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  1. COVID-19 not slowing down in Texas, positivity rate up to 14.3%

    For the sixth day in a row, Texas reported more than 5,000 new cases of COVID-19. Houston is now a national hotspot. "We have to move quickly to blunt this," said Mayor Sylvester Turner. The positivity rate is now 14.3% in Texas and 11% in the...

  2. McKinney mayor considering mask mandate, calls it a small sacrifice for others

    ... Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been pushback about wearing face coverings. The mayor of McKinney said he is asking those in opposition to make a small sacrifice for others. Mayor George...

  3. Independence Day events still scheduled, depending on COVID-19

    ...greenvilletx.fun. Note: All of the above information may be changed, following the results of a special Greenville City Council meeting Monday morning which concerns Gov. Greg Abbott’s proclamation allowing mayors and county...

  4. Marlin mandates mask usage in public places, businesses

    On Thursday, June 25, Marlin Mayor Carolyn Lofton issued a proclamation stating that facial coverings are required for the general ...

  5. With spike in virus cases, El Paso delays reopening of zoo, museums, city facilities

    ...health, safety and well-being of our community and the city’s workforce remains top priority,” wrote Mayor Dee Margo in a statement issued Sunday evening, so "reopening these services would not be responsible...

  6. Free mask distribution for Fort Worth businesses

    ...burdens on the backs of our businesses, especially as they are already struggling due to COVID-19,” Mayor Betsy Price said in a news release. “That is why it is critical we come together and support our...

  7. ‘It was his everything:’ Longtime Stafford mayor dead at 79

    Leonard Scarcella would never forget the date — September 4, 1969 — when, at age 29, he took office as the city of Stafford’s mayor. Scarcella held the post for 50 years, becoming one of the state’s longest tenured mayors, until, on Sunday, he passed...

  8. Bexar County Surpasses Its 10,000th COVID-19 Case, Local Hospitals Still Under 'High Stress'

    ...will closely monitor data coming from San Antonio. "It’s June and we’re in the highest peak," the mayor said. "I shudder to think where we’ll be in the fall." Data also shows shifting demographics of...

  9. Texas Bar and Nightclub Association sues state over latest shutdowns

    Last week, the rise in coronavirus cases across Texas lead Gov. Greg Abbott to rollback his reopening plan, closing down bars across the state. Now the Texas Bar and Nightclub Association is responding by announcing they are suing the state while...

  10. City-wide curfew to take effect at midnight

    ...The City of Laredo announced that a city-wide curfew will be reinstated. According to the amended Mayor’s Emergency Order, effective at midnight a curfew for all residents will go into effect. The curfew...

  11. Freeport joins mask mandating

    FREEPORT — Mayor Brooks Bass is the latest official to order a mask mandate for all employees and customers of city businesses. Like orders signed by Lake Jackson, Clute, Manvel and Pearland earlier this...

  12. Record-breaking 636 new COVID-19 cases reported for Austin-Travis County

    As of Sunday evening, 636 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in Austin/Travis County, for a new total of 8,461 cases. No new deaths were reported, keeping the total at 117.

  13. After 5 days of double-digit COVID-19 cases, local officials to resume daily briefings

    The weekday daily briefings regarding the local effects of COVID-19 started at the beginning of the pandemic and were stopped recently. Now Corpus Christi has announced the return on June 29. The changes come after Nueces County reported 5 straight...

  14. Bell County mask requirement in effect Monday

    ...based on the feedback I’ve received from citizens of Temple — it’s not a popular decision,” Temple Mayor Tim Davis said. “But again I think it is important that we as a county work hard toward keeping everyone...

  15. The Texas Zoo will now require guests to wear facial coverings

    ...wearing a face covering upon entering the zoo. This arose due to the Texas Zoo complying with the Mayor Rawley McCoy’s orders which asks businesses to require their customers to wear masks inside their...

  16. Cowboys at ‘World’s Largest Amateur Rodeo’ still set to ride despite COVID-19

    In an official statement, the Mayor of Stamford, James M. Decker, and Mike Mueller, president of the TCR, said that it would be “unfeasible and financially devastating for countless people and businesses to simply cancel the event.”

  17. SPI Fourth of July fireworks cancelled

    ...first. “The Fourth of July holiday will be different without the fireworks show this year,” SPI Mayor Patrick McNulty stated in the press release. “If we follow the protocols and decrease in new cases,...

  18. Dallas County Reports 570 More COVID-19 Cases Sunday, Total Now At 20,165

    ...Face mask requirements were also issued in Tarrant County and the cities of Denton and Red Oak (Ellis County) this week. McKinney Mayor George Fuller said officials will discuss an ordinance on Monday.

  19. Face coverings now required at businesses in Denton

    DENTON, Texas - Face coverings are now required at businesses and non-profits in the city of Denton. The city council updated its disaster declaration and order to require them at any location providing goods...

  20. Abilene mayor clarifies city manager's statement about 'not enforcing' Gov. Abbott's order

    "The City apologizes for any lack of clarity in earlier messaging on the matter." The City said in the amended public statement they want "everyone to follow the Governor's order" and they will "be working with the TABC, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage...

  21. Shannon Thomason took to Facebook on Saturday to express his opinion on the Executive Order passed down by Gov. Greg Abbott and propose an upcoming city event.

    On Saturday, Big Spring Mayor Shannon Thomason, took to Facebook to express his stance on the Executive Order that was passed down by Gov. Greg Abbott. Thomason, who did not agree with how the order was passed down, states how it would not change...

  22. City of China Grove balances old and new in charming rural setting

    ...“China Grove has been a well-kept secret on the southeast side of Bexar County,” said China Grove Mayor Mary Ann Hajek. “Although the city limits only contain approximately 4.3 square miles, the convenience...

  23. City of Laredo to distribute $2 million in CARES funding for small business loans

    ...Laredo to distribute $2 million in CARES funding for small business loans Back to Gallery Laredo City Council this week voted to distribute $3.1 million in funding they are slated to receive from the CARES...

  24. Silvas selected as interim judge

    Former Bee County District Clerk Anna Marie Silvas has been selected to serve as Beeville’s interim municipal judge. The city council voted unanimously at a June 16 special meeting to appoint Silvas. City Secretary Gabriella Hernandez said Silvas was...

  25. San Antonio, Bexar Co. Sends Emergency Alert as COVID-19 Single-Day Record Hits 795 Cases

    The City of San Antonio and Bexar County Offices of Emergency Management took a rare action by sending a Wireless Emergency Alert to all phones in the area on Saturday evening, advising residents to stay inside due to the immense spread of...

  26. Missouri City and Dickinson join other cities as people are required to wear masks in businesses

    ...a mask. Businesses who fail to get on board by Tuesday could face a $1,000 fine. In Pearland, the mayor issued a similar order requiring businesses to make mask-wearing mandatory or face a $1,000 fine....

  27. City ‘intends’ to issue new debt

    The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 23, approved a resolution authorizing publication and posting of notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation (CO) to finance various...

  28. City prepares as hospital nears capacity

    San Marcos is reportedly at capacity on any given day for COVID-19 patients, Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp announced at a special called San Marcos City Council meeting Thursday. Hays County COVID-19 patients needing to be hospitalized have...

  29. Mayor Adler responds to labs overwhelmed with COVID-19 testing

    A few weeks into opening testing for COVID-19 to the entire public in Austin/Travis County – including those who were asymptomatic – and it came to an abrupt halt. Mayor Steve Adler says its not because the city doesn’t have the testing capability.

  30. City officials plan $2.12M decrease for 2021 streets budget

    ...public works projects have been delayed because of COVID-19 and pushed down the road, he told Victoria City Council on Tuesday, June 23. Gill presented the city’s proposed street budget for the coming fiscal...

  31. 278 Active COVID-19 Cases In Ellis County

    If you need a COVID-19 test, Ellis County is offering free mobile testing on Tuesday, June 30 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. You’ll need to schedule an appointment, and are able to do that 24 hours before the testing site opens.

  32. Inheriting the wind: Mart area catching boost from renewable energy development

    Almost overnight, the prairie farmland between Mart and Groesbeck is being transformed into a forest of wind towers nearly as tall as the ALICO Building. And by the end of the year, 100 turbines will be spinning and providing more than 300 megawatts...

  33. Texas Mayor Issues Curfew In Response To COVID-19 Surge

    Mayor Esmeralda Moya of Galena Park said the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will go into effect Saturday “until further notice” after Harris County’s COVID-19 public threat level went from “significant” to “severe.”

  34. Yamboree, Gilmer fireworks show canceled because of COVID-19 concerns

    ... Upshur County Judge Todd Tefteller said he met Friday with his county's COVID committee, Gilmer Mayor Tim Marshall and the Yamboree's executive committee. "It was the unanimous decision by all that...

  35. 'I trust our citizens to not sneeze on each other': Rockwall council allows large outdoor events to continue

    The Rockwall City Council held an emergency meeting Friday. Council members opted to allow outdoor July 4 events to continue. ... Mayor Jim Pruitt said individuals should be allowed to make the decision to wear a mask or to socialize at outdoor...

  36. Washington County, Brenham advises residents to wear mask

    ...public to mask up. In a statement Saturday, Washington County Judge John Durrenberger and Brenham Mayor Milton Tate "are strongly encouraging" all residents to wear a mask when out and about. × This...

  37. Waco Officials Plead for Community to Follow Safety Precautions as COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket

    "For nearly three months, our community managed to keep this virus at an extremely low rate. We had our first confirmed cases in McLennan County on March 17. We registered six that day. We topped 300 total cases in our county on June 20th and we...

  38. La Joya fires police chief, says he didn't meet city 'standards'

    The La Joya City Council fired police Chief Adolfo Arriaga on Friday, apparently concerned he didn’t meet unspecified city “standards.” After meeting with City Attorney Roberto Jackson on Friday afternoon, the City Council voted 3-2 to fire Arriaga...

  39. East Texas virus count continues rise; Smith sets another record with 44 new cases; Titus up by 24

    The statement came after the NET Health board of directors voted Thursday to recommend that city of Tyler and Smith County officials issue orders requiring people to wear masks while in public.

  40. Walker County braces for second wave

    For Huntsville Memorial Hospital, the largest problem for Walker County is limited testing. “The biggest problem we are having is that it is taking up to 10 days for people who are getting tested by the Texas Military Department at the fairgrounds to...

  41. Council extends disaster declaration

    Taylor remains under a disaster declaration as local events are examined. On June 25, the Taylor City Council voted unanimously to extend the declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously...

  42. $14.6 million awarded to dredge Port Mansfield Channel

    ...allocated to this project will benefit not only Port Mansfield, but all of Willacy County. Raymondville mayor Gilbert Gonzales said the money will guarantee future increased traffic to the port, business development,...

  43. El Campo City Hall closes to public for COVID concern

    ...exposure for our staff, but are awaiting test results. We do not have a sick employee waiting on results,” City Manager Courtney Sladek said. The employee was tested Tuesday and “will not return to work until...

  44. 'Manor-opoly' celebrates the city of Manor with Monopoly game

    A board game allows people to step into new worlds, but some board games allow people to travel to places they know and love. "We're talking about the 'Manor-opoly' game," said Tim Ellison, who is the general manager of a Walmart ... He wanted to...

  45. Four RGV mayors to issue a unified new order

    ...80% there, we just have a little bit of things we need to re-tweak and we’ll be ready to go,” said Mayor Richard Molina of Edinburg. The four mayors plan to address the same rules, at the same time, on...

  46. Oak Ridge North, Shenandoah, The Woodlands announce Fourth of July festivities

    ...parades. ... I think that in this general area, we are going to be the only parade," Oak Ridge North City Manager Heather Neely said. "We've gotten a lot of interest. We have lengthened the route-it's about...

  47. San Antonio working to ensure rural hospitals can still transfer patients to hospitals

    ...will look at the increase in numbers and see how this could present an issue for healthcare workers. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said San Antonio area hospitals will always accept critical care patients but beds for...

  48. Seguin mayor signs order making masks mandatory in businesses

    The city of Seguin is making it mandatory to wear masks in local businesses. Seguin Mayor Don Keil announced the order Friday afternoon in a video posted on social media.

  49. City council will resume regular meetings using video conferencing

    New Braunfels city leaders will resume using Zoom video conferencing to conduct its slate of city council meetings. The meetings will continue to be held regularly on the second and fourth Mondays...

  50. Coronavirus cases in Bastrop County top 400

    ...require face coverings in their establishments or face a possible fine up to $1,000. Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders told the Bastrop Advertiser and Smithville Times on Thursday that "We don’t want to...

  51. Denton businesses must require employees, customers to wear masks

    The Denton City Council will require individuals to wear face coverings through Aug. 4 to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Council members adopted the measure in a split vote as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott...

  52. City of Lufkin considering emergency mask regulation order

    Following a day of phone calls from concerned citizens, Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown is considering the implementation of an emergency mask regulation, according to a press release from Lufkin Police Department...

  53. Brazos County Judge, Bryan Mayor issues order requiring face masks, social distancing

    Brazos County Judge Duane Peters and Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson have issued an emergency order requiring social distancing and face masks in public spaces where 6 feet distance cannot be maintained. ... The order goes into effect at 12:01 AM on...

  54. 5 federally funded coronavirus testing sites in Texas granted extension following outcry from lawmakers

    ...said in a Friday statement thanking the administration for its reversal. In a tweet Friday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson thanked Abbott and the members of Congress who advocated for keeping the sites funded....

  55. Denison sees $1.9M in reduced expenses in proposed budget

    ...COVID-19 pandemic. "I’d say it is going to be a difficult year, especially for the general fund," City Manager Jud Rex said. "We’ve cut our expenses back considerably and we’ve predicted that were are going...

  56. Kenedy City Manager encourages citizens to wear masks

    KENEDY – With a recent influx in COVID-19 cases in Karnes County, City Manager William Linn encourages Kenedy residents to wear a mask. In a statement on June 26, Linn stated another COVID case struck...

  57. Cherokee County's COVID-19 cases rise to more than 100

    ...vulnerable and keep our community safe.” By implementing and maintaining simple precautions, Jacksonville Mayor Randy Gorham said all residents can help prevent further spread of COVID-19. “I think now it is paramount...

  58. City of Round Rock, Round Rock Chamber partner for 'Round Here, We Rock a Mask' campaign

    ...distancing is not possible, especially when gathering in close proximity to others when out in public,” Mayor Craig Morgan said in the release. “Additionally, we encourage businesses to require employees and...

  59. H-GAC group will look at crafting a five-party agreement around I-45 overhaul

    ...entities at this table. ... A little bit of trust will go a long way.” Other members, including Houston City Council Member Dave Robinson, said the agreement was not meant to antagonize or be too rigid, but to...

  60. Beaumont confirms 57 new COVID-19 cases

    ...Body Beaumont received 57 positive COVID-19 test results June 26, according to a news release from Mayor Becky Ames. This marks a single day record in the city. "This is not unexpected, but it is a clear...

  61. City seeks reimbursement for COVID-19 crisis costs

    ...the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Photo by Karen Gleason Del Rio City Council members recently approved an ordinance that will allow the city to recover unbudgeted costs...

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