SMCISD ups the ante for bus drivers

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School plans to spend as much as $150,000 in an effort to keep and attract new bus drivers. The district said this week that it is short 16 bus drivers. That shortage has forced other transportation department employees to do double duty and drive buses.
“We don’t believe it’s best practice to look at revising some type of recruitment plan if we don’t look at stopping the bleeding,” Assistant Superintendent Willie Watson said.

County gets briefing on debris status

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
It’s been 20 months since the Memorial Day Weekend flood of May, 2015, but many areas along the Blanco River are still just piles of debris.
On Tuesday, The Hays County Commissioners Court got an update Tuesday on a program to remove debris left by that flood as well as the one that came five months later in October 2015.

Free medical care for Hays residents Saturday

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Seton Medical Center in Kyle and Ascension Medical Mission are offering free medical care to Hays County residents on Saturday.
Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis until 4 p.m.
Services provided for free include basic medical care for children and adults, labs, immunizations, kids’ eye exams, dental exams and procedures, pharmacy consultations and prescription medicine, diabetes education, mammograms, foot care and spiritual care.

Abbott threatens to remove Travis sheriff

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott escalated a standoff with Austin’s sheriff over so-called sanctuary cities on Wednesday, vowing to oust the elected Democrat from office even though he doesn’t have the power to do so.
Abbott, a Republican, already has plans to cut off some state grants by Feb. 1 because Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez says her jails in Texas’ most liberal city will no longer honor all detainer requests from federal immigration authorities.

Buda puts hold on fluoridation

Based upon feedback from Buda City Council members and residents, City Manager Kenneth Williams is announcing the administrative decision to place on hold the scheduled fluoridation of the city of Buda’s water supply.
This decision is not final and is in place until the City Council may revisit and make a more permanent decision. At the request of Mayor Todd Ruge, a public hearing on fluorida on of the city’s water supply will be held during the Feb. 7th City Council meeting. In any case, fluoridation of the water will not take place before the Feb. 7th public hearing

Hays burn ban is back

Staff Reports
As expected, the Hays County Commissioners Court called for an immediate burn ban at their Jan. 24 meeting.
The ban on outdoor burning covers unincorporated areas of the county including extraterritorial jurisdictions.
County Fire Marshal Clint Browning asked for the ban.
Browning noted that while fire trucks have become stuck in muddy areas recently, high winds have dried out the frozen brush and grasses that become tinder for wildfires and that chances for rain in the coming week is slim.

Pictured from left to right are FFA officers Joe Silvera, Emma Dray, Ashley Martinez, Lauren Jones and Hannah McGee, with SMHS Ag. teacher Lindsey Perry, at the Ronald McDonald House in Austin. PHOTO COURTESY OF STACIE MCGEE

High school FFA group gives to Ronald McDonald House

San Marcos High School FFA officers and Ag. teacher Lindsey Perry recently visited the Ronald McDonald House in Austin to deliver 34 pounds of drink can pull tabs. The drink tab collection is the group’s fall philanthropy project with both Ag students and FFA members participating.
 The officers and Perry toured the facility and learned about the agency’s mission, which according their website, is to provide “that ‘home-away-from-home’ for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.”


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