Development site may contain ancient burial ground artifacts


A new apartment complex development has some San Marcos residents upset because they believe the construction and excavation will likely destroy archaeological artifacts and sites.

Many citizens believe an ancient Native American burial site is located at the Woodlands development area, said Lisa Marie Coppoletta, self-described community organizer, environmental activist and San Marcos resident. Archaeologists cannot yet confirm the existence of human burials, but experts believe the Woodlands property, formerly known as Cape’s Camp, on River Road between the IH-35 access road and Cape Road likely contains a significant number of artifacts, Coppoletta said.

UPDATE: Body found near North LBJ Drive construction

6:25 p.m. UPDATE: The death of Gregg Candelora has preliminarily been ruled a suicide. Candelora was found in a wooded park area yesterday and San Marcos Police investigators working on the case learned new information and found more evidence that indicates he took his own life.

After conducting an autopsy earlier today, the Travis County Medical Examiner's office has preliminarily ruled Candelora's death as a suicide. Candelora's family has been notified.


11:14 a.m. UPDATE: San Marcos police have identified the body found yesterday in the 800 block of Chestnut Street near a construction project.

Gregg G. Candelora was found deceased Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 11:45 a.m. Candelora had been reported missing by his brother and his ex-girlfriend. 



A young Iraqi boy watched the bombing of Baghdad on March 19, 2003 at the start of the Iraq War from the steps of his home in Al-Thawra, Iraq, also known as “Saddam’s City.”

Milad Jawad, the youngest of five boys, was born and raised in Al-Thawra, a public housing district in Baghdad. Jawad said he was 14 when the invasion of Iraq began. He can recall feeling a mixture of excitement and uncertainty as the conflict began. As a child, he dreamed of moving to America to run his own business but did not think he would see the day Iraq would be free of Saddam Hussein’s “oppressive dictatorship.” Little did Jawad know, he would one day be a business owner in San Marcos, Texas.

Council, mayoral candidates debate future of San Marcos


Candidates for City Council Place 3 and 4 and those running for mayor discussed the future of San Marcos Monday night at a debate hosted by the University Star and KTSW 89.9.

Jane Hughson, City Council Place 4 candidate, spoke without an opponent. Her rival, Councilman Wayne Becak, Place 4, was unable to attend the debate.

Hughson said one of the main reasons she is running for city council is the City of San Marcos’ Comprehensive Master Plan.

“I was on the committee for the plan, and I decided I wanted to be on city council to see the implementation of the plan,” Hughson said. “Budget and transportation plans need to conform, and I want to make sure they do. If there is a change I want to make sure that it is justified.”

CNN correspondent offers advice for journalism, storytelling

Polo Sandoval, CNN correspondent, took the stage in Old Main Wednesday afternoon, to share his experiences on life after graduating from Texas State as part of Mass Comm Week.

Polo Sandoval graduated at Texas State with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media and a minor in Spanish. Since then, Sandoval has been the bureau chief for the Hidalgo County Border Bureau for KRGV-ABC in South Texas. In 2014, he was hired by CNN as a national correspondent based out of Washington, D.C. Sandoval has reported from Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2008 and 2012 and covered the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion last year.

During his presentation, Sandoval emphasized storytelling and adding “the human element” into journalism.

Trauth opens door to students, addresses community concerns

A growing number of students are attending Texas State, but President Denise Trauth believes the mantra of the university’s community continues to be “big but small.”

Trauth sat down with students for her 13th annual Open Door session. Students had the opportunity to voice their concerns and present questions to Trauth and Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, Tuesday in the LBJ Student Center.

A range of students brought a variety of questions to the session. Trauth was encouraged by the diversity of questions and people at the session.

Chartwells offers healthier foods


Chartwells officials are tastefully incorporating more healthy eating options and information into dining hall menus.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, a Mongolian grill and full salad bars are newly available to customers. Harris Dining Hall now offers a special vegan dish every night, said Chin-Hong Chua, resident district manager of Chartwells. Mr. B’s Grinders in Jones Food Court now serves grilled vegetables, and vegetarian and vegan wraps are available in the deli case.

“I know that this semester we have a lot of vegan and vegetarian questions,” Chua said. “We have been doing this for a while, but we are becoming more aggressive with it moving forward.”

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.”


It took two plays for Louisiana-Lafayette to reassert its dominance over the Texas State football team. 

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire squeaked by the Bobcats secondary for a 62-yard receiving touchdown before the 18,509 fans in attendance could settle into their seats.  

The Ragin’ Cajuns were in the drivers seat in their 34-10 win, while the Bobcats idled in the passenger seat, unable to take control of the game.

“They took it to us pretty good,” Coach Dennis Franchione said. “We never really had much momentum and never sustained it. We didn’t make enough plays to get ourselves in the ball game.”

Following McGuire’s touchdown, the defense held Louisiana-Lafayette scoreless in its next four possessions.

ACL, Austin City Limits 2014


Thousands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to Zilker Park’s grassy 48 acres, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend.

Like 2013’s Weekend Two, rainstorms stopped the party temporarily, though, fortunately for festivalgoers, only until noon Saturday. Despite colder temperatures and mud puddles abound, patrons showed up in droves, excited for one of the biggest weekends in the festival’s 13-year history.

Eminem, OutKast, Pearl Jam and Beck headlined this year’s festival, all of which played old classics and new favorites for the generations of fans attending the event.


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