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One deceased in small passenger aircraft crash

One deceased in small passenger aircraft crash

Chase Rogers, Assistant News Editor

November 20, 2019

One deceased victim has been located after a small passenger aircraft crash occurred early Nov. 20. San Marcos Fire and Police in conjunction with Hays County and the Federal Aviation Administration responded to a small passenger aircraft crash that occurred early Nov. 20. The aircraft took off...

City council swears in new members

City council swears in new members

Chase Rogers, Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2019

San Marcos City Council swore in two members and voted on new mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem. Maxfield Baker, who garnered 50.43% of the votes and won the open seat narrowly over Mark Gleason, was officially inducted into the City Council Place 1 seat. After reciting the oath of office, Baker...

Texas State adds FAQs to Clery Act program review

Texas State adds FAQs to Clery Act program review

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

November 14, 2019

Texas State has added a list of frequently asked questions in regards to the Department of Education's current Clery Act Compliance Division Program review. The announcement from University President Denise M. Trauth (Nov. 7), followed the DOE's announcement of the off-site review. Annually, institutions...

Proposition 5 to dedicate funds to state parks and historical sites

Proposition 5 to dedicate funds to state parks and historical sites

Michael Garcia, News Reporter

November 5, 2019

Texas voters will cast their votes for or against Proposition 5 on Election Day, Nov. 5. Proposition 5 dictates a sporting goods sales tax—a portion of sales tax collected from the sale of sporting goods in Texas—to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission. The Texas Le...

San Marcos files intent to sue federal agencies

San Marcos files intent to sue federal agencies

Christopher Green, News Reporter

October 17, 2019

The City of San Marcos authorized Eubanks & Associates attorney William Eubanks to file a formal letter of intent to sue the United States Fish and the Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The intent to sue is regarding the proposed route and prospective environmental impact on the Perm...

Texas Legislator weighs in on Clery report

Texas Legislator weighs in on Clery report

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-in-Chief

October 8, 2019

At least one Texas legislator has called for changes in reporting practices across Texas institutions. Texas State detailed numerous instances of underreported crime statistics on campus between 2016-2018 in its Annual Security Report. Now, the state—as well as the campus community—is taking notice. Texas State Rep. Chris Turner addressed a letter to the Texas ...

Hays County Commissioners Court declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hays County Commissioners Court declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

October 1, 2019

The Hays Commissioners Court met for its weekly meeting at the county courthouse to establish October as various awareness months, including Mediation Awareness Month, National Manufacturing Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Mediation Awareness Month serves as a recognition for the Hays County...

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

Concerns raised over cite-and-release data

Chase Rogers, News Reporter

September 29, 2019

Hays County released data showing the San Marcos Police Department's low use of cite-and-release in 2018, spurring protests from local organizations advocating for criminal justice reform. Under state law, cite-and-release allows peace officers to issue citations for class C misdemeanors—including...

Hays County Commissioners Court meets with several guest speakers demanding change

Hays County Commissioners Court meets with several guest speakers demanding change

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

September 24, 2019

The Hays County Commissioners Court’s weekly meeting consisted of several guest speakers and a presentation of service awards on Sept. 24. The courtroom was filled entirely Tuesday morning; many of the attendees signed up to speak during the public comments introduction. At least 10 speakers were...

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 the Sept. 17 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 to cite and release programs. Residents...

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...

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