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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

CenturyLink back-bills Hays County $175,000

CenturyLink is back-billing Hays County $175,000 after a five-year agreement between the parties expired and the county went elsewhere for enhanced telecommunications services. The county said it is looking into the legitimacy of the charges.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Government center price tag drops $6 million

The price for a new Hays County government center fell to just less than $60 million for everything except interest payments when county commissioners approved the latest proposal from their construction firm. The ground breaking will take...

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

County to issue government center debt before month's end

Hays County commissioners will issue $71.2 million in debt all at once before the end of March to begin building a new government center in April. The project will be the largest building ever undertaken by Hays...

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

County to issue government center debt before month’s end

Hays County commissioners will issue $71.2 million in debt all at once before the end of March to begin building a new government center in April. The project will be the largest building ever undertaken by Hays...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

County breaks off-site detention budget for 2010

The cost of incarcerating criminals keeps rising for Hays County. Not only has the county already blown its 2010 budget for holding prisoners out of county, but repairs to the Hays County Jail are running about $200,000...

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Huddleston takes offensive in Democrats’ sheriff debate

Challenger Bill Huddleston came out firing against Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff in the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters debate last week. Huddleston and Ratliff are competing in the March 2 primary election for the...

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Huddleston takes offensive in Democrats' sheriff debate

Challenger Bill Huddleston came out firing against Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff in the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters debate last week. Huddleston and Ratliff are competing in the March 2 primary election for the...

Monday, February 1st, 2010

County goes forward with bond projects

Hays County's governing body resumed course towards up to $74 million in capital improvements and bond sales after dropping anchor briefly last week to check for dark economic clouds on the horizon.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

County to challenge state action

Receiving the inspection results they hoped for, Hays County Commissioners are about to challenge the state's order that they shut down the kitchen in the Hays County Jail.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

County tries to escape kitchen closure

The Hays County Commissioners Court hopes to persuade the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) to revise an order to shut down the county jail's kitchen. At the least, the commissioners could make the penalty moot by...

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