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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. 

Percentage of smokers at Texas State decreases following campus smoking ban


Recent surveys conducted by the American College Health Association reveal with the implementation of the tobacco-free policy on campus, the number of frequent smokers at Texas State has decreased from 22 percent to 15 percent since 2011.

The campus community has reaped significant benefits since becoming a tobacco-free campus, said Emilio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center. 

“I think people are realizing that smoking and exposing others to secondhand smoke is a real risk to self and others, and it’s translating into changes of behavior,” Carranco said. “We’ve got fewer students that are smoking regularly and more students who are thinking about quitting. That is really good for the health of our campus community.”

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.

Q&A The Lonely Biscuits, Funk-Rock-Pop fusion group


Everything about funk-rock-pop fusion group The Lonely Biscuits would indicate they have been at this a long, long time. Though the group is nothing if not seasoned and professional, many would be surprised to learn band members Nick Byrd, Sam Gidley, Grady Wenrich and John Paterini are still enrolled as seniors at the illustrious Belmont University. “We miss a lot of Friday classes,” Nick, the group’s bassist, laughed, explaining that the school works with them to allow for band-related travel. And it’s paid off.


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.

Best of the Fest: Austin City Limits, Day One


Thousands of festival-goers made their annual pilgrimage Friday from woefully overpriced parking garages downtown to sunny Zilker Park, their Urban Outfitters-clad bodies signifying the kickoff of ACL’s second (and even bigger) weekend. Though there were dozens of artists and several acres of festival to get through on day one, we did the leg work to separate the Snapchat-worthy from the so-so with our inaugural Best of the Fest coverage. Here are our picks:




Brothers’ skateboard company focuses on environment, eco-friendliness

Since the popularization of the buy-one give-one business model by companies such as TOMS, others have been inspired to combine entrepreneurial goals with aspirations to give back to the community. Rio Board Co. is the product of such an infusion.

Dane, Spencer and Luke Adamson, a trio of brothers and Texas State students, founded the local handcrafted skateboard company earlier this year. The brothers share passions for both skateboarding and giving back to the San Marcos community.

The company was founded back in January when Dane’s board broke and, due to financial shortcoming or, in his words, “being cheap,” he decided to build one instead of making a new purchase.

Faculty Senate discusses going digital with course evaluations

University officials are advocating for end-of-course evaluations to be moved online.

For the past five years, students have filled out the end-of-course evaluations on physical Scantrons. However, certain members of the Texas State University Faculty Senate are pushing for the biannual evaluations to be done online and no longer with pencil and paper, said Susan Weill, associate professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“I am pushing for the change in format of evaluation forms,” Weill said. “I am on the faculty senate, and I am advocating for it. I just think it’s the way of the future and we ought to do it.”

Backyard gardening on rise as large-scale farming suffers

Many large-scale farmers located along the IH-35 corridor have been increasingly affected by the ongoing drought over the past fifteen years, sometimes unable to yield their quotas during harvest season.

The ongoing drought has strained farmers’ dependence on rainwater to grow crops, thus causing food prices to rise. While the prominence of large-scale farming is diminishing, a new subculture of backyard farming is emerging in San Marcos.

J.W. Ottmers, owner of Oma and Opa’s Farms, began farming in 1968 and currently grows 18 different crops on his five acres of land.


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