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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Heated exchange at San Marcos council meeting (with video)

San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams stepped into a city council meeting this evening to ask mayoral candidate Thom Prentice to yield the floor after his speaking time had expired.

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Alleged ‘road rage’ incident involving SMPD officer sparks investigations

An alleged "road rage" incident on Wednesday resulted in a City of San Marcos police officer being placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Neighborhoods to hold block parties, cookouts next week

Neighborhood groups throughout San Marcos and Hays County are planning block parties, cookouts, visits from law enforcement, and other National Night Out events next week.

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Corpse found under bridge  

STAFF REPORT Police began a homicide investigation after a corpse was discovered near the Blanco River in San Marcos on Friday. The deceased remains unidentified, said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams on Saturday evening. “We really...

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Council gives first nod to downtown alcohol ban

A San Marcos ordinance that would ban alcohol consumption outdoors downtown during late night hours appears destined for approval this month.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Proposed San Marcos budget wouldn’t raise taxes

San Marcos city council members are gearing up to approve the city’s fiscal year 2012 budget, which is proposed to be slightly larger than this year's and calls for the same property tax rate. City staff propose...

Friday, July 29th, 2011

TABC authorizes city to restrict alcohol downtown

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has granted the San Marcos City Council’s request for the authority to prohibit open containers of alcohol and alcohol consumption in downtown outdoor areas.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Neighborhood commission postpones action on alcohol in parks

San Marcos Neighborhood Commission (SMNC) members postponed issuing a recommendation to the city council regarding alcohol use in public parks. SMNC is expected make a recommendation after the city's parks board proposes changes to park rules, which...

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

City task force calls extended bar hours “a success”

A city task force said extended bar hours had few effects--except for less noise complaints and more DWI arrests.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Report: Driver of crashed bus fell asleep

The driver of a charter bus that overturned in San Marcos early Friday fell asleep behind the wheel and then tried to overcorrect, according to an accident report released by the San Marcos Police Department today.

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