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Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Sheriff's office holds awards dinner

The Hays County Sheriff's Office held its first annual awards dinner last week in the San-n-Pac Room at Bobcat Stadium. About 200 people attended the event, where about two dozen employees received awards.

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Commissioners Court rejects another jail capacity study

The Commissioners Court again erupted into raised voices and rancor during a discussion this week of the Hays County Jail, a topic that has proven to be more durable than even the court’s storied disagreements over road...

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Commissioners court rejects state jail study

By a 3-2 vote last week, Hays County commissioners said they have heard enough about the problems with the Hays County Jail and rejected the possibility of a needs analysis by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards...

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Hays County Jail back in compliance with state

Though the Hays County Jail has attained compliance with state standards and no longer is subject to state sanctions, Sheriff Tommy Ratliff told county commissioners last week that maintenance problems still abound.

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.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Study: Hays County doesn't need new jail

A study commissioned by Hays County commissioners said the county doesn't need an entirely new jail. Instead, the study said the county should add beds to the existing jail and develop alternative means of bonding, docketing and...

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

College Dems to host barbecue for candidates

The Texas State College Democrats will host their fourth annual Barbecue Picnic at the Hays County Courthouse Saturday. The barbecue will also introduce candidates running for office in coming elections, including Lieutenant Governor candidate Linda Chavez-Thompson.

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Two HCSO members awarded for heroism

Two members of the Hays County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) -- Sergeant Sam Stock and Deputy Amy Stacy -- received Outstanding Team awards from the 100 Club of Central Texas for their efforts at a collision scene last...

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Wood receives Patriot Award

Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Sgt. Mike Wood received the Patriot Award from Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

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...

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