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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free i Press June 2, 2010 Huebner new Kyle mayor pro,tern BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com The "new guard" of the Kyle City Council flexed its muscle Tuesday night to help catapult Councilmember Russ Hueb- net to the city's mayor pro- tern slot, recently vacated by outgoing Councilmember Mi- chelle Lopez. Four of the council's new- est councilmembers, includ- ing two who were on the dais for the first time, sidestepped Mayor Lucy Johnson's decision to nominate veteran Coun- cilmember David Wil- son to the honorary role. After the council voted 3 to 4 for Wilson to become mayor pro-tem, the coun- HUEBNER cil unani- mously voted to pick Hueb- ner. Newly elected Coun- cilmembers Brad Pickett and Diane Hervol, along with Councilmembers Jalme San- chez and Huebner, who have been on the council since late February, were the dissenters in the initial vote. "I'm definitely excited about it," said Huebner, a lo- cal banker. "I think there's a lot that the city has ahead of it, mainly pertaining to the budget moving forward." "Mayor, you are our lead- er," he added. "If there were ever an issue where you couldn't attend, I'd look for- ward to stepping up and tak- ing that role." GED recipients to be honored STAFF REPORTS Seniors at Hays, Lehman "and Academy high schools will be turning the tassels on their caps and walking the stage this week, but they won't be the only ones celebrating their academic achievement. Hays CountyLiteracyAction will honor GED recipients at the annual Hays County GED Graduation Ceremony at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center in Kyle next Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. It will be a traditional cere- mony with graduates wearing caps and gowns and walking across the stage to be individ- ually acknowledged and pre- sented with certificates of achievement. This year's guest speaker is San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz. Student speakers are also invited to share their thoughts. A small reception for friends and families will be held after the ceremony, and a photographer will be avail- able for group and individual photos. GED certificate recipients who live, work, have studied or tested in Hays County and are interested in participating in the graduation ceremony should call the San Marcos Public Library Learning Cen- ter at (512) 393-8215, or the Kyle Learning Center at (512) 268-2719, as soon as possible for information and to reserve a place. I Jail Study Continued from pg. 1A the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. That stud often cited by Sumter and Sheriff Tommy Ratliff in arguing for a new jail, said Hays County would need 720 beds by 2020 and 956 by 2026. "The numbers still do not make sense to me," Ford said in the ensmg discussion. Alan Pollock, an MGT se- nior partner, said the TCIS study used an anticipated 40 percent population growth rate in its projections, which far exceeds the upper range of expectations from the Texas Data Center and other de- mographers, in addition, the TCJS study found in 2006 the county had an incarceration rate of 2.16 inmates for every 1,000 residents, well below the state avemse at the time of 2.63 inmates per 1,000 people. Yet the agency used higher in- carceration rates ranging to 2.4 inmates per 1,000 in figur- ing the county's future jail bed needs. Pet. 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton, who initiated the MGT assessment and over- saw its completion, said the newer study is a more thor- ough examination of the criminal justice system and should be given more weight by decision makers because of its scope. The TCJS report topped out at six pages in length compared to the volu- minous MGT study. 'T, or me, this is a case of being afraid of good news," Barton said. When Ford said she wanted to delay approval of the MGT report for further study, Barton said, "When you don't get an answer that you want, you want another report." Ford eventually voted to accept the MGT stud joining a 4-1 majority with Sumter voting in opposition. Barton, Ford and commissioners Will Conley and Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe voted to accept the report's findings although theyalladded that acceptance does not mean the county is locked into accepting any of its recommendations. Arraignment Contlnued from pg. 1A Th e girl confirmed the story later to police and made a cell phon e call to Harris in the pres- ence Of two police officers. In the call, Harris told the student that he was an idiot for allowing the re- latiomhip to happen and that he "broke down under the pressure ofyotL" Harris was an assistant ts' volleyball and basketball coach and a teacher in a course credit recovery program computer lab, said iris Campbell, San Marcos CISD/spokesperson. H( has been employed with the schoOl district for five years, previ- ously at Miller Junior High. He was transferred to the high school this year. Citing confidentiality rules, Su- perintendent Shaffer could not say whether the alleged relation- ship volved a member of the volleyball or basketball team. Improper relationship with a student is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison. H rris has since been released from Hays County jail on bonds totali tag $30,000. Ronald McDonald* Magic Show Starts at 1:30 p.m, Autographs & Pictures Bring Your Camera! Free Fun Cookies for Kids McDonald's tattoos Face Painting FREE Fingerprint Kits from the Kyle Police Department Firemen from the Kyle Fire Department on site Autographed McDonald's@ Plates $3.00 proceeds go to Austin Ronald McDonald House* BOB FM 103.5 Radio Remote i'm Iov n' if 1 l  1 / / 1 / 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 I11 GRAND OPENING DALLY SPECIALS through 12,2010 s 1oo '1 s loo '1 *1 s loo *I Southern Style 6 Pc. 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