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November ballot measure aims to drive road funding

A proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot could help repair the state’s ailing highway system, including heavily traveled Central Texas roads such as I-35.

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First Kyle road bond project could exceed budget

With preliminary cost estimates putting the first of five city road bond projects $1.6 million over budget, Kyle City Council is considering ways to get creative. more »

Aug 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

In the midst of revival, former mill set to take on new life in downtown Buda

Three more buildings on the century-old Buda Mill & Grain property in downtown Buda are expected to be available for lease by early next year, which could attract commerce to a neglected part of the downtown historic district. more »

Aug 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (2 Comments)

Hays County commissioners push potential bond to May

Hays County commissioners held a special meeting Aug. 18 to discuss the need for a potential $188.6 million bond that would address public safety facilities in the county, and determined the November ballot is too soon to put the issue to vote. more »

Aug 19, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Texas State's research center and technology business incubator, STAR Park, currently houses five companies. The university is considering an expansion to the facility.

Brandy Cichon

Texas State considers STAR Park expansion

Texas State University is considering a 16,000-square-foot expansion to its Science, Technology and Research, or STAR, Park, which opened in November 2012. more »

Aug 19, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Kyle city manager resigns

Kyle City Manager Lanny Lambert is leaving his post after accepting the same position in Converse. more »

Aug 15, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

A correctional officer patrols the Hays County jail. County officials are weighing options to address the jail's rising inmate population.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Hays County commissioners to consider calling bond election Aug. 18

Hays County commissioners will hold a special-called meeting Monday, Aug. 18, to discuss the possibility of calling a bond election for inclusion on the November ballot. more »

Aug 13, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda City Council calls bond election

The city of Buda will hold its first bond election in November, Buda City Council decided Aug. 12 after months of deliberation over what to include in the $55 million proposal. more »

Aug 13, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Arabie, Luttrell set for Kyle City Council runoff

Kyle City’s Council’s unfilled seat is set to be decided by a runoff election after candidate Shane Arabie fell three votes shy of reaching a majority on Aug. 9, with 249 votes, or 49.5 percent, according to unofficial results. more »

Aug 11, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Bill Sinor, candidate for Kyle City Council, District 3

Courtesy Bill Sinor

Q&A with Kyle City Council District 3 candidates

Kyle voters will head to the polls Saturday to elect a new council member for District 3. One of three at-large positions on the council, the District 3 seat was vacated when former Councilman Chad Benninghoff resigned due to a move out of the state. more »

Aug 8, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda City Council to vote on calling bond issue Aug. 12

The city of Buda’s $55 million bond package to improve infrastructure in the rapidly growing city will be split into five propositions, officials said during an Aug. 5 City Council meeting. more »

Aug 6, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda deli owner regrouping after rezoning denial

Weeks after Buda City Council reversed course and denied her rezoning request to sell liquor, prospective deli owner Debbie Mylios is contemplating her next course of action. more »

Aug 5, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Gonzales appointed to vacant San Marcos CISD seat

On his second try, Danny Gonzales made it onto the San Marcos CISD board of trustees. Gonzales was appointed to the district 1 seat by the board on Aug. 4, weeks after Naomi Narvaiz, who defeated Gonzales in a May election, resigned from the seat. more »

Aug 5, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Greater San Marcos Partnership seeks public input

The Greater San Marcos Partnership is updating its five-year economic development strategic plan, the document that will help guide economic development in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and surrounding communities through 2020. more »

Aug 4, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Kyle city manager presents budget

In a special called meeting on July 31, Kyle City Manager Lanny Lambert presented his proposed budget for FY 2014–15 to Kyle City Council. more »

Aug 4, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Residents learned more about SH 45 SW at a Bowie High School open house and public hearing July 29 about the proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road.

Kelli Weldon

Residents, elected officials speak up about SH 45 SW at public hearing

More than 470 attendees packed the Bowie High School cafeteria at an SH 45 SW open house and public hearing July 29 to provide feedback and learn more about the proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Southwest Austin

Hays County commissioners schedule budget, tax rate hearings

At the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting July 29, County Judge Bert Cobb unveiled the highlights of his proposed 2014–15 county budget. more »

Jul 29, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Two international students seek homes in Buda

A Buda-based art foundation is teaming with an international exchange study program to bring two students to Hays High School for the 2014–15 school year. But first the students need a home. more »

Jul 23, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos CISD to hold tax rate hearing Aug. 4

The San Marcos CISD board of trustees will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the district's central office to discuss the proposed 2014–15 tax rate of $1.4141 per $100 of property valuation. more »

Jul 22, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Kyle development district homes to be reassessed

The city of Kyle is taking action after homeowners in Bunton Creek Village were surprised with notices they owed thousands of dollars in outstanding fees for improvements made by the developer of the neighborhood. more »

Jul 21, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

New Director of Planning Manuel De La Rosa began work at the city of Kyle on July 7.

Courtesy City of Kyle

Q&A with Manuel De La Rosa

Manuel De La Rosa, the city of Kyle’s new director of planning, began his new job on July 7. more »

Jul 17, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

City, county officials in gridlock over La Cima

After nearly two and a half hours of discussion, San Marcos City Council determined it does not want to be part of a public improvement district, or PID, related to the proposed La Cima development in part of the city’s unincorporated area. more »

Jul 16, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (4 Comments)

TxDOT study endorses SH 45 SW

The Texas Department of Transportation recommends building the SH 45 SW tollway as its preferred solution to addressing traffic congestion between Buda and South Austin. more »

Jul 16, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Public improvement districts on the rise within Hays County

Growth in Hays County has led to rapid build-out of neighborhoods, infrastructure and retail space. Increasingly, developers are using public improvement districts, or PIDs—a tool created by the Texas Legislature in 1987—to finance these endeavors. more »

Jul 16, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda carves out food truck ordinance

On May 20, Buda City Council passed an ordinance intended to regulate and encourage the growth of the city’s mobile food vendors, similar to the food trucks and trailers that have taken hold in Austin in recent years. more »

Jul 14, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Ashby Johnson, a University of Texas alum, was hired as the new executive director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He will replace former executive director Maureen McCoy, who retired in February.

Courtesy Houston-Galveston Area Council

CAMPO announces new executive director

Ashby Johnson, a University of Texas alum, is returning to Austin to become executive director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Northwest Austin

Buda City Council receives bond proposal

A bond package of up to $55 million is being considered by the Buda City Council after an advisory committee issued its recommendation on July 2. more »

Jul 7, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

CTMC reaches new agreement with Blue Cross

Central Texas Medical Center, a member of the Adventist Health System, announced June 27 that it had reached a new agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas that allows Blue Cross members to receive care at the hospital at in-network rates. more »

Jun 27, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda committee hammers out bond proposal

A roughly $50 million bond proposal is expected to be presented to the Buda City Council at its July 1 meeting. more »

Jun 26, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Eads wins Superintendent of the Year

San Marcos CISD Superintendent Mark Eads has been named the 2014 Superintendent of the Year for Region 13, an area composed of 16 counties and 60 school districts within Central Texas. more »

Jun 24, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

State Rep. Isaac to propose outlawing e-cig sales to minors

State Rep. Jason Isaac said he plans on filing a bill in the upcoming 84th Legislature proposing a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and similar products to minors. more »

Jun 23, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (1 Comments)

I-35 frontage road directional conversion set for June 28

A 2.9-mile stretch of I-35 frontage road from downtown Kyle to north San Marcos is being converted from two-way travel to one-way. more »

Jun 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda seeking bond input in community meeting

On June 19, Buda residents will have an opportunity to offer input on a potential bond, including what projects to recommend and what the dollar amount should be. more »

Jun 19, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Torchy's Tacos will open its first San Marcos location by Christmas, Company Spokeswoman Brittany Platt said. The restaurant, which will feature tacos, beer and outdoor seating, will be located inside the former U.S. Post Office building at 301 N. Guadalupe St.

Torchy's Tacos

Impact Roundup: Torchy's Tacos to open in San Marcos by Christmas

Torchy’s Tacos announced in June it will open a restaurant in the former U.S. Post Office building, 301 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos. more »

Jun 17, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (6 Comments)

ACC board nearing call for bond election

An Austin Community College bond package for an amount less than originally recommended by staff could be joined on the November ballot by a proposed incremental tax increase. more »

May 9, 2014 Central Austin

Proposed project amendments pique local officials’ interest

On May 27 the nearly 1,400-acre Lazy Oaks development in San Marcos moved one step closer to growing by nearly 635 acres and 650 living units. more »

Jun 18, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Population boom predicted for Buda

Buda is growing rapidly—so rapidly that one scenario projects the population will balloon by 700 percent between 2014 and 2040, according to a city of Buda presentation delivered at a special City Council meeting May 7. more »

Jun 18, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (1 Comments)

RediClinic, a retail-based health care provider, is expanding in Central Texas. The provider, which is partnering with Seton Healthcare Family, has a location at 5401 S. FM 1626 in Kyle.

Photo courtesy RediClinic

Seton partners with RediClinic to provide retail-based health care

RediClinic is planning to add H-E-B–based clinics in the Central Texas area, and Hays County is among the areas being considered for new clinics, said Dr. Greg Sheff, executive vice president of clinical systems for Seton Healthcare. more »

Jun 18, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Sustainacycle’s Sustainable Living Center

Photo by Brett Thorne

Kyle couple preach virtues of reusing, recycling, repurposing

IM Thai Cuisine

Photo by JJ Velasquez

Buda restaurateurs share culture with clientele

Transportation Update

Learn more about road projects throughout Hays County

Higher Ed Focus

Information about Central Texas' universities and colleges

2014–15 budgets and tax rates

Brandy Cichon

Learn more about the budgets and tax rates for cities, school districts and the county

Bucket List Guide

Brandy Cichon

Must-do activities in Central Texas

Buda Skate

Photo by JJ Velasquez

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Real Estate Report

Tips for homebuyers and sellers in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda

2014-15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs, and local doctor and hospital listings in Round rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Central Texas Barbecue Guide

Brandy Cichon

A look at the pitmasters and meat purveyors of Central Texas

Mobility 35

Brandy Cichon

Changes are coming to I-35

The switch from TAKS to STAAR

Brandy Cichon

Local Election Guide

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Swimming Hole Guide

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Looking for relief from the heat?

Coffee With Impact

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Hugh Forrest, South by Southwest Interactive Conference director

Transportation Update

FM 1626 Widening

Brandy Cohen

FM 1626 was built in the 1950s as a winding, two-lane country road. Since then it has become one of the primary alternatives to I-35 for commuters who travel between Hays County and MoPac in Austin.

San Marcos River Guide

Volunteer Guide

Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community

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