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IW[L .ll , L IJlIII|I|LINIL,IJLIILU,JU=;IJ m, LmJL,, Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press June 23, 2010 d The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640. Periodicals post- age paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publica- tions, 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: news@haysfree- press.corn Mail: RO. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display ad- vertising 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. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely fopics of community inter- est. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not in- dulge 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 verifi- cation. Letter writers are lim- ited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress.com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harweil as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Budeson 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. Dur- ing its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyie and Buda. Keeping our creeks clean in Kyle BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com Kyle residents will soon start to see bright blue markers on the city's storm water drains, reminding them that poUut- ants that flow into the drain are headed straight into local creeks and streams. The markers, adorned with .pictures of bluebonnets and the official city seal, are part of a public education program aimed at cleaning up the Plum CreekWatershed. "These storm drains do go into the creek," said Kyle Mayor Lucy lohnson. "They don't go to some magic place that doesn't get polluted." Plum Creek emerges from the ground in Hays County west of Kyle, flowing 52 mles east through Lockhart before converging with the San Mar- cos River south of Luling. To the east it's a small and intermit- tent waterway, but it gathers strength downstream, provid- ing recreation and drinking wa- ter to residents of the Lockhart area. In recent years, fast paced growth along the IH-35 corri- dor has polluted the waters of Plum Creek, bringing contami- nants such as E. Coli bacteria and harmful levels of nutrients such as phosphorous and ni- trogen. In 2004, the Texas Com- mission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) declared that Plum Creek was no longer rec- ommended for human contact recreation such as swimming or wading. In 2006, Plum Creek was se- lected to take part in the Texas Watershed Steward Program, an ambitious pilot program funded by a $1.4 million federal grant and developed by theTex- as Cooperative Extension and the Texas State Soil and Con- servation Board to protect and restore local waterways. The city of Kyle found its own $517,000 grant from TCEQ to do its part caring for Plum Creek. Most of the funding was used to retrofit detention and drain- age ponds, but the city used $4,000 to purchase 1,000 of the markers that it will place at the stormwater drains in the up- coming months. The city used PHOTOS BY JEN BIUNDO Kyle mayor Lucy Johnson places a marker on a city storm drain reminding citizens that anything they put in the storm drain winds up in area creeks.The markers are part of an education program designed to help clean up the polluted Plum Creek. a GPS system to locate its 1,800 stormwater drains, and will or- der more markers after the ini- tial set is installed. A number of pollutants use the storm drains as a route into the creek, including ani- mal waste, yard chemicals and oil dripping from vehicles. If animal waste is left on the yard, rainwater can wash that bacteria into the drains and to the creek, along with excess fertilizers or pesticides applied to lawns. "If there's somethg on the ground and it rains,, it goes in the creek," said Kyle :spokesper- son lerry Hendrix The city will try to, spread the word about the draiin markers through the city's newsletter and other venues. "The City of Kyle is commit- ted to doing our part: to improve and maintain the qtaaiity of wa- ter flowing through our city," said Kyle interim city manager lames R. Earp, CPM. "There are many things we can do in our everyday lives to improve our environment. Likewise, we can also distress our natural resources if we do not properly manage everyday things like yard chemicals and Raet waste." NReid 's ursery NATIVE & ADkFrED PLANTS ORGANIC SOLES t FERTILIZERS PLANT & WILDLIFE GUIDES GARDEN ART & MORE! Call (512) 398-6011 650 FM 2720 Open 9am-Spm Kyle/Uhland Area TueKlay-Sunday www.reidsnumery, com Ckeed Mondays Ask us about Rocky's worm- castings! Fresh and locally made! Now through July, bring this ad in for 10% OFF AU plants trees/ 10 minutes est of IH-35. Take 150Eest to Hwy 21. Turn left (north). Go a few rmiles, tum right atFM 2720, just past the Bon TonMeat Market. We're about 1 1/2 miles dcown on the left. Lower rates can add up to big savings These days, every dollarcounts, and PEC ispleased to announce that our mmbers began pa3ing less for electricity on bills rendered on and after June 1. The price PEC pays for pwer recently deweased, and by passing that reduction on to our mmbers, they will save an additimal $5 on eveU 1,000 Peclernates Etectric 1-888-554-4732 .pec.coop PHOTO BYTRAS HORNUNG Flying saucers coming to Kyle STAFF REPORTS Flying saucers will be hovering above Kylq's Stee- plechase Park this weekend during a regional disc golf tournament. The 3rd annual Heart of Texas Tour will host the Kyle Open, a two-day event that includes several men's and women's divisions. Steeplechase Park is home to an 18-hole, double tee-box disc golf course, which also crisscrosses Plum Creek. On Saturday, profes- sional and intermediate divisions will compete, with the advanced and rec- reational divisions on Sun- day. A player's meeting will be held at 9 a.m. with start times at 9:30 a.m. on both days, officials say. Each competitor will play two rounds of 18 holes during the tournament. Entry fees range from $32 to $62, depending on the division. Entry forms are available online at http://teamjus- ticediscgolf.com. Click on the "Kyle Open" tabs to download forms. + +