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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press June 14, 2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LE-FrERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of (:ommunity interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY MOSES LEOS III A recent welfare check on oc- cupants in a suspicious vehicle ended in the arrests of two Kyle residents who police believe stole more than $300,000 in checks along with about a doz- en credit cards. Joshua James McGlasson, 30, and Melissa Moncada, 27, were charged with fraudulent use/ possession of identifying infor- mation, along with additional charges. Officers responded to a call at the Stripes located at 7809 Camino Real in east Kyle at about 4 a.m. June 4. Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said someone called about a white Chevrolet pickup truck that had been in the parking lot "a long time" and the occupants appeared to be passed out. MCGLASSON MONCADA Kyle officers conducted a welfare check on a man and woman inside of the truck. One of the officers recognized the male as having an out- standing warrant with the Kyle Municipal Court. "When he asked the man to step out of the truck, the offi- cer found a pipe with brown residue in the bowl in the man's pants' pocket," Barnett said. The female occupant of the truck told officers there was crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle. Officers found 3.6 grams of the drug in the truck along with $1,000 in cash. Both were placed under arrest and booked into the Hays County Jail. Barnett said during the in- ventory of the vehicle contents, which is standard procedure following an arrest, officers discovered several bags of mail in the truck. Kyle Police found mail from many different resi- dents with addresses in Cedar Creek, Maxwell, Dale, Austin, Kyle, Buda and San Marcos. "Kyle PD has recovered more than $300,000 in stolen checks, about a dozen credit cards, along with bank ~tate- ments and other mail," Barnett said. "The mail was from both residences and businesses." Barnett added officers continue to go through the "vast amount of mail recov- ered." Officers also confirmed McGlasson and Moncada had already used one credit card at Lowe's. Barnett said his officers have been reaching out to the vict.ims of the mail fraud. He said KPD contacted one wom- an who didn't even know her credit card was missing yet. "She was extremely grateful to our officers for finding the stolen mail," Barnett said. McGlasson and Moncada were also charged with posses- sion of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, which is a third degree felony, for crys- tal meth of between 1 and 4 grams. Moncada and McGlas- son are being held in the Hays County Jail on $50,000 bond. ASR: Aquifer storage bill dies in Lege Continued from pg. 1A ways to fund the project. "We can still proceed forward and we still have interest in including the ASR project in our next fiscal budget," Lillibridge said. According to an interview with State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Drip- ping Springs), who authored 2017 HB 3333, the bill was placed on the House calendar, but was not heard prior to the end of the regular sesson. If passed, the bill would have allowed the city of Buda to build a water pipe that passes water through the Edwards Aquifer to the Trinity Aquifer, and deposit "recharged" water into the Trinity for storage. Current BSEACD rules stipu- late water passing through the Edwards can only be comprised of untreated Edwards Aquifer water. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge said even though the legislation failed "We can still proceed forward and we still have interest in including the ASR project in our next fiscal budget." -Brian Lillibridge, Buda Water Specialist "there are still options avail- able," but they are highly limited regarding the type of water that is used to recharge the aquifer. "The bill was giving us some more options but it's an expen- sive project nonetheless," Ruge said. Ruge said the city contacted the BSEACD before the legislative session to work on some specif- ics of the bill. He hopes to "part- ner with BSEACD in the future." John Dupnik, BSEACD general manager, said that even though the district didn't take a specific position on HB 3333, they"are very supportive of the concept of ASR." "We worked with them (Buda) before the session," Dupnik said. "We worked out some language that would allow them to do what they wanted and still pro- tect the Edwards Aquifer." Isaac said the bill's failure was very disappointing because '~kSR is a great conservation measure" that would allow the storage of water within an existing aquifer that could be a surplus in times of drought for municipalities. Ruge said he had hoped that Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) would file a compan- ion bill in the Senate to increase the bill's chances of passing, but admitted that the 85th Legislative session was difficult for localized bills. As for the future of ASR in Buda, city officials are still inter- ested, but the issue of funding the project will come down to a council decision. "That will be a decision the city council will have to make in the future," Ruge said. "Wait for the next legislative session or go ahead with the alternative." Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for the Special session of the legislature, beginning on July 18 to further discuss 19 agenda items that were not finalized during the 140-day regular session. HB 3333 is not among the agenda items to be taken up during the 30-day special session, which according to the Texas Observer is going to cost taxpayers $1 million. Helen Alcala Continued from pg. 1A fulfilled a career within Hays CISD. Following her retire- ment from Hays CISD, Helen worked at the Texas School for the Deaf. At the same time, Helen made money on the side by selling breakfast tacos at the local cement plant in town. With the financial and emotional assistance of Ezekiel DeLeon, her brother-in-law, Helen opened the Casa Aide, which at the time was not only the first Mexican restaurant in Buda, but also was the only restau- rant on Main Street. Buda Mayor Todd Ruge lauded Helen, who at the time took a gamble, when most people are thinking about retirement. "She jumped head- first into a new career as a restaurant owner. It's remarkable," Ruge said. "It's really amazing that someone that worked so hard in their entire life until that point, said, 'I need a new challenge.'" From that point forward, Helen worked tirelessly in her restau- rant. Bennie Ferretiz, who has worked at Helen's for a decade, remembered Helen as a"hard-work- ing" person who was also very giving. J.R. Gonzales, Buda Area Chamber of Com- merce Executive Direc- tor, said it was quite an accomplishment for PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Helen to start a business, especially as a minority female business owner in the 1980s. 'Tknyfime someone starts a business, it's a difficult road to hoe," Gonzales said. "Being female, and a Hispanic female, in the 1980s was even more difficult. Even after she stopped working at Casa Aide, Hel- en continued to inquire about her business. She regularly made appear- ances at the restaurant, greeting customers and chatting with them. She did this until her health began to decline in 2016. "She still wanted to know what was going on," Remy said. "She cared about this place. This was her entire life." Even after her death, many in the community remember a woman who kept a smile and genial attitude. Gonzales said Helen was someone that "had a heart of gold" and never had a bad word to say about any6ne. He felt she left her mark on Buda and the legacy of the restau- rant will continue. Over the course of 37 years, Helen's Casa Aide has served multiple generations of Buda area residents. Remy, a Hays High graduate, saw many of her Mends go to Casa Aide while she was grow- ing up. Many of them are now bringing their chil- dren to the restaurant. Chris Moore, a Hays High graduate and patron of Casa Aide, said Helen was family to many in the area. To some, she was a grandmother figure. But Moore said he was surprised when he first saw Helen work in the restaurant. "She was like my grandma in the kitchen," Moore said. "But she was in her 60s or 70s and was still busting out tickets left and right." Remy said many customers now approach her and are sharing their fond memories of her grandmother. Some of the memories hearken back to days before she had been born. Hundreds have also placed their memories of Helen on the busienss' Facebook page following her death. For Rem~ continuing her grandmother's mis- sion of getting to know her customers is her goal. "It's not just my loss, it's not just my family's loss, it's all of our loss," Remy said. Percy is a super sweet and cuddly 9-year-old bloodhound mix who loves to give gentle hugs to his people. While Percy loves people, little ones are not something he quite understands and would do well in a home with older children. Misty is a 7-year-old shorthair black and white tuxedo female who has made it her mission in life to never rock the boat. Need a yoga or meditation buddy? Misty's your gidI You'll usually find her bask- ing in the window sill raveling in her drama-frae life. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. I ,,! -~ ' ' 11(7 : :iiZ-I I:'![i!ii!iiii