The Woods apartment complex denied certificate of occupancy, delaying move-in date for students

Several students were forced to prolong moving into The Woods of San Marcos apartment complex after the city denied their certificate of occupancy Aug. 14.

The Woods was denied their certificate of occupancy due to “unforeseen issues in the outer areas of the property,” according to complex’s website. Management was notified the day before the planned move-in date, leaving many students without an apartment, according to The Woods’ website.

Q&A with Melissa Derrick, Place 6 city council candidate

San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 6 candidate, Melissa Derrick to discuss her campaign.


Born: August 9, 1967, Morgantown, West Virginia

Occupation: Administrative assistant for the Center of International Studies at Texas State University, Co-owner of San Marcos Computers

Education: B.A. in Journalism from then-called Southwest Texas University


Alexa Tavarez: Where do you call home and why?

Amazon to build distribution center in San Marcos


Amazon accepted an $11 million tax-incentives package from Hays County and the city of San Marcos Aug. 20 and will construct a distribution warehouse. 

Amazon confirmed the plan to build its fifth distribution center in Texas and will start construction this December. The 855,000-square foot building will be located on McCarty Lane and is set to open January 2017.

Amazon’s press release stated that those employed at the facility will be packing and shipping small customer items like books, electronics and toys. 

“We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth through out the state,” said Mike Roth, vice president of Amazon’s North American operations, in a press release.

City council sends fluoride debate to ballot box in November


Residents of San Marcos will vote on two propositions Nov. 3 regarding the fluoridation of municipal water after the council voted 5-1 to send the propositions to the ballot box.

The council vote on the propositions came after a court battle regarding the validity of an anti-fluoride petition submitted by the Communities for Thriving Water Fluoride-Free San Marcos. City attorney Michael Cosentino asked the court to declare the petition invalid of its 1,634 signatures, according to court documents of a lawsuit filed June 17.

Back to school: how-to's for a great fall semester


1. Be conscious of your environment.

San Marcos, like most of Texas is a very humid place. While summer may officially end in August, the heat does not dissipate until October. Wearing sensible, weather-specific clothing will go a long way, especially on those unbearable days where the heat can knock out even the toughest of summer-lovers. Bringing water is important to keep students from fainting on the overabundance of stairs due to exhaustion.


2. Utilize campus resources.

Lone Star Santas deliver smiles, toys to families of flood victims

A group of Santas, Mrs. Clauses and hard-working elves delivered Christmas in July last weekend to the families affected by the Memorial Day weekend floods.

Lone Star Santas, a nonprofit organization specializing in spreading “love, hope and joy,” provided disaster relief in the form of toys at the Centro Hispano de San Marcos Aug. 15. Several children accompanied by their own personal Santa, Mrs. Claus or elf toured a room filled with toys until they found the right one to take back home—or, in the case of the Ford family, back to temporary housing.

Martin Ford and his family of four were evacuated from their home on River Road and have yet to return to permanent housing. The Ford family has set up a temporary housing at a bed and breakfast they cannot afford.

Noose found by Texas State professor, discusses evolution of racism

Bob Fischer, philosophy professor at Texas State University, was walking down University Drive toward Guadalupe Street with his friend from Turkey at the end of July when he saw a noose hanging from a tree.

His friend thought that it was a statement about suicide, but Fischer thought of recent news—such as the Charleston shooting and the protests that followed regarding the Confederate flag—and knew it was a racist symbol.

“If you grow up in America and see a noose hanging from a tree, you think lynching,” Fischer said.

Fischer took the noose down and notified the police. However, there was not a lot the police could do in this situation, Fischer said.

Officials declare new phase of search and rescue, two children remain missing


As the months following the historic Memorial Day Weekend floods continue to pass, two children remain missing ever since the floodwaters swept them away.

Now that water levels have lowered and exposed previously inaccessible areas of the Blanco River, search and rescue teams have begun a new phase of searching for the missing children.

Texas Search and Rescue, Alamo Area Search and Rescue and Travis County Search and Rescue are the teams leading the new initiative.

The private organizations will begin the new search and rescue phase in Caldwell County on Aug. 14-15, and on Aug. 21-22 the teams will shift their search area to Hays County.

Retired professor remembered as dedicared artist, compassionate friend


Retired Texas State theater professor Daniel Hannon died July 22, leaving behind friends, family and thousands of inspired students.

The award-winning set designer drowned in the San Marcos River while tubing with his family.

Hannon was reported missing at 11:14 a.m. after his sister-in-law and nephew waited for him for about 15 minutes downstream on the bridge to the island at Rio Vista Park, according to a university press release.

San Marcos police officers, firefighters and park rangers conducted an initial search of the river but did not find Hannon. A diver from the San Marcos Recovery Team found Hammond’s body at around 12:40 p.m. caught in underwater debris.

SMPD on the search for missing disabled woman

San Marcos Police are searching for a disabled woman who went missing 10 days ago.

Melody Renfro, 30, was last seen around noon Aug. 8 at her job in the San Marcos Prime Outlets at Taco Bell. According to an Aug. 18 city press release, Renfro is diagnosed with an intellectual disability.

Police said Renfro told her manager she was leaving to attend to a family emergency however her family has not been able to reach her by phone since she went missing. Renfro’s family said in the press release that she has run off before but has never disappeared for more than a couple of hours.

Her family believes there is a possibility she may have ran off with her ex-boyfriend in San Antonio, according to police.


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