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+ MOVING ON Nutty Brown Cafe to move to Round Rock. - Page 1D September 16, 2015 Page 1C Santa Cruz Catholic Church hosted its annual Holy Cross Festival this weekend. Crowds gathered in record numbers to enjoy food from over 15 vendors, carnival rides, pony rides, games, a silent and live auction and live entertainment. The entertainment line-up included Michael Salgado, Bidi Bidi Banda, Pearl Snaps, Dalton Gray, Estilo, El Nuevo Seria, Los Desperadoz and much more! Santa Cruz Catholic Church was also giving away 10 major gifts for their annual raffle which included a top prize of a $5000 Visa gift card. PHOTOS BY TANYA TREVINO AND PERSSIS NAMOUR Ron Tom photographed this male Imperial Moth. Wikipe- dia fact: As a pupated adult, this moth cannot eat. The adult moths focus their atten- tion on mating. See jump. Mt. City Montage by Pauline Tom 1[ A 7TM Mountain I1 I/ City elections beinMoun- tain City? No, the City Council voted to have the Hays County Elec- tion Office host the elec- tions both EarlyVoting and Election Day, Nov. 3. Election Day will be at Kyle City Hall. Early voting, stadii g Oct: 19, will include the Precinct 2 offices, just past the schools on 2770. The order on the ballot, as determined by a drawing: Elva Brown Lee Taylor Judge Beth Smith and her husband, Everett, in- vited these candidates to visit with all of us at the annual National Night Out gathering at their house, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 116 Cedar Drive. There will not be a formal debate. MONTAGE, 4C Special Court graduates first veteran class BY PAIGE LAMBERT Hays Free Press Reporter Kristopher Silva walked out of his last meeting with the Veterans Court. thinking about his completion of the strenuous program. It marked a victorv over the anger, substa ice abuse and other issues that arose after serving overseas. Silva and four other veterans graduated from the Veterans Court program in Hays County on Wednesday. This marked the first successes within the infant program. Alan Cameron, AMVETS Post 115 veteran services officer, said the state legislature created the specialized court in 2009 and Hays County adopted its own in 2014. Around 50 Texas counties now hold Veterans Court, five being along the 1-35 corridor. Cameron said the number of courts will rise because there is no set decompression process for veterans who are discharged into civilian life. "These young folks are being asked to do unnatural things," Cameron said. "They are expected to go fight in a war zone then come back and function normally. How unnatural is that?" While driving to his home in San Antonio, Silva was detained in Hays County. When he heard the county was trying to get aVeterans Court going, he stalled PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Alan Cameron of AMVETS Post 115 sings a song to the crowd at the Hays County Veter- ans Court graduation. Five veterans graduated from the Veterans Court last week. "These young folks are being asked to do unnatural things ... They are expected to go fight in a war zone then come back and function normally. How unnatural is that?" -Alan Cameron, Veterans Services officer probation until the court veteran service officer, was created, said. "I knew Hays County While Hays County would give a fair hearing doesn't have a lot of data to things," Silva said. yet, Travis County has "People are beginning to lowered its recidivism, recognize we need help or relapse in criminal instead of punishing us." behavior, to the single The goal is to keep digit percentage. veterans from reentering "The standard is 20-30 the jail system, Jude percent," Prather said. Prather, Hays County "We are recognizing their service and addressing the underlying cause of why they are there in the first place." The process begins immediately, from the moment someone is charged with a misdemeanor and self- identifies as a veteran. If they meet the qualifications and finish the year-long program, the charges are expunged. While they go for the hanging carrot, many do so reluctantl he said. "They are really here just to get it off their record," Prather said. "Then they realize there are other reasons and have ah-ha moments." Participants have VETERANS COUR 2C Chris by Chris Winslow Wrth the recent ains, cooler eather, and the arrival of the first official day of fall next Wednes- day (Sept. 23), I am so happy to declare that my favorite gardening time of the year has arrived. Cooler weather means gardening can be fun once again. With the ground moist, now is the time to plant those fail crops. The wise horticultural folks over at Texas A&M list the following veg- etables that are now in season to plant. (The list is long.) The Brassica family includes quite a few of our fall favorites - cab- bage (purple and green), cauliflower (white, ched- dar, or purple), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohl- rabi, collards, mustard greens, turnips, and the ever more popular kales ASK CHRIS, 2C Remembering Katrina with literature Check it Out by Jane Ray ug. 29 marked the 0 year anniversary f Hurricane Katrina, one of the costliest - and deadliest - storms in American history. Damaging the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida. the storm forever altered the city of New Orleans, which is still in the process of rebuilding. Two books on Hurricane Katrina are particularly noteworthy. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink is a page-turning work of investigative reporting, bringing readers inside what one would think is the safest place to be in a disaster: a hospital. But with no power or evacuation plans, the situation inside the hospital quickly deteriorated into chaos. Eventually a doctor and two nurses were charged with second-degree murder. This book is a riveting exploration into how people cope in a crisis, and eschews heroes and Villains. Rather, it explores the ethics behind what drive our decisions in the most trying of times. Focusing on a broader scale is Gary Rivlin's book Katrina: After the Flood, which examines the city's attempts to recover from the damage. Rivlin found himself intrigued by how a city with one of the highest poverty rates in the country would rebuild from such a colossal disaster, and explores everything from the immediate aftermath up to the most recent efforts. You can find these and other books on the topic at the Kyle Public Library. + . ii iliiiii! I i:! ii ! I il ii