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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 County, as well as the largest public project within the county to be built without voter-approved debt.

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Buda to start police force, Kidd to be police chief

Buda officials are going ahead with plans to replace their dedicated patrol from the Hays County Sheriff's Office with their own police force. The city already has tabbed Bo Kidd to run the department after Hays County...

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Hays County could lose CAMPO board seat

Hays County could lose a seat on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), now that the regional planning board has agreed to include Bastrop and Caldwell Counties.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Cobb readies to climb another hill

San Marcos surgeon Bert Cobb took the lion's share of the Republican primary vote against Kyle business owner Peggy Jones Tuesday to claim his nomination for Hays County judge. Surviving that Olympics, Cobb said he is preparing...

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Ratliff beats Huddleston for Democrat sheriff bid

Hays County Sheriff Tommy Ratliff kept his losses low in Buda and was marginally favored across the county, winning the Democratic nomination to fill the rest of the term left unexpired when the late Sheriff Allen Bridges...

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Barton cruises past Sumter for Democratic nomination

After slightly more than three years of battling on the Hays County Commissioners Court, it came down to Tuesday's vote between County Judge Liz Sumter and Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton for the Democratic county judge nomination....

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Three questions for Sumter, Barton

The Democratic Party in Hays County will come to some kind of a reckoning Tuesday, the general election day in a primary that will choose between Hays County Judge Liz Sumter and Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton...

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 22nd, 2010

Shooting task force throws gauntlet at court

A county-appointed task force charged with locating a parcel for a shooting sports complex has put forth an open records request to learn of the parcels under consideration for wildlife conservation habitat. The shooting sports task force...

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Democratic candidates show contrasts in judge debate

Hays County Judge Liz Sumter and Hays County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton showed their differences last week in their appearance at the League of Women Voters debate. Sumter and Barton are contesting the Democratic nomination for...

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