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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 28th, 2011

San Marcos library takes hit in state budget crunch

During the next two years, the San Marcos Public Library will receive less state funding, which may spell the end for some services and increase costs to local taxpayers if the city takes up the slack.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Updated: Police identify dead construction worker

UPDATED 4:18 p.m. JULY 29: Neither the contractor nor subcontractor involved in the fatal building collapse have been cited for safety violations in the last 10 years, regulators' records indicate.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Respondents split on proposed smoking ban

Attendees of two recent, city-sponsored open house meetings were split on the issue of whether to further restrict smoking in public areas such as bars and restaurants.

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Mercury, SMLN announce merger

Parent companies of the most widely read news sources in San Marcos — and — have merged effective this week in a new venture with Barton Publications Inc.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

City council approves incentives for wind and solar power

Tuesday, city councilmembers approved $5,000 incentive payments and permit fee waivers to city utility customers who install renewable energy-based electricity generators.

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.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

San Marcos Neighborhood Commission to tackle alcohol use in city parks

San Marcos Neighborhood Commission members will meet on July 20 and discuss whether alcohol use at city parks should be restricted further. SMNC may make a recommendation to the city council at the meeting, which will be...

Monday, July 18th, 2011

City to hold open house today on public smoking ban

The City of San Marcos invited residents and business owners to sound-off about a proposed non-binding ballot proposition to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, and possibly elsewhere. The open house was at 6 p.m. to 8...

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