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+ JUNE 7 2017 THE BIG 10 Top ten moments in 2016-17 Lobo and Rebel athletics. - Page 1B OFfiCER SUPPORT New chaplain program for Kyle Police Department - Page 1C ~) BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. HaysFreePress.com ........ Vol. 121 No. 11 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX 75 Buda man indicted for shooting at Niederwald gas station robbery BY LESLY DE LEON A Buda man indicted in an aggravated robbery at a Niederwald gas station in June 2016 has now been charged with at- tempted capital murder. Charles Brian Lane, 19, of Buda, was booked into the Hays County Jail May 30 and is being held on $450,000 bond. Lane is accused of shooting an employee at aValero gas station on Highway 21 and FM 2001 in Niederwald on June 11, 2016. He was originally arrested June 22, 2016. Wes Mau, Hays County District Attorney, said Lane would only face two indictments of aggravated robbery when he goes to court, which are the formal charges made against LANE Lane by a Hays County grand jury. Lane was indicted on the two charges in Janu- ary 2017. An additional charge of Attempted Murder has been added by the DA's office. According to a Hays County probable cause affidavit, released by Beth Smith, Hays County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace, two armed male suspects, lat- er identified as Lane and another teen who was 16and allegedly pointed years old at the time, ran his gun at the clerk while from a pickup truck they demanding money. were in to the front door Police initially believed of the gas station. Lane shot the clerk, but Lane had a handgun according to the affidavit, and covered his face with a closer look at the sur- a bandana, while the veillance video showed younger teen had a rifle the 16-year-old allegedly and used his sweatshirt shooting the clerk in the to cover his face. Lane climbed on the counter ATTEMPTED MURDER, 4A BY MOSES LEOS III A 105 percent rise in the estimated population over a six-year period casts Buda as the Hays Cotmty city with the highest growth percentage since 2010, according to new Census Bureau estimates released in late May. According to the sta- Entity 2016 estimate 2015 estimate 2010 Census HaysGounty ' 204,470 t77;562~ :~;i": t57,107- San Marcos 61,980 54,712 44,894 39,060 32,078 : ,:28,016: Buda 15,023 10,655 7,295 3,14o 2,4ts 1;788 Wimberley 2,983 2,625 2,626 tistics, which included / population estimates as / Population increase per city, of July 2016, Buda has / ballooned to just over 2010-2016 15,000 people. Six / r ............................................................................ 10% i--r~" ........................................................ years ago, during the / Buda eo~!' ."-"~ .............. i i;;;::::i' ........................................................................................................... 20,0 en,us,.a " IJ had just over 7,200 i-. .................. i ................................................................................................. people, i::, , .i ..................................... .................................. ................. From 2015 to ................................... 2016, Buda's pop- \ ; ulation rose by 40 , percent, which was the ' Wtmberley highest among the five ma- / ......... jor cities in the county. ' Population increase per city, Dripping Springs, which has ',. 2015-2016 an estimated 2016 population of 3,140, had the second highest the ........................................................................................................................... .................................................................. population growth rate among city San Mareos ,s~ i-- ~ ....................................................................... the five major cities between con- ............ .......................................................................... 2015 and 2016, while Kyle was finues to ................. ............. ................................................................ third, m N .......... ,maw ........... ................... ....................................... 10% i ": ............................... " "` ......... " ' ....... San Marcos, which was its small town \ ! .................... - ...... deemed the fastest growing city charm" that he \ , .,......!i. ............... .I ............. I ....................................... in the U.S., according to 2014 feels is attractive to M=,,= Census estimates, only saw 13 people. percent growth between 2015 However, Ruge said Information from the U.S. Census Bureau and2016. Buda's rise in population wasn't a surprise for Buda Mayor Todd Ruge, who said the con- stant growth has been the "same story for years." Ruge cites Buda's proximity to Austin and its good schools lend to more people setting up in Buda. "We're in a desirable area," Ruge said. "We're close to Austin, but we don't have the Austin prices." Despite the growth, Ruge said he doesn't see an end to the constant growth that's coming to Buda. He cited how Buda's city limits to the north touch Austin's city lim- its. He also said developments that are not in the city limits, such as the Sunfield Municipal Utlity District, are starting to grow. "One thing it does for us, there's more people paying in. We still have one of the lowest property tax rates in our area," Ruge said. With the growth comes a strain on infrastructure, as well as housing. Approval of the 2014 bonds is one way Ruge felt the city could accommodate the growth. But Buda still faces challenges in securing adequate water re- sources in the future. Legislation making it easier for aquifer stor- age and recovery (ASR), which was backed by the city, died prior to the end of the 85th Texas Legislative session. Public safety is also a factor Buda will have to keep up with in the future, primarily the ratio of police officer to residents. Housing is also an issue the city must deal. Currentl Buda's "bread and butter" are $300,000 to $400,000 homes. Howev- er, a major announcement in the next few months could go "hand-in-hand" with providing more affordable alternatives for residents. "We can't dictate a developer POPULATION GROWTH, 2A 'Secret Life of Pets' On June 9, come out to Buda City Park for the annual Movies in the Park series. "Secret Life of Pets" will begin at 9 p.m. Movies are shown in Buda City Park every Friday in June. 'Sing!' at Lake Kyle On June 9, join the City of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department for a viewing of 2016's "Sing!". 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. Center Street building gets new life, again. - Page 1D PHOTO BY ASHLEY LANDIS Texas Water Safari Billed as the "World's Toughest Boat Race," the Texas Water Safari is a 260-mile long canoe and kayak race from Spring Lake in San Marcos to the city of Seadrift on the Texas coastline. Cheer on local teams along the river in San Marcos starting at 9 a.m. BY MOSES LEOS III Ever since he cast his first ballot as an 18-year- old in 1968, San Marcos resident Sam Montoya has made it a habit to partic- ipate in the democratic process whenever it came up. But on Monda~ Mon- toya was "shocked" to discover the ballot he cast in Nov. 8, 2016 general election was one of 1,800 votes not counted due to a policy lapse at an early voting location. ELECTIONS, 4A on hold BY MOSES LEOS III Legislation that could re- quire large cities to whole- sale water and wastewater to smaller municipalities, which could unlock a 500-plus acre development near the City of Hays, was voted out of committee last month. But the future of House Bill 2959, authored by State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Drip- ping Springs), ended after it wasn't placed on the calendar to be discussed on the house floor prior to a May 11 deadline. HB 2959 was voted out of the House Natural Resources Committee by a unanimous 10-0 vote April KILL WATER BILL, 2A Opinions ............... 3A Business ......... 1-4D Sports ............... 1-2B Classifieds ............ 2D Education ......... 3-4B Service Directory ..... 3D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ... 2-4D 7 + v .......... , ,~[i~[-~, ~i, ,t :,f| I I I,t