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RED SCARE Hays holds onto playoff hopes following victory over Clemens. - Page 1B S|MGmG SUCCESS Local music studio enjoys growth despite economic downturn. - Page 1C Barton Publications. inc. Vol. 109 No. 30 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 St. Anthony's break-in foiled BY SEAN KIMMONS open and a 700-pound safe - filled with donations from worshippers - sat outside on a sidewalk nearby. The custodian told police that When a custodian arrived at St. he then witnessed a red Dodge Anthony Catholic Church in Kyle pickup enter the parking lot and for his shift Thursday morning, drive back out around 6 a.m. something seemed out of place. The church's rear door was forced See CHURCH BREAK-IN, pg. 2A ALVARADOPENA PONCE Single-family home sales by month in Hays ClSD through September, as reported by the Austin Board of Realtors sales :010EIm :. ..... sales Jan. Feb. March Aoril May June July Aug. Sept. Total [] BY WES FERGUSON Single-family home sales this year are finally beginning to outpace sales through the same period in 2010. Real-estate agents in the Kyle-Buda mea have seen a 51 pere, ent increase in '~usiness in July, August and Sep- te~*~6er, the most recent months for which data is available from the Aus- tin Board of Realtors. Local broker John Sanford said the growth could be a sign of recovery from the Great Recession. "It's part of the overall health of the Austin economy and not losing jobs like the rest of the country," he said. "There's still some in-migration go- ing on. The apartments are full. And some of those tenants will live in an apartment for a year or two and then go out and buy something." One reason it might have taken so long for sales in 2011 to catch up to 2010, Sanford added, is that the Amer- ican Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 caused a bubble in the local housing market. Last year, people were scrambling in late spring and early summer to buy homes in time to qualify for federal incentives. Single-family home sales spiked in the Kyle-Buda area, topping out at 129 in April 2010. But when federal tax credits for first-time homebuvers expired two months later, local sales plummeted. Thanks to rebounds over the past few months, however, local real-estate agems have sold 693 single-family homes this year through September, compared to 682 sales through the same period in 2010. "First-time homebuyers have to be active and bump people out of their houses, so they'll go get something PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON Two homes, side by side in the Silverado subdivision of Kyle are currently on the market. Single-family home sales in September Median Days on Active Sales price market listings Sept. 2011 80 $150,000 102 375 Sept. 2010 59 $148,850 70 439 YTD 2011 693 $143.000 87 YTD 2010 682 $149,970 65 better," Sanford said. "One thing I've noticed is that we're hav- ing more of the larger homes sell now," he added. "There was a period for a couple of years where the bigger and more expensive homes were just sitting on the market, and we're starting to see some of those move nOW. That might not be the case for other real- estate agents, however. Marketwide in Kyle and Buda, the median home price so far in 2011 is down to $143,000, nearly a 5 per- cent drop when compared to the first nine months of 2010. BY WES FERGUSON ~q A local group of civic and ':~=~ business leaders wants vot- ers to decide whether bars and nightclubs should be ai- ~~ lowed in Kyle and Buda. The group a politi-'It's not about the alcohol. cal action committee called It'saboutgeneratingrevenues the Better BuSiness for Hays Committee is gathering for our community." signatures with hopes of forcing the ballot measure in Laurie Cromwell 2012. Better Business for Hays "I think it's a no-brainer, committee member quite frankly," said Dick Sch- neider, a committee member half of their income is de- and the Buda Area Chamber rived from alcohol sales. of Commerce director. That restriction is too pro- The group must obtain hibitive, according to Laurie about 650 signatures from Cromwell, a longtime Buda registered voters in Buda and civic leader and a member 1,500 signatures from voters of Better Business for Hays. in Kyle to call the election. Loosening the laws would Buda and Kyle currently help Buda and Kyle compete allow limited sales of liquor, with Austin and San Marcos beer and wine in restaurants, for business, she said. Establishments that obtain a "It's not about the alcohol. full liquor license may serve alcohol so long as less than See ALCOHOL SALES, pg. 2A O Election day comes Tuesday BY BRAD ROLLINS Voters in this neck of the woods have several options come election day on Nov. 8. They will decide between former Mayor Bobby Lane and retired Air Force Mas- ter Sgt. lose Montoya for the Buda City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Scott Dodd. Voters who live within Hays County Emergency Ser- vice District No. 8 will decide whether to authorize the dis- trict to increase its sales tax to 1.5 cents for every $1 spent. Yet turnout so far has been abysmal. As of midday Tues- day, 1,568 of 95,000 or so reg- istered voters had cast ballots in the whole county. These include 67 who voted at Buda City Hall through Friday last week and 69 who had voted at Kyle City Hall. During early voting, any registered Hays County voter may cast a ballot at any early voting location, so polling location traffic is not neces- sarily a perfect indicator of how much interest is being dmmmed~up at the ballot box in different parts of the coun- Voters across Hays Cotmty, however, are barely registering a pulse with less than week to go before Election Day, Even in San Marcos, where six candidates are vying for two City Council seats, 648 people cast ballots last week either at the Hays County Elections Office, the San Mar- cos Public Library or the LBJ Student Center on the Texas State University campus. In Dripping Springs, where voters are deciding whether to let the school district raise its property taxes by 13 cents per See VOTER TURNOUT, pg. 4A Sub scr,beradd.... DOS DaaC0M|"Gde los Muerlos .....into the Woods The Hays High School theater depart- ~lvTl~ ment will present "Into the Woods" at ~ the Burdine Johnson Theater on the 4TH high schoo! campus. The play will run /~ ~,~lAl~mmtinne in llrulA ANNUAL Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this ~ O" "7 ~lallimlWllirallimulln~ niliiiIIIB weekendn next ~.If DIA DE LOS a d . MUERTOS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS celebrating Kvle's .......... MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA culturally diverse hist'ory,uayllgnt : avlng lime enos ~ food crafts and mus=c Celebration of Mexican culture , ' ! H ~ ~ _ I'~ and heritage with a parade, ,.~ by Los T exasWran- ~|| ~C~ ,~ ,.) BBQ and silent auction as ~ glers. L4zy ~quare ~ ~~:i~ well as 198 mariachi student ~ . Park.Kyle. OWI~ ~ ~4{j~ C21 performers all to benefit the ,~ Noon-b p.m. ,, ~~ < Beauty and the Beas Lehman High School Booster ~ ~ ~~ III tY~) Lnl Club. Gregg-Clarke ~ ~ . ~ ~*~ X[ UJ ~ The Lehman High School theater a d ~.::,~{db. Park, Kyle ...... ~:~ .... ~ ~J~l~q~, :,'~ ~~ ~ ~ ~t' choir programs present their first musical ~q~j~. 10 a.m.- ~;i!~?~ .... ~ ~1, v.dIP ~'~ .~. ,~ ~. ~ - Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I~'~ ~] This beloved tale, which has enchanted J~'~Jr ~ ~ 2 p.m. ~ '~" :~iii" ,~r ~[[~11~ 4 Z ~ ~,, audiences worldwide, casts its spell on ~ ~plv] ~ {;!;i;ii: i::::, For a more detailed list of area events, .ClO to Lehman High School November 3 and 5i ~"~t~~" ] ~ ~i~~~' "%~'~';~ ...... ' " '~':"~haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page- 4C "= ,q, 0 ,~ ~4~ at 7 p.m. and November 6 at~,..U l I ....... ~:~: ~:~: ~ .... ,~ 5~ , { I- 0 ~ 2 p.m. ~ I ~ii~;~ ~ of todays paper. -E t ~"" ~ ~ ~ /llllilllllllllll]LIlllllllll #, BEk'T WAVE Opinions ..................... 3A Calendars .................. 4C :lii:=i::!~i~ ~ ~ South Kyle sewer line Sports ........................ I&2B Service Directory ......... 2&3D could spur new wave of Education ................... 3&4B Classifieds ...................... 2D development. Community .................... 1-4C Public Notices ............. 2&4D -Page 1D [ I 7"93573"87529~m7