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I IllllUl] Ib TERRIFIC TRIO Three former Rebs sign Division I baseball scholarships, - Page 1B WIDOW PROJECT Local war widow connects others with similar experiences, - Page lC '(, ),,,. + Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 109 No. 10 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY WES FERGUSON The fate of Austin Commtmity Col- lege's first campus in Hays County could be decided any day now. Plans for the new campus ground to a halt nearly six months ago when Kyle dentist, Ray Wolbrecht, filed a lawsuit challenging the annexation of the Hays Consolidated Independent School District into ACC's tax- ing district. Hays CISD residents vot- ed to join the college district last November by a margin of 58.5 percent. But Wolbrecht aries the couege failed to accurately inform voters of the full tax impact they could face af- ter annexation, as "If the ballot* ad mentioned the prop- erty tax, I guarantee you people would have voted against it." -Ray Woe ht, plaintiff against ACC required by law. "If the ballot had mentioned the property tax, I guarantee you people would have voted against it," Wol- brecht said. "A lot of people left the spot blank because they didn't under- stand the ballot language." The ballot reads: "Annexation of the following territory for junior col- lege purposes: All the territory in Hays Consolidated Independent School District." Wolbrecht says that prior to the elec- tion, ACC should have informed voters that state law allows college districts to collect up to $1 in property taxes per $100 of assessed value. ACC notes that its actual tax rate is far smaller than that- 9.46 cents- and any increase would be subject to voter approval. The college has maintained the election was legal, and the lawsuit is without merit. In January, the college's lawyers asked a Travis County district judge to rule that Wolbrecht be required to put up a $3 million security bond to continue the lawsuit. The judge sided with ACC. Wolbrecht couldn't pay the $3 million, he said, and his case was dismissed. See ACC LAWSUIT, pg. 3A Buda. Suitemeier, PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS hands as they mourn during a memorial service Tuesday at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup in Buds late Thursday night. 'Fearless'young man dies in collision ! BY SEAN KIMMONS Family members couldn't deiny that Tmvis Sultemeier had an appe- tite for danger, and that he maib!y fed it through motorcycles, l~ Late Thursday night, the 21-year- old Mountain City resident died when his 2006 Honda motorcycle collided with a pickup in Kyle. "The thing about Travis was that he was fearless," his mother Mi- cheUe Sultemeier said Monday. "That was the good and bad thing about him." But there was morq to the 2008 Hays High School gra~tuate than a passion for dirt bikes and motor- cycles, his family members say. He was a true friend and a devoted person who planned to marry his fiancGe next year, family members say. "He was very loving and caring," Michelle said. "If you knew Travis, he really touched your life." Perhaps his greatest attribute was his huge smile, family members say. ``He loved to make people laugh and smile," his younger sister Ash- ley Sultemeier said. "HIS smile was contagious." Michelle recalled one time when his jokester ways landed him in trouble. While sitting in a 7th grade classroom, he pulled out a fake cigarette and proceeded to "smoke" it. The act may have impressed his friends but it also infuriated his teacher, who then made a house visit to tell his parents, she said laughingly. The last year or so, Sultemeler worked with his father Jeff Suit- emeier as an operator at FreescaleSemi- conductor. Jeff fondly remembered when he and his son would share break- fast and lunch breaks togeth- er. "I was al- SULTEMBER ways fortunate to spend that much time with him," ]eft said. "He called me his lunch buddy." They would also hang out when not working. "We went on motorcycle rides," Jeff said. "We really had some great times." Before they became coworkers, Jeff said that he coached his son in soccer for almost a decade, start- ing when he was eight years old. Sultemeier would go on to compete on teams for Hays Fusion and Hays HIgh. "We had that long relationship with soccer," he said. More recently, he watched proudly as Travis began to develop a new life with his fiancee Stephanie Chavez. "He was growing up," Jeff said. "He was starting to become a man." That fateful night, Sultemeier left his childhood home in Moun- tainCity, headed to his new Austin home. Just before midnight, Sultemeier rear-ended a GMC pickup on FM 1626 about a half-mile north of FM 2770. The pickup's driver suffered mi- nor injuries in the crash. Sultemeier was pronounced dead at the scene. Judge abuse dismisses charges BY BRAD ROLLINS nA visiting judge Monday dis- missed sexual and physical abuse charges against former district at- torney candidate Paul C. Velte IV af- ter the accuser, his 16-year-old step- daughter, said she didn't want to tes- tify in court. 216th State Dis- VELTE trict Judge Stephen Abels, standing in for local judges because of Velte's po- See ABUSE CHARGES DROPPED, pg. 2A Judge dismisses suit against gum's bond backer BY SEAN KIMMONS A millionaire entrepreneur who put up $11 million in bonds for his beloved guru, who then fled before be- ing .sentenced on child indecency charges, has been dropped from law- suit brought by Hays County. On lune 6, the Hays County Dis- trict Attorney's Office asked that the civil lawsuits SPIEGEL against Peter Spie- gel be dismissed, which may have been the result of an undisclosed set- tlement. Two days later, District Judge Charles Ramsay granted the state's motion to summary judgment on the bonds' recipient, Prakashandand Saraswati, See GURU BOND LAWSUIT, pg. 3A S~aecriber addr~e 8 and cookoff From fa]itaa to a kids-only pork chop contest, there's some- thing for everyone. This three-day event will also host a charity BBQ, and bean and cobbler contest. Festivities begin 6:30 p.m. at San Marcos Plaza Park. Camp Ben Everyone's invited to this 8 day camping excursion that will include a Civil War battle re-enactment, rid- dler's contest and plenty of other old-fashioned fun. A hod0e-podge of characters sailing from New York to Engtand are all invo4ved in a sedes of happenincjs that will leave you laughing in this musical comedy peforrned by the W~nbedey Players. The show runs Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Movies in the Park "How to Train Your Dragon" will be playing at Gregg-Clarke Park in Kyle at 8:30 p.m. "Shrek Forever After" will be playing at Buda's City Park at 9 p.m. Both shows are free. For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. PosmvE CHANGE Controversial Ruby Ranch quarry makes improvements. - Page 1D ag Jim Opinions ............... 4&5A Sports ........................ 1 &2 B Education ................... 3&4B Comrnunity .................... 1-6C Obituaries .......................... 2C Calendars .................. 4C Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ................... 2&3D Public Notices ......... 2-4D +