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Hays Free Press December 28, 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW ,Page 3D Top News Stories of 2011 Continued from pg. 1D Ill SUBMI'n'ED PHOTO BY KELLI STAPP Wildfires rage at the counl / e Fire retardant was dropped on a blaze that razed 25 acres south of Kyle in September. At the same time the monster fire was roaring in Bastrop, Hays County burned to~ forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes along the H and burning nearly 70 homes. NO one was reported hurt ir were able to help out in neighboring counties. "We've been \ Huckaby said. "We're now putting some of our resources t( Really old buildings m restored to former glory si, vh Two of the oldest buildings in town are dr open to the public again after renovations that ur required more than 30 years of planning and fundraising. The Stagecoach House and Onion Creek Post Office, at Historic Stagecoach Park, T( will house the city's tourism offices and feature fi local history, maps and artifacts. ch Onward and upward on to "S: the trucker overpass, el, Buda wants to develop an industrial corridor la~ along Interstate 35 south of the city center. er The latest link in that effort is the opening fo of the Robert S. Light Overpass, which con- nects the city's new truck bypass with Hillside wi Terrace Drive on the east. It's alSO part of the "o city's effort to kick big trucks off its downtown streets. Now if the intersection just had access to Interstate 35. Ruda bank robbery investigationthc A masked man walked into a Buda credit pt union this fall, brandished a handgun and bc ). The outcomes here were less disastrous. One fire iys,Travis County line, cutting through 6,400 acres local fires, though, and Kyle and Buda firefighters Pry fortunate in Hays County," Buda Fire Chief Clay help elsewhere." [n January, the site was granted a historical trker under the Texas Historical Commis- n's "Undertold Marker Program," which pro- les funding incentives for markers that ad- ~ss historical gaps or document significantly derrepresented subjects or untold stories. ;mpers boil, and fire ghters' tax election fails During a heated exchange in council ambers, City Councilwoman Sandra Tenorio d Buda Fire Chief Clay Huckabee she felt abbed in the back" by a fire department ~ction calling on voters to raise sales taxes. The tax was to fund the purchase of a new lder truck and other initiatives, but city lead- ;were counting on the same pot of money themselves. [n the end the November election failed, th Huckabee blaming economic jitters and ~position and misleading information." Drmer mayor returns to council [When Mayor Bobby Lane lost his seat to police tackle first ~lenger Sarah Mangham in May, he spent summer adjusting to life out~ide of the blic sphere. It didn't suit him, and in Novem- r he was re-elected to a City Council seat. demanded cash; "It's very comforting to know that I still have ',ood base of support in the city," Lane said. ready to go. I'm revitalized." Less than two minutes later, he walked away aT! with a bag full of money- becoming the first 1 bank robber in the one-year history of the ..... Buda Police Department. "He was in and out," said Buda police Detec- tive Erlka Simmons, Police released surveillance footage and a composite sketch of the bandit, but he remains at large: Site of former slave colony honored Freed slaves settled Antioch Colony in the yearS following the CivilWar. The farming com- munity grew to include a School and church but was virtually abandoned by the 1950s as resi- dents left in search of opporttmities elsewhere. tSekate park named for en who died City Council members choked back tears in Ju ae as they renamed the Buda Skate Park in h( nor of Jackson Norris, a Hays High School st~ tdent who was struck and killed by a pickup m tck in Lockhart a month earlier. There was a funny, goofy side to Jackson. "I- ]s goal was to make people laugh, and he di t that every chance he could," recalled his m )ther Rebeccca. "You couldn't stay mad at hi n for more than five seconds." The skatepark will occupy a one-acre lot mar the intersection of Goforth Road and Scuth FM 967. COURTESY PHOTO A tough tooth to pull One year ago Kyle dentist Ray Wolbrecht sued to stop Austin Community College from expanding into northern Hays County. Even though voters had decided by a 59 percent majority to join the college's taxing district, Wolbrecht believed that "the rich and politically connected and powerful" had won at the people's expense. ACC didn't tell voters what the full tax burden would be, he claimed in court. The case was dismissed, but he is now appealing to the Texas Supreme Court. PHOTO BY DOUG GARNER The show must go on Kyle was the only city in the area that decided conditions weren't too dry for a good, old-fashioned fireworks show. The city's Fourth of July display lit the night skies, enthralling folks from near and far. New brand urges Buda to 'breathe easy here' Residents noted a certain crispness and cleanness in the air on Jan. 19, the morning after council members approved a new brand for their city: ,'Breathe easy here." Councilwoman Cathy Chilcote worried the slogan might remind people of the region's, ahem, air quality issues, but the accompanying graphic of a child in a tire swing was meant to elicit a laid back lifestyle and family focus: '~s we know, it's not easy to breathe in downtown Austin, but you can come down here and get a breath of fresh air," said Bobby Lane, who was still the town's mayor at the time. All Phases of Remodeling Painting ~ Tile ~ Siding * Decks ~r Trim ~r Door & Window Replacement Drywall Repair ~ Custom Cabinets Patio Covers ~ Electrical & Plumbing SEPTIC PUMPING CLEANING REPAIRS COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL SELLMAN ENTERPRISES, INC. Serving the Hays Metro area, including Travis, Blanco, Bastrop, Williamson & surrounding counties. Commercial & Residential Locally serving our community since 1982. 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