DEC. 21 ROUNDUP: Latest news from Hays County

Amazon will build a second warehouse in San Marcos, Kyle annexes land and school districts prepare for increased community spread of COVID-19. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amazon will build a second warehouse in San Marcos, Kyle annexes land and school districts prepare for increased community spread of COVID-19. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Amazon will build a second warehouse in San Marcos, Kyle annexes land and school districts prepare for increased community spread of COVID-19. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Amazon to build 1 million-square-foot warehouse in San Marcos

Community Impact Newspaper breaks the news that Amazon will build a roughly 1-million-square-foot warehouse distribution center—called SAT6—in north San Marcos at Fortuna and Yarrington roads.

San Marcos City Council approves $10 million development deal

On Dec. 15, San Marcos City Council voted unanimously in favor of increasing the reimbursement to a developer from $20 million to $30 million. The developer, Paso Robles, is owned by Brookfield Residential.


Hays CISD pushes Abbott for higher priority for COVID-19 vaccinations

According to Superintendent Eric Wright, HCISD staff will be required to take the vaccine "unless they have a medical reason for not taking it, or if they have a conscientious objection."

Two San Marcos CISD schools move further toward possible year-round schedules

Due to a $200,000 grant from the Texas Education Agency that San Marcos CISD was selected to receive in mid-2020, a team is moving full speed ahead with plans to shift two elementary schools within the district to a year-round learning model.

As COVID-19 cases grow at San Marcos ISD, staff presents plan to reduce numbers after holidays

SMCISD Superintendent Michael Cardona told the board district staff will still return to campuses Jan. 4 but will request families who have the ability to keep their children in remote learning from Jan. 5-11.

Kyle to annex 30 acres in advancement of ongoing subdivision

Kyle City Council voted unanimously to annex 29.7 acres of land south of Lehman High School as part of an existing development agreement.

New appointments in Kyle ushered in following conclusion of runoff election

A round of new appointments in the city of Kyle has been executed following a postponement in early December.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

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CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Dr. Adriana Castillo is the new owner of San Marcos' TexanCare Family Medicine, which serves patients 15 and older. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
TexanCare Family Medicine in San Marcos has new ownership

Dr. Adriana Castillo is the new owner of San Marcos' TexanCare Family Medicine, which serves patients 15 and older.

Shugabee's Texas BBQ  first opened in Buda in March 2011 and is known for its homemade tortillas and giant brisket tacos. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Buda positioning itself as food, dining hot spot in Central Texas

In roughly the last year, Buda has been quietly adding to the number of unique eateries, both brick and mortar and mobile, that are coming to the city just south of Austin.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Big Rob's Burgers is known for using fresh meat that has never been frozen, and its popular sides include fried mushrooms and fried pickles. (Rachal Russell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Big Rob's Burgers opens new Kyle location

Big Rob's Burgers is known for using fresh meat that has never been frozen, and its popular sides include fried mushrooms and fried pickles.

(Courtesy Louie's Craft BBQ)
Louie's Craft BBQ announces brick-and-mortar location in Buda in early 2022

Owner Matt Carver stated he will be working with the city of Buda to complete the project.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Voters approved three of the six bond propositions presented by Hays CISD, and two positions on the board of trustees were on the ballot. (Screenshot courtesy Hays CISD)
Hays CISD accepts May election results

Voters approved three of the six bond propositions presented by Hays CISD, and two positions on the board of trustees were on the ballot.