Kelsey Bradshaw

Perry turns self in after abuse of power, coercion charges

Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Courthouse at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Perry was indicted by a Travis grand jury on two felony accounts that accused him of abuse of power and coercion of a public servant, according to an Aug. 16 Houston Chronicle article. Perry threatened to veto funding for a public corruption unit run by Democratic Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg if she didn’t resign in the middle of her drunk driving arrest and guilty plea, according to an Aug. 19 San Antonio Express-News article.

Perry announced he would turn himself in Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. and kept his word. Arriving on time, Perry walked through a crowd of supporters and protesters alike and spoke to the media before and after his booking.

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.”

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 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.

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.”

Journalist, alumnus dies at 81

Billy Porterfield, Texas journalist and award-winning author, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Porterfield was born Oct. 16, 1932 in Henderson, to Tice Covey Porterfield and Janavee Elizabeth Harrell Porterfield. He died on June 29 at Seton Hospital in Kyle.

Porterfield’s career at national newspapers lasted more than 50 years. He covered influential events of the 20th Century with “distinctive style” and a “keen ear” for the spoken and written word, according to his obituary.

In 1952, Porterfield and his brother Bobby attended what was then Southwest Texas Teachers College, now Texas State University. His career in journalism began with a staff writer position at the College Star, now The University Star.

Wendy Davis holds rally on filibuster anniversary

It has been one year since Senator Wendy Davis stood for nearly 13 hours to delay a controversial vote on abortion legislation.

June 25, 2014 marks the one-year anniversary of the filibuster heard around the world.  Shortly after the filibuster, Davis announced her candidacy for governor of Texas running alongside candidate for Lt. Governor, Leticia Van de Putte. The two came together for a one-year anniversary rally and celebration of the filibuster that launched Davis into the spotlight.

Over 1,000 Davis supporters filled the Palmer Events Center Wednesday creating a sea of orange- many attendees sported the color as a sign of support. Dozens donned pink tennis shoes, much like the shoes Davis wore at her filibuster, as the rally began.

San Marcos High School stadium to open fall 2014

San Marcos High School Rattlers fans will now have a stadium of their own to call home.

A new multi-purpose athletic stadium for SMHS is scheduled for completion this fall. Seating 8,000 fans, the stadium has been “a long time coming,” said Mark Soto, athletic director of SMCISD.

According to the project’s website, the home side will seat 5,000 fans and the visitor side will seat the remaining 3,000. Restrooms, and concession stands will be located on both ends of the stadium. The north end zone will include locker rooms for the home and visitor teams, a central training room and an officials’ locker room, according to the website. A synthetic turf will be used for the field, emblazoned with the SMHS logo.

Chase Stapp named San Marcos Police Chief

Chase Stapp has been appointed chief of police and is taking over for retiring Chief Howard Williams.

Confirmation of the appointment will be considered at a July 1 city council meeting. Williams is set to retire August 1.

Stapp has worked in law enforcement for 25 years and recently served as San Marcos Assistant Police Chief.

“Chief Stapp possesses a wealth of experience, leadership skills and a deep knowledge and connection with the San Marcos community,” said City Manager Jared Miller in a city press release.

Police searching for suspect in attempted sexual assault of minor

San Marcos Police are currently searching for a suspect who allegedly attempted to sexually assault a child Thursday.

The incident occurred in the 900 block of Sycamore Street in San Marcos. A 12-year-old girl was outside of her house walking a dog when she was approached by a male described as being between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches. He was described as having a “thin but fit” build and no facial hair. He is suspected to have a crew cut style haircut with a middle part, colored brown on one side and blonde on the other. He was wearing light colored shorts, a dark shirt and a black leather jacket.


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