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Residents fill city hall amid implementation of new police chief

Residents fill city hall amid implementation of new police chief

Christopher Green, News Reporter

September 17, 2019

During a regular city council meeting San Marcos residents representing MOVE Texas, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities, packed city hall chambers to express the organization’s favor for cite and release programs on Sept. 17....

Hays County Commissioners Court establishes Hispanic Heritage Month

Hays County Commissioners Court establishes Hispanic Heritage Month

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

September 17, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners Court declared a timeframe for Hispanic Heritage Month among other announcements on Sept. 17. Primarily, the court proclaimed Sept. 15- Oct. 15 the established time period for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, as well as declaring Sept. 16 “Diez Y Seis Day” in...

Community remembers 9/11

Community remembers 9/11

Zachary Keel, News Reporter

September 11, 2019

Hundreds gathered this morning in front of San Marcos City Hall to remember and mourn those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died on that fateful day as planes struck the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania. A number of first responders have also...

Discourse surrounding Capes Dam preservation continues at Commissioners Court meeting

Discourse surrounding Capes Dam preservation continues at Commissioners Court meeting

Daniel Weeks

September 10, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners Court discussed new services for veterans in Hays County, preservation of Capes Dam and various actions regarding speed limits and parking. The court authorized the execution of a previously amended agreement between Austin Recovery Inc. and the Hays County Veteran’s...

Hays County to receive first new voting machines since 2004

Hays County to receive first new voting machines since 2004

Daniel Weeks

August 27, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners Court authorized a deal to acquire 400 new voting machines come election season.The need for new and improved voting equipment has been a discussion for years; the current machines were implemented in 2004. The new machines are a combination of electronic and paper ballot te...

Energy conservation emergency declared amid record high temperatures

Energy conservation emergency declared amid record high temperatures

Christopher Green, News Reporter

August 17, 2019

Due to record-high temperatures that have swept over Texas and other parts of the country, the operator of the electric grid for the majority of Texas has declared an energy conservation emergency for the state. The Energy Reliability Council of Texas, issued an Emergency Alert (EEA) for the first...

Sink Creek project awarded U.S. Forest Service grant

Sink Creek project awarded U.S. Forest Service grant

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor in Chief

August 1, 2019

The City of San Marcos will receive a $423,500 grant from the United States Forest Service to fund the land purchase of the Sink Creek Community Forest Tract, according to city officials who announced the grant funding in a press release June 30. This marks the first Community Forest and Open Space Program g...

Hays County Commissioners vote to register new local film locations

Hays County Commissioners vote to register new local film locations

Mayela Ramirez, News Reporter

July 30, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners voted to move forward with the 50 Locations in 50 days Challenge, which aims to register 50 new properties in the Texas Film Commission’s (TFC) portfolio in the next 50 days. The proposal was passed July 17 with hopes that, by making more properties publicly available...

Hays County Commissioners vote to continue legal action against Permian Highway Pipeline

Hays County Commissioners vote to continue legal action against Permian Highway Pipeline

Christopher Green, News Reporter

July 18, 2019

Hays County Commissioners voted July 16 to join Travis Audubon Society and three private plaintiffs in filing a notice of intent to sue Kinder Morgan, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in connection with the proposed 42-inch Permian Highway Pipeline. According...

Hays County District Attorney’s office responds to House Bill 1325

Hays County District Attorney’s office responds to House Bill 1325

Christopher Green, Reporter

July 16, 2019

Wes Mau, Hays County district attorney, released a statement in regard to House Bill 1325, a bill that legalizes cultivation of hemp by licensed producers, which prompted responses from locals in the community. “House Bill 1325, the Hemp Regulation law, did not legalize possession or distribution...

Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit gets dismissed

Permian Highway Pipeline lawsuit gets dismissed

Christopher Green

July 10, 2019

SAN MARCOS – After several weeks of deliberation, Judge Lora Livingston of the 261st District Court in Travis County dismissed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Inc., brought on by several landowners along with Hays County and the City of Kyle. According to Livingston’s letter to counsel, the suit...

Remembering the fallen: San Marcos Memorial Day ceremony honors local veterans

Remembering the fallen: San Marcos Memorial Day ceremony honors local veterans

Jacqueline Ziebis, News Reporter

May 27, 2019

The City of San Marcos hosted a ceremony to honor its local veterans at the Hays County Veterans Memorial Monday morning. The ceremony started with a silent prayer, the National Anthem and the pledge of allegiance. After which, retired Colonel Charles Walts, who served in the U.S Army, was the guest...

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