Carlie Porterfield

Land development code in the works

City planning and development services will move to the next stage of rewriting the land development rules this week as a part of the Code SMTX project.

The land development code dictates all development within the city, from zoning to the building permit process, said Kristy Stark, assistant director of planning and development for the city. The code is being rewritten for two reasons. The city adopted a new comprehensive plan back in 2013, and one of the goals stated was to update the land development code.

Tram collision investigation ongoing, victim in "serious condition"

A 67-year-old local woman is in “serious condition” after being struck by a Texas State tram yesterday evening.

San Marcos resident Rosmary Suniga, 67, was hit just before 7 p.m. by a university tram heading southbound on Guadalupe Street as she crossed in front of the bus. San Marcos Police, Fire and EMS responded to a call. Representatives from the bus contractor, Transdev, were at the scene. 

Car accident leaves one dead, one injured

A San Antonio man is dead following a car accident early Monday morning on Interstate 35 just north of Highway 123 in San Marcos.

A truck pulling a flatbed trailer was traveling north on I-35 when a large, wooden toolbox fell onto the road. Martin Valdiva, 54, was driving behind the truck and trailer with his son, Martin Valdiva Jr., 20. Both men stopped on the right shoulder and got out of their vehicle to move the toolbox.

A Chevrolet Tahoe swerved to miss the toolbox and instead hit both men on the shoulder. Valdiva Jr. died at the scene, and his father was taken to Central Texas Medical Center.

The driver responsible is cooperating in the investigation, police said.

Gotta Habit Smoke Shop shooting suspect to face trial

A 20-year-old local man was indicted Jan. 6 on a count of aggravated robbery of the Gotta Habit Smoke Shop.

Steven Carlos Hernandez was arrested Sept. 25 on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge.and was released Dec. 18 because of a state law. The law requires bond reduction for incarcerated felony defendants when a prosecutor has not secured an indictment from a grand jury within 90 days of arrest.

An impaneled county grand jury returned an indictment Jan. 6. and bail was reset at $75,000, an amount Hernandez was unable to pay. The defendant entered a not guilty plea and asked the court to set a trial date.

New business partnership will bring hundreds of jobs to San Marcos

A new economic development incentive agreement will bring at least 350 new jobs to San Marcos over the next ten years.

United WELD Operations, LLC, will be located in San Marcos. City officials will refund 80 percent of ad valorem taxes generated from the additional real and personal property added by the company over ten years, according to a press release. City staff and the Greater San Marcos Partnership worked with the company to broker the agreement.

Operations are expected to begin in March or April of this year, representatives of United Weld Operations, said. The company will manufacture energy services products in upstream, downstream and power sectors.

City names new Planning and Development Services Director

Starting Jan. 15, San Marcos will have a new Director of Planning and Development Services.
Shannon S. Mattingly, who formerly served as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the city of New Braunfels, will serve the San Marcos area. Mattingly will direct Planning, Building Inspections and Permits, the Community Development Block Grant Program and the Main Street Program.

Texas State hosts international scientific conference

Texas State hosted the 7th Aquatic Animal Models of Human Disease Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines just outside of Austin.

More than 140 researchers from across the nation, as well as 12 countries, were expected to attend Dec. 13 through Dec. 18.

The conference, founded at the university in 2000, aims to provide scientists with an opportunity to encourage use of aquatic models in the study of human disease, exchange ideas and address environmental health issues, according to a university release.

Events included symposia presentations, exhibits, workshops to highlight recent developments in the field and networking opportunities for graduate students and established scientists. 

SMPD looks for suspect in aggravated robbery

The San Marcos Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect in the wake of an aggravated robbery in the parking lot of Pluckers Wing Bar last night.

Three individuals were standing in the parking lot Thursday night near Pluckers talking when they, “were approached by the suspect, whom they said brandished a handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash,” according to a city-wide press release.

Provost Bourgeois reflects on university’s progress in 2014

The Air Force ROTC wing commander at Texas State wears a skirt, heels and sometimes a “power bun” all while maintaining the responsibility, welfare and training of 75 fellow student cadets.

Wing Commander Cadet Col. Erin Cambridge, environmental management senior, is the chief leader of the AFROTC. The program has 20 student cadets as part of the professional officer corps (POC). The corps is made up of upperclassmen who have completed field training. Only five of the 20 cadets are female, one of whom is Cambridge. The remaining AFROTC is made up of freshmen and sophomores or the general military corps.

SMPD searches for attempted armed robbery suspects

The San Marcos Police Department is searching for two suspects in an attempted robbery case that occurred last week.

Officers made contact with a reported gunshot victim on Wednesday around 1 a.m. at Central Texas Medical Center. The female victim was walking with a friend near an apartment complex in the 1100 block of River Ridge Parkway when they were approached by two men, one of whom displayed a firearm and demanded money, according to a city press release.


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