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+ Lobos long top Rebs in tennis duel. - Page 1B KIDS OUTDOOR ZONE Local nOnprofits gives boys a taste of the great outdoors - Page 1C 75 No. 25 ~) BARTON PUBLICATIONS, INC. Serving Buda Kyle and Northeast ays reg warn|n ional BY SAMANTHA SMITH Public safety offi- cials across ten Texas counties came togeth- er Aug, 23 to launch the first Central Texas regional community preparedness initiative for public awareness. WarnCentralTexas. org is a free public service for residents living and working in Bastrop, Blanco, Bur- net, Caldwell Fayette Lee, Llano, Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. The service, created by the Capital Area Council of Govern- ments (CAPCOG), is meant to alert users to critical emergency events like evacuations from floods, fires and public health threats. According to a CAPCOG press release, WARNINGS, 4A PHOTO COURTESY OF BUDA POLICE DEPARTMENT The mangled wreckage of what was an ATM machine is strewn across the road as a forklift sits idle in tt~e drive-thru at the First State Bank Central Texas in Buda. No arrests have been made ih a failed Sept. 6 ATM machine heist. According to a press re- lease, officers found an abandoned U-Haul truck behind the bank and a forklift wedged in the drive-thru when they arrived at the scene The U-Haul was stolen from the Dollar Tile in Buda and the forklift was stolen from the city's new municipal building site on Main Street. No money was stolen from the ATM. Anyone with information on the incident should call Buda Police at 512-312-1001. 0 BY TIMOTHY STUCKEY AND SAMANTHA SMITH Kyle city leaders are joining forces with Hays County to form an inter- local emergency commu: nications system. During its Sept. 5 meet- ing, the Kyle City Council unanimously voted to approve the Combined Emergency Communi- cation Center Interlocal Cooperative Agreement (CECC). The purpose of this agreement is to estab- lish an operational and management structure for emergency dispatch services in the area. "This addresses issues that have been discussed "This addresses issues that have been discussed in the county for about ten years now ... One of those includes getting all of our emergency communications on the same page." -Lon Shell, Hays County chief of staff in the county for about ten years now," said Lon Shell, Hays County chief of staff. "One of those includes getting all of our emergency communica- tions on the same page." The agreement would bring Kyle emergency services into the same computer aided dispatch systems used across the entire county and establish a combined and co-located emergency operations center. According to Shell, this would help improve the effectiveness and re- sponse times for emer- gency responders as they would all work from one centralized system. "There is no greater need than the highest standard for emergency response," said Scott Sellers, Kyle city manager. "This issue has not been publicly debated but there have been countess hours focused on discuss- ing this issue." This would also over- haul the current methods and responsibilities of phone dispatch operators by splitting the current responsibilities into two positions dispatcher and call operator. This change would allow a call operator to handle and guide emer- gency situations over the 911 CENTER, 2A - Mermaid Parade and Aqua Festival The Mermaid Society SMFX invites the public to its second annual event in downtown San Marcos on Sept. 16. The parade will take place downtown from 10 a.m. to noon, and will feature floats, music, the newly crowned Mermaid Queen and her court, and pictures with mermaids. After the parade comes the Mermaid Festival, held at San Marcos Plaza Park. This event will offer environmental and conservation presentations, a local art market and a variety of hands-on for es. for more info. Buda UMC Pumpkin Patch Pumpkins are coming! Buda United Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch will open Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Gray's Farm on 767 Main Street. Hours of operation are daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September and October. All proceeds support various missions of the church such as scholarships for Buda and Kyle high school students, local scout troops, sponsorship of Project Graduation for Lehman and Hays High Schools and the Buda United Methodist Church Food Pantry that serves the needy in the Buda/ Kyle area. BY MOSES LEOS III A $100,000 state grant is expected to go a long way in helping the Hays County Veterans Court guide current and former service members away from a life of crime. Gerald Ramcharan, program manager for Hays County's Veterans Court, said the grant from the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) targets personnel hires and improved treatment opportunities for the court. Hays County's Veterans Court is a 12- to 24-month, three- phase specialized treatment court for veterans and active service members of the military. The court's goat is to promote sobriety and recovery for veterans who have been charged with misdemeanor offenses. It also helps veterans expunge those offenses from their records. Many of the issues veterans face are substance abuse problems that are mixed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression, Ramcharan said. Applicants who apply are assessed to make sure they are a good fit and are willing to go through recovery, and not just have their record expunged. "We get people who are motivated and take responsibility for what their crime was, and get some kind of help for their family," Ramcharan said. Through the TVC. grant, the court aims to allocate funds for a dedicated 15robation officer to handle cases. The current probation officer who helps the Veterans Court has a course load of 109 cases, with 40 of those involving veterans. Monies from " the grant will also pay for a part-time mentor coordination position, which has been lacking in the program, Ramcharan said. Having a mentor coordinator has shown to be a "key in success" with other Veterans Courts, Ramcharan said. The position would also take Hays County's court "to the next level." "What we hope it will do is allow us to go out and spend more time doing in- home visits, or going OUt to meet veterans at the home or job to ensure compliance," Ramcharan said." Roughly $18,000 of the grant will go toward more treatment opportunities for veterans. The court receives funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for alcohol, drug and behavioral health counseling. Funds from the grant would help with finding similar treatment centers closer to Hays County, which could save veterans a trip to VA hospitals in Austin or San Antonio. The $18,000 could also pay for alternative treatments, such as service dogs, equine therapy and yoga. "They (VA) do have those services, but we can localize it here for veterans in the area," Ramcharan said. As the court plant VETERANS COURT, 2A .= c,..,,,,,,,c,I ews ............... 1ABestBes ............ cLI !I]I!!II! Opinion ............... 3A Business ......... 1-4D Buda okays regulations a Sports ............... 1-2B Classifieds ............ " 2D for network nodes, " Education ... ...... 3-4B Service Directory ..... 3D - Page 1D Community ...... 1-4C Public Notices ... 2-4D 7 7 ~"~:~~iS~i;~!:~#.~!~:~l'~!~:::.~i~i~L~o~,, ~~`~;~: >~~~``~!~~g~`;~i~1`~:~`I&~`~i~!~1~;~!~;~g~`~i~+i + o,,