Noting that early detection and prompt treatment can significantly reduce the suffering and death caused by breast cancer, the Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and urged all women age 40-plus to have annual mammograms. Screening mammograms are the single most effective method of detecting breast changes that may be cancer long before physical symptoms can be seem or felt, according to the American Cancer Society.

“The numbers are staggering,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe. “No one is untouched by the effects of breast cancer, whether personally or through a family member or friend. Every woman is at risk for breast cancer, even with no family history of the disease or other risk factors.”

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide and is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Texas and the United States, with one woman diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes and one death reported every 13 minutes across the nation.

The proclamation notes that “a diagnosis is not a death sentence – breast cancer can be treated. There are 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today as a result of increased breast cancer awareness.”


Hays County and its road construction partners held the official groundbreaking ceremony on August 15 for the new bridge and approaches over IH-35 at Yarrington Road. The improvements include a new 6-lane bridge with traffic signals at the intersections, sidewalks and turnarounds. The improvements are expected to be finished in 2016.

The IH-35/Yarrington Road Bridge project is part of the Pass-Through Finance Program, a partnership between Hays County and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In cooperation with the Cities of Kyle and San Marcos, the project also includes signature bridge elements of the gateway bridge program, seen at other locations along IH-35 in Hays County. The new bridge and turnarounds are designed to improve safety and access. The construction cost is approximately $12.2 million.

This project supports the County’s economic goals at this important, heavily traveled location and continues the County’s desire to shift all frontage roads in the county to one-way operation – the County is pleased to report that the frontage roads from FM 150 to Yarrington Road began to operate as one-way on June 28.


Before an overflow Commissioners Courtroom today, family, friends and proponents of law enforcement joined local and state agencies in remembering Trooper Randall Wade Vetter, who was killed in the line of duty in August 2000 in Hays County during a traffic stop near Yarrington Road and I-35. Two signs marking the 5.8-mile Trooper Randy Wade Vetter Memorial Highway were unveiled at the Courthouse prior to being installed along I-35 by the Texas Department of Transportation, which designed and produced the signs. The Memorial Highway runs from River Ridge Parkway on the north side of San Marcos to RM 150 in Kyle.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, whose precinct includes Yarrington Road, said  she especially appreciated the community coming together to make the highway designation and the signs a reality, noting that the State Legislature, Hays County, DPS and TxDOT all worked together for such a worthy cause.

Contributions for the signs, which are not funded by legislation, came from Hays County, the Texas State Troopers Association, Yarrington Road Materials, Comal County Precinct 4 Constable Shane Rapp, Canyon Lake Rotary Club, Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club, and Canyon Lake residents Wade and Christina Powell.

FM 110 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Officials from Hays County, City of San Marcos, Texas House of Representatives, TxDOT and Hays County Residents gathered to celebrate the opening of FM 110, from McCarty Lane to State Highway 123, on January 17, 2014.

In addition to relieving congestion on SH 21, SH 123 and SH 80, this new segment of FM 110 will support the County and City’s economic development programs east of IH 35 and increase safety as part of the transportation network serving the San Marcos High School.   This project, an element of the County’s Pass-Through Finance Program with TxDOT, continues the development of the San Marcos “Eastern Loop” which began with the construction of McCarty Lane, east of IH 35, by the City of San Marcos in partnership with Hays County.

Interstate 35 Frontage Road & FM 150 Re-Alignment Project Ribbon Cutting

On Friday September 27, 2013, Hays County officials joined the Texas Department of Transportation, with State Representative Jason Isaac in attendance, in hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of work on RM 150, as well as frontage road improvements on I-35, in Kyle.  The $3.5 million project straightened RM 150 to enhance operations at the intersection of I-35 and improved access to FM 150 from the east side of I-35.  Work on the realignment project began in September 2012 by Capital Excavation Company, of Buda.  In addition, a $6.3 million I-35 frontage road reconstruction and ramp revision project was completed.  Crews constructed a southbound frontage road at RM 150 and converted the I-35 frontage roads to one-way between FM 1626 and RM 150.  Work on the frontage road project began in August 2012.  The project contractor was Hunter Industries, of Hunter Texas.

Hays County Commissioners Court Issues Proclamation Supporting Capitol of Texas Vietnam War Monument

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has issued a proclamation supporting the Capitol of Texas Vietnam War Monument that is planned for the grounds of the State Capitol on August 21, 2012. Authorized by the Texas Legislature, the monument will be built by private donations to honor the more than half million Texans who served in the Vietnam War. Twelve Texas Vietnam veterans received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest awardfor valor. More than 3,400 Texans were killed in the war and some 10,000 were wounded.

The new monument would join existing monuments for those who served in other wars and conflicts, from the Alamo to the Korean War.

The proclamation encourages all citizens to honor and remember the deeds of a group of veterans who served selflessly and fought courageously and to support the measure authorizing the construction of the monument. Learn more or donate by visiting http://buildthemonument.org.

Hays County Government Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


“Hays County officially opened the new 232, 000 square foot Government Center on February 2, 2012.  The three-story building consolidated a number of area offices and provides a secure, expanded work area to more efficiently serve the public,” said Debbie Ingalsbe, who led the effort on this project.   “Built on schedule and under budget, the county funded the center without raising the current tax rate, having set aside money in the budget for a number of years in preparation for the need for a new building,” Ingalsbe added.  The cost of the building is approximately $63.8 million, including furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The new Government Center, located on 712 South Stagecoach Trail, is designed for energy efficiency and future growth. The center provides offices for Adult Probation, Auditor/Purchasing, Compliance/Collections, Constable Pct. 1, County Clerk, County Courts-at-Law, District Attorney, District Clerk, District Courts, Elections, Grants, Human Resources, Information Technology, Justice of the Peace, Juvenile Probation, Sheriff’s Office Security Division, Tax Assessor-Collector and Treasurer.

Dacy Lane Officially Opened with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Officials from Hays County, the City of Kyle, Seton Hospital, Kyle Chamber of Commerce and residents from the Dacy Lane area gathered June 20 to officially open the road to traffic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They were joined by staff from project engineering firm LAN, Inc., and road construction company Capital Excavation.

The 1.35-mile stretch of road that connects Goforth and Bebee roads and Seton Hays Hospital now boasts four lanes with dedicated sidewalks and, in key locations, a center turn lane. Students traveling to Lehman High School will soon be able to ride on dedicated bike lanes as well.

The project straightened out two 90-degree turns on Dacy Lane and added dedicated right-turn lanes on Bebee Road. The new 600-foot bridge raises the roadway 11 feet, which will alleviate many flooding issues. The project, funded by Hays County and the City of Kyle, was originally estimated at $10 million, but came in some 21 percent under budget at $7.87 million.

Hays County Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe to Lead Statewide Organization

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County Commissioner Precinct 1 Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe was recently elected president of the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas (CJCAT), a statewide organization with more than 1,200 active members.

Several hundred county officials and guests from across the state honored Ingalsbe as she took her oath of office at the CJCAT Annual Conference held in Odessa on Oct. 3-6.

The CJCAT promotes the interests of county government through continuing education and active participation in governmental affairs, particularly the Texas Legislature.

“The people of Texas and the members of the CJCAT will be well served by the leadership provided by Commissioner Ingalsbe and the other officers,” said Jim Allison, general counsel to the CJCAT. “We look forward to a successful year for the organization.”

As president of the CJCAT Executive Board, Ingalsbe will keep apprised of legislative proposals and interim studies that will impact county government and the services it provides to the citizen taxpayers. Last year Ingalsbe served as CJCAT first vice president; her duties included traveling to Austin during the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature to testify in committee hearings on behalf of Texas counties.

Ingalsbe is a former president of the South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, a sub-region of the CJCAT.

Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Breaks Ground to Remodel Facilities for Children’s Advocacy Center

Building hope for the future, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center supporters joined together recently to break ground for the $1.2 million remodeling project of the former shelter, along with the counseling and resource center on February 28, 2011.  When finished, the expansion will support the 25 percent increase in demand for victim services.  Front row from left to right:  HCWC Executive Director Marla Johnson, project contractor Scott Maupin, Hays County Commissioner Ray Whisenant, project architect Michael Wills, HCWC Board President Alice Lochman, Building Hope Campaign Chair Cindy McCoy, former Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Hays County Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe, donor Hunter W. Henry, Jr., Building Committee Chair Don Lee and former board member Betty Banks.  Second row left to right: San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Mitzi Benton, board members Elizabeth Clark and Carolyn Liner, San Marcos Police Detective Kathy Msiaszek, donors Shannon Fitzpatrick and Ron Bowden, Roxanne’s House Program Director Melissa Rodriguez, donor Patrick W. Price, Board Members Milena Christopher, Marsha Moore, Sarah Brandon and HCWC Community Partnerships Coordinator Linda Volden.  Third row from left:  HCWC Board Member Carolyn Pate, HCWC Director of Programs Elva Gonzalez, Forensic Interviewer Nancy Garza, Children’s Counselor Stephanie Watts, Board Member Karen Cochran, and Luling Chief of Police Bill Sala.

Hays County Commissioners Court Hears from Veteran on Walk Across America

Troy Yocum, an honorably discharged Army Specialist who served in the Iraqi war, appealed to the Hays County Commissioners Court Tuesday, February 4, 2011, for support in encouraging financial assistance to veterans and the families of  deployed active-duty soldiers. Accompanied by his wife and dogs, Yocum is walking across the United States to call attention to the financial hardships that veterans and the families of deployed soldiers face. He told the Court that the country’s economic situation has contributed to increased financial aid requests from soldiers’ families and increased suicide attempts by active-duty soldiers and veterans.

A one-time truck driver based in Mesquite who did his military training at Fort Hood, Yocum left his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, about nine months ago for the West Coast. After arriving in San Diego, he turned around and stopped in San Marcos on his way to Houston and the East Coast during nearly 5,000 miles of walking. He has been in Texas since December 23.

Yocum asked that governments consider the need for financial aid for families of soldiers, and that employers help by offering jobs to veterans and spouses of active-duty military. He also thanked the Court for the Hays County programs that assist veterans through the Hays County Veterans Services Office.