Mary Huber

Reporter, Bastrop Advertiser & Smithville Times

Mary Huber is a reporter for The Bastrop Advertiser and The Smithville Times, where she covers city and county news and features. She also works breaking news for the Austin American-Statesman and is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.

Latest from Mary Huber

5 things you didn’t know about Bastrop’s Farm Street chickens
 A strange thing popped up on the Bastrop city calendar last week: a town hall meeting to discuss the city’s free-range chicken issue — more specifically, a clutch of them allowed under city law to run free on Farm Street, despite having ruffled a few feathers in the community from time to time. It’s not something that you...

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A strange thing popped up on the Bastrop city calendar last week: a town hall meeting to discuss the city’s free-range chicken issue — more specifically, a clutch of them allowed under city law to run free on Farm Street, despite having ruffled a few feathers in the community from time to time. It’s not something that you...
Bastrop County will buy land eyed for new criminal justice center
 Bastrop County is acquiring additional land in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park that could be the site of a future criminal justice center, according to county officials. The Bastrop Economic Development Corp., which oversees economic growth in the city of Bastrop, approved the sale of property at 108 Jackson St. to the county. The...

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Bastrop County is acquiring additional land in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park that could be the site of a future criminal justice center, according to county officials. The Bastrop Economic Development Corp., which oversees economic growth in the city of Bastrop, approved the sale of property at 108 Jackson St. to the county. The...
Trisha Sherwood: Mom with multiple sclerosis faces sons’ illnesses, too
 Trisha Sherwood fosters kittens. She says, some days, those silent moments bottle-feeding baby cats are the only quiet ones she gets. Their quiet purrs drown out the sounds of doctors, psychiatrists and insurance representatives who make most days deafening. In 2009, Sherwood was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The painful numbing sensations...

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Trisha Sherwood fosters kittens. She says, some days, those silent moments bottle-feeding baby cats are the only quiet ones she gets. Their quiet purrs drown out the sounds of doctors, psychiatrists and insurance representatives who make most days deafening. In 2009, Sherwood was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The painful numbing sensations...
Tiny homes open next month to Bastrop County families in need
 An emergency family shelter made of tiny houses will open in Bastrop County by year’s end, with a waiting list two-dozen names long already. Roland Nava, the pastor of In the Streets Hands Up High Ministry, has been planning the shelter for nearly a year now. It will open next door to his soup kitchen, in a dense forest of pine trees...

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An emergency family shelter made of tiny houses will open in Bastrop County by year’s end, with a waiting list two-dozen names long already. Roland Nava, the pastor of In the Streets Hands Up High Ministry, has been planning the shelter for nearly a year now. It will open next door to his soup kitchen, in a dense forest of pine trees...
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape announces 2018 re-election bid
 Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape will seek a third term in office after filing his candidacy this week to enter the 2018 Republican primary race in March. The county’s top elected official, Pape said he hopes to continue working for residents, managing growth that is coming to the region and keeping taxes low while rebuilding from several...

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Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape will seek a third term in office after filing his candidacy this week to enter the 2018 Republican primary race in March. The county’s top elected official, Pape said he hopes to continue working for residents, managing growth that is coming to the region and keeping taxes low while rebuilding from several...
Three bid for Bastrop County Justice of the Peace Donna Thomson’s seat
 Three people have filed their candidacies to replace Donna Thomson as Bastrop County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace. Thomson, who is facing criminal charges stemming from a divorce and an unrelated hit and run crash, has not said whether she will seek re-election next year. Last week, three candidates announced they would run for her post...

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Three people have filed their candidacies to replace Donna Thomson as Bastrop County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace. Thomson, who is facing criminal charges stemming from a divorce and an unrelated hit and run crash, has not said whether she will seek re-election next year. Last week, three candidates announced they would run for her post...
Threat cleared at Williamson County apartments, sheriff says
 7:45 p.m. update: Authorities say residents are now able to move safely in and out of the Preserve at Rolling Oaks Apartments in Williamson County after law enforcement cleared a threat made earlier at the complex. “A specific threat was made in the area & after searching with multiple agencies we feel confident area is clear....

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7:45 p.m. update: Authorities say residents are now able to move safely in and out of the Preserve at Rolling Oaks Apartments in Williamson County after law enforcement cleared a threat made earlier at the complex. “A specific threat was made in the area & after searching with multiple agencies we feel confident area is clear....
Man injured in rollover crash in northeast Austin Sunday
 One man was injured in a rollover crash in northeast Austin on Sunday, Austin-Travis County EMS said. The wreck occurred on the southbound service road of Texas 130 near East Pflugerville Parkway shortly before 3 p.m., EMS said. A man in his 30s was pulled from his vehicle and taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson with potentially serious...

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One man was injured in a rollover crash in northeast Austin on Sunday, Austin-Travis County EMS said. The wreck occurred on the southbound service road of Texas 130 near East Pflugerville Parkway shortly before 3 p.m., EMS said. A man in his 30s was pulled from his vehicle and taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson with potentially serious...
Fuel spill closes southbound I-35 near William Cannon in South Austin
 1:15 p.m. update: Austin police said the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near William Cannon Drive in South Austin will be closed for another two hours as crews clean up a fuel spill from a tanker truck that struck a median. Police urged drivers to avoid the area. Earlier: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near William Cannon Drive...

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1:15 p.m. update: Austin police said the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near William Cannon Drive in South Austin will be closed for another two hours as crews clean up a fuel spill from a tanker truck that struck a median. Police urged drivers to avoid the area. Earlier: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near William Cannon Drive...
Post-it note art project sheds light on Texas sex trafficking victims
 Roughly 79,000 children and young adults in Texas are trafficked into sexual slavery every year, according to a recent University of Texas study. This weekend, 79,000 yellow Post-it notes — each with a girl’s handwritten name on it — don the windows at the West Elm furniture store in downtown Austin, one for each of those...

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Roughly 79,000 children and young adults in Texas are trafficked into sexual slavery every year, according to a recent University of Texas study. This weekend, 79,000 yellow Post-it notes — each with a girl’s handwritten name on it — don the windows at the West Elm furniture store in downtown Austin, one for each of those...
Bastrop overhauling subdivision ordinance to promote “small-town feel”
 Proposed changes to Bastrop’s subdivision ordinance could mean stricter design standards to encourage a “small-town feel” in the city, as well as a speedier process for developers looking to build in Bastrop, since the City Council would no longer have the final say on plat applications. Since September, the city has been...

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Proposed changes to Bastrop’s subdivision ordinance could mean stricter design standards to encourage a “small-town feel” in the city, as well as a speedier process for developers looking to build in Bastrop, since the City Council would no longer have the final say on plat applications. Since September, the city has been...