Olivia Ordoñez

Edward Gary street garage increases parking possibilities for campus

Texas State is hoping to ease parking woes with the addition of a new garage operating under a permit and pay-as-you-go system.

The new Edward Gary Street Parking Garage, located next to the Performing Arts Center, opened Jan. 2 for students and the public. Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of transportation services, said the garage has 458 parking spaces in total, 250 of which will be designated for residential permit holders. Nusbaum said the remaining 208 spots will be pay by the hour spaces. She said the entire garage is currently open for parking, but the construction of the surrounding sidewalks is yet to be completed.

Program aids low-performing districts

As a social studies teacher in Houston through Teach for America, Bonnie Southerland, Texas State alumna, experienced the “discrepancies in the public school system” firsthand when she asked her sixth grade student what country he lived in. 

“Houston,” he told her. 

Southerland’s first day teaching was more than becoming familiar with her new students and surroundings. It was a lesson in the reality of day-to-day life in a school rated “academically unacceptable” by the state of Texas.

“They were so behind in reading and writing and spent the majority of time on these basic skills, instead of other content areas, like social studies,” Southerland said. 

Downtown construction causes closure of bookstore

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Downtown construction has caused a local business owner to close the books on his North LBJ Drive store.

Daniel Mull, owner of Dan’s Discount Bookstore, said sales and customers decreased by 50 percent due to construction blocking part of North LBJ Drive, and closed his business’ doors Saturday.

“I was in denial for at least a month or two,” Mull said. “It was my brother who said ‘I am really worried about you because I’ve seen construction kill a lot of businesses.’ Then I realized he was right because I have seen the same thing.”

More parking available at new post office location

Residents will have improved parking and access to the new San Marcos Post Office, which changed locations Monday.

The post office’s downtown location was permanently closed Saturday, Jan. 26, and reopened Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at its new 201 S. Stagecoach Trail address. The facility formerly housing the post office has been sold, and all operations have been moved to the newly renovated San Marcos Carrier Annex. The move is because of a national initiative to re-evaluate postal facilities. 

The sale of the old post office to Arqueo LLC will return the downtown property to the city tax rolls.  The 11 employees will keep their jobs as members of the new location. Trey Hatt, city spokesman, said the city is not involved in the move.

Open house promotes master plan education

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Traffic, sidewalk conditions and development in high-density areas were among the topics considered during the Comprehensive Master Plan open house Wednesday.

Business owners, homeowners and committee members gathered at the San Marcos Activity Center for the open house. The event was conducted by two city council-appointed committees, the Citizen Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee. Six different subcommittees presented their goals.

Residents viewed and left comments on each of the subcommittees’ presentations. The presentations included a Preferred Growth Scenario Map in which color-coded regions distinguished the most- and least-dense areas of the city. The map has not been adopted by city council, said Emily Koller, city planner.

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