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+ SHUTO Lehman knocks off Crockett 44-0 for second consecutive shutout. ' . Page 1B HEF FUNDRAISER Hays Education Foundation honors supportersl - Page 1C rO', t,t~ p,,. 0O P3 ,iq Barton Publications, Inc. ....... HaysFreePress.com Vol. 109 No. 23 ............. Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 [] | [] BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com Pieces ofwomens clothing are to be analyzed following a Saturday search along the dry Blanco River for the remains of a 24-year, old Kyle woman swept away by floodwaters almost seven years ago, authorities say. On Nov. 14, 2004, Laurie Pineda and her boyfriend Jason Schmidt tried to drive through a low-water crossing on Post Road near Five Mile Dam Park south of Kyle when their vehicle was carried off the roadway. Authorities say Pineda and Sehmidt, who was rescued, clung to a tree tmtil a floating log hit Pineda and knocked her into the rushing waters. In March, two men canoeing the river just east of Interstate 35 discov- ered a human skullcap near the river's edge, a few miles downriver from the place where Laurie went missing. Au- thorities combed the area again but were unable to locate other remains. The skullcap, along with tissue samples from a medical procedure done on Pineda in 2002, was taken to the University of North Texas Center See SEARCH FOR PINEDA, pg. 6A Laurie Pineda's body PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS has been missing since she was swept away by a flood in 2004. Classmates mourn student who died from rodeo injuries BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com To those who knew him, Gunner Thaines was the epit: ome of a cowboy. He was a ris- ing star in the rodeo circuit, loved to raise livestock and was rarely seen without his cowboy boots and hat. At the age of 15, the Buda resident died being a cowbo3~ wrestling a steer inside the rodeo ring. On Tuesday, his friends and family gave him a symbolic cowboy sendoff with a mule-drawn carriage to carry his casket. Hundreds of mourners converged at Camp Ben Mc- Culloch's Tabernacle pavilion as the carriage rolled to a stop. It was flanked by pallbearers, who then hauled the simple wooden casket past tearful spectators. "He was a cowboy all the way," his father John Thames said. "If you were a cowboy and you wanted to make a blueprint for a son, you would come up with Gunner." He said his son, a sophomore at Hays High School, had a huge heart and cared much for his horses, cattle, pigs and goats. "He just had a knack for live- stock, and loved it ever since an early age." he said. "Every one of his 15 goats had names." Gunner's mother, Brenda Thames. said her son didn't mind how he looked or dressed. To him, cowboy boots and hat were his uniform. He also was a rough outdoorsman who loved his mother. PHOTO BY SEAN KIMMONS Above, a mule-drawn carriage transports the casket of Gunner Thames, a 15-year-old Hays High student who died Friday from injuries sustained in a rodeo event last month Hundreds of mourners honored the young cowboy in a memorial service at Camp Ben McCulloch on Tuesday. Below, a photo of Gunner Thames competing in a steer wrestling event. "He was a momma's boy," she said, wiping tears away. Hunting was a big part of Gunner's life as well, his uncle Michael Thames says. He recalled the first hunt- ing trip Gunner had, trying to shoot javelinas with a .223 cali- ber rifle when he was just five years old. "We couldn't tell where he was hitting because he wasn't even scaring the javelinas." he said. "Then. the next day, the first thing in the morning he shot one. After that he was fine." See TEEN MOURNED, pg, 2A PHOTO COURTESY OF THE THAMES FAMILY III will casts shadow over joint projects BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com Lingering resentment over new commissioners precincts that sprit the city in thirds is straining the Kyle City Coun- cil's relationship with the Hays County Commissioners Court. Its reached the point that some council members are talking l about sticking the county with the bill for mil- lions of dollars for an ongoing road project. Officials from both govern- ments agree on this much: When Hays County negotiated a sweeping transportation fi- nancing agreement with the Texas Department of Transpor. tation three years ago, about $58.3 million was set aside for improvements to Interstate 35 in or near thecity of Kyle. The package included the now-completed new frontage road anO reconstruction of an overpass at Kyle Crossing and the yet-lto-be-completed new frontage road farther south in the Center Street area. Not part of the state financing agreemeht, but negotiated at roughly the same time, the coun- ty also agreed to pay for most of the widening and straighten- ing of Dacy Lane behind Seton Medical Center Hays. See ILL WILL, pg. 3A Subscriber address C~ Poet to do local reading Prize-winning poet Thomas Lux will read and sign copies of his books Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle. Hays H.S. Homecoming The mighty Rebels will take on the Hutto Hippos for their homecoming game at 7:30 p.m., Shelton Stadium in Bud& The Tempest Laura Ray plays Miranda in Shakesoeare's magical plan, The Tempest, which will play Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at the Emily- Ann Theatre in Wimberley. POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony & Motorcycle Ride 9 a.m. registration. Ceremony at 10 a.m. Ride at 10:45 a.m. $20/riders, $10/ passengers. Party at Riley's Tavern 4~ afterward. Kyte/Buda VFW Post 12058. 103 Front Street, Kyle For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. NONARCH WATER WSEg City of Kyle joins statewide effort to block private utility's rate hike. - Page 1D e~ Opinions ............... 4&5A Sports ........................ 1 &2B Education ................... 3&4B Community .................... 1-6C Calendars .................. 4C Service Directory ........ 2&3D Classifieds ...................... 2D Public Notices .............. 2-4D