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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 companies with local infractions.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

City plans fanfare for awaited Wonder World extension opening

More than two decades in the making, an extension of Wonder World Drive between Hunter Road and Ranch Road 12 will be opened to traffic before the week's end.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Portion of McCarty Lane closed Thursday

McCarty Lane is closed to through traffic Thursday east of the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center to the intersection of Old Bastrop Highway for installation of a 24-inch wastewater line. The road will be open to...

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

City breaks ground for $6.5 million McCarty Lane reconstruction

Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the city council led a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, April 13 to mark the start of the $6.5 million widening and reconstruction of McCarty Lane east of the City of San Marcos Conference...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

San Marcos council settles on Hunter Road widening

The city of San Marcos will widen a stretch of Hunter Road between Bishop Street and Wonder World Drive, replacing a low-water crossing over Purgatory Creek where flooding frequently closes the major thoroughfare.

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Freethought San Marcos: Sen. Cornyn votes to let rapists escape accountability

Lamar Hankins writes, "There was a brief moment in history when I thought being a Republican meant that personal responsibility and accountability for misdeeds was a high principle. If that was ever the case, Texas Sen. John...

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Council stays with KBR contracts

Despite pleas from citizens, the San Marcos City Council decided to maintain two road contracts with KBR after city staff said the timeliness and cost effectiveness of the projects would be jeopardized by cutting ties with the...

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Local man plaintiff in lawsuit against KBR

A man with Hays County ties is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit against KBR alleging the war-zone contractor exposed troops to toxins and emissions from burn pits at U.S. military bases.

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Wonder World extension 70 days ahead of schedule

The Wonder World Extension Project is running 70 days ahead of schedule, and if work continues at its current pac -- weather permitting -- it will be completed in April 2010.

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

San Marcos loop work on the road again

After its latest detour through thorny politics surrounding Iraq war contractor KBR, engineering work will soon be underway on the county's portion of Farm-to-Market Road 110.

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