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Owners Danita Hayes and David Graffagnini will be hosting Perk Up's grand opening today, Dec. 8. The ribbon-cutting event will feature a T-shirt giveaway and complimentary mimosas. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY LAURA AEBI

Owners Danita Hayes and David Graffagnini will be hosting Perk Up's grand opening today, Dec. 8. The ribbon-cutting event will feature a T-shirt giveaway and complimentary mimosas. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY LAURA AEBI

Members of the Texas Preparatory League build a snowman near Ranch Road 12 during a rare Central Texas snowfall, circa 1973. PHOTO FROM THE DAILY RECORD ARCHIVES.

Members of the Texas Preparatory League build a snowman near Ranch Road 12 during a rare Central Texas snowfall, circa 1973. PHOTO FROM THE DAILY RECORD ARCHIVES.
 With an arctic cold front in the near forecast, and temperatures predicted to drop below freezing, the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter would like to provide tips to keep animals safe in frosty weather:  Bring them inside: Just because your pet... more

Unitarian Minister Scotty McIntyre conducts a prayer for hope during the Undocumented Students and Workers Protest. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Laura Aebi - Features Editor Tension continues to build at Texas State University after two incidents involving undocumented immigrants took place Wednesday on campus: as students and staff gathered in solidarity for undocumented students and... more

Cars in back-in parking places along North LBJ near the intersection with University Drive. The city is looking at wasy to increase parking enforcement in the downtown area. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter The city is moving forward with plans to modernize parking enforcement in an effort to free up more downtown parking. The process is expected to take at least six months. All downtown parking is expected to be limited... more

Composer David Garza, who performs as Lynx Bigtooth Maple, will be playing at the San Marcos Public Library Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN MARCOS PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Rachel Willis- Staff Reporter Local Songwriter David Garza, also known as Lynx Bigtooth Maple, known for his rhythmic guitar and lyrics that focus on the everyday magic of life, will be performing at the San Marcos Public Library as a part of the... more

Owners Danita Hayes and David Graffagnini will be hosting Perk Up's grand opening today, Dec. 8. The ribbon-cutting event will feature a T-shirt giveaway and complimentary mimosas. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY LAURA AEBI

Members of the Texas Preparatory League build a snowman near Ranch Road 12 during a rare Central Texas snowfall, circa 1973. PHOTO FROM THE DAILY RECORD ARCHIVES.

Unitarian Minister Scotty McIntyre conducts a prayer for hope during the Undocumented Students and Workers Protest. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Cars in back-in parking places along North LBJ near the intersection with University Drive. The city is looking at wasy to increase parking enforcement in the downtown area. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

Composer David Garza, who performs as Lynx Bigtooth Maple, will be playing at the San Marcos Public Library Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN MARCOS PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Thomaides, Becerra make a final plea for votes

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
The end of the 2016 election cycle is finally in sight. Voters in the city of San Marcos will decide two outstanding council races and chose a mayor on Tuesday, Dec. 13, with early voting beginning Thursday.
The field of five, mayoral candidates has been reduced to two, current council member and small business owner John Thomaides and local business owner Ruben Becerra. Becerra says he’ll bring his business experience to city government.

Schlitterbahn will tear down deadly ride

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 168-foot-tall Kansas waterslide on which a state lawmaker’s 10-year-old son was killed last summer will be demolished once the unfolding investigation of the tragedy is finished, the water park’s operators said.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts and the family that runs it said in a statement Tuesday that the “Verruckt” ride at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, will be permanently removed from its tower “once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court.”

The Salvation Army prepared to kick off their bell-ringing season recently with the Blessing of the Bells. From left are Pam White, Rev. Todd Salmi, Kathy McNeil, Gary Strunk, Karen Kent, Linda Coker and Rose Ann Bilodeau. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY ANITA MILLER

Blessing of the Bells

Mayor Pro Tem John Thomaides proclaims Oct. 17-21 Nosotros la Gente week in San Marcos in honor of the organization’s 20 years of service to the community. Front row l-r are Joe Castillo, Ralph Gonzales, Sylvia Boasi, Maggie Moreno; and back row Mayor Pro Tem Thomaides, City Council Members Jane Hughson and Scott Gregson and Mario Moreno. Gonzales was also honored by Hays County and the San Marcos CISD. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS
 
 

Honors for Ralph Gonzales and Nosotros la Gente

Bria Patton - News Intern
It’s that time of the year where families begin sending out Christmas cards labeled “Happy Holidays” with cheery icons all over them. Unfortunately though, not everyone’s holidays are happy. Volunteer organizations are stocking up nationwide on toys, food and clothes to reach out to those who struggle around this time.
That includes Nosotros la Gente (We The People). The organization, founded by former Hays County Commissioners Ralph Gonzales 20 years ago, was honored by the Commissioners Court last month for their two decades of service.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos each night of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS

Four-day wristband passes now on sale for Sights & Sounds of Christmas fest

The 30th Annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at San Marcos Plaza Park, 206 N. CM Allen Parkway. 
 Festival goers can enjoy unlimited admission to the four-day event with the purchase of a $10 wristband, available online at http://sights-n-sounds.org/four-day-wristband/ and at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Wristbands will be available for purchase through Dec. 1.

This is an aerial view of last year's Jingle Bell Run, the largest 5k in Hays County. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

Sights & Sounds keeps luring visitors back

Laura Aebi - Lifestyles Editor
For the 30th consecutive year, residents from all over Central Texas will be flocking to Sights & Sounds of Christmas. The event, which takes place at San Marcos Plaza Park, will be open nightly 5- 11 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Nov. 30, running through Saturday, Dec. 3. Admission is $5, or $10 for a four-day pass. Children under 12 get in free.

AT&T launches teachers’ grant in computer science

Laura Aebi - Lifestyles Editor
AT&T recently launched a new computer science grant specifically for teachers. Educators from across the country have been invited to submit a short video and a 350-400 word essay explaining how they would use internet-connected technology to enhance their student’s classroom experiences. If chosen, their classroom will be awarded a $1,000 technology grant in the form of a Visa Rewards Card.

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San Marcos High School Teacher Dan Reinhard will be serving lunch with his culinary arts students at the Charles S. Cock House Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9.

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