Texas Parks and Wildlife employee dies by carbon monoxide poisoning

A Texas Parks and Wildlife employee was the victim of a fatal industrial accident earlier this afternoon at the A.E. Wood State Fish Hatchery in San Marcos.

According to a city press release, the San Marcos Fire and Police Department responded Tuesday to a report of an unconscious man around 3:50 p.m.  Melissa Millecam, Director of Communications, said it was the man’s co-workers who called in.

Police said the Texas Parks and Wildlife employee, whose name has not been released, was operating a gasoline powered pump in a chamber 20-30 feet below ground, and may have been “overcome” by carbon monoxide.

Firefighters have recovered the body. The investigation is ongoing.

The man’s identity and other updates could be released tomorrow, Millecam said.

World Cup brings spike in San Marcos business

Several San Marcos businesses reported a spike in business due to this year’s World Cup.

After a solid month of soccer, the 2014 FIFA World Cup concluded when the German national team defeated Argentina 1-0 in overtime. Local bars like Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and The Railyard Bar and Grill were two businesses that saw major increases in clientele due to patrons wanting to tune in to the action taking place in Brazil.

“We were busy for most of the games,” said Chance Garbutt, manager at Sean Patrick’s. “We had a lot of different people coming in; different fans for different countries depending which game was going on. The U.S. games were obviously the busiest.”

Construction causes shutdown of North LBJ-Sessom Drive intersection

The intersection at North LBJ Drive and Sessom Drive will be closed until August 15 for reconstruction.

A decision made by city councilmembers at their June 3 meeting changed the intersection reconstruction plan from a “4 Phase” to a “2 Phase” strategy to expedite completion. Shutting down the intersection completely is part of the “2 Phase” plan and has sped up the construction process, said Sean Condor, project manager.

“So far, (with the two phase plan), we’re a little bit ahead of schedule,” Condor said. “We’re still sticking with the August 15 completion.”

SMCISD offers free summer meal program for students


San Marcos students who normally receive their primary meals at school during the year have the opportunity to receive free breakfast and lunch this summer with a feeding program put on by the school district.

From June 9 to August 15, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District’s Summer Feeding Program and the Purple Bus Mobile Meals will be serving free breakfast and lunch to San Marcos students 18 years old and younger Monday through Friday at locations throughout the community.

Interim dean named for College of Fine Arts and Communication

An interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication has been named as the national search is set to begin for a new, permanent dean.

John Fleming, chair and professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been chosen to serve as interim dean. Provost Eugene Bourgeois said he selected Fleming after consulting with President Denise Trauth on the list of eligible candidates. Bourgeois also met with the college council composed of the associate deans, chairs and directors as well as outgoing dean, Timothy Mottet, he said.

Company donates $1 million reactor to College of Science and Engineering


State-of-the-art research equipment valued at over $1 million was donated to the College of Science and Engineering June 30 to further student and faculty research.

The equipment is a reactor donated by Nitronex, LLC, a supplier of special power transistors for wireless communications applications, said Michael Blanda, assistant vice president of Research and Federal Relations. The reactor will be housed in the Roy F. Mitte Building, home to the Department of Physics, the Ingram School of Engineering and the Department of Engineering Technology. Blanda said the reactor will lead to the production of advanced electronic components such as wireless transmitters/receivers and LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.

San Marcos police locate missing teen

UPDATED: Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Castro was found “safe and sound” this afternoon after not being heard from for over 24 hours, according to city officials.

A friend said Castro had been snapchatting her friends after midnight Monday morning, asking them to pick her up from her house. After posting that message, Castro posted again later that someone was on their way to pick her up. The same friend said that Castro had left her phone at home when she left, and that when the friend tried to contact Castro on her cellphone, it was Castro’s parents that replied.

Later Monday afternoon, her parents posted messages from her Twitter account urging anyone who knew of her whereabouts to come forward.

San Marcos man charged with arson at apartment complex

A San Marcos man was arrested and charged with arson after San Marcos Fire Marshals said he “recklessly” started a fire and explosion while attempting to manufacture drugs.

Hunter Grant Eckert, 20, started the fire and explosion at the Sienna Point Apartments in the 2900 block of Hunter Road that occurred July 11 around 11:45 p.m., according to the affidavit for his arrest.

Eckert was injured, and there was damage to his apartment due to the explosion and fire, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with a deputy fire marshal the next day, Eckert said during his attempt to manufacture a “controlled substance” the explosion and fire occurred, according to the affidavit. The type of drug was not identified.

San Marcos man arrested after drug lab explosion

A San Marcos man was arrested Wednesday after causing an explosion while trying to make drugs, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Hunter Grant Eckhart, 20, was charged with arson after Hays County Fire Marshals said he caused an explosion and fire while trying to produce the drugs, according to the Statesman. The explosion happened around 11:45 p.m. July 11 at an apartment in the 2900 block of Hunter Road.

Eckhart was injured and his apartment was damaged, but no one else was hurt and no other apartments were damaged, according to the Statesman. The type of drug Eckhart was trying to make has not been specified.

Eckhart was booked into the Hays County Jail and released on a $25,000 bail.

Demolition of Comanche Hill and Campus Colony Apartments underway

Demolition of the Comanche Hill and Campus Colony off-campus housing apartment complexes began Monday.

The Comanche Hill apartments on Woods Street and the Campus Colony apartments on Comanche Street are undergoing demolition this summer. One of the buildings in the Comanche Hill complex has already been completely demolished into “a big pile of rubble, and they’re going to start hauling off all the debris,” said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities.

“And the rest of them, both at Comanche Hill and Colony, are scheduled to come down over the next couple of weeks,” Guerra said.

Around 9 a.m. on Monday the apartment buildings began to come down, Guerra said.

“It doesn’t take much to take these buildings down,” he said.


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