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Laureen Chernow

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

IT director can’t explain mysterious phone problems at Hays County Government Center

An undetermined number of incoming phone calls are not making it through to the Hays County Government Center and no one seems sure what is causing the problem, said Jeff McGill, the county’s Information Technology director.

Monday, January 16th, 2012

County to TxDOT: Hurry up road review process

The Hays County Commissioners Court has authorized County Judge Bert Cobb to sign and forward a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation urging that the state agency follow the requirements of Senate Bill 548 and House...

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Burn ban lifted for now

The burn ban is lifted, though county officials say it may be reinstated soon.

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....

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, September 15th, 2010

County postpones budget adoption after complaints

Hays County commissioners decided to not adopt a fiscal year 2011 budget Monday after citizens said the document was not available online as required by state law. The commissioners will vote on adoption on Sept. 28.

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Shooting task force throws gauntlet at court

A county-appointed task force charged with locating a parcel for a shooting sports complex has put forth an open records request to learn of the parcels under consideration for wildlife conservation habitat. The shooting sports task force...

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Hays County hires public information officer

Hays County brought its first-ever public information officer on board this week, hiring Laureen Chernow from Spansion, Inc. Meanwhile, the commissioners court formally approved Scott Cary (above) as the new Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5...