Brett Thorne

Brett Thorne

Brett joined Community Impact Newspaper as a freelance writer for the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle edition in November 2011, and he began covering Kyle and Buda as a full-time reporter in September 2012. His reporting typically focuses on issues such as roads, schools and businesses.

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Headwaters Drafthouse

Brett Thorne

San Marcos P&Z denies bar proposal

With a 6-1 vote, the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission denied a conditional use permit on April 22 that would have allowed a bar called Headwaters Draft House to open at 205 W. Hopkins St. more »

Apr 23, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos enacts stage 3 drought restrictions

San Marcos enacted stage 3 drought restrictions on April 20. The move reduces the amount of time sprinklers can be used and bans the filling of swimming pools and use of decorative water features. more »

Apr 22, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Wiener dogs compete at last year’s races. This year’s event takes place April 26–27 at Buda City Park.

Courtesy Buda Lions Club

Buda Wiener Dog Races

On April 26 and 27, the top athletes in their field will gather at Buda City Park to compete for recognition at one of the top sporting events of its kind in the world. more »

Apr 16, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

From the editor — SBK April 2014

Temperatures in Hays County are creeping back up now that spring has come, and residents looking for refreshment from an adult beverage may soon have new options. more »

Apr 16, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

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Investors to Austin startups: Focus on the long term

Austin startups looking for funding would do well to take advice from Krishna Srinivasan and Rosa McCormick, two investors who are heavily involved in Austin’s startup scene. more »

Mar 9, 2014 SXSW

Austin's top 10 startups

Representatives from 10 of Austin's top startups met with entrepreneurs from throughout the world on Friday at the Capital Factory Demo Day, in hopes of landing investment dollars. more »

Mar 7, 2014 SXSW

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Michael and Asenette Hernandez began serving barbecue at 2601 Hunter Road in San Marcos, in 2007. In May, the restaurant was named one of Texas' Top 50 barbecue joints by Texas Monthly magazine.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering

Michael and Asenette Hernandez were tired of working in the corporate world, so they decided to become their own bosses and “get the steak and not the crumbs,” as Michael put it. more »

Sep 19, 2013 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Bailey’s Burgers owner Frank Hendricks is a former Army cook and sous chef.

Photo by Ashley Landis

Bailey’s Burgers

The Central Texas Speedway, a NASCAR-sanctioned race track in Kyle, is home to more than just the “fast cars and hot guitars” advertised on the sign near its entrance. more »

Apr 18, 2013 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Chad Jeseritz said business at his Italian restaurant, Ilario’s, is booming.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Ilario’s Italian Restaurant

Chad Jeseritz opened Panhandler’s Pizza in Kyle in December 2011. The buffet-style pizza restaurant lasted for about nine months before it became apparent that a transformation was needed. more »

Jan 24, 2013 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Madelyn Uresti and Mike Davis opened the Gaslight Courtyard at the Buda Grocery and Grill on May 3.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Buda Grocery and Grill

Until very recently those looking for nightlife options in Buda were forced to look elsewhere. more »

Jan 24, 2013 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle