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An eventful feud between two business owners in Driftwood also manages an “honorable” mention in the magazine’s annual recap of Texans run amuck. 


Civic leaders usually love it when San Marcos warrants mention in state and national media, especially prestigious outlets such as The Washington Post, Time and Bloomberg — all of which spared a few kinds words about our fair city in 2014.

Then there is Texas Monthly’s Bum Steer Awards, the cheeky annual recap of the Lone Star State’s most embarrassing and most absurd. One does not send out a press release when one wins a Bum Steer.

In the current round of accolades, published in the January 2015 edition of the “National Magazine of Texas,” Hays County folks managed two mentions — for San Marcos CISD’s cringe-worthy cheerleader scandal and for the drama surrounding a feud between a Driftwood restauranteur and the man who owns a winery next door.

“Nothing, and we mean nothing, could match the train wreck that was Wendy Davis, Battleground Texas, and the Democrats,” the magazine’s staff wrote in announcing this year’s marquee winner, the comedy of errors that was the Fort Worth state senator’s campaign for governor.

It was against stiff competition, then, that our own local train wrecks managed to get on the scoreboard.

Under the headline, “You got no class! You got no sense! Next time destroy the evidence!,” the magazine summed up the cheer team controversy succinctly:

San Marcos school board trustee Paul Mayhew demanded to see the tryout score sheets when his daughter failed to make the varsity cheerleading squad. School officials claimed that they had been taken to a field in Seguin and burned, but Mayhew found them more or less intact in a garbage pile. They did indeed show that his daughter should have earned a spot on the team.

The magazine’s editors had this to say about the Mandola-Duchman affair:

Damian Mandola, a founder of Carrabba’s, was arrested by Hays County authorities for breaking into a Driftwood winery and stealing a bottle of wine, which was allegedly found shortly thereafter in his getaway vehicle, a golf cart.

Get the backstory on both debacles with the San Marcos Mercury stories linked to below under “Recommended for you.”

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