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White supremacist literature resurfaces around campus

White supremacist literature resurfaces around campus

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 28, 2020

Editor's note: In our coverage of this group's efforts to attempt to promote white nationalism, we have opted to blur their organizations name and have refrained from listing them by name in an effort to not give them an additional platform for hate or intolerance while also effectively reporting on...

Student Government calls for university to adopt “4.0/fail” grading policy

Student Government calls for university to adopt “4.0/fail” grading policy

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

March 27, 2020

Texas State’s Student Government has formally asked top administrators of the university to adopt a "4.0/fail" grading policy amidst challenges students face in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In a letter addressed to administrators, Student Body President Corey Benbow said...

Texas State faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Texas State faculty member tests positive for COVID-19

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

March 27, 2020

A Texas State faculty member tested positive for COVID-19 according to an email from Student Health Center Director Dr. Emilio Carranco. According to the email, the faculty member became ill March 17 while away from campus during spring break. A full recovery is expected. The faculty member was...

COVID-19 hotline available for Hays County residents

COVID-19 hotline available for Hays County residents

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 26, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced that in an effort to address a rising tide of questions and concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), The Hays County Local Health Department, in conjunction with The City of San Marcos, has established a call center to respond to questions from Hays Cou...

County implements curfew amid growing COVID-19 cases

County implements curfew amid growing COVID-19 cases

Chase Rogers, News Editor

March 25, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra issued a "stay home, work safe" order for the county on Wednesday, effective Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m. through April 10, to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The order comes while growing confirmed COVID-19 cases have drawn concern locally a...

FDA alerts consumers about unauthorized fraudulent COVID-19 test kits

FDA alerts consumers about unauthorized fraudulent COVID-19 test kits

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 25, 2020

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration released an announcement that warns consumers about unauthorized fraudulent coronavirus tests that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home. According to a press release sent out by The City of San Marcos,  the FDA has not authorized any test that...

Hays County to issue a stay-in-place order

Hays County to issue a stay-in-place order

Sonia Garcia, Managing Editor

March 25, 2020

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is expected to make an official announcement today on a stay-in-place order with an 11 p.m. curfew to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Last night, March 24, Hays County residents received an emergency update text from the judge informing them the announcement...

Hays County confirms two new COVID-19 cases

Hays County confirms two new COVID-19 cases

Sandra Sadek, Senior News Reporter

March 24, 2020

Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, according to the Hays County Local Health Department, bringing the total cases in Hays to nine. All nine positive cases are adults. The two cases are connected to Hays CISD's Carpenter Hill Elementary School, but it is believed the persons who...

SMPD Officer struck by vehicle on I-35

SMPD Officer struck by vehicle on I-35

Sarah Martinez, News Reporter

March 23, 2020

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25 According to a San Marcos Police Department Facebook, officer Beller is recovering from surgery and is now beginning the recovery process. A San Marcos Police Department officer was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 35 on Monday, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Officer Paul...

COVID-19: Everything Gov. Abbott has said and done

COVID-19: Everything Gov. Abbott has said and done

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 21, 2020

Editor's note: This is a fluid list of a chronology of events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas. This will be updated regularly and things may change from time in accordance with those changes. The article is informed by press releases from the governor's office and pool coverage was provided by ...

SMCISD suspends normal school operations through April 5, meals to be provided during distance learning

SMCISD suspends normal school operations through April 5, meals to be provided during distance learning

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 21, 2020

San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Michael Cardona suspended normal school operations March 16, effective March 23- April 5. Hays county reported its sixth case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a Kyle resident, at approximately 9 a.m., March 20. This brings the total cases in Hays County to six. Health authorities in the coun...

City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

City to offer remote services as public lobbies, counters close March 20

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

March 21, 2020

The City of San Marcos announced the closing of all public-facing counters most public facilities to entry from the public beginning Friday March 20. The order from the city is aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and falls within the Centers for Disease Control guidelines....

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