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For the second weekend in a row, the San Marcos High School’s Speech and Debate Team placed 1st in Policy Debate at a Texas Forensic Association (TFA) invitational tournament.  The team of junior Will Hutchinson and sophomore Sean Bryan were the... more

A broken valve on a domestic water line at the Capstone Cottages sprayed thousands of gallons of water high into the air before being repaired Thursday. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter A broken pipe sent water spraying close to 50 feet in the air Thursday morning at the Capstone Cottages near the intersection of Wonder World Drive and Craddock Avenue. A woman living near the break said it happened... more

Front row, left to right: Letha Allen, Elaine Wilbanks, Vicki Barber, Laura Weatherford, Eleanor Pulver, Ann Brieger and Gina Eben.  Back row, left to right: Jerry Kimmel, Karen Tarascio, Adelaide McAninch, Marguerite Thompson, Linda Pennington, Liz Witherspoon and Lil Hageman. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLIE STEWART.

The Mountain Laurel Garden Club will be hosting the Cottage Kitchen on Friday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles S. Cock House Museum. The menu will be King Ranch chicken, winter salad, croissants and homemade desserts.  The Cottage... more

A university student finds relaxation in a patch of bluebonnets and a book at the park, circa 1960s.

Elizabeth Castaneda and Amy Stanfield, San Marcos Young Professionals Executive Committee members, register guests at the event. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CTMC.

Laura Aebi- Features Editor Last week, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) hosted the year’s first San Marcos Young Professionals’ (SMYP) meeting. SMYP, an organization designed to help people aged 21-40 network within San Marcos, is organized by... more

Evan Uzwyshyn prepares to place an orange cone marking the city of El Paso on the Big Map, while classmates including Arlan Jeffers and Gideon McFarland prepare to do the same. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY ANITA MILLER

Anita Miller - Managing Editor First, they walk the perimeter of the giant Texas map covering almost the entire floor in a science lab at Travis Elementary School. Then, the students, under direction of the San Marcos CISD’s Science Instructional... more

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Sheriff: Mom murdered, mutilated daughter

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Seasoned lawman Sheriff Gary Cutler called it one of the worst cases he’s ever seen and likely “one of the most horrific cases in the history of Hays County.”
Krystle Concepcion Villanueva, 24 of Kyle was arrested Thursday for capital murder in connection with the death of her 5-year-old daughter Giovanna Lanae Hernandez. A SWAT team called to Willow Terrace discovered the mutilated body of the young girl inside a mobile home that afternoon, and also took Villanueva into custody.

Levi Smith pretends to scream as “Dinosaur George” Blasing holds his head in the jaws of a saber-toothed cat, Machairodus during a presentation for kids at the San Marcos Public Library. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Danny Krueger and Julia Murphy look up into a replica skull of a Hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, to guess how many teeth it has.

Blasing holds out a replica skull of a Machairodus, or saber-toothed cat for audience members to see.

Driver Robert Collazo Jr. steps onto his new model bus, to wait for passengers at the San Marcos Station during the Resolution to Ride event. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Brittany Yates fills out her raffle ticket to enter to win a free Fitbit on her way to work.

Free ride initiative with THE BUS

Denise Cathey - Staff Reporter
The city of San Marcos and CARTS kicked off the New Year by holding the Resolve to Ride event on Jan. 6 to promote a healthy lifestyle and increase the publics familiarity with the new THE BUS transportation around town.
From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. all riders were able to ride for free on any route in the city as many times as they wanted. Each passenger was also given a raffle ticket to fill out that entered them for a chance to win a free Fitbit.

Local schools fare poorly in state’s new grading system

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
The phrase “report card” is enough to make some students shudder, but this week it was school districts across the state that were sweating as grades were released.
In 2015, the state legislature passed HB 2804 which changed the school accountability system, making it so schools and districts receive letter grades in four different areas: Student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness.

Police: man charged with SA murder is suspect in local case

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
San Marcos Police say a man in custody for a murder in San Antonio is responsible for abducting a woman from a San Marcos car dealership.
Antonio Brown, 41 was arrested by San Antonio police last Dec. 30 after he allegedly shot a 61-year-old man outside a home on the city’s southeast side. He had fled the scene but but was arrested later.

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