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Candidate filing period opens in San Marcos, Buda, Kyle for November elections

The filing period for candidates seeking to run for local leadership positions in the November elections opened in July.



Hays County reports 46 coronavirus cases, 4 additional hospitalizations July 23

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health Department showed 46 new cases of the coronavirus July 23, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 4,091.



Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


8 things parents, teachers should know as Hays CISD readies for 2020-21 school year

HCISD revealed its reopening plan for the upcoming school year at a July 16 meeting, but district officials have said plans are subject to change due to the evolving nature of the pandemic.


Lake Travis resort reopens, Hays County issues burn ban: News from Central Texas

Read the latest Central Texas business and community updates.



$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.


Hays County reports 41 coronavirus cases, 1 death July 22

Hays County Local Health Department reported 41 new cases of the coronavirus and one additional death July 22. The number of confirmed cases is now 4,045.


Tesla will officially build its next gigafactory in Travis County

The electric automaker announced its official choice to build a manufacturing plant in the Del Valle area of Travis County on July 22.


Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.



City of Kyle launches economic relief program through federal funding

The city of Kyle announced July 22 it will be launching the Kyle Cares Emergency Utility Bill Relief Grant Program to provide economic relief for its residents in light of the coronavirus pandemic.


Hays County issues burn ban effective immediately

Hays County Commissioners Court voted July 21 to issue a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county following the recommendation of the Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office.



Hays County reports 25 new coronavirus cases, 4 deaths July 21

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health Department showed 25 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the number of confirmed cases to 4,004.



UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


Amazon to open new sortation center at Kyle Crossing Business Park

The new Amazon center is projected to create over 200 jobs in the city of Kyle, according to a July 21 press release.


UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


San Marcos CISD releases plan for 2020-21 school year, delays in-person classes until at least Oct. 5

The tentative plan revealed SMCISD students will begin the semester Sept. 8 100% virtually for the first four weeks.



Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.


Hays County reports over 100 new coronavirus cases over the weekend

Between July 18-20, the Hays County Local Health Department reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,979.



Hays CISD board votes to retire Rebel mascot

Hays CISD board of trustees unanimously voted to retire the Rebel mascot at Hays High School at a July 16 special meeting because of its connection to the Confederacy.