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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 urged to stay away Monday morning.

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....

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Hays County rebuffed in bid for LCRA utilities

If the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors takes a recommendation from its staff, Hays County and other central Texas governments and water suppliers will be out of the running to purchase the authority’s water and...

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Dripping Springs area fires deemed ‘suspicious’

Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers said today that the cause of some 11 fires reported in the Dripping Springs area since Friday remains “undetermined but suspicious.”

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Hays County makes bid to buy LCRA utilities

Hays County and its partners in a nonprofit corporation on Monday submitted a bid to buy the Lower Colorado River Authority’s sprawling water and wastewater utilities.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Drought conditions spark partial fireworks ban

As a result of Central Texas’ dehydrated weather conditions, Hays County extended a burn ban on Tuesday and prohibited the use of bottle rockets and similar aerial fireworks ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Commissioners call fireworks ban

On the recommendation of Hays County Fire Marshal Mark Chambers, Hays County commissioners have called a burn ban, which they expect to run through the July 4 holiday.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The List: Central Texas city census comparison

The release last week of 2010 census data has regional tongues wagging. San Marcos's population came in at 44,894, much lower than the census bureau's own projections. New Braunfels grew 58 percent to 57,740.

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Holiday shopping brings record sales tax collections across county

The December holiday shopping season generated all-time record sales tax collections in San Marcos and across Hays County. Combined, sales tax collections in Hays County and its cities are up 11.5 percent from the first two months...

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Hays County looks to buy local LCRA water system

Concerned that a Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) water system serving a small part of Hays County might fall into private hands, Hays County commissioners are preparing a bid. LCRA officials say they have put $140 million...

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