Kyle Senior Area Zone looks to expand

By Megan Wehring 

KYLE — To continue helping seniors with their social health and general welfare needs, the Kyle Area Senior Zone (KASZ) is working to expand to a different location to better fit the older population. 

KASZ sits at the Krug Activity Center downtown — but, they have outgrown the space. There is a standing offer from the city of Kyle to rent a 5-acre piece of land on the east side of FM 150 that could be the future site of a new facility. 

View of Linebarger Lake. Courtesy photo.

“We saw the ducks landing on the pond and we heard the children from the nearby school in recess,” said Larry Simone, president of KASZ. “We said this is heaven on Earth. Property on a lake in Kyle? We just died and went to heaven.”

Simone added that they are trying to raise funds to help with the payment for the land. His dream is to end the 15th year at the Krug Activity Center, hoping to start the next chapter by the lake. 

KASZ new site map. Courtesy photo.

“We are necessary,” Simone said. “I can tell you stories about the seniors here that need our love and support. We will do that for them.”

While there is no official contract drawn right now for a new facility, KASZ presented their ideas to Kyle City Council on Tuesday, March 2, in hopes that the council would remember them for the upcoming visioning workshop in April. Council did not make a motion.

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Megan Navarro (Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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