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HOT FUNDS Buda doles out funds for community events. - Page 1D HaysFreePress.com August 9, 2017 Page 16 to South Texas History by Bartee Haile "n the nmning war with Mexican bandits, . six U.S. Army cavalry- men fought a brief battle with hit-and-ran raiders onAug. 10, 1915 twenty- five miles on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. It was only a matter of time before the violent convulsions wracking Mexico would spill over the border. In the sum- mer of 1915, halfway through the revolution that eventually took two milfion lives and drove hundreds of thousands into exile, Texans living in the Valley suddenly be- came targets in a shoot- ing war. On Aug. 6, a dozen bandits rode into Se- bastian 35 miles north of Brownsville. The proprietor of the general store in the sleepy hamlet turned to greet the always welcome customers and found himself staring down the barrels of two rifles. The robbers helped themselves to his sparse shelves before moving onto the next business. TEXAS HISTORY, 20 Ask Amanda by Amanda Moon There's always that spot.., you know the one, where the grass just won't grow. Or you have a slope that needs stabilizing, or a big flowerbed in need of something extra. The answer? Groundcovers! We have many differ- ent options here in the Austin area that work in a wide range of condi- tions; from sun to shade, to wet to dry there is a ground cover that fits. Here are some of my fa- vorites (including several groups) that I love to use in landscapes. At the moment two of the most popular groundcovers for full sun are wooly stemodia and silver ponyfoot. Both add an elegant gray color to native and perennial landscapes. They are very low to the ground (under 6") and the stemodia produces delicate purple flowers. They are not fully ev- ergreen, but will rebound quickly in the spring. Stemodia and ponyfoot not only need sun, but are also best suited for drier beds and they love decomposed granite. Horseherb is a native that flourishes in sun GROUNDCOVER, 3C Kyle resident Billy Bowden (left, center) receives an award from Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett for his heroic efforts in the Cunningham (right) following a 2016 motorcycle accident on Interstate 35. PHOTO BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY search and rescue of Robert Local man honored for saving life of Kyle resident BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY Kyle city officials last week took time to honor a man whose determination and gnt-instinct saved the life of a fellow resi- dent. In a short ceremony prior to the Aug. 1 city council meeting, Kyle Police Jeff Barnett present- ed resident Billy Bowden with a Distinguished Citizen award In honor of his selfless act to save the life of Kyle resident Robert Cunningham. Bowden~ determination to lo- cate and render aid saved Cun- ningham, who was the victim of a serious motorcycle accident on Interstate 35 In 2016. Bowden had been traveling southbound on 1-35 when he noticed that a wreck had oc- cttrred, although no vehicle was Bowden initially continued onward to San Marcos as he had not actually witnessed a crash. But a gut feeling turned him back towards Kyle to retrace the route and approach the area where he believed a crash might have happened. immediately in sight. He initially continued onward to San Mareos as he hadnot actually witnessed a crash. But a gut feeling turned him back towards Kyle to retrace the route and approach the area where he believed a crash might have happened. After parking offa Shoulder waist-deep grass. Bowden immediately alerted emergency services Including Barnett, who quickly responded to the scene. "God put you in the right place that day because no one would have seen him," said Bar- nett, mirroring what he'd told Bowden the day of the rescue. , Barnett had kept track of Cunnigham's recover~ not- ing that the man was in such a grave condition he wasn't sure if and steppIng out to search, Cunnhagham WOt~5~~ Bowden scanned the area and - ordeal. -i : ) ,"~; :;~;~:~ initially didn't fred anything. Aug. 1-~fir~~ just as he was prepared to ningham met tiig[.;~ mm back to his vehicle, a moan he wanted to thmlk '~~ from deeper in the embank- "eir _,~A_~_~ Hi ~JIIUJ[Lt~. " ' ,., "~4,~/~ merit caught his attention. I wanted to say thank~?Z Bowden searched the area from so much. Withoufyo~~ where he heard the sounds and wouldn't be here,'~ " .. [ ~ found Cunnigham embedded inningharn. ~-;~! "' ! Lions Club International sets sights on centennial celebration BY SAMANTHA SMITH A major milestone was ached this year as the ons Club International organization celebrates ks centennial by honoring the mission of service that began in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. Locally, Dons Club organizations in Wimberley, Buda and Kyle not only pave the way for some of Hays County's most recognizable events, but also work to give back to their communities as well. The organization's roots trace back to Melvin Jones, who in 1917 created a group that sought to address the betterment of their communities. Eight years later, in 1925, the Dons were challenged by Helen Keller to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then, one of the Dons Club's priorities is providing sight programs, including free vision screening for children. Amy Cox, marketing director of the Wintherley Lions Club, said their branch would celebrate a special anniversary of their own in 2019 when the organization tums 50. But she said in order for it In 1925, the Lions were challenged by Helen Keller to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then, one of the Lions Club's priorities is providing sign programs, including free vision screening for children. to continue to help serve the community, all organizations seek to bring in "new blood." "We currently have 200 members but we're trying to get more interest in the organization," Cox said. "We need some more newer, younger people to join the Wimberley Lions Club." Cox said in addition to Wimbefley Market Days, which has been hosted by the Wimberley Lions since 1969, the local organization gives money to other nonprofits. Those include the Whnberley Library, school bands, the EmilyAnn Theater and any other individuals and groups in need of assistance in the community. "This is such a vibrant community, every penny we make, we give as much as we can back to the community," Cox said. Lions Club organizations also provide scholarships for local college students every year. Cox said the Wimberley Lions Club gave away $166,000 in scholarship money last year. So far this year, Cox said the Wimbefley Lion's have given $66,000, 4-year scholarships to eight students. Cox said the W'unbefley Dons Club is active in many other community service endeavors like collecting donated eyeglasses and sending them to countries where they don't have eyeglasses. Cox also introduced the new Spot Vision Screening as a new tool for early detection of eye disease in members of the community that is completely flee of charge. "It's a handheld device that detects eight major eye problems and is focused on early detection for eye issues that fftreated early can be cured," Cox said. Cox said the international side of the organization is currently trying to tackle the growing epidemic of measles around the world by traveling to at-risk areas such as Africa and vaccinating millions of people against the disease. "The main mission of the Lions Club is to serve and serve in a humanitarian way," Cox said.