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DECEMBER 29, 2010 + HEADS UP Rebel boys soccer team hoping for 2010 repeat - Page 1B PHOTOS IN 2010 News of events of the past year caught on camera. - Page 1C f,,.. i . Barton Publications, Inc. HaysFreePress.com 108. NO. 38 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays Counter/ 75 BY JENNIFER BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com BUDA PATROL The nine inaugural members of the Buda Police Department took their oaths of office in October, taking over law enforcement services from the county. In 2007, the city contracted with the Hays County Sheriff's Office for a dedicated force known as the Buda Patrol, but moved last year to terminate the county contract and build a home-grown police force. Be Kidd, who led the Buda Patrol, is serving as the city's first police chief. The new station is housed on Houston Street, just southeast of City Hall. The department's annual costs are budgeted at about $700,000, lightly than the city wa~paying for a contract force. See BUDA YEAR IN REVIEW, pg. 4A BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com NEW LIBRARY GETS BOOKED A picturesque 201000-square-foot library is slated to be added to Kyle's old town district after plans of the more than $3.6 million building were ap- proved in May. Inspired by the archi- tecture of the new city hall, the library will cost roughly nine percent over the original budget of $3.2 million. A ground breaking ceremony is scheduled at the proposed site on South Meyer Street on ]an. 13 at 1 p.m. Completion of construction is expected by the end of 2011. The Friends of the Library fund has raised at least $155,000 to go toward the new library that will replace the cur- rent 5,000-square-foot library. CITY MANAGER ORDEAL Following a long search, Leon Val- ley City Manager Lanny Lambert was finally tapped to become Kyle s new city manager Nov. 16. The position was See KYLE YEAR IN REVIEW, pg. 4A PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON A high jump was all that saved Hays High keeper as a Lehman High forward goes barrelling into the goal. Hays ending up winning the game 3-0, bu~ not before emotions on the field got the best of players from both sides, and an on-field brawl broke out in the first half. BY BRAD ROLLINS brad@haysfreepress.com REPUBLICANS WIN EVERY CONTESTED RACE It wasn't even close. Republi- cans swept all 28 contested races on the ballot in Hays County from governor to county surveyor. A little more than 40,000 of the county's 95,527 registered voters turned out for the non-presiden- tial year election and nearly half of them voted a straight-party ticket. Of those, 58.85 percent pulled the lever for Republicans while 39.03 voted for all Democratic Party candidates. HISTORIC CLUB 21 BURNS TO THE GROUND Club 2 l, a 1 I7:year-old land- mark in Uhland, was destroyed by a spectacular fire early Oct. 24. Investigators say that two vehicles apparently were tearing down Cotton Gin Road at high speeds before crossing Texas 21 without stopping. The wreckage of one of the vehicles, a Mazda passenger car, was found under rubble in the club's ruins and aChevro- let Suburban was wrecked and abandoned nearby; neither cars' C0UNW YF. M REVIEW, pg. 2A BY SEAN KIMMONS sean@haysfreepress.com What were the biggest stories of 2010? We'll let you be the judge. In order of HaysFreePress.com page views, here are our top web stories of the year. IffLE POUCE OFFICER LOSES BADGE IN PEDOPHILE CASE When former Kyle Police Officer Karl Cranek failed to properly investigate a traffic stop in February and let alleged pedophile Dusfin McFall escape with a 14-year-old runaway, the department fired him. Cranek appealed his termi- nation in a neutral arbitration hear- ing but his termination was upheld. McFall ia currently in HaD County ]all awaiting trial. LEHMAN MOURNS DEATH OF FORMER HOMECOMING QUF.EN. Audrey Gaytan, who wrapped up her senior year at Lehman High School as homecoming ~Iueen and captain of the girls soccer team before graduating in May 2009, died in February in the Rio Grande VaUey. Gaytan, 19, died atVal- ley Baptist Medical Center in Harlin- gen, near the Texas-Mexico border. CITY MANAGER RESIGNS Concerns involving the performance of former Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis sparked his resignation in early April. Mattis, who had been the city manager for eight years, pocketed up to $250,000 in termination pay in his surprise departure. In November, the Kyle City Council hired former Leon Valley City Manager, Lanny Lambert, as its next city manager. BATI'LE OF PEDDLERS PEDDUNG IN KYLE A trio of young entrepreneurs, who ran a snow cone stand named the Chilly Penguin, petitioned Kyle city officials in March to change an out-dated ordinance that made it dif- ficult for local food vendors to oper- ate. In August, the Kyle City Council unanimously approved a revised city ordinance allowing peddlers, such as mobile and temporary vendors who offer food services, to operate within city limits. See TOP IOWEB STORIES, pg. 2A To everyone who makes it possible for us to bring the Hays Free Press to you- our much-appreciated readers. ran Eagle Commercial Printing Our Local Post Offices and Mail Carriers Advertisers, Columnists and Contributors II New Year's Eve New Covenant Church will be hosting a New Year's Eve dinner at Dance Unlimited Studio in Buda. New Year's 24-Hour Changng Meditagon Barsana Dham invites everyone to a medita- tion service from noon to midnight on Friday and 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. Find more local events in the Bhlletin, page 4C. Complete listings at haysfreepress, com/calendar 2010 WEEKLY A week-by-week summary of this past year's news events. - Page 1D Z I Opinions ..................... 3A Bulletin Boards ...... i ........ 4C Sports ........................ I&2B Year in Review ............ I&4D Education ................... 3&4B Service Directory ......... 2&3D Community ....................... 4C Classifieds ..................... 2D Obituaries .......................... 2C Public Notices ............ 2&3D +