San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

As industry grows, future still hazy for e-cigarette regulations

A city of Kyle ordinance banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and similar products to minors could make its way to the state Legislature when the 84th session begins in January.

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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 Aug. 4 to discuss the proposed 2014 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Austin Community College district residents will vote in November on a $386 million bond package and 3-cent tax increase. If the bond package approved, part of the money will be used to fund additional expansions at the new ACC Highland Campus, which opens this fall.

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ACC bond package, tax increase request to go before voters

Austin Community College will ask area voters to approve a nearly $386 million bond package and 3 cent tax increase in November. more »

Jun 17, 2014 Central Austin (19 Comments)

Kyle to conduct Americans with Disabilities Act audit

The city of Kyle is set to conduct its first-ever audit studying whether its facilities and programs comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. more »

Jun 13, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

By JJ Velasquez

Webster sworn in as Kyle mayor

The city of Kyle officially has a new mayor. Todd Webster, who won a runoff election for the seat on May 31, was sworn in June 10 at a special City Council meeting. A council member from 2002–2007, Webster takes the reins from Lucy Johnson. more »

Jun 11, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos CISD hires new high school principal

San Marcos High School Principal Michelle Darling announced on March 21 her plans to retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year, and the San Marcos CISD board of trustees has tapped her replacement. more »

Jun 10, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

A construction project on N. LBJ Drive in San Marcos could force the closure of a portion of Sessom Drive. If the closure happens, drivers will be detoured around that stretch of road.

Brandy Cohen

San Marcos considering closing part of Sessom Drive

On June 3 San Marcos City Council directed staff to pursue a construction timeline at the intersection of North LBJ Drive and Sessom Drive that could force the closure of part of Sessom Drive for one month. more »

Jun 9, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

St. David's Foundation chips in $1M to help stabilize Lone Star Circle of Care

St. David's Foundation announced June 5 it has given $1 million to Lone Star Circle of Care to help stabilize the Georgetown-based health care nonprofit after it completed three rounds of layoffs in May. more »

Jun 5, 2014 Georgetown

Law banning e-cig use by minors passed in Kyle

Kyle is stamping out one of the burgeoning trends in nicotine use. more »

Jun 4, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos City Council votes to reopen Lazy Oaks agreement

San Marcos City Council is not necessarily approving an agreement that will dramatically increase the size of a development outside of the city’s limits, but they are at least willing to listen to the developer proposing the project. more »

Jun 4, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

ACC board continues debate on proposed bond election, tax increase

Plans progressed June 2 on a proposed Austin Community College bond election and tax increase. more »

Jun 3, 2014 Central Austin

Webster takes Kyle mayor seat

Todd Webster defeated Bradley Pickett in Kyle’s mayoral election May 31. Webster received 69.16 percent to Pickett’s 30.84 percent. more »

Jun 2, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Lone Star Circle of Care announces more layoffs, end of some services

Georgetown-based nonprofit Lone Star Circle of Care ended a difficult month by announcing that it has laid off 92 additional employees and consolidated a clinic site. more »

May 31, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

Bucket List Guide

Brandy Cichon

Must-do activities in Central Texas

Buda Skate

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Cody's Bistro & Lounge

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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

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A look at the pitmasters and meat purveyors of Central Texas

Mobility 35

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Changes are coming to I-35

The switch from TAKS to STAAR

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Local Election Guide

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San Marcos' Green Waste Pilot Program

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How have the first three months of San Marcos' newest solid waste program gone?

Swimming Hole Guide

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Coffee With Impact

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Hugh Forrest, South by Southwest Interactive Conference director

Transportation Update

FM 1626 Widening

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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

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

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