San Marcos

Beyond the Game: Lauren Kirch

Incoming freshman blocker Lauren Kirch’s decision process to play at Texas State was unlike most student athletes. Kirch placed her education at an equal, if not higher, priority than her collegiate sports career, and that landed her in San Marcos.

Growing up, Kirch was always the “gentle giant” of the family as her mother, Susan, refers to her. Always being among the tallest students in her class was something Kirch had to adjust to right away. Kirch is 6 feet 2 inches, tied for the third-tallest on the volleyball team. 

“She never really liked being tall,” Susan Kirch said. “From the time she was born she was always taller than everybody else.”

Summer Fashion Trends


In the cyclical and ever-rotating world of fashion, old styles become new trends with each passing season. This summer, 80s and 90s resurgence pieces have dominated runways, stores and college campuses, giving legs to the adage ‘What goes around comes around.’

A popular style 20 years ago, shorts-style overalls—also known as dungarees—have become a staple in the fashionable Millennial’s wardrobe. For an updated spin on the yesteryear classic, layer a thin tank or bandeau under the denim.

San Marcos Nature Guide

There are many places in San Marcos for nature lovers to explore interests in camping, hiking, bird watching and river activities.

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.

Orakpo, Mayo make preseason award watch lists

Senior linebackers Mike Orakpo and David Mayo were named to preseason award watch lists.
Orakpo was named to the 2014 preseason Butkus award watch list. Orakpo is one of 51 linebackers on the list, with 50 players represented from FBS programs. The Butkus award recognizes the nation's top linebacker. Alabama's C.J. Mosley, drafted in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, won the award last year. 

Apartment pool party results in police intervention, $1,400 fine

Almost 2,000 people attended the pool party heard ‘round the world last Saturday at The Retreat.

Promoted by the Texas State Trendsetter hashtag #TXSTSummerBash, hundreds of people were at the party, which ended in a $1,400 fine for the complex.

The “Second Annual Summer Bash” was planned by the apartment complex, which hired Endless Entertainment to run an ad campaign using the Texas State Trendsetter hashtag, said exercise and sports science junior Shawn “Big Neechi” Onyechi, representative for Endless Entertainment.

The party totaled well over twice the pool’s capacity of 750, said Police Chief Chase Stapp.

Promotions began four days before the event but were halted after two days due to an estimated 15,000-to-20,000-person turnout, Onyechi said.

County commissioners sign resolution opposing weakening of state water rights

The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a resolution that opposes newly proposed rules expanding the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The new rules state that previously unregulated waters like ditches, farm ponds, dry waterways and isolated wetlands will fall under the power of the CWA, according to a Hays County Commissioners Court press release.

The resolution states,  “Hays County strongly opposes the proposed new rule to define ‘waters of the United States’ in that it increases the need for burdensome and costly permitting requirements, infringes on private property rights and circumvents the legislative process.”


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