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Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Rising drought index reignites Hays County burn ban

Citing a rapidly increasing drought index rating, the commissioners court on Tuesday reinstated a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of Hays County.

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

As election nears, Cobb, Barton take questions

Hays County voters are closing in on a decision between the two candidates for Hays County judge, San Marcos Republican Bert Cobb and Kyle Democrat Jeff Barton. Each answered the same set of questions posed by San...

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Precinct 4 commissioner candidates discuss county issues

Hays County Precinct 4 Commissioner Karen Ford (D-Dripping Springs) is being challenged for re-election in November by Dripping Springs businessman Ray Whisenant (R-Dripping Springs). Each candidate answered identical questions posed by San Marcos Local News.

Friday, October 15th, 2010

County provides $125K for struggling water district

Hays County commissioners increased their annual allocation to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in the 2011 budget. However, the district continues to struggle with administrative, political and funding turmoil.

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Rose campaigns against primary challenge

When Patrick Rose first ran for the state legislature in 2002, he was 23, not long out of Princeton and unsure if he would win the office, let alone how long he would keep it. Today, Rose...

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Rose draws Democratic primary opponent

Four-term State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) has drawn an opponent in the March primary. Andrew Backus of Driftwood, a long-time Rose opponent in matters of local groundwater management, filed his intention to run with the Texas...

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Legislators, HTGCD to try it again

While it remains to be seen if the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) and Hays County legislators can iron out their differences, a process began last week with a plan to bring together stakeholders selected by...

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Martindale development spurs water protests

Two river protection organizations and residents of three local counties are protesting a developer's pumping of San Marcos River water during drought conditions for a future private lake community near Martindale.

Monday, August 31st, 2009

County budgets more HTGCD funding

Following a contorted process in which a local groundwater district couldn't agree with local state legislators on a funding bill, Hays County Commissioners appear ready to increase the district's funding from the county.

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