San Marcos - Buda - Kyle

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5:59 PM Mar 23, 2021 CDT

Area transportation summit examines commuter safety

The annual economic impact of car wrecks in Hays County could reach as high as $164 million. However, the comprehensive cost, or lifetime impact, of a year of car wrecks in Hays County could exceed $1 billion.


Central Texas farmers are reeling after the winter freeze wiped out their crops. Here is how you can help

"Even though farmers prepared, I think people didn't anticipate how much damage would come," said Leigh'Ann Andrews of Billie and Jean's Farm in Kyle.


Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.



No rate increases expected from San Marcos Electric Utility

San Marcos Electric Utility customers may still receive higher bills, but it will be because of higher usage and not from a rate adjustment.


Buda City Council to hold emergency meeting to extend mayor's disaster declaration

Buda residents can provide public comments during the virtual meeting to extend the disaster declaration, which is set to expire Sunday night.


Samsung seeks 100% tax rebate from Austin for proposed $17B plant expansion, threatens to build elsewhere

Samsung's proposed investment would be the largest in Austin's history, and the tech giant is asking for an unprecedented incentive agreement from the city.


Hays CISD calls for $238 million bond election in May

This bond election is roughly $21 million larger than the one Hays CISD canceled in 2020.



Officials in Hays County anticipating bar closures, other restrictions due to consistent high hospitalization rates

Based on the sustained hospitalization rate throughout a defined area that includes Hays County, officials anticipate some restrictions to be implemented on local businesses.


Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.


Hays County unemployment increases to 6%

Employment was down across Central Texas during the holiday season, with a moratorium on evictions nearing its end.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.



Williamson County commissioners await Congressional decisions for remaining CARES Act funds

In the meantime, commissioners prioritized programs for if an extension is granted.


Buda adopts curbside pickup program for historic downtown area

A temporary curbside program designed to help small businesses in Historic Downtown Buda has been approved by city officials.


Sales continue to trend strong in the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle residential real estate market

The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Hays County, posted another strong month of sales growth, according to the October 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of Realtors.


Pilot parking program in San Marcos seeks to aid downtown businesses

A new pilot program designed to help San Marcos businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19 will begin Oct. 12.



Hays CISD approves compensation plan, district-wide raise

Including a pay bump approved in June, year-over-year compensation increased 3% for all district employees.


From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory

When combined with temporary state restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local shop owners are speculating a perfect storm of low supply and high demand is the main reason for changes in an industry that has of late been turned on its head.


Hays County issues first Emergency Cash Assistance Program grants

Businesses affected by the coronavirus are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000.


Texas Workforce Commission applies for additional unemployment benefit funding

The Texas Workforce Commission has reported 3.2 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since mid-March.



TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.


Live music venues in Hays County struggle to survive during pandemic

A survey conducted in April by the National Independent Venue Association reported 90% of independent venues across the country are likely to close by fall if conditions persist.


Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Hays County launches $600K small business assistance program

Hays County has launched the Emergency Cash Assistance Program grant fund to aid small businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis.