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Austin local found dead in San Marcos River after tubing trip

Austin local found dead in San Marcos River after tubing trip

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

June 17, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News

Ryan Hyman, a 26-year-old Austin resident, was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Hyman was later determined to have drowned while tubing the San Marcos River in Martindale. Hyman reportedly abandoned his tube to swim and grab a lost tube floating nearby and began struggling in the...

Chicago company acquires Texas-based Whataburger

Chicago company acquires Texas-based Whataburger

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

June 15, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News

BDT Capital Partners, an investment banking company based in Chicago, Illinois, and founded by Byron Trott, has acquired the Whataburger fast-food chain founded by the Dobson family. Whataburger announced June 14 that its company would be transitioning to new ownership. Chairman Tom Dobson and CEO P...

Council approves funding for flood recovery

Council approves funding for flood recovery

Christopher Green, News Reporter

June 10, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

The San Marcos City Council approved funding for designing and construction rehabilitation programs in the Blanco Gardens area that were affected by the 2015 floods. The funds provided will range up to $1,129,053 and will be used to repair homes and property that were impacted by the floods. In order...

One found deceased at The Village on Telluride apartment complex, fifth homicide of the year

One found deceased at The Village on Telluride apartment complex, fifth homicide of the year

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

June 5, 2019


Filed under Breaking, Crime, In Brief, San Marcos

The San Marcos Police Department arrived at The Village apartment complex, 201 Telluride St, San Marcos, TX 78666, and found Demarcus Trey Allen, 23, deceased after apparent gunshot wounds. On Wednesday, June 5, a resident of The Village on Telluride reported a burglary to authorities after finding...

Completion of CM Allen Parkway project pushed back to mid-October

Completion of CM Allen Parkway project pushed back to mid-October

Jakob Rodriguez

May 30, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

The C.M. Allen roadway re-construction project was set to be completed in April, but additional labor and rain delays forced officials to push the opening to mid-October. C.M. Allen was closed last year on July 30 to fully reconstruct the roadway, improve parking, construct sidewalks and landscape...

Kerbey Lane Café to take over Saltgrass Steakhouse location

Kerbey Lane Café to take over Saltgrass Steakhouse location

Christopher Green, News Reporter

May 24, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos, University

Kerbey Lane Café, a popular Austin-based restaurant, will assume operations of the university owned location of Saltgrass Steakhouse. On May 23, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a 10-year contract with Kerbey Lane which will include two five-year renewal options. The...

Canvas replaces TRACS

Canvas replaces TRACS

Julie Gonzales, News Reporter

May 22, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, University

On May 22, Texas State University announced its learning management system purchase to switch from TRACS to Canvas. The Division of Information Technology and the Office of Distance and External Learning in academic affairs have reviewed and researched this decision for more than two years. During...

Texas State student pronounced dead after an apparent drowning

Texas State student pronounced dead after an apparent drowning

Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

May 22, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

UPDATE: May 24 2:17 p.m. The victim has been identified as Binuja Ghising, graduate technology management student. The San Marcos Police Department responded to a call on May 22 leading to the pronunciation of a dead Texas State student. At approximately 5:43 a.m. the San Marcos Police Depar...

San Marcos police officer recovering after being hit by drunk driver

San Marcos police officer recovering after being hit by drunk driver

Sierra Martin, News Reporter

May 21, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

On Saturday, May 18 around 10 p.m., San Marcos Police Officer Claudia Cormier was responding to an accident on Interstate 35 when she was struck by a suspected drunk driver in an SUV and critically injured. Cormier has lost her right leg, which had to be amputated just below the knee and has undergone...

City Council moves to supporting San Marcos as Mermaid Capital of Texas

City Council moves to supporting San Marcos as Mermaid Capital of Texas

Christopher Green

May 8, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

On May 7, City council unanimously voted on supporting a concurrent resolution of the Texas Legislature designating the City as “The Mermaid Capital of Texas.” The resolution is currently in the process of making its way to the Texas State Legislature. Council also passed an ordinance on the...

SMPD provides daily updates on string of sexual assaults

SMPD provides daily updates on string of sexual assaults

Camelia Juarez

May 6, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

After the recent string of sexual assaults, the City of San Marcos will release daily updates about the investigation with the help of the Texas Department of Public Safety's Texas Rangers and the FBI's Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force. Updates will be posted on the city’s Facebook page daily...

Second murder-suicide hits San Marcos

Second murder-suicide hits San Marcos

Jaden Edison

May 5, 2019


Filed under Breaking, In Brief, News, San Marcos

Two Texas State students were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide. Matthew Bond Pfluger  (10/18/94) and Connor Patrick Shannon (11/22/94) were found by another friend of theirs dead May 5. At approximately 9:30 a.m., San Marcos Police arrived at the 1400 block of Highland Drive to investigate. Police...

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