Outdoor burning, some fireworks banned
Hays County commissioners reinstated a burn ban Tuesday, limiting outdoor burning to mitigate fire hazards during dry weather.
Charcoal and gas grills are still allowed, but Mark Chambers, the county’s fire marshal, urged residents to use them with caution.
Commissioners also banned the sale and use of fireworks with sticks and fins. The fireworks ban does not apply to local governments or other entities that have a permit from the fire marshal for commercial fireworks displays in unincorporated areas of the county, officials said.
Burn ban and fireworks violators face a class C misdemeanor charge and a $500 fine.
County Commissioners honored Judge Charles Ramsay of the 22nd District Court for his service to the county Tuesday by proclaiming Friday Judge Charles Ramsay Day. Ramsey will retire this month after serving the county for 49 years, a news release said.
Judge Ramsay, a Hays County native, began his legal career in 1961. He served as Hays County attorney from 1963 to 1973, followed by a stint as the county court-atlaw judge from 1973 to 1981. He went on to serve as a district judge for 31 years.