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+ HOOPS TALENT Lehman sophomore showing natural talent for basketball. - Page 1B HARVEST Uhland ~celel~rates community and the cha~ging season at annual fest. - Page 1 Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com i Vol. 108 No. 29 Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Strong turnout for early voting STAFF REPORT Residents in the western part of Hays County are out-voting resi- dents in the Kyle and Buda areas if early voting turnout is an indication. According to the Hays County Elec- tions office, 13,206 voters have cast early ballots as of the close of polls on Tuesday. Early voting continues through Friday. On Monday, 686 people voted at Kyle City Hall joining the 697 who voted there on Oct. 18 and 476 who voted at Seton Medical Center Hays on Friday. At Buda City Hall, 835 vot- ed on Friday and 419 on Saturday Comparatively, 3,438 people have voted so far either at the Dripping Springs ISD office or the Belterra sub- division clubhouse; 1,931 people have voted in Wimberley and Woodcreek. Earlyvotingwill take place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Buda City Hail and Seton Medical Center Hays. Bal- lots can also be cast 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday at the Elections office on Broadway Street in San Marcus. Barton calls out opposition at BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com No one came forward to say they wrote potentially slanderous e-malls at Pct. 2 Commissioner left Barton's "high noon" showdown on Monday and the opposition podium stood empty. Cheered on by about 50 supporters, Barton denounced thousands of e- mails distributed under pseudonyms that allege, among other things, that he has funneled millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to his friends. On this point, Barton produced a letter from County Auditor Bill Herzog that said the county abides by state law in awarding contracts. "This is a debate against anony- mous hoodlums who did not show up," Barton said. Another e-mail said Barton engag- es in drunken brawls with his sister even though, Barton noted, he doesn't have a sister. Still another rehashed Republican nominee Bert Cobb's crit- icism of Barton for declining to take a pay raise and then accepting it ret- roactively; that never happened, Bar- ton said, and he produced an e-mail from treasurer Michelle Tuttle, a Re- See BARTON'S 'SHOWDOWN', pg. 2A PHOTO COURTESY, F MIKEVASIL The fire that .destroyed 117-year-old Club 21 lit up the Uhland sky and could be ~ from miles away. The blaze was ~gnited when a Mazda sedan slammed into the historic building.VieW more photos online at www.haysfreepress.com. 117 year'old dance hall goes up in flames BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com picking through the rubble of the historic Club 21 dancehall the other day, William Ilse found a cooler with unopened bottles of Co- ors Lite inside. He dusted the ash off one, opened it up and drank it down. "It was one of those rodeo beers. Warm like it'd been rolling around in the truck for a week. But it was good," said Iles, recalling what may be the last beer ever served at the 117-year- old club. Or maybe not. In the hours after the Uhland icon was burned to the ground, Ilse said he was so frustrated that he told anyone who asked that he wasn't interested in rebuilding and didn't have insurance on the structure so he couldn't rebuild even if he wanted. After sleeping on it for a few nights, lies on Tuesday was singing a differ- William and Barbara rise, seen here in happier days, took over the club in 1989 from Martha Ilse, who bought it in 1964. The oldest continually operated dancehall in the state was built in 1893 and destroyed Sunday in a fire. ent tune. Built in 1893, Club 21 was the old- est continually operated dancehall in the state, older than even its more famous counterpart, Gruene Hall, which was built in the 1870s but has had downtime in the decades since. PHOTO BY QYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON State Rep. Patrick Rose (right) is facing a spirited challenge f~m Republican nominee Jason Isaac. In an election year in which the GOP is thought to have an edge, Rose has been tracking rightward. Rose straddles political lines in latest election BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com in a bellwether district like Hays County, liberal isn't exactly a dirty word. But against a national backdrop of anti-incumbent sentiment, four-term District 45 State Rep. Patrick Rose is coming out purple as he faces GOP challenger Jason Isaac, a Dripping Springs businessman, at the Nov. 2 polls. At the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters candidate debate ear- lier this month, l~se fielded a direct challenge from l~epubllean Charlie lohnson: "If you are a conservathhe, whXi not join the Republican party?" 'm a Democrat," Rose replied. "I happen to be a conservative Demo- crat, but I'm a Democrat. And I'm pret- ty fed up with both parties right now." For several years, Rose's message has been one of cooperation across the aisle, and he's frequently been known to highlight his role as a consensus- broker. Two legislative sessions ago, Rose seconded the nomination for Re- publican Tom Craddick as Speaker of the House, and the Texas Tribune cur- .rently ranks him as the seventh-most conservative Democrat in the House. But this election season, Rose has upped the volume as he flaunts his conservative leanings. Most notably, a series of television ads and stump speeches call attention to the issue of illegal immigration. "We have to crack down on illegai immigrants who break our laws, es- cape unpunished and take jobs away from Texans," Rose said in one cam- palgn ad. At the League of Women Voters de- bate, he reiterated that message, call- ing for legislation adding enhanced penalties for illegal immigrants who See HANGING A RIGHT, pg. 3A +- Subscriber address Uj ,-. LU