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Naturalization celebration, the ceremony of citizenship

Naturalization celebration, the ceremony of citizenship

Laura Montelongo

March 27, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos, University

Texas State welcomed 250 immigrants March 26 to take the oath to become American citizens during the annual Naturalization Celebration. Though they all faced different obstacles, they shared one dream: becoming a U.S. citizen. The Hispanic Policy Network organized the annual Naturalization Celebration,...

Local business robbed at gunpoint, suspect in custody

Local business robbed at gunpoint, suspect in custody

Sierra Martin

March 26, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

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...

Macaw stolen from Wonder World Park still missing

Macaw stolen from Wonder World Park still missing

Samantha Guerrero

March 26, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos

Wonder World Park is asking the public for help in recovering a macaw stolen March 1 from the wildlife park that is still missing. Suzy, a 38-year-old gold-and-blue macaw, was taken from her cage. Suzy has been a member of the animal park for the past twenty years. Park operator Kristin Williams found...

City council approves final motion in SMART Terminal development

City council approves final motion in SMART Terminal development

Christopher Green

March 26, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos

San Marcos City Council approved an economic development incentive agreement with Texas Transportation Alliance that provides standards and guidelines developers of the SMART Terminal must follow. The motion was one of three that were needed to allow the development of the SMART Terminal. The council...

City council approves final motion in SMART Terminal development

City council approves final motion in SMART Terminal development

Christopher Green

March 21, 2019


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

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...

The Junction residents face unwarranted charges by management

The Junction residents face unwarranted charges by management

Laura Montelongo

March 13, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos, University

Residents of The Junction apartments received a two-days notice Feb. 27 that they would be back charged six months of water and sewage expenses despite a lease stating otherwise. Just a few days earlier, Feb. 20, an email was sent out stating the complex was under new management but the current lease...

Inmate Impasse

Inmate Impasse

Camelia Juarez

March 12, 2019


Filed under Latest, News, San Marcos

The jail's inmate population has increased 82 percent since 2014, way out of proportion with the 16 percent growth of the county's population, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office. The dramatic and quick rise in inmates has led the jail to reach capacity, meaning inmates are being outsourced...

Brihana Landrum, a tragic loss for all

Brihana Landrum, a tragic loss for all

Sonia Garcia

March 12, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos, University

Her big round eyes looked ahead to the future, and she smiled at the thought of working with children. She never failed to smile when making her family proud. Her thoughts were filled with compassion, love and integrity, and no one imagined she would be gone so young. Brihana Landrum, Texas Sta...

San Marcos City Council opposes Permian Highway Pipeline

San Marcos City Council opposes Permian Highway Pipeline

Christopher Green

March 6, 2019


Filed under Latest, News, San Marcos

City council passed a resolution March 5 to oppose the development of the Permian Highway Pipeline, which would extend from West Texas to the Gulf Coast. According to the resolution, the city of San Marcos requests immediate action by all members of both houses of the Texas Legislature to protect l...

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


Filed under In Brief, News, San Marcos

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...

Iconic Village Fire sheds light on strength of the community

Iconic Village Fire sheds light on strength of the community

Camelia Juarez

March 5, 2019


Filed under Latest, News, San Marcos

Westover Baptist pastor Jeff Latham received a call July 20, 2018, at 6 a.m. from San Marcos Police Cpl. Laray Taylor. There was a massive apartment fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads Apartments, and first responders needed an emergency building to temporarily house survivors, parents and nurses. La...

San Marcos disaster recovery coming to an end

San Marcos disaster recovery coming to an end

Tatum Story

March 5, 2019


Filed under News, San Marcos

In the wake of the destructive 2015 floods, a city-led initiative aided 10 residents in rebuilding their homes. Even more, it's helped the city brace for future floods. The 2015 Memorial Day and October floods that hit San Marcos damaged 1,558 homes and 35 businesses. Under Substantial Amendment No. 7 to the Community Block Grant, the city of San Marcos was awarded over $33 million...

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