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+ Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press July 12, 2017 The Hays Free Press (USPS 361-430) o published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. 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: Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising 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. LETrERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge 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 verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson 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. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Bishop is a 5-year-old male Rottweiler/Heeler mix who loves to play with his playmates in the play yards and loves other people. Look at those ears! This sweet guy is almost too perfect. Bishop is great with other dogs and people of all ages. If you haven't stopped by to meet him, do so today! BY MOSES LEOS III A Hays County Grand Jury has indicted three people accused of using a baseball bat and a gun to commit a June 2016 aggravated robbery in east Buda. Alecsandra Trainan Uzer-Dima, 26, of Buda, Michael Anthony Llamas, 19, of Kyle, and Cierrah Marie Reyes, 19, of Buda, were indicted on three indicted a fourth person, cording to Hays County threatened three victims where four subjects ap- with imminent bodily proached them, demand- injury and did use a bat ing money. One of the and firearm to commit suspects was armed with an assault, a handgun, while another An indictment is not had a baseball bat. an admission of guilt, but It is still unclear why is a formal accusation of the victim went to the a crime made by a Grand address or if they knew Jury. any of the suspects. On June 8, 2016, au- As the victim fled, the thorities were dispatched suspect, armed with a to the area of FM 2001 gun, fired at and hit the and Interstate 35 in vehicle, which had two Buda for a "disturbance children inside. counts of aggravated who was a minor at theJail records, a Capiasin progress" involvingLlamas was released assault with a deadly time of the crime. Warrant has been issued weapons. June 29 on $20,000 per- weapon, a second-degree Llamas was booked for Reyes. The victim told au- sonal recognizance bond, felony, on May 10. into the Hays County Jail According to the thorities he went to an while Uzer-Dima was It is unknown at this June 19, while Uzer-Dima indictment, the three in- address in the 4400 block released July 1 on $50,000 time if deputies have was booked June 30. Ac- tentionally or knowingly of Dacy Lane in Buda bond. BY SAMANTHA SMITH Cobb, Hays County judge. County Grants Admin- the demand for the vests assistance if needed. He continued by ex- istrator Jeff Hauff, even is high, there is a short- "We have also applied New bulletproof vests plaining that the county though the county applies age of funds within the through the Justice As- for Hays County Sheriff's applies for the grant every for the grant every year, it program, sistance Grant (JAG) pro- deputies could be on year. doesn't necessarily mean "Lately funding has gram, also administered the horizon after com- The grant program pro-it is awarded the grant, been allocated to jurisdic- by DOJ, to help defray the missioners authorized vides a reimbursement "The county does applytions of less than 100,000 costs of the vests to the submission of a grant for 50 percent of the cost annually for funding to population due to bothCounty," Hauff said. application for the items, of each vest and the coun- provide for bulletproof the shortage of funding Hauff said the county's The application, which ty must pay the remain- vests through the Bullet- within the program andportion of the cost would was approved by a 3-0 der of the cost, according proofVest Partnership the nationwide demand come from the General vote June 27, is part of a to county documents, program.., but that does for these funds," Hanff Fund. grant from the U.S. De- The total cost of the not necessarily mean we said. When acquiring new partment of Justice Bul- new and replacement receive the grant from this Bulletproof vests for bulletproof vests, "up- letproof Vest Partnership vests is $36,750 for up to program," Hauff said in county officers have a life grades to the armoring Program (BVP). Commis- 49 vests, with each vest an emailed response, expectancy of five years, materials are taken into sioners Will Conley and costing $750.00 a piece. Hauff said the BVP pro- while vests are upgraded account," in order to bet- Mark Jones were absent If the county is award- gram supplies funds for in the department based ter protect officers from when the vote was taken, ed the grant, it will cover new bulletproof vests to on need, Hauff said. Hays the advanced weaponry "We want our officers $18,375 of the cost. law enforcement agencies County officials can turn they may come into con- to be protected," said Bert According to Hays all over the country. Since to other programs for tact with, Hauff said. Growth: Population boom pushing out farmland Continued from pg. 1A acre development near dotted the area, including forgotten for residential the old part of Niederwald what's happening in the Niederwald. a historic cotton gin, have development and eco- is gone," Hams said. eastern part of the county. However, locals fear been whittled down over nomic gain. Despite the growing "To some extent the history and identity of the last few years. Hams is afraid that concem, the course forwe pay attention to it, smaller towns may be in "This is farewell to atrying to accelerate growth growth in the surrounding we're aware of it but we jeopardy, small town," said Hams. in Niederwald is stripping areas remains a constant, don't plan for it," said In Niederwald, Michelle She voiced her concerns the town of its identity and In Kyle, Howard Koontz, Howard Koontz, Kyle Hams, a 20-year resident that the landmarks andits legacy, community development director of planning, "We of Niederwald, believes history of the town are "It's such a rapidly director, said the city remain cognizant of the historical sites that once being tom down and growing community that works to keep an eye on situation." Unions: Isaac bill won't allow collection of dues Continued from pg. 1A Hughes (R-Mineola), ac-president, who said in a cording to a press release. March 29 release the bill The bill to be fried is was a "selective attack" similar to Senate Bill 13, on educators and other which was filed during public servants. the regular session by "They use their own State Sen. Joan Huffman money to pay their (R-Houston). membership dues, and it Huffman's bill, which doesn't cost governments was voted out of the anything to deduct their senate along party lines dues payments from in March, restricted the their paychecks. These state or a local political dedicated public servants subdivision from with- should be free to use their holding or deducting own money to pay their an employee's salary for membership dues as they dues or membership fees see fit," Candelaria said. for a labor organization. Candelaria also However, the bill was claimed the bill was the subject of controversy politically motivated, as several Democratic even though he said the senators, including Kirk TSTA and other employee Watson (D-Austin), op- organizations don't use posed the measure, membership dues for The bill also received political purposes. pushback from Noel SB 13 died before the Candelaria, Texas State end of the regular session Teachers Association as it wasn't voted out of Chrysler is a 9-year-old male shorthaired brown tabby with white who loves to sun bathe and greet you with "meow" and a loving look from his bright green eyes, This senior is fit as a fiddle and would fit purr-fectly into a new family that needs a couch snuggle buddy. House committee. Prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues is one of 20 items Gov. Greg Abbott included on his call for a special session, which begins July 18. Abbott said in a state- ment Texans "should not be on the hook for collecting union dues." "The legislature made strides in advancing this measure during the regu- lar session, and with the upcoming special session I feel confident we can get this measure across the finish line," Abbott said. TO D M E: L B UILDIN G S A R E HO RE THAN O U ST BAR. N Metal buildings were once primarily:used as:: ba rr s, :but nowTexans love to live in:them and call them barndOminiums that Texan:s love: Our: 20-yea:r histo: ::of Ba:#nd ominiums are affordabl: homes that:are ~:: :~! more energyi:e icient :tha: most conventional cons #U:cti#::t) :)4:::: :: ha ei:fu:sted ::Germ nia to tu:ral:::hom:es:: ......................... 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