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Page 2A NlfiV$ Hays Free Press November 10, 2010 + re__L ress 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 Publica- tions, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, "IX 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 339 Buds, Texas 78610 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 inter- est. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not in- dulge 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 verifi- cation. Letter writers are lim- ited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to 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. Dur- ing its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. New sheriff sworn in for Hays County Sheriff-Elect Gary Cutler will take office on Monday, Nov. 15, sev- eral weeks ahead of the other victors in last week's election. On Nov. 2, Cutler bested for- mer Texas CIK/ER Ranger Tommy Ratliff with 21,569 votes (55.7 percent) to 17,137 votes (44.3 percent) to fill the last two years of the late Allen Bridge's term. Bridges, who the com- missioners court appointed to take over after Don Mon- tague's resignation, died in December 2008 after being elected to a full term in his own right but before being sworn to it. The commis- sioners court then appointed Ratliff to serve as sheriff until the next general election. The Texas Elections Code states, "If any portion of the unexpired current term re- mains after the date the final canvass of the special election for the full term is completed, the person elected to the full term, if eligible to hold the unexpired current term, is considered to be elected to the remainder of the unex- pired current term also and is entitled to qualify and assume office for the unexpired cur- rent term and the succeed- ing full term immediately on receiving a certificate of election." The commissioners court is expected to certify the elec- tion on Monday. Cutler will be sworn in at a 2 p.m. ceremony at the San Marcos Activity Center. city search pared down to four The Kyle City Council on Tuesday night named four finalists for its city manager position including interim city man- ager lames Earp. In ad- dition to Earp, the EARP candidates are Palestine City Manager Dale Brown, who has served in the job since 2005; Wharton City Manager Andres Garza Jr., who has served in that position since 1994; and Leon Valley City Manager Lanny Lambert, who has served in that position since 2007. Earp, a former Kyle assis- tant city manager, has served as interim city manager since Tom Mattis resigned in April. City officials received 74 ap- plications for the municipal government's top job. The finalists will tour the city on Monday, Nov. 15 and attend a meet-and-greet ses- sion at City Hall that evening at 7 p.m. The city council will interview finalists on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Kyie hires new finance director The City of Kyle named Perwez Moheet as its new finance di- rector last week, city officials said. Moheet, who has served in various capaci- ties for MOHFJET the City of Austin for 30 years, retired as deputy director of the Austin Water Utility in April 2010, officials say. More than 100 applicants vied for the job after Charles Cunningham announced his resignation earlier this year. Moheet, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he received a bachelor of business accounting degree and has been a licensed certi- fied public accountant since 1985. As the finance director, Moheet will be responsible for maintenance of all financial records including planning, development and implemen- tation of systems and opera- dons. He will also be hamdling the city's outstanding debt, which stands at more than $68.7 million. Kyle has been one of the fastest growing cities in Texas since 2000, seeing the popu- lation grow from just under 5,000 to approximately 30,000 residents. The budget for the city's current fiscal year is $54.6 million, up from $10.7 million in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, officials say. Woman found lying on sidle of Kyle road Kyle Police are imvestigat- ing the case of a 31 --year- old woman found lying; on the side of the IH-35 eastside ac- cess road near Seton Hospital, police say. Police were called out to the scene Oct. 23 at 9:30 p.m. following a welfare concern call. An officer reported see- ing the woman on the ground with major bruising around her eyes, a Kyle Police spokes- man said. The woman was either pushed or jumped out of a moving Toyota Tundra truck and hit the ground face first. She was later transported to Brackenridge Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the spokesman says. No charges have been filed yet and the case is still under investigation. Buda man dies in motorcycle A 23-year-old Buda man was killed Friday night when his motor- cycle col- lided with a dump truck along FM 2001 between Buda and Nieder- wald, of. ficials say. JAMES Rus - sell Allen James died when the truck's driver failed to yield the right of way while it turned left from FM 2001 and Wflliamson Drive around 6 p.m., a Texas Department of Public Safety official said. The official named the driver of the truck as Ricardo Ruiz of Del Valle. James, nicknamed "Rusty," worked as a journeyman lineman for Irby Construction and graduated from La Vernia High School in 2005. James is survived by his wife Allyson James and parents Zachary lames and Maxine Wllbom. Sexual assault charges filed against Kyie man A 35-year-old Kyle man was arrested Tuesday for the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, police say. An arrest warrant for Feder- ico Gonzales was carried out Tuesday after police respond- ed to a home on the 500 block of Sheep Trail in relation to the charge on Oct. 18, a Kyle Police spokesman said. The gift is a family member of Gonzales' and the undis- closed sexual act is deemed to be non-consensuai, the spokesman said. Tourism Department at 312-0084. What does it mean to be The city of Buda is looking for residents who want to share their vision of what it means to be Buda. Earlier this year, coun- cilmembers awarded the $25,000 branding contract to Dallas-based firm Aria- media. Over the course of about five months, Ariamedia will research and design a branding campaign for the city, including logos, taglines and a marketing communications plan. To research ideas, the firm will create two in-depth focus groups, one made up of established professionals and community leaders, and another for the younger, "up and coming" city residents. "The focus group is in- tended to provide us with a clear sense of who the city is," said Ariamedia partner Jordan Wollman. "Our job is to take those intangibles and create a visual represen- tation of those values." The company will also put a survey on the city web- site, and will try to garner participation from as many local residents as possible. The company will begin conducting focus groups next week, and will put the survey on the website later this month. Residents interested in participat- ing should contact the city Kyie pedophile sentenced to 45 years in prison A 39-year-old Kyle man was found guilty and sentenced to 45 years in prison Thursday for the aggravated sexual assault of a child, of- ficials say. Gerardo Delarosa sexually abused the child for a period of DELAROSA four years, beginning when the child was only seven years old, the Hays County District Attorney's Of- fice announced Monday. A jury of 10 men and two women took less than an hour to convict Delarosa last month after tWo days of testimony. Delarosa elected to have the court assess his pun- ishment, which ranged from five years to life in prison, the district attorney's office said. Visiting District Judge Mark Lutjen presided over the court, while Assistant District Attor- neys Cathy Compton and Amy Lockhart prosecuted the case. Covering Kyle, Buda and northeastern Hays County since 1903 Thank you for your support It's been a long hard fight to secure the Hays County Commissioner seat. But unfortunately, we were not able to reach this goal. I must say that there are no regrets on how this campaign was run. We had the best team that we could have ever imagined possible; a team that consistent- ly gave 110 percent. To my campaign committee, my many volunteers and my numerous supporters, Sandra and I thank you. This race was run with dignity, pride and persistence. I believe this race gained more ground than many thought we could cover. And this is because of you. During this campaign, nu- merous goals were achieved. Sandra and I were able to develop new relationships and establish common ground with the citizens of Pet 2. We were able to hear the issues, and possible solutions, that could benefit the citizens of Hays County. After talking to concerned citizens, I am even more con- vinced how critical it is to continue to work together to help address the issues that play an important part in making Hays County a better place to live. Last, but not least, I must thank my wonderful wife who stood by me as my campaign manager. Without her, this campaign would never have left the ground. She is my hero. Moving forward, our concentration will continue to be our county, our city and most of all, our community (Amberwood). -Ray Bryant + With PEC's MyUse Energy Analyzer, you can track your electricity use, which gives you the power to control how much you spend each month for electricity. It's easy to sign up and free to any PEC member. Register for your MyUse account at and start tak/ng control"or your electricity lift. . 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