Hays County launches $600K small business assistance program

Hays County has launched the Emergency Cash Assistance Program grant fund to aid small businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis.



Georgetown seeking mural artists, more on Kalahari opening in Round Rock: News from Central Texas

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.


Hays County reports three COVID-19 deaths, adds 21 new cases July 30

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health Department showed 21 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total to 4,297 as of July 30.


Texas Association of School Administrators asks state for more local control, clear guidelines in 2020-21

TASA leaders said in the letter that changing guidelines coming from the state are overly complicated and have only created confusion.


Central Texas Food Bank distribution event to be held in Kyle on Aug. 13

The food bank will distribute free food to help residents who are facing food insecurity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a July 27 press release.



Texas Education Agency to fund online program supporting schools, parents in 2020-21

Teachers, students, parents and administrators can access classes, assignments and grades through the system whether learning from the classroom or elsewhere.


Allergies or COVID-19: How to decipher underlying causes of symptoms

Suffering from a cough or chest pressure? Here is how to tell the difference between allergies, asthma and COVID-19.


Charter school plans to launch complete virtual program for all Texas students in August

All classes will be conducted live, giving students the opportunity to engage with teachers and fellow classmates.


Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.



Marble Slab Creamery and Great American Cookies now open on Main Street in Buda

This is Buda's first co-branded Marble Slab and Great American Cookies location.


Hays County’s active COVID-19 case count drops by 34; 65 recoveries added July 29

Hays County Local Health Department reported 31 new cases of the coronavirus July 29, bringing the total to 4,276.



Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.



San Marcos BBQ to open a second location in August

The barbecue joint located at 2601 Hunter Road, San Marcos, will be opening a second location at 1701 S. I-35, San Marcos. Owners of the barbecue joint expect to open the new location the first or second week of August.


Hays County adds 42 coronavirus cases, 73 additional recoveries July 28

The county’s active cases county fell by 31 cases July 28 to 2,969. Currently, the county has reported 4,245 confirmed cases.



American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.



Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.


Hays County reports 70 new coronavirus cases, 1 death over the weekend

Between July 25-27, the Hays County Local Health Department reported 70 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 4,203.