7:54 AM Jul 20, 2020 CDT

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.





Hays County reports 49 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths July 17

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health Department showed 49 new coronavirus cases July 17, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,865.


Texas Education Agency receives $200M in CARES Act funds for e-learning devices, internet connectivity solutions

The Texas Education Agency will receive $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding for the purchase of e-learning devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning for students who lack connectivity in the upcoming 2020-21 school year.


Texas Education Agency to allow for up to 8 weeks of online-only instruction at onset of 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts now have the option of offering online-only classes for the first four weeks of the 2020-21 school year, according to additional guidance released by the Texas Education Agency on July 17.


Federal, state leaders take steps to streamline forest land protection, coastal restoration efforts in Texas

According to the July 16 news release, the agreement will focus on encouraging strong, long-term forest management programs, promoting sound and scientific silvicultural practices, and aligning various agency land management activities to meet common goals




Texas organizations launch Texas Return to Work Initiative for workers, business owners

The Texas Return to Work Initiative provides resources for those navigating working during COVID-19, according to a press release.


Texas education commissioner discusses changing future of state's public school system

Revised guidelines from the Texas Education Agency will be released as soon as July 17.




Dart Bowl to close in Austin, Georgetown parking spots to be converted: News from Central Texas

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.


Hays County reports 70 new coronavirus cases, 1 death July 15

Numbers provided by the Hays County Local Health Department showed 70 new coronavirus cases July 15, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,769.


Gov. Abbott: Texas Education Agency to extend online learning option for school districts in 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts may be able to continue online learning for longer than three weeks, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.


UPDATED: Target, CVS, join major retailers in issuing face covering requirements

Additionally, all Walmart stores will have a single entrance beginning July 20.



Results show Isaac and Berry winning local Texas House Republican runoff elections

Results are coming in for the two Texas House Republican runoff elections that appeared on the July 14 ballot for Central Texas residents.


José Garza wins Travis County district attorney primary runoff with 68% of the vote

Read here to see the returns on the 2020 Democratic primary runoff contest for Travis County district attorney.



Hays County reports 56 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths July 14

The county reported 56 new cases July 14, raising the number of confirmed cases to 3,699.



Wimberley's Los Olivos Market now open at Buda Mill & Grain Co.

With another location in Wimberley, Los Olivos Market offers a variety of fine wines; specialty foods; gifts; daily wine tasting; and dine-in, takeout and curbside.


Federal unemployment payments of $600 per week end July 25

While the added $600 federal unemployment benefits will end, Texans are still eligible for other forms of relief.


Realtors work to meet demand of homebuyers in Hays County

Supply is low and demand is high when it comes to real estate in Hays County, especially near the I-35 corridor, where hundreds of houses are being built to satisfy the need.


Disease expert discusses ongoing pandemic and nearing school year

Dr. Steven H. Kelder recently answered several questions for Community Impact Newspaper regarding COVID-19; trends in cases statewide; and important considerations for parents, students and educators as the 2020-21 school year approaches.