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The Texas Department of Transportation announced an update to the Austin County Expansion project stating the eastbound main lane of IH-10 will be closed at FM 1458 from 10 p.m. June 19 until 8 a.m. June 20 for traffic shifting operations according to a June 14 release. more
Sealy City Council honored Immaculate Conception Church's Reverend Eric James Pitre with a symbolic key to the city at the biweekly council meeting on June 16 at the W.E. Hill Community Center. more
Texas A&M President Michael Young is urging the task forces to make a decision whether to remove a statue of Confederate general Lawrence Sullivan Ross in the near future. This move follows recent protests against the statue and accusations of racism on campus from students. more
The runoff election originally scheduled for May 26 and ultimately postponed due to the new coronavirus pandemic is coming up on July 14 with early voting beginning June 29. Voters in Austin County will decide on three state and two federal races. more
When it was decided in March to begin construction of a new EMS station in Sealy, Austin County commissioners gave the project a 365-day timeline to finish but with crews taking advantage of good weather, the building has remained on track and may be a bit ahead of schedule said Austin County EMS Director Walter Morrow in a June 16 phone interview. more
Bellville Medical Center announced the launch of a telemedicine program on June 2 via a press release. The new service was launched to provide convenience and allow patients to avoid having to visit BMC offices during the COVID-19 pandemic whether they need care for their physical or mental health. more
Austin's mayor issued a similar order late Wednesday. Local leaders have been asking for the ability to impose more strict mask orders, but Gov. Greg Abbott never publicly mentioned that one option was ordering businesses to require them. more
Although it was a different-looking rodeo with only the participants’ family in the stands, Austin County’s representatives still put on a show at the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s state finals at the Taylor Telecom Arena at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene last weekend. more
On June 9, the UIL came out with guidelines that will start on June 22 which will increase the group sizes in sport-specific instruction as well as increases the allowable capacity for indoor workouts. Outdoor sport-specific training will be able to go from 15-player groups to 25 players in a group. more
Young people with little experience in activism are propelling a series of protests in East Texas, a region known for its history of violence against black people. more
As employees test positive, some bars and restaurants are closing even though Texas allows them to operate. Many owners are balancing feedback from their staffs, their patrons, state guidelines and local officials. more
A new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court makes clear that it violates federal law to fire an employee on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Now Texas lawmakers want to guarantee similar protections for LGBTQ Texans in housing, health care and other spheres. more
The university announced the latest changes Tuesday to accommodate students returning in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. more
Tuesday afternoon brought a positive COVID-19 test for one of the Sealy High School coaches involved with the voluntary strength and conditioning and sport-specific instruction and Tiger head football coach and athletic director Shane Mobley announced that all workouts are suspended until June 25 out of caution. more
The true death toll is certainly higher than the state's official count. It is now routine to add two or three dozen deaths to the tally every afternoon. And each day, more Texans are catching the virus that might kill them. more
Abbott has banned local governments from fining people who don't wear masks in public. more
The restrictions on nonessential travel were set to expire next week but have been extended until at least late July. more
Gov. Greg Abbott warned that if bars are violating the state's reopening guidelines their liquor licenses could be suspended. more
The Democrats are asking the Supreme Court to let stand a lower court's sweeping ruling that would allow all Texas voters to qualify for mail ballots. more
The state reported Tuesday that the number of people hospitalized who are confirmed to have the coronavirus has reached a new peak of 2,518. more
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