The Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Tex.), Vol. 154, No. 22, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 12, 2007 Page: 1 of 10
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Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper Since March 1, 1853 Semi-Weekly Since Sept. 5, 1977
Volume 154, Number 22
16 pages in two sections
1 un rules back on county agenda
By Davis McAuley
Bastrop County commis-
sioners will consider new rules
to regulate the use of firearms in
small lot residential areas when
they meet Monday.
The public session begins at
9 a.m. in the Courthouse Annex
at 904 Pecan St. in Bastrop.
"We've discussed this
before," said County Judge
Ronnie McDonald. But in the
absence of new rules, com-
plaints continue to reach county
officials, he said.
County engineer Joe Temus
has done some research into
what authority the county
has to make laws regulating
the discharge of firearms, said
"It's a growing area," said
McDonald. "It's not all rural
Di scussion about new restric-
tions began even before the
recent death of a Hays County
child who was struck outside his
home by a stray bullet from a
nearby property, said the judge.
"It's no longer the old Bastrop,"
he said. "We don't want bullets
crossing property lines."
The judge did not suggest
specific new regulations com-
missioners may consider.
In other business Monday,
commissioners will conduct
public hearings and could adopt
new rules governing on-site dis-
posal of wastewater and new
driveway regulations. Some
adjustments to current regula-
tions could help clarify the rules
and improve the quality of some
new developments, Temus indi-
cated in a recent interview.
A complete list of polling
places is on Page 3.
A mother s love
The Bastrop Advertiser photo/Terry Hagerty
Star Bowen holds her son, Michael, during a talk on Hunter syndrome at Wal-Mart Friday. Michael
has the cellular disorder, which has no cure. Wal-Mart donated $1,000 to the MPS Society for con-
Bastrop child's disease a rallying point
By Terry Hagerty
Two days before Mother's Day,
Star Bowen talked unflinchingly
about her son's terminal illness.
Bowen is a stalwart, but a stal-
wart is not without emotions.
When Bowen said of her seven-
year-old son, Michael, "I will make
him laugh 20 times a day — as long
as God lets me keep him," her eyes
Michael has Hunter syndrome,
one of a class of diseases that are
characterized by the body's inabil-
ity to recycle cellular material, a
malfunction that eventually rav-
ages the body's structure.
In Michael's case the disease is
On Friday, Dr. James Gibson,
a biological geneticist who treats
Michael, discussed his plight with a
group of Bastrop Wal-Mart employ-
ees after they presented a check
for $1,000 to help Michael. (Star
Bowen has worked at Wal-Mart for
Gibson said under normal func-
tioning the body uses enzymes to
break down and recycle materials
in cells. People with mucopolysac-
caridoses (MPS) disease — Hunter
syndrome is one variation — lack
the ability to produce the specific
enzymes that aid recycling.
With cellular recycling gone
haywire, cells do not perform prop-
erly and damage occurs throughout
the body as the cells become over-
loaded, affecting the heart, respira-
tory and central nervous systems,
bones and joints.
It is estimated that one in 25,000
births result in some form of MPS,
according to the National MPS
"The physical changes are
generally not noticeable at birth
but become apparent as the MPS
material fills and then overfills the
(cells), swelling them and distort-
ing body tissues," Gibson said.
See DISEASE, Page 2A
county for help
By Davis McAuley
Developers of the proposed Burleson
Crossing shopping center in Bastrop will
share their plans with Bastrop County
commissioners Monday, hoping to per-
suade the county to help shoulder some
development costs which will also pro-
vide public benefits.
The same group recently laid out for
the Bastrop City Council the type and
extent of public support they want from
Monday's meeting begins at 9 a.m. in
the Courthouse Annex at 904 Pecan St.
After the May 1 closed door session
with the city, the council asked City
Manager Mike Talbot to negotiate a
more specific proposal with the devel-
opers for review by the council. That
proposal won't be ready in time for the
council to consider it at the upcoming
May 15 meeting, said Talbot.
But the size of the development
request is too much for the city alone to
take on, and the developers are hoping
the county can be persuaded to chip in,
County Judge Ronnie McDonald said
he's willing to explore ways the county
can cooperate with the city as long as the
county also benefits. "The roads could
benefit (the county)," said McDonald.
"We'll look at it from a county perspec-
According to officials familiar with
the development plan in its present form,
it calls for two entry ways into the
600,000-square-retail center. One would
extend north across Texas 71 from the
present intersection with Texas 304. The
other would roughly parallel Texas 71
and intersect with FM 969.
See HELP, Page 2A
School bond campaign
raises, spends big bucks
By Dana Lachman
Every time the Bastrop school district
holds a bond election, signs pop up on
lawns and at intersections, mailboxes get
filled with "vote yes" pamphlets and the
newspaper gains a few extra advertise-
ments. And every year, a political action
committee forms to collect money and
pay for these campaign staples.
This year, residents might feel they're
getting an extra dose of campaign infor-
mation, and they might be correct.
Friends of BISD, a PAC that supports
the bond election, has raised and spent
more cash than those in past years, and
most of the group's expenses have been
for signs, flyers, T-shirts, postcards, an
automated message, newspaper advertis-
ing and other election materials.
According to a campaign finance
report filed by Friends of BISD on April
12, the group claimed contributions of
$32,310 and a loan of $10,000 from the
Bastrop Chamber of Commerce.
In a second report filed May 4, the
PAC claimed $33,219.94 in total expen-
Friends of BISD's largest contribu-
tion came from the Bastrop Chamber of
Commerce. In addition to the loan, the
chamber donated an additional $10,200,
according to the finance reports. Other
groups donating more than $1,000
include American Constructors, $5,000;
Bartlett Cocke, $3,500; and Pfluger and
See BUCKS, Page 3A
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AUSTIN COMMUNITY itfUSC'XIifl
New Camp Swift mission brings spending boost
By Frank Levine
Special to the Bastrop Advertiser
For the first time since World War II,
Camp Swift will dramatically expand its
role as a key training facility for the Texas
Army National Guard and is poised to
become one of the nation's premier light
infantry combat training facilities— and a
critical training center for combat medics
and military police.
"The lessons learned in Iraq and
Afghanistan has changed the composition
and structure of the Texas National Guard,
from a primarily armored force to light
infantry one," said Lt. Col. Randall Davis,
training officer in charge and executive
officer of the 136th Combat Anns Training
Regiment. "As a result, many tank crews
in the Guard will have to change their
job classification and be retrained as light
infantry soldiers. It won't be easy, as it is
a major culture change and many are used
to riding rather than walking."
Camp Swift is on Texas 95 between
Elgin and Bastrop. Its history extends
back to World War II when it was initially
developed as a U.S. Army training and
prisoner of war camp. At the end of the
war, the camp was sharply reduced in size
and has since been used as a firing range
TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD
TEXAS ARMY HAT 10HAL 11URD
The Bastrop Advertiser photo/Terry Hagerty
Officer candidate training programs will be part of Camp Swift's new mission
for the Texas Army National Guard.
and training site for National Guard units
and law enforcement agencies across the
Not only will the expanded Camp Swift
training impact the Guard, but the revi-
talization of the facility, now called the
Texas National Guard Training Center
of Excellence, will significantly impact
Bastrop County as thousands of soldiers
from around Texas and nation are expected
to hone their skills in a proposed $36
million 200,000-square-foot high-tech
See CAMP SWIFT, Page 2A
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McAuley, Davis. The Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Tex.), Vol. 154, No. 22, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 12, 2007, newspaper, May 12, 2007; Bastrop, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth252372/m1/1/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bastrop Public Library.