Jon Wilcox

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.

Runaway bull wanders away, takes tour of campus


A runaway bull wandered onto campus around 11 a.m. Wednesday before being captured by local police, animal control and cowboys.

The black bull appeared to weigh “several thousand pounds” and posed a potential threat to the public, said Jayme Blaschke, director of University News Service. No injuries to the bull or bystanders were reported.

“The bull seems to be in good spirits,” Blaschke said. “The bull did not seem to be particularly aggressive.”

University Police immediately responded after learning of the bull’s presence by securing parts of western campus and issuing an emergency alert via email to students, faculty and staff, Blaschke said.

The bull had left campus by 11:17 a.m., according to an emergency email alert.

Wimberley flood survivors ask presidential candidate to reconsider stance on climate change


In the wake of the 2016 primaries, a group of Hays County flood survivors are asking Senator Ted Cruz to reconsider his stance on global climate change.

The group, mostly comprised of Wimberley residents, presented a petition with more than 15,000 signatures to Cruz, asking him to acknowledge rising temperatures may have contributed to an unprecedented level of flood damage.

The historic Memorial Day Weekend floods this year shocked the community, destroying over 300 homes and killing at least nine people in Wimberley.

Same-sex couples married over July 4 weekend after Supreme Court decision


Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Aesexual (LGBTQIA) couples from across Texas flocked to Austin over the July 4 weekend to participate in Marriage Freedom Weekend, a multi-day, mass wedding ceremony.

One week after the historic June 26 Supreme Court decision struck down state bans on same-sex marriages, hundreds of couples were married by dozens of volunteer judges and religious leaders from all faiths. The event provided an opportunity for those who could not obtain marriage licenses in their home counties to get married.

LGBTQIA faculty, staff benefit after Supreme Court decision


Texas State staff and faculty who are part of the LGBTQIA acronym remember past struggles and celebrate new victories after the June 26 Supreme Court decision to strike down state-level same-sex marriage bans.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Aesexual (LGBTQIA) university employees are already enjoying new rights and benefits resulting from the historic decision. The ruling has allowed same-sex couples at Texas State to obtain marriage licenses locally, extend benefits to spouses and children and feel a new level of equality in their own communities.

Pride flags vandalized during weekend celebration


A man allegedly vandalized Stonewall Warehouse last Friday night as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual (LGBTQIA) bar kicked off its weekend celebration.

The bar was celebrating the historic June 26 Supreme Court decision and the anniversary of the  Stonewall Riots, the establishment’s namesake when a white male ripped down pride flags hung from the roof of the bar around 10:30 p.m., said Chris Rue, Stonewall Warehouse general manager.

Witnesses identified a man's picture captured by security cameras in an adjacent bar as the vandal, Rue said. 

Unmanned aircraft participates in flood rescue, recovery


A Wimberley pilot is working with local fire departments to supply an unmanned aircraft and training for use in emergency situations.

Gene Robinson has for more than a decade perfected the designs of unmanned aircraft at his Wimberley-based company, RPFlight Systems. Robinson has recently entered into negotiations with an Austin Fire Department (AFD) emergency robotics team.

Robinson pilots an unmanned aircraft for the Wimberley Fire Department and participated in rescue and recovery efforts following the historic Memorial Day weekend floods, he said. Robinson made more than 10 flights with his latest unmanned aircraft design, the Spectra flying wing, to search over seven miles of the Blanco River and Wimberley Valley.

Hays County now issuing same-sex marriage licenses


JUNE 29 UPDATE: Same-sex couples can now be issued a marriage license from the Hays County Clerk's Office. Gender neutral forms are still not available.

JUNE 26: Same-sex couples can now finally have their "I do's" recognized by law, after love won in a Supreme Court decision yesterday.

The Hays County Clerk’s Office is not yet issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite the landmark June 26 Supreme Court’s decision to overturn state bans on gay marriage.

Seven suspects arrested, charged with murder after fatal shooting


Seven suspects have been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with Monday’s deadly River Road shooting.

San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officers located and stopped the suspects’ vehicle Monday and took four into custody. The suspects are currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

Suspects Daniel Francisco Castillo, Joe Angel Smith-Saucedo, Joe Michael Magana, Joey Vargas and Jeremy Tobias were arrested Monday afternoon. Reynaldo Lerma was arrested Monday night, and Xavier Luis Magana was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Six of the suspects are teenagers. Only Smith-Saucedo, 21, is not.

Public housing tenants struggle to find homes after historic floods


Many public housing residents are struggling for a foothold as flood damage has prompted the San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) to evacuate at least 96 homes for repairs and safety concerns.

SMHA officials have ordered all residents of the 96 units at the CM Allen Homes public housing facility to vacate. Many former residents say they are facing difficulties in finding and paying for new homes despite government assistance.

Aniceto “Cowboy” Samaro, age 85, said he has lived in the CM Allen Homes facility for 33 years. He remembers when the 30-foot tree in his front yard was a tiny sprout. He shares his home with a 15-year-old Chihuahua, Thomas.


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