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HaysFreePress.com ~a~ee ~rtss CLASSIFIEDS PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY November 24, 2010 * Page 10 Extend holiday cheer to our less fortunate neighbors OF COMMERCE The turkey and all the trim- mings have been consumed, the pies and cakes de- voured and now we are all wishing we hadn't eaten that last bite. Many of us spent the Thanks- giving holiday celebrating with loved ones, watching football, shopping and a host of other activities. Now that this holiday is complete, it is time to get started on the next one. Christmas brings a mulfitude of emotions to the forefront as we again plan to gather and feast. As we prepare, we are reminded that not every home will be filled with joy as some homes with young children in our community will not be anticipalkrg Santa to arrive with gifts and cheer. Even though our local economy is strong and is turning around, for some it will not turn around soon enough. Every year the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce holds a December mixer to gather new, unwrapped gifts so tess fortunate children will not be left out this coming season. The gathering will include music, libations, delicious food and an incredible opportu- nit), to network at a beautiful ven- ue while we collect toys for needy children. We have had excellent partners over the many years that we have been holding this event and this year is no different. April and lodie of the Winfield Inn called us earlier this year and offered their beautiful facility, as the location for this event, provid- ing an enchanting setting for such a worthwhile cause. Seton Medi- cal Center Hays has stepped for- ward and offered to be the main sponsor for this event. The food for the evening will be provided by catering director Stacy Ocosta and her professional staff at Carinos [talian in South Park Meadows. We will also be partnering with Hays CISD, Hope and Love 4 Kids, Austin Real Estate Partners and the Texas Adoption Coalition to serve the needy chil- dren in Hays County. Please join the Kyle Area Cham- ber and all of its partners from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Winfield Inn, 900 Scott Street in D,,le, so that we may all remember tim real reason that we celebrate this coming Christmas season. This event is free and open to the public. We do ask that all attendees bring a new, umvrapped toy for a child, even teenagers. For more information on this event please contact us at ray@kylechamber.org or 512-268- 4220. Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Kyle Chamber Awards Gala - Texas Soiree. Our annual event recognizes and ap- plauds all of our member busi- nesses, organizations and indi- viduals for the hard work, support and community involvement that all of our members put forth each day. The Awards Gala will be held at Texas Old Tovm - Sage Hall on Saturday, Jan. 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, an award cere- mony and a live and silent auction as we celebrate you, the Sinlply Charming community, of Kyle. For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website at www.Kyle- Chamber.org. UPCOMING CALENDAR OF EVENTS Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m. - Santa's Ar- rival & Tree Lighting Ceremony - Downtown Kyle. Santa arrives at City Hall at 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 6:00 p.m. - Kyle Cham- ber Ambassadors' B.A.S.H. & Toy Drive sponsored by Seton Medical Center Hays at the Winfield Inn Dec. 16, all day- Free Small Business Counseling for new, start-up and existing businesses through the Texas State Small Business Development Center. All appointments are free and confidential and held at the Kyle Chmnber office for your conve- nience. Call 512-268-4220 to set up your free appointment today. PHOTO BY DAVID GOODGE The A-Line Super Stocks get ready to take the checkered flag. PHOTO BY JEFF GARVIN STAFF REPORT hunderhi[l Race- way in Kyle recently signed a sanctioning agreement with NASCAR to become part of the NA- SCAR Whelen All-American Series, officials announced Friday. This short track racing program will give Thun- derhill Raceway plenty of exposure with the NASCAR name and will also provide an opportunity for Thun- derhill drivers to compete for track, state and nation- al championships, officials say. The Whelen series, formerly the Dodge Weekly Series aild Winston Racing Series, is NASCAR's pro- gram for local racetracks. As part of the same NASCAR organization, rac- ers and fans can expect to see partnerships between Thunderhill and Houston Motorsports Park to bring more competition and excitement to both race tracks, officials said. "Now with this big NA- SCAR announcement and our parmership with HMP, 1 know we'll have some incredible opportunities for our drivers and teams," said Mary Ann Naumann, Thunderhill Raceway's owner. "1 didn't think the 2011 racing season could get more exciting." Houston Motorsports Park is headed into its third season with NASCAR. In October, Thunderhill officials also ammunced that the racetrack is under consideration for a real- ity TV show, with shoot- ing to possibly begin next season. Los Angeles based producers Panl Hogan and Sarah Platt are currently pitching a pilot episode to networks. Taking their first big step with this new partner- ship, both Thunderhill and Houston Motorsports Park will host the NASCAR Mod- ifieds as their feature NA- SCAR division in 2011. The NASCAR Modified racers can compete for a NASCAR Track Championship at each track ($10,000 points fund for each track) and a NASCAR State Champion- ship ($7,500 points fund). In addition, NASCAR cur- rently uses a driver's best 18 finishes in the feature division to deterntine the national champion. With 30 combined scheduled races Rookie Taylor Brandes claims his first Texas Super Racing Series Late Model victory. TSRS Late Model driver Cory Thunderhill Raceway garage. PHOTO BY SUZANNE DYER Roper and his crew go through the pre-qualifying technical inspection in the during the 2011 NASCAR season (14 at Thunderhill, plus 16 at Houston), Texas NASCAR Modified racers will have a real opportunity to compete for a NASCAR National Championship that awards $40,000 among the top three drivers, of- ficials say. Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped asphalt oval track, located at 24801 Interstate 35 in South Kyle near Yarrington Road. PHOTO BY DAVID GOODGE The fans in the grandstands enjoy dancing to YMCA between races. ,, !)kTtt()l)()N Smiles everybody.., smiles Members of the Buda and Kyle Chambers of Commerce tics west of the intersection of FM 1626 and FM 967 with PHOTO BY MARY 8TONE celebrated the opening of Long Orthodon- a ribbon cutting earlier this month. 2010 upturn raises es tax receipt BY BOB BARTON percent but should push past the 2009 totals when the December bob@haysfreepress.com report is received next month. Wimber]ey has snapped out of With a late year upturn, Hays its early year sales tax doldrums, County's four largest cities have but still registers an almost five shown distinct improvement in percent drop below last year. sales tax receipts for the year and The county's smaller cities are headed to an overall increase have a mixed record for the year. of at least five percent. Mountain City and Uhland reg- Total sales tax receipts for No- istered increases thus far while vembersawKylesetanewmonth- Hays, Niederwald and Wood- ly high with a deposit of slightly creek have seen drops of less more than $333,000. Buda's all than 10percent. time monthly high of $366,000 Overall the i0 cides collected al- was set in February, 2007. most $2.4 million this month, push- Also leading the way this ing the total city sales tax income month was Dripping Springs by the county cities for the year to with an increase for the first elev- $24.5 million. That's a healthy 5.2 en months of the year of a little percent spurt over 2009. more than 20 percent. Not too far Buda is sure to surpass $3 mil- behind is Kyle, which is showing lion by the end of the year and an uptick of slightly more than Kyle stands a very good chance 14 percent, buoyed by sizeable of passing that figure for the first fall increases in retail sales, time. Buda has done so for the San Marcos has registered an four previous years. San Marcos improvement of almost five per- also should hit a new annual cent while Buda has nearly over- high when next month's collec- comeanearlyyeardowntumwith tions are distributed and will al- late year improvement. It's still] most surely surpass $I9 million running behind by less than one for the first time.