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II,l,,I,,h,,,Ih,lh,ll,,,,,ll,,hllh,,h,h,,I,II *********************M*XE, ADC 760 2623 03-01-04 35P 34S SMALL TOWN PAPERS C **C006 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 compil by st  report Graduation As is so often the case ii this time of year, a lot of peo- * pie came through our doors this week asking if we would : have photographs from last Friday night's Hays High School graduation. Regrettably, and unprece- den!edly, a Hays High School administrator refused to allow The Free Press on the field for the ceremonies. The Free Press, which doesnt-" suffer this sort of dis- respect gladly, registered complaints with the Hays CISD administration and the " high school. We later received a phone call from the admin- istrator, who was contTite and apologetic. The administrator said the message hadn't been relayed to him that it was llU RI!M that was trying to get onto ...t fi, adding that he ce wd have accoated  I if he had known. , So, unfortunately, we don't have pictures. But all is forgiv- en and we'll be back again next year. Talk about lucky! Local businessman Aubrey Bales of Kyle couldn't really believe his eyes last week when he hit a hole-i'n= one at a local fundraising golf tournament at Plum Creek Baies won .... Airlines to anywhere they fly. Thou he hasn't received ,. ]tticlts ,rules yet, Bales is dreaming.about an island, in  pa#.ff with a golf. course ... School info Here are a couple dates for the eagle eyes out there who are watching the Hays CISD. The new supddnten- dent, Kirk London, wilt begin wed( in a full-time capacity on June 16. Interim Superintendent Marvin Crawford will remain in place through June to help with the transition. Also, the Texas School Performance Review (TSPR) people, the comptrol- ler's audit people, have been lurking around the school dis- trict this week. The comptrol- Mrs audit of the district is tar- getad for present,tion on Aug. 13. Open for taxes The renovated Justice of the Peace and Constable's office for Hays County JP Pct. 5 (Buda area) hasn't yet final- ized plans for a grand open- ing, according to JP Lamont Ramage. However, the office is oPen now as a full-service tax station. Call for commissioners The Kyle City Council was going to appoint two new commissioners to its Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board Tuesday night, but decided to wait unlJl the present P&Z has a chance to review the appli- ca'dons and even wait for a few more to present therrv selves. So, if you live in Kyle and wish to serve on the P.&Z, check with the Kyte administrative offices. Correction We really meant to say last week that it was Keith Crabill, rather than Jeff Summers, who received the $6,500 baseball scholap Hays this year, with Summers both been pretty good. Summers did receive $900 in scholarships from the Texican Restaurant and the Hfiys band boosters. Lots of wind, little change at Kyle council BY BILL PETERSON Editor YLE - All signs pointed to an explosive meeting of the Kyle City Council Tuesday night. Not only was a majority-changing new councilmember to be sworn in. but a citizens group was to deliver the petitions to trigger a mayoral recall election and the agenda contained two requests for "forensic" financial audits, In other words, lots of winds swirled through the historic City Hall as the Shape of Kyle politics shifted with every change. By the end of the night, though, that shape hadn't changed agreat deal With Todd Webster making his debut on the city council, a former minority of Councilmembers Lon Taylor. Cris Martinez and Troy Bearden could expect help towards Mayoral Recall, pg. 3 Right after graduating from the Academy@Hays last lturday, Nicole Prado,shared a moment with her neice, Ilianna. (photo by Bill Peterson) Hays High School graduates 35111 class BY BILL PETERSON Editor "I_IAYS CISD-The 35th grad- .L &uating class of Hays High School walked the commence- ment aisle last Friday evening, with 460 graduates receiving their diplomas. The Class of 2003 at Hays High School is the fn'st to gradu- ate in a full year when the Hays CISD was given "recognized" status by the Texas Education Agency. Of the graduating class. 35 percent (161 students) received college scholarship money totaling $454.332. Class Valedictorian Bradley Niesner. received numerous aca- demic honors and University Interscholastic League (UIL) recognitions. Niesner, who is headed to Rice University to study physical chemistry, gave a valedictory address emphasizing individuali- ty, education and recognizing the importance of others in one's life. "Just because you reached the top or achieved a goal, there are other people who supported you and made you look good along the way," Niesner said. Class Salutatorian Keith Keitz. plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Texas next fall. He advised his classmates to challenge them- selves in everything they do. "Remember that no one or nothing is really forgotten if we find a way to remember it." Keitz said. "...Destiny is a matter of an individual's choice and not sgmeone telling you what's right and wrong." The fn'st graduating class of Hays High School in 1969 totaled 66 students. At Oran Bales Gymnasium Saturday afternoon, the Academy@Hays graduated 42 students. Home for dinner Leisurewoods' Collins ends first session as House Parliamentarian Leisurewoods resident Steve Collins (touching his ear) kept an eye on the Texas House of Representatives this session as the House Parliamentarian. (photo by Bill Peterson) BY BILL PETERSON Editor EA-Steve Collins doesn't ook or act the part, but the part is his. just the same. Collins. a Leisurewoods resi- dent since 1984. is one of the most influential men in Texas. having completed his fn'st session as the House of Representatives Parliamentarian early this week. As it happened, Collins' In'st session in the role had to be one of the most difficult for a parliamentarian in state history. "I can breathe easter, yeah," Collins said Tuesday night as he drove home shortly after 5 p.m. "This was not like any other legisla- tive session." The session ended Monday. Tuesday, for the first time in months, Collins could go home at a Collins, House Parliamentarian, 10g. 5 Citizens fight West Nile on several fronts Sam Braswell's horses do not have to worry about mosquitoes, at least not yet. Braswell keeps goldfish in their water trough to keep away the mosquitoes. Braswell is concerned that water drainage ponds which are to be built at a neighboring subdivision will be a breeding ground for mos- quito's that carry the West Nile Virus. (photos by Daniel Michael) BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer REA-Buda resident Sam raswell told tbe Buda City Council last week that public officials are.inadvertently creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes, some of which carry the deadly West Nile Vines, by installing water retention and detention ponds, BrasweU. a retired businessman, has a small ranch along FM 967. He fears that a detention pond slated to be built north of his property at the future site of the Cullen Country subdivision will be prime real- estate for the disease canting mosquitoes. Following last summer's mild panic of 1ii1' over the West Nile rell)l  v-n-us, a new summer is bringing a new round tS CIIses of concerns as govern- ing bodies are sure to hear from citizens about the relative dan- gets of West Nile and pesticides. West Nile Retention ponds hold water until !t evap- orates, giving mosqui- toes ideal locations for in 'breeding, while deten- tion ponds eventually release the water rim-off. According to Braswell, deten- non ponds are often maintained inade- quztely, causing drainage to clog and water to stagnate. One Buda official admitted that ,the city of Austin has had a problem maintaining its vast numbers of reten- tion and detention ponds because it is simply too expensive, "I have no problem with Cullen (Country)... you can't stop progress" Braswell said. "The issue of retention and detention ponds is actually a nationwide problem. It's the existing practice of the ponds, and it will not be long until more subdivisions in the area have the retention and detention ponds.'" The ponds are designed to keep pollu- tants such as fertilizers and chemical run-off out of slreams, creeks and other water resivouts, But mosquito-con- trol advocates say the concept may need to be modified due to the out- break of the West Nile Virus. The Texas Deparunent of Health reported five cases of ' ' horses becoming infect- ed with the West Nile V'tms in Hays County in 2002. Neighboring Travis County reIxm- ed 12 cases of the vires in horses and one case of a human infected with the virus. The West Nile Vh'us causes encephalitis, which can lead to brain swelling, convulsions, coma. lxmna- nent paralysis and in, rare cases, death. There is no known cure for the virus. West Nile Virus in Hays County, pg. 8