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Candy shop to bring sweet treats to San Marcos

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Downtown San Marcos is about to get a whole lot sweeter.

Candy, Sweets and Treats, a new shop opening, complete with a ribbon cutting, will be held on North LBJ Drive at the store’s downtown location August 1 at 11 a.m. The store will provide San Martians with a variety of unique confections.

Leanne Latham, owner of the store, said visiting candy shops was her favorite thing to do as a child.

“It was always something I thought I could expand on,” Latham said.

Wimberley flood survivors ask presidential candidate to reconsider stance on climate change

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In the wake of the 2016 primaries, a group of Hays County flood survivors are asking Senator Ted Cruz to reconsider his stance on global climate change.

The group, mostly comprised of Wimberley residents, presented a petition with more than 15,000 signatures to Cruz, asking him to acknowledge rising temperatures may have contributed to an unprecedented level of flood damage.

The historic Memorial Day Weekend floods this year shocked the community, destroying over 300 homes and killing at least nine people in Wimberley.

San Marcos retailer seeks used furniture for flood victims

A local San Marcos family has learned the best way to cope with the loss of their home is by giving back to other flood victims in the community.

Derrick and Angie Flack, owners of Dianne Flack Furniture, have begun collecting new and gently used furniture to help individuals looking to replace damaged items. Derrick Flack said they recently purchased a 40-foot container so that anyone looking to donate can easily drop off their items.

“Being a flood victim inspired me to give back to the community,” Derrick Flack said. “We lost our home and all of the contents to the floodwaters, so we know what that need is like.”

Same-sex couples married over July 4 weekend after Supreme Court decision

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Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Aesexual (LGBTQIA) couples from across Texas flocked to Austin over the July 4 weekend to participate in Marriage Freedom Weekend, a multi-day, mass wedding ceremony.

One week after the historic June 26 Supreme Court decision struck down state bans on same-sex marriages, hundreds of couples were married by dozens of volunteer judges and religious leaders from all faiths. The event provided an opportunity for those who could not obtain marriage licenses in their home counties to get married.

Hays County now issuing same-sex marriage licenses

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JUNE 29 UPDATE: Same-sex couples can now be issued a marriage license from the Hays County Clerk's Office. Gender neutral forms are still not available.

JUNE 26: Same-sex couples can now finally have their "I do's" recognized by law, after love won in a Supreme Court decision yesterday.

The Hays County Clerk’s Office is not yet issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite the landmark June 26 Supreme Court’s decision to overturn state bans on gay marriage.

Public housing tenants struggle to find homes after historic floods

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Many public housing residents are struggling for a foothold as flood damage has prompted the San Marcos Housing Authority (SMHA) to evacuate at least 96 homes for repairs and safety concerns.

SMHA officials have ordered all residents of the 96 units at the CM Allen Homes public housing facility to vacate. Many former residents say they are facing difficulties in finding and paying for new homes despite government assistance.

Aniceto “Cowboy” Samaro, age 85, said he has lived in the CM Allen Homes facility for 33 years. He remembers when the 30-foot tree in his front yard was a tiny sprout. He shares his home with a 15-year-old Chihuahua, Thomas.

Benefit concert raises $150,000

Community members of all ages gathered at The Marc  June 7 to raise money for Central Texas flood victims.

Omar Dawoud, owner of The Marc and applied sociology senior, said 1,100 people purchased tickets to the Band Together TX benefit concert. The concert featured Blue October, Aaron Behrens, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other local musicians working to raise money to be donated via United Way of Hays County.

 “It all started when I saw how severe the flood was via online news,” Dawoud said. “My immediate thought was to text the mayor and see what I can do, because I knew I could do something.”

After reaching out to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Dawoud said he was put in contact with the band Blue October, who had offered to help.

San Marcos family loses everything in flood

One San Marcos resident and his family watched helplessly May 24 as his childhood home filled with water. Carlos Cortez was awakened around 4 a.m. by the sound of water coming through the window of the master bedroom.

“We have a one-story house and the windowsill sits about a foot and a half to two feet off the ground,” Carlos Cortez said. “The water sounded like a fountain as it came in through the bedroom window at a pretty good rate, which is what woke me up.”

As Carlos Cortez began to wrap his head around what was happening, he realized he needed to quickly wake up his wife and three kids.

Local school works to clean up after flood

As the floodwater began to rise early May 24, one local pastor raced to save his school.

Flooding that hit the San Marcos area last weekend devastated Hill Country Christian (HCC), a church and private school serving kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Chris Birkhimer, youth pastor for HCC and Texas State alumnus, said a gut feeling brought him to the church early that Sunday as floodwaters raced towards the school.

Eight remain missing, five fatalities confirmed in Central Texas Floods

8:51 p.m. UPDATE: Search and rescue crews have found a man’s body on the bank of the Blanco River.

Texas Task Force 1 found the adult male body near Fox Road in San Marcos. The floods that surged through Hays County have now claimed five lives. Eight people remain missing.

Officials said they are sending the body to Central Texas Autopsy for identification. Meanwhile, Texas Task Force 1 and other agencies are continuing to search for the remaining missing people.

MAY 28 12:07 p.m. UPDATE:  The four families affected by flooding in Wimberley, Carey, Charba, McComb and Schultz, addressed the public in a joint press conference with Hays County early today.

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