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SMPD Commander Kelly Earnest. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY ANITA MILLER

 

 

Man sought in sexual assault of girl, 7

Anita Miller - Staff Reporter

Police praised the quick action of a San Marcos mother and the bravery of her young daughter in the wake of the kidnapping and sexual assault of the girl on Monday.

The seven-year-old was abducted by a man in a white car outside of her home in the 800 block of Bracewood Circle around 5:30 p.m., taken to a parking lot less than a block away and sexually assaulted, SMPD Commander Kelly Earnest said at a press conference Tuesday.

Affordable housing challenges explored

Laura Aebi - Staff Reporter

The city hosted a CodeSMTX city council workshop on Monday at the San Marcos Activity Center to discuss affordable housing. 

Five panelists representing two developers, a design firm, the Greater San Marcos Partnership and an economic development research and planning firm joined concerned residents and city council for a discussion about the code’s future needs. 

Dr. Ed Milhakanin, president of the LBJ Museum. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY LAURA AEBI

Cake and songs mark LBJ’s 108th birthday

Laura Aebi - Staff Reporter

Lyndon B. Johnson was celebrated last Saturday in honor of his 108th birthday.

The LBJ Museum, a free museum on Courthouse Square that celebrates LBJ’s life and presidency, commemorated the day with singing Happy Birthday to the late president. A Texas-shaped cake was provided by Root Cellar Bakery. 

President of the LBJ Museum in San Marcos, Ed Mihalkanin, said he thinks Johnson would have loved the celebration. 

From left are SMHS teacher Mark Stedman, student Phoenix Orta and Dr. Hong-Gu Kang. PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN MARCOS CISD

SMHS and Texas State University partner with grant to manipulate plant genes

During the summer of 2016, San Marcos High School teacher Mark Stedman and freshman student Phoenix Orta participated in a grant project funded by the National Science Foundation with Dr. Hong-Gu Kang and Texas State University. They worked in Dr. Kang’s high-tech genetics lab learning to manipulate plant genes to discover how and why certain genes move.

According to Stedman, who is a SMHS Biology teacher and the Science Department Chair, the grant was acquired by Dr. Kang and Texas State University with two main goals:

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