Martha Fierro | Staff Photographer

Q&A with Melissa Derrick, Place 6 city council candidate

San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 6 candidate, Melissa Derrick to discuss her campaign.


Born: August 9, 1967, Morgantown, West Virginia

Occupation: Administrative assistant for the Center of International Studies at Texas State University, Co-owner of San Marcos Computers

Education: B.A. in Journalism from then-called Southwest Texas University


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New gourmet doughnut trailer arrives in town

After 20 years in the restaurant industry, one Kyle resident is looking to change up breakfast in San Marcos.

Brandon Alarcon, owner and operator of Donut 911, said he started the food truck, that now sits on N. Guadalupe Street, two months ago with a desire to reinvent the popular breakfast treat. Customers have the option to create their own type of doughnut, choosing their own toppings and fillings, Alarcon said.

Alarcon said most of the feedback he has received so far has been positive.

Lone Star Santas deliver smiles, toys to families of flood victims

A group of Santas, Mrs. Clauses and hard-working elves delivered Christmas in July last weekend to the families affected by the Memorial Day weekend floods.

Lone Star Santas, a nonprofit organization specializing in spreading “love, hope and joy,” provided disaster relief in the form of toys at the Centro Hispano de San Marcos Aug. 15. Several children accompanied by their own personal Santa, Mrs. Claus or elf toured a room filled with toys until they found the right one to take back home—or, in the case of the Ford family, back to temporary housing.

Martin Ford and his family of four were evacuated from their home on River Road and have yet to return to permanent housing. The Ford family has set up a temporary housing at a bed and breakfast they cannot afford.

Candy shop to bring sweet treats to San Marcos


Downtown San Marcos is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Candy, Sweets and Treats, a new shop opening, complete with a ribbon cutting, will be held on North LBJ Drive at the store’s downtown location August 1 at 11 a.m. The store will provide San Martians with a variety of unique confections.

Leanne Latham, owner of the store, said visiting candy shops was her favorite thing to do as a child.

“It was always something I thought I could expand on,” Latham said.

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.

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