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Posted on: November 15, 2019

UPDATE: SMPD Releases Names of Accident Fatalities

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The San Marcos Police Department have confirmed contact with the next of kin and released the names of the two fatalities from the Nov. 14 accident on IH-35 southbound at the 204B Exit (CM Allen).

Orlando Valdez (08/13/1990), of Corpus Christi, wa...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2019

San Marcos Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Accident

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The San Marcos Police Department is investigating a major collision that occurred on IH-35 southbound at the 204B Exit (CM Allen) early this morning and resulted in two fatalities.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, San Marcos Police, Fire, a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Nov. 14 to Nov. 20

Library News

Growing Up Wild

November 14, 10  a.m. and 4  p.m.

Come out to this nature experience! We’ll read books on different nature topics each month followed by a fun craft or outdoor activity. Preschool aged children are welcome to attend our 10 ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2019

UPDATE: Tonight’s Blanco Gardens Meeting Postponed

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Due to the weather forecast this evening, the City of San Marcos is postponing tonight’s Blanco Gardens Drainage Improvements Community Meeting. New meeting information will be released as soon as it’s available.

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Downtown Courthouse Lighting and Shop Small Nov. 30

Aerial photo taken of Historic Hays County Courthouse with holiday lighting installed

The public is invited to celebrate the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony and Shop Small Saturday on November 30 at the Downtown Square in San Marcos. 

Visitors are invited downtown to enjoy Shop Small Saturday throughout the morning and afternoon at ar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Kick Off the Holiday Season with SMPD’s Blue Santa

Photo of two women sitting on the ground wrapping gifts for the annual SMPD Blue Santa event.

The San Marcos Police Department and the San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association are now accepting toy donations and gift-wrapping volunteers for the 2019 Blue Santa Program. Gift wrapping will take place between Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Mobility Hub Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Nov. 18

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The City of San Marcos and San Marcos Main Street are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Downtown Mobility Hub on Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. at 214 E. Hutchison. The public is invited to attend.

The Mobility Hub was first envisioned in 2017 by a Mobility ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 8, 2019

City Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards, Commissions

Photo of a City commission meeting in City Hall Chambers

The City of San Marcos seeks to fill vacancies on more than 20 City boards and commissions with volunteers from throughout the community.

Citizens may fill out volunteer interest forms and forward them to the City Clerk’s office by Friday, Jan. 1...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Rosco Jenkins

Rosco will make the perfect companion for some lucky family. This happy-go-lucky five-year-old boy is housetrained and well-behaved indoors! He would love to keep you company whether you’re relaxing on the couch or going for a long ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Blanco Gardens Improvements Community Meeting Nov. 12

Blanco Gardens Neighborhood

The City of San Marcos will host a community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos Wastewater Treatment Plant Meeting Room, 720 River Road. The public is invited to attend.

City engineers and consultants will share project information abo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2019

City Hires Hardwick for Economic Development Role

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City Manager Bert Lumbreras is pleased to announce that Scott Hardwick has been hired to fill the City’s Economic and Business Development Manager position. Hardwick is currently a Senior Business Advisor with the University of Texas San Antonio...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Baker Elected, Gonzales Reelected to City Council

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Maxfield Baker has been elected to Council Place 1 in the Nov. 5 election, and Saul Gonzales is reelected to Council Place 2.

City Council Election Results 

City Council Place 1: Maxfield Baker 1,922 Votes (50.43%); Mark Gleason 1,889 Votes (49.57%)...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Nov. 7 to Nov. 13

Library News

LEGO Mania

November 7, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grab a bowl full of LEGOs and a base plate and build your dream creation. For ages 4 and up.

Storytime

November 8, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Children are invited to the library for great stories, songs, and fun.

Baby Storytime

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 4, 2019

City Offices Closed Nov. 11 in Honor of Veterans Day

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City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, and Utility Offices, will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. City Parks and the Convention and Visitor Bureau will be open during r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 1, 2019

November City Hall Calendar

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Farmers Market – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., San Antonio Street on south side of the courthouse. Fresh produce, arts and crafts every Saturday downtown.

Arbor Day Celebration – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Dri...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 1, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Black and white dog outside looking at camera

Krissy

This kitty may be a little shy and timid, but she’s completely full of love! Krissy is a two-year-old tabby who will follow you anywhere if you have a treat on hand. She loves pets and scratches, especially if you get right behind her ears...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2019

Navy Veteran Richard Zeni to Lead Nov. 9 Parade

Front Row: Jude Prather, Grand Marshal Richard Zeni, Miles Nelson, Michael Hernandez Back Row: Mayor

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Zeni has been appointed as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Veterans Day Parade, which will take place on Nov. 9 in downtown San Marcos.

Zeni served from March 1943 to July 1984, including tours in World War II, the Viet...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Library News

Storytime

November 1, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Children are invited to the library for great stories, songs, and fun.

Yarn in the Community

November 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The library invites all fiber folks to enjoy sewing, knitting, or crocheting in go...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Airport Master Plan Open House Slated for Nov. 18

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On Monday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 5 p.m., the San Marcos Regional Airport will host an Open House to introduce the new Airport Master Plan to the public.

Exhibits and maps of the working plans will be on display. The planning firm, Garver, will be on-hand to an...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Reorganization Announced for Community Services Operations

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City Manager Bert Lumbreras is pleased to announce the new Directors and Assistant Director for the Parks and Recreation and General Services Departments as a result of a recent reorganization of the City’s Community Services Operations.

“Following the ret...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2019

Biannual City Cemetery Cleanup Starts Nov. 4

Photo of City Cemetery Chapel

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department along with the Cemetery Commission and cemetery staff will embark on their biannual cleanup of the City Cemetery from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8.

All items not in compliance cemetery regulations will be removed ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 28, 2019

City & Texas State Coordinate Leaf Collection for Compost

Photo of a bag of leaves standing upright on top of a pile of leaves. Leaves are red, yellow, orange

The City of San Marcos Resource Recovery program and Texas State University’s Bobcat Blend Composting are collecting leaves to recycle into compost from Oct. 24 to Nov. 15 at the parking lot of the Grant Harris Building at 401 E. Hopkins.

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 25, 2019

City to Give Away 300 Trees at Arbor Day Celebration

Five people smiling, wearing gardening gloves and kneeling by a tree that has just been planted

The City of San Marcos is hosting a free, family-friendly Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Drive.

Throughout the morning, attendees are invited to explore booths, enjoy interactive acti...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Parker Accepts City Manager Position in Seguin

Steve Parker

After 16 years of dedicated service in San Marcos, Assistant City Manager Steve Parker has accepted the position of City Manager for the City of Seguin.

“When you have exceptional people on your executive team, it’s rewarding and bitte...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 24, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Black and white dog outside looking at camera

Allen and Alejandro

Allen and Alejandro are lucky to have each other! Even though they can be a tiny bit timid, these brothers have a ball playing together. It’s unclear which brother taught the other to reach his little paw out to ask for attent...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 24, 2019

2019-2020 Holiday Camp Registration Opens Nov. 1

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The holiday break is right around the corner and the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents and non-residents to register their children for Holiday Camp. Holiday Camp will be held Dec. 30, 2019, and January 2, 3, and 6, 2...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2019

San Marcos Main Street Hosts Trick-or-Treat Fun

Halloween Invitation for Main Street's Trick or Treat in Downtown San Marcos

The City of San Marcos Main Street Program is hosting a free “Trick-or-Treat” event for families on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 12 to 3 p.m. in downtown San Marcos.

Participating businesses will hand out candy to kids and offer Halloween-the...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2019

City to Host Town Hall on Mitigation Grant Oct. 29

Photo of a water level measurement scale rising out of pooling water

The City of San Marcos is hosting a Mitigation Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, in order to gain public input on the City’s action plan for a $24 million Housing and Urban De...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2019

Texas State Conducts Science Outreach in Local Parks

Photo of Texas State University students talking with local children at a park setting

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department and the Texas State University Department of Psychology are excited to share information on a new, ongoing partnership for child development research called Science in the Parks. 

Texas State&...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2019

San Marcos Joins Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water”

Imagine A Day Without Water Logo

The City of San Marcos joins elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country in recognition of the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the valu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 18, 2019

Family Fun at Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival Oct. 25

Children in costumes riding on a barrel train pulled by a tractor at the 2016 Fall Harvest Carnival.

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at City Park, 170 Charles Austin Drive.

Farmer Fred’s Harvest Fall Carnival is family-fr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 18, 2019

Survey to Help Prioritize $24 Million HUD Mitigation Funds

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The City of San Marcos was awarded $24,012,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funding earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for significant 2015 flooding recovery. On Aug. 30, HUD relea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 17, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter 'Pets of the Week'

Black dog with bandanna looking at camera outside

Hiccups

This kitty knows how to get your attention! Walk by Hiccups’ kennel and she’ll loudly greet you with a very distinct meow. She is a two-year-old girl who can be a little timid when first meeting new people, but bust out the trea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2019

Youth Scholarships Available for City Rec Programs

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for recreational program scholarships for low to moderate-income San Marcos children.

The scholarship pays 50% of the registration fees, up to $150 per child, for any of the p...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2019

November Parks & Recreation 50+ Programming

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50+ San Marcos Game Day Club: Meets every Monday- except City Holidays!  

Join the San Marcos Game Day Club. This social club meets every Monday at the San Marcos Activity Center, Meeting Room 1, from 12:30-4 p.m. Game materials for Bridge...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 15, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Oct. 17 to Oct. 23

Library News

Let’s Move!

October 17, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Get your body moving with stretches, music, and cooperative play! This program promotes physical literacy in a high-energy, non-competitive way. Ages 5-10.

Puppet Show! Miggs’ & Jiggs&rsquo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Police Searching for Driver Involved in Weekend Hit and Run

San Marcos Police

A 23-year-old man is recovering from serious injuries after being hit by a car near downtown San Marcos early Sunday morning. On October 13 at approximately 2:14 a.m., San Marcos Police officers responded to the 100 block of West San Antonio Street for an...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Volunteers Collect 7,000 Pounds of Litter in City Fall Cleanup

Volunteers posing with a bag of trash outdoors at the Purgatory Creek collection site

More than 525 volunteers picked up over 7,000 pounds of trash and recyclable material during the City of San Marcos Fall River Cleanup on Oct. 5.

Volunteers worked in strategic watershed-impacting areas throughout the City to retrieve an estimated 5,400 po...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 10, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter 'Pets of the Week'

Eowyn

Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty is an all-around superstar! She is a three-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix who is potty trained, great on a leash, knows “sit” and “here” and makes eye contact when addressed by her name! Miss Kitty has also had many posit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 8, 2019

New Countywide Voting System and Polling Update

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The City of San Marcos and Hays County are rolling out changes during the upcoming election cycle, including a new voting system and Countywide Polling. These changes will be in place for early voting, which starts Oct. 21, and will continue through Elect...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 8, 2019

City Shred Day Slated for Oct. 12 at City Hall

Photo of three people dumping paper from a box into a larger trash receptacle

The San Marcos City Clerk’s office will sponsor a free Shred Day for San Marcos and Hays County residents from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (or until the truck is full) on Saturday, Oct. 12 at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins.

The limit is three boxes per vehicle....

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 8, 2019

CM Allen Roadway to Open for Traffic in December

Photo of CM Allen Parkway progress

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department is updating the scheduled roadway reopening for the CM Allen Parkway Project to mid-December. The completion of the roadway project on CM Allen Parkway between Hopkins Street and Unive...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Annual Monarch Festival & Native Plant Sale Oct. 19

Monarch Butterfly on purple and yellow native flowering plant

The second annual Monarch Fest and Native Plant Sale will take place Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Marcos Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Drive. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the Monarch Fest...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Final 2019 ‘Party in Your Park’ Oct. 11 at Eddie Durham

Photo of three kids playing under multi-color tent at Party in Your Park

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the final party of the 2019 Party in Your Park series on Friday, Oct. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eddie Durham Park, 205 Martin Luther King Dr.

Party in Your Park is a free event series that bring...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 2, 2019

October Library Events

Library News

Storytime

When: October 1, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Where: San Marcos Public Library

Who: Children are invited to the library for great stories, songs, and fun.

Info: Call 512.393.8200

 

Cuéntame Bilingual Stories...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 2, 2019

City Code Amended for New “Dining with Dogs” Law

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At their Sept. 30 meeting, the San Marcos City Council repealed section 18.120 of the San Marcos Code of Ordinances in response to a new state law (Senate Bill 476) regulating dining with dogs that passed during the recent 86th Texas Legislative Session.

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Eighth Annual SMArts Awards Presentation Set for Oct. 10

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In observance of National Arts and Humanities Month, the San Marcos Arts Commission will present its SMArts Advocacy Awards to individuals and organizations who are making significant contributions to the San Marcos arts and cultural scene on Thursday, Oc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Neighborhood Conversation Scheduled for October 10

Neighborhood Conversation flyer

The City of San Marcos Neighborhood Commission is hosting a Neighborhood Conversation for Sector 2, including Westover, Oak Heights, Castle Forest, Southwest Hills and La Cima, on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at Crockett Elementary School, 1300 Girard St. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2019

October City Hall Calendar

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Human Services Advisory Board – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., HR Training Room, 630 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 78666

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 

Commission on Children and Youth – 11:30 a.m., San Marco...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2019

New Bus Stop on Route 6 CARTS, SMTX THE BUS

Map of new bus route at the Lamar Personalized Learning Center located at 121 De Zavala Drive

The City of San Marcos and CARTS will add a new stop at the Lamar Personalized Learning Center located at 121 De Zavala Drive, effective today, Monday, Sept. 30.

Approximate stop times southbound are 7:06 and 8:06 a.m., mid-day at 11:06 a.m., and afternoon...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter 'Pets of the Week'

Grey dog looking at camera outside

Ursala

If you are looking for a cat who will give you all the love, meet Ursala. Ursala is a one-year-old domestic short hair, who is strikingly beautiful. She adores attention and will politely ask for a few more pets by reaching her paw out to touch you....

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 27, 2019

City Lifts Evacuation Order, Allows Occupancy of Vie Lofts

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The City of San Marcos lifted the evacuation order for Vie Lofts, 817 Chestnut St as of 5:10 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 27 and issued a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for a portion of the building. This allows occupancy of the building and residents wi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 27, 2019

Victory Gardens Improvements Project Meeting Oct. 2

Victory Gardens Map

The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department will hold a neighborhood meeting to discuss the Victory Gardens Subdivision Improvements on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos Senior Center, 810 Arizona St. The public is i...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 26, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

Library News

Passport to Reading Challenge & Chat 

September 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

September’s challenge is to read a memoir. Join us for our Book Chat. Bring your ‘Brown Bag’ lunch and chat about books. 

Creation Station

September 26, 4 p.m. to 5 p....

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 25, 2019

UPDATE: Overnight Shooting Suspect Apprehended

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Update:

Davonte Miller was located and apprehended in Crowley Louisiana at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25. Miller initially attempted to evade local law enforcement with his vehicle, but was apprehended by the Crowley Police Department...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 24, 2019

Recognition Program to Launch at National Night Out

Kudos Coin graphic - black exterior outline with fish and wave pattern, inside reads "Kudos Coin

The City of San Marcos Keep San Marcos Beautiful initiative is launching the “Kudos Coin” giveaway on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at National Night Out in recognition of people who perform good deeds in the community.

Kudos Coins can be redeemed fo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 24, 2019

Public Invited to Library Groundbreaking Oct. 3

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The City of San Marcos is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. to mark the beginning of the expansion and remodel of the current Public Library building at 625 E. Hopkins St. The public is invited to attend.

The library expansio...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 20, 2019

Mandatory Evacuation Declared for Vie Lofts

Photo of Vie Lofts

In response to safety concerns about building stability and means of egress, the San Marcos Fire Marshal issued a mandatory evacuation order for Vie Lofts at 817 Chestnut St. today, Friday, Sept. 20.

City staff, along with apartment personnel, are going do...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 20, 2019

Speed Likely a Factor in Early Morning Fatal Crash

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Police suspect speed played a roll in a fatal crash early Friday morning. At approximately 12:02 a.m., San Marcos Police, San Marcos Fire and Hays County EMS were dispatched to the 300 block of West Hopkins for a major traffic collision.

Responding units l...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 19, 2019

San Marcos Gearing Up for National Night Out October 1

Photo of neighbors talking to police officer during National Night Out 2018

City of San Marcos residents are invited to participate in the 2019 National Night Out (NNO) on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1, by visiting with neighbors, police officers, EMS personnel, firefighters, and City officials at select locations within the com...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Sept. 19 to Sept. 25

Library News

Medicare Made Easy

September 19, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Take the guesswork out of applying for Medicare. Discover Medicare options, eligibility rules, and signup time frames at this free, educational workshop. Let Kurt Schick, Medicare and retirement solut...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 18, 2019

SMFD Hosting “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape” Open House 10/5

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In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the City of San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) will host its annual Open House on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station #5, 100 Carlson Circle. The public is invited to attend this free event.

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 18, 2019

NWS Hosts Flood Aware Training for San Marcos

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The National Weather Service is teaming up with the City of San Marcos Office of Emergency Management to provide flood awareness training to residents on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station #5, 100 Carlson Circle.

“We are entering ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 17, 2019

City Seeks Volunteers for Third Annual Fall River Cleanup

Willow Creek watershed volunteer group from previous river cleanup

The City of San Marcos is calling on volunteers to register for the Third Annual Fall River Cleanup in the San Marcos and Blanco River Watersheds on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Our regional river basin functions as a sensitive home...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Public Invited to Participate in San Marcos Transit Plan

City Seal

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the City of San Marcos, in collaboration with Texas State University, is hosting three community meetings to gain initial public input for the San Marcos Transit Plan, a five-year transit plan for the San Marcos community.

Pop-up info...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2019

Downtown Road Closures for Crane Work Begin Sept. 19

Map of area surrounding Concho St. showing upcoming road closures in yellow along N. LBJ, Concho St.

From Thursday, Sept. 19 through Monday, Sept. 23, sections of Concho Street, North LBJ Drive and North Guadalupe Street will experience daily closures from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. while crews work to remove two cranes assembled at Concho Commons student housing ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 13, 2019

2019 Bobcats Give Back Final Numbers Tallied

Photo of Bobcats Give Back volunteers delivering donations to Hays County Womens Center

Over the course of the summer collection effort, the 2019 City of San Marcos Bobcats Give Back program successfully diverted 6,006 pounds of material from the landfill by donating it to local non-profits. Materials were collected from 13 apartment complex...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Tickets Available for Sept. 28 Mother Daughter Tea

Photo of women around a table with games and refreshments during the 2018 Mother Daughter Tea event

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the second annual Mother Daughter Tea on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at City Park Rec Hall, 170 Charles Austin Dr.

The Mother Daughter Tea is an event for mothers and mother figur...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Participants Invited to Veterans Day Parade

Photo of JROTC members carrying flags through downtown in 2018 Veterans Day Parade.

The City of San Marcos, in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee and local veterans’ organizations, is seeking participants for the Honoring All Who Served-themed Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 9. The deadline for ent...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Activity Center to Begin Remodel on September 30

Photo of the front of the building of the San Marcos Activity Center

Interior construction work will begin on Monday, Sept. 30, at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, to remodel the locker rooms and restrooms attached to the natatorium and to replace the carpet in the entire building.

The pool may be closed peri...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Sept. 12 to Sept. 18

Library News

Growing Up Wild

September 12, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Come out to this nature experience! We’ll read books on different nature topics each month followed by a fun craft or outdoor activity. Preschool aged children are welcome to attend our 10 a.m. sess...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Registration Open for Fall Master Compost Program

Picture of compost bin

Registration is open for the City of San Marcos Master Compost Certification Program, which will take place in October and November at the San Marcos Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Dr. Registration is $20 and the certification requires 20 hours o...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2019

2020 USA Racquetball Championships in San Marcos

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The City of San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau (SMCVB) is excited to announce that USA Racquetball has chosen San Marcos to host their 2020 National Singles Championships June 3-7, 2020. This is the largest sporting event the SMCVB has helped bring ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Construction to Begin on ADA Trails in Purgatory Creek and Prospect Park Natural Areas

Graphic announcing the upcoming trail closures

Construction will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 to make several trails ADA accessible at Purgatory Creek and Prospect Park Natural Areas. There will be various trail closures during this construction.

The public is asked to not go on closed trails during...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2019

City Announces Changes in Bulk Collection Process

City Seal

Starting Monday, Sept. 16, the City of San Marcos will initiate the following changes to the bulk collection request process:

  • All requests must be received by 4 p.m. two business days prior to service day.
    • Monday requests will need to be called in by the pr...
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Press Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2019

Discovery Center Offers Fall Workshop Series

Fall Workshop Schedule Graphic

The City of San Marcos is hosting a free nature and conservation workshop series from Sept. 14 to Nov. 20 at the San Marcos Discovery Center, 430 Riverside Drive.

Workshop topics include Korean Natural Farming, Rain Gardens, Monarchs, Recycling, and many o...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2019

Urban Forester Seeks Volunteers to Help Local Trees

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The City of San Marcos Urban Forester Kelly Eby is holding monthly ‘Friends of Trees’ events for the community to come together to care for trees and promote urban park tree health during the upcoming cooler months.

“An ongoin...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2019

First Responders Wheelchair Basketball Fundraiser 9/14

First Responders Wheelchair Athletes Group Photo from 2018 Game

The City of San Marcos Police and Fire Departments, along with San Marcos Hays County EMS, are teaming up with South Texas Regional Adaptive and Para Sports (STRAPS) and Morgan’s Wonderland for the third annual STRAPS STARS vs First Responders W...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Leah

If you like a cat with personality, Leah is your girl! This beautiful two-year-old tabby has piercing eyes and a vibrant spirit. She is a little timid at first with new people, but once you earn her trust you’ll get all her attention and aff...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2019

Final Workforce Housing Task Force Meeting Sept. 12

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The City of San Marcos Workforce Housing Task Force will present their final Strategic Housing Action Plan at a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St. This is the last meeting of the Wor...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2019

SMPD Seeks Student-to-Student Safety Input

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The City of San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is welcoming Bobcats back to school with a safety campaign and they are asking for student input.

The campaign, entitled “Your Safety Starts with You,” seeks to remind students that the police department serv...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2019

San Marcos Police Investigate Traffic Fatality

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San Marcos Police are investigating a single vehicle accident that occurred on Post Road early Friday morning and resulted in one fatality.

At approximately 12:10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, San Marcos Police, Fire, and Hays County EMS were dispatched t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2019

City to Host Annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

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The City of San Marcos will hold a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at City Hall, 630 East Hopkins Street.  

The program will open with a welcome from Interim Ass...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2019

Mill Street Construction Switches Lanes This Week

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The Engineering & Capital Improvements Department continues construction on Mill Street and this week the northbound lane of Mill Street and the eastbound lane of Uhland Road have closed to traffic as the drainage and roadway improvements continue.

Mot...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 5, 2019

Disaster Recovery Program Unveils Three New Homes

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The City of San Marcos Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and key presentation at 330 Ellis St. this morning to mark the completion of three new homes built for residents impa...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 5, 2019

City Announces Leadership Changes

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On Tuesday, Aug. 27, City of San Marcos City Manager Bert Lumbreras announced three leadership changes to staff and City Council as the result of a management reorganization following the recent retirement of Assistant City Manager Collette Jamison.

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Sept. 5 to Sept. 11

Library News

LEGO Mania

September 5, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grab a bowl full of LEGOs and a base plate and build your dream creation. For ages 4 and up.

 

Chess Night

September 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. The library provides chess se...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2019

Butterflies, Bugs & Flowers: Seeking Art for Monarch Fest!

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The City of San Marcos Discovery Center is seeking art submissions for Monarch Fest on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In an effort to celebrate the beauty of pollinators, the City is calling for five to seven artists who are interested in displaying pollina...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 30, 2019

UPDATE: Wanted Aggravated Assault Suspect in Custody

Jorge Enriquez

Wanted suspect Jorge Enriquez (10/16/1985) was taken into custody at the Nueces County Courthouse this morning.

The San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) developed information that Enriquez had a scheduled court hearing Friday morning in Nu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 30, 2019

September City Hall Calendar

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day Holiday – Office Closed

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

City Council – 3 p.m. Work Session followed by Executive Session, 6 p.m. Regular Session. Council Chambers, City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins (Televised live on Time Warn...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 28, 2019

SMPD Involved in Two SWAT Situations Tuesday Night

Jorge Enriquez

Police Searching for Man Who Evaded Arrest on Bracewood Circle

San Marcos Police are searching for a man who was involved in a road rage incident in downtown San Marcos, and later ran from police.

On June 26, SMPD received a call regarding a road rage incid...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2019

UPDATE: Veterans Park Homicide Victim’s Name Released

Charles William Lauria II

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, City of San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officials released the identity of the victim in Saturday’s homicide as Charles William Lauria II (12/30/1961).

The victim’s name was previously being held until next of ki...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2019

City Mural Dedication in Barrio del Pescado Neighborhood

Photo of Barrio Pescado Mural

The City of San Marcos invites the public to the dedication of a new mural celebrating the heritage and history of the Barrio del Pescado neighborhood Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. at the Conoco Fast Stop Stores #6, 1101 SH 123.

The mural, entitled &ldqu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Flounder

If you’re looking for a snuggly lovebug to be your new feline best friend, Flounder is your boy! He loves to greet visitors with a loud meow, and is so grateful for pets and scratches. He still has a bit of kitten in him and enjoys playi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2019

San Marcos Police Investigate Two Recent Incidents

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Homicide Near Veterans Park

The City of San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) is investigating a homicide that occurred over the weekend near Veterans Park.

At approximately 10:42 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, SMPD patrol was dispatched to the area of 320 Maripo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2019

Upcoming Library Events: Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

Library News

English Language Learners Registration

August 28, 6:30 p.m.

English classes for adults. Clases de inglés para adultos. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30-8:30 PM. Las clases son los lunes, martes, miércoles y jueves ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2019

City Offices Closed on Labor Day

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City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Public Library, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Municipal Court, and Utility Offices, will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

Texas Disposal Systems will operate its usual trash collection and recycli...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 23, 2019

Workforce Housing to Discuss Land Banks Aug. 29

Public Meeting Flyer for event with Nick Hall

Join the City of San Marcos Workforce Housing Task Force for a Public Meeting on Land Banks with Chairman of the Houston Land Bank Nick Hall on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins.

Land banks are a potent...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 22, 2019

San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau Wins Big

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The City of San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau (SMCVB) brought four Idea Fair Awards home from the Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (TACVB) during their annual conference in Denton this month.

The SMCVB won the first place People...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 20, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

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Automatic Daffodil

This girl’s smile is contagious! Automatic Daffodil is a 10-year-old Shepherd mix who is loving life. She was found with a large mass on her neck that had to be removed, and she’s recovered beautifully. She still romp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2019

Downtown Bike Lane Striping to Begin on Guadalupe

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The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department announced that as part of the current Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) street overlay project underway on Guadalupe Street, the striping portion of the City’s futur...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 16, 2019

September Parks & Recreation 50+ Programming

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50+ Facebook for Seniors Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Join us for a Free Facebook for Seniors Workshop and learn how to sign up for Facebook and stay connected with friends and family members! The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the Sa...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Chamber of Commerce Wins Partner of the Month

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The City of San Marcos Main Street Program is proud to announce the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce as the August Downtown Partner of the Month!

Since 1903, the Chamber has provided a wealth of resources to local businesses through leadership, educatio...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Castle Forest Improvements Meeting Aug. 21

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The City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department, along with engineering consultants from HDR Engineering, Inc., will host a public meeting regarding Castle Forest Subdivision stormwater drainage conditions at the San Marcos Activity...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Close Out Summer at ‘Party in Your Park’ Aug. 23

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The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the third 2019 Party in Your Park event on Friday, Aug. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Dunbar Park, 801 Martin Luther King Dr. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Activities wi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

Iconic Village fire victims

The fifth and final victim of the deadly fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments has been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in coordination with Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno.

Belinda Moats of Big Wells (born Aug....

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

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With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area.

The Capital Area Council of Governments deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide in Octobe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2018

City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

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The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how the City grows in the coming years.

“This is a day of celebration! Our new code has been in the works for four...

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