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Mark Kennedy


Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Curbside flood debris removal ends Aug. 2 in Hays County

Hays County residents, including those who live in the Wimberley or San Marcos city limits, should move flood wreckage and rubbish to the street curb or right-of-way by Aug. 2, the last day a private contractor will be removing debris.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Hays County hopes to temporarily bridge Blanco River with railroad cars

With thousands of rural Hays County residents isolated from emergency service providers, officials are investigating options for using flatbed railroad cars to build a temporary Fischer Store Road crossing at the Blanco River.

Monday, July 18th, 2011

County employees: San Marcos water is cleanest but ranks last on taste

City of San Marcos water is of a higher quality than nearby public water suppliers but tastes the worst, according to a recent survey by Hays County employees.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Despite protests, county purchases 50 acres adjacent to Jacob’s Well

Hays County's plan to purchase of 50.199 acres adjacent to Jacob's Well came under fire last week from the deal's opponents, who include at least two incoming commissioners court members and some Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District...

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Commissioners approve Nicholson Ranch purchase for bird habitat

Hays County Commissioners approved the purchase of 1,000 Nicholson Ranch acres for habitat conservation this week, even though opponents of the purchase wanted commissioners to wait until the court swings back to a Republican majority when newly-elected...

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Cutler looks to take sheriff's office this month

Gary Cutler, who won election as Hays County sheriff Tuesday, said Wednesday that he wants to take office this month. County officials elected in November usually take office in January, but state law addressing unexpired terms could...

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

CenturyLink drops county back-billing, adds charges

CenturyLink has dropped its back-billing of Hays County for services since their contract expired, but now has substantially increased new charges. Meanwhile, the county is waiting for an advanced communications system to be set up by new...

Friday, May 21st, 2010

County pays $245K in inmate death settlement

Hays County recently agreed to pay $245,000 in a settlement for the widow and children of Torrey Smith, who died from sickle cell anemia while in custody at Hays County Jail in December 2008.

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...

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