San Marcos retailer seeks used furniture for flood victims

A local San Marcos family has learned the best way to cope with the loss of their home is by giving back to other flood victims in the community.

Derrick and Angie Flack, owners of Dianne Flack Furniture, have begun collecting new and gently used furniture to help individuals looking to replace damaged items. Derrick Flack said they recently purchased a 40-foot container so that anyone looking to donate can easily drop off their items.

“Being a flood victim inspired me to give back to the community,” Derrick Flack said. “We lost our home and all of the contents to the floodwaters, so we know what that need is like.”

Alumna uses Texas origins to land role

One up-and-coming actress is using her Texas roots to kick-start her acting career.

Molly McMichael, who grew up in Dallas and graduated from Texas State with a BFA in acting, landed a role in the History Channel miniseries Texas Rising and the film 6 Years when she was a senior.

“Right before my senior year I got an agent with Actors Clearinghouse in Austin,” McMichael said. “He took me on as his client and I booked 6 Years, and then I ended up getting an audition for Texas Rising.”

McMichael said Texas Rising scouting agents broadened their search to Texas after they didn’t find what they were looking for in Los Angeles.

Picks of the Weekend

For the Lady Gaga Admirer

The Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels will host a Lady Gaga sing along at 7:30 p.m. July 8 to give fans the chance to relive all of her music videos on the big screen. The two-hour event will feature props and a dance party to enrich the audience’s experience.


For the Outdoor Music Fan

San Marcos Plaza Park hosts the Summer in the Park concert series on the banks of the San Marcos River every Thursday through August. On July 9, Midnight River Choir will be performing at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


For the Art Enthusiast

All-day music event raises funds for flood victims

Over 30 local musicians invaded the Live Music Capital of the World June 28 to help raise money for Central Texas flood victims.

Flood Aid TX, an all-day music event, took place at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. The concert featured a wide variety of music genres across two indoor and two outdoor stages, and was produced by Crosswind Media, Clayton Corn Productions, LBTJ Creative and Fabulous Working Ladies.

LisaBeth Thomas, one of the event producers, said the idea for the event started a month ago over happy hour drinks. “

Where to find fireworks this Fourth

As the holiday weekend approaches, many San Martians are preparing to pack up their lawn chairs and head to the nearest Independence Day Celebration. Here are four events, all within 25 miles of San Marcos, to help you plan your 4th of July.


San Marcos SummerFest 2015

When: July 4

Where: San Marcos Plaza Park

Celebrate the 4th of July on the San Marcos River with live music from David Ybarra and Friends, food and activity booths. The celebration begins at 6 p.m., with a fireworks display set to end the night at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.


New Braunfels Fireworks Under the Stars

When: July 4

Rhea’s Ice Cream to remain open

Rhea's Ice Cream will remain open, with new management, after the ice cream shop's owner declared the business would close back in April. 

Lindsey Belk, Root Cellar assistant manager, said he and the restaurant have teamed up to buy the shop, which has been a part of The Square for five years. In April, Rhea Ortamond, owner of Rhea’s Ice Cream, announced she would be closing the shop this month to move to Chicago.

Ortamond said she originally had no plans to accept offers to buy the shop, but something felt right about Belk’s proposal.

Piper Foundation recognizes Texas State professor

One professor’s dedication to students at Texas State is getting noticed in a big way.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation named Vedaraman Sriraman, engineering technology professor, as one of 10 Piper Professors of 2015. Sriraman, who has been instructing at the university for 24 years, said the award was intended to honor his commitment to teaching at Texas State.

“After completing my doctoral degree, I was searching for a teaching position and Texas State was one of the first institutions that interviewed me for a job,” Sriraman said.

Sriraman said he is thankful for the teaching skills the university has helped him develop over the years.

University Galleries showcases local artists


One San Marcos couple is using art to educate students on human nature throughout major events in history.

Billi London-Gray and Daniel Bernard Gray’s exhibit titled “Displacement” is currently being showcased at the University Galleries until July 26. The pair designed art pieces relating important moments in history to today’s world, challenging audiences to reexamine much of what they have previously learned.

Gray, a local artist and Texas State alumnus, said he and his wife were asked by gallery director Mary Mikel Stump to showcase their video titled “Toying with History” along with correlating artwork.

“We were offered more space at the gallery to create some new work,” Gray said. “It was a matter of what we wanted to do with the space.”

'Jurassic World' has (pre)historic weekend, delights viewers

Jurassic World roared into theaters 14 years after its last installment with stunning visual effects and an exhilarating non-stop pace.

It is evident director Colin Trevorrow and the screenwriters understood it would be impossible for the film to live up to Steven Spielberg's original. Instead, they opted for a nostalgic tribute to the first film while also attempting to include new storylines.

The result is a fully functioning dinosaur amusement park dreamed up by John Hammond, the CEO and creator of Jurassic Park, and run by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), a no-nonsense park executive.

Young children can be seen riding atop tame Triceratops as their parents sip margaritas, and tourists can roam a Stegosaurus paddock in a rotating gyro vehicle.

Picks of the Week

For the live music fanatic 

Cheatham Street Warehouse is set to host Big Fest June 26-28. The three-day music festival is held to celebrate the birthday of Texas music legend Big John Mills and raise money for the Cheatham Street Warehouse Music Foundation. The music begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket information can be found at


For the adventurer


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