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September 11, 2003 current Events Page 3 The Free Press Kyle early vote up from spring Staff Report [TYLE-Interest in Kyle&apos;s historic Li, recall election turned up a notch over the l 1-day early voting period, which ended Tuesday. Turnout exceeded last May's regular election early participation by about 80 percent. When Election Judge Penny Krug completed her election judge duties, she had processed 281 early voters, compared to 151 in the council election last spring. The total early vote is the highest since a heated 1988 election involving a decision on whether the state should erect a prison in Kyle. Supporters of Mayor James Adkins' retention in the mayoral position were buoyed by the tripling of turnout in the older part of town, where he has his strongest support. Early voting also increased in Plum Creek and in Steeplechase, but is down considerable east of IH-35, where a hotly contested dis- trict council race occurred between Todd Webster and Debbie Munoz in May. Last minute get-out-the-vote efforts are being conducted by the Citizens for the Unification of Kyle (pro-Adkins) and the Kyle Concerned Citizens (anti- Adkins). Both groups have erected quite a num- ber of yard signs, but the CUK group has als0 put up quite a number of home-made larger signs that are attracting consider- able comment. Kyle Early Voting Totals in 2003 City Elections AREA EARLYVOTING (May) EARLY VOTING (September) Old Town 42 (28%) 125 (45%) East Side 86 (57%) 57 (20%) Plum Creek 18 (12%) 62 (22%) Spring Branch 5 (3%) 37 (13%) Totals 151 281 Signs of a recall election against Mayor James Adkins are all over Kyle this week as voters approach the historic decision in a Saturday vote. The anti-recall sign on the left is the stenciled handiwork of Frank Ortunio. On the right, a pro-recall sign decorates a residence. 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Editor "This is one of the ways we're trying to fund the church YLE-For about 100 years, expansion," said Father John l-htgestih cenffal Texas. :' :: Fdday=:ifiigh < SiJnda"&"h ' In its early days, the celebra- tion took place on the Mendez grounds, which were roughly between old U.S. Hwy. 81 and IH-35. The celebration moved in the 1960s to larger grounds at St. Anthony Cathlolic Church. The celebration returns for its annual engagement this weekend at St. Anthony Church, which will use some of the proceeds for the $3.5 mil- lion expansion of its facilities. The celebration, which began in commemoration of the Sept. 16, 1810 declaration of Mexico's independence from Spain, now is a reliable fund raiser for the church, which has generated around $100,000 in each of the church grounds, 'will include food booths, games, music, Mexican ballet, folk dancing and a raffle that will afford the lucky winner a chance to build her own $5,000 vacation. A total of 11 prizes will be awarded in the raffle. The sec- ond prize is a 52-inch big screen television, with an eight-by-ten- foot storage building as third prize. Tickets will go for $2 each, or three for $5. Mary Flores of St. Anthony Church said a raffle sale of between 30,000 and 40,000 tickets is anticipated. The festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Flores said it is recommended that attendees park at Gregg- Clarke Park or Wallace Middle So.heeL and tako.t,,shutt=, ?he festival, as constructiorbon the church grounds will limit park- ing. Flores said several disc jockeys will perform during the festival in addition to many bands. A country and Western band fronted by Leon Carter will per- form Friday. The Saturday bands will be Diamante, Norteno and Los Forasteros de San Luis. Los Amables and Los Saucedo Tejano will perform Sunday. Ftores  said Sunday mass will take place as usual. However, the church has added a 4 p.m. Saturday mass to the usual 5:30 p.m. mass to enable more people to enjoy the festival. Mayoral Recall, from. page 1 and Cris Martinez in saying either that they haven't decided or they Wished to keep their preference pri- vate. Webster added, however, that the very fact that a recall election is underway indicates discontent from the city's citizens. "I'm keeping my vote to myself, but the mayor needs to do a hell of a lot better job," Webster Said. "However this recall comes out, we need to get together and the mayor needs to understand that a Significant constituency is unhap- py." Bearden, whose opposition to the mayor is palpable, said coyly that he hasn't decided how he'll vote, adding that he'll make up his mind Saturday. Martinez said he Wished to keep his vote private. A group calling itself "Kyle i Concerned Citizens" submitted more than 400 signatures to the city in June, triggering the recall elec- tion. Proponents of the recall say the mayor hasn't shown sufficient leadership in a time of high growth. A group opposed to the recall, Citizens for the Unification of Kyle (CUK), has attempte d to can- cel the recall election on grounds that it violates the charter while arguing that the collection of sig- natures for the recall violated state laws. However, Kyle City Attorney Barney Knight prevailed on the council to hold the election, citing legal precedent. Naturally, Adkins said he will vote against his recall. "I'm a drug, alcohol and sub- stanceabuse counselor," Adkins said. "And I always advise people to 'Just say 'No.'" ' FLORIST & "INTERIOR PLANTS CERTIFIED TEXAS MASTER FLORIST 512-268-1512 10i Hall Professional Center, Suite C located across from Plum Creek .:Hours: M-F, 9-6; Sat, 9-2 Ram AUTO O'UTLET == SAN MARCOS =.