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7-0N-7 FOOTBALL Hays and Lehman high schools begin their football season. - Page 1B p.. RURAL AMERICA Lehman artist receives honors at Congressional Artist Competition. - Page 1C + @Barton Publications, Inc. I',= HaysFreePress.com Vol. i09 No. 7 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 STAFF REPORT Authorities on Wednesday morn- lng were lqoking for a 14-year-old Kyle girl they be- lieve kidnapped her two younger sisters and has not been seen since Friday af- ternoon. Kendra Nic- hole Lee was put in charge of watching her 2- and l-year- old sisters when LEE their mother, Lorrie Cantu, went to work Friday morning. When she returned late that night, the three gir]s and the family's white Chevrolet pickup truck were missing. The mother reported the miss- ing children late Saturday and an Amber Alert was issued Tuesday evening. The pickup has since been found near Burton Road in Austin but there is no sign of the children. Lee is is described as a black fe- male, 5'5" and 125 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. Lee is not currently on medication for a mental illness and investigators be- lieve the children are in danger. Anyone with information is asked to call 911. This is a breaking news story. See haysfreepress.com for updates as it unfolds. Closures planned for Memorial Day STAFF REPORT All Hays County offices and Kyle, Buda and San Marcos city offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in obser- vance of Memorial Day. County and city offices will main- tain regular hours on Friday, May 27, and Tuesday, May 31, and Com- missioner's Court will be held at the regular time, 9 a.m., on Tuesday. Although Hays CISD ended its school year May 27, San Marcos CISD will conduct regular classes on Memo- rial Day, May 30. SMCISD is utilizing the holiday to make-up a bad weather day from the past school year. Kyle, Buda and San Marcos Cham- bers of Commerce will be closed on Monday, May 30, and will resume regular hours on'lhesday. San Marcos garbage and recycling ~11 not change routes or times for pick-up on Memorial Day. Memorial Day services Members of the Hays High JROTC stand at attention as taps is played. While this photo was taken several years ago at the Live Oak Cemetery in Manchaca, there will be many and varying Memorial Day services held throughout the Kyle-Buda-Manchaca areas. See article outlining the weekend's events on page 1C and in this week's calendar of events. New Senate map has Hays Countysplit BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Tmvis County Democrats are howling at a recently approved redistricting map that shuffles the capital city into four separate state senate districts, none of them based in Austin. But Hays County is facing its own redistricting indigni- ties. Under the redrawn lines, Hays County Commissioners will deliberate their agendas in the county courthouse, which will be represented in the sen- ate with a seat based in Laredo. Upon adjournment, they could walk across Hopkins Street for a drink at the Tap Room, repre- sented by a senate seat based in San Antonio. The proposed redistricting map slices through downtown San Marcos and bisects the city of Kyle, leading local leaders on both sides of the aisle to worry the new map could compromise Hays County's representation in the Texas Senate and dilute the influence of Hays County's mi- nority population. "I'm more in favor of keeping Hays County all together ff we can," said Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones. Hays County currently sits in Senate District 25, now repre- sented by Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio). The newly ap- proved map shaves off half of San Marcos, eastem portions of Kyle, and the towns of Nieder- wald and Uhland, placing them into the 21st District, currently represented by Sen. Judith Zaf- firini (D-Laredo). "To be perfectly frank with you, when I saw the new con- figuration I was shocked," said Zaffirini, who has served in the Senate since 1987. Her district, which previously extended from the border to Bexar County, now reaches into eastern II'a- vis County, a length of nearly 250 miles. But she added that she's up for the challenge. "I'm known for my work ethic and I will do myvery best to rep- resent every county in my dis- trict," Zaffirini said. "I'm delight- ed to represent Hays and Travis counties." In the Buda-Kyie area, predncts 127, 229 and 234 would head into Zafftrini's district. In San Mamos, SENATE REDISTRICTING, lag. 4A MAP COUffrESY OF TEXAS UEGISLATIVE COUNCIL tie implements stricter water STAFF RB RT . Despite Friday's Kyle will move up to strictions June 1 to conserve water supplies, officials an- nounced Mon- day. The twice- a-week water- ing schedule is still in effect, yet there will be stricter rules for outdoor watering, such as landscaping and washing vehicles. Repeat offenders could face fines be- tween $500 to $2,000, city of- ficials say. "We'll do ev- erything we can do to educate downfalls, the city of stage two water re- WATERING Effective June 1, the city of Kyle be- gins stage two water restrictions. Manda- tory twice-per-week wataring remains in effect, but could be upgraded to once- per-week if drought conditions persist. Residential Odd-Numbered Ad- dresses Wednesday and/or Satur- day; Residential Even-Numbered Addresses Thursday and/or Sunday; Commercial and Multi-Family Tues- day and/or Friday. * All watering should take place before 10 a.rn. and after 8 p.m. on des- ignated days. people on these water restric- tions, however, we may be left with no choice but to fine," city spokesperson Jerry Hendrix said. On Friday, the National Weather Ser- vice reported between .75 to 1.5 inches of rainfall in the Kyle area as a strong thunderstorm rolled through Central Texas. But with hot, dry weather expect- ed this summer, once-a-week watering could be enforced as the city's water suppliers are likely to heighten restric- tions, Hendrix said. Under the revised rules, watering done by hand is still allowed at any lime, while sprinklers and other temporary ir- rigation devices can only be used before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. on designated watering days. Permanent sprinkler systems will only be able to water from midnight to 10 a.m. on designated days. Washing vehicles must be done by a handheld bucket or hose with a posi- tive shutoff nozzle on specified water- ing days before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Charity carwashes will be prohibited at all times, officials say. Professional nurseries are still allowed to conduct themselves normally under this stage, but washing of streets, side- walks, walkways, patios, tennis courts or other paved areas is prohibited unless it is needed to preserve public health or safety, officials say. In addition, pools, wading pools; and ponds may not use automatic filling valves to refill during this stage. Athletic fields for organized sports must also comply with watering criteria for this stage as well. At this time, the city of Buda plans to remain in its five-day watering sched- ule, which can be viewed on the city's website at http://ci.buda.tx.us/alarm- stage-drought. St~,ctib~ adflm~ Free Hatha Yoga Taught by a certified Sivananda yoga instructor. All Skill levels. Bring a mat/towel, 5 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library. Memorial Day Ceremony Hays County Judge Bert Cobb will speak and 'How to Build a Worm Bin' Cassandra Truax will demonstrate this singer/songwriter Alan Cameron will perform,amazing proccess at It s About Thyme tn the national anthem at the San Marcos city .' . . _ ' Mancnaca at z p m cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Hot dogs follow- :~,'i HC~SO ~d~ ing at the Americen Legion Hell at 11:30 a.m. ~ . lwem onlu ' ' Lehman High School, Fdday, ~~ ~~ ! I May 27, 8 p.m., Shelton Stadium Academy High School, Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m., ~ Hays Performing Arts Center MayHaYa28,High School, Saturday, Kyle Pool 0pining CelelnUon For a more detailed list of area 8 p.m., Shelton events, go to haysfreepress. 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