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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press September 16, 2015 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Homicide Update Continued from pg. 1A the public's help in their to maintain the integrity ongoing investigation of the case, where into the murders of releasing information Combs and could jeopardize Wright. the case. He said According to the case remains Kyle Police Chief a priority for the Jeff Barnett, the department. department has On June 25, not experienced the Kyle Police an unsolved Department homicide such received a welfare as this incident call from an out- during his tenure, WRIGHT of-town resident. which dates back That resident to May 2011. told police they "Other than this had not heard from the specific case, we do occupant of a home not have any unsolved along the 800 block of homicides during Sledge Street for several my tenure as Chief of days. delayed in its work after the Memorial Day flood. Central Texas Autopsy assisted agencies with conducting autopsies on flood victims. Smith said autopsies from Central Texas Autopsies are taking approximately 12 weeks for completion, due to those circumstances. Barnett said the department will use "every resource" to solve the case. He added that the department's criminal investigators are assigned to the case and that they are "dedicated to a successful PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BUDA POLICE DEPARTMENT Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the pLJblisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ haysfreepress.com. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Biscuit is a 2-year-old Siamese sweet, simple girl. She loves cuddle time and gets along well with other cats. Biscuit is a gentle lady who would love a calm home to call her own. Come by PAWS and meet this sweet girl today. Police," Barnett said in a statement. "And we fully intend to solve this case as well. Barnett said the city When officers arrived, they found the bodies of Wright and Combs. Their deaths were ruled a homicide, with Hays prosecution." The department is asking for anyone with information to contact law enforcement. Barnett has "compiled copious amounts of information, conducted numerous interviews and collected a lot of evidence" in regard to the case. He said most of the evidence has been submitted to the Texas State forensic laboratory in Austin for analysis. The release of certain evidence, however, has been withheld at this time. The rationale, according to Barnett, is County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith ordering an autopsy. Mitigating circumstances, however, have caused a delay in the results from the Combs and Wright homicide. One reason, she said, is the extensive testing that goes on with cases that are complicated in nature. In addition, Smith said Central Texas Autopsy got said the Kyle Police Department would not forget the case. "Sometimes friends, family, neighbors and co- workers think ithey don't have useful, credible intelligence about a criminal case," Barnett said. "But sometimes even a piece of information that seems innocuous can provide investigators with the break needed to solve a crime." Water Permit Continued from pg. 1A Under the district's Staff said any potential permitting rules, Class drawdown would be "less C, which is one the most likely" than was report- aggressive, only allows ed, as the well can only permit holders to pump operate in non-drought water in times of non- conditions. drought. The restrictions Higginbotham said are triggered during the afterward that it was a first stage of drought re- "relief to finally get the strictions, permit." He added several Several additional pro- entities have talked with visions extend to Higgin- his group, which includes botham's permit, which his lawyer, Andy Barrett, includes payment of pro- and David Malish, Vice duction fees, which are to President of the Murfee be treated like a reserva- Engineering Company. tion fee, on an annual or Barrett said Higgin- biannual basis, botham needed to have Along with meeting the the permit prior to begin- district's rules on permit- ning contract talks with ring, Higginbotham must any entities. Potential provide to the district clients could include the a contracted customer Creedmoor-Maha and within a six-month peri- GoForth Water Supply od. He must also provide Companies, Aqua Texas, to the district documen- and possibly the city of tation from the customer Buda among others. on alternative water sup- "We didn't want to talk ply sources, other than prematurely until action what they will receive was taken (on the per- from Higginbotham. mit)," Malish said. But several concerns But other obstacles arose over Higginboth- could come into play. am's permit, which he Providing infrastructure said he has been seeking from the well to any po- for his well for more than tential clients could prove 15 years, a challenge. The city of Buda sub- "We prefer our cus- mitted comments that tomer put a pipe into our addressed concerns over well, instead of us putting the impact of the well's a pipe in," Barrett told the production to the city's BSEACD board. water supply. A nearby But could Buda, which farmer also held concerns is facing a potential water over the well. shortage by 2017, make According to BSEACD an offer to obtain water staff, long-term effects from Higginbotham? of the well are unlikely, While Buda Mayor and short term would Todd Ruge said Higgin- be minimal. They based botham's well is one of that on the original pump the city's options, he said testing of the well, which the city needs a "firm, was conducted during non-interruptible water drought period, source" on an interim Stolen tires returned Buda police officers were in pursuit of at least two men who were suspected in a string of tire thefts in Whispering basis. Dupnik said the is- suance of this unique permit won't set a prece- dence, but would allow for the district to accom- modate if similar situa- tion arises. "It takes quite a sub- stantial investment to be eligible for a permit like this," Dupnik said. '~ny- one who might want the same ... would need to be invested in that well, but also need to be serious about the permit fees while seeking customers." Hollow and surrounding areas Wednesday morning. The suspects got away, but not with the truck containing stolen tires. Above, a Buda police officer puts tires back on a truck belonging to one of the Whispering Hollow residents. Buda police are still investigating the crimes and no arrests have been made yet. See the full story online at www. haysfreepress.com. The Plum Creek Conservation District conducted public hearings on September 9, 2015 and September 15, 2015 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the Plum Creek Conservation District from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 6.635071 percent. The total tax revenue raised last year at last year's tax rate of 0.022000 for each $100 of taxable value was $693,837.87 The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.022500 for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $719,272.45 The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.022500 for each $100 of taxable value, including tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $755,302.84. Polly is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix who's a dog- lover's dream. She always looks for guidance, responds promptly to praise or corrections, and follows her people like velcro. She'll be a pleasure to train - with her intelligence and desire to please, she's capable of practically anything. PAWS Shelter and Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter operated primarily on donations and adoptions. 500 FM 150 E, Kyle, TX 512 268-1611 * pawsshelter.org All animals are fully vaccinated, spay/neutered, microchipped and dewormed. The Board of Directors is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on September 22, 2015 at PCCD Office Building, 1101 W. San Antonio St., Lockhart, TX 78644 at 1:00 p.m. 4 i I! ]il J III !i i!i[ [ !!11 il I It ...... ........... ......