4:58 PM May 21, 2020 CDT

DATA: Population growth for San Marcos mirrors Hays County increase since 2010 census

San Marcos has seen a 44% population increase, while Hays County has gained 47% since 2010.


5:43 PM May 22, 2020 CDT

City of San Marcos seeks public input on projects for COVID-19 response funds

A virtual public hearing will take place at a June 2 San Marcos City Council meeting to comment on proposed programs and projects to be added to the 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant Action Plan using CDBG-Coronavirus Response funds.


These 5 Central Texas cities are among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

Four of the five cities represent notable growth in Williamson County.



MAY 23 ROUNDUP: Top stories from this week in Central Texas

Read the most popular stories from the past week of Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Central Texas.


LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.


Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.


746 coronavirus tests have been reported in Hays County in 2 days, yielding 20 new cases

22% of all coronavirus cases recorded since March have been reported in the last 2 days


As entertainment centers across Austin reopen with bowling and more, the future of arcades remains murky

Concurrent with the governor’s Phase 2 rules, several Austin-area entertainment centers will reopen in the coming days and weeks with bowling, axe throwing, karaoke and laser tag.




Sewell Park in San Marcos remains closed until July 6

Texas State University announced May 21 that Sewell Park will remain closed until July 6 citing coronavirus concerns.


NEW: Buda population has made 132% jump since 2010 census

All of Hays County sees steady growth in new numbers released by U.S. Census Bureau.


Census numbers show Kyle jumps to almost 50,000 residents since 2010 census

Kyle on track to pass 50,000 residents with 2020 census


City of San Marcos bans motorized scooter-sharing services

San Marcos City Council approved an ordinance May 19 that bans the use of motorized scooter-sharing services but still allows residents the use of their own scooters.



12 new cases from 425 tests in Hays County on May 20

Twelve new cases were reported in Hays County with 425 more tests, according to county numbers May 20.


Still Budaful 2.0 would free another $100K for local businesses

The program has already provided $380,000 to businesses in Buda.


State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Updated: Appeals court blocks vote-by-mail expansion; Texas Supreme Court hears separate case

The ruling is the latest in the ongoing debate over whether access to mail ballots should be expanded in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.



San Marcos issues list of parks set to reopen May 22

After a lengthy closure due to coronavirus concerns, selected river and trail parks in San Marcos will be reopening May 22.


More coronavirus tests administered in Hays County, but less than 2% of results back from Mother’s Day testing

More testing and the beginning of contact tracing in Hays County are set for this week.


MAY 20 ROUNDUP: Latest news from Hays County

Read the latest Hays County news here.


Selected parks set to open in San Marcos with no 'social distancing police'

Following almost a two-month closure in the wake of coronavirus concerns, officials in San Marcos will be reopening selected river and trail parks May 22.



Due to highest coronavirus count in Hays County, Kyle continues to slowly reopen

City facilities, events plan a comeback soon for city of Kyle


San Marcos CISD board approves 1% pay increase for teachers

After a lively debate among the San Marcos CISD board of trustees, a 1% raise for teachers was approved for the upcoming school year.