MAY 18 ROUNDUP: Latest news from Hays County

Local gym owners in Hays County prepare to open their doors May 18. (Courtesy Str8 Training San Marcos)
Local gym owners in Hays County prepare to open their doors May 18. (Courtesy Str8 Training San Marcos)

Local gym owners in Hays County prepare to open their doors May 18. (Courtesy Str8 Training San Marcos)

Read the latest updates from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Hays County.

‘I will be personally sanitizing every single piece of equipment’: Hays County gym owners prepare to reopen after shutdown

Almost two weeks after the Texas economy began to reopen from a month-long shutdown, local gym owners in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle prepare to open their doors on May 18.

Hays County reports 21 tests since May 16; no new cases of coronavirus recorded'

The last Hays County coronavirus website update was 1:14 p.m. May 16. The total tests recorded since Friday afternoon is 21, yielding no new cases.

San Marcos Police Department offers entrance exams potential hiring bonuses

An entrance exam for certified applicants will be hosted by the San Marcos Police Department on June 6, with a potential $3,000 hiring incentive for those chosen, according to the city.

Joe Warner and Evelin Garcia contributed to this report.


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The Moontower Comedy Festival will return in September

Headliners for the four-day festival include Margaret Cho, Dave Attell and others.

Juneteenth BBQ Cookoff. (Courtesy San Marcos Juneteenth Foundation)
From musicals to pro wrestling, events abound in the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle area in June and July

Throughout June and into July, the cities of San Marcos, Buda and Kyle have plenty of recreational activities and events to attend.

In Hays County and beyond, Central Texas community comes together to drive up vaccination rates

Convincing hesitant people to get vaccinated is the goal for Central Texas health authorities, volunteer groups and physicians. Working in conjunction to reach these pockets of vaccine-hesitant Texans, they hope to boost vaccination rates past the threshold for herd immunity.

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper)
North-south road in Round Rock makes progress; homestead exemption OK'd in Leander and more Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Courtesy Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
5 new businesses now open or coming soon to Buda and Kyle

As Buda and Kyle continue to grow rapidly in Hays County, more and more businesses are planting roots there.

Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper
HVAC service, Hawaiian food and vinyl records: 10 new businesses now open or coming soon to San Marcos

From the resurrection of a beloved local record store to new dining establishments, the businesses continue to open locally.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Hays County. (Community Impact staff)
Hays County reports 125 active COVID-19 cases, new death

The death of a Kyle woman in her 80s was attributed to COVID-19 by Hays County.

Hays CISD board members, leadership and community stakeholders participated in a June 9 groundbreaking of Sunfield Elementary School. (Courtesy Hays CISD)
Hays CISD breaks ground on Buda elementary school

Buda's new Hays CISD elementary school in the Sunfield devlopment is planned to open for the fall 2022 semester.

Gov. Greg Abbott, center signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law June 8 in response to the devastating winter storm last February. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott signs bills to reform ERCOT and weatherize Texas power grid

The bills will go into effect Sept. 1 and aim to reform ERCOT leadership and increase accountability and communication among power agencies.