The University Star

Hays County confirms six new COVID-19 cases

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Sierra Martin, News Reporter

April 15, 2020

The Hays County Local Health Department reported six new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 April 15. As of 4 p.m. there are 109 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 65 active cases in Hays County. According to a press release from Hays County, 642 people have received negative test results and 43 people...

New campus safety initiatives added to five-year strategic plan

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Sierra Martin, Senior News Reporter

February 18, 2020

The University Police Department's new safety initiatives published December 2019 as the department's Five-Year Strategic Plan, which includes new crime initiatives and an accreditation program. Highlighted in the plan are the department's goals and initiatives into 2023. Main focuses of the strat...

Counseling Center resources exhausted

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Sierra Martin, Senior News Reporter

January 21, 2020

An upward trend of Texas State students requesting mental health services has become an issue for the Counseling Center, which lacks the proper resources to administer consistent care with an increased demand. The Student Health Center and Counseling Center participated in the National College Health Assessment in February 2019. According to the data collected, four in 10 colleg...

Tuition increases to come for 2021 and 2022 school years

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Sierra Martin

November 5, 2019

Students packed LBJ 3-13.1, huddling outside to hear plans Texas State administration has to increase tuition for upcoming school years.Texas State is proposing an overall 3.95% increase of tuition and fees for the 2021 and 2022 school years. Students would see a $222.45 increase to tuition in 2021 and a $...

New bike lanes on Guadalupe Street

A new bike lane is being added to Guadalupe Street.

Sierra Martin

September 4, 2019

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department has been working on a joint project with the Texas Department of Transportation to implement new bike lanes and lane striping on Guadalupe Street. The lanes are set to be complete by Sept. 1, with the entire downtown project complete wi...

Caldwell County development threatens cleanliness of the San Marcos River

Rio Vista Rapids Photo credit: Sierra Martin

Sierra Martin

September 2, 2019

Many residents are concerned the cleanliness of the spring-fed San Marcos river will be put at risk with the recent permit proposed by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.The proposal of a new Sewage Treatment Plant being built in Caldwell County would discharge up to 160,000 gallons of trea...

San Marcos Academy Graduate Brandon Theesfeld arrested on murder charges

mugshot of Brandon Theesfeld in the Lefayette Sheriff's Office.

Sierra Martin

July 24, 2019

Brandon Theesfeld, a 22-year-old graduate from San Marcos Academy, is facing a murder charge in connection to the death of University of Mississippi student Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. Kostial, 21 years old, was found at a lake 30 miles outside of Oxford and the Ole Miss campus with eight gunshot...

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