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HaysFreePress.com Careful where you tread MT. CITY Cheers to Kiss'Me', The Great Looooong Red Piebald Scor- pion Hunter (and Coral Snake Hunter and Rattle- snake Hunter). He alerted me to a scorpion in the living room while RonTom was in D.C. By the time I got back to the living room with Ron's tools (a medi- cine bottle and stiffpiece of paper}, the scorpion was nowhere in sight. But, Kiss'Me' tracked him down. We save the scorpions in closed tight medicine bottles for Aztec Pest Con- trol's research. The thing about our scorpions: they're not deadly to humans. That's the Arizona bark scorpion. Here, the venom produces a reaction that's usually similar to a wasp sting. Speaking of which! Are wasps as thick at your place as at ours? We've never seen so many. A couple weeks ago, Kiss'Me's short staccato in- cessant yelping beckoned Ron to the back porch, See MONTAGE, pg. 4C 'Worst Case' scenario CHECK IT 'n this novel, the authors revisit Mike Bennett, one of their characters from previous novels. Mike Ben- nett is an NYPD detective who had worked for the FBI as an anti-terrorism special- ist. He is a widower with ten kids who are being cared for by a live-in housekeeper and by Mike's grandfather, a priest named Seamus. Mike is informed by headquar- ters that a wealthy person's college-aged son has been abducted. Emily Parker, an FBI abduction specialist, is called to assist Detective Bennett in finding out who kidnapped Jacob Dunning and what the demands for his release are. They are told that Jacob will be returned unharmed if he passes a simple test and are told where to find him. Upon arriving, they find that he has been killed. Obviously, Jacob failed the test. Within 24 hours, Mike and Emily are notified about the abduction of another college-aged son of a wealthy industrialist. The search ends with the same result. The kidnapper has been in a dialog with Ben- nett and expressed that he is upset with the privileges young people have without knowing the plight of the needy in the world. See CHECK IT OUT, pg. 4C PAWS Shelh a free spay/n -Page 1D PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON Students swarm the halls at Hays High School as they search for friends, pick up schedules and try to find their classrooms. Hays CISD saw 14,775 students come through the door on the first day of class. 14,755 show up for first day of class Though you couldn't tell it from the thermom- eter that topped out at a record 104 degrees, Monday marked the end of summer and the return to school for Hays CISD students. That morning, 14,755 stu- dents, ranging from Pre-K to high school seniors, took a seat in their new classrooms. By the end of the week, school district officials say the student body may top out near 15,000. The district has grown by about 50 percent in the last five years, when students re- turning for the 2005-06 school year first broke the 10,000 mark. TwO new campuses, Carpenter Hill and Pfluger elementary schools, will help accommodate the surging stu- dent body. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN PHOTO BY SANDRA GRIZZLE Buda girls Madison Rodrigues (left) and Mikayla Verver show off their new school clothes after attending the first day of Pre-K at Santa Cruz Catholic School. Santa Cruz students started school on Aug. 16, a week ahead of Hays CISD. PHOTO BY KIMBERLEY BISHOP Nick and Molly Ybarra showed up bright and early Monday morning just as Pfluger Elementary was opening for the year. They brought daughter Jovani Ybarra, a fifth grader; Austin Starr Ybarra, a Tom Green Elemen- tary Pre-K student; Marcelino Ybarra, a Pfluger kindergarten student; and Antonio Castro, a Pfluger fourth grader. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Sophomore Jessica Manriquez (center) gets some direction from Lehman High School secretary Connie Rosalee (left), as sister Melissa Mandquez Army Sgt. looks on during the first day of school rush. on the Henderson Watson greeted students at Tom Green Elementary first day of school this week. r & Humane Society offered .=uter clinic on August 17. August 25, 2010 Page 1C ,es on ONCSmBt So, what I want to know is who beaned the wooden railroad crossing bar at the tracks on Center Street last weekend? There were no skid marks leading up to it or glass fragments around. Some- one headin west whacked one neaamg we~, it hard enough to crack the end in half, though. Now if theyha(l~ been traveling from the opposite direction I would aid just sur- mise that they'd had a snoot full of cooling their heels at that infuriatingly ill-timed light at Burleson and then just made a break for it. But coming in from the east? They must have just been hell-bent trying to get back to downtown Kyle. I get it. We've got some really cool things happening in downtown, butit looks like we might have to wait a week (they had to cancel the last Teen Swim Night at the Kyle Pool on Fri- day so don't head in that direction). Our final flick in Gregg-Clarke Park will be 'Astro Boy" on the 3rd, followed by Market Days on the 4th and Claibome Kyie See ON CENTER, pg. 6C Dorothy's 80 years young ODDS & Wpth a birthday arty like Dorothy chneider had Saturday, no one would mind becoming 80 years "young." With the help of family and friends, one of Doro- thy's best birthday parties was held at the Maxwell Social Club. Guests were greeted and invited to a table laden with finger foods and cold beverages at 6 p.m. At seven a barbeque and all the trimmings (provided by the good cooks of the family) was served. Birth- day cake (baked by Dwight Schneider) and punch was also served. A dance fol- lowed from 8 to 11 p.m. with DJ Rick Tobias sending out polkas, waltzes, country, etc. for the dancing and listen- ing pleasure of everyone. With a party like that, who cares how old you are?! Have many more Dorothy. Still hungry, well come to St. John Lutheran Church on Saturday evening, August 28 around 5 p.m. and bring a covered dish to go with fried chicken (no sandwiches) and a friend or two and join members of See ODDS & ENDS, pg. 4C + When my daughter Liz was born, she had one foot that... See Patricia's video & read her story at MyARCstory.com