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Float Fest is back on, following venue change

Float Fest is back on, following venue change

Sonia Garcia

April 25, 2019

After months of little to no information on the annual Float Fest, it is back on in a new location. Previously, it had sparred with the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court and has its permit denied, prompting the search for another venue. This year, Float Fest will move to Gonzales, Texas, about an hour ...

San Marcos police investigating Sunday and Monday traffic incidents

San Marcos police investigating Sunday and Monday traffic incidents

Christopher Green

April 22, 2019

San Marcos police are investigating two early-morning traffic incidents that occurred over Sunday and Monday: a fatal car crash and a high-speed pursuit that ended with a suspect escaping. San Marcos Police received a call early Sunday morning for a major traffic collision on southbound IH-35 ju...

City council takes steps towards designating San Marcos as mermaid capital of Texas

City council takes steps towards designating San Marcos as mermaid capital of Texas

Christopher Green

April 16, 2019

San Marcos City Council spoke about a resolution seeking state legislative action to designate San Marcos as the mermaid capital of Texas at the April 16 City Council meeting. The legislative action faces two different resolutions, a concurrent and simple, going through the state Senate. Discussion re...

Student Government bans TPUSA from campus, dedicates Ms. Susie memorial

Student Government bans TPUSA from campus, dedicates Ms. Susie memorial

Samantha Guerrero

April 9, 2019

Student Government banned conservative student organization Turning Point USA from campus April 8 in a packed regular meeting. Additionally, they passed three other legislative pieces. During the meeting, which consisted mostly of voting to ban TPUSA, the Senate allotted an hour and a half to t...

Police issue murder warrant following deadly Thorpe Lane shooting

Police issue murder warrant following deadly Thorpe Lane shooting

Samantha Guerrero

April 6, 2019

San Marcos Police Department has put out an arrest warrant against An-drew Stephen Jones on suspicion of a murder that took place April 5 at the Uptown Square Apartments. Police responded Friday at 6:37 p.m. to a call reporting gunshots. Callers advised police that a shooting had taken place in the p...

Student Government reads legislation proposing banning Turning Point USA from campus, more

Student Government reads legislation proposing banning Turning Point USA from campus, more

Samantha Guerrero

April 6, 2019

Senators read legislation during the April 1 meeting that proposed banning the conservative student organization from campus on grounds of "racism, white supremacy, harassment of students and staff, and lastly, illegal funding of conservative candidates in Student Government." The latter references allegat...

Local business robbed at gunpoint, suspect in custody

Local business robbed at gunpoint, suspect in custody

Sierra Martin

March 26, 2019

The San Marcos Police Department responded Monday afternoon to an aggravated robbery at Planet K at 910 North IH-35. The suspect, Abraham Barrera, 19, is in custody. Witnesses informed police the store was robbed at gunpoint and described the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a dark hoodie, dark...

City council approves final motion in SMART Terminal development

City council approves final motion in SMART Terminal development

Christopher Green

March 21, 2019

San Marcos City Council approved an economic development incentive agreement during the March 19 City Council meeting that the SMART Terminal will follow. The motion was one of three needed for the development of the SMART Terminal. The council also approved the annexation of 734.6 acres of land...

One suspect in custody after shooting near SXSW

One suspect in custody after shooting near SXSW

Sierra Martin

March 16, 2019

Three people have been injured during a shooting near the South by Southwest festival in Austin. One person is held in custody by the Austin Police Department related to the shooting. Reports of a shooting around 7th Street and Interstate 35 occurred around 2:30 a.m. One suspect is currently i...

Student Government passes mandatory sensitivity training for senators, changes food swipe policies, reads new legislation

Student Government passes mandatory sensitivity training for senators, changes food swipe policies, reads new legislation

Samantha Guerrero

March 12, 2019

Student Government passed legislation March 11 mandating sensitivity for all senators and also made changes to meal trade policies. The food service committee signed a contract to make differences to meals on campus. The committee has decided to change meal plans to one more based around dining dollars...

Sexual assault investigation continues as man is released on bond

Sexual assault investigation continues as man is released on bond

Camelia Juarez

March 6, 2019

San Marcos police arrested John Tate McFarland, 35, Feb. 28 on a second-degree felony sexual assault charge. McFarland was released March 1 on a $50,000 bond and the investigation is ongoing. The victim called her mother early Feb. 21 from an unknown number and asked for help. Her mother contacted...

Student government addresses Wells Fargo controversy, diversity issues

Student government addresses Wells Fargo controversy, diversity issues

Samantha Guerrero

March 5, 2019

Student Government passed legislation March 5 encouraging hiring faculty more representative of the student body and subpoenaing evidence from the Gonzales-Castillo campaign. Sen. James Tichy read the letters exchanged between University President Denise Trauth and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wells...

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