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ZC, WINNING TIME After playoff run last year, Lobos desire first winning season. - Page 1B HAY! , One of Budafest s unsung volunteers gets due props for keeping event dry. - Page 1C @Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com Vol. 109 No. 34 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 BY JONATHAN YORK jonathan@haysfreepress.com Walmart has applied for a permit to build a store on Kyte Parkway near Seton Medical Center Hays. That would put the giant retailer right by the commercial center of town, just across Interstate 35 from H-E-B Plus and Target, Walmart's longtime competitor. "We have a community of houses built around our city core, but we've never really developed the commer- cial base that a city of 30,000 should have," said Lanny Lambert, the city manager. "This goes a long way to- wards helping us get there." Walmart had not made a state- ment by press time. The city's eco- nomic development director de- clined to comment, saying that the company should be allowed to have the first word. There will be two public hearings on Walmart's request to build at 5754 Kyle Parkway. The first is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at a Planning and Zoning meeting. The H;E-B i?:: L wes _/: walm.n* second is 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at a City Council meeting. Both of these hear- ings are at Kyle City Hall. Marisa Classen, a Kyle-area resi- dent who owns a business in Bas- trop, says she expects to be there to oppose Walmart's request. "We don't need one more big es- tablishment in the city of Kyle," Clas- sen said. "We're already getting the big chains there. I think the more we can avoid the big chain stores, I think the better Kyle will be." Another neighbor said that the re- tailer's Buda location - about seven miles away- is close enough. Walmart also owns land across the See WALMART IN KYLE?, pg. 3A Commissioner Jones accused of 'vindictive' .act BY JONATHAN YORK jonathan@haysfreepress.com Hays County Commissioner Mark Jones has decided to remove longtime Justice of the Peace Beth Smith from the board th-af Oversees the Kyle. Fire Department, Several reasons have been sug- gested for the change. For one, ]ones wanted to appoint someone from the Hometown Kyle subdivision, where there was a great deal of anger over the redistricting plan that he had proposed. Smith had op- posed him on re- districting and on other matters. She also had been on this board for 27 years. It was her favorite one. So Jones, the SMITH Pct. 2 commissioner, talked to the Pct. 4 commissioner. RayWhisenant Jr. Jones used to represent Hometown Kyle. Now, with the districts redrawn, Whisenant did. Jones said that he wanted someone from Hometown Kyle on this particular board - the board for Emergency Services District No. 5, the board that raises taxes and oversees budgets for the Kyle Fire De- partment. Jones offeredWhisenant the chance to appoint a member to the board. This was only fair; the board was partly on his turf. What Whisenant didn't know is that. tO make room for this appoint- See FIRE BOARD, pg. 3A Volunteer Sonia Holland sorts tortillas at a food BY JONATHAN YORK jonathan@haysfreepress.com Vl~pannere's a wholesome aura to ed food. It holds up the romise of life against sick- ness, disaster, winter, war and time; the hardy little soldier of the pantry. And around Thanksgiving and Christmas, when people may be more charitable than at other times, canned food is an instnLmeut of kindness. Your church, school or library leaves out a box that you and your neighborhood promptly fin with alphabet soup and stewed tomatoes. All those cans go to the food bank. What happens then? "What happens is that we get cov- ered up in canned goods." said Jane Moore, spokeswoman for the Hays County Food Bank. "We're faced with spending money to rent a storage unit." PHOTO BY JONATHAN YORK distribution Tuesday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kyle. By the numbers 2NJ280 Last year's requests for Thanksgiving dinners 2,300 This year's requests for Thanksgiving dinners 350-400 Families helped per week last year. 508 Families helped per week this year Food bank staff members Source: Jerry Gracy, executive director. Hays County Food Bank The food bank gets so many cans that it's running out of places to put them. Not only is storing them nec- essal~ but workers also have to sort them and weigh them. "We're trying to think of a way to edflcate the public and kind of change their minds." Moore said. She's careful to say that all dona- tions help out and that canned food, eventually, will get to hungry people. But there's no denying that the food bank prefers cash. If donors would each give 85 cents instead of a can of green beans, people could be helped more ef- ficiently, said Jerry Gracy, executive director of the food bank. About 90 percent of last year's budget went to food distribution, according to an annual report. Gracy said that the biggest expenses are maintenance and gas for the two vans that pick up and distribute donations. (Disclo- sure: one Hays Free Press employee sits on the food bank's board.) With a small staff and only 10 per- cent of the budget for administrative See FOOD BANK, pg. 3A 14 patrol vehicles respond to arrest BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com A Buda woman says authorities have falsely accused her boyfriend Bryan Chandler of aggravated assault on her earlier this month. On Nov. 10, deputies were called out around 10 a.m. to ahome in the 800 block of FM 967, where they arrested Chandler, 49, who allegedly used a CHANDLER firearm to injure the woman, a Hays County Sheriff's Office report says. The 30-year-old woman, Rachael Baldwin, told the newspaper on Tues- day it was just a verbal argument and that she suffered no injuries. See ASSAULT CHARGE, pg. 2A COMPOSITE SKETCH Reward offered for Buda bank robber Hays County Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1.000 for informa- tion leading to the arrest and indictment of a man who robbed the Austin Telco Fed- eral Credit Union in Buda on Nov. 15. Po- lice say they have no leads after a masked man robbed a teller at gunpoint at about 9 a.m., then fled on foot. To report informa- tion, call 1-800-824-TIPS (8477). Subscriberaddress COMING UP Lobo Mariachi . Wnnter Concert Budafest and fundranser Budafest kicks off Mariachi musicians from Saturday morn- Simon, Wallace, Chapa ~~~?~:~ ing with a parade middle schools and Lehman ~~ilt downtown starting High School will perform at at 10 a.m. ThisI this fundraiser for the Leh- ' two-day event will man. Mar ach s. A cr spy taco ~A feature artisans and I dinner with rice, beans and vendors from all / drink for $4 will be served. ::= 0 ~ Eil;:/,,,A~ over Central Texas. [ Treats from the r'-~ P,- ~1~ There will also be [ Sweet Shop~ , ~ ~(~< ~J~[l~ ~ plenty f live music' I will also be j~=t, lm food and festivities ] available.! ~ fr the whle family" / ~ ~ 4 For a more detailed list of area events, go to ~ ~L ~ ~ ~ ~, ~ [ haysfreepress.com/calendar and page 4C n of today's paper. ,.