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  1. Coronavirus updates: Mayor Nirenberg plans to extend the city’s stay-at-home order

    ...the city since the stay-at-home order was handed down. Photo: File Photo Coronavirus updates: Mayor Nirenberg plans to extend the city’s stay-at-home order Back to Gallery MySA.com is compiling...

  2. 55 Federal, State and Nonprofit Relief Efforts and Funds to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

    ...expansion of the Office of Economic Development’s (OED) Small Business Stabilization Fund, which the Mayor created to support small businesses whose operations were jeopardized by a destabilizing event. Eligible...

  3. Real-time updates: 254 coronavirus cases in Bexar County; county issuing citations

    ...tests for coronavirus. These cases are not included in Metro Health's latest county, according to Mayor Nirenberg. 6:15 p.m. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen to 254, San Antonio...

  4. Final call made for survey on local hotel, conference center

    ...explained that McCaslin said the results would not be suitable for the current effort. The Greenville City Council adopted regulations in 2011, in the hopes a full-service hotel would come to town, after hearing...

  5. TxDOT virtual meeting set on Hallsville sidewalks, bicycle path

    ...early release or testing and they walk up and down Cider Street, to and from the school,” Hallsville Mayor Jesse Casey said previously. Also as part of the program, Casey said the city is going to simultaneously...

  6. Lakeport street repairs approved under agreement with Gregg County

    Repairs are coming to four streets in the city of Lakeport. Under an agreement between the Lakeport City Council and Gregg County, patching of rough spots will be performed on Walter, Jet, Astronaut and Liner...

  7. US visitors don’t mind coronavirus checkpoints at Mexican border

    ...reduces the severity of the epidemic and takes a burden off our health care system.” Last week, Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada said his city was preparing for a worst-case scenario by procuring N95 surgical masks...

  8. SXSW Partners with Amazon to Put Film Festival Online

    ...see.” Last year the city of Austin brought in roughly $350 million in revenue from SXSW in 2019; Mayor Adler says the economic loss of not having the festival falls secondary to keeping the community safe...

  9. Arlington Mayor Creates ‘Meals for a Mission’ Campaign

    Every community is dealing with fallout from the coronavirus crisis in different ways, trying to care for both the physical and economic health of residents. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams came up with a plan to both help local restaurants that are...

  10. N. Texas doctors developed guidelines to determine what to do if there is a shortage of ventilators

    ...special access because we are physicians, nor does the chief executive of any hospital, nor does any mayor or county commissioner. The county medical societies and hospitals in North Texas have all pledged...

  11. Wearing a mask could protect those around you - SA official on masking pros and cons

    ...from getting the virus, but because they could protect people around them. I talked with Assistant City Manager, Dr. Colleen Bridger, who's in charge of Metro Health about the pros and cons of masks. Dr....

  12. Coronavirus in Texas 4/2: State reports 4,669 cases and 70 deaths; unemployment claims skyrocket

    ...drive-thru testing site opened at Delmar Stadium on Wednesday and will test around 250 people per day, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday. Anyone with symptoms can get tested for free after completing an...

  13. Brazos County health officials say social distancing is working

    ...attendance and echoed the need for citizens to continue practicing social distancing. College Station Mayor Karl Mooney confirmed a group has been formed to help determine the best way to ease the community...

  14. Dallas-Fort Worth companies shift to protective medical equipment production

    ...themselves right now," he said of the general public. Places like Laredo, Texas have already decided. The city council this week —wearing masks while in session — says to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose...

  15. Garza, Casar lead plan to use $25M in city reserves for Covid-19 relief programs

    ...portion of Austin’s budget reserves to residents facing financial peril due to the spread of Covid-19. Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza and Council Member Greg Casar have teamed up to create a budget amendment and...

  16. Federal relief package includes $104 million for public transit in Austin

    ...federal funds for Austin and those hit hardest is much needed real action and concrete support,” said Mayor Steve Adler. The financial relief for public transportation agencies is one component of the federal...

  17. City of Marfa makes changes to disaster declaration and rental property owners will be impacted

    ...the declaration is found below. "Pursuant to the First Supplemental Emergency Declaration of Marfa Mayor Manuel V. Baeza dated April 2, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic this property may only be rented...

  18. The hilltop fortress town that cut itself off from the world — and coronavirus

    ...itself off from the outside world as a dangerous coronavirus spread its tentacles across Spain. The mayor, 40-year-old Santiago Galván, decided to block all but one of the town’s five entrances. Galván acted...

  19. Smith County officials ready for the 'worst'

    ...the spread of the virus. Following an introduction from Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran, Tyler Mayor Martin Heines took the podium to describe the efforts of the healthcare community as well as county...

  20. Homeless shelters look for ways to help, protect some of the most vulnerable during COVID-19 crisis

    ...social services. Meal hubs have also been deployed to feed the homeless. Dr. Colleen Bridger, assistant city manager, says they are piecing together an additional safety net for the growing number of homeless...

  21. Texas City, La Marque offer grants to COVID-affected businesses

    ...let our businesses of 50 or less apply for grants ranging from $1,500 to $25,000,” said Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle. “The chamber of commerce is promoting it, and the EDC announced it on Tuesday.” Qualified...

  22. Port Isabel adds new restrictions

    ...and leaders are continuing to enforce more rules to help prevent the spread of illness. Port Isabel Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora issued a proclamation with new city restrictions regarding transportation, shopping...

  23. Police stepping up enforcement of shelter-in-place orders

    ...intersections In Raymondville, officers are pulling over motorists at the city’s busiest intersections, Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said. “They’re stopping traffic at the main intersections and seeing what they’re...

  24. 5,000 masks donated to health care workers

    Corpus Christi City Council member Paulette Guajardo announced a major donation through a partnership with Stripes and Laredo Taco Company. The businesses are giving 5,000 medical masks to health care workers in this area.

  25. Unified Midland and MMH conference on next steps officials are taking

    ...start phase three starting next week, bring teachers face-to-face virtually for students. Lastly, Mayor Patrick Payton says the city has been considering several options and update their disaster declaration...

  26. City of Amarillo reports first COVID-19 recoveries

    ...city did not include any other information about the patients, citing privacy concerns. Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said the recoveries are a way to keep hope through the difficult process of managing...

  27. Denison Mayor Janet Gott discusses city's response for COVID-19

    ...(KXII) - With eight of the first 12 COVID-19 cases in Grayson County being Denison residents, Denison Mayor Janet Gott wants to assure everyone as of now there has not been community spread. "But we have not...

  28. After round of layoffs, Hutto rehires animal control officer

    ...Thursday. Animal control officer Wayne Cunningham will start work again on April 6, said Interim City Manager Charles Daniels at the city council meeting Thursday. “We listened to the public and found...

  29. Secretary of State says local officials must delay May 2 elections for voters’ health

    ...July 6, in conjunction with the primary runoff election’s early voting period. Westworth Village Mayor Kelly Jones wrote in an email Thursday night that the city is reviewing the Secretary of State’s guidance...

  30. McAllen mayor speaks all things COVID-19

    McALLEN — The mayor here answered a number of questions regarding COVID-19 in a virtual meeting with members of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. During the 40-minute Zoom meeting, McAllen ...

  31. No plans to lay off police officers, Hutto council members say

    ...Osborn @cosbo4 Thursday Apr 2, 2020 at 8:04 PM Hutto is not going to lay off police officers, some City Council members said Thursday. “We have not discussed that at all and there is nothing on our agenda...

  32. Houston-based apartment co. launches $5M fund for residents without income due to coronavirus

    ...are eligible for up to $2,000 per household under the Camden Cares Resident Relief Program. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the program during an April 2 press conference. Camden CEO Ric Campo told...

  33. With visitors still bunching up in parks, Dallas officials plead: Don’t make us shut them down

    ...facilities. Dallas has closed playgrounds, athletic fields, golf courses and tennis centers. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said during a news conference Tuesday that residents without access to a backyard should...

  34. Nearby Frio County has zero confirmed coronavirus cases

    ...that. "To our knowledge, we don't have a case so we've been really lucky," Fred Reyes, Pearsall's City Manager, said. Just because Frio County doesn't have a coronavirus case doesn't mean it hasn't been...

  35. Arlington extends coronavirus disaster declaration to April 30 to align with Gov. Abbott’s executive order

    The Arlington City Council extended the city’s disaster declaration to April 30 and amended various points during a special meeting Tuesday. The ordinance was updated to align with Gov. Greg Abbot’s most recent executive order, which instructed...

  36. A surgeon and mayor, Hernandez uses medical perspective in leading Pharr through pandemic

    ...municipality that has not one, but two physicians leading the community through the COVID-19 outbreak. Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., and Commissioner Ramiro Caballero, M.D., serve on the commission while also...

  37. Hutto OKs final readings of tax ceiling, disabled persons exemptions

    Hutto City Council unanimously approved the two final readings for a disabled persons tax exemption and an ad valorem homestead tax ceiling, or limitation, at its April 2 meeting. The two additional exemptions follow a $60,000 senior property tax...

  38. New Austin-Travis County campaign urges college students to stay home, stay safe

    Actor Matthew McConaughey, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhart have teamed up to draw attention to the City and County’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest city-county campaign is urging young adults,...

  39. Temple City Council delays $1.65 million purchase of 43 new vehicles

    ...would have allowed the city to purchase 43 new vehicles at a cost of more than $1.65 million. Temple Mayor Tim Davis, along with the other members of the Council, said that they were not sure this was the...

  40. WATCH: Gov. Abbott to provide update on COVID-19 in Texas at 2:30 p.m. Friday

    Governor Greg Abbott will hold a briefing Friday to update the public on the hospital capacity in the state of Texas for COVID-19 patients. The governor will speak at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the State Capitol.

  41. Lamesa officials to prosecute for spread of false Coronavirus rumors

    ...information about the coronavirus to social media. “We’re very worried about scaring the public,” Mayor Josh Stevens said. “The virus is extremely scary or haunting for people and the panic is very real....

  42. New rent relief program aimed at people who lost jobs to COVID-19

    ...waiving late fees. Ross says everyone he has talked to is willing to participate. That's precisely what Mayor Ron Nirenberg wants to hear. "I won’t look too kindly on landlords who are threatening their tenants...

  43. Dallas park board appoints new department director as city seeks to slow coronavirus

    ...board received an exception to the city’s hiring freeze because it was months into the search, and the city manager deemed the post to be essential. “We have had more public input than recent searches for the...

  44. Bay Area businesses remain open to offer preventive healthcare amid coronavirus concerns

    As the coronavirus outbreak forces businesses across the Bay Area to close their doors, some owners have succeeded in testing the definition of an “essential” business by providing holistic, preventive health care options to residents. Sandra...

  45. Here's why New Braunfels is allowing limited, in-person religious services, despite coronavirus concerns

    ...and supporting community journalism. contribute today An email exchange between New Braunfels Mayor Barron Casteel and a retired physician sheds new light on the city's enforcement of Gov. Greg Abbott's...

  46. Small town impact: Robert Lee

    The covid-19 pandemic is having a large impact on cities nationwide. It’s also affecting smaller towns, like Robert Lee. “People in Robert Lee are a tough breed and people in Robert Lee take care of each other,” said Allyson Crenshaw, Mayor of Robert...

  47. Mayor issues public health advisory

    San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson issued a “Stay Home to Save Lives” public health advisory on Thursday, which continues to urge city residents to remain at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hughson announced her advisory in a video message, saying...

  48. Texas Education Agency waives accountability ratings for 2019-2020 year due to COVID-19

    All districts and campuses will receive a "Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster," for the year, the letter says. The decision comes after Governor Greg Abbott suspended annual academic assessment requirements for the remainder of 2019-2020 school...

  49. Amarillo alcohol sales spike during COVID-19 outbreak

    ...steadily increased, increased, increased," said Charles Leard, owner of M&R Liquor Store. Now that Mayor Nelson has issued the Shelter-in-Place order for Amarillo, those sales continue to spike. “There’s...

  50. Pflugerville postpones $96.7 million May bond election

    ...gatherings. By delaying this election, our local election officials can assist in that effort.” Mayor Victor Gonzales said he anticipates the council will continue to meet virtually until further notice....

  51. Germanfest canceled, a 1st for city

    ...keep our chamber offices running,” Palmer said. “Let’s all work together by staying apart.” Muenster City Administrator Stan Endres said it’s hard to say what kind of economic impact the cancellation of Germanfest...

  52. Sunset Mall in San Angelo closed as part of city's Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration

    ...part of city's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" declaration. The order was issued Wednesday during an emergency city council meeting. It closed non-essential businesses until April 30. RELATED: List of businesses deemed...

  53. 1,668 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 in greater Houston area; 20 deaths, 162 recovered

    ...HCPH is also confirming that 34 of our patients have recovered. In a press conference on Sunday, Mayor Turner confirmed 54 new positive coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 286 positive...

  54. Orange Municipal Court remains open

    ...a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will only be limited court personnel on hand until the mayor returns city operations to normal. The judge will hold court Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with...

  55. League City police disband parties, visit businesses reportedly violating stay-at-home order

    ...far, said John Griffith, the public information officer for the department. On March 24, League City City Council passed an ordinance that allows police to fine residents up to $2,000 if they violate the county’s...

  56. City looks at placing those quarantined for COVID-19 in San Angelo hotels

    City Manager Daniel Valenzuela received authorization Wednesday to negotiate contracts between the city and hotels within San Angelo to house individuals quarantined for the coronavirus. The decision to allow Valenzuela to negotiate such contracts...

  57. Tyler ISD, TJC, UT Tyler make plans to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    Smith County area education officials announced Thursday there are plans to make buildings available if necessary to help healthcare workers with housing, equipment and child care during the coronavirus pandemic.

  58. Coronavirus: Georgetown closes Blue Hole Park

    ...received numerous complaints about overcrowding, and simply can’t ensure people’s safety anymore,” City Manager David Morgan said in a statement. “While we want residents of Georgetown to get out and enjoy...

  59. Lewisville Promotes From Within Naming Mark McNeal New Fire Chief

    ...our department through the heartbreaking loss of our Chief and now the challenge of COVID-19,” said City Manager Donna Barron. “He has proven to me that he is a true servant leader dedicated to the Lewisville...

  60. Beaumont approves CenterPoint Energy rate increase

    By Scott McLendon on Thursday, April 2, 2020 Body At its regular meeting March 24, the Beaumont City Council approved a recommended $4 million rate increase for CenterPoint Energy customers, which results...

  61. San Antonio's City Staff Outlines $82 Million in Service Cuts to Avoid Shortfalls Caused by Coronavirus

    ...not to mention funding cuts for anything from after-school programs to bus service. At Thursday's city council meeting, Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez advised that the city is suspending $82 million...

  62. H-E-B Exec Tells People Not to Bring Whole Family to Store Because Some Texans Still Don't Get Social Distancing

    ...a lot of Texans sure don't seem to understand the point of social distancing. First, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg had to scold the city for crowding the parks under the current shelter-in-place order....

  63. City Council disaster declaration amended, extended

    Thursday Apr 2, 2020 at 1:50 PM The Glen Rose City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an order — continuing its declaration of a state of local disaster — due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The...

  64. Camden apartments giving $2K each to residents who lost jobs during outbreak

    Camden properties, which owns numerous apartment complexes across the city of Houston, is giving money to residents who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a press conference held on Thursday, Mayor Sylvester Turner said the property...

  65. WF City Council transitions to virtual meetings while facing COVID-19

    Wichita Falls city leaders are working to keep Wichitans safe, so to continue practicing safety measures to limit COVID-19 exposure, Wichita Falls City Council members will transition to virtual meetings starting Tuesday, April 7.

  66. Mexican airlines suspend SA flights as pandemic curtails travel

    ...especially on logistics and international trade. The firm’s principlal — Jorge Canavati, a member of Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s Airport System Development Committee — said the loss of flights to and from Mexico...

  67. Free-standing emergency center in Rockport closes amid COVID-19 crisis

    ... According to officials, there were no confirmed cases in Aransas County, as of Monday. Rockport Mayor Patrick Rios, and Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick issued a Stay at Home order for Aransas County residents...

  68. Beaumont City Council to extend "Stay Home, Work Safe" order

    ...April 3, the Beaumont City Council will look to extend the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order issued by the mayor March 27. The original order was set to expire after seven days, but due to the ever-evolving situation...

  69. Quitman extends emergency order

    By Larry Tucker editor@wood.cm The Quitman City Council held a special meeting Thursday evening via teleconference and approved continuing the declaration of local disaster for a public health emergency....

  70. Leander City Council April 2 meeting canceled due to technical difficulties

    A Leander City Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. April 2 has been canceled due to technical difficulties, according to the city's website. The meeting was scheduled to be held by teleconference, according to the agenda, with audio being streamed...

  71. Bastrop water system earns ʽsuperior’ recognition

    ...during the summertime was nearing the city’s maximum water supply. Instead of adding more wells, the City Council decided to centralize all its wells in one location and decommission its two water plants....

  72. Pfast facts: Pflugerville bulk trash pick-up suspended due to coronavirus

    ...online chat on the city website at pflugervilletx.gov/virus. ―Staff report City names new assistant city manager The city of Pflugerville announced last week that City Engineer Amy Giannini is now assistant...

  73. Davila recognized by ICMA for public service

    ...professional management at their annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Among those recognized was Friona City Manager Leander Davila for his 20 Years of Service. The ICMA advances professional local government...

  74. Gonzales EDC creates subcommittees to address financial assistance

    ...formulating a plan to find aid for those owners. Two subcommittees were formed on Monday, with Gonzales Mayor Connie Kacir and Meena Patel going over the language of the performance agreement and Gerry Lawing...

  75. Stuffed Animal Safari, Light up the Dark are fun ways to get out in Gonzales

    ...especially children. It is completely safe and follows all of the social distancing requirements mandated by city council. It’s called stuffed animal safari, a driving experience around Gonzales where people drive...

  76. City of Jacksonville, Cherokee County officials release information about COVID-19

    ...of mitigation. “The City of Jacksonville has evaluated Governor Abbot’s Executive Order.” Says, Mayor Randy Gorham. “While we are following and implementing this order, at this time the City is not increasing...

  77. Tenaha placed under mandatory curfew

    ...(KTAL) The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an East Texas city to be placed under a mandatory curfew. Mayor Michael Baker announced earlier this week a curfew is now in effect for the City of Tenaha. The curfew...

  78. Killeen announces proposed fees for next fiscal year

    ...available for public review and comment through April 30, according to the release. While the Killeen City Council is responsible for setting utility rates, they have delegated the authority to set most user...

  79. Hillsboro City Council Extends Mayor's Disaster Declaration

    The Hillsboro City Council met in a special session at noon Friday, March 27, and extended the mayor's declaration of disaster that was originally declared Friday, March 20. Mayor Andy Smith's original...

  80. RVFD clarification

    there was an article on Refugio fire department moving forward. I was quoted saying, “There are a lot of things FEMA is not covering completely.” The quote is correct, but I feel like I used a poor choice of words. The primary funds for the rebuild...

  81. Texas City Dike to be closed weekends while state order is in effect

    ...governor’s guidelines for safe social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, extended through April 30, Mayor Matt Doyle said. The city plans to close the dike every weekend for as long as the state’s order...

  82. Fannin County abandons shelter in place order

    ...for us. It basically says we can’t do no more, but we can’t do any less either,” he said. Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd also submitted a letter stating his adamant opposition. “I firmly believe that the county...

  83. Hutto restaurants give money and free meals to laid off city employees

    ...public health crisis surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, including entire departments. A Hutto council member told KXAN last week that a preliminary audit showed the City has a growing $4 million deficit....

  84. Easter holiday not excluded from Laredo stay-at-home order

    ...where Laredoans commonly go. “No social gatherings allowed including Easter,” said City of Laredo City Manager Robert Eads. “No new ordinance will be done for any specific holiday or celebration.” The...

  85. Rockport Mayor Pat Rios' letter (4-2-20)

    First, let us clear the air – there are NO confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county. The posting made on the Teas Department of Health Services' map on March 30th was erroneous. It has been corrected ... and other web sites posting maps will be...

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