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Lockhart Post Register (Newspaper) - June 18, 2015, Lockhart, Texas Volume 143, Number 25 ( USPS 317- 200) www. post- register. com G O G REEN . The Post- Register can be recycled at locations throughout Caldwell County, including most LISD schools. Brought to you by: A ROUND T OWN - In preparation for our annual Fourth of July tribute to our troops , the Post- Register is asking the community to submit photographs of current, activeduty servicemembers for the July 2, 2015, edition. To have your servicemember included, please submit a photograph, along with their name, branch, rank/ grade and current duty station to the Post- Register , either via email to kathibliss@ postregister. com, or to our office at 111 S. Church St., by 5 p. m. on Friday, June 26. - District 1 Pride will host their annual “ Family Picnic in the Park” Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 6 – 8 p. m. at Lockhart City Park. In addition to free swimming in the City Park Pool, hot dogs, chips and sodas, there will be games and bounce castles for the kids, as well as the City of Lockhart’s “ Movies in the Park,” beginning at dusk. - All students in Grades 7 - 12 must have a new physical on file for the 2015- 16 school year. The physicals must be completed on the UIL form, which is purple this year. The physical should be dated after May 1, and will be valid for one school year. Forms can be picked up at the Athletic Office located in the main gym on # 1 Lion Country Drive. The remainder of the required UIL forms can be accessed and signed online through the following link: HTTPS:// lockhartisd. rankonesport. com fr om any computer or smartphone. If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Office at ( 512) 398- 0350. All physicals and UIL paperwork should be completed by Aug. 3, for those planning to participate in high school volleyball, football, cross country and team tennis. All junior high athletes, as well as the remaining high school athletes, will need to complete their forms by Monday, Aug. 24. Students without completed physicals and forms will not be permitted to participate in sports, under UIL rules. - Caldwell County Habitat for Humanity is building a new home at 700 Sycamore St. in Lockhart . Workdays are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tools are provided at the site. For more information and/ or to volunteer for a workday, please call Linda Brooks at ( 512) 227- 0341 or Jody King at ( 512) 559- 1135. Because of Habitat for Humanity rules, children under the age of 18 are not allowed to work on the jobsite with power tools. - The Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library will meet Thursday, June 18, at 6 p. m. in the third floor meeting room. All current members and those wishing to join are welcome and encouraged to attend. W EEKEND W EATHER - F RI : P T C LOUDY 88/ 73 S AT : P T C LOUDY 89/ 74 S UN : P T C LOUDY 89/ 74 Thursday, June 18, 2015 20 pages, 2 sections Photo by Kathi Bliss/ POST- REGISTER INTRODUCING QUEEN SAMANTHA AND HER COURT - 2015 CTR Queen Samantha Cardenas ( top) and Princess Jazzmine participated in their first parade on Saturday morning, along with Little Miss CTR Queen Isabella Caballero ( bottom center), Princess Ysabella Rojas- Sosa and Duchess Marissa Sosa. The Court was crowned on Thursday evening as the community kicked off the 43rd annual Chisholm Trail Roundup Rodeo and Music Festival. For photo coverage of CTR, see Pages 6- 7A of today’s Post- Register. By Kathi Bliss Editor/ POST- REGISTER Hours, even days, of preparation turned into little more than a dry run. A very dry run. Throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, a weather- weary Caldwell County braced for the worst as Tropical Storm Bill bore down on the Gulf Coast. Emergency operations were activated. Orders were put in place. Businesses and offices closed early, and throughout Central Texas, people battened down the hatches. Despite the fanfare, Bill changed course at the last moment, leaving most of Caldwell County with less than an inch of rainfall. Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator Martin Ritchey opted to activate the Emergency Operations Center early on Tuesday, as forecasts called for Bill to dump up to eight inches of rain over an already flood- soaked Central Texas. Ritchey said, throughout the day on Tuesday, that the risk was high, not only for aerial flooding as the storm worked its will, but also for ground flooding, as the already- swelled Blanco and San Marcos Rivers and Plum Creek began to surge from rainfall at their headwaters. County Judge Kenneth Schawe initiated an emergency order prohibiting travel overnight, in the hopes of keeping people in their homes and off the roads, thereby diminishing the possibility that cars could be swept away by the rushing waters. Lockhart ISD ceased operations early on Tuesday, and canceled all district activities for Wednesday. Emergency shelters were opened in Lockhart and Luling. And the threat never materialized. By 10 p. m. on Tuesday, the community drew a cautious, collective breath as Bill turned once again and lost strength, heading north instead of lingering over Caldwell County, as was expected. Bill fizzles out S EE B ILL 3A H OW A RE Y OUR T AX D OLLARS B EING U SED ? S EE C LOCKTOWER , P AGE 4A R ODEO ROCKS THE HOUSE AT CTR S EE P AGE 1B By Kathi Bliss Editor/ POST- REGISTER In a matter of minutes, the Lockhart City Council tied up their routine business on Tuesday night, approving contracts for radio equipment and the purchase of equipment for the Lockhart Police Department. In the record- breaking 13- minute meeting, the Council voted unanimously to purchase 21 state- ofthe- art body cameras for police officers to wear on duty. “ Everything that happens when our officers are outside that car needs to be monitored,” Police Chief Mike Lummus said of the new cameras, which can be programmed to activate either when the sirens activate, or when the patrol car door opens. “ That’s the best thing, for our officer safety, and for the protection of the public as well.” The WiFi driven cameras, Lummus said, will hold up to four hours of recorded material, but that information can be downloaded wirelessly, and automatically, when the officers are near the police station on Bufkin Lane. Initially, the Council discussed reducing the number of cameras to be purchased, in an effort to cut the costs, but Lummus explained it would be best if every officer had their own camera. “ That will just make it easier on everyone,” he said. The cameras, according to City Manager Vance Rodgers, are being offered to LPD at a deep discount, in connection with other camera equipment budgeted to equip the department’s fleet, including two new cars that the council approved for purchase on Tuesday night. According to Lummus, the two cars will replace older models in the fleet, two of which have well over 150,000 miles. “ If it was a family sedan, it would still be okay at that mileage,” he said. “ But these cars are on the road 24 hours a day, and we don’t want one of our officers to get into a high- speed or pursuit situation with a car that has been repaired that many times.” The Lockhart City Council routinely meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7: 30 p. m. in the third floor Council Chambers at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library complex. The meetings are open to the public and broadcast on Time Warner Digital Cable Channel 10, as well as online at www. lockhart- tx. org. kathibliss@ post- register. com Lockhart cops to get body- cams

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