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Gov. Abbott waives regulations to expand medical workforce

Gov. Abbott waives regulations to expand medical workforce

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

April 5, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott temporarily waived certain regulations for medical health officials to enter the workforce, expanding the healthcare workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver allows licensure candidates for Physician Assistants, Medical Physicists, Perfusionists and Respiratory...

San Marcos receives $6 million in coronavirus relief funds

San Marcos receives $6 million in coronavirus relief funds

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

April 3, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced April 3, San Marcos will be receiving over $6 million in federal funding for housing and transportation. The funding originates from a coronavirus relief package known as the CARES Act. Of the funds, $6.4 million will be dedicated to public transportation in San Marcos,...

Meal plan and dining changes to set for fall 2020

Meal plan and dining changes to set for fall 2020

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

April 1, 2020

Meal plan changes are coming fall 2020 to help accommodate dining needs for students on meal plans; dining hall remodels and other additions will begin fall 2020 and 2021. Upcoming enhancements at Commons and Harris dining halls include expanded seating, happy hour, table-side service and steak and...

Local businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19

Local businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19

Brianna Benitez

April 1, 2020

Just a few weeks ago, it was business as usual for San Marcos. Local coffee shops were filled with students studying for midterms while restaurants and cafes brimmed with conversations and liveliness. Now, as the whole world shelters in self-isolation, small business owners are facing a new reality as...

City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 21, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced the closing of all public-facing counters most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Friday March 20. The order from the city is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and falls within the Centers for Disease Control guidelines....

Texas closes restaurants, gyms and schools

Texas closes restaurants, gyms and schools

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 19, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order to close restaurants, bars, gyms and schools across the state effective Friday, March 20-April 3. Dining inside restaurants and bars will be prohibited, but take-out will still be allowed. In order to assist the hospitality industry, Gov. Abbott waived regulati...

San Marcos clarifies restrictions on bars and restaurants

San Marcos clarifies restrictions on bars and restaurants

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

March 18, 2020

Mayor Jane Hughson signed a new Order of Declaration of Local Disaster restricting the occupancy levels of restaurants and bars to no more than 10 people in the same space or dining room at the same time until April 1. Holders of a mixed beverage permit for on-premise consumption are ordered to ...

Hays County: Gatherings of 10 or more people prohibited

Hays County: Gatherings of 10 or more people prohibited

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

March 17, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra has signed an order to prohibit community gatherings of 10 or more people in Hays County to mitigate the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Any public or private community gatherings are prohibited, effective Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. through...

SXSW canceled

SXSW canceled

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

Fears of the coronavirus brought Austin city officials to cancel the major technology, film and music festival South by Southwest, just seven days before it starts during spring break. Austin City Mayor Steve Adler declared a “local disaster” and issued an order that effectively cancels SXSW by...

SXSW canceled amid coronavirus concerns

SXSW canceled amid coronavirus concerns

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 6, 2020

The city of Austin announced an order of cancellation of major Austin festival South by Southwest in the wake of coronavirus concerns, just seven days before its start. The order, issued March 6 by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, comes after global fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)....

SpawGlass to give scholarships to incoming freshmen residents

SpawGlass to give scholarships to incoming freshmen residents

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

February 27, 2020

SpawGlass a Texas-based construction company will give scholarship money to STEM freshmen Living-Learning community at Texas State. The scholarships, totaling $53,000, will most likely be given toward two incoming students, according to Director of Department of Housing and Residential Life Rosa...

How ACT Ally turns down the volume

How ACT Ally turns down the volume

Chase Rogers, News Editor

February 25, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department aimed to decrease the number of noise complaints using a variety of methods, reportedly cutting complaints nearly in half over a 10-year period with the implementation of the ACT Ally program. The ACT Ally program is described on its website as a “collaborativ...

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