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Fraternity suspended after university investigation

Fraternity suspended after university investigation

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

February 4, 2020

Texas State’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter faces a seven-year suspension from the university following an alleged assault perpetrated by members of the fraternity. The national chapter has since submitted an appeal to the university's decision. An official statement from the university, provided by Media...

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Initiatives increase as voter registration deadline approaches

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 30, 2020

Voter awareness organizations and Student Government are expanding their voter registration efforts as the Feb. 3 deadline to vote in the March 3 primaries approaches. Organizations like MOVE Texas and Texas Rising have amplified their efforts to help students register at their current address. Early voting for the prim...

Councilwoman Joca’s ethics trial is scheduled

Councilwoman Joca’s ethics trial is scheduled

Chase Rogers, News Editor

January 29, 2020

Following a formal ethics complaint that prompted two Ethics Review Commission meetings, San Marcos Councilwoman Jocabed “Joca” Marquez's public hearing has been slated for April 8, 2020. The San Marcos Ethics Review Commission met Jan. 29, 2020, to schedule the public hearing, unanimously agreeing...

Kerbey Lane remodel begins, opening date pending

Kerbey Lane remodel begins, opening date pending

Bella Lopes, Engagement Editor

January 29, 2020

Kerbey Lane Cafe is currently in the remodeling process of their new location in San Marcos. Kerbey Lane has recently taken possession of the restaurant facility owned by Texas State and began their 10-year lease which will house the new location. The new Kerbey Lane is walking distance from campus...

County jail expansion to be completed mid-2020

County jail expansion to be completed mid-2020

Sandra Sadek, News Reporter

January 28, 2020

Hays County is in the midst of completing works on its county jail expansion and new public safety building after receiving a $106.4 million public safety bond package from the county in 2016. Known as Proposition 1 on the 2016 ballot, the bond passed with 51.1% of the votes. The total budget of the...

City official’s tweet brings ethics controversy

City official’s tweet brings ethics controversy

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 28, 2020

A tweet from San Marcos Councilwoman Jocabed "Joca" Marquez prompted a formal ethics complaint, currently being investigated by the Ethics Review Commission. Nov. 6, 2019, Marquez published a tweet on her personal account criticizing affordable housing developers. “All the developers seeking...

Centerpoint Station’s farewell auction draws in a heartfelt crowd

Centerpoint Station’s farewell auction draws in a heartfelt crowd

Daniel Richter, Special to The Star

January 27, 2020

San Marcos residents said a final goodbye to their beloved Centerpoint Station with a 700+ item auction of all the stores antique collectables. Centerpoint station, a local favorite for burgers and baked goods, closed at the end of 2019 after more than 25 years in business. Regular customers or drivers...

Two arrested after weekend chase ends in San Marcos

Two arrested after weekend chase ends in San Marcos

Chase Rogers, News Editor

January 27, 2020

Two men are facing charges from San Marcos and New Braunfels Police Departments after stealing two vehicles and evading officers. At approximately 7:44 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, NBPD notified SMPD that their officers were following two stolen Dodge Durangos northbound on Interstate Highway 35. Donte...

Potential new plaintiff in pipeline lawsuit

Potential new plaintiff in pipeline lawsuit

Christopher Green, Special To The Star

January 26, 2020

The Hays County Commissioners Court will consider joining as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and Kinder Morgan Inc. for violation of the Endangered Species Act Tuesday, Jan. 28. Hays County Commissioners Court would potentially be joining...

San Marcos tackles food insecurity

San Marcos tackles food insecurity

Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

January 25, 2020

As food insecurity in San Marcos continues to be a growing concern, locals and Texas State are taking action. According to Feeding America, in 2017, 25,740 people in Hays County were considered to be food insecure—the lack of access to healthy food. This issue extends to students with 40.6% of stude...

Flavored vape products take a hit from federal action

Flavored vape products take a hit from federal action

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 23, 2020

Federal enactments, coupled with widespread media coverage, have impacted students’ health awareness and use of electronic-cigarette products since September of last year. The spike in e-cigarette-related health emergencies hit its peak September 2019. According to the Center for Disease Control, there has been a total of 2,668 hospitalized cases of e-cigarett...

City Council moves to rezone certain areas in San Marcos

City Council moves to rezone certain areas in San Marcos

Daniel Weeks, Assistant News Editor

January 22, 2020

The San Marcos City Council met for their biweekly regular meeting to discuss city rezoning and restructuring plans, approving various ordinances to receive additional discussion in future meetings. The council reintroduced a discussion surrounding a newly amended Ordinance 2020-03, a rezoning of...

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