Carlie Porterfield

City will lease Edwards Aquifer rights, drought restrictions continue

City council passed a resolution in a split vote allowing San Marcos officials to lease 885 acre feet of the city’s Edwards Aquifer water rights to a third party for a 10-week period.

More than a dozen citizens, many of them against the resolution, spoke during the  comment period. Citizens said they were displeased with city council entertaining the notion of leasing water to outside parties while enforcing drought restrictions.

City officials announced Aug. 17 that San Marcos had reached a Stage 4 drought level. Because no specific measures were outlined for such a high stage in the drought ordinance, city officials decided to continue Stage 3 rules and increase enforcement, a measure some locals feel is unnecessary.

Ebola not immediate threat to San Marcos

The Ebola epidemic is dangerous worldwide, but university officials say the virus is not a threat to the San Marcos area.

“I think people in San Marcos can relax a little bit,” said Emilio Carranco, Student Health Center director. “However, this is an emerging infection, and we don’t know that there won’t be other cases.”

Texas State student dies after illegal drug use at ACL

A service was held Saturday for a Texas State student who died Wednesday after taking ecstasy with friends at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Jessica Hunter, a junior, was hospitalized Oct. 5 after her friends said she was sweating profusely. She had a gray complexion and was flailing her limbs, police said in a statement Friday.

Her friends sought help from a police officer, and Hunter was quickly hospitalized. However, her condition worsened and she died Wednesday. An official cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Hunter’s friends, who also took the drug, told police they all experienced negative side effects. One other friend was hospitalized.

Hays County Veterans Court receives funding from state

Hays County recently received almost $100,000 through a grant from the Texas Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to fund a Veterans Court for the 2015 fiscal year.

The Veterans Court has been operating solely on the backs of volunteers since May. The court applied for several other grants before landing one from the Texas Governor’s Criminal Justice Division. After accepting this grant, the court will be able to function more effectively and will no longer have to rely on volunteers alone, said Jude Prather, Veteran Services Officer.

The process to create the court was a long one, Prather said. It began with a recommendation by the Hays County Veterans Task Force in early 2010. The court heard its first cases a few months ago, Prather said.

Alumni to be honored at annual gala

The homecoming football game is a popular tradition for students, but university alumni are taking advantage of the weekend’s festivities as well.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala will be held Friday, said Kim Gannon, director of Alumni Relations.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Texas State graduates who have not only achieved prominence in their profession but have made a significant impact in their communities through service, Gannon said.

“For us, it’s the highest honor that’s bestowed by the Alumni Association and the university, so it’s a very natural fit (to hold the gala on homecoming weekend),” Gannon said.

ALERRT partners with Wal-Mart to offer active shooter safety training

A Texas State program has partnered with Wal-Mart to offer associates information on what to do if an active shooting breaks out in the workplace.

Last week, officials at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at the university announced their partnership with Wal-Mart to develop educational tools to inform employees how to react in an active shooter situation.

The announcement comes in the wake of a recently-released FBI report that demonstrates the need “for civilians to be engaged in discussions and training on decisions they’d have to make in an active shooter situation,” said Special Agent Katherine Schweit, head of the FBI’s active shooter initiative team, in the report.

Team behind Old Main renovation receives regional construction award

The recent renovations completed on Old Main have earned the architect and construction companies responsible a regional award

The South Texas chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, both Dallas-area companies, the 2014 Excellence in Construction Award for their work on Old Main.

The most important part of Old Main’s restoration was repairing wear and tear on the sides of the building and its signature maroon roof, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

Team behind Old Main renovation receives regional construction award

The recent renovations completed on Old Main have earned the architect and construction companies responsible a regional award

The South Texas chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. awarded Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, both Dallas-area companies, the 2014 Excellence in Construction Award for their work on Old Main.

The most important part of Old Main’s restoration was repairing wear and tear on the sides of the building and its signature maroon roof, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

City council unanimously approves La Cima project

In a unanimous vote with one abstention Tuesday night, San Marcos City Council passed a resolution authorizing an agreement with the La Cima developers that will permit the construction of 2,400 single-family homes.

Bringing upper-level housing to San Marcos, the proposed La Cima development will be a 2,050-acre development with 2,400 single-family homes. The development will include a 200-acre commercial and retail site and 400 acres of open space just west of the city in what is now the extraterritorial jurisdiction.

“I want to thank the subcommittee and all staffers and county representatives involved who guided us through this process,” said Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “I think we’ve come to a good mutual agreement.”

Administrators will not place cap on undergraduate enrollment

Undergraduate enrollment will not be capped despite rumors, although program growth is causing some university buildings to function at capacity.

University officials will not put a concrete limit on the number of new undergraduates enrolling in the future.

“We currently don’t have a cap on undergraduate enrollment, nor do we have one on graduate enrollment,” said Provost Eugene Bourgeois. “Currently we’re looking at a target for next year of about 5,100 freshmen, or roughly the same as the 2014 class, which was roughly the same as the 2013 class. So, if anything, that’s a steady rate for us moving forward.”

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