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HaysFreePress.com OH THE Buda/Kyle sales tax receipts rising despite economic downturn. - Page 1D June 22, 2011 Pap 1C J BUDA The annual Red, White 'n Buda Indepen- dence Day Celebra- tion and Fireworks Show will be held at City Park on Monday, July 4. This year's event is being organized entirely by the City of Buda Parks and Recreation Depart- ment and is sponsored by Austin Telco Federal Credit Union, Main Street Dental and Hacienda Construc- tion. The day's activities will kick offat 10 a.m. with a Children's Parade going down Main Street to City Park with decorated bikes, wagons, scooters, strollers and more,Parade line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. in the public parking lot across the street from the old post office building and Gar- cia's Mexican Restaurant (downtown Buda). From 10 a.m. until noon at City Park, there will be free kids inflatable activities and a magician performing on stage. Cun- cessions will be provided by the Buda Chamber of Commerce. Beginning at 6 p.m., there will be a free concert headlined by The Trishas, paid inflatable kids activi- ties and concessions. The City of Buda has procured the largest fireworks display ever in Buda as we celebrate our nation's In- dependence The free fireworks show will be fired at 9:30 p.m. and will last approximately 20-24 min- utes. Folks are welcome to bring a picnic, blanket, and/or lawn chairs. The Toons and Tunes Summer Series runs on Friday evenings through August 5 at City Park in downtown Buda. The series is free to the public and presented by the City of Buda and sponsored by Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Concessions will be provided by the Buda Lions Club and Kona Ice. The summer schedule is as follows: June 24 (Movie) - "Furry Vengeance" at 9 p.m. July 8 (Movie) - Classic movie night: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at 9 p.m. July 15 (Movie) -"The Last Airbender" at 9 p.m. July 22 (Movie) - "Despi- cable Me" (PG) at 9 p.m. July 29 (Movie} - "Yogi Bear" (PG) at 9 p.m. August 5 (Concert)- JilT, X~rly and Curtis Grimes at 8p.m. With the school year completed, the City of Buda Would like to remind parents that Buda does have a curfew that pertains to children under 17 years old. No child should be in public without a parent after 11 p,m. on weekdays and after midnight on weekends. There axe a few exceptions such as school sponsored events, employ- ment, emergencies, etc. The goal Is to have children home during hours that many crimes occur. There may be some questions after this runs, so I'm going to ask Alisha to put the ordinance on the website, www.ci,buda.tx.us. For more information regard- ing the juvenile curfew, please contact the Buda Police Department at (512) 312-1001. Cars yield to oncoming traffic at the Interstate 35 on-ramp near Budeson Street. FflOT0S BY WI~ ~ BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Let's say you're idling m your car, lding to the traffic that flows day night from access roads onto Interstate 35 in Kyle. An 18-wheeler is barreling toward you. Will the truck veer onto the interstate, or will it stay on the frontage road and pass harmlessly by? Now there's a string of cars. They're approaching fast. Do you punch the pedal and shoot the gap? Or will you play it safe, waiting for a clearer opening?. Nope, too late. You missed it. This is the gauntlet of the interstate 35 access mad. The scene plays out every day in Kyle, where an influx of new residents has turned a sleepy town into a sprawl- suhu dry. R0ad proje My, fit always kept up with the new traffic. That should be changing soon, as the Texas Department of Transportation begins the pmcess of improving Kyle's access roads. "It's obviously safer, and it's more convenient for drivers," Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said of the planned changes. TxDOT should be accepting bids on the projects sometime in August or Septem- ber, she said, and construction is sched- uled to begin in December. In the meantime, though, let's say you're still in your car, idling at an Interstate 35 yield sign. A glance in the rearview, and the other commuters are stacking up behind you. They look impatient. "Come on, buddy," you almost them say. "Why don't you go already? So you inch forward, tempting fate, and now you're nose to nose with the cars and trucks that keep swerving, one after the Over the next year or so, TxDOT plans to: Convert the city's frottl~mads from two-way travel to one-way traveL; Realign the western frontage road between FM 1626 and Canter Street to more closely fol- low 1-35, easing congeatlon at the four-way stop where Center Street and South Old Highway 81 intersect; And reroute FM 150 East so it runs behind the Dairy Queen and directly connects with the Center Street bridge, bypassing the farm-to-market road's current zigzag onto the ac- cess road. other, onto the interstate. Just when hope is fading, you notice your savior advancing from the distance. If the approaching driver had intended to turn onto Interstate 35, he or she would have used the inside turn signal, of course. But instead, this fellow traveler flips on her outside blinker. In any other situation, a flashing out- side blinker indicates the motorist will be turning away. But on frontage roads in Kyie, the outside blinker has assumed a new meaning. Here, it means the oncom- ing motorist will be keeping straight. Pro- ceed freely, the blinker says. Don't even worry about a head-on collision. It's a small courtesy from one neigh- bor to another. With this stranger's blessing, you step on the gas, and you're on your way. STAFF REPORT A $700,000 sports complex opened last week almost 20 years after it was originally planned. The complex, located at Gregg-Clarke Park on Center Street, will allow youth and adult sporting events such as baseball, softball, kickball, grams are a key component to providing quality of life-type activities for people of all ages in our community. Having quality facilities like this one really adds to that aspect of our city." Originally designed to be a single baseball field, the project grew as the dty's population boomed from around 2,000 residents in 1991 to roughly flag-football, lacrosse, rugby, and any other sport played on 30,000 this year. The concept a field of 120 x 120 yards, offi- was redrawn multiple times cials say A non-glare and computer programmable state-of-the-art lighting system also surrounds the complex. In 1991, planning began on the complex and more than 15 until the current four-field complex was settled on. In addition to the multi-use fields, a 1/3-mile trail lined with crushed granite circles the area, which can be utilized by walkers, joggers, dog-waikers years later voters approved a and others. Hays County Parks and Open "When we. started playing Spaces Grant in 2007 to help youth softball league games on fund the project, the one fleldbythe post officein On Thursda~ Mayor Lucy the1990s, we had the vision ofa Johnson and Hays County Pct. complex to bring more leagues, 2 Commissioner Mark Jones more teams and more players ines in STAFF ~ "The Milligan Trio", her feature artide on a Kyle family's hectic Despite all the doom and life with newborn triplets. gloom about the demise ofthe In a nod to the future, printed word, the Hays Dee the Hays Free Press website, Press has some good news. haysfreepress.com, also took Last weekend, the Texas Press first place, for easy navigation, Association hosted the annual layout and photo use. Texas Better Newspaper Con- To round out the first place test and the Hays Free Press honors, the Hays Free Press ed- and its writers achieved a tri- itorial board took the gold for fecta of first place awards, a pair of thirds and a forth place to bring up the end. The contest, featuring 176 newspapers submitting 1,784 entries, is broken down into 10 divisions in which news- papers compete against pa- pers of similar circulation. The Hays Free Press is considered a "Large Weekly" and joined 23 other Texas newspapers in that division. Reporter Sean Kimmons and former editor Jennifer "Your Right toWrite", an edito- rial reiterating their commit- ment to free speech and ac- ceptance of varying opinions, and "Open the Park, Please" imploring the county to un- lock the gates to 5-Mile Dam once and for all. In the News Writing cat- egory, Buindo's lead story on Buda's Chafleff manufactur- ing plant closure and ~rn- mon's story on the death of a child in a local home daycare took a third place award. threw out the ceremonial first to Kyte," Parks and Recreation Buindo scored the first place In Sports Covemge, theHays pitchwhiletheKyleAdultKick- DirectorKerryUthanowiczseid, award In Feature Writing. Free Press took third place for "With this unique alignment of i ..... with "cell Dogs", the %,ery dean and orderly fields.ballLeaguechristenedthenew fields we will now be able storyon the collaboration appearance" of the sports "I know Kyle residents, along pand our vision to indu~. ~)"~).~i~~ PAWS Animal Shel- pages and in Column Writing~ with residents in Hays County, sports playedon fields. ! '( atid the Kyte Correctional Brenda Stewart was awarded The complex also in~ ~[~..~ utiliz~ inmates m fourth place for her.columns are going to enjoy this wonder: .... ~: "~ ';' ' ~:'~ ......... ~ " ful facility for years to come, restroom facilities and a future | sodallzing strays to enhance "Because He's Black" and % Johnson said. "Our parks pro- concessionbullding. 1 theiradoptability.Buindowith TimeBeforeWaf'. am "m not sure what the impetus was, but there .was one very busy cop working Center Street on Sunday. Lights flashing, he had cars pulled over on both ends throughout the afternoon. I've actually sat out on the Free Press front porch on Sunday evenings and laughed at the cars hurtling past. Where are they going in such a mad dash? The stop light or the stop sign? So, beware. But, more than just the fear of getting a ticket, slow down just be- cause you're in the middle of town. There are kids and dogs and skaters and old people and cyclists trying to maneuver and you need more than a split second reaction time to avoid hit- ting them or scaring the wits out of them. And, really, it's hotter than hell and everybody's getting a bit cranky, so yield sometimes, even ffyou don't have to. Let folks back out of parking places (and quit acting like you don't see their reverse lights). Let cars merge into traffic from side streets. Get offpeople's bumpers and lay offyour horns. And for chrisakes, stop and let folks walk across the street. At least stop at the crosswalks. Hey, how about this? You park, you get out of your car and you cr0s the treet. There are all kinds of great places to eat lunch along Center Street: Railroad and Bordeaux's, Pie Co. and Hitters, Mom's Cook- ies and snow cones and the Chinese donut around the comer, The Motley, Su Taco, Luvianos. They're all local and good, the folks are nice and the air condi- tioning is cranking. Buda boasts a July BUDA BITS "t's Independence Day celebration time with .the annual Red, White & Buda coming up on Monday, July 4th. This is a time for kids to decorate their bikes, scooters, stroll- ers and wagons and line up for the children's parade at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot across from Garcia's on Main Street. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and go north on Main ending at Buda City Park where there will be free activities until noon. Starting at 6 p.m. there will be music by Keith Kelso, Kevin Smith and The Trishas as well as paid children's activities and concessions. The final event will be the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to be there. Oh, no...not a broken arm! Seems that our Free Press co-publisher Cyndy Barton fell, breaking her right arm (yes she is right- handed) and will be in a See 8UOA BITS, pg. 3C