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Page 2A NtWS Hays Free Press November 24, 2010 The Hays Free Press (ISSN , 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publica, ," tions, Inc., 122 N. Main St.; Buda, TX 78610. Periodi- ..~: cals postage paid at Buda,. TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMAS= TER: Send address chang- es to Barton Publications, 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- press.com Mail: P.O. Box 339 Suda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, stand- ing or reputation of any person, firm or corpora- tion which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any con- tributed 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 classi- fied word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publi- cation, though we encour- age readers and advertis- ers to observe the Friday ~, deadline. . .. LETTERS GUIDELINES " We welcome locally writ- ten letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individu- als. 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 verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress.com A Thank You and Welcome From the Austin Community College District HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903 by Thomas Fletcher Harwell 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 consoli- dated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has main- tained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. COHHty hires now oxtamsion agent A new Hays County exten- sion agent for family and consumer sciences has been named to replace Susan Schramm, who retired in April after 30 years in the posi- tion. PETTY Laura Petty, who most recently was an extension agent in Gua- dalupe County, starts the job on Nov. 22. County ludge Elizabeth Sumter and Dis- trict Extension Administrator Cheryl Mapston announced the appointment this week. Petty will be responsible for planning and implement- ing programs geared toward families and youth in the areas of health and quality of life. Petty holds a bachelor's de- gree in general home econom- ics from Texas Tech University and a master's degree in edu- cational administration from Texas State University. She began her career as a county extension agent in Hender- son County in 1993 and later worked in Wichita County before landing the job in Gua- dalupe County in. 1998. Locals due IRS checks More than 60 Hays County residents are due refunds from the Internal Revenue Service totaling about $40,000 because the checks were undeliverable, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said. Residents due refunds include: David Garcia, Elaine Husieh, Tmcey Pool and Monica Rocha, all of Buda; and Gloria and R. Martinez Carmona, Juan and C. Razo Calero, Cerrito Avilla, Pompilio Cerrito, Regan Friemel, Charles Lathrop, Martin and R. Rodri- guez de Lira, Rosalva Rodri- guez-Garcia, Gina Sepulverda, Geromi and Nichole Trudeau, and Garlan and Anne Wells of Kyle. Many of the checks could not be delivered because the resident moved and did not file a change of address or got married and the check is made out in a previous name. Taxpayers who find their name on the list can use the "Where's my refund" option at the IRS website at www.irs.gov or call 1-800-829-1954. Kyle PD gives meals to families Seven months ago Kyle po- lice officer Jason Dibble asked his co-workers if they would be willing to donate food items in order to put a meal on a needy family's table. A record specialist for the department, Laura Heman- dez, told her son about the effort and he decided to raise money for the effort on his own accord. Leo Hemandez raised approximately $118 for the Thanksgiving meal effort and also contributed all of the jello and fruit that will go in the boxed meals given to the families. Kyle police officers and vol- unteers distributed the meals on Monday evening to 20 dif- ferent families. In addition to a turkey, each family received enough food for a traditional Thanksgiving feast including stuffing, cranberry sauce and sides. 1111eves dp off aner to simm More $60,000 worth of equipment was reportedly stolen from a Buda trailer company earlier this month, authorities say. Between 3 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 a.m. Nov: 8, unknown persons broke into the Big TexTrailer Company at 14620 IH-35 in Buda by cutting a large hole in the fence. They stole trailers and tools, the Hays County Crimestoppers said on Thursday. Stolen items included one black 14 IX dump trailer; one black 5x10 dump trailer; 14 PI fiat bed trailer; a Cargo Mate V-nose; one 16x7x10 trailer, white in color; one Westward 3VB60 air compressor; one Miller Mac 180 auto welder Distributed January 5th, 2011 to subscribers of Hays Free Press and participating a~ces Ad December 1, 201 iiik~ ~iili let residents of Kyle know about your services~ physicians, your clinic Call Tracy to reserve your space 512-268-7862 or email t racy~hays ~,epress.co m and multiple hand tools and fasteners. Buda Police Department investigators currently have no leads on the suspects or the location of the stolen items. Authorities are seek- ing help from the public in solving the crime by call- ing 1-800-324-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for infor- mation that results in convic- tion. Informants can remain confidential, officials say. Big Tex Trailer Company is also offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects in this case and the recovery of their stolen merchandise. If this case is solved, Big Tex will be responsible for the distri- bution of their reward funds, authorities say. New bridge for Post Road? Hays County is studying improvements and options for a newbridge location and design for Post'Road where it crosses the Blanqo River. Interested citi2ens are invited to attend a public meeting to review the scope of the study and new bridge options on at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Blanco Vista Elementary School at 2951 Blanco Vista Blvd. in San Marcos. "This project is of great importance to the county and to the thousands of folks who travel this segment of Post Road dally," said Hays County Pct. 4 Commissioner Karen Ford. "The Blanco River over- tops the low water crossing at Post Road near the railroad bridge on a regular basis, so we're eager to find a safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly op- tion for this important access point." The Post Road/Blanco Riv- er Crossing feasibility study is budgeted at $220,000. The engineering firms selected to study possibilities for a new bridge are K. Friese and Associates, Cox McLain Environmental Consulting and P E. Structural Consul- tants, Inc. All three firms are Austin-based, women-owned engineering enterprises. , Infant Injured: Day(tare owner arrested Continued from pg. 1A laying face up. Police believe that the force used to cause the inju- ries could not have been committed by a child. The victim was one of seven children under the sole care of Lyons at the time, the affidavit states. Lyons could not be reached for com- LYONS ment. The parents of the infant have been notified as well as the licensing division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, police say. Family and Pro- tective Services spokesperson Julie Moody said Monday that the daycare had a clean record since being registered in December 2009. "This is the first and only incident that the licensing division has had to investigate at this particular child care facility," Moody said. Authorities have withheld the name of the victim. Agency Theft: Water funds stolen Continued from pg. 1A funds went into another Wells change banks, he said. Fargo account, which the bank One of 98 groundwater con- subsequently fi'oze. The stolen servation districts created un- money has been retumed to the der the Texas Constitution, the groundwater district, Skipton Hays Trinity district is instructed said. to conserve, preserve, recharge The board will discuss in next and prevent waste of groundwa- month's meeting whether to ter within western Hays County. New PEC Bylaws: Sweeping changes Continued from pg. 1A the bylaw revisions, while newly elected member James Williams abstained. The bylaw reforms approved on Nov. 15 will establish a four- term limit for directors, with each term lasting three years, though former directors could seek office again after taking a three-year break. Previous~, directors could serve indefinitely At the start of the PEC shake-up in 2007, several directors had se)ved on the board for almost four sttaight decades. The revisions also eliminate the paid advisory director posi- tions, which have sat empty since this summer. Previously, advisory directors earned about $30,000 annually for their non-voting role on the board. PEC directors may still appoint volunteer advisory committees. Co-op member-owners also gained more authority to boot about 50,000 individuals, to sign a petition calling for the removal, prior to a vote of the full mem- bership. Under the new revisions, signatures are only needed from ten percent of members. In addi- tion, a separate disqualification process was added for directors who become out of compliance with qualifications for serving during their terms A final provision of the bylaw reforms includes an anti-take- over clause preventing the board from approving a dissolution or sale of PEC assets if the terms would disproportionally benefit any co-op director or employee. "The new bylaws will protect the financial interests of the in- dividual members of the Coop- emtive and provide the rules, processes and organizational structure to strengthen and pre- serve PEC's proud cooperative heritage," said PEC Director Pat- out directors. Previous co-op by- rick COx, who represents Hays laws only allowed remgval from CounW. "The bylaws ensure that office for specific insta~ces of di- the Cooperative will adhere to rector malfeasance, and required ethical standards and best prac- 25 percent of co-op metpbers, or rices." i Investing in Your Community Thank you for recognizing the vital role ACC plays in bringing affordable, comprehensive higher education to your community. Our area's economic development depends on a well-educated and highly skilled workforce. Lower Tuition All residents within Hays CISD will now receive full in-district benefits, effective immediately. This includes reduced tuition, from $150 to $42 per credit hour--a 72% savings. Students who already have registered and paid for spring 2011 classics will receive a refund. Closer to Home To better serve you, we're building a full-service ACC campus in your community. The ACC North Hays Campus will be located in the Plum Creek area, ~ear the intersection of Kohlers Crossing and Kyle Parkway (FM 1626), and will offer programs important to the area, including Early College Start, specialized business programs, applied technologies, academic transfer, and training in high-demand careers. Diversity of Students ACC serves a wide range of students: university transfers, future and current members of the workforce, adult learners, high school students, senior citizens, and more. ACC is eager to serve students in north Hays County. Thank you, HCISD voters, and welcome to the Austin Community College District. Now watch your investment grow. Track Our Progress: austincc.edu/hays 59% OF HAYS CISD votes yes i!i~i::;i:i!i~il iiiiiiiiii!iiii ONLY PER CREDIT HOUR A NEW " = AuSTIN COMMUNITY COLLE,6E Start Here. Get There, fill out the survey If you live in or around Buda, you should receive a survey for the comprehensive plan in the mail by November 22. This important survey asks about your opinions and your priorities for the future of Buda. Fill it out and return it by December 10 to be entered into a drawing for cash prizes! attend the public meeting On November 30, there will be an important meeting where you can tell us about your priorities for Buda's future. Join us at 6:30 in the Kunket Room at Buda Elementary to discuss and develop ideas to help plan for the Buda of the future. We'll provide pizza and door prizes for all who come and stay! for more into: brian laborde city of buda * 312-0084 www.budatxplan.wordpress.com