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+ CLASSIC HOOPS GOOD CHEER YEAR Rebel Classic basketball Lehman cheerleaders take first tournament draws competition at regionals and make bid for from near and far. nationals. - Page 1B . Page 3B @Barton Publications, !nc. HaysFreePress;com ..................... Vol. 109 * No. 35 g Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County ,, 75 Man accu O BY SEAN KIMMONS she noticed bruises on his body member's live-in boyfriend, had after he stayed the night at a touched him inappropriately, sean@haysfreepress.com family member's home in Kyle. the mother says in the report. When she came to pick upThemothertookhersontobe A 21-year-old Kyle man was her son, the family member ex- evaluated at Seton Medical Cen- arrested late last month for al- plained that the boy had fallen ter Hays, where physical evi- legedly molesting a friend's off the couch, causing the bruis- dence of traumatic sexual abuse three-year-old son, an arrest af- es. Later, the mother became was found, the report adds. fidavit says. suspicious when her son re- The Hays County Sheriff's Of The toddler's mother in- fused to take a bath and told her formed authorities in Iuly that that Gabriel Baeza III, the family See ABUSE CHARGE, pg. 2A BAEZA Arson suspect in one of three obite home flees Kyle firefighters battle a blaze in the area of Goforth and High roads early Friday. The firefighters were able to contain the flames to one end of the mobile home. Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said the firs could have been sparked by a faulty refrigerator. He deemed a separate fire off FM 2001 as "suspicious in nature." Read the story on page 2A. BY JONATHAN YORK showing his cards. That commissioner is Ray jonathan@haysfreepress.com Whisenant Jr. He convened the citizens' forum, at Old Kyle A roomflfl of people in Kyle City Hall, to listen to concerns got a chance Monday night for and recommendations about something they wanted sorely whom he shonid appoint. Most to do: complain that Beth Smith of the speakers addressed him had not been reappointed to directly but clearly were speak- the board that oversees the fire ing to the audience, who re- department, sponded to many statements But in their eagerness to with applause. praise Smith and to criticize With the exception of one Mark Jones, the county corn- speaker who got up simply missioner who declined to to express his confidence in reappoint her. they may have Whisenant's decisions, every- missed an important detail: The one who spoke was there to commissionerwhonowhasthe support Smith. who is a long power to reappoint Smith - or to choose someone else- is not See APPOINTMENTS, pg. 2A PHOTO BY WES FERGUSON Hays County Commissioner Ray Whisenant addresses Justice of the Peace Beth Smith during a town hall meeting Monday in Kyle. Whisenant declined to say whether he intended to reappoint the Iongtime judge to a position on the board overseeing the Kyle Fire Department. [] [] [] BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com The age of partial prohibition could be drawing to a close in Kyle and Buda. Voters will go to the polls to decide whether each town should fillly relax its liquor laws, according to a local group that says it has collected enough signatures to force the measure onto local ballots in 2012. The change would allow for the operation of wine bars, cocktail lounges, beer joints, biergartens and saloons in the neighboring cities, but Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson said resi- dents shouldn't expect an in- flux of watering holes any time soon. "I don't think the election to expand our liquor license rights is going to necessarily bring any hightclubs to Kyle," sh~, said. "I just don't think your average Kyle family is really big on ~ght- dubs." Instead, she and other sup- porters say, the vote would change local laws so restaurants could qualify for beer-and-wine permits from the state, instead of a more costly permit for full liquor sales.Voters first gave res- taurants the OK to sell alcohol ha 2007. so long as more than 51 percent of their profits came from food. Gerald Sherfill, the owner of See LIQUOR VOTE, pg. 3A What do you thin y~([~ As long as we i~ have the correct ordinances in place to keep them so many feet away from schools and churches, I do not think it's a bad thing to let voters decide if that's what we should have in Buda or not. I do feel it would open up more eco- nomic development both downtown and in other areas of town. Sarah Mangham Buda mayor y~ The only cities in I~1~ the Austin-San Antonio corridor that have these restrictions are Kyle and Buda. We're the only two cities left that don't have full rights to the sales of alcohol. Lucy Johnson Kyle mayor NI[~ No thank you. I was g approached by a woman with this petition. I said "No" to signing her pe- tition. She said, "Don't you want more restaurants in Kyle?" That's not the point. I don't want the bars, thank you. Part of the charm of this town is that it's not a bar town. I ~ vote to keep it that way. Keep Kyle wholesome. Kelly Stiver Aguirre Kyle resident soon to BY JONATHAN YORK jonathan@haysfreepress.com Getting around Kyle is not so much fun. however you choose to do it. There are potholes if you drive, tight lanes if you hike and ditches if you walk. In council meetings this fall the city's leaders have talked at length about how to fix our troubled roads. And most of the focus has been on motor traffic. which is a natural choice for a town that makes its living along the interstate. There have been a fewindica- tions, too, that the city is inter- ested in helping non-motorists get around. The new city plan- ner, Sofia Nelson, told the Hays See SIDEWALKS, pg. 3A Subscriber address Close the Door! The Lehman High School Theater Depart- ment is presenting the stage presentation of "Close The Door So It Can't Get In Your Room." The play follows a first year teacher as he struggles and ultimately has to decide whether to keep teaching at all. It's full of humor and poignant moments. It is set in the '80s, so the hair is big and the pre-show music is great! The play will show Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 7 o.m. and there will be a matinee Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lehman High School Theatre. Tickets are $5. COM HG OP Budafest kicks off Saturday morn- ing with a parade downtown starting at 10 a.m. This two-day event will feature artisans and vendors from all over Central Texas. There will also be plenty of live music, food and festivities for the whole family. 150 Farmers and Chdshnas Craft Market Local produce, dairy, meat, honey and pies along with hand crafted artwork and Christmas crafts make this a great place to spend a Saturday morning. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Michaelis Ranch, 3600 W. 150, Kyle For a more detailed list of area events, go to haysfreepress.comlcalendar and page 4C of today's paper. Real estate sales are up slightly for Buda and Kyle areas. - Page 1D gl Opinions ....................... 4-5A Sports ........................ 1-2B Education ..... . ............... 3-4B Community .................... 1-6C Calendars ..................... 4C Service Directory ......... 2-3D Classifieds ...................... 2D Public Notice .............. 2-3D I III!!1!1!1!II1[1!i!!1!I[11