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Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

TCEQ, San Marcos settle penalty over missing water quality plan

The city of San Marcos has agreed to contribute money to build or maintain a water quality monitoring station instead of pay a fine levied by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Updated: Evacuated residents return home

A brush fire near the Hays-Travis county line north of Dripping Springs has consumed about 500 acres, at last official report, and is still burning. About 500 people were evacuated from their homes and were still being...

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Firefighters battle 400-acre blaze north of Dripping Springs

STAFF REPORT A 400-acre fire first reported in Travis County at noon has spread to the area of Hays County north of Dripping Springs and about 500 people have been asked to evacuate. As of 1 a.m....

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

LCRA delays decision on utilities sell off

On Tuesday, a Canadian bank working for the Lower Colorado River Authority recommended that the authority sell 24 water and wastewater systems in Texas to a Canadian company. The LCRA board on Wednesday put off making a...

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Hays among Texas’ healthiest counties, study says

Other central Texas counties that made the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute ranking include Travis, Comal and Williamson, which came in first.

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

County to state: Stop dragging on road projects

Hays County commissioners are calling on state and federal agencies to streamline the review process for road projects. For example, the county still hasn't received approval for improvements to FM 1626, which the county submitted to the...

Monday, January 24th, 2011

County protests LCRA water systems sell-off

As the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) attempts to sell off its water and wastewater systems, Hays County commissioners say the LCRA is abandoning its mission to provide such services at low costs to residents in the...

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Texas State to hold hostage negotiation competition

Texas State will hold its annual hostage negotiation training and competition this week. Two dozen teams from across the United States (along with a team from Thailand) will compete. Among them will be teams from Hays, Comal,...

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Former SMHS teacher pleads guilty to improper relationship

William Shawn Harris, the former San Marcos High School teacher charged with six felony counts of improper relationship with a student, recently pled guilty to one count. A court will decide whether to accept the agreement this...

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

CAPCOG: Hays County grows fastest, youngest, most diverse in region

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Capital Area Council of Governments issued a report last month saying that Hays County is growing faster, younger and more ethnically/racially diverse than any other county in Central...

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