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Victim of I-35 fatality identified

Police Lights, siren

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

December 26, 2019

Bonnie Terraciano, 46, of Austin, was identified as the victim of the auto-pedestrian traffic collision that occurred Monday morning on Interstate 35. San Marcos Police responded to an auto-pedestrian collision on northbound I-35, just north of Aquarena Springs Drive Dec. 23. A preliminary investigation...

Auto-pedestrian collision results in one fatality

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Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

December 23, 2019

A pedestrian was struck by multiple vehicles this morning on Interstate 35, resulting in one fatality. The San Marcos Police Department responded to an auto-pedestrian collision on northbound I-35, just north of Aquarena Springs Drive at 6:10 a.m. A preliminary investigation suggests the pedestrian...

Police search for suspect in downtown shooting

Police Lights, siren

Chase Rogers, News Editor

December 17, 2019

The San Marcos Police Department is searching for the person responsible for shooting and injuring two people in downtown San Marcos early Tuesday morning. Officers responded to reports of gunshots at approximately 1:10 a.m. near Harper’s located at 139 East Hopkins Street. Witnesses on scene repor...

China’s Olympic team rows through San Marcos

The Chinese rowing team in row boat after win

Claire Partain, Sports Editor

December 14, 2019

As fall and winter sports programs pack their bags for break, the Chinese Olympic Rowing team settles into San Marcos. The National Rowing Team of China landed in San Marcos Nov. 20 and have made the Texas State Recreation Center their pit stop in a series of destinations en route to the Tokyo 2020...

Sights and Sounds takes safety precautions this year

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Sierra Martin, News Reporter

December 13, 2019

Adorned with twinkling lights and holiday cheer, the Sights and Sounds Festival in San Marcos has been a Christmas tradition for the city since 1987. In an attempt to keep those attending the festival safe, new crime prevention policies were put in place for this year’s festival including increased...

Crisis calls spike during finals season

A packed library lobby.

Ally Bolender, Special to The Star

December 10, 2019

An increase of mental health cases during finals season at Texas State has the Mental Health Unit of the San Marcos Police Department encouraging students to use university and city mental health resources during this time of year. Officers of the Mental Health Unit, a specialized unit of SMPD, receive...

San Marcos Hall residents return to dorm after flooding

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Chase Rogers

December 9, 2019

San Marcos Hall residents have returned to their dorm after being evacuated when a sprinkler head discharged on the third floor, setting off the fire alarm system. Dorm residents evacuated the hall shortly after 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and were given the all-clear to reenter around 3 a.m. Dec. 8. “Smoke ...

Suspect with gun on Round Rock campus identified

Round Rock building

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

December 9, 2019

Round Rock— Person with a gun at the Austin Community College campus in Round Rock—adjacent from the Texas State Round Rock campus— was identified by police. The University Police sent out an alert there is no further threat to campus.   UPD sent out a first alert at 1 p.m. today stating a black male in camo had...

Chief diversity officer to permanently sit on president’s cabinet

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Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

December 6, 2019

President Denise Trauth announced a new permanent seat for the chief diversity officer on her cabinet, effective Jan. 6, 2020. The CDO's role is to ensure the university meets its strategic goals around diversity and inclusion while supporting the needs of students, faculty and staff. "As a member...

City council discusses land development code changes

city council members in city hall

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

December 4, 2019

The San Marcos City Council met Dec. 3 to continue the ongoing discussion surrounding affordable housing issues and environmental conservation. City council voted on previously discussed ordinances, tax credits for low income housing and approved an Edwards Aquifer Conservation Plan. The council revisited...

Student Government passes new constitution

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Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

November 26, 2019

After continuous Student Government meetings amending the new Student Government constitution, it passed with 21 votes. The Nov. 25 meeting began with the Joint Session Agenda, following the introduction of guest speakers Editor-in-Chief of The University Star Jakob Rodriguez and Deputy Chief Divers...

City council postpones affordable housing projects, fills committee vacancies


Michael Garcia, Special to The Star

November 20, 2019

The San Marcos City Council postponed a decision to move forward on two affordable housing projects and appointed city council members to committee vacancies. City council members met Nov. 19 to discuss the Redwood Multifamily Housing project, located at 1600 block of Redwood Road, and Bastrop Multifamily...

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