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Hays Free Press May 18, 2011 NEII~ Page 3A + Argentine Ants Continued from pg. 1A spreading rapidly with com- merce," he said. "It's impossible to eradicate them. You would have to put in a lot of resources in order to do that and the state doesn't have then~" Though smaller, Argentine ants have also been known to kill fire ants and other insects to ap- pease their appetites, he added. In the spring and summer, large colonies of Argen e anm typically split into several satellite colonies, extending into nearby urban areag When autumn comes around, the splintered ant colonies scurry hack to form su- per colonies and hibernate until it warms up again, according to Texas A&M's AgtiLife Research and Extension website. Honeydew, plant secretions, or sugary and syrupy ~uit juices are the ants' main food supply, says The Ant Institute website, located at www.antinstitute. coal The website goes on to explain that the ants can often be found outside teeming along patios, driveways, sidewalks and wails. Inside, they can be seen along baseboards, floor cracks, coun- ters and beneath carpet edges. If they do move indoors, they tend to nest in moist places, such as wall voids near water pipes, sinks or b.athtubs and showers, the website says. Scott Ehlinger, who owns Triumph Pest Control In San Marcos, says that the drought has forced the ants, and other insects, to move into buildings in search of food sources, mostly within potted plants and gar- bage. The ants, he says, are impos- sible to completely exterminate. Maintenance and prevention are the only methods that work. Residents can attempt to rid their home of the pests them- selves by using over-the-counter sprays, dusts and baits, however, a proactive pest control compa- ny is the best way to keep them under control, experts say. "You're never goIng to get rid of them," he said. "They'll just keep sending out more workers if others die." Hays County area firefighters who assisted in combating Commissioners Court in the courthouse rotunda May 10. SI'/ F REPORT The Hays County Commis- sioners Court has honored 23 area fireflghters who recently retumed from fighting wild- fires throughout the state. Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckaby, who handed out certificates from the Court at the May 10 Commissioners Court meeting, noted that the firefighters deployed on short notice at the request of the Texas Forest Service to help fellow firefighters battle fires that ranged from far West Texas to near Fort Worth. Those beIng honored included South Hays Fire wildfires around Texas show off their certificates of Department's Lt. Basil Pierce and firefighters Wes Tmpp, Jesse Maldonado, TJ Browder, Chas Humphrey, Jason Perez and Matt Simkin; Buda Fire Department Lts. Craig Odeli COURTESY OF LAUREEN CHERNOW appreciation from the Hays County and Raymond Seyfned and Sexton and firefighters Kevin firefightem CoryYoung, Heath Cox, Matt Jobe and Brandon Huckaby, Carlos Rocha, Jason Kitchens and Emergency Ser- Cook, Ben Ogletree, Jacob Hav- vices District #6 firefighters erda and Abel Gonzales; Kyie Rayne Kelly, Dustin Hudson Fire Department Lt. Derrick and StevenFretweil. Kyle Elections Continued from pg. 1A Johnson told the cheering crowd that the election re- suits ware a repudiation of in- jecting partisan politics into city election~ "City council shouldn't be partisan. I believe for better or worse our opponents tried to make it a partisanrace. Our opponents' supporters tried to make this a partisan race and that's not what a city elec- tion needs to be about. Obvi- ously the people of Kyle did not find it appealing," John- son said in an interview. The mayor continued, "I am so proud of the people that campaigned for me, not on partisan issues, but on the things that matter to Kyie - roads and infrastructure and economic development that have absolutely nothing to do with whether you're a Re- publican or a Democrat or a Tea Party or a Green Party or whatever." Mendel, Sherman and Putnam all cited respect for the u.s. Constitution in their candidacy announcement that focused on taxing and spending issues. They were all recruited and aided by GaP precinct chair James Clements who, for example, coordinated their media statements. The election results appear to be a setback for a bloc of three council members who are frequentlyat odds with the council majori~, especially on issues involving spending on infrastrucaLre and capital improvement projects. PEDIATRIC AND ADULT CARE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN PURCHASING A HEARING AID! " How do I know which style ofhearing aid is right for me? ,/How long do hearing aids last? " What kind of warranty can I expect? ,/What happens if l loose one or both of my aids? " Are batteries included in my purchase? ,/Whatare my rights as a consumer if l don'twish to keep the aids? Nicole Davis earned her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Texas at Austin. Nicole is affiliated with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a licensed audiologist with the State of Texas. She enjoys applying research and innovative technology to help improve the quality of life for her patients that either need or currently wear hearing aids. Additionally, she administers neurodiagnosfic testing that includes ABR, OAE, ECochG, and VNG for all ages. She believes the options and opportunity patients have now to improve their hearing whether with medical intervention or assistive devices are unparalleled, exciting and extremely gratifying to ~observe. It is with this passion for hearing health that Nicole brings honesty and trust with a best practice approach for her patients at the Kyle, Texas Austin Ear, Nose and Throat location. 211 Elmhurst, Suite E in Goforth Square Kyle, Texas 78640 (51) final public meeting opportunity! The City of Buda has finalized recommendations and priorities for the comprehensive plan based on the public input that has been received. Join fellow citizens and the Planning Team on Tuesday, May 24 at Tom Green Elementary School to hear a presentation of the draft plan document and prioritized recommendations. The Planning Team will be available for questions and comments about the action plan priorities. 6:30 pm questions & comments New meeting location: Tom Green Elementary 1301 Old Goforth Rd. t for more info: brian laborde city of buda 312-0084 ml f l.lIlf m nmr ,I- a I t i r. r ,),d ==l.i.=i=..=t..= r,,., ..... .., ..=t .........................