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Candy shop to bring sweet treats to San Marcos

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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.

Professor uses geographic profiling to fight crime, disease

A partnership between two professors led to the recently uncovered new tool to combat infectious disease and terrorism.

Kim Rossmo, Texas State criminology professor, and Steven Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London mathematical biologist, recently discovered geographic profiling can be used to catch more than just criminals.

Geographic profiling is a method originally developed by Rossmo to help locate suspects in serial crimes such as rape and murder.

The model uses statistics to piece together the locations of crime scenes to help identify a criminal’s home or workplace. The system is now being applied to disease control and terrorist attacks, and is being used by law enforcement nationwide.

Pineapples dominate summer clothing

Summer styles this year have been filled with bright color blocking, Birkenstock obsessions and body jewelry fads, but one of the biggest hits can be found at the local grocery store.

Pineapple prints are appearing everywhere this season. Whether you are wearing the fruit on dresses, crop tops, swimwear or jewelry, you are guaranteed to be right on trend this summer.

Mandy Mayekawa, fashion retail enthusiast and account executive for POM Public Relations, said the pineapple phenomenon was easy to spot.

“I’ve seen how it is slowly taking over all of the boutiques and retail stores,” Mayekawa said.

Mayekawa said the style appears to be increasingly trendy as the summer goes on.

Professor solves photo mystery, again

A recent discovery made by a group of physics professors has many people talking about Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic photograph, “V-J Day in Times Square.”

Steven Kawaler, Iowa State University astrophysicist, and Donald Olson and Russell Doescher, Texas State physics professors, conducted extensive research to determine the photo was taken at exactly 5:51 p.m.

Eisenstaedt, photographer for Life magazine, captured the famous photo of a couple celebrating after Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II.

Since the photo was taken, Olson said many people have stepped forward and claimed to be the kissing pair.

By uncovering the exact time the photo was taken, Kawaler said the researchers were able to disprove many of the accounts.

San Marcos retailer seeks used furniture for flood victims

A local San Marcos family has learned the best way to cope with the loss of their home is by giving back to other flood victims in the community.

Derrick and Angie Flack, owners of Dianne Flack Furniture, have begun collecting new and gently used furniture to help individuals looking to replace damaged items. Derrick Flack said they recently purchased a 40-foot container so that anyone looking to donate can easily drop off their items.

“Being a flood victim inspired me to give back to the community,” Derrick Flack said. “We lost our home and all of the contents to the floodwaters, so we know what that need is like.”

Alumna uses Texas origins to land role

One up-and-coming actress is using her Texas roots to kick-start her acting career.

Molly McMichael, who grew up in Dallas and graduated from Texas State with a BFA in acting, landed a role in the History Channel miniseries Texas Rising and the film 6 Years when she was a senior.

“Right before my senior year I got an agent with Actors Clearinghouse in Austin,” McMichael said. “He took me on as his client and I booked 6 Years, and then I ended up getting an audition for Texas Rising.”

McMichael said Texas Rising scouting agents broadened their search to Texas after they didn’t find what they were looking for in Los Angeles.

Picks of the Weekend

For the Lady Gaga Admirer

The Alamo Drafthouse in New Braunfels will host a Lady Gaga sing along at 7:30 p.m. July 8 to give fans the chance to relive all of her music videos on the big screen. The two-hour event will feature props and a dance party to enrich the audience’s experience.

 

For the Outdoor Music Fan

San Marcos Plaza Park hosts the Summer in the Park concert series on the banks of the San Marcos River every Thursday through August. On July 9, Midnight River Choir will be performing at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

 

For the Art Enthusiast

All-day music event raises funds for flood victims

Over 30 local musicians invaded the Live Music Capital of the World June 28 to help raise money for Central Texas flood victims.

Flood Aid TX, an all-day music event, took place at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. The concert featured a wide variety of music genres across two indoor and two outdoor stages, and was produced by Crosswind Media, Clayton Corn Productions, LBTJ Creative and Fabulous Working Ladies.

LisaBeth Thomas, one of the event producers, said the idea for the event started a month ago over happy hour drinks. “

Where to find fireworks this Fourth

As the holiday weekend approaches, many San Martians are preparing to pack up their lawn chairs and head to the nearest Independence Day Celebration. Here are four events, all within 25 miles of San Marcos, to help you plan your 4th of July.

 

San Marcos SummerFest 2015

When: July 4

Where: San Marcos Plaza Park

Celebrate the 4th of July on the San Marcos River with live music from David Ybarra and Friends, food and activity booths. The celebration begins at 6 p.m., with a fireworks display set to end the night at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

New Braunfels Fireworks Under the Stars

When: July 4

Rhea’s Ice Cream to remain open

Rhea's Ice Cream will remain open, with new management, after the ice cream shop's owner declared the business would close back in April. 

Lindsey Belk, Root Cellar assistant manager, said he and the restaurant have teamed up to buy the shop, which has been a part of The Square for five years. In April, Rhea Ortamond, owner of Rhea’s Ice Cream, announced she would be closing the shop this month to move to Chicago.

Ortamond said she originally had no plans to accept offers to buy the shop, but something felt right about Belk’s proposal.

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