Hays County


Shell to replace Conley on Commissioners Court

Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., has appointed Lon Shell to succeed outgoing Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, who officially resigned the position he has held since 2005 in order to run for County Judge in 2018. Cobb is not seeking re-election to a third term as Judge.


Travel-related Zika Virus case confirmed in Hays County

Hays County has sent out a press release confirming the first local Zika Virus case. The release also said that there is "no risk to contagion to residents of Hays County."

Press Release:

The Hays County Local Health Department has received confirmation from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a local, travel-associated case of Zika virus infection in Hays County. The individual, who is not contagious and does not pose a risk to Hays County residents, contracted the illness while traveling to Puerto Rico in August 2016.  


Was Your Hays County Ballot-by-Mail Returned to You? Here’s What’s Happening and How to complete your Vote

The Hays County Elections Office has been advised that some completed and mailed ballots-by-mail have been returned to voters due to what is believed to be a processing issue at post offices in some areas of the County. The office has received approximately 100 calls or visits from voters who have had their ballots returned to them by mistake.

On the back of the yellow envelope that contains the completed ballot-by-mail is a white label that contains the voter’s name, address and a bar code used to verify the ballot. In some instances, post office equipment appears to be reading the address on the white label on the back of the envelope instead of the Elections Office address printed on the front of the envelope.


Wall of Faces now has all of Hays County’s 22 fallen

Names of Hays County’s war dead are inscribed at the Veterans Memorial, located in San Marcos on the corner of Hopkins Street and Riverside Drive.

There are 22 names on the Hays County Veterans Memorial wall of those killed in action in Vietnam.  They are also listed on the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. where a project is underway to collect at least one picture of each service member killed during the war on a separate memorial that will also include other mementos left at the wall and a brief bio on each. As 2015 began, there were still five local veterans for whom no pictures had been found.

Janna Hoehn of Hawaii has made it her mission to help find the missing pictures from across the country. With the help of Chapter 923 of the Vietnam Veterans of America here in San Marcos, one area she concentrated on was finding those last five missing from Hays County.

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