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JULY 20, 2011 + EXPERIENCE COUNTS Rebs winless at State 7-on-7 but confident heading into two-a-days. - Page 1B VETERANS WALL Uhland community memorializes its fallen heroes. - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 109 No. 15 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County. 75 BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com Farmers around Kyle are harvesting a meager, drought-scorched crop of corn this month, and they're praying against the odds that rain will come and save the areas other cash crop, cotton. "The cotton needs a drink as soon as possible, which looks doubtful," said J.P. Jansen, a farmer from Kyie. "We're in a bind/' added Rex Wiegand of Uhland. The spring and summer have been ~, but July has been bone-dry, with juSt a trace of rain falling so far this month. Not quite eight inches of rainfall have been recorded this year, compared to 18.9 inches in an average year through mid-July. PHOTO BY WES FIERGUSON It's business as usual for local farmers as a field of corn is cut, threshed and cleaned by a combine harvester on Goforth Road near Lehman High School Already in dire straights, farmers are facing even harsher water reductions as Stage III restrictions loom. The eight months from Oct. 2010 DRY LAND FARMING, lag. 6A through May 2011 will go down in the record books as the ddest eight-month period since 1895. BY BRAD ROU.INS, news@haysfreepress.com Kyie property owners would pay a 7.7 percent per $100 property tax increase, to 49.24 from 41.5, un- der a preliminary plan in- troduced Tuesday by City Manager Lanny Lambert as the starting point for the municipal budgetmaking process. The proposal also in- cludes an aggressive sched- uie of utility fund hikes starting next fiscal year with a 30 percent increase in wa- ter rates and a 25 percent KYLE TAX INCREASE, log. 3A Who uses the most water in Buda and BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com As the dry heat continues to: ~corcii ~e region," water authorities have heightened the drought status forcing Kyle and Buda to stiffen water restrictions. Hays County as well as much of the state Is under an exceptional drought, the highest intensity level. The Edwards Aquifer, a lifeline beneath the county, is drop- ping fast as it sits at a Stage II alarm drought with fears of a Stage III critical drought looming. In response, aquifer experts have initiated 20- to 30-per- cent decreases in pumpage for its permitees, such as Kyle and Buda, which currently enforce watering schedules and other limitations. TOP GUZZLERS With water conservation a crucial community issue, Hays Free Press requested the top 10 water users for Buda and Kyle from July 2010 to June 2011 to see who has been the most generous with the taps. Overall, the biggest water user was the Kyle Correction- ai Center, which gulped more PHOTOS BY SEAN KIMMONS Topping the list as major water consumers in the Buda/Kyle area, Kyle Correctional Center tapped into more than 28 million gallons in the past year. than 28 million gallons. The water with more than 3 minimum-security jail holds million gallons. Santa Cruz up to 520 prisoners. Seton Catholic Church came in a Medical Center-Hays had close second with 2.9 rail- two water meters on the list, lion gallons while the Wal- with the total amounting to mart Supercenter used 2.4 more than 15 million gallons, million gallons. The Aztec Village/Oakhill Scott Logan, president of Community on Roland LaneNighthawk Foods, defended rounded out the top three us- his plant saying that the U.S. ing about 9.2 million gallons. Department of Agriculture In Buda, Nighthawk Frozen requires his workers to clean Foods, a producer of frozen dinners, downed the most See WATERLOGGED, pg. 3A BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com The Kyte train depot, a lo- cal landmark that has fallen into disrepaif? track for restoration-as early as November. A prelimina~ masmr plan to renovate the 94-year-old strucatre was unveiled at a Kyle Depot Board meeting on Tuesday evening. The plan aims to return the depot to an approximation of its origi- nal state. It also positions the depot as a welcome center to Kyie, with two museums showcas- ing the rail-centric history of the town. "Thisis a depot. It has char- acter. It has history," said Kate Johnson, the depot board di- rector. "It will be a wonderful building once it is restored." Board members on Tues- saying they needed time to look over the master plan, tabled a resolution to for- ward the document to the City Council, which will ul- timately decide whether to approve it. Project architect Emily Lit- fie, of the Austin firm Clayton & Little, estimated the first phase of the project would cost about $230,000. That phase would be funded by a KYLE TRAIN DEPOT, lag. 3A 'What a Kick-off' , School supply drive for Hays CISD'(school ~"~_ chi(dmn promises face painting, HEBuddy and ~ ~1~ Whataguy, balloons, sandwich and dessert samples and video games in a mobile theater,w'~ Meet race car driver Austin Beck and check out his race car. Whataburger, Buda, from 6-8 p.m. Movie in the Park The animated family movie "Despicable Me" will be showing at9 p.m. in Buda City Park Edible San Marcos Picnic in the Park 6:30 p.m. Bring your suit, some games, something to throw on the grill and a dish to share. Rio Vista Park, San Marcos, 6:30 p.m. Live Music at Painted Jason Arnold will play an all ages show at the Painted Home Pavilion in Buda. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. texas Made benein for Julle Ann Red White & Blues, Ponty Bone & the Squeezatones, Texas Wranglers and Larry Lange and His Lonely Nights. Fundraisar for the family of a local woman missing since March 2010. The Barn on Bell Springs, Dripping.Springs, from noon to 6 p.m. For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. TAX RECEIPTS UP Most Hays County cities enjoyed increased sales tax revenue over 2010. - Page 1D I Opinions ............... 4&5A Sports ........................ I&2B Education ................... 3&4B Community .................... 1-6C Obituaries .......................... 2C Calendars .................. 4C Service Directory ......... 2&3D Classifieds ...................... 2D Public Notices ................ 3D +