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+ Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press July 16, 2014 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., Re. 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@haysfreepress. com 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 csb@ 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 lO0-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. NEWS BRIEFS Red Cross appeals for new "digital Volunteering from home -- sound too good to be true? The American Red Cross is looking for vol- unteers who are savvy in the social media space to join its team. These new Digital Volunteers will live-Tweet during severe weather, as well as create blog posts, upload photos and smartphone video and help the organiza- tion listen and respond to community questions and concerns. "Our goal is simple. We want to get the timeliest information about disas- ters to the community," American Red Cross of Central Texas spokesper- Son Bristel Bowen said. ' knd because disasters happen 24/7, we need volunteers to help us get information out, and to respond to the communi- ty as they have questions about how to help, where to go, etc." Training is provided free of charge. The first course takes place from 6-9 p.m. July 22 at the American Red Cross-Cen- tral Texas chapter at 2218 Pershing Drive in Austin; the course can be taken in person or online. To learn more visit unteer/application and reference "digital volun- teer" or call the chapter at 512-929-1237. Hays County Sheriff offers fall Citizens Ever wondered why the Hays County Sher- iff's Office (HCSO) does things the way it does? Join the citizens academy and learn more about the inner workings of the department. The pro- gram includes 13 weeks of instruction by Hays County Sheriff's Office staff as well as external guess speakers. The instructors are the supervisors, deputies, and correction officers who work in the areas being taught, and their instructions will give participants insight into the day-to-day operations of the sheriff's office. In return, instructors receive direct feedback from the class participants on what effect the sheriff's office has on their lives. Class hours are 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays. Some activities will take place on a Saturday, including tactical police driving and firearms. Students will have the opportunity to see demonstrations by the Hays County SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Narcotics Task Force, K-9 units, tours of the Hays County Law Enforcement Center and Corrections Complex, Communications Cen- ter, Juvenile Detention Center, and Government Center. Students will also have the opportunity to ride along with a deputy as an observer during their regular shift. Applicants must fill out an application and consent to a background check. Class size is limited to 24 applicants. Those persons with felony convictions, or who are currently on probation, and anyone who has been convicted for any Buda Fire Continued from pg. 1A by and said (on the radio), 'We're in trouble,'" Lewis said. Despite the firefighters' best effort, the blaze grew more intense. As the fire burned, the danger also grew. Lewis feared he had lost three responders, including future Kyle Fire Chief Glen Whitaker. The intensity of the conflagration culminated to a backdraft. Caught in the line of fire was Huckaby, who was trying to run fire hose through what is now Nona Gina's Restaurant. "The gentlemen I was working with punched out the window of the front door to unlock it," Hucka- by said. soon as he did that, it sucked in enough oxygen and that caused a backdraft." "It sounded like some- one shot offa cannon," Voyles said. "It was very cataclysmic." The subsequent explo- sion catapulted Huckaby 30-feet onto Main Street; he was transported to the hospital with first-degree bums and smoke inhala- tion. Despite the episode, Huckaby was undeterred from continuing a career in firefighting. He followed in his own father's footsteps. More than two dozen firefighters were treated by emergency medical tech- nicians that night; many suffering from dehydra- tion. Eventually, the blaze was extinguished with help from neighboring fire departments. Firefighters also got help in the form of cherry pickers provided by Pedemales Electric Coop- Former Buda Fire Chief Chuck Chief Clay Huckaby, recall the Buda burned. erative (PEC). But the damage was done. Little survived the inferno. "It was just a sad scene, it looked like a war scene," Bederman said. "It was totally charred and black and gray." It took the city nearly two years to rebuild. By that time, all of the former business owners had left town. ForVoyles, the experi- ence ironically ushered a new beginning. He drew inspiration from his surviv- ing antique neon signs. He soon opened Neon Jungle in Austin, where he has helped design many of the neon fixtures that adorn South Congress Avenue. "That fire was one of the best things that happened to me," Voyles said. The paths for Lewis and Huckaby would inter- twine over the years. Lewis stepped down as Fire Chief in 1995. Less than a decade later, Huckaby assumed the role. Since then, the BVFD expanded into a paid fire department. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lewis (left) and current Fire events of the night downtown Huckaby oversaw the creation of the Emergency Service District No. 8, and fire codes, adopted in 2008. Lewis continues to laud the community's assis- tance during the fire-- an event he'll never forget. "It's hard to believe it's been 20 years," Lewis said. "I can still hear things and smell stuff (from that night) to this day." offense involving moralects. Other service oppor- turpitude are not eligible, tunities with the HCSO Applicants must be at also exist, including least eighteen (18) years Community Emergency of age and either reside in Response Team, Volun- Hays County. teers In Policing Service, Graduates of the Victims Assistance and academy are encouraged Junior Deputy Academy. to become a member of Applications can be the Hays County Citizens picked up at the HCSO on Sheriff's Academy Alumni Uhland San Marcos Association. Alumni or by emailing Depu- members are often called ty Stephen Traeger at upon to assist HCSO with stephen.traeger@co.hays. special events and proj- Pablo is a 1-1/2-year-old male Rat Terrier mix, and he is a gorgeous little man with great spirit. He is sweet, lovable and full of good energy. Pablo would make an amazing addition to just about any home! Shadow is a 6-year-old - black domestic shorthair. He is a one of a kind, with one of the sweetest personalities of any cat around. 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