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Hays County

City, county and regional partners coordinate Coronavirus and Flu precautions

City seeking resident comment for disaster relief plan

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 5, 2020

The City of San Marcos, coordinating with Hays County, Texas State University, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s office, local school districts and regional and state agencies, met Wednesday, March 4, to discuss efforts underway to address Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to Hays County Local Health Depa...

Coronavirus: Central Texas takes action

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief

March 5, 2020

Central Texans prepare for the possible spread of the novel Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) as Travis County reports that at least one person is being tested for the virus. At the Tuesday morning meeting of the Travis County Commissioners Court, EMS System Medical Director for the City of Austin ...

2020 Super Tuesday election results

Voting sign.

Staff Reports

March 4, 2020

Fourteen states voted on Super Tuesday, including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts and Vermont, which determine a majority amount of the delegates assigned to each candidate. 1,617 delegates are up for grabs during Super Tuesday with the tradition leading to the party’s nominations for the general election...

The story of elected women in Hays County

Erin Z. speaking at a fourm

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 3, 2020

"Your rights are not guaranteed unless you fight for them. Unless you vote, unless you participate," Shannon Fitzpatrick, former Texas State University attorney for students, said to a group of about 40 women. "They can be taken away. And they were hard-fought to get there. Please keep that in mind. P...

Super Tuesday: San Marcos polling locations

Front of Hays County Government Building

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 2, 2020

The Texas primary, concurrent with 13 other Super Tuesday states, is slated for Tuesday, March 3. National, state-wide and local offices will be on the ballot. Fifteen San Marcos locations were approved by the Hay County Commissioners Court for the March 3 primaries, totaling 36 polling locations...

2020 Census: What, when, how and why

Texas State students travel through the Alkek walkway.

Audrey Garcia, News Reporter

February 25, 2020

Invitations to participate in the 24th U.S. Census will be delivered to households March 12-20, and Hays County is urging residents—including students—to respond. The census is a historical convention that occurs every 10 years and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The census is a basic hea...

Early polling locations approved for Hays County

Front of a church.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

Early voting locations, dates and times for the March 3 primaries were unanimously approved by the Hays County Commissioners Court Jan. 14. Although the county originally planned to begin voting Monday, Feb. 17, the court settled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 because Monday falls on Presidents Day, according...

TX45 race heats up with ballooning fundraising totals and endorsements

Maps of district 45.

Chase Rogers, News Editor

February 11, 2020

Five candidates vying for the Texas House District 45 seat received several high-profile endorsements and over $220,000 in fundraising contributions from individuals, entities and political action committees. Incumbent State Rep. Erin Zwiener faces Liliana Posada in the Democratic primary while Kent...

Slave labor dispute floods Cape’s Dam

Old Picture of Capes Dam

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 6, 2020

As discussions on whether to preserve or remove Cape's Dam continue, locals and community leaders have called into question the history of Thompson's Islands. The argument pertains to whether slave labor was used to build a sawmill and gristmill in the 1850s at the location of Cape's Dam. In a...

City Council passes new development with affordable rental housing

City officials meeting in the San Marcos City Council Chamber discussing the prospective development at the intersection of South Old Bastrop Highway and Rattler Road, February 4, 2020.

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2020

The San Marcos City Council passed the Lantana on Bastrop Multifamily Housing Project Feb. 4 meeting alongside various amended city service agreements. The now-approved Lantana on Bastrop project consists of a multifamily development with affordable rental housing. The construction will be locate...

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Voting Machine.

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 30, 2020

Voter awareness organizations and Student Government are expanding their voter registration efforts as the Feb. 3 deadline to vote in the March 3 primaries approaches. Organizations like MOVE Texas and Texas Rising have amplified their efforts to help students register at their current address. Early voting for the prim...

County jail expansion to be completed mid-2020

Vehicales outside of construction site.

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 28, 2020

Hays County is in the midst of completing works on its county jail expansion and new public safety building after receiving a $106.4 million public safety bond package from the county in 2016. Known as Proposition 1 on the 2016 ballot, the bond passed with 51.1% of the votes. The total budget of the...

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