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+ STATE RUN Hays runner finishes in top half at State meet. - Page 1B $13.1M Proposed bond focuses on career & technology facilities - Page 3B Barton Publications, Inc. ..... ........ Vol. 120 No. 34 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County, TX. 75 BY SAMANTHA SMITH A prominent Buda realtor indicted on intoxi- cation manslaughter and murder charges could face trial early next year. Jason Tarr, who was indicted on a second-de- gree manslaughter and a first-degree murder charge in the death of was Nancy Sterling-Dalton, scheduled could have his case go due to a to trial in January, Hays motion of County District Attorney suppres- Wes Mau said. sion filed Mau said the move by Tarr's comes after a pre-trial defense, hearing on the case that Mau was scheduled for this said. The past Monday was post- motion poned indefinitely, was meant The pre-trial hearing information TARR to suppress related to the results of Tarr's blood al- cohol content level at the time of the incident. The defense filed for a continuance for the Monday hearing based on an inability to contact a key witness. However, due to Judge Jack Robison's frustration at the duration of the case, Mau said he would not grant any more con- tinuances. "The next time this case appears on the court docket, it will be set for a jury trial," Mau said. Due to the upcoming holiday season, Mau said jury trials are not usually scheduled after the first or second week in Decem- ber. Tarr, who was indicted in 2015 by a Hays County Grand Jury, is accused of driving drunk and crash- ing his truck head-on into a 2006 Chrysler Sebring operated by Sterling on Sept. 29, 2014 accident on FM 1626 near Lakewood Drive. An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but is a formal accusation that suggests enough evidence exists to warrant a trial. BY SAMANTHA SMITH Buda city leaders Nov. 7 took a step toward finalizing designs for several key projects un- der Proposition 3 of the November 2014 bond. By a unanimous vote, the Buda City Council approved a professional service agreement with RPS Klotz and Associates to finalize designs for three segments of the Main Street improve- ments project. Included was an amendment to finalize the design for improvements to Old Go- forth Road. Alan Crozier, a rep- resentative with HDR Engineering and Project Manager for all projects under Proposition 3, de- scribed the five segments of road included in the Main Street improve- ment bond projects. Earlier this year, the Buda City Council ap- proved the final design for Segments 1 and 2 of the project. The agreement final- ized design on Segments 3,4 and 5. Due to the sever- al overlapping Bond projects, the Design Workshop project team, MAIN ST. IMPROVEMENTS, 2A PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III A Lehman High Navy JROTC member stands at attention in a pitch-black Lehman High gym after completing a passing of the flag ceremony at the school's Veterans Day assembly Friday. More photos from the Hays and Lehman Veterans Day as- semblies can be found on 4B. Charles D'Ambrosio's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ) =- Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space. Come out and see D'Ambrosio at the upcoming readings and book signings at Texas State University on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. and the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. BUMC Bazaar- Get started on your holiday shopping at the Buda Methodist Church Bazaar on Nov. 19, 2016, in the Fellowship Hall of the church at 302 Elm Street, Buda from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited. Concerts for a Cause This month's Concert for a Cause will feature performances by Heather Wiley Evans. Lee Baker and Lucas Cook on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at Pin- ballz Kingdom in Buda. The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men's health. See more information at BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ cial fees apply to unde- veloped land, as well as to concerns about excessive fees. Debate continued on the creation of a Kyle KYLE FLUMMOXED BY Flood Risk Mitigation EXISTING HOUSING Department Tuesday as AUTHORITY city leaders questioned the fee structure of the Kyle Mayor Todd Web- department, ster expressed surprise The resulting discussion Tuesday over the discov- led the Kyle City Council ery of the K~le Hous{ng to postpone a decision on Authority (KHA), which is the new utility department an independent agency until December. under the oversight of the Concerns centered on the fee and fine structure that would go into effect should the utility gain authority to collect fees. Kyle city leaders are pro- posing a $5 fee that would be added to residential customer utility bills to pay for the new department. However, several council members were concerned about how to assess fees for commercial customers. Discussion also extend- ed on whether commer- BY SAMANTHA SMITH Buda residents will get a second shot at Lr:S. Department of Hous- ing and Urban Develop- ment (HUD). The Kyle Housing Authority is supposed to have a board of directors appointed by the mayor. However, the outgoing executive director of the KHA has appointed mem- bers the last few years. Webster appointed an interim board to govern the KHA while council learns the functions of the KHA. Nov. 8 election, which was 7 percent higher than all of Hays County. However, he said city elections traditionally deciding the Place 1 see city Council seat as candidates Lee Urbanovsky and John Hatch square off in the Dec. 13 runoff election. The two will face off again after neither can- HATCH didate generated more than 50 per- cent of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election. But generating enough interest to get voters back out to the polls could be one URBANOVSKY of the greater challenges for both candidates, of the Hatch said Buda had a 70 percent turnout among residents for the 10 percent turnout for regular elec- tions and even less for runoff elections. Both candi- dates have plans for getting the word out to voters to cast their ballot in December and they both involve a "boots on the ground" ap- proach. "We plan on calling people, meeting people to discuss the issues," Hatch said. "My plan is more same. really. Walk- ing the streets, knocking BUDA COUNCIL, 2A I ]l!!ill!b!!!tttl News ............... 1-4A Best Bets ............ 4C Am -- .. . Opinions ............... 3A Business ............ 1D = " O Z Military skills help propel .. --'- m bports 1-2B Service Directory ..... 3D _ I'- L) 0 veterans into entrepreneurship. .............. _--_ A _3 .,. 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