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Amazon selects San Marcos as a 'prime' location for new facility

The eighth corporation on Forbes’ list of most innovative companies in the world will host its grand opening in San Marcos next December. 

Amazon is set to open an 850,000-square-foot facility on McCarty Lane, said Adriana Cruz, president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She said the operation will bring “economic gain” to the city and provide jobs for hundreds of people.

Kevin Burke, economic and development coordinator for the City of San Marcos, said city officials want to push economic development and competitive enterprise. Amazon’s addition to San Marcos will bring 350 full-time positions with benefits and the possibility of  up to 1,000 positions total. 

University on the brink of changing commencement policy

Some Texas State parents have been forced to watch their children graduate on a television screen in an overflow room due to overpopulation at commencement ceremonies.

University officials are in the process of modifying graduation requirements for students in order to help alleviate the overpopulation issue. 

Under the current policy, students lacking their final nine hours of credit may still walk the stage at graduation, said Kristin McDaniel, commencement coordinator. The rule is being reviewed by the Council of Deans and has to make it through a review process before it can be changed.

Lower AP scores may be accepted under HB 1992

Future Bobcats may receive more college credit from Advanced Placement exam scores than before due to lower requirements implemented by new legislation passed by the 84th Texas Legislature.

House Bill 1992, passed this spring, grants higher education institutions the option to lower AP score requirements. According to the bill, the departments of universities and colleges will have the discretion to lower AP score requirements.

The House approved the bill April 16 and the Senate followed suit May 20. The bill became a law June 3, in time for the new school year. 

Eugene Bourgeois, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said the university’s departments have until Oct. 15 to decide whether or not they will change the AP score requirements.

Multicultural Greek life picks up pace on campus

Campus Greek life was in full motion last week as fraternities and sororities flooded The Quad looking to recruit new members.

In an attempt to inform students of what their organizations have to offer, the multicultural Greek chapters gathered in The Quad Sept. 3 and played dance music and invited students passing by to participate in different games.

“This has literally changed my life for the better,” said Benito Salazar, president of Sigma Lambda Beta and management senior. “I’ve found a home where I can socialize with people who understand my background and culture. This really allows you to be part of something that is bigger than yourself.”

City honors fallen 9/11 victims 14 years later

Community members bowed their heads for a moment of silence this morning at City Hall as the San Marcos Fire Department Honor Guard raised the same flag that flew over the city on the infamous day of tragedy 14 years ago.

The city’s first responders paid their respects to fallen heroes from across the nation. Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the events in 2001 changed the community’s way of thinking.

“It’s certainly always a moment of reflection to be here on this day,” Guerrero said. “Fourteen years ago, I’m sure each and every one of you can recall where you may have been and what you were thinking.”

City Council considers removal of regional airport commission

Councilmembers shared insight and opinions on the future of the San Marcos Regional Airport commission during the Aug. 18 city council meeting. 

Due to increased growth of the airport, city councilmembers are working on terminating the commission, leaving Texas Aviation Partners to run the airport at their discretion.

Since the commission was approved five years ago, the airport has worked with Hays County Commissioners and city councilmembers to push the aviation center into a new direction of growth and financial stability. 

City councilmembers are working with Texas Aviation partners to phase out the commission’s authority on day-to-day airport duties. 

San Marcos Animal Shelter struggling with overpopulation, encouraging adoption

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter  has carried high populations throughout the year and continues to struggle to find homes for man’s best friend.

Regulations set up by the shelter and city ordinances make it difficult to house large amounts of animals in the shelter.

When animals are brought to the shelter, the city of San Marcos cannot turn down them down, which fuels the overpopulation problem, said Kara Montiel, animal services manager for the shelter.

“We are a shelter that really tries to hold all that we can,” Montiel said. “City ordinance states that we have to keep animals for a specific amount of time before we can euthanize them.”

President Trauth speaks to Student Government at first meeting

President Denise Trauth served as the first speaker of the year at Monday’s Student Government meeting, discussing issues from construction to campus carry. 
Trauth said the plans to build an overpass over the railroad tracks crossing Aquarena Springs Drive will help to clear up congestion in the area that occurs on a day-to-day basis. The overpass will create a flow of traffic that won’t get stuck waiting for a train to pass.
“We don’t want an incident where an ambulance gets stuck because of a moving train,” Trauth said. “It will also clear up a lot of congestion that occurs during football games and commencement.”

Strahan Coliseum to gain 80,000 square feet next year

The Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a multi-million-dollar renovation to expand Strahan Coliseum.

The coliseum, home to the Texas State basketball and volleyball teams, is expected to undergo construction next August, according to the agreement. Juan Guerra, associate vice president of facilities, said a design layout will be approved this October. Once renovation starts, it will take an estimated two years to complete the construction, Guerra said. Renovation is expected to be complete by Spring 2018.

In May, renovation plans will be submitted to the Board of Regents. If they approve, construction will most likely start next August, Guerra said.

Illegal moving services on the rise in Texas

Illegal-moving services have become a prevalent problem for citizens and future residents of Texas.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), May and June are the hotspot times of the year for movers searching for a home in a new location. Texas is one of the busiest of these states, as it holds an annual rating of 1,600 new residents daily.

As a country, the United States has over 35 million residents moving to new locations annually, according to a BBB press release involving mover safety in the summer. Of the 7,000 registered moving companies in the nation, Texas holds 800 of those businesses.


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