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County Judge Becerra amends order to prohibit large gatherings

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Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

June 26, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra amended his June 22 order, now prohibiting outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people in the unincorporated areas of Hays County, unless otherwise permitted by Gov. Greg Abbott's executive orders.  An unincorporated area is any area not within a city limit. Order #4 requi...

Q&A with President Trauth about Texas State’s ‘Roadmap to Return’

Texas State President Denise Trauth speaks at an Alumni Luncheon during 2018 Homecoming Week. Photo courtesy of Chandler Prude.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 25, 2020

On June 25, Editor-in-Chief Jaden Edison spoke with President Denise Trauth, Dr. Lisa Lloyd and Sandy Pantlik about Texas State's 'Roadmap to Return' to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Obviously, you know, with everything going on, the big question that I just want to go ahead [and put forth] rig...

Gov. Abbott announces expansion of local control over public gatherings

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks while sitting at a conference room table, using his hands for emphasis.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 23, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced an expansion of the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of over 100 people. Prior to the announcement, mayors and county judges could only impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings over 500 people. A press release from Abbott's off...

Hays County reports 57 new cases of COVID-19

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 20, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reports 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 1,608. The county did not provide any additional information; logistics will be included in the June 22 update. var divElement = document.getEl...

History failed us, we failed ourselves: We do not know enough about Juneteenth

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The Editorial Board

June 19, 2020

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, General Gordon Granger of the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that slaves were free. The day is recognized as “Juneteenth.” As an editorial board, we could have written 1000 words containing more fac...

UPDATE: SMPD officer shot in line of duty returns to work

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2020

Update, June 17: Officer Mueller returns to work The San Marcos Police Department announced officer Justin Mueller, one of the officers shot in an April 18 shooting, returned to work. Mueller's return comes eight weeks after the incident that left him and officer Franco Stewart wounded and officer Jus...

Hays County announces temporary closure of two offices

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2020

Hays County announced it will temporarily close its Justice of the Peace 1-1 and County Clerk offices until further notice. The closings are out of caution for employees that have been in contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19. The county says employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 wi...

(Video) San Marcos shouts for Black Lives Matter

A black woman, with a megaphone and a phone in her hands, sheds tears as she sits on the steps of the Hays County Historic Courthouse.

Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 15, 2020 The first major San Marcos protest for Black Lives Matter took place May 29, four days after the death of George Floyd, outside of the Hays County Historic Courthouse. Weeks after, demonstrators continue to show up to the city's downto...

Back-to-back protests: Texas State students and Athletics speak up for Black lives

Protestors stand out in front of the Hays County Historic Courthouse with signs and fists up, in solidarity.

Jaden Edison and Colton McWilliams

June 11, 2020

The San Marcos community held two protests June 10, one organized by Texas State students and the other by the university's Athletic Department, advocating for Black lives lost at the hands of police. The first, put together by Malina Sutton and Kyla Finchum, took place at the Hays County Historic...

Letter to the Editor: Star article on Shead allegations

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Dr. Anadelia Romo, Associate Professor of History

June 9, 2020

I’m writing in regard to the very disturbing allegations about coach Danny Kaspar made by Jaylen Shead and other players.  I’m very glad to know that the university is taking this seriously and has started an investigation with the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.  As a history professor...

Kobe temporarily closes after employee diagnosed with COVID-19

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2020

Kobe announced it will remain closed until June 12 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee's last day at the restaurant, located at 210 Springtown Way, was June 4. The restaurant said the employee showed no symptoms while on the job. When the restaurant reopens, it will be...

Grins temporarily closes amid rising COVID-19 cases in San Marcos

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2020

Grins Restaurant in San Marcos announced its temporary closure amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in San Marcos. The restaurant, closing for the next two weeks, posted to Facebook stating no employee tested positive and that it is just being "overly cautious." "The safety of our guests and employe...

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