Man shot during attempted robbery at Gotta Habit Smoke Shop

11:38 p.m. UPDATE:  The suspect was armed with a pistol when he entered Gotta Habit Smoke Shop, according to a city-wide press release. The suspect was confronted by the victim when he entered the store. It is unknown if anything was stolen during the robbery. Officers were unable to locate the suspect at the scene of the crime. 

The victim has been identified as Patrick William Reilly, 25, from San Marcos. Reilly was shot once in the chest while struggling with the suspect. He was taken by San Marcos-Hays County EMS to University Medical Center Brackenridge in critical condition. 

University generates 2,000 pounds of waste per month


Texas State is doing its part to reduce the university’s waste footprint through the disposal of food, sewage and hazardous waste.

The university is considered a large generator of waste, creating about 2,000 pounds per month, said Elizabeth Arceneaux, environmental health and safety specialist.

There are multiple ways of sanitizing around campus, from disposing of dining hall food refuse to the special care of hazardous waste and efforts to clean the river, said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities.

Edwards Aquifer Authority launches irrigation suspension program for farmers, ranchers


A program from the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) aims to conserve water during the drought by offering to pay farmers and ranchers not to irrigate their land. 

The Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option (VISPO) is a way for irrigators to make some money while helping to conserve water.

The EAA has put a plan in place to help decrease the amount of water used by irrigators as part of the Habitat Conservation Plan. The San Marcos area is experiencing Stage 4 water restrictions for the first time due to extreme drought conditions.

The VISPO program is about “reducing demand with cash incentives,” said Rick Illgner, governmental affairs officer at the EAA.

Midshipmen Sail Past Bobcats

The ball was on Navy’s two-yard line when the possession unraveled.

Coach Dennis Franchione ran onto the field, gesticulating at the referees. The officials tacked on another 15 yard penalty for delay of game, setting up a 3rd-and-39 at Navy’s 42 yard line.

The Bobcats preceded the delay of game penalty with a 15 yard facemask penalty and a 14 yard penalty for unnecessary roughness.

Tyler Jones, sophomore quarterback, completed a 27-yard pass to Jafus Gaines, junior wide receiver, on third down to set up a field goal attempt for Jason Dann, senior kicker.

Dann missed the 32-yard field goal off the right goalpost, as the ball caromed back onto the field.

Texas State celebrates 50 years of integration

In fall 1963, Dana Jean Smith, Georgia Hoodye, Gloria Odoms, Mabeleen Washington and Helen Jackson walked onto the Southwest Texas State campus and became the first African-Americans to attend, marking the beginning of what has now been 50 years of integration at the university.

The 2014-2015 Common Experience theme, “Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration,” aims to show the struggles of desegregation and the importance of integration. The theme raises the question of how people internalize change.

'Celestial sleuth' dates second Monet painting


A 15-year journey to solve a mystery of one of Monet’s famous paintings has finally come to a close for physics professor Donald Olson.

Olson, the “celestial sleuth,” has conducted extensive research in previous years with honors students to uncover the dates when multiple famous paintings were created. However, when curators of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris gave Olson a call to request the professor conduct an analysis of “Impression, Sunrise” to be published in an upcoming exhibition of Claude Monet’s paintings, Olson said he lacked the time to gather a team and decided to face the challenge alone.

San Marcos residents celebrate city’s first-ever Pride weekend

Forty-five years after the first brick was thrown at Stonewall, the first Pride celebration has finally come to the City of San Marcos.

The sun beat upon on the downtown courthouse grounds Saturday as about 300 people, Texas State students and city locals alike, congregated for the first San Marcos Pride Parade. Silvia Sandoval, the coordinator of the event, said it was a long time coming.

“It was a vision brought together by friends and family,” Sandoval said. “Everybody wanted it, so we created it.”

Four years ago, Sandoval, along with Gia de la Flor, began hosting Rainbow Night, a once-a-month Pride-themed party. Eventually, Sandoval said, they were able to create a solid foundation and connections so they could organize a Pride event.

Residence halls to be renovated, replaced as part of 10-year plan


A 10-year plan is in place to renovate existing residence halls or possibly replace them with a different style.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life hired a consultant to study the university’s growth patterns and projections. The consultant looked at the conditions of the halls, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

STAR Park to expand with 20-acre addition by 2016

The Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park will expand by 20 acres after receiving approval from the Texas State University System Board of Regents to acquire an adjacent tract of land.

The expansion project was authorized at the Board of Regents meeting in Austin Aug. 29, and the land purchase is estimated to cost $1,768,000, according to a university news release. The 38-acre site dedicated to research and commercialization efforts will expand the site to 58.28 acres.


Texas State set a school record Saturday night with 697 total yards in the 65-0 victory against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions.

Coach Dennis Franchione is 5-1 all-time in season openers with the Bobcats. 

The Bobcats scored on the team’s first eight possessions of the game, with seven touchdowns.

"I was proud of our guys,” Franchione said. “I asked them for four quarters of effort, intensity, focus and physical play. I felt like we got that.”

Arkansas-Pine Bluff players said they would hold Texas State to 14 points or fewer in their media day session. Rob Lowe, junior running back, had a different plan in mind. 


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