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LEHMAN 7-ON-' Lehman football program off to an optimistic start. -eaoem LIVING HISTORY 100-plus-year-old trees serve as landmarks in local history. --eaplc Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 109 No. 12 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 A historic church adapts to serve a changing population BY WES FERGUSON On a winter day in 1886, at a farm- house east of Kyle, 16 German set- tiers gathered to form a church. Thebodyes- tablished by that long-ago meeting, now called Immanuel Baptist, celebrated its 125th anniversary this past Sunday. The church's longevity is a testament to the en- during power of faith and fami~, but also of KOG[R a willingness to evolve with the changing face of East Kyle. That hasn't always been the case. The Rev. Dennis Koger tells a story that shows just how small Immanualt ap t,,, Church used to be. "Up until 10 years ago," says Koger, who became the Ml-time pastor in 1999~"thJs really was a family church. AlmOst everybody was related to one' :: another in some way." One day; Koger was talking to church Deacon Morris Schmeltekopfwhen- to his pastor's surprise- the deacon ad- dressed a fellow congregant not as uncle, aunt or cousin, but as mister. "Hold it," Koger recalls saying. "You mean there's somebody in this church that you aren't related to?" The deacon thought for a moment. "Yes," he replied. "There is one man that I'm not kin to." See 125-YIEAR-Oi n ClffiRCH, pg. 6A The Immanuel Baptist Church on E. FM 150 in Kyie ce~ebrated its in both the German and Hispanic communities of this area. PHOTO BY ttB I=B6USON 125th birthday this past Sunday. The church has deep roots BY KOLTEN PARKER The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday presented a list of 15 projects it will seek to fund with $74 million in federal transportation funds being administered by the Capital Area Met- ropolitan Planning Organization. Their requests-include money to add entrance and exit ramps on Interstate 35 between Main Street in Buda and Kyle Parkway; to add turn lanes on Texas 21 at FM 150 and Cotton Gin Road; and to rebuild and widen Dacy Lane between Bebee Road and Windy Hill Road. The county is also asking for funds for sidewalks near schools in Pct. 1 includ- ing on FM 150, from Heidenreich Lane to Texas 21, Robert S. Light Blvd., the Buda truck bypass, with near Simon Middle School and on Bunton Creek Hillside Terrace Drive on the eastside. The city of Road, from interstate 35 to Goforth Road near Le- Buda has already committed $35,000 for environ- hman High School and Fuentes Elementary. mental and engineering work and five different Given that CAMPO only has $13 million to give landowners have contributed $10,000 each. Texas in 2012 and $30 million each in 2013 and 2014, the Lehigh Cement Co. LP is donating construction county is clearly asking for more than it expects to get. County and dty governments across CAMPO's five-county region - which includes Travis, Wfl- liamson, Caldwell and Bastrop counties, in addi- tion to Hays- are competing for the funds. The court also approved contributing $40,000 toward preliminary environmental and engineer- ing work on eight interstate ramps in Buda and Kyle that were cut to lower the bottom line for an- other project, an interstate overpass connecting material. Completing some early work on the interstate ramps will make them more attractive to CAMPO officials when they allocate the funds in Octo- ber, said former commissioner Jeff Barton, who works as a consultant for landowners in the area who want the ramps built to improve access. At $500,000 per ramp, the entire project will cost COUNTY ROAD ALLOCATIONS, IXJ. 2A BY SEAN KIMMONS hckson Norris and a friend had wrapped up a skateboarding session and decided to head back, where a busy highway sep- arated them from his friend's family- owned business in Lock_hart on June 21Around 2 p.m., his friend safely crossed U.S. 183 in the 1700 block near an intersection NORRIS without a cross- walk when Norris, a Hays High School student, tried to get across. Clutching his skateboard, the 15-year old was struck by a southbound pickup. The driver later told police he dldn'i see the teen because his view was blocked by large commercial trucks. See BUDA TEEN MOURNED, pg. 2A BY WES FERGUSON A slide into second base that left a Buda boy needing costly surgery has now landed the city of Buda in a legal dispute with the boy's parents. Adrian J. Gonzalez was an 1 l-year-old baseball player for the Hays Hurricanes when he injured himself during a prac- tice at the Buda Sportsplex on April 16, 2009. The boy slid into a base that did not have a base bag. Instead, he hit an ex- posed base anchor that gashed his right lag just below the knee, requiring emer- "He's going to be left scarred for the rest ofhislife," Marlin said. "It was a ver~ very bad injury." Photos of the injury included in court filings show a long laceration held tight by numerous staples. Martin said Add- an's medical expenses have exceeded $65,000. The boy's parents, Carlos and INJURED BOY VS. CITY OF BUDA, pg. 2A + Scd~otber m ii Live music, food and craft vendors will convene at the Old Kyle City Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Music by Charles Thibodsaux Red, White & Buda Arts& Buda,s annual Independence Day ~ will kick Crafts Day OffWith achildren's parade down Main ~ at 10a.m. Thoro will be k)ts of activities, fcod and ant~. Tho Kids and "o'='~o are invited to come and enio,, face and and the FlyingTrishas, will play a free concert in Buda City Park at 6 p.m. w=~-,~ J ACM ~nd body painting, balloon twisting foil sculpting, bracelat "1"'-"----" ............ rm n " n ' K lic " o~ =.,. t-or a more oetalleo iis[ or area events, go ro beadL.o and collaoe makino at the yle Pub library t- ............ Thursday beginning at 10:30 a.m. - .... naysrreepross.comlcalenaar ancl page 4u of today's paper. IM.HInlMIF P.ARI= r.1113 opinions ............... 4&SA Calendars .................. 4C .................. Sports ........................ I&2B Service Directory ......... 2&3D Health and Human Services Commission Education ................... 3&4B Classifieds ................... 2&3D cuts money for in-home services. Community.. .................. 1-6C Public Notices ......... 2-4D - Page 1D i Obituaries .................. . ....... 2C I .... II Ir lrL 11111II '1' i ........ ~