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Lockhart Post Register (Newspaper) - January 6, 2000, Lockhart, Texas ,V3 Post-Register fsJ Volume 128, Number 1 (USPS 317-200) 'Serving Lgckhart & Caldwell County Since 1872' www.post-register.com 14 Pages, 2 Sections What's inside County Ag News...............page 2A Dale News.........................page 2A Area obituaries.................page 5A County Ext. Agent...........page 6A Lytton Springs News.......page 7A Chamber banquet set......page IB Letters to the Editor........page 3B Golden Age Home..........-page 6B Whizzerville Whistle........page 6B ftoject Grdmtion A Project Graduation 2000 meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, in the cafeteria at Lockhart High School. Seniors and their parents are needed to help with fundraisers and preparations for the Project Graduation celebration. Make plans to attend this important meeting. Youth b-ball Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, Lockhart Community Recreation Center will jump-start its Saturday Youth Basketball Camp for kids ages 5-12. Like before, the camp will be helbTlit We_Tockhart Junior High gymnasium. For more information, contact the Rec Center at 398-5507. Caniikks Mm If it's January, it must be time to jump into local politics! A Candidates Forum has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Delhi Community Center. The action begins at 7 p.m. Come to Delhi and meet the candidates for county sheriff, county constable and state representative. Don't miss the opportunity to ask questions and become a better-informed voter. Slo-pitch meeting A meeting of the New Millennium Countywide Slow Pitch Softball League will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Community Recreation Center, 218 E. Market Street in Lockhart. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting and help determine new rules for the year 2000. The softball league features co-ed play. Tilmon Jam The Tilmon Community Center will host a jam session from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. The session will feature country, bluegrass and gospel music by performers from the Central Texas area. Everyone is welcome. hoi for tkutfiL "Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing." - Phyllis Diller NICE SENTIMENT - Dan Fay's sign on Hwy. 183 greeted travelers as they enjoyed the new year. Late filings boost political field Year in Review By Greg Densmore News Editor A flurry of applications during the last week of filing added eight more Democratic candidates to the list of political hopefuls running for office in the March 14 Primary election. No other Republican candidates filed for office during the last week to' do so. Three candidates had previously filed their candidacies. A couple of incumbents, county sheriff Mike Bading and Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronnie Duesterheft, were among the late-filers. Also filing their candidacies in the final week were: Art Villarreal, county sheriff; Mary Vicky Gonzales, tax assessor-collector; Kenneth Moore, Precinct 1 Commissioner; Andy Govea and Tommy Lowe, Precinct 1 Constable; and Richard Callihan, Precinct 2 Constable. Caldwell County sheriff The addition of Bading, 46, and Villarreal, the 33-year-old chief of police in Mustang Ridge, into the race for sheriff doubled the number of Democratic candidates vying for the post. Already on the March ballot were Jimmy Parker, 53, a communication technician; and Daniel Law, 32, a deputy sheriff. Running for sheriff as a Republican is Charles "Chuck" George, 47, who works for a propane sales and service company. In the November general election, he will square-off against the winner of the Democratic Primary. Tax Assessor-Collector Mary Vicky Gonzales, 47, who has over 20 years of experience working as a clerk in the tax office, filed late as a Democratic candidate for the Tax Assessor-Collector's post. She drew no Republican opposition. Commissioner, Precinct 1 A late addition to the field of Democratic candidates vying for the Precinct 1 slot was Kenneth Moore of Dale, a 59-year-old correction officer. The three-time incumbent, Morris Alexander, 67, also faces competition from Herb Schulze, 58, a retired school administrator; and Ruperto Gonzales, 57, a research technician specialist. The Primary race for (See FIELD, Page 4A) Annexations, Y2K readiness top list of '99 issues By Greg Densmore News Editor City of Lockhart annexation hearings, Y2k readiness plans and EMS budget problems dominated the local headlines during the last six months of 1999. Also grabbing front-page headlines was a new campus alignment plan for Lockhart ISD, the success of the LHS cross-country teams as well as a set of amendments to strengthen the county's subdivision regulations. Following is a month-by-month syn- opsis of some of the issues making news in Caldwell County from July through December. July Eighteen months after Lytton Springs businessman Les Spradling was shot to death in his convenience store, a 44-year-old man, Arthur Keith Jackson, was charged with murder in connection with the case. Lockhart ISD school trustees gave their seal of approval to a new campus alignment plan that would place students in grades 1-5 at either the Clear Fork or Plum Creek campuses for the duration of their elementary careers. The Lockhart City Council held the first of two scheduled annexation hearings at city hall. Backed by many others, eight opponents took the podium to decry the move to annex three areas in the east, north and northeast. Members of the Caldwell County Commissioners Court were told that installation of new computer software designed to squash the Y2k bug was running about 30 days behind schedule. The delay in the $160,000 project was caused by "miscommunication issues" regarding various forms needed by the county and district clerks. One week after the initial public hearing, dozens of rural residents opposing the planned annexation made their feelings known in a second hearing at city hall. Most were vehemently against the city's annexation efforts. August A district court jury in Lockhart found 19-year-old Franky Tel In guilty (See REVIEW, Page 4A) Council oKays CR-219 funding By Greg Densmore News Editor The Lockhart City Council Tuesday night narrowly passecl a motion authorizing the city to pay for one-third of the estimated cost to rebuild County Road 219 on the western outskirts of the city. The road in question runs past the new junior high. Rebuilding the road is needed so that bus traffic can safely manuever on it. The motion by Councilman Jim Stephens authorized the city to fund up to one-third of the total cost of the road project, "not to exceed $60,000." The council's debate over the road funding centered on what type of paving method will be used - hot mix (overlay) or squirt top. City officials prefer the (See COUNCIL, Page 4A) Jack and Mija Burton of Lockhart welcomed twin sons, Grayson and Fox, into the world several days before the new year. The (almost) New Year babies Jack and Mija Burton's twin sons almost waited until the New Year to make their appearance, but instead settled on a birth date of Dec. 27. The boys, 6-pound Grayson and 6-pound, 1-ounce Fox, were born minutes apart at an Austin hospital. "It's been a lot of fun," said the new daddy. "What could be better?" Having twins was not much of a surprise for the first-time parents. Jack's father, local dentist Ed Burton, had a brother and sister who were twins. Mija's mother had identical twin brothers. Tests on whether Grayson and Fox are identical were inconclusive. The proud father has his own thoughts, though. "They look and do everything the same," he said. LHS girls set sights hi By Jeff Sweeney Staff Intern Coach Andy Castillo and his Lady Lions have their sights set high this year as they enter the District 27-4A basketball season. Everywhere they look in the girls' gym, colorful signs and banners are plastered with one main theme: "The Sky is the Limit." So far this season, the Lady Lions have indeed flown high, as they have racked up a record of 15-4. Just last weekend, the Lockhart girls laid claim to the championship trophy at the Columbus Invitational Tournament (see related story below). "The girls are really hungry to win this year," said Castillo, "and they want to continue their success, so I think we'll be okay." Last year, the Lady Lions finished the regular season with a 19-13 record - good enough for its first play-off berth in three years. Although the team lost to Fredericksburg in the first round of bi-district play last year, they're ready for another shot at the play-offs. "Last year, the girls initially believed in themselves, and when they started to win, I think the momentum carried over," said Castillo. This year, they hope to do The Lady Lions open district play on Friday the same. The Lady Lions open district play this Friday night (Jan. 7) at home against New Braunfels Canyon. Castillo and the Lady Lions are counting on three young women to lead them to the play-offs: Stephanie Riles, Denise Arias and Teri Ann Reed. Riles, a junior, is the backbone of the team and a sure standout in District 27-4A this year. "We're an entirely different team when she's not on the (See SIGHTS, Page 4A) TOURNAMENT CHAMPS! Members of the Lady Lions are pictured (left-to-right) with the championship trophy they won at Columbus: (front row) Amanda Dietz, Anna Williams, Katie Warren, Jessica Gomez and Vicki Juarez; (back row) Denise Arias, April Royal, Teri Ann Reed, Amanda Owen and Stephanie Riles. Not pictured are Tresha Ellison and Tamara Monroe. Lady Lions win tourney By Jodie Ferguson Sports Writer A 15-4 record has a definite ring to Lady Lion basketball fans. The varsity team has kept the winning intensity long enough to get through pre-dis-trict in good shape, but the real challenge begins this Friday with the start of District 27-4A play. The Lady Lions begin district action at home when they face the Lady Cougars of Canyon. Over the holiday break, however, the team had time to prepare for its annual trek to the Columbus Invitational Tournament. When the tourney drew to a close, the Lady Lions had brought home a little Christmas cheer - the first-place trophy. Lockhart defeated four teams to become the tournament champs. As added bonuses, Stephanie Riles brought home another tournament MVP title and teammate Denise Arias was named All-Tourney. \Boys' team ups record to 13-7; see page IB In the preliminary rounds, Lockhart had to overcome the holiday slumber routim and speed it up in order to play competitively. In the first game, the Houston Knights took on the sluggish Lockhart team, but couldn't take advantage of the (See CHAMPS, Page 4A) ;