The Hays Free Press laments the passing of Niederwald’s General Store on Texas 21 which is being torn down after sitting idle since the 1980s. Originally across the highway in Hays County, the store was moved to wet Caldwell County in the 1940s so it could sell beer. “Long the center of that small farming community,” the reporter writes, “[the store] is where Niederwalders would go for a shovel or a beer, hopefully not at the same time.” … State Sen. John Carona, the influential chair of the senate’s transportation and homeland security committee, tells the San Antonio Express-News that the Texas Department of Transportation may have violated state law in hiring lobbyists to push legislation enabling the visionary-and/or-abhorrent Trans-Texas Corridor and expanded use of toll roads. … Hays County’s most famous resident, Lance Armstrong, has struck peace with his neighbors over muck he apparently stirred up at Dead Man’s Hole, a private limestone-rimmed swimming spot in far, far northwest Hays County, the Austin American-Statesman reports. … In New Braunfels, 112-bed McKenna Memorial Hospital is operating at full capacity forcing ambulances to take patients to San Antonio where two major hospitals, University and Northeast Medical, are also full. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reports that New Braunfels Fire and EMS had trouble finding hospitals that would take the 17 patients it transported on Wednesday.
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