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+ [( AUGUST 31,2016 Hays football wins season opener against East View. - Page 1B Mermaid celebration to promote river stewardship, - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 120 No. 23 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 MOSES LEOS III T.J. Higginbotham, who owns 36 acres off of FM into a public gun range despite opposition from 967 just west of Onion Creek, has plans on neighbors. PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III turning a shooting pit on his property MOSES LEOS III Concern is growing among several residents in the Buda extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) over development of an outdoor shooting pit, and construction of a possible gun range, on private property nearby. T.J. Higginbotham. who owns the pit on his 36-acre property and is contemplating building an enclosed pistol range, Owner T.J. Higginbotham said he's contemplating building an enclosed ten-lane public gun range on his property for shooting pistols only. said he is within his Higginbotham said. rights as a landowner "I don't need anyone's to have a pit, as he is permission. It's my land following the law. and I can do with it as "The people who are I wish, as long as I'm moving here, they don't within the law." know the rules and laws," Sidney Skinner, who lives in the Creekside Park subdivision, has spearheaded a group that's opposed the pit on Higginbotham's property. Safety of surrounding neighborhoods, primarily from the possibility of stray bullets from the pit, is a concern for many neighbors, Skinner said. She added surrounding neighborhoods, such as Creekside, White Oaks Preserve and Whispering Hollow, along with the GUN RANGE OPPOSITION, 2A BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Manager Scott Sellersof property valuation, for the upcoming fiscal presented to the Kyle City The tax rate represented year despite the reduced Council amendments a one-cent reduction tax rate. to the proposed budget from the current tax rate City Manager Scott A $63,000 surplus for the upcoming yearof $0.5848 per $100 of Sellers said the budget within the 2016-2017 during its second budget property valuation, included a $3 stormwater budget is estimated by workshop Aug. 24. At Due to an overall utility and storm Kyle city officials as the the first presentation increase in the valuation drainage and flood risk city is anticipating a Aug. 17, Kyle's budget of the properties in the mitigation fee for the new one-cent reduction in the was proposed at $79.2city, the revised budget Stormwater and Flood city's ad valorem tax. million, with the was set at $80.4 million. Risk Mitigation Utility. The estimate was proposed ad valorem tax The city expects to have a discovered as City rate at $0.5748 per $100 surplus of about $63,000 KYLE BUDGET SURPLUS, 4A Gunner Thames Memorial Rodeo On Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, head out to the Chester Franklin Arena at Veterans Park in Wimberleyfor this annual event benefitting the mission and vision of the Gunner Thames Memorial Foundation. Rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The event is BYOB. Saturday night's festivities will include a dance featuring the Sam Bentley Band. Show your law enforcement badge and you and a guest get free admission. Visit for more information. The Kyle Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two men who robbed a Kyle convenience store at gunpoint late Friday. The incident hap- pened at approximate- laYt1:20 p.m. Friday the Bread Basket convenience store in west Kyle, according to Kim Hilsenbeck. Kyle communications specialist. Two men, who were described as tall and thin. held employees at gunpoint and made off with an undeter- mined amount of money. The weapon used by the suspects appeared to be a painted AR-15 style rifle, according to Hilsenbeck. No other informa- tion is available at this time. Kyle Police ask anyone with informa- tion to contact them at 512-268-3232. Individ- uals who may encoun- ter the suspects are asked not to approach them and should call 911 immediately. Kyle police are looking for two men who were caught on camera during a robbery at the Bread Basket convenience store on FM 2770 Friday. This story is devel- oping. Updates will be made as they become available. Brans vie BY SAMANTHA SMITH With the November Buda City Council Place 2 election fast approaching, the two candidates vying for the position are running with Buda in mind. Incumbent Place 2 Buda City Council member and May- or Pro Tem Wiley Hopkins is seeking a reelection bid for a second time in order to see various current projects completed. He will go up against Garlic Creek resident Jeffrey Morales, who is running in his first campaign for public office. Hopkins, who is BUDA PLACE 2, 4A BY SAMANTHA SMITH Opposing platforms will clash this election season as three Buda City Council Place 1 candidates begin their campaigns for the Nov. 8 election. They do so after incumbent Place 1 council member Angela Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration for the upcoming election and supported candidate John Hatch. Hatch will be joined in the race by Alamo City native Theodore Kosub and Buda native Lee Urbanovsky, both of which want to see major changes in the way Buda does business. BUDA PLACE 1, 4A HEW DRIFTWOOD Salt Lick owner to develop land adjacent to iconic business. - Page 1D / i News ............... 1-4A Best Bets ............ 4 C / l !!I!!!!11!1!1!1!1!1/!! 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