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' ; ' =~ -- ; "~~IIJI]IIJ~J!BUllllL~L~IlI]::~ 1.]1 [ [IIIIU + r,,. FRIDAY THE 13TH Unlucky day keeps Rebels off state medal stand. - Page 18 FRONT PORCH DAYS Festivities and fair weather make for a fun time at Plum Creek festival. - Page 1C r~ Barton Publications, Inc. b,. HaysFreePress.com .......................... Vol. 109 * No. 6 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 By a narroco.margin... BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Sarah Mangham is the new mayor-elect of Buda after defeat- ing incumbent Bobby Lane by a mere eight votes, according to unofficial election to- tals released Saturday night. Votes will be canvassed later this week, making elecition results official. Mangham received WiNGHAM 188 votes (51.1 per- cent) to Lane's 180 (48.9 percent). Mang- ham, Buda's former municipal finance director, said the narrow victory was a nice surprise and the result of hard work throughout her campaign. See BUDA ELECTIONS, pg. 6A . j No change... BY BRAD ROUJNS brad@haysfreepress.com Mayor Lucy Johnson and two Kyte City Council incumbents turned back challengers aligned with the Tea Party movement in the May 14 municipal election. Johnson won 514 votes (70.5 percent) to Graham Mendel's 215 votes (29.5 percent). In District 4, council member David Wilson won 245 votes (67.7 percent) to Ron Sherman's 117 votes (32.3 percent). In what tamed out to be the closest race of the night, District 2 coun- cil member Becky Selbera won 81 votes (51.3 votes) to Jean Putnam's 77 votes (48.7 per- cent). The unofficial results give Johnson a full three-year term as mayor, a job she won in a special election in February 2010. Speaking to supporters at a downtown Kyie restaurant, See IffLE ELECTIONS, pg. 3A BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Hundreds of thousands of tax- payer dollars due to the Dripping Springs fire department were ap- parendy misdirected to Kyle over the course of several years due to a clerical error, emergency services officials said this week. Based on the 2010 values and rates, Kyle's Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 5 took an ex- tra $93,000 last year, while ESD No. 6, the taxing arm of the North Hays County Fire Department, lost about $77,000 and the Dripping "There's a lot we can do with a $100, 000. That's two ?aid firefighters. But it's really more of theprinciple." - Bob Love, Board Pr~ident of ESD No. 6 Springs-area ambulance service was shortchanged about $25,000, estimated Hays County Tax Asses- sor-Collector Luanne Caraway. While it's unclear how long the tax money has been going astray, it's possible that the mix-up began in 2008, when the Northwest ESD No. 5 changed its name to ESD No. 6. Staff in the Hays County Ap- praisal District office apparently miscoded a number of properties, said Hays County Chief Appraiser David Valle. "It was a mix-up," Valle said. "I've personally apologized to the ESD board members." At least 465 properties in ESD No. 6 with an assessedvalue of$110 million, including Salt Lick Restau- rant and a number of homes in the upscale La Ventana subdivision, were incorrectly paying property tax to ESD No. 5, Caraway said. However, it's possible that there are more incorrectly coded prop- erties that haven't yet been discov- ered, said ESD No. 6 Board Presi- dent Bob Love. "To this day we don't know how much money we're talking about," Love said. "We don't know how far KYLE FIRE DEPT.TAX MIXUP, pg. 6A PIIOTO BY UNCOI.N RAMIREZ Jackknifed on Interstate 35 A Chew Suburban hauling a trailer jackknifed and rolled over along Interstate 35 in Kyle on Sunday evening. Emergency crews were called out to the scene around 6 p.m., where the truck and trailer blocked the northbound lanes just north of Yarrington Road near the weigh station. No other vehicles we~im~Ived and no injudee~ reported. BY SEN/KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com "7-bey're an invasive species, spreading rapidly with commerce. It's impossible to eradicate them," A resilient ant species has gradu- ally become one of the top pests in - Roger Gold, entomology professor at Texas A&M exterminators' cmsshairs as they in- vaded the Kyie-Buda area in recent Local pest control specialists Since he opened in 2004, Gflabs springs, say that the species becomes more has noticed a steady climb in Ar- Argentine ants are small and light- common each year, especially while gentine ants. The mason? Like oth- to-dark brown in color, burrow un- drought conditions persist,ers, he suggests that it could be new delground and travel in long line This year, Dane Gibbs, who owns construction, agitating underground formations when they forage, experts A Better Choice Pest Controlin Buda, colonies. say. has already had hundreds ofrequests One customer in Kyle, he says, They don't sting like fire ants or to rid homes of these insects, one of removed a backyard pool and un- chew up wood as carpenter ants do. the biggest pests for his shop. earthed a colony ofthe ants, estimat- Yet, they travel in large numbers and "They're getting worse," he said. ed in the hundreds ofthousands. can overrun homes or other struc- "We use whatever we can pull out of "It took months to control," he tures with infestation, our arsenal on these guys."said. "They're tough." The s#es aren't just ground bome, warns Gibbs~ who has also seen them sneak into homes from above by crawling down high-line wires into attics. "They don't stingor bite, but they are a nuisance," ~ Roger E. Gold, professor and endoOed chair in Or- ban and Structural Entomology at Texas A&M's AgriLife Research and Extension. The species came .to the United States in the late 1800s, yet they are still fairly new to Texas. And, as with other non-native insects, they are here to stay, Gold says, "They're an invasive species, ARGENTINE ANTS, pg. 3A 9ube,~lbet addren Taming of the Shrew Lehman High School presents William Shakespeare's comedy Taming of the Shrew. Love, laughter and REALLY bad behavior conquer all in this battle of the sexes. Friday and Saturday's perfor- mances are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students, children and senior citizens. Texas Natural Swing Festival Celebrate Texas music and his- tory with tons of live music, food, arts and crafts and a farmers market at 10 a.m. Hall of Fame show begins at 7:30 p.m. Court- house Square, San Marcos. Glenn book signing Author of "Darn it[ Maybe I Missed Something" will be signing his book filled with musings of a spiritually challenged redneck. 1 p.m., Hastings Books, San Marcos Nature Walk and Plant Identification Learn to identify woody Phillips at the Nature Center in San Marcos, 6:30 p.m. For a more detailed list of area events, go to hays~comlcalendmr and pages 4&6C of today~ paper. NEW SERVICE AT SETON Seton adds vertebrae stapling to its repertoire. - Page 1D i" Z Opinions ............... 4&5A Sports ........................ 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