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Newly renovated Whataburger opens with ribbon cutting ceremony

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 10 a.m. today for the newly renovated Whataburger.

The San Marcos location was selected to undergo major transformations and become a new prototype for future locations. It features an updated design, two drive-thru lanes and a more modern dining room that includes photos showcasing Whataburger’s history and new LED lighting.

The ceremony was held at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 123 and began with an invocation from Pastor Jenna Heart of First United Methodist Church. After the invocation, the Gary Jobs Corps color guard performed a flag raising ceremony. The national anthem was performed by Mary Gutierrez and Carla Sisk, members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Ambassador group.

Harrington earns 500th win

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Coach Ty Harrington captured his 500th career victory at Bobcat Ballpark Wednesday night as Texas State defeated the Baylor Bears 2-0.

“There have been a lot of great players and coaches along the way,” Harrington said. “I had a chance when I was leaving the locker room to look at our wall of championships and players that I didn’t even know until last week.”

Harrington has won all 500 of his games at Texas State and has fallen below the .500 win percentage mark once during his tenure.

“There’s been a lot of awesome players that have come through here,” said Cameron Friess, freshman catcher. “To help Coach Harrington get his 500th win is awesome especially at home against a good team like Baylor.”

Four tips for stress-free finals

With the semester drawing to a close and comprehensive exams looming, Bobcats across campus are buckling down to pass their class finals.

While the infamous all-night study session is a reality for many students, experts and administrators agree it does not have to be. With some careful time management and organization, students facing a brutal exam schedule can ease their anxiety and decrease the number of sleepless nights spent mentally chained to textbooks and an Alkek desk.

First neighborhood parking permits approved by city council

San Marcos city councilmembers approved the first proposal under a neighborhood parking permit plan Tuesday that will ensure unobstructed streets for residents of a West Campus neighborhood.

The program allows neighborhoods to petition to receive permits which, if approved, would allow officers to ticket parked vehicles lacking permits, regardless of who owns the vehicle. Residents at the 600 block of Burt Street, the 500 block of Hanson Street and the 600-700 blocks of Maury Street petitioned councilmembers to receive such permits.

The proposal passed with a 6-0 vote April 15 with Councilwoman Lisa Prewitt, Place 1, who resides in the neighborhood, abstaining from the vote.

Beyond the Game: Jordan Masek, senior shortstop

On a rare off day when she was not playing softball, twelve-year-old Jordan Masek sat in the stands watching her twin brother, Trey Masek, play for his baseball team.

The game was getting out of hand, and the team asked her to pinch-run for one of Trey’s teammates.

She hustled to the restroom, changed into a uniform and took the field as a pinch runner. This was not a rare occurrence—the team kept an extra jersey for her.

Trey, now a minor leaguer for the Chicago Cubs, said his sister is a “defensive wizard” and could have succeeded at that level.

Chartwells to replace Pizza Hut with Papa John’s in The Den

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Chartwells Dining Services at Texas State has announced the Pizza Hut Express in The Den Food Court will be replaced with a Papa John’s in fall 2014.

The addition is another initiative by Chartwells to provide healthier options in dining halls, said Abel Valencia, Chartwells senior marketing manager. Chartwells has officially decided construction for the new Papa John’s will be done over the summer. It will be built in the Pizza Hut Express’ current location and will accept meal trades, dining dollars and Bobcat Bucks.

“It will be the big summer project,” Valencia said. “We need to keep up with our students growing needs, and the trend right now is to be healthy so we will provide those options with this Papa John’s.”

Softball improves conference standing against defending champion Jaguars

The Texas State softball team handed the defending Sun Belt champion No. 11 South Alabama its first conference losses this weekend in San Marcos.

The Bobcats lost their first game against South Alabama 8-0, which extended the team’s losing streak to five. Texas State dropped below .500 for the first time all season.

Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman, committed an error in a 1-0 game with two outs in the top of the fourth. The error allowed the Jaguars to load the bases and led to five unearned runs for South Alabama, which made the score 6-0 before the end of the inning.

Amanda Minahan, South Alabama outfielder, recorded two home runs with three RBI. Stephanie Pilkington, South Alabama outfielder, went 3-5. Pilkington recorded two RBI and a run.

Fire at Bar One 41 causes road closures

A fire broke out Tuesday evening at Bar One 41, located above Harper’s Public House at the corner of Hopkins Street and LBJ Drive on The Square.

San Marcos firefighters “quickly doused” the rooftop fire that resulted in minor damage to the bar, according to a press release from the city.

The fire was reported at 5:21 p.m. and was “quickly extinguished” by firefighters, according to the press release. Officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Traffic in the area was detoured around The Square, and Hopkins Street was closed between Guadalupe and Edward Gary Streets, according to the city. Two lanes of LBJ Drive were also closed near the courthouse.

Musicians, fans flock to SXSW over spring break

Thousands of fans flocked to Austin for the weeklong music portion of SXSW, featuring huge names in entertainment such as Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg and Coldplay.

Hordes of visitors packed Sixth Street, creating shoulder-to-shoulder pedestrian traffic over the week as people flocked to see artists across the Austin area. Roughly 100 stages hosted more than 2,200 artists in the festival’s 28th year.

Young The Giant performs at Stubb’s

California-based indie rock band Young The Giant took the Stubb’s stage March 15 to the excitement of legions of fans.

The entire event was pushed back 30 minutes because of technical difficulties earlier in the evening. However, the wait seemed to increase the excitement of the diehard fans as the front rows pushed forward while the band took the stage to loud applause and cries.

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