Daryl Ontiveros | Photographer

Community fundraiser benefits animal shelter


Dogs and their owners gathered in the San Marcos Plaza Park on Saturday to participate in the 11th annual Mutt Strutt.

Trish Thompson, event coordinator, said the Mutt Strutt begins with a one-mile walk through the park and a wide range of festivities take place at the finish line.

“The walk usually takes about 30 minutes,” Thompson said. “Then everyone and their dogs meet back to listen to music and participate in the silent auction, raffle and pet contests.”

Thompson said the goal of the Mutt Strutt is to support the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter by raising awareness and promoting responsibility.

Texas State cancer victim honored with 5K


Members of the Texas State Athletic Department hosted the second annual Got Your Back 5K on April 12 in memory of David Gish, former head athletic trainer.

Carla Heffner, event director and senior lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Performance, said Gish worked at Texas State for over 25 years before losing his battle with cancer in 2014.

Heffner said the 5K began after Gish received the diagnosis and was continued as a way to celebrate his memory.

Tech startups find accomodations in Austin, San Marcos area

The Wall Street Journal recently named the Austin area first in the nation for attracting tech startups. 

The growth is reflected in San Marcos through facilities like the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park and the Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP).

S.T.A.R. Park provides a location for beginning businesses until entrepeneurs find their own space. The facility is the only one in central Texas that offers laboratory space for startup companies. 

San Marcos celebrates river, community at Wild Rice Festival


Thousands gathered in celebration of community, art and the environment April 11 on the banks of the San Marcos River at this year’s Texas Wild Rice Festival.

Attendees enjoyed attractions including live music, educational lectures, hands-on workshops, arts and crafts, guided nature hikes and free food.

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