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Six suspects arrested in overnight homicide

Six suspects arrested in overnight homicide

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

December 10, 2019

The City of San Marcos reported in a press release that the San Marcos Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred last night in the parking lot of the Cedars Apartments, 1101 Leah Ave. According to the city press release, on Monday, Dec. 9 at approximately 11:34 p.m., SMPD officers...

Remaining residents of Vie Lofts return home after month-long displacement

Remaining residents of Vie Lofts return home after month-long displacement

Michael Garcia and Christopher Green, Special to The Star

December 9, 2019

Remaining residents move back into their apartments at Vie Lofts after being displaced for over a month. Vie Lofts management issued a statement Nov. 12 announcing its final inspection—conducted Nov. 9—with the City of San Marcos. All proper permits were obtained and the structure was deemed safe...

Student organization publishes in-class recording of Texas State professor

Student organization publishes in-class recording of Texas State professor

Chase Rogers and Daniel Weeks

December 9, 2019

The Texas College Republicans published a photo of a quiz and a recording of a professor on its official Twitter account, sparking debates on social media and a response from the university. The quiz question—written and administered by English professor and former Texas House of Representatives candidate Rebecca Bell-Metereau in her Introduction to Film c...

City council discusses land development code changes

City council discusses land development code changes

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

December 4, 2019

The San Marcos City Council met Dec. 3 to continue the ongoing discussion surrounding affordable housing issues and environmental conservation. City council voted on previously discussed ordinances, tax credits for low income housing and approved an Edwards Aquifer Conservation Plan. The council revisited...

San Marcos’ Mitigation Action Plan aims to avoid disaster damage

San Marcos’ Mitigation Action Plan aims to avoid disaster damage

Daniel Weeks

December 2, 2019

The City of San Marcos received $24 million from the Community Development Block Grant; residents provided input on how the money should be spent. San Marcos officials opened a survey up to residents and non-residents Oct. 11-Nov. 1 to develop a mitigation action plan. The plan will determine how grant funds...

City council postpones affordable housing projects, fills committee vacancies

City council postpones affordable housing projects, fills committee vacancies

Michael Garcia, Special to The Star

November 20, 2019

The San Marcos City Council postponed a decision to move forward on two affordable housing projects and appointed city council members to committee vacancies. City council members met Nov. 19 to discuss the Redwood Multifamily Housing project, located at 1600 block of Redwood Road, and Bastrop Multifamily...

One deceased in small passenger aircraft crash

One deceased in small passenger aircraft crash

Chase Rogers, Assistant News Editor

November 20, 2019

One deceased victim has been located after a small passenger aircraft crash occurred early Nov. 20. San Marcos Fire and Police in conjunction with Hays County and the Federal Aviation Administration responded to a small passenger aircraft crash that occurred early Nov. 20. The aircraft took off...

City council swears in new members

City council swears in new members

Chase Rogers, Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2019

San Marcos City Council swore in two members and voted on new mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem. Maxfield Baker, who garnered 50.43% of the votes and won the open seat narrowly over Mark Gleason, was officially inducted into the City Council Place 1 seat. After reciting the oath of office, Baker...

Downtown mobility hub opens to the public

Downtown mobility hub opens to the public

Daniel Weeks, News Reporter

November 18, 2019

San Marcos' first mobility hub, a downtown commons area made for public gatherings and transit convenience, was officially opened to citizens Monday, Nov. 18. The mobility hub features bicycle parking, a small stage, picnic tables and night lighting. In the future, the hub will include a bus stop...

Texas State adds FAQs to Clery Act program review

Texas State adds FAQs to Clery Act program review

Jakob Rodriguez, Editor-In-Chief

November 14, 2019

Texas State has added a list of frequently asked questions in regards to the Department of Education's current Clery Act Compliance Division Program review. The announcement from University President Denise M. Trauth (Nov. 7), followed the DOE's announcement of the off-site review. Annually, institutions...

Two dead in traffic collision on I-35

Two dead in traffic collision on I-35

Isabella Lopes and Jaden Edison

November 14, 2019

UPDATE: The San Marcos Police Department confirmed the identity of the two individuals killed in the Nov. 14 car accident on IH-35 southbound at the 204B Exit (CM Allen). Orlando Valdez, 29, of Corpus Christi, was driving the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, and Dana Watson, 21, of Orange Grove, was in...

Fire department investigates explosion on Chestnut Street

Fire department investigates explosion on Chestnut Street

Sonia Garcia, News Editor

November 14, 2019

Early morning fire explosions affected seven nearby buildings at the block of 800 Chestnut St. There are no reported injuries at this time. The San Marcos Fire Department arrived at 6:11 a.m. to a fire ignited from an explosion at Aloe Eatery, located at 601 Chestnut St.  A second explosion occurred...

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