Community organizations take action against Float Fest river pollution

Float Fest is quickly approaching and some city officials are concerned about the environmental impact the event may have on the San Marcos River.

The live music festival is set to happen Aug. 28-30, giving those who attend an option to float the river during performances. Festivalgoers can also camp on event grounds over night.

“Float Fest is a wonderful concept, a great way for our community to come together and float down our beautiful river and enjoy good music and company,” said Meredith Miller, senior programming coordinator at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.

Miller said she feels Float Fest organizers did a poor job of minimizing environmental issues that accompanied the festival last year.

Practice report: Bobcats preparing for Florida State's crowd noise

The Texas State football team is another day closer to opening the season against Florida State and the anticipation is evident in the team’s practice.

Tuesday marked the first practice since classes began and the Bobcats came out in pads and helmets.

“The team practiced well today and we got some good work in,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We hadn’t practiced in about 48 hours and I could tell the team had more spring in their step.”

There was a new element to Tuesday’s practice.

The coaching staff decided to play Florida State’s fight song and chants on repeat throughout practice. Franchione said the team will continue practicing with the filtered crowd noise until game day.

Rattle Snake Run 5k joins athletics with community

Runners of all ages gathered at San Marcos High School (SMHS) starting line Aug. 22 to take part in the 2nd annual RattleSnake Run 5K.

The race served as a fundraiser for its sponsor, the SMHS Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Anthony Williams, Lieutenant Colonel, said the race is designed to bring the community together before the beginning of a new school year.

“It’s a great community service event,” Williams said. “We get a lot of participation from the local community, families, kids and young people.”

Williams said organizers decided to open the race to all ages in an effort to encourage kids to be more active.

Texas State chant: a brief history


The traditions that surround game-day atmospheres at Texas State is simply one-of-a-kind.

Many students show pride for their school using the Texas State chant, a unique signature yell designed to boost spirit at any point during a Bobcat athletic event.

Shaina Mayberry, head cheer coach, said the tune was created during the 2005 Southland Conference Championship.

“That was one of the bigger things to happen after the school changed its name to Texas State,” Mayberry said. “One side started yelling ‘Texas’ and the other side started yelling ‘State,’ and it was kind of a pivotal moment.”

Mayberry said the chant is an easy way to bring students, staff and faculty together.

Two students among nine arrested Friday

Two Texas State students were arrested Aug. 21 in New Braunfels for disorderly conduct.

Shannon Winston, exploratory sophomore, and Luther Yamthe, accounting sophomore, were among 6 other people arrested for disorderly conduct Aug. 21, according to Comal County jail records.

The two were involved in a fight on a party bus stopped at a gas station in New Braunfels, according to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. The bus was on its way to San Marcos from San Antonio.

New gourmet doughnut trailer arrives in town

After 20 years in the restaurant industry, one Kyle resident is looking to change up breakfast in San Marcos.

Brandon Alarcon, owner and operator of Donut 911, said he started the food truck, that now sits on N. Guadalupe Street, two months ago with a desire to reinvent the popular breakfast treat. Customers have the option to create their own type of doughnut, choosing their own toppings and fillings, Alarcon said.

Alarcon said most of the feedback he has received so far has been positive.

Hammon inspires crowd at convocation

The freshmen and transfer students at Saturday’s New Student Convocation ceremony all had one thing in common—it’s their first year at Texas State.

Keynote speaker Becky Hammon is the perfect person to talk about firsts, as she’s no stranger to them herself.

After signing with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, Hammon became the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. She’s the first full-time female coach out of North America’s four major professional sports. She’s also the first female head coach in the NBA’s Summer League, winning the championship and proving she’ll be sticking around for awhile.

During her speech at convocation, Hammon spoke to the 112th freshman class to arrive on campus about the tools she’s used to find success in her career.

Bobcats earn 2-0 victory in season opener against Houston

Three minutes into the 2015 season, Lynsey Curry, senior forward, was almost in mid-season form.

Curry, the Sun Belt Conference leader in shots last season, notched her first attempt of the season in the third minute. The shot bounced off the goalkeeper’s hands.

Eighty-five minutes later, Curry made sure to finish the deal. Curry’s goal in the 88th minute put the closing touches on the Texas State soccer team’s 2-0 victory against Houston at Fred Lewis Field.

Taylor Allen, junior defender, and Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, executed a quick two-pass sequence to set up Curry’s goal.

Back to school: how-to's for a great fall semester


1. Be conscious of your environment.

San Marcos, like most of Texas is a very humid place. While summer may officially end in August, the heat does not dissipate until October. Wearing sensible, weather-specific clothing will go a long way, especially on those unbearable days where the heat can knock out even the toughest of summer-lovers. Bringing water is important to keep students from fainting on the overabundance of stairs due to exhaustion.


2. Utilize campus resources.

Candy shop to bring sweet treats to San Marcos


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.


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