Nicholas Laughlin

New reserve constable appointed to Precinct 3

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a new reserve deputy constable position April 14 for Precinct 3.

A motion was passed by Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Precinct 4, and seconded by Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3. All the other commissioners voted for approving the new reserve deputy constable for Precinct 3 and the appointment of Blair McCall to the position.

Deputy Constable Ray Helm, Precinct 3, said McCall contacted officials to ask about job openings.

City, university team up for new stormwater campaign

A new campaign partnership is intended to help educate the community about stormwater runoff and how it affects the environment.

University officials, in conjunction with the City of San Marcos, are joining a new campaign called “What Goes Here Flows Here.”

The university and the city were included in a new stormwater permit called Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in 2013, said Colleen Cook, environmental health specialist and university stormwater manager.

Capstone Cottage resident found dead

A resident of Capstone Cottages in San Marcos was found dead in his apartment March 29.

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) received a call March 29 at approximately 12:03 p.m. from Capstone Cottages, located at 1415 Craddock Ave.

Rumors of the incident were confirmed April 8 by police.  

SMPD officials and Capstone Cottages maintenance staff were contacted by the apartment’s management to check on a resident after parents called to express concern about their child.

President, Provost join Faculty Senate for legislature update

President Denise Trauth and Provost Eugene Bourgeois attended the April 6 Faculty Senate meeting to discuss topics including funding bills and campus carry.

Trauth and Bourgeois shared an update after meeting with legislators and Texas State alumni at the Capitol.

“This looks like it is going to be a good session for higher education,” Trauth said. “Today, the House Bill 100 was laid out. This was a very important day for us.”

ALERRT offers active shooter training video to public

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State released a video to inform civilians on what to do in a situation with an active shooter.

ALERRT officials released the video in collaboration with Wal-Mart officials. Wal-Mart co-funded the video so associates would know what to do during an active shooter situation.

School bus crash sparks improvements to State Highway 21

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will make changes to State Highway 21 to improve safety for school buses.

A semi-trailer truck collided with a San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD) school bus March 2 on SH-21.

Iris Campbell, SMCISD public information officer, said district officials are working with Victor Vargas, TxDOT area engineer, to review options to increase safety for students and staff.

Faculty Senate approves University Research Committee recommendations

Faculty Senate discussed a new University Research Committee (URC) report at their Wednesday meeting and considered recommendations for new policies and procedures.

Officials with the URC review faculty research proposals and offer funding recommendations.

Michel Conroy, Faculty Senate chair, recommended four processes and procedures and all were approved.

The first recommendation made was to change the committee’s name to University Research Enhancement Committee (UREC).

Local hangar to undergo renovations

The Central Texas Wing (CenTex) of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) received grant money to refurbish its hangar built in 1942.

CenTex is part of the worldwide Commemorative Air Force. The group in San Marcos is one of 79 units with five wings overseas.

CenTex received three grants totaling $70,000 to help restore and upgrade the original 1942 hangar, said Tim Black, CenTex wing leader. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) granted $25,000, $15,000 came from the City of San Marcos and $55,000 was from the Ed Rachal Foundation.

S.T.A.R. Park hopes to reach out to academic departments

Faculty Senate held its annual meeting with the Council of Academic Deans and discussed the expansion and mission of the Science Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park.

Stephen Frayser, director of S.T.A.R. Park, addressed the joint meeting to discuss how each department can have a role in the institution.

“President (Denise) Trauth and I have had conversations about the need for the updated look, which is what (Frayser) wants, to the mission of S.T.A.R. Park,” said Provost Eugene Bourgeois.

San Marcos unaffected by SXSW hotel crowding

Tens of thousands of tourists will flock to Austin’s annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music, film and interactive festival next week, leaving minimal impact on San Marcos.

Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP), said San Marcos does not experience a “substantial increase” in tourism during the 10-day festival. Cruz and Mike Kamerlander, vice president of GSMP, will attend SXSW to represent the city and the GSMP.

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