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Page 2A The Hays Free press 0SSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 109 W. Center Street, Kyle, IX 78640. Periodicals post- age paid at Buda, IX 78610 and additional mailing office POSTMASTER: Send addre changes to Barton Publica- tions, inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too[ Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-maiL news@haysfree- Mail: P.O. Box 2530, Kyle, TX 78640 NEWS lely unnoticed Hays County eyor race amicable so far INIFER BIUNDO 2 election day barrels ;, high octane political ng up across the nation. e House Nancy Pelosi is ,ng on to her congressio- n the battle of good hair fir, former Houston may- 3 is challenging two-term 3erry for control of Texas. 'ep down the Hays County ,an Marcos resident Shawn caking on his old mentor Kelly . for the unpaid and largely un- n position of county surveyor. may not be high stakes political ma, but the match-up between t_, friends offers a refreshing respite from the mudslinging that usually characterizes the home stretch to Election Day. In the League of Women Voters de- of wild and unmapped land stretched as far as the eye could see, the sur- veyor performed an essential task necessary to settle the new territory. As local governments rose out of the frontier, the ,county surveyor record- ed patent sulveys and organized the county deed records. But in the 21st century, the position has become almost honorary in many counties. Most people aren't aware that the county surveyor's office exists, Kilber said, while others think that he's paid by the county to survey private prop- erty. But in reality, county officials hire a paid surveyor for large jobs, while the elected official serves as more of a re- cord keeper. "Its primary purpose today is to re- port any discrepancies or overlaps in the old original patent surveys," Kil- bet said. Kilber can recalli only about three such cases in the last three decades, "I'd like to further my occupation in the eyes of the public, so people un- derstand what we do a little bit more," Ash said. Both men have decades of experi- ence in the field. Ash, 53, graduated from Southwest Texas University and opened his business, Ash & Associ- ates Surveying & Mapping, LLC, in the 1970s. He and his family live in San Marcos, and in his spare time he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. Kilber has served as county survey- or on and off since 1975. He practices as both a civil engineer and a survey- or, and is president of Pro-Tech Engi- neering Group in San Marcos. The race between Ash and Kilber is amicable, to say the least. But one incursion three elections ago still rankles the professional pride of both men. In a Republican drive of 2002, a used car salesman named Hugo Mitchell ran on the GOP ticket for county surveyor, winning the seat. CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap- pear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the at- tention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display ad- vertising 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 liter- est. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you ot in- dulge in personal altacks m private individuals, Letter.' may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters shcld be signed by the author nd include a daytime phonf number where the auth can be contacted for vlfi- cation. Letter writers a lim- ited to one letter per 0nth. Letters can be emailetO csb@haysfreepress. ,cm HISTORY ' Founded April 10, 143 by Thomas Fletcher HWetl as The Kyle News, witroffices on the corner of Bt'leson and Miller Streets in th4own's oldest remaining Iilding. It merged into The lays County Citizen in 1956. he paper consolidated wit1 The Free Press in Octobe', 1978. Dur- ing its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. bate last week, Ash campaigned on his own behalf, while hlso assuring the audience that voting for his op- ponent would be a perfectly sensible alternative. "I actually worked for Kelly Kilber," Ash said. "He's a dear friend of mine." Kilber, who has held the seat offand on for decades, shared the sentiment. "Shawn used to work for me," Kil- bet said. "He's a good young guy." Of course, it helps that there's little in the way of wealth or glory at stake. "It's the only county office that I know of that costs you money to hold it," Kilber said. In Texas's frontier days, when miles mostly in rural edges of the county that has poor ori final surveys from the 1800s. More  fically, he said, the surveyor serves as a general informa- tion officer for the ipublic about land issues. A large part of the county surveyor's current role, Ash said, is to watch over the external borders of the county and make sure no other entities try to infringe upon your county's territory. If elected, Ash said he'd like to retrace the boundaries of Hays County using GPS technology. More than anything, Ash said he'd like more people to understand the surveying profession. Man arrested twice in one month for DWI Ac- cording to record& 27-year- old Kyle resident Christo- pher Tovar has twice been ar- rested this month wdrihil'vmg TOVAR e intoxicated charges. Shortly after midnight on Oct. 5, Tovar was pulled over by a Kyle police officer for a traffic violation on Texas 81 near its intersection with Center Street, police say. Less than two weeks later, on Oct. 17, he was arrested in Hays County by the Texas De- partment of Public Safety on a second driving while intoxicated charge. Driving while on a first offense is a class t misdemeanor punishable to 180 days in jail and a $2 flom jail on $3,000 and $2 bonds, . Other DWI arrests in north- east Hays Countythis monthin- eludeShjon Michael Safady, 28, who was pulled over in the 100 block SAFADAY of Center Street at 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the home appliances most often involved in electrical fires are electric stoves and ovens, dryers, televisions and radios, To prevent fires, replace all damaged appliance cords, avoid overloading extension cords and keep electrical appliances away from wet counters and floors. Pedernotes ELectric 1-888- 554- 4732 Though he could legally seek the office under the elections code, state law prohibited Mitchell from holding the office without being a registered surveyor. As a result, the surveyor's seat sat empty for four years, Kilber recalled. After that, he took to run- ning as a Republican. Ash says that while he has affection and respect for his colleague, he'd like to bring some fresh blood to the posi- tion. Kilber, meanwhile, is hoping to hang on to the volunteer position he's held for so long. "I love Shawn like a brother, but I'm not voting for him," Kilber said with a laugh. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii;iii Hays Free Press October 20, 2010 Hays County bounces back in retail sales STAFF REPORT Hays County's ten incorporated cities rebounded strongly in sales tax collec- tions this month, registering a 7.1 per- cent increase in collections, with Drip- ping Springs and Kyle leading the way. The upturn is an indication that retail sales are picking up in Central Texas af- ter two years of being mostly fiat. Leading the pack in sales increases was Dripping Springs with a jump of 45 percent over last October. Kyle reg- istered a sizeable 13.7 percent gain and San Marcos showed an increase of 6.4 percent. Total sales tax receipts for the county's cities for the month rose to nearly $2.4 million. Leading the pack, as always, was San Marcos with nearly $1,752,000. Buda's $271,000 came next, followed by Kyle's $217,000. Dripping Springs total sales tax re- ceipts for the month was a little more than $75,000 and Wimberley banked a bit more than $33,000. With two months remaining in the year it seems almost certain that Buda will again take in over $3 million from this source. Kyle, despite a good in- crease, will probably fall a little short of hitting the $3 million mark. There is a half-cent sales tax col- lected by Texas counties, and Hays took in almost $862,000 this month, run- ning its total for the year to more than $8,290,000. That raises a good chance of an end of the year total for the first time of more than $10 million. Gina Islas Mendoza Hays County Clerk Honest, Qualified, , Dedicated Chief Deputy Courts Division 13 years experience 40-year resident of Hays County Graduate of Texas State University (SWT), BS in Criminal Justice Pol. Ad. Pd. by Pete T. Islas, Campaign Treasurer, 726 Willow Creek Circle, San Mattes, "IX 78666 ' I %iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii 1 tte ie that has eXtensive experience   Divisions of the Hays County Clerks Office. .... 12 years expedence in OffiCial Public Records :.::: "I am a medical doctor; not a career politician. As chief of surgery, I learned how to balance budgets and solve problems in the real world. As county judge, I will end politics as usual and get back to the business of meeting Hays County's growing needs." .-p. #-3"t 0 I Leadership We Can Trust. For two out of the past three years, Jeff Barton and his fellow career politicians on the county commissioners court voted to increase your property taxes. At the same time, they voted themselves a generous raise of more than $8,600 along with another $9,744 of your tax dollars as a personal car allowance. Now, Jeff Barton wants to be county judge, but Hays County deserves better. Dr. Bert Cobb is a medical doctor, not a career politician. As county judge, hewill end these irresponsible tax increases and selfish pay raises. He wilt bring the trustworthy ethics of a medical doctor to county government and work hard to meet Hays County's growing needs. 4' Former chief of sUrgery, Central Texas Medical Center. i/' Will meet growing demands on our roads, water, and services. t/Ready to restore fiscal responsibility to county government.