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City and Hays County to issue state of disaster

Hays County Historic Court House.

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 14, 2020

The City of San Marcos issued a press release following the announcement of Hays County's first presumptive positive COVID-19 case, the City of San Marcos, in coordination with the County, is planning to declare a state of disaster. Per Hays County, the presumptive positive patient traveled to mult...

Mark Gleason enters race for city council special election

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Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 11, 2020

San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Mark Gleason announced he will be a candidate for the vacant seat left after Council Member  Jocabed “Joca” Marquez's resignation on Monday, March 9. According to the press release detailing Marquez's resignation, a special election to ...

Council Member Jocabed Marquez to resign from city council

Dr. Jocabed

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 10, 2020

Place 5 City Council Member Dr. Jocabed "Joca" Marquez submitted a resignation letter to the city clerk March 9. Marquez was elected to her position December 2018 for a three-year term. The resignation letter states Marquez's resignation is due to new employment plans requiring her to move residences...

Star Explains: Local offices

Election campaign signs are placed Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, outside the LBJ Student Center. The student center is one of 15 polling locations available to vote in San Marcos on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Daniella Carrera, News Reporter

March 6, 2020

The lack of knowledge in local government jurisdiction is one of the top five obstacles listed for poor voter turnout in millennials, according to focus group study from the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to creating "informed and engaged communities." In the 2014 midterms, only one in...

City Council discusses criminal justice reform

San Marcos City Councilman Mark Rockeymoore discusses cite-and-release policy at a city council meeting, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at San Marcos City Hall. Council members discussed cite-and-release in San Marcos and discussed whether or not the policy should be implemented in resolution or ordinance form.

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 5, 2020

San Marcos City Council met during their regularly scheduled meeting March 3 to discuss a proposed ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release and approved the annexation of an additional 57 acres of land. The ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers’ discretion, allowing...

The story of elected women in Hays County

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Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 3, 2020

"Your rights are not guaranteed unless you fight for them. Unless you vote, unless you participate," Shannon Fitzpatrick, former Texas State University attorney for students, said to a group of about 40 women. "They can be taken away. And they were hard-fought to get there. Please keep that in mind. P...

Star Explains: Viral video of horse on the square


Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

February 25, 2020

Editor's note: In no way is this article meant to promote the use of animals as a means of transportation in the downtown square area of San Marcos. Video circulated online by @BarstoolTXST of a horse on the downtown square left many viewers asking the same question: Can you legally have a horse down...

City Council amends affordable housing policy

City Council chambers

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 19, 2020

The San Marcos City Council discussed amendments to the affordable housing policy, public hearings for land rezoning ordinances and a renaming of the El Camino Real Park. The pending revisions to the San Marcos Affordable/Workforce Housing Policy included requiring projects seeking a tax exemption...

Criminal justice reform discussion postponed to March

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Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 11, 2020

A proposed ordinance incentivizing the use of cite-and-release will be considered by City Council March 3. Pushed by local grassroots organization Mano Amiga, the ordinance seeks to guide San Marcos Police Department officers' discretion, allowing them to issue citations for class C misdemeanors and...

Slave labor dispute floods Cape’s Dam

Old Picture of Capes Dam

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

February 6, 2020

As discussions on whether to preserve or remove Cape's Dam continue, locals and community leaders have called into question the history of Thompson's Islands. The argument pertains to whether slave labor was used to build a sawmill and gristmill in the 1850s at the location of Cape's Dam. In a...

City Council passes new development with affordable rental housing

City officials meeting in the San Marcos City Council Chamber discussing the prospective development at the intersection of South Old Bastrop Highway and Rattler Road, February 4, 2020.

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2020

The San Marcos City Council passed the Lantana on Bastrop Multifamily Housing Project Feb. 4 meeting alongside various amended city service agreements. The now-approved Lantana on Bastrop project consists of a multifamily development with affordable rental housing. The construction will be locate...

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Voting Machine.

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 30, 2020

Voter awareness organizations and Student Government are expanding their voter registration efforts as the Feb. 3 deadline to vote in the March 3 primaries approaches. Organizations like MOVE Texas and Texas Rising have amplified their efforts to help students register at their current address. Early voting for the prim...

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