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Commissioners vote to lift burn ban due to recent rain

Hays County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 8 in favor of lifting the county’s burn ban.

Burn bans go into effect when the county has a rank of 575 according to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index. The drought index can reach between 600 and 700 during the summer months, but recent measures provided by Texas A&M. AgriLife Research have shown an index between 300 and 500 for much of Hays County. Only small portions have seen drought indexes of 500 or higher. Despite this improvement, Clint Browning, assistant fire marshal, reminded the commissioners court that the county is still experiencing dryness.

City officials discuss benefits of improved area education

Investing in students’ educations could pay off in the future for the local government, county and community, officials say.

Representatives of Core Four, a collaboration of entities in Hays County, held a presentation during the Feb. 12 Commissioners Court meeting to outline goals for education within the county. The Core Four represents Hays County, the City of San Marcos, San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District and Texas State.

Presenters for the Core Four Education Committee included Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1, Stephanie Reyes, assistant to the city manager, and Provost Eugene Bourgeois. Bourgeois said the committee began as part of the Dream San Marcos project, which provides a vision statement regarding development in Hays County.

Company’s success may signal busy future

Despite what its name implies, San Marcos’ Taecho Group is already achieving recognition for its work.

“Taecho” is a translation of “in the beginning,” the first words of the Korean Bible. The web developing company, co-founded by Texas State alumnus Adam McCombs, creates websites and applications for a number of clients. McCombs said he hopes it will soon grow into a full service agency that will take on advertising projects and campaigns.

McCombs started the Taecho Group in 2011 with co-founder and developer Robert Banh, whom he had previously worked with as a freelancer in Austin. Creative director Luke Woody joined Taecho in October. Woody said he and McCombs met as Texas State students and pledged the same fraternity.

Drought causes burn ban to be reinstated

Hays County Commissioners voted Tuesday to reinstate the countywide burn ban in unincorporated areas, three weeks after it was lifted.

The ban was reinstated on recommendation of Fire Marshal Mark Chambers, who cited the county’s rising drought index as cause for concern. The commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the ban. Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3, was absent from the meeting.

Chambers said the drought index currently sits at 497, a level where it had remained for the previous week.  A drought index nearing 575 is an indication to consider a ban, though it is not always an accurate measure.

“(The drought index) is not moving, and there’s a lot of fuel out there,” Chambers said, referring to the high amount of dead grass in the county. 

State of the City addresses progress

San Marcos residents were invited to take part in a presentation Monday to learn more about the future growth of the San Marcos community.

The mayor and councilmembers met for the annual State of the City address, which highlighted aspects of the San Marcos Comprehensive Master Plan. Dubbed “Vision San Marcos: A River Runs Through Us,” the presentation covered various aspects of the master plan, each covered by a city councilmember. Housing, economic development, the Youth Master Plan, transportation and infrastructure and the river were among the topics discussed by the councilmembers.

The master plan is updated every five years by city council and provides an outlook for the following 10 years of growth.

State of the City addresses progress

San Marcos residents were invited to take part in a presentation Monday to learn more about the future growth of the San Marcos community.

The mayor and councilmembers met for the annual State of the City address, which highlighted aspects of the San Marcos Comprehensive Master Plan. Dubbed “Vision San Marcos: A River Runs Through Us,” the presentation covered various aspects of the master plan, each covered by a city councilmember. Housing, economic development, the Youth Master Plan, transportation and infrastructure and the river were among the topics discussed by the councilmembers.

The master plan is updated every five years by city council and provides an outlook for the following 10 years of growth.

Visiting climatologist talks global warming

During her childhood in Canada, Katharine Hayhoe’s grandmother would sneak into her bedroom and cover the girl with an extra blanket for warmth.

The extra blankets were often unnecessary. This experience, Hayhoe said, is comparable to what humans have done to the planet.

“It already has the perfect blanket, and we’re putting an extra blanket on it by producing too much carbon dioxide,” Hayhoe said.

Hayhoe is a research associate professor of atmospheric sciences and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She spoke to a crowd Wednesday in the Sac-N-Pac Room of Bobcat Stadium as part of Texas State’s Ed Cape Seminar.

Commissioners approve plans for road changes, freeway loop

County commissioners unanimously adopted a plan that could potentially result in changes such as a freeway loop around San Marcos in coming years during their Tuesday meeting.

Roadside assistance program now available to more drivers

More Hays County drivers will soon be able to receive roadside assistance when they experience vehicular difficulties along Interstate 35.

County commissioners voted unanimously during their Jan. 15 meeting to support the extension of the Highway Emergency Response Operator, or H.E.R.O. program. H.E.R.O., a program of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, provides free roadside assistance to travelers along I-35 as far north as Round Rock and parts of U.S. Highway 183.

Currently, the services stop in Kyle. With the extension, H.E.R.O. will provide services an extra 10 miles south, stopping at Yarrington Road in north San Marcos.

Commissioners vote to lift burn ban due to recent rain

Hays County commissioners voted unanimously Jan. 8 in favor of lifting the county’s burn ban.

Burn bans go into effect when the county has a rank of 575 according to the Keetch-Byram Drought Index. The drought index can reach between 600 and 700 during the summer months, but recent measures provided by Texas A&M. AgriLife Research have shown an index between 300 and 500  for much of Hays County. Only small portions have seen drought indexes of 500 or higher. Despite this improvement, Clint Browning, assistant fire marshal, reminded the commissioners court that the county is still experiencing dryness.

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