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San Martians fear city losing authenticity

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Downtown construction is slated to be finished by summer, but some local residents say San Marcos has already lost its “small-town feel.”

Population growth, along with what some residents feel are superfluous development projects, have taken away the city’s small community feeling. City hall commissioned three downtown construction projects last year. The renovation plans involve full street reconstruction on LBJ Drive and Hutchison Street, new water and wastewater lines, widened sidewalks and the addition of bike lanes.

Rape kits prove difficult for students to access

Texas State is one of many universities across the country with a lack of rape kits available to students.

Rape kits, used to collect evidence from attacks on both genders, are one of the chief tools used to convict suspects in sexual assault cases. The kits are not available on campus, said Melissa Rodriguez, director of the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. The cost of administering the test is the main reason for the lack of kits.

“The test has to be administered by a certified nurse,” Rodriguez said. “And there is no one like that on campus.”

The price of the required equipment, analysis of the kit and staffing a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) is a factor to consider, she said.

Wimberley businesses recover following burglaries

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The Wimberley community has improved security and rallied in support of the owners of burglarized shops in the wake of a series of downtown break-ins one month ago.

Two 17-year-old males, Levi Weed and Ricky Elhert, were arrested for burglarizing and attempting to break into 19 Wimberley businesses. A crime spree of this magnitude was unprecedented in downtown Wimberley, said Diana Holmes, owner of Enchantment, a handmade jewelry store. She said her shop was broken into only once before, five years prior to the December 2014 burglaries. The crimes have led many business owners to install alarms, cameras, reinforced doors and other security measures.

From the Field to the Fans- How are you doing, 2015?

Host Odus Evbagharu and Sports Editor Quixem Ramirez kick off a new season of From the Field to the Fans. The duo discuss both the men and women's basketball teams, and their standing in the Sun Belt Conference.

Investigation continues one year after Bikinis fire

The future of the self-proclaimed “Breastaurant,” once home to waitresses wearing bikini tops and daisy dukes, remains unknown after a fire nearly wiped the entire building out last spring.

The San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) was dispatched on April 25, 2014 to Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill to put out a fire. SMFD was able to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings and contained the situation before the establishment burned down completely. No one was injured, and patrons were evacuated safely.

Researchers at Texas State body farm facility identify remains of undocumented immigrants

Immigrants who died trying to reach the United States may be identified and have families notified thanks to university researchers at Freeman Ranch.

Kate Spradley, assistant professor of anthropology, works with graduate and undergraduate students to identify the bodies of immigrants who died crossing the United States border illegally.

“When I was a Ph.D. student, I became interested in this kind of work,” Spradley said. “When I was in Arizona studying, I found a program that helped identify the bodies of migrants that didn’t make it past the Arizona border. It was really inspiring because they had such a high identification rate in their state.”

Spradley came to Texas in 2008 and wanted to continue identifying bodies that were not properly buried.

San Marcos celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy

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Echoes of the same song sung during the 1963 March on Washington before Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech could be heard throughout San Marcos early Monday morning.

A diverse group of San Marcos residents and officials headed to the Hays County Courthouse to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy he left behind. The ceremony, held on the courthouse lawn, marked over ten years of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and was held by the Dunbar Heritage Association.

CASA seeks funding for permanent office in San Marcos

The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Central Texas, Inc. (CASA) kicked off a capital campaign on Nov. 13 to allocate funding for a new office and training center in San Marcos.

CASA is an organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, according to the organization’s website.

CASA has secured property at the corner of Hunter Road and Reimer Avenue for the new office, which is included in the total cost of the $1.2 million project, said Elosie Hudson, CASA community relations coordinator.

The project is “big” for an organization that has never had a campaign to raise $1.2 million, said Tricia Schneider, CASA development director.

Austin real estate group purchases Springtown Shopping Center

Officials with Endeavor Real Estate Group from Austin purchased the Springtown Shopping Center located off Thorpe Lane and Springtown Way Nov. 4.

Twin Liquors, Bath & Body Works and RadioShack are currently in the center with a few vacant buildings where Target was previously located. Officials plan to revitalize the shopping center, said Buck Cody, principal of retail development and acquisition for Endeavor.

“I think we envision it being a more traditional retail shopping center,” Cody said. “Our plan is to build something that serves the student body of Texas State and the population of San Marcos.”

Students gather in Quad after Ferguson decision

Students gathered Tuesday morning in the Quad to join together in moments of silence and speech in light of the Nov. 24 Ferguson decision.

Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. The boy was unarmed and his body lay in the street for four and a half hours after six bullets hit him ending his life. After 100 days of decision-making, a St. Louis County grand jury decided on Nov. 24 not to indict or bring any criminal charges against Wilson.

After the decision was announced Monday night, the country reacted and Texas State students held a peaceful rally this morning to honor Brown’s memory and lead a discussion on race relations in the United States.

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