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Green Guys Recycling took Memorial Day flood 'personally'

Green Guys Recycling, a San Marcos company dedicated to household recycling, was affected when some of its employees lost everything during the Memorial Day weekend flooding.

Laura Driver, administrative service manager at Green Guys, said the company’s dedication to disaster relief runs deeper than just its employees’ personal losses.

“When one of your own is affected, even if they are just from your community, it hits you hard,” Driver said. “We took the flood personally.”

She said the company made two donations to the flood-stricken community of over $15,000 after the natural disaster occurred. Employees began collecting scrap metal in San Marcos and Martindale the day after the flood to fund the first donation.

San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship shows support for LGBTQIA organizations

One of the primary donors to this year’s SMTX Pride Parade and Festival was a local church.

San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship showed its support of the LBGTQIA community by donating to the event. Additionally, the institution lends its facilities to monthly meetings of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Sylvia Sandoval Hernandez, executive organizer of SMTX Pride, said she received a $650 donation from SMUUF this year and a $550 contribution last year.

Hernandez said she grew up in San Marcos and has noticed a change in the community’s attitude toward the LGBTQIA community.

“I think it (has sunk) in already,” Hernandez said. “There’s a little bit more acceptance.”

Q&A with Shane Scott, Place 6 city council incumbent

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San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 6 candidate Shane Scott to discuss his campaign.

Born: December 9, 1966, Kingman, Arizona

Occupation: City councilman, filmmaker, owner of Porsche shop German Elite

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

 

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Veteran hopes to educate community after service dog incident

An Iraqi veteran is accusing Texas State of implementing an illegal policy after an event regarding his service dog happened earlier this year.

Jeremy Kennard, social work senior, contacted a lawyer when he discovered the university enforced a policy he felt violated the federal American Disability Act.

Kennard entered the classroom of Raphael Travis, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, on the first day of the fall semester with his service dog, Athena. He said Travis asked him to produce paperwork proving Athena was a certified service dog.

Travis said after he requested the dog’s certification, and then Kennard left the class in a “clearly frustrated” manner.

New Braunfels man arrested in band practice pellet gun shooting

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New Braunfels police arrested William Henry Kloss Thursday afternoon for being involved in a pellet gun shooting at the city’s high school band practice.

The incident resulted in the minor injury of two students, according to a safety notice sent to parents by Superintendent Randy Moczygemba Wednesday. The injured students did not require medical attention.

Police said they believe the shots were fired from a pellet gun based off of evidence found in the band’s practice parking lot, where the shooting occurred. Upon further investigation, officers determined the pellets were fired from a house on Ohio Avenue.

According to the police report, a warrant was obtained by law enforcement and Kloss was arrested based on evidence found in the house.

Students form human chain to commemorate symbolic move into Alkek

Students packed the quad to help Alkek kick off its 25-year anniversary with the “Book-it Brigade” event where students, faculty, alumni and staff formed a human chain from Old Main to Alkek Library.

The event reenacted the original symbolic move of May 1, 1990, with a human chain of students, faculty, staff and community members. Alkek opened its doors a month later on June 4, 1990.

The event began with speeches from Kenneth Pierce, President Denise Trauth and university librarion Joan Heath, who talked about what 1990’s Book-it Brigade and what its anniversary symbolizes for the library today.

Trauth said the event was to celebrate the original Book-it Brigade, which was the centerpiece of the dedication 25 years ago.

Blanco Vista Elementary implementing new tactics to improve campus climate after former principal resigns

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Hays CISD officials are aiming to thaw “tense” relations at Blanco Vista Elementary School after instating a new principal.

Since the resignation of former principal Rebecca Shea, Sandra Valdez has been selected to fill the position. Shea resigned back in April as a result of the petition submitted by parents and faculty upset with her management style.

In response, Hays CISD officials plan to implement all recommendations from the findings of K12 Insight focus groups formed amid her resignation, said Tim Savoy, public information officer for Hays CISD.

"We heard the folks that protested and we're gonna do a better job on our end to address those complaints more thoroughly and quickly," Savoy said.

New TSUS partnership will offer additional college aid for nontraditional students

Higher education may soon be more accessible for nontraditional students.

Texas State University System officials announced a partnership with Modern State Alliances Sept. 10 to offer a program called “Freshman Year for Free.”

The program will provide free online Advanced Placement-style classes for nontraditional students beginning next fall, said Mike Wintemute, associate vice chancellor for governmental relations for TSUS. 

Modern States Alliances will offer 30 free online open courses, including course material, digital textbooks and possibly online tutoring, Heintze said.

New Braunfels ISD issues safety notice to parents

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Police presence will be increased during New Braunfels High School’s band practices in the coming days after shots were fired.

A series of pops were heard by faculty and students at the Sept. 22 marching band practice. According to a letter sent home to parents by Superintendent Randy Moczygemba, the incident resulted in two students being struck by items belonging to either a BB gun or a pellet gun.

Moczygemba said the shooting occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. in the band practice parking lot. The situation resulted in minor injuries for the students who were struck, but no medical attention was necessary.

The New Braunfels Police Department will increase its presence at band practices in the coming days, according to the letter.

City, county officials approve deal to attract tenants to nearly-vacant Springtown Shopping Center

New investors are developing the nearly vacant Springtown Shopping Center with the aid of a tax rebate deal proposed by city officials. 

When Endeavor Real Estate Group purchased the Springtown Center located on IH-35 and Springtown Way in November, only a few locales of the 200,000-square-foot plaza were occupied. Endeavor plans to redevelop the center, investing as much as $25.7 million into it, said Cody Buck, principal of Endeavor Real Estate Group. 

New additions to the Springtown Center include Spirit Halloween, Gold’s Gym and The Spot, an entertainment venue, Buck said.

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