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Two killed in San Marcos car crash

A fiery car crash in San Marcos claimed two lives late last night following a police pursuit.

According to a city press release, a San Marcos police officer attempted to pull over a pickup truck that was suspected of “impaired driving” June 23 just before 3 a.m. The driver of the truck refused to stop and fled through Rio Vista neighborhood, a residential area of San Marcos.

Upon reaching a roundabout intersection on the corner of Cheatham and Rio Vista streets, the driver collided with the limestone landscaping in the roundabout’s center. The impact caused the truck to catch fire immediately.

University, city officials should allow e-cig use in public

My name is JD, and I used to smoke 30 cigarettes a day.

Gum gave me heartburn. Patches hurt my skin. I could not quit. Now, my breath smells better, my mornings are free of coughing-fits, my wallet is fatter and I have not needed my asthma inhaler in months. The problem? My city and my university believe that my way of quitting is no better than my original habit.

City councilmembers approve partial closure of Sessom Drive to hasten construction

The San Marcos City Council approved the closure of a portion of Sessom Drive from North LBJ to Loquat Street at its June 3 meeting to speed up intersection improvements.

Traffic will be detoured onto Academy and Holland Streets around the construction for two and a half months, said Shaun Condor, project manager. Partial closure of North LBJ will move the end date of the project from spring 2015 to August. The university is on board with the closure, which is expected to “expedite” the construction, Condor said.

A constant question asked was if the city should take advantage of the reduced summer traffic to speed up the construction time, Condor said.

University officials approve increased summer budget

University officials will increase the summer budget for faculty salaries by $2.9 million to amend a long-standing budgetary shortfall.

President’s Cabinet officials have approved an increase in summer funding. The increase will correct an imbalance caused by previously unfunded raises for faculty members and competitive starting salaries for new faculty, Provost Eugene Bourgeois said in an email.

“As we awarded merit raises and raises for faculty promotions, in addition to paying higher salaries for new faculty, it resulted in the fixed summer budget not ‘keeping up’ with the real increase in the cost of faculty staffing for summer,” Bourgeois said.

Police investigating 'suspicious' death of San Marcos woman

4:47 p.m. update:

San Marcos police have identified the 23-year-old woman who died earlier today as Misty Amber Davis.

Police are investigating a “suspicious” incident that Davis dead and sent the man who lived with her to the hospital early Friday morning.

Police received a call from the 25-year-old man around 1:01 a.m. Friday morning saying he had been shot in his home on the 1300 block of Barbara Drive, according to a release from the city. Police and EMS arrived on the scene and found the 23-year-old woman unconscious. She was later pronounced dead at the residence.

The man was transported to Brackenridge Hospital and was treated before being discharged the same day, the release said.

Nonprofit organization supplies clothing to San Marcos students

Run out of a small portable building behind the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Central Office, the Rattler Donation Closet is a non-profit organization that provides clothing and other necessities for students in need throughout San Marcos schools.

In addition to clothing, Rattler Donation accepts school supplies and monetary assistance to help provide physicals or eye exams for students. The ongoing donation drive has been in operation for three years and helps 78 percent of students in the district who are in the lower income bracket, said Georganne Logue, the administrative assistant to the superintendent who developed the project.

City officials, employees shave heads in support of local child with cancer

After former city employee Stacy Malone explained to Fire Chief Les Stephens that her 5-year-old son was having a particularly hard time adjusting to his chemotherapy-induced hair loss, Stephens felt compelled to act.

“I thought it would be funny to shave my head and take a picture of it to send to Waylon,” Stephens said. “I sent a text to four or five other people asking if they wanted to participate as well and from that small group it blossomed into this large event.”

Officials aim to educate residents on Safe Passing ordinance

City officials are hoping to educate residents about the newly implemented Safe Passing ordinance in order to make roads safer for pedestrians and other non-motorists.

Implemented March 19, the Safe Passing ordinance stipulates that automobiles and small trucks must give at least three feet of clearance when passing “vulnerable road users,” while commercial motor vehicles must give six feet. City officials have begun to familiarize the public with the ordinance by giving it the slogan “steer clear.”

The ordinance now includes a fine for vehicles parked in bike lanes, said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. He hopes the ordinance will benefit the city overall by providing additional safety to vulnerable road users.

San Marcos celebrates annual corn dog festival

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The City of San Marcos celebrates one of its oldest and most delicious traditions Saturday—the National Corn Dog Day festival.

The 11th annual festival will take place downtown on the Courthouse Square. The festival will feature corn dogs, tater tots, beverages and games for the whole family. The festival is celebrated in conjunction with the college basketball March Madness tournament, and local businesses will be on site to join in on the fun.

The first National Corn Dog Day took place in Oregon. The festival is traditionally celebrated in conjunction with March Madness as it was first devised in 1992 when a group of friends subsisted on the breaded treat during the basketball tournament’s entirety.

Local airport receives TxDOT grant for facility improvements

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The San Marcos Municipal Airport will soon be revamped with the installation of new runway pavement, lighting and other improvements as a result of a $5.7 million grant approved by state transportation officials.

The city will help finance the project along with funding from a statewide Aviation Facilities Grant Program within the Texas Department of Transportation, officials said. Runways 13 and 31 will be the primary focus of improvements to the airport, said Stephen Alexander, founder and manager of Texas Aviation Partners, the company that runs it.

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