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Monday, March 17th, 2008

Distribution, warehouse facility planned for Clovis Barker tract [PRO]

An investor plans to build a distribution and warehouse facility on Clovis Barker Drive with a partial property tax abatement agreement San Marcos city council members are expected to consider this week.

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

County gives initial approval to new roads plan [PRO]

In a rare unanimous decision, Hays County commissioners voted this morning to “conceptually” accept a reworked roads package from the state transportation department that scraps plans for Ranch Road 12 expansion but includes improvements to Interstate 35...

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

With needs piling up, council looks at ways to square ‘wish list’ with reality

by BRAD ROLLINS With the city’s capital improvement needs growing faster than they are getting met, the city council in a workshop on Tuesday approved changes to the process through which big-ticket projects are prioritized and funded....

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Property owners protest rental registrations, inspections at crowded City Hall meeting

By BRAD ROLLINS Managing Editor Scores of angry property owners and managers on Monday crammed the City Hall meeting of a “working group” drafting an ordinance that requires registration and inspection of most residential rental properties. Just...

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Elizabeth Sumter’s Flying Circus

Going to your county commissioners court these days is kind of like a free ticket to Monte Python’s Flying Circus: And now for something completely different.

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

School board coughs up $127,500 for high school cost overruns; contractor eats part

By AMANDA OSKEY Reporter and Anchor Construction of the new San Marcos High School over-ran the contractor’s guaranteed maximum price and contingencies by more than $200,000 and the school district is grudgingly eating half of it. Board...

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Staples Road is where the sidewalk begins for Wallace addition

The long-awaited sidewalk is also evidence of the city’s significant backlog of unfunded infrastructure projects and the challenges of getting capital improvements done when construction material costs keep rising.

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Effort to relax alcohol restrictions gets first test with former mayor’s Mexican restaurant

Eight months after the planning and zoning commission first considered the issue, David Chiu on Monday won a variance from a city development ordinance that prohibits restaurants that open within 300 feet of an existing school or...

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Outlet malls, city still looking south for shoppers with marketing effort in Mexico

By BRAD ROLLINS Managing Editor The city’s famous outlet malls are still looking south across the border to bolster their place as the state’s top destination for retail shopping and the city’s largest employer and taxpayer. Since...

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Former D.A. dropped rape, sex tape charges to circumvent judge’s ruling on evidence [PRO]

By BRAD ROLLINS Managing Editor Matthew Todd Ferguson was headed for a trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman and secretly videotaped sex with others at his San Marcos apartment. But in June 2006, then-District Attorney...

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