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Gov. Abbott announces new openings under phase II

Gov. Abbott

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 26, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation adding additional services and activities that can open under Texas's phase II of reopening. The services include: water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs and food court dining areas within shopping malls. Beginning...

Texas businesses and services able to open today

A chalkboard sign sits next to hand sanitizer in a restaurant.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 22, 2020

Editor's Note: Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order allows certain businesses and services to open today under certain guidelines, but it is up to respective businesses/services to decide whether or not they want to open or remain closed. Gov. Greg Abbott's Phase II of reopening Texas includes a variet...

Gov. Abbott updates from May 21

Gov. Abbott

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 21, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites, a limited reopening of driver license offices, an executive order terminating air travel restrictions and an expansion of COVID-19 testing to all state hospitals. Abbott announced 44 new drive-thru testing sites located in Austin,...

Hays County hosts virtual town hall for input on highway planning

Hays County Historic Courthouse

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

Hays County residents can now take part in a virtual town hall regarding long-range planning along the State Highway 21 corridor that connects east Hays County with Caldwell County. The virtual town hall runs through May 31. The town hall is a cooperation between Hays and Caldwell counties to gather pu...

Gov. Abbott directs Texas universities to reduce budgets

Greg Abbott sits at a table and looks into a crowd.

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 20, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies and institutions of higher learning to reduce respective general and general revenue-related appropriations by 5% for 2020-2021. State leaders urged institutions of higher education to enact cost-saving strategies that will not affect the state's COVID-19 response....

San Marcos seeks applicants for COVID-19 response funds

city hall san marcos, texas building

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 6, 2020

The City of San Marcos is accepting applications until May 20 for funding through a $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. San Marcos is seeking qualified applications from for-profit entities,...

City Council enacts temporary parklet program, amends fiscal year budget

City Council chambers

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 6, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their regular meeting May 5 to discuss a temporary downtown parklet program and amend the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for mental health services for public safety employees. City Council passed a temporary program allowing businesses to convert on-street parking s...

Resources for San Marcos tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 30, 2020

As remote learning and stay-at-home orders enter their second month, San Marcos residents are still struggling with paying rent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Association of Texas Realtors, tenants are still required to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. No laws or decrees have ...

Local food bank and pantries change services in COVID-19 pandemic

Nutrition and dietetics student Katie Dalpiaz takes photos of the Bobcat Bounty food pantry Thursday, October 24, 2019, in the FCS building where the pantry is usually hosted every Thursday. What once was a walk-in pantry now requires recipients to sign up in advance online or by email. Photo credit: Rebecca Harrell

Antonia Rainey

April 29, 2020

Hays County food banks and pantries are modifying how they're aiding the community in order for clients and volunteers to remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.Since mid-March, various food banks and distributors in Hays County, such as the Hays County Food Bank, Bobcat Bounty, and the Info Desk at t...

Judge Ruben Becerra issues resolution in support of Hays County tax relief

Hays County Historic Courthouse

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

April 27, 2020

County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a tax relief resolution agenda item for the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting being held 9 a.m. April 28. The resolution implores Gov. Abbott, the Texas Comptroller, Glenn Hegar, the Texas Legislature and the Hays Central Appraisal District to provide tax relief...

Float Fest canceled in response to COVID-19

Festival attendees in Martindale celebrate in the crowd.

Paris Peterson, News Reporter

April 10, 2020

Float Fest has been postponed from July 24-26 to an unspecified date in 2021 in compliance with a recommendation from Gonzales County to keep the public safe. According to the Float Fest statement, "all early bird tickets will be automatically refunded by point of purchase within the next 14 days."...

Gov. Abbott announces additional SNAP benefits for April and May

Gov. Abbott

Audrey Garcia, News Reporter

April 9, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that Texas Health and Human Services will be providing an additional $168 million in food benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "As the state continues to respond to COVID-19, we are working closely with our agency partners to ensure...

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