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4 Section D June17, 2015 Page 10 If it's local ice cream you want, you can't get any closer than Rhea's Ice Cream - in her shop in San Marcos. handmade and PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III sold by Rhea Ortamond (above) Overcoming the BY DAVID WHITE Since the Blue Bell recall has become indefinite, ice cream connoisseurs have had to find a second favorite brand or hang up their spoons altogether. A recent Hays Free Press Facebook poll shed light on the fact that there are plenty of true-moo Blue Bell fans who will accept no other. But if your loyalty to the brand is because it's Texas-made, have no fear. There are plenty of other Texas-made ice creams to satisfy your southern taste buds. H-E- B's Creamy Creations topped our unofficial poll, followed by a few enthusiastic votes for Adams Ice Cream. The Hays Free Press staff tried Adams' vanilla and cookie dough ice cream and gave it a solid thumbs up. Tammy Gray at Buda Drugstore and Soda Fountain, who normally serves Blue Bell as the basis of most of her ice cream treats, says business hasn't been affected by the recall. Gray said they're using Glenview Farms Ice Cream in the meantime. While there haven't been any complaints, customers still ask about the Blue Bell, so Gray's soda fountain has been offering one free topping to make up for the absence of Blue Bell, but Gray says they'll stock up as soon as they start producing again. And if you want to go hyper-local, there are a couple of home-grown shops in Hays County that make their own ice cream- Rheas Ice Cream in San Marcos and the Big Drip in Dripping Springs. A NEW OLD TEXAS TRADITION The Adams Extract Company, has been in operation in Texas since 1905 (with a location on the northern side of Buda from 1955- 2002) - two years before Blue Bell opened its doors in Brenham, but it's only been this past year that Adams started commercially producing ice cream. An Adams representa- tive stated in a Facebook post that their business decision had nothing to do with the Blue Bell recall. "We made our decision to launch our first three items late last year in time for the early 2015 summer ice cream season," according to the post. "We never dreamed that our friends at Blue Bell would be having the difficulties they are hav- ing, and are heartbroken for the difficulties that their company, commu- nity and loyal customers are having as a result. We are praying for their Owners, Leaders and Em- ployee in hopes that they recover quickly." The three flavors of Adams Ice Cream are vanilla, chocolate chip cookie dough and pecan pie. BY KIM HILSENBECK U*y~4tO ~JmO~nMn ~e~Dm Buda 1.50% $409,198.09 -5.92% $2,629,255.07 +8.11% Dripping Springs 1.25% $155,302040 +1.64% $848,598.65 +13.03% KYLE AND BUDA Based on the latest figures.from the Texas Comptroller's Office, Kyle saw a gain of 21.8 percent in sales tax distribution up from $405,019 last May to $493,472 in May of this year. Meanwhile, Buda, saw a dip in sales tax from $434,950 in May 2014 to $409,198 last month, marking a 5.9 percentde- crease when comparing the same month in 2014. Year to date sales tax revenue for Kyle is up 17.7 percent over 2014, compared to Buda's 8.1 percent increase in rev- enue to date. So far this year, Buda collected $2.6 million in Kyle 1.50% $493,471.98 +21.83% $2,776,895.06 +17.76% Niedenvald 1.00% $1,824.07 +11.83% $11,857.82 +12.95% San Marcos 1.50% $1,985,792.43 +.71% $13,207,928.59 +7.27% Uhland 1.50% $10,973.72 +18.13% $57,217.12 +15.85% Wlmbedey 1.00% $66,746.98 +31.13% $385,659.46 +15.16% total sales tax revenueping Springs collected while Kyle collected $2.7 $155,302 in sales tax in million. May, according to the comptroller's report. That DRIPPING SPRINGS represents a 1.6 percent AND WIMBERLEY increase over May of On the western side 2014. of the county, Drip- In the first five months of 2015, Dripping Springs collected a total $848,598. In the same time period last year, the city col- lected $750,754 for a gain of 13 percent. Wimbefley collected $66,747 in May of this year, compared to $50,898 last May- an increase of 31.1 percent. Wimbefley received $385,659 in revenue be- tween January and May of this year, giving it a 15.1 percent increase over its sales tax collection for the same time period in 2014, according to the comptroller's report. SAN MARCOS According to the comptroller's report, Hays County's largest city, San Marcos, collected $1.99 SALES TAX, 4D BIZ NOTES BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON riftwood's own Oohla Bean was honored recently by the Texas Water Develope- ment Board with its annual Texas Rain Catcher Award. Oohla Bean, with the help of HA Architecture and Innovative Water Solutions, built the individ- ual suites so that the rainwater could more easily be caught. The rainwater catchment system includes a 65,000-gallon tank, and the rainwater drains off the roof to decorative columns before heading to the tank. The award competition began in 2007. Five awards were given statewide this year, with Oohla Bean being one of the five recipients. Edward Jones moved up on the annual For- tune 500 listed in its third appearance in three years, reports local Edward Jones representa- tives, Susan and Richard Santamaria in Dripping Springs and Janet Ross of Buda. Fortune magazine's annual listing ranks the largest U.S. companies by revenue. Edward Jones moved up 18 spots to No. 426 on this year's list, with more than $6.3 billion in revenue for 2014. Buy local. That's been the mantra a many small businesses in the Buda-Kyle, Wimberley and Dripping Springs area. For local economies to stay strong, residents have to buy local. That includes buying your local newspaper, and that means local businesses advertising through the News-Dispatch and Hays Free Press to reach the most local readers around. Call 512.268.7862 for advertising availability and to subscribe. Pariicipating in your local Chamber of Com- merce is a great way to get information from area businesses and to network. Next meeting dates are: Kyle Chamber, June 23 "State of the City" address; Buda Chamber, July 8; Dripping Springs, June 25; "Mixed Use Development in Belterra," Wimbefley, July 15. :l BY MOSES LEOS III Coordinating infrastructure development and targeting specific industries were the top two priorities Kyle stakeholders tabbed as a focus for Kyle's economic future. Those results, part of the city's second economic development summit hosted by the Natelson Dale Group, will help craft an updated strategic plan. Managing principal Roger Dale of the Natelson Dale Group said his group spring boarded offwhat they learned from the community after the January summit. "For the most part, the community is enthused about future growth and interested in identifying opportunities for creating high paying employment in the city, given that people are commuting out of there," Dale said. The process began when the group assessed reaction from stakeholders after the first meeting. Dale said Kyle stakeholders "We want to make sure it's attractive (target industry) to the city to create jobs that pay well." -Roger Dale of Natelson Dale Group gained a sense that they are part of a "larger economic region" between Austin and San Antonio. Dale said Kyle has a "dynamic economy" and that the city could position itself for future growth. The next step was to independently find what industries could be suitable for the growing city. The group conducted a market study on how much retail and industrial growth Kyle could KYLE FOCUS, 4D