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A butterfly rested on the finger of Jessica Manzanares during a butterfly release at City Hall last week after the signing of a proclamation designating Oct. 29 Dia de los Muertos 5K Day as baby Mason DelaCruz looks on.  This year’s memorial race is dedicated to the late Tomas Cuevas. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS/ANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY

Early voting hits record numbers in Hays County

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter

First came the news that a record number of Hays County residents — more than 120,000 — were registered to vote.

Then, another record was broken during the first day residents were allowed to cast early ballots.

Showing up to early vote on Monday were 4,726 people spread out over six voting locations across the county. That number represnts a 33 percent increase compared to the first day of early voting in 2012, the last year in which Americans elected a president.

Here’s how it broke down:

STAR Park incubator 'the cusp of something wonderful'

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter

Four years ago, Texas State University celebrated the opening of STAR (Science Technology and Advanced Research) Park, an incubator for high-tech research and business development. 

“We were all excited, we knew we were on the cusp of something wonderful,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “We knew that this building, STAR One, would foster a significant leap in the evolution of research at Texas State University. This building exceeded expectations.”

Options for keeping water in mill race being studied

Anita Miller - Managing Editor

City staff has accepted the challenge of keeping water in the mill race adjacent to Cape’s Dam once the dam is removed, and could be meeting soon with an expert on modifying waterways.

City Manager Jared Miller said last week that engineers are “evaluating the technical aspects of modifying the mouth” of  the mill race as well as other options in advance of consultation with the man who designed the conversion of the old Rio Vista Dam into the Rio Vista Falls of today.



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