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.

Piper Foundation recognizes Texas State professor

One professor’s dedication to students at Texas State is getting noticed in a big way.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation named Vedaraman Sriraman, engineering technology professor, as one of 10 Piper Professors of 2015. Sriraman, who has been instructing at the university for 24 years, said the award was intended to honor his commitment to teaching at Texas State.

“After completing my doctoral degree, I was searching for a teaching position and Texas State was one of the first institutions that interviewed me for a job,” Sriraman said.

Sriraman said he is thankful for the teaching skills the university has helped him develop over the years.

University Galleries showcases local artists


One San Marcos couple is using art to educate students on human nature throughout major events in history.

Billi London-Gray and Daniel Bernard Gray’s exhibit titled “Displacement” is currently being showcased at the University Galleries until July 26. The pair designed art pieces relating important moments in history to today’s world, challenging audiences to reexamine much of what they have previously learned.

Gray, a local artist and Texas State alumnus, said he and his wife were asked by gallery director Mary Mikel Stump to showcase their video titled “Toying with History” along with correlating artwork.

“We were offered more space at the gallery to create some new work,” Gray said. “It was a matter of what we wanted to do with the space.”

'Jurassic World' has (pre)historic weekend, delights viewers

Jurassic World roared into theaters 14 years after its last installment with stunning visual effects and an exhilarating non-stop pace.

It is evident director Colin Trevorrow and the screenwriters understood it would be impossible for the film to live up to Steven Spielberg's original. Instead, they opted for a nostalgic tribute to the first film while also attempting to include new storylines.

The result is a fully functioning dinosaur amusement park dreamed up by John Hammond, the CEO and creator of Jurassic Park, and run by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), a no-nonsense park executive.

Young children can be seen riding atop tame Triceratops as their parents sip margaritas, and tourists can roam a Stegosaurus paddock in a rotating gyro vehicle.

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For the live music fanatic 

Cheatham Street Warehouse is set to host Big Fest June 26-28. The three-day music festival is held to celebrate the birthday of Texas music legend Big John Mills and raise money for the Cheatham Street Warehouse Music Foundation. The music begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket information can be found at


For the adventurer

Benefit concert raises $150,000

Community members of all ages gathered at The Marc  June 7 to raise money for Central Texas flood victims.

Omar Dawoud, owner of The Marc and applied sociology senior, said 1,100 people purchased tickets to the Band Together TX benefit concert. The concert featured Blue October, Aaron Behrens, Ray Wylie Hubbard and other local musicians working to raise money to be donated via United Way of Hays County.

 “It all started when I saw how severe the flood was via online news,” Dawoud said. “My immediate thought was to text the mayor and see what I can do, because I knew I could do something.”

After reaching out to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Dawoud said he was put in contact with the band Blue October, who had offered to help.

Student credits local beer for lifesaving escape from floodwaters

A Texas State student credits his decision to stay up late and enjoy an Austin-brewed beer to saving his life after floods hit Hays County on Memorial Day weekend.

Colin Iliff, environmental studies senior, was house-sitting for his aunt in Wimberley when the weather conditions began to deteriorate.

“There is like a 25-foot difference between where the house sits and where the (Blanco) river is as far as height goes,” Iliff said. “The rain had started flowing down and the river was a little elevated, but it seemed completely fine.”

Iliff said he considered going to bed after the power went out. But Iliff quickly changed his mind after noticing his favorite beer in the fridge.

Local resident grateful for benefit concert

As community members gathered to show their support for flood victims June 7 at The Marc, the outpouring of support overwhelmed one local resident.

Susan Castellow, Wimberley flood victim, said she struggled to hold back tears of gratitude as she thanked event coordinators for putting together Band Together TX, a fundraising concert.

Castellow said she was one of the many who lost everything May 24 when flah floods hit Hays County

“Our house was off of River Road and was fully submerged, so we lost everything,” Castellow said. “Our house, car and belongings were gone overnight, along with so many others’.”

Castellow said she was able to grab two small boxes as she was evacuating the house.

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For the Songwriter

Cheatham Street Warehouse will host its weekly Songwriter Circle at 9 p.m. today. The event, which has been hosted by Kent Finlay since the venue opened its doors in 1974, offers songwriters the opportunity to perform their work in front of fellow musicians. Performers must arrive early to get their name on a signup sheet.

For the Live Music Fan

The Summer in the Park Concert Series will feature Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros June 11 at San Marcos Plaza Park. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is perfect for any country music fan looking to soak up some much-needed sun. The event is free and open to all ages.

For the Foodie

San Marcos family loses everything in flood

One San Marcos resident and his family watched helplessly May 24 as his childhood home filled with water. Carlos Cortez was awakened around 4 a.m. by the sound of water coming through the window of the master bedroom.

“We have a one-story house and the windowsill sits about a foot and a half to two feet off the ground,” Carlos Cortez said. “The water sounded like a fountain as it came in through the bedroom window at a pretty good rate, which is what woke me up.”

As Carlos Cortez began to wrap his head around what was happening, he realized he needed to quickly wake up his wife and three kids.


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