Nancy Young

Police issue fewer citations in home opener than previous games

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Fewer police citations were handed out at the Sept. 7 home opening football tailgate and game than the total at the first home matchup against Texas Tech University last year.

During the tailgate and game against Prairie View A&M University, San Marcos Police Department officers handed out 10 minor in possession citations, seven public intoxication incidents and four misrepresentation of age by a minor citations. University Police Department officers issued seven minor in possession citations and four public intoxication incidents at the tailgate and game.

Two graduates stray from degree, career path to open food trailer

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After earning a degree from Texas State, one alumnus decided to abandon the career path he chose in college to pursue something more adventurous—opening a food trailer.

Chris Pasztor graduated with a degree in psychology in August 2009. He originally planned to attend graduate school to further his career and eventually become a professor at the collegiate level. However, Pasztor soon realized he had been in school long enough and was ready to move on to other pursuits.

“I got my degree and ran off into the adult world,” Pasztor said.

New H-E-B construction being planned

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San Marcos may soon be getting a third H-E-B grocery store.

The store is in early stages of development. Planning and Zoning commissioners heard public comment regarding the topic during their March 26 and April 9 meetings.

H-E-B and the owners of the McCarty Commons Planned Development District are in talks to build a store at the corner of McCarty Lane and Interstate 35 with the hopes of bringing more activity to the area. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing about the development during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Matthew Lewis, director of Planning and Development services for San Marcos, said the city has been working on the project for approximately eight months.

Alcohol access points designated as part of city park ordinance

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Though an ordinance banning the public display of alcohol in city parks went into effect Jan. 1, river access points for bringing booze into the water were not clarified until recently.

The San Marcos City and Rio Vista Parks, located at 170 Charles Austin Drive and  555 Cheatham Street, respectively, are the two city greenspaces with designated river-access points. The city has put up signage to designate points where park visitors can bring alcohol into the river because the federal waterway is not affected by the ordinance. Alcohol must be kept in closed coolers in all areas besides the access points, according to the ordinance.

Bills propose extension to liquor store hours

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Two bills recently introduced to the Texas Legislature could expand the hours of liquor sales and potentially pour more revenue into the local economy.

State Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, have filed companion bills that would abolish the state’s “blue” laws limiting alcohol sales on Sundays. The bills, Senate Bill 236 and House Bill 421, would stretch the hours of liquor store operation during the week.

Students use social media as classroom aid

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Social media is transforming today’s classrooms and may be advancing the way students connect to peers and sources in the professional world.

Some faculty members are allowing students to use social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to better engage in discussions both in and outside the classroom. Social media adds to the conversation in the lecture hall while allowing outside sources to participate in the discussion, said Kym Fox, School of Journalism and Mass Communication senior lecturer.

“I love the fact that you can engage with the audience—and in this case, students—to ask them to be looking for something, contributing to (the conversation),” Fox said.

Renovations in progress for campus’ oldest building

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Texas State’s oldest and most iconic building is undergoing a facelift this year to repair decades of wear and tear.

Renovations to Old Main began in late December 2012 and are on schedule to be complete in November. The construction project includes replacement of the entire roof, restoration of mortar on the exterior of the building and regular maintenance work. The entry doors on the east side of the building are being replaced. The projected cost of the project is $1.8 million.

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