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BEST OF 2010-11 A look back at the top sports highlights for Hays and Lehman high schools. - Page 1B 6ONE WITH THE WlNO Local couple volunteers to help out tornado-ravaged victims. - Page 10 p,. t- @Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 109 No. 9 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County * 75 PHOTO BY JENNU:ER BIUNDO Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith swears in newly-elected Buda mayor Sarah Mangham. Mangham is the former finance director for the city. BY JENNIFER BIUNDO up meetings with county leaders, jen@haysfreepress.com"I have confidence that she will represent incin g cou.ty Judge Butt Cobb and Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, to discuss how the city could Former Buda fiance =or Buda well," and know that Buda's best help push forward voter-approved Sarah Mangham took her mayoral . . . road projects such as the FM 1626 oath of grace Tuesday night, taking fnterests are her ] eart. expansion. over the gavel from outgoing mayor ' Mangham said she also wanted Bobby Lane. In her new m!e as Buda's top elect- -FormerMm/orBobbyl.ane to work with TxDOT to improve audience, urging them to wave Budasbes~mterestsaremherheart. RM 967, in front of the Creekside ed official, theres plentyof important " " , . . safety andivisibility at the curve on work to be done, Mangham noted: their hand to alert coundlmembers Councilmember Scott Dodd, Vfllas senior citizens development. improving mobility, increasing eco- fftheyweren'tspoaldngimothemi- who easily defeated wdte.m ~al- "I p~'sonallytfltnk that's going. nomic development, keeping the crophone, lenger David Stewart, took his sec- to be a very dangerous situation-," tax rate low. But for her first order of narrowly defeated the ond oath of office for the Place 6 Mangham said. business, the new mayor b.ad a more incumbent by a margin of eight votes seat Tuesday ni~,ht. In two future agenda items, Mangham said she would also ask ~iiragrnatic goal: making sure the au- in the May 14 election. Lane stepped Hays County Justice of the Peace ence could actually understand the down from the dais Tuesday night Beth Smith also swore in Dawn councilrnembers to consider say- councllmembers and pmsentem, after a decade of service, including Shaeffer, who ran unopposed for the ing the pledge of allegiance before "One of the things I heard going terms as councllmember and mayor. Place 5 seat formerly held by long- meetings, and ask for a refresher around door to door is 'I can't hear "I want to wish Sarah well in her time Councilmember Tom Crouse. workshop on the rules of order and them, I can't hear them,'" Mang- new role," Lane said. "I have confi- With the addition of Mangham decorum of council meetings. ham said. dence that she will do a wonderful and Schaeffer, women now hold a "It's a good time to look over that + Shortly after taking her seat at job, I have confidence that she will majority on the Buda council, and see what's working," Mangham the dais, Mangham addressed the represent Buda well, and know that Mangham said she planned to set said. BY SEAN KJMMONS her and say that he would shoot her, to Kyle police, in context, a total of 46 police say. thefts have been reported to police sean@haysfmepress.com A male relative then apprehended since January 1, meaning more than a Zurdga, 35, and held him until po- quarter occurred in earlyJune. One suspect has been arrested lice arrived around I a.m. Police did Many of the cases involved unse- as thieves ransacked Kyle not find a gun but still charged Zu- cured vehicles, Hemandez says. this month by breaking into niga with second-degree felony rob- % lot of people leave their vehicles at least a dozen vehides in just one bery. He remains in custody at Hays tmlocked," he said- "Inyearspast, wdve week, policesay. Countylail on a $10,000 bond. even caught people cheddng door Avid Ztmi_ga of Kyle was arrested Detectives plan to follow up with handles to see if they're unlocked." for robbery early Tuesday morning af- ter he broke into a truck in the Saddle Creek Apartments paddng lot in K~e. The owner of the truck told police that she confronted Zuniga while he was rummaging in the vehicle, which prompted Zuniga to threaten Zuniga to see if he is connected to other thefts, Kyte Police Capt. Pedro Hemandez said. No other arrests have been made in the ongoing investigations, he said. lune 1 to lune 7, at least 12 thefts from vehicles were reported He urges drivers to park in well- lit areas, lock vehicles and remove any valuables to deter oppommistic thieves. '~/e ask our residents to take an ex- tra two minutes to grab your valuables out of your vehides," he said. In the latest rash of thefts, as much as $72_.50 worth of items was stolen from vb.ides. Items induded a com- puter, tools, knives, CD player and other electronics, Hemandez said. According to police re:rods, one theft was reported in the 200 block of Bottle Brush Drive on lune 1, another in the 100 block of Trinity Drive on June 2, and a third in the 21300 block of Interstate 35 on ltme 3. On Sunday, them were six reported in the 21300 block of interstate 35 and the 4900 block of Cromwell, at the Vantage at Hum Creek AparUnenlx Two more thefts were reported in the Vantage apanments the next da~ BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Over the course of the last decade the landscape of Buda and Kyle has changed dramatically, with three- bedroom starter homes with two-car garag- es springing up on former farmland along the interstate corridor. Recently released results from the 2010 Census reveal striking demographic shifts that accompany those physical change Among the most notable the non-Latino white popu- lation in Hays County is agir~ while the His- panic population is getting younger. Across Hays County, 75.3 percent of resi- dents have celebrated their 18th birthday- but that breakdown looks different for Lati- no and non-Latino white residents. Closely mirroring statewide trends, just 19 percent of non-Latino residents are legal minors, compared to nearly 34 percent of Hispardc residents. Whites still hold a strong majority of 58.6 percent in Hays County, down from 64.5 percent in the last census. However, of the 15,000 minors that the county added in the last decade, more than 9,300 were Ladno. Young families have flocked to buy their first homes in Buda and Kyte, attracted by low housing prices and a strong school dis- trict that has scrambled to build new cam- puses fast enough to accommodate the in- firm As a result, the two dties have some of the highest percent of underage residents in See POPULATION GROWTH, pg. 6A BY BRAD ROUJNS brad@haysfreepress.com The Kyle City Council is on course to raise wastewater rates by 20 percent and steeper in- creases are hV, as the munidpal government seeks to align utility revenue with expense~ Under a plan ~en preliminary approval Tuesday night, residential and commercial customers would see a 20 percent increase both in their base rate and in the charge that fluctuates each month based on the amount of sewer service used in 1,000-gallon incre- ment~ The hike amounts to $3.79 for the av- erage household in the dty limits, which uses about 5,000 gallons of wastewater service a month, said finance director Perwez Mobeet. The city council anticipated an increase when it set the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year that began Oct. 1 but never enacted the See ~ SEWER RATES, pg. 3A Tunes in the Park Enjoy live music under the stars from the Thomas Hayden Band and teen gid group Rockstella. 8 p.m. at Buda City Park. Summer Reading in San Marcos The Summer Reading Program at the San Marcos Public Ubrary will kick off the season with Circus Chicken Dog. Performing pooches will juggle, unicycle and spin on a rope. 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. p.m. Prooram The =toughest canoe (and kayak) race" will begin at the head of the San Marcos River at Aquarana Spdngs at9 a.m. Book signing Kyle author David Hilton will be signing copies of his latest book "Kings of the Colorado" at the Buda Public Ubrary at 2 p.m. For a more detailed list of area events, go to haystreepmss.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. ON THE ROCKS? 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