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Hays CISD sets sights on being destination district

Hays CISD sets sights on being destination district

The district has gained an average of 664 students a year since 2010, and another 669 are expected to be added to the rolls when the 2014–15 school year count is made official.

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Interim Kyle city manager not vying for permanent job

Kyle's interim City Manager James Earp told Community Impact Newspaper on Sept. 19 he will not seek the city manager position on a permanent basis. more »

Sep 22, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Approved in San Marcos, La Cima details to be hammered out with Hays County

On Sept. 16, San Marcos City Council approved a development agreement with Lazy Oaks Ranch, the developer of the La Cima project, which could add as many as 2,400 residential units to more than 2,000 acres near the city’s southwest boundary. more »

Sep 17, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos CISD changes provide lesson in adaptation

District looks to bring tech, early childhood education, increased rigor, into classrooms more »

Sep 17, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Monarch Utilities, city of Kyle reach agreement on water rate increases

The city of Kyle and Monarch Utilities reached a settlement agreement July 15 that stabilizes rate increases for the utility company’s 900 customers in Kyle. more »

Sep 17, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Proposed site of Cotton Center near San Marcos

Brandy Cohen

San Marcos City Council to consider 2,358-acre development

Walton Development and Management, a development firm based in Canada, is proposing a municipal utility district on 2,358 acres in the city of San Marcos’ unincorporated area east of the San Marcos Regional Airport and north of Martindale. more »

Sep 16, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Grande Communications rolls out gigabit Internet in Kyle-Buda area

Some residents in the Kyle-Buda area will have access to some of the fastest Internet speeds on the market. more »

Sep 10, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

CAMPO OKs options for non-Capital Metro cities to access federal transit funds

Cities located in the Austin urbanized area but outside Capital Metro’s service area will now be able to access federal transit dollars designated for transit services in the region. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Austin Metro

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park could soon be the home of a pro-quality golf facility capable of hosting PGA Tour events.

Courtesy city of Austin

Austin targets PGA-quality golf course

City officials on Sept. 8 advanced efforts to build a PGA-quality golf course at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park in East Austin where there are 735 acres long earmarked for golf use. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

John David Carson, the developer of the nine-story mid-rise building planned for downtown San Marcos, said plans for the building are moving forward, but the project completion date, originally planned for late summer 2015, has been pushed back to allow for a spring 2016 completion. The project's height variance was approved by the San Marcos Planning & Zoning Commission in early 2014. The project is planned to include retail space and more than 340 bedrooms.

Carson Properties

Development updates: Projects planned throughout San Marcos, Kyle

Construction is planned or underway on many projects throughout San Marcos and Kyle. more »

Sep 9, 2014 , San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos City Council extends offer on La Cima

At its regular meeting Sept. 2, San Marcos City Council extended a development agreement offer to Lazy Oaks Ranch, the developers of the proposed La Cima project, which would include up to 2,400 residential units. more »

Sep 3, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Election Roundup: Ruge gets new term; Arabie to fill vacant seat

Buda’s citywide election is two months away, but it is already known that Mayor Todd Ruge will continue to hold his seat for another three years. more »

Sep 2, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Texas State acquires 20 acres for STAR Park

The Texas State University Board of Regents approved the purchase of 20 acres of land adjacent to the university’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park for $1.77 million on Aug. 29. more »

Aug 29, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Citizens voice concerns at Bunton Creek Road meeting

The city of Kyle's first bond-funded road project is running into budget issues, and citizens were given a chance to voice their concerns Aug. 26. more »

Aug 27, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays CISD board could decide new middle school location Aug. 28

The Hays CISD board of trustees could decide the location of the district’s soon-to-be-constructed sixth middle school at an Aug. 28 meeting. more »

Aug 27, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Pinballz Kingdom is planning to open at 15201 S. I-35 in Buda in early September, co-owner Darren Spohn said. The entertainment facility will feature arcade games and pinball machines as well as two bars, a beer garden, a restaurant serving neapolitan-style pizza, tactical laser tag area and live music stage.

Brett Thorne

Pinballz Kingdom eyes September opening

Pinballz Kingdom co-owner Darren Spohn said he expects the multifaceted entertainment facility to open at 15201 S. I-35 in Buda by early September. more »

Aug 27, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

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

Hays CISD culinary arts

Photos by Brett Thorne

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Vagabond Vintage

Photos by JJ Velasquez

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Transportation Update

Learn more about road projects throughout Hays County

Education Focus

Learn about San Marcos CISD and Hays CISD here

Higher Ed Focus

Information about Central Texas' universities and colleges

Bucket List Guide

Brandy Cichon

Must-do activities in Central Texas

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

Brandy Cichon

Swimming Hole Guide

Brandy Cohen

Looking for relief from the heat?

Coffee With Impact

Photo by Peter McCrady

Hugh Forrest, South by Southwest Interactive Conference director

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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