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+ STUDENTS VS STAFF Lobo basketball takes on Lehman staff on the court. - Page 1B FARM FRESH Local organic farms partner with worldwide work program. - Page 1C ~) BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 121 No. 8 pg Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY BRAg R0U.INS San Marcos Mercury IWenty years in prison and a $10,000 fine were handed down this week in the sentencing phase of a DWI murder trial. The sentence came down from a Hays County jury that deliberated for more than 11 hours and found Jason Tarr guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree intoxication manslaughter. During closing argu- ments, Tarfs defense attorneys asked jurors to sentence him to the minimum of five years in prison, while prosecutors said at least 50 years is an appropriate punishment for causing the head-on collision that killed 60-year- old Nancy Sterling Dalton near Buda. Hays County District AttomeyWes Mau told jurors to send a public statement that "here's what you should expect if you commit this crime in Hays County because this is what Hays County juries do." Man and Assistant District Attorney Jenni- fer Stalbaum repeatedly reminded the jury of Tarr's two previous convictions for drixdng while intoxicat- ed, but suggested jurors hand down a stitt penalty even if they do not believe Tarr will again endanger lives on the road. During the guilt-or-in- nocence phase of the trial, jurors were told about the convictions. The "price needs to be higher than anyone would be willing to pay. The cost is too high and the price also needs to be too high," Man said. Defense attomeys Billy McNabb and Scot Court- ney asked jurors to recall testimony from a succes- sion of friends and col- leagues who said Tarr was a conscientious mentor and generous philanthropist while building a real estate empire that included a major KeUerWflliams fran- chise in Buda and Kyle. They said a lighter sentence would allow Tarr to continue raising his nine-year-old son upon his release from prison. "What does it mean to that fellow?" Courmey asked as he held up a photo of Tarr's son to the jurybox. Moreover, McNabb suggested that Tarr may devote the remainder of his life to warning others ofthe dangers of drinking and driving. "There's not a case more TARR, 2A Update on local bills in the Texas Lege PASSED THE HOUSE HB 1510 - Relating to the transfer of certain func- tions related to emergency services districts from the Department of Agriculture to the Texas Division of Emer- gency Management - Sent tO the Senate HB 1512 - Relating to the maximum loan amount made to persons under the owner-builder loan program - Awaiting vote in Senate committee (Sen. Watson carrying) HB 2283 - Relating to the prosecution of the offense of sexual assault - Referred to Senate committee HB 3679 - Relating to signs informing motorists of fa- cilities providing alternative fuels and electric vehicle charging stations - Sent to the Senate HCR 70 - Designating Drip- ping Springs as the official Wedding Capital of Texas for a 10-year period beginning in 2017 - Referred to Senate committee MOVING BILLS HB 2354 - Relating to the use and allocation of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue in certain mu- nicipalities - On Local and Consent Calendar See a full list online at www.HaysFreePress.com Y'L.E PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Those driving along Center Street this week may have seen a slightly different look about Kyle's iconic downtown water tower. The structure, which has been in place for many years, got a fresh coat of paint added over the last few weeks. Recently, new lettering for the script "Kyle" on the side of the water tower was added as a result of an online survey conducted on the city of Kyle Facebook page. ................ ............. ....... ......... .... Check your email soon for login information for the new and improved HaysFreePress.com. Nonsubscribers will have free access to a BY LESLY DE LEON Circumstances sur- rounding Hays CISD Superin- tendent Michael McKie's departure remain unclear, even after district leaders ac- SCHERFF cepted his resignation and named an acting superintendent during a special called meeting Friday. At Friday's meeting, the Hays CISD Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to approve McKie's resigna- tion and release agree- ment and named Carter Scherff, chief operations officer, as acting superin- MCKIE, 2A BY LESLY DE LEON Slxeet maintenance, as well as sewer and storm- water drainage improve- ments, topped the list of priorities from Kyle resi- ..... dents as part of a survey disclosed during the first of few articles a month, seven budget workshops ......... Want to avoid the Saturday. paywall? Subscribe The meeting, held at today by calling 512- Kyle City Hall, gave Kyle 268-7862 or email .... city officials a chance to paper@haysfreepress, discuss budget priorities com. Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 fiscal start at $32 a year. year, which could include El the addition of 23.5 new _____ KYLE BUDGET, 4A HOMEVALUESrising home appraisals.. 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