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+ MAY 31, 2017 LOBO NO MORE Lady Lobe soccer coach steps down. - Page 1B MOOCH WATER Chapa students win annual writing contest. - Page 1C ~) BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. com Vol. 121 No. 10 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 BY MOS The Pede] Cooperative searching fo after the bo~ accepted of CEO John week. The move with directo and Kathryr absent, com week after Iq ES LEOS III at PEC employees and executives who publicly opposed racially insensi- nales Electric tive comments made by a will soon be board director. r a new leader In a joint statement rd of directors with the PEC board of resignation directors, Hewn, who Hewn last began serving as CEO in July 2013, chose to move , on a 5-0 vote s AmyAkers back to his home state of Virginia with his family Skanlon and "pursue new career es roughly a opportunities." Hewn said ewa levied in the statement he was Hntimidation proud of PEC's accom- plishments over the four that he said "You have opted for James Oakley over John Hewa. That's a very poor bargain in this member's estimation." -John Watson, co-op member years he served as CEO. Tracy Golden, PEC's current chief financial officer, will take over CEO duties until an interim CEO is selected. "PEC is a remarkable organization with excep - tionally talented employ- ees. I wish the best for PEC in meeting its current challenges and the fast growth ahead for the Texas Hill Country," Hewn said. "I have previously shared my concerns and hopes for PEC with the board of directors, and I'm confi- dent that Board President Emily Pataki and the board will address each matter appropriately." "We wish John Hewn and his family the very best in his bright future and thank him for his ser- vice to the cooperative," Pataki said. However, the statement did not address what "con- cerns and hopes" Hewa shared with the board or how he hoped the board would address them. Additionally, the state- ment also did not address any of the allegation claims made by Hewa during a May 16 board meeting. Hewn alleged PEC executives and employees PEC CEO RESIGNS, 4A BY LESLY DE LEON PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III wtanAmecan f agontheba kof his vehicle salutes as he rides past Monday's Memorial Day ceremony held at fh~Unviden:nifi:~flFmrtgrnCYv~12s: (viFhw)post lri2058 ilndowntownCKy/e. More photos from Memorial Day ceremonies can be found on lC and online at BY SAMANITHA SMITH With Kyle e penenc- ing a population boom, many roadways are reflecting the yvear and tear associate l with the rapid growth. Some citizens, howev- er, are starting to ques- tion the city's mainte- nance plan for roads not included in the 2013 bond projects. Kyle public infor- marion officer Kim Hilsenbeck said in an emailed interview that an estimated $1.2 million has been budgeted in the city's 2017-2018 capital improvements projects (CIP) fund, which could go toward repairing addi- tional Kyle roadways. "We have $1.2 million in the 2017-2018 CIP, though funding has not yet been allocated for this project. If the project is funded, work could take place in 2018," Hilsen- beck said. Hilsenbeck said Kyle engineering and pub- tic works depamnents have done "micro-sur- facing" for several years on various roadways, including Kyle Parkway and Downing Way, which were microsufraced last year. "Micro-surfacing is a preventative main- tenance process that provides a thin layer/ sealant of sorts upon the existing roadway surface, which helps sustain and prolong the life expec- tancy of a roadway," Hilsenbeck said. KYLE ROAD FIXES, 4A 2: Air Force On June 3, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. head out to the Commemorative Air Force Exhibit, 1841 Airport Drive in San Marcos for this annual event. The fly-over will occur at 1 p.m. See more details, page 4C Movies at Lake Kyle On June 9, join the City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department for a viewing of 2016's "Sing!", featuring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth ~lacFarlane and more. Bring your blankets, folding chairs and movie snacks to enjoy a relaxing evening by the water. The movie will begin after sunset at the amphitheater at Lake Kyle. Buda Fun Fish Are you ready for Buda Fun Fish 2017? Bring the kids out to Bradfield Village Park on Saturday, June 10 for a little fishing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided. Did we mention it's free admission? There wil also be free snacks and beverages along with prizes and raffle tickets. Kids 16 and under do not require a fishing license. For more information, contact Buda Parks and Recreation at 512-295-7170. For volunteer opportunities email BAWK BAWK Backyard chickens bill dies in state lege. - Page 1D The Texas Legislature this month approved the creation of two new .o ts for Hays County to d'eai with the backlog of cases experienced due to growth. However, the new district court and county court-at-law can't be es- tablished until 2018, said Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley. Conley said county of- ficials will work with the court system, including district court and county court-at-law judges and District AttorneyWes Mau, to begin the pro- cess of establishing the new courts. "We will work with our justice system, probably starting in this bud- get year, to develop a strategy on how to bring those courts sometime during the 2018 process," Conley said. The new courts were first introduced as House Bill (HB 2737), which was authored by State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). The bill called for the creation of the 453rd judicial district to be located in Hays County. While the bill was in- troduced and read for the first time on March 28, it was referred to the Judi- ciary and Civil Jurispru- dence Committee, where it remained motionless. With time winding down in the regular ses- sion, language within HB 2737 was later added to the omnibus for Senate Bill 1329, authored by State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Austin), which dealt with various legal mat- ters. SB 1329 passed the House with a 144-0 vote with two not present. and passed the Senate as well. The new courts will be located in the Hays County Government TWO NEW COURTS, 4A ............... ............ i!l!!llll!!l!lll!l!//ll Opinions ............... 3ABusiness ......... 1-4D i Sports ............... 1-2B Classifieds ............ 2D Education ......... 3-4B Service Directory ..... 3D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ... 2-4D 7 l + .... ~ir