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Gov. Abbott suspends in-person visitations in county jails

A room in the Hays County Jail March 11. Photo by Cameron Hubbard

Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 22, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order May 22 suspending in-person visits to all county and municipal jails in the state. The restrictions do not apply to attorneys meeting with a client or religious leaders and clergy members. The order aims to contain COVID-19 hot spots and protect staff...

Gov. Abbott updates from May 21

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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,...

Gov. Abbott directs Texas universities to reduce budgets

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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....

Gov. Abbott announces second phase of Texas reopening

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 18, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference May 18 to announce the next phase in reopening the Texas economy, opening many businesses and services effective immediately. According to the Department of Health Services, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas is at least 48,693, with 28,371...

Hays County releases current census response rates

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 15, 2020

Hays County released the response rates of the 2020 Census throughout the county, showing a rate generally above the Texas average and a high response rate for Mountain City. More than 84% of Mountain City residents have completed the census, a rate that is 20% higher than most cities in Hays County....

Rep. Zwiener to distribute face masks in San Marcos and Buda

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 14, 2020

State Rep. Erin Zwiener will distribute face masks to farmers' markets in San Marcos and Buda May 16 and 17. Zwiener has distributed face masks to several House District 45 community organizations, including Hays County Food Bank, Hays County Health Department, Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket, Johnson...

Gov. Abbott extends Texas disaster declaration

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

May 12, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott extended the disaster declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. The disaster declaration will provide the state resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In a press release, Abbott said, "extending the disaster declaration will ensure that Texas has the sources...

Abbott announces federal funding for local jurisdictions

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

May 11, 2020

In a letter addressed to city and county leaders, Gov. Greg Abbott announced $5.06 billion in COVID-19 relief funds for local governments across Texas. The funding, which is part of the CARES Act, will be used to reimburse cities that have incurred direct expenses as a result of COVID-19. The U.S...

Abbott modifies executive orders, eliminates punishment by jail confinement

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

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott modified executive orders related to COVID-19 on Thursday, to eliminate punishment by jail confinement for violation. A press release states the modified order is retroactive to April 2, supersedes local orders and if correctly applied should free Shelley Luther, a Dallas salon owne...

Abbott extends reopenings to salons, barbershops and gyms

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

May 5, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbot held a press conference May 5 announcing the reopening of salons and gyms starting May 8. Hair salons, barbershops, tanning salons and nail salons will be able to reopen for business with certain restrictions. Operating stations and waiting customers must maintain at least 6-feet separation,...

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...

Abbott to issue executive order to reopen restaurants, malls and movie theaters May 1

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Sierra Martin, Senior News Reporter

April 27, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference April 27 announcing a new executive order which outlines a two-phase plan to reopen Texas businesses starting May 1. The executive order requiring all Texas non-essential businesses to close and enforcing a stay-at-home order will expire April 30. Not all businesses...

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