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27-YEAR LEGACY Hays Hills' Sweet hands over reins to new pastor. - Page6 PIE IN THE SKY Hot air balloon at Wallace previews inaugural festival. - Page 8 Buda awards $25,500 in grants to nonprofits. - Page 9 (~ BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. ...... .... ............. ........... VoI. 121 No. 18 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 PHOTO BY CHRIS WILKINSON, AUSTIN FIRE DEPT. PHOTOGRAPHER A prescribed burn ned.tHe6000 blockof FM 967, wh ch was supposed to cover a 550-acre area, got out of hand and burned an extra 200-300 acres last Wednesday. See page 2 for more details. ii BY SAMANTHA SMITH As the deadline for election filing for the November 2017 election draws near, current Buda Mayor Todd Ruge sent a farewell letter to Buda residents as he decided not to seek re-election. Ruge gave an exclusive press release to the Hays Free Press on Friday stat- ing that he believes "it's time to pursue different opportunities and new adventures." Ruge also said that he believes in term limits for elected officials and thinks change is a good thing for the city RUfiE and the residents of Buda. In the letter, Ruge expressed gratitude for his supporters and op- ponents alike, as well as fellow city council mem- bers, city staff and his wife Elizabeth. "It's not easy being the spouse of an elected official and I couldn't have done this without her," he wrote. "I would like to thank the many citizens who encouraged me through the years. I'd also like to thank my critics because you opened my eyes to different points of view and made me a better leader," Ruge said. "I would like to thank all RUGE, 2 BY MOSES LEOS III Perhaps the worst kept secret in Kyle was revealed in front of a standing room only crowd Tuesday as Dis- trict 1 council member Travis Mitchell threw his hat into the ring for the upcoming November mayoral race. Mitchell, who won the District 1 seat in June 2016, aims to take the seat held by Mayor Todd Webster, who earlier this month announced he would not seek re-elec- tion. Mitchell also becomes one of the first to file for a trio of MITCHELL Kyle city council seats up for grabs this November. As of press time, no other person has filed for the mayoral, District 2 or District 4 Kyle City Council seats. Mitchell, who sub- mitted his election filing Tuesday afternoon, said his decision to run for mayor was made for several reasons. One was to maintain a level of experience on the dais, citing the imminent departures of several longtime city council members. Earlier this month, District 4 council member Da- vid Wilson and District MITCHELL, 2 4 KPL End- of-Summer On July 29, celebrate the end of summer with the Kyle Public Library at the Star Wars End-of- Summer Party featuring the Saber Guild - Jakku Temple. The Saber Guild is a not-for-profit group that shares its passion for Star Wars by performing Jedi demonstrations at Central Texas events. The event begins at I p.m. Get your feet wet at the July 28 showing of 'Monna" : at Kyle's city pool. The pool will close and pool staff will : begin handing out admission tickets at 7 p.m The pool gates will reopen at 8 p.m. and only admit those 230 people with admission tickets. All regular pool rules apply to all attending. The pool will close 30 minutes after conclusion of the movie. Buda Market in the Park On Aug. 5, come out to downtown Buda for Market in the Park along Buda's historical downtown greenbelt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Market vendors include local chamber members, farmers, artisans, antique dealers and musicians. News .................. 1-2 Business ............... 9 I lt| Ill " Was thataFounding Opinions .................. ............... '0 mmli=tllll1111111111 -- Father leaving them Sports ..................... 4 Public Notices ...10 & 12 Illllillll|]llU]hlllllllllll P" [r,a outhouse9 I Education ............... 5 Service Directory ...... 11 IIIIlilIIlMI/IlIIIIIIIll ooz 0 L) 0 _ .- Communitv ......... 6-8 Illllm)lmmql.Illullllllll . ...4 "J "- P" -Page lg " ~- ..... 9357"3"87529"'"7 u3 q) +