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Red, White and Buda Get ready for Red, White and Buda this Saturday. The parade will beginat Garcia's on Main Street at 10 a.m. and proceed to City Park. Kids can also enter a bike decorating contest and win up to $50. Festivities will last all 11 p.m. Saturday. Celebrating our Independence with a Big Bang The Free Press wilt be pub- lishing early next wee(, Wednesday, July 2, in order to the deadline for our Big Bang advertising special -- 50% off the cost of quarter page or larg- er ads. Leave a message or contact one of our Free Press advertising reps before then to take advantage of this: great deal. Going to the well We just learned that after all Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSIEACD), Kyle is going back for more water. BS/EACD Thursday with a request for a permanent increase of t10 million gallons for the city's pumping permit, The city overpumped its. 55 mil- lion gallon permit by 89 million gallons last year, leading to a sources by a combined 110 mit- lion gallons. Hence, the req to be granfed:ffi'e extra wae,L Find the Cardinals Hays County Judge Jim Powers asked Buda Economic Development Compmtion (EDC) Director Warren Ketteman " where he was originally from during last week's commission-  from southern Illinois, he eddedi "Go CardinalsF Pct. 3 Commissioner BiU Bumett who had been sctutiniz- ing questions, asking Ketteman, "Aren't the Cardinals in Phoenix?" Ketteman replied, "baseball, commissioner.. baseball" refer- ring to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. With baseball on his: mind over football, Ketterdan Obvious- Phoenix. But  NFL Cardinals used to be in St. Louis and, if Ketteman was ever a fan of that team, he's entitled to block it out, Firm recusal recused herself from discussion ny that is going to bid on the station. The board tabled the County Appraisal Distdct to Kyle, which would build a $1.2 million fire/EMS station on the property. It might figure that such a proposition would benefit tha school, but the board has two new members and a new super- intendent, so they want to be sure they know the facts. And, of course, the school board can never be too careful about what it does. Glenn Newton, whostands accused of the Feb, I0 murder accept a plea bargain. But the matter was postponed to July 8 because the judge couldn't 31, te bath Buda men, friends and neighbors who joint- ly Operated the All-Star Wireless store On Ben White Blvd. before Corvenka.was found shot on the floor at the store. With growth, local becomes a crowded BY BILL PETERSON Editor REA-Every weekday morning, thou- ands upon thousands of bread win- ners in the Buda and Kyle area join the crowd. It's a mostly unhappy, unsociable crowd at the moment, each person locked into his or her own personal space, but with nowhere to go. The crowd meets every morning on the major northbound highways to high-skilled employment in Austin, then reconvenes in the afternoon on the southbound highways back to home. For our local multitudes, home is a special destination, promising the comforts of family, the intimacy of small communities and relatively open spaces. People are willing to make agonizing sacrifices, like rush hour driving, to live in small communities removed from crowded cities. Life is a little easier in a small com- munity, especially when it comes to just motoring from one place to another. And what if that's gone? According to local planners, it soon will be. And the hundreds of motorists who stack up every day on the Bunton Overpass during rush hour, or who fight the intersec- tion of North Loop 4 and IH-35 near the HEB, will tell you that it's already gone. A local transportation crisis is right around the comer, driven by residential growth, TxDOT's notorious lack of fund- Dealing with Traffic, pg. 5 Teachers l I win raises amid HCISD budget cuts BY BILL PETERSON Editor AYS CISD - The Hays CISD still is try- ing to cut its budget for 2003-04, but the teachers won't have to cut theirs. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved small pay increases for teachers, counselors, nurses and librairians Monday night. After each is raised $1,000, "th iver- age increase will come to 2,85 percent. All other employees will be given a midpoint increase of two percent. Pay for Hays teachers, nurses and librar- ians will range from $32,000 annually for a rookie with a bachelor's degree to $50,246 for a 33-year veteran with a master's. The district is increasing compensation and benefits for employees by $1.2 million. It's the only discretionary increase on next year's budget. As Gov. Rick Perry still is deciding which bills to sign and veto, board members asked Assistant Superintendent Bob Presley if the district could be sure the money would be available for the pay increases. "Actually," Presley said, "this is a mini- mum increase. If more money becomes available, we would look to raising it fur- ther." After trimming $1.8 million from the budget by consolidating positions, cutting several new positions and other measures, the district still is about $500,000 from bal- ancing the budget. "Even thought he state funding mecha- HCISD Teachers Raise, pg. 7 Bac, " to, he future, Locals wary as shrimp farm eyes Buda nY DANmL M]CHAEL Staff Writer A REA-Two former shrimp farmers, ,"]kJim Penfield and Patrick Burke, founders of Penbur Farms, are at it again. According to former investors of the failed business venture, Penfield and Burke axe trying to wrangle up $30 mil- lion, in yet another attempt to create a shrimp farm in Buda. While Penfield and Burke have pro- vided amusing fodder foi" local talk show radio hosts, and area newspapers have had a feeding frenzy over the fiasco, Buda res- idents are not as amused. From 1994 until Penbur Farms filed Chapter Seven bankruptcy in February of 1998, the company milked millions of dollars from area residents. Confederate reunion highlights anoth00;r summer at Ca0011 p Ben BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer RIFTWOOD-This year marks the 107th Annual Confederate Reunion held at Camp Ben McCulloch, which began last Friday and runs through this Friday. As usual, the event includes barbecues, "ice cream crank-offs," dances, and live performances by Lone Mountain Boys, along with Bob Shelton and the Onion Creek reunion. "It is always held during a full moon because, in the old days, there was not any electricity," she said. Many of the families at the reunion are direct relatives of con. federate veterans, though Long said the reunion is open to the gen- eral public. Some of the highlights of the weeklong celebration include Terry's Texas Rangers, who per- form re-enactments of confederate Ramblers, just to name a few. Some folks play games like "Washer pitching," "forty-two" and "Bingo," while others just relax and swim in the springs of Onion Creek. The weeklong reunion started in June of 1896 to honor confeder- ate veterans and bring their fami- lies together. "The reunion takes place dur- ing the week in June when the moon is the fullest." said Eva Long, secretarY and treasure of the Some people cashed in saving accounts, while others borrowed from credit unions to fund the defunct shrimp farm. Hays County Constable Billy Reeves reportedly lost $15,000 dollars in the failed shrimp farm. Many residents who lost money in the Penbur Farms, Again, pg. 2 battles. Long said this year's reen- actment was the largest she had seen at the reunion in years. Melissa Liberty of Austin, who was enjoying the Wednesday chil- dren's parade, said, "I was raised out here. There are so many people that have met and gotten married out here. There have been a lot of weddings under the tabernacle. We've got to continue the camp ground." Peyton Vaughn, an Austin resi- dent who regularly attends the fes- tival, said, ,'It is cool to see my son out doing things with his brother and cousins that I used to do." Vaughn has been coming to the reunion with wife Nana Deberry for the past 15 years that the cou- pie has been married. "We spend ten days out here," Vaughn said. "We sit on the creek and go to the carnival at night." Delton Hudson, co-director of the event, said he hasn't seen very much change in the event this year, though Long said she has noticed more kids in recent years. Long said about 2,000 to 3,000 people come out the camp during the week. The reunion is not all fun and games. It includes nostalgic moments, such as Tuesday's pre- sentation of "Cross of Military Service Awards." Long also said the Magnolia Camp Ben Reunion, pg. 7