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Higher attendance at Navy game leads to increased UPD presence

The University Police Department (UPD) increased patrols in and around Bobcat Stadium during Saturday night’s game against Navy.

A total of 50 officers patrolled the game, 22 from UPD and 28 who were affiliated with outside agencies, said Captain Daniel Benitez.

“(The) number includes command center, those who monitor tailgate, our presence during the game—everybody,” Benitez said.

Benitez said three arrests were made during Saturday's game.

Two of the arrests were for public intoxication and one was for criminal trespass, Benitez said.     

The department issued 14 minor in consumption citations at tailgate, and 136 warnings took place between tailgate and the game for minor in possession, minor in consumption and tobacco violations.

Commissioners postpone vote to fund construction of new Hays County Jail

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The inmate population at the Hays County Jail remains at full capacity.

“The high inmate population isn’t the result of an inefficient justice system but rather the growth of the county and the fact that the highway runs through it,” said Sheriff Gary Cutler.

Commissioner Will Conley, Precinct 3, said in an Aug. 21 University Star article that the commissioner’s court might go forth with a bond election in November that would facilitate the construction of a new jail.

However, county officials feel that November is too soon to hold an election for such a major bond measure and that further discussion is needed before any decisions are made, said Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 1.

Upperclassmen football attendance declining

As the 2014 football season kicks off for the Bobcats, the university is looking for new ways to address students who are choosing to watch the games from tailgate and their couches rather than filling up the stadium.

Upperclassman attendance at games is on the decline. The Bobcat’s season opener against Arkansas Pine-Bluff drew 5,588 students, 65 percent of whom were members of the freshmen and sophomore classes, said Athletic Director Larry Teis.

City officials dedicate $500,000 to light Loop 82 underpass

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Construction of a bridge over the train tracks on Aquarena Springs Drive will begin at the end of this year.

The project will take an estimated 26 months to complete, said Councilmember Jude Prather, Place 2, at Monday night’s Student Government meeting. Utilities are already being moved underground to prepare for the project. Thematically, the architecture will compliment the stadium with arches, a maroon-and-gold color scheme, Lone Stars and Bobcat logos, he said.

“This will be a shaded structure right next to the football stadium,” Prather said. “I think this will be prime real estate for tailgating, and we’re looking to add in some benches and tables.”

Edward Gary, Hutchison intersection closes for reconstruction

Drivers can expect detours at Edward Gary and Hutchison Streets starting Monday, as the intersection will close for two weeks for reconstruction.

The Edward Gary and Hutchison intersection will be closed from Sept. 15 to 29 in order to widen the space to allow large vehicles better access. Traffic will be detoured to alleys next to the work area as well as Guadalupe Street, LBJ Drive and CM Allen Parkway, said Trey Hatt, City of San Marcos communications specialist.

The intersection will be expanded to accommodate larger vehicles like trucks, said Jennifer Shell, project manager for the Downtown Reconstruction Project. The reconstruction will make it easier for trucks to turn the corner without going into the intersection.

Discussion of fluoridated water continues in city

Paul Connett, founder and executive director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), visited San Marcos on Thursday to discuss the health risks of fluoride in the city’s water.

Communities for Thriving Water hosted two events, one in which Connett spoke with city leaders including Mayor Daniel Guerrero and councilmembers Lisa Prewitt and Wayne Becak. Later, Connett spoke to the public about the fluoridation in San Marcos water at Railyard Bar and Grill.

Connett spoke to city leaders for over an hour about why fluoride in the water supply is dangerous for the population.

“Our kids are being over exposed to fluoride,” Connett said.

Nature does not give fluoride to babies in any significant levels, he said.

Councilmembers continue discussion of La Cima development

The San Marcos City Council has made progress concerning the La Cima development and plans to vote on a final development agreement next week.

La Cima is a proposed development of approximately 2,050 acres, including 2,400 single-family homes, a 200-acre commercial and retail site and about 400 acres of open space in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction west of the city. Councilmembers have been wrestling with the conditions of the development agreement.

“The county is considering issuing the PID bonds,” said Councilman Wayne Becak, Place 4, who serves on the La Cima subcommittee. “That hasn’t been approved yet, but that’s what the county is discussing.”

A PID is a public improvement district, Becak said.

Texas State celebrates 50 years of integration

In fall 1963, Dana Jean Smith, Georgia Hoodye, Gloria Odoms, Mabeleen Washington and Helen Jackson walked onto the Southwest Texas State campus and became the first African-Americans to attend, marking the beginning of what has now been 50 years of integration at the university.

The 2014-2015 Common Experience theme, “Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration,” aims to show the struggles of desegregation and the importance of integration. The theme raises the question of how people internalize change.

Student Government officials discuss rebranding tactics

Student Government (SG) is attempting to repair its reputation on campus after a negative evaluation from an outside consultant last spring.

Formerly known as Associated Student Government, the organization dropped ‘associated’ from its name following an evaluation from W.H. “Butch” Oxendine Jr., executive director of the American Student Government Association (ASGA). Oxendine came to the university to determine how ASG was operating. A number of changes were made after his report.

The number of senate seats was reduced, and a new constitution was written in hopes of adding more programming for the student body.

Students petition against development of Cape’s Camp, Thompson’s Island

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In the November 2012 elections, three quarters of San Marcos residents voted in favor of acquiring 70 acres of riverfront property for parkland, located at IH-35 and River Road, that is known as Cape's Camp and Thompson’s Island.

The Thornton family, who owned the property, were not willing to sell the land to the city, and it would have had to have been acquired through eminent domain, which 51 percent of the voters opposed.

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