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+ A CUT ABOVE Lehman alumnus cuts hair for the stars - Page 1B Life continues for Buda man who survived near-fatal wreck - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. ........ :: Vol. 120 No. 10 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 BY MOSES LEOS III Alejandro Hernan- Ac- dez-Castro, 33, of Kyle, cording according to a Hays to a Hays County press release County The Hays County and Hays County Pct. press Sheriff's Office continues 2 Justice of the Peacerelease, to investigate the Judge Beth Smith. Castro the body discovery of a badly was identifed via dental was found decomposed body that records. His spouse was at approx- was found floating in notified of his death on imately a stock tank near Kyle Sunday. 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Smith said Castro Thurs- On Tuesday the body had been missing for six day after was identified as Omar weeks, deputies HERNANDEZ- CASTRO Hays County responded to the 1500 block of Cotton of a man in the stockanswers," Skrocki said in Gin Road for a possible tank. The cause of death an emailed response. deceased person call. remains unknown at this Anyone with According to the time. information regarding release, residents in Hays County Sheriff'sthe identity of the person the area reported to Office Lt. leri Skrocki said or the circumstances authorities a strong odor the investigation, as with of his death should coming from a stock all death investigation contact detective Lenny tank, where they believed cases, is being"treated Martinez or the Criminal they saw a person as a homicide until it is Investigations Division at floating in the water, proven otherwise." 512- 393-7814 or 512- When deputies arrived, "We will have to 393-7896. they found the badly have the final autopsy decomposed remains completed to get detailed BODY FOUND, 2A PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III A Texas Department of Transportation official glances at damage inflicted on a portion of a bridge along Highway 21 near FM 2001 in Niederwald that was affected by floodwaters on May 26. Due to heavy rains and flooding on Thursday, the bridge was compromised and was subsequently closed, according to Hays County. TxDOT spokesperson Kelli Reyna said Friday a timeline for repair and cost of the bridge hasn't been determined at this time. Traffic can detour via State Highway 80, SH 142 and the SH 130/U.S. 183 frontage roads, according to Hays County. BY SAMANTHA SMITH ed by the FM 150 West realignment study. Commissioners ap- proved the FM 150 West The Hays County Alignment StudySche- Commissioners Court matic Approach Scope May 17 approved an by a unanimous vote. item that allows author- The idea for the ities to coordinate with approach scope came property owners affect- after the county in 2015 identified its preferred alternative for the FM 150 West Realignment project. County officials selected Corridor C for the project, which would focus the realignment from Arroyo Ranch Road heading east to IH-35 at Yarrington Road. Hays County and TxDOT have partnered with the Federal High- way Administration to consider the realign- ment of a five-mile stretch of existing FM 150 to enhance safety FM 150 REALIGNMENT, 4A EARLY VOTING LOCATION AND TIMES Kyle City Hall (100 W. Center Street) June 2, June 38:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. June 6 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. June 7 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ELECTION DAY (JUNE 11) POLLING PLACES All locations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. District 2: Kyle City Hall (100 W. Center Street) District 4: voted Kyle voters will hit the polls once again as they will settle the tie be- tween District 1 incumbent Diane STAFF REPORT Information on how Rivera died is pending The Lehman High an investigation, Smith community is mourn- said. The San Marcos ing the loss of a student Police Department is who died early Sunday investigating the death. morning. Smith has ordered Lehman High prin- an autopsy to be cipal Michelle Chae conducted. informed parents in a In her letter, Chae letter of the passing of said the Lehman High Kaleb Rivera, a junior at counseling team was the school, on hand Tuesday to Hays County Pct. support students. The 2 Justice of the Peace school will also call Judge Beth SlIli_th F~TO- .......... additional suplao.~ ................ nounced Rivera dead at teams from Hays CISD his home in the Cham- as needed. pions Crossing apart- "Students will be ments in San Marcos at 1:15 a.m. Sunday. LEHMAN DEATH, 4A SUBMITTED REPORT The Hays County Commissioners Court appointed a new Fire Marshal during its May 24 meeting, which also saw the county restruc- ture its emergen- cy management office. The Commis- sioners Court named Clint Browning, who has served as Assistant Fire Marshal in Hays BROWNING County for four years, Fire Marshal on May 24. Browning succeeds Mark Chambers, who retired from the position this year. Browning will report to Kharley Smith, Director of the newly organized Office of Emergency Ser- vices, which includes the Fire Marshal's Office and the Office of Emergency Management. The reorganization is expected to help the county better coordinate as a firefighter, peace officer, paramedic and city fire marshal. He has multiple certifications and has taught classes at many state and federal agencies. "It's a coup for Hays County to have some- one with Clint's knowledge and experience al- ready on board," Smith said. "I echo the words of the court that we are very glad someone of his caliber is available for us." The Fire Marshal, a certified peace officer, is responsible for in- vestigating all fires and explosions in the unin- corporated areas of Hays County and determining if arson is a suspected factor. If arson is suspect- ed, the fire marshal works with other law enforce- ment agencies to find and arrest any perpetrators. In fires caused by accident, the fire marshal takes action to inform property Hervol and candidate Travis Mitchell. related planning and owners and manufactur- Wallace Middle School (1500 W. Center The two finished in a 510 510 tie after response resources, ers to help prevent similar Street) the M - Prior to joining Hays accidents in the future. . ay 7 election. Early voting is Dmtr,ct 6: currently underway with election day County, Browning served Chapa Middle School (3311 Dacy Lane) taking place June 11. with the city of LockhartNEW FIRE MARSHAL, 4A News 1 4A i FOOD TRUCKS O inions ............ -3A Changes to food truck i.Li P ............... Business ............ 1D a Sports 1 2B ordinances in Kyle. -.,_ .............. - Service Directory ...2-3D Education 3-4B Classifieds ......... 2-4D - Page 1D m ......... Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ...... 2-4D (J) c,,I (/) +