opinions ......................... 3A Business ..................... I&4D ~4 ~" '~ Sports ........................ 1-2B Service Directory .......... 2-3D 1 r-- ~ '~! 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