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March 17th, 2008
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The grass fires that ate up about 650 acres east of San Marcos in Hays and Guadalupe counties made news statewide including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The newspaper quotes a Texas Forest Service spokesperson saying, “We had multiple suspected arson starts.” Also on Friday, a 10,000-acre wildfire threatened two small West Texas towns in Knox County and a 14,000-acre fire that started in New Mexico encroached on Pecos County near Fort Stockton . . . The Austin American-Statesman breaks the story of two parolees’ escape from a substance abuse facility in Kyle. Jeremy Trevino, 21, and Justin Doty, 23, probably climbed over a fence in the unit’s recreation yard and fled on foot at about 10 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, they were caught a few miles away on County Road 158. Doly was sentenced to the program after forgery, theft and organized crime convictions in Tom Green county and Trevino after burglary and escaping from a Collingsworth County jail work detail, the newspaper reports. … The Statesman also uncovers more of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative as place where good Democrats went to retire, documenting three former directors’ lucrative pensions. … Also on the PEC front, the Hays Free Press looks at the increasingly crowded race for the cooperative’s board seat formerly held by former Hays County Judge and former PEC board president W.W. “Bud” Burnett. Last week, longtime resident Sally Hicks Barto, a former Humane Society board director, joined Buda Area Chamber of Commerce board president Dick Schneider and Kyle architectural historian Lila Knight in running for the seat, the newspaper reports.

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