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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Appeals court deals setback to BudaFirst

Buda residents wary of more industrial development than allowed by the city's master plan and opposed to the construction of a 500,000-square-foot US Foodservice facility suffered a blow dealt by the United States Third Court of Appeals Monday.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

County soon to close on Dahlstrom land

The Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously last week to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dahlstrom family as a precursor agreement to a 22-year lease for 360 acres of the family's 2,253-acre ranch near...

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.

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

San Marcos turns out to honor fallen Peña

Emotions were strong in San Marcos Tuesday as the body of the late U.S. Army Captain Paul Peña made its way through the streets of the city after landing earlier in the day at Randolph Air Force...

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Barton hits Sumter’s ‘theater’ over spending

With election season upon her, County Judge Elizabeth Sumter has mustered a passion for fiscal discipline, holding up road and building projects that have been in the works for years and which she funded in her proposed...

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Commissioners discuss slowing debt issues

Amidst news of a projected tax increase next fiscal year and fears of a decline in county-wide property appraisals, Hays County Commissioners talked this week about slowing their dash towards massive capital improvement expenditures planned for the...

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

New veterans task force hopes to expand services

Hays County Commissioners have formed a veterans task force to evaluate the needs of county veterans and determine what additional services to provide. The main feature in the county's present service menu for veterans is a bus...

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Sumter fires, Barton responds

Soon after Hays County Precinct Commissioner Jeff Barton filed to run against incumbent Hays County Judge Liz Sumter in the March Democratic primary, Sumter came out with guns blazing. And Barton fired back.

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

County waiting on Dahlstrom purchase

Hays County's joint acquisition of a $9.9 million conservation easement for 2,275 acres of aquifer recharge land near Buda has been stalled until at least Tuesday. The Hays County Commissioners Court voted unanimously last month to close...

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Jones campaigns for County Judge

San Marcos business owner Peggy Jones, who has been campaigning since August, has filed to run for Hays County Judge as a Republican.

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