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Friday, August 12th, 2011

Establishment turns out strong for Nichol’s council bid

A slew of political heavy hitters, including the district attorney and sheriff, turned out on Thursday to help Terry Nichols launch his bid for Place 3 on the San Marcos City Council.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

San Marcos council members ponder utility rate increases

Under the city’s proposed fiscal year 2012 budget, the average residential customer could expect a $4.21 increase for the three city-provided utility services — $1.94 more for water service; $1.15 more for wastewater; and $1.12 more for...

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

San Marcos council snuffs out public smoking ban

On Tuesday, four San Marcos city councilmembers shot down a proposal to put a non-binding referendum on the November ballot regarding further restriction on smoking in public.

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.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Juneteenth celebrations continue with Saturday parade

San Marcos community organizations will celebrate Juneteenth from June 10 through June 19, 2011 with banquets, BBQ cook-off, parade, games and music to celebrate the 146th anniversary of the day that Texas slaves learned they were free...

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

War hero honored with key to the city

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, left, recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in Afghanistan in 2007, was recently honored with the key to the city by San Marcos council members Jude Prather and Chris...

Monday, February 7th, 2011

City council discusses additional compensation

San Marcos City Councilmember Ryan Thomason said the council could draw on more talent within the city if councilmembers are better compensated. Other councilmembers say the time isn't right for a council pay increase. The council approved...

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Two on council want policy to scratch KBR

San Marcos City Councilmembers Jude Prather and Chris Jones want to adjust the city's ethics policy for awarding contracts so that it would apply to KBR and others. The city passed an ethics policy in September disqualifying...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

City council tries to pass building height ordinance

The San Marcos City Council couldn't pass an emergency ordinance Tuesday night that would immediately restrict building heights downtown to 45 feet or four stories. When a temporary ordinance calling for those limits expired in 2008, no...

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