News Flash

Posted on: December 14, 2018

SMFD is Now Hiring

Firefighters Fighting a Fire

The San Marcos Fire Department is dedicated to providing a well-trained, motivated, and diverse team of professionals that delivers excellence in prevention, educational programs, and emergency response services to our community in a safe, responsible, an...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: November 28, 2018

Holiday Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

The holidays are full of enticing smells, good company, football and lots of laughs - but along with the enjoyable chaos is the reality that cooking fires are three times more likely to occur during the holidays than any other day of the year. While you g...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Successful Pancake Fundraiser for SMFD

Santa and Elf

SMFD and CFAAA wants to thank everyone for coming to visit Santa last Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 to enjoy some delicious, homemade pancakes cooked to perfection!  We also want to thank the generosity of McDonald’s that donated drinks, butter, and syr...

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Additional Info... Fire Department News
Posted on: November 8, 2018

Citizens Fire Academy Graduation

Honor Guard

Graduates from the 2018 class of the San Marcos Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy accepted their diplomas during the academy’s seventh graduation ceremony on November 5, 2018.  Citizens Fire Academy is a challenging 12-w...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: October 16, 2018

GIS Mapping in San Marcos Greenspaces Assist 1st Responders

San Marcos Fire Department Logo

The City of San Marcos Employee Group would like to recognize Katie Steele from GIS - Information Technology as the winner of the 3rd Quarterly CIVIC Award. Katie recently took on the initiative to improve the map-ping of the San Marcos Greenspaces by act...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: October 11, 2018

SMFD Wife Was Inducted into Women's Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Howsers

The 2018 inductees into the Women's Hall of Fame, was long-time community volunteer, Aleene Howser, wife of Engineer Richard Howser.  The ceremony was held on Monday, October 8, 2018.  The hall of fame was established in 1984 to honor no...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: September 8, 2018

Kick-Off for Fire Prevention Month

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To kick off Fire Prevention Month, the SMFD held an Open House to learn about fire prevention with fun interactive events and demonstrations.  Over 1000 kids, parents and grandparents enjoyed the 8th Annual Open House held on Saturday, October 6,...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: September 28, 2018

Domino's Pizza Was Offered for Free or Free Smoke Detectors

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Domino’s, located at 1290 Wonder World Drive, and the San Marcos Fire Department rewarded select customers who had properly functioning smoke alarms with a free Domino’s pizza!  Orders that were placed from Domino’s on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 fr...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: August 21, 2018

9-11 Remembrance Ceremony – 17th Anniversary Was Held

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It was the 17th anniversary since the terrorist attack on our country and the San Marcos Fire Department held its annual remembrance ceremony.  

The program opened with a welcome from City Manager, Bert Lumbreras, and Del Valle High School JR ROTC...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: August 20, 2018

Grand Opening Ceremony Held for New Fire Station #4

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San Marcos officials held a ceremony Friday, August 31 to celebrate the grand opening of Fire Station #4, a $6 million fire station. The new facility replaced the current Fire Station #4, located at 404 Broadway, which opened in 1982.  The prior ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: July 18, 2018

Lil’ Firefighters Day Camp

Group Ol Betsy 2018

The San Marcos Fire Department held its third annual Junior Fire Academy camp with 2 one-week sessions in the month of June 2018.  The camp was available for boys and girls ages 8 -11.   

The mission of the camp was to install se...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 12, 2018

Sunshine Kids Camp

Sunshine Camp

The Sunshine Kids Camp celebrated their 35th anniversary and for last 28 years San Marcos has provided local and regional activities for the campers.  The free camp is for children ages 12-18 battling cancer and they arrive from cities all over t...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 12, 2018

City Names New Fire Marshal, Brings Office Under Fire Dept.

Kistner Kelly 2018

The City of San Marcos is pleased to announce the hiring of Kelly Kistner, a former assistant State Fire Marshal and fire forensics professional, as the City’s new Fire Marshal.

With the hiring of Kistner, the City of San Marcos Fire Marshal&...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 12, 2018

Backpacks Donated to SMFD

CFAAA Donating Backpacks Resized

The San Marcos Fire Department thanks the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association for donating custom made backpacks for our Junior Fire Academy Summer Camp! The drawstring backpacks look sharp!  The summer camp was held in June and both session...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 22, 2018

Oath of Service for New Firefighters

The City of San Marcos would like to welcome Firefighters Chris Mulvaney, Zane Willard, Miles Maynor, Travis Sweet and Micah Killian to the San Marcos Fire Department.  The five firefighters completed their one year probationary period and did th...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 9, 2018

CIVIC Award Winners

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The City of San Marcos Employee Group recognized Battalion Chief John Koenig, Captain Jeff Green, Engineer Scott Grunwald, and Firefighters Jordan Hutto and Bobby Dallimore from the San Marcos Fire Department as the winners of the 2nd Quarterly, Conduct t...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 7, 2018

Fundraiser Basketball Game

Schertz Basketball Game

Members from the San Marcos Fire and Police Departments and Hays County Sheriff's Office played a good game of basketball against Schertz Police Department on Saturday, April 28, 2018. It was a fundraiser, Battle of the Badges, at Corbett Junior High Scho...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Sam's Club Donates $1000 to SMFD

Sam's Club Donation Group Pic 2018

Assistant Chief Rick Rowell from the San Marcos Fire Department along with Administrative Assistant Senior Melinda Villarreal and Firefighters Katie Kirk-Velez, Miles Maynor, and Captain Brian Quackenbush received $1000.00 dollar check on April 19, 2018 f...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: April 10, 2018

SMFD Gets Fired Up About Reading

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Firefighters enjoy reading to children and teaching them about fire safety.  Teaching fire safety saves lives.  Parents brought their children to a recent event at the San Marcos city library to see a firefigher in fire protection gear t...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: March 27, 2018

100 Club Good Friday Fundraiser Success

100 Club Bells and Whistles Poster 2018

In appreciation of the 100 Club’s mission of assisting families of first responders killed and critically injured in the line of duty, the South Central Texas McDonald’s Co-op hosted its 17th Annual Bells and Whistles Good Friday Fundraiser benefitting 10...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: March 27, 2018

1st Annual Kenneth Copeland Fitness Challenge

Copeland Challenge Team

The challenge was in memory of fallen San Marcos police officer, Kenneth Copeland.  Eight San Marcos Fire Department personnel, Captains Justin Calhoun, Brian Quackenbush, Engineer Jonathan Pakula, and Firefighters Tanner McLean, Ross Garman, Ben...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Firefighters, City Staff, and Civilians Honored by Fire Department

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The San Marcos Fire Department honored outstanding firefighters, city staff and citizens at the annual awards ceremony held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Activity Center.

Fire Chief Les Stephens presided at the special event. Top awards went to:

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Fire Department News

News Flash

Posted on: December 14, 2018

Keep San Marcos Beautiful Receives $1,000 Materials Grant

Keep San Marcos Beautiful has been named a recipient of the 2018 Garden-Ville Materials Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with Garden-Ville.  The grant provides San Marcos with $1,000 of gardening materials for beautification effort...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2018

City named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community

The City of San Marcos has been recognized as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by The League of American Bicyclists, joining 464 visionary communities from across the country being awarded for a strong commitment to bicycling.

San Marcos rec...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 13, 2018

Bomb Threat Cleared at San Marcos Regional Airport

At 1:41 p.m. the San Marcos Police Department was contacted by Blue Skies Aviation at the San Marcos Regional Airport in reference to an email received advising that an explosive had been hidden in the building and if they evacuated or if police responded...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 13, 2018

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Cat of the Week:  Rudolph

Rudolph came to our shelter a little timid and shy, but has since warmed up and is proving to be a sweet little boy. Rudolph is one year old and has medium length black and white hair. He loves to be pet and is starting t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 12, 2018

Mark Rockeymoore and Jocabed “Joca” Marquez Victorious in Runoff Election

Mark Rockeymoore and Jocabed “Joca” Marquez were announced the winners of the 2018 Runoff Election for places 4 and 5, respectively, last night (12/11).

The Runoff Election Canvass and Swearing In Ceremony will be held Wednesday, Decemb...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 12, 2018

Public Encouraged to Complete San Marcos Housing Survey

The City of San Marcos is conducting a Community Housing Survey through Jan. 31, 2019 to help inform decisions about housing, land use and transportation within the City.   

The survey can be accessed directly at www.research.net/r/SanMar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 10, 2018

First Group of Cats from Cruelty Seizure Available for Adoption

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter has 35 cats from the large cruelty seizure in Buda available for adoption after the felines received negative Histoplasmosis test results.

“After everything these cats have experienced, we’re excit...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2018

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Cat of the Week:  Feliz

Full of joy and very active, Feliz is searching for the perfect family to give a little love. You don’t have to spend much money on toys for Feliz, she loves to play with anything that rolls in front of her. When ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2018

City to Dedicate First CDBG Disaster Recovery Funded Home

The City of San Marcos is hosting a ribbon-cutting and key presentation ceremony on Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at 906 Conway Drive, to mark the completion of the first home rebuilt using CDBG Disaster Recovery funds.

The keys to the home will be presented...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 6, 2018

Updated: Police Handle Isolated Event at Sights & Sounds

Update: 

Today, Dec. 6, 2018, the San Marcos Police Department obtained a felony arrest warrant for Ismael Jose Facundo (12/20/1998), a resident of Martindale, TX, for the offense of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.

 

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 5, 2018

Animal Shelter Resumes Normal Hours, Limited Intake

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter has resumed normal hours of operation following an unprecedented intake of animals recently seized in an animal cruelty case by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

The shelter’s intake office is now ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 5, 2018

City Completes LED Streetlight Replacement Program

In September of 2018, San Marcos Electric Utility completed a four-year project to replace all current streetlight fixtures with light emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

The light replacement, which cost $705,053 will enable a projected annual savings of &...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Drop Off Brushy Waste Saturday – 750 River Road

The City of San Marcos will host its monthly brushy waste drop-off for residential garbage and recycling service customers on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

The brush drop off can be reached by taking the San Marcos Animal Shelter entranc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Officials Determine Iconic Village Fire Intentionally Set

During a joint press conference held today in San Marcos, the San Marcos Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced they have ruled the July 20 Iconic Village Apartment fire was intentionally set and ATF is...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 29, 2018

Officials to Announce Fire Classification in Iconic Village Fire

The San Marcos Fire Department and the Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will host a news conference announcing the Fire Classification of the Iconic Village Apartment fire that occurred on July 20, 20...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 27, 2018

Public Invited to Mental Health Coalition Planning Meeting

The San Marcos Commission on Children and Youth will host a planning meeting Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, in preparation to launch a Coalition on Mental Health.

The Coalition will address the mental health...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 26, 2018

Early Voting in Council Runoff Election Begins Today

Early voting for the Dec. 11 City Council runoff election begins today at the Hays County Government Center Conference Room, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We encourage all registered voters to exercise their right and vo...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 21, 2018

Mill Street Up for Reconstruction and Drainage Improvements

Lane closures will begin Thursday, Nov. 29 southbound along Mill Street and westbound along Uhland Road for a roadway and drainage improvement project that will address aging pavement, drainage issues, and increased traffic flow in the area.

The project in...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 21, 2018

San Marcos WIC Director Wins Statewide Award

DerryAnn Krupinsky, Assistant Director of Neighborhood Enhancement – WIC, has been recognized with the Art Fuston Award by the Texas Association of Local WIC Directors Nov. 6.

“I am honored to receive the nomination and the award,&r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 20, 2018

Animal Shelter Continues Modified Hours this Week

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter will continue modified hours this week as staff and outside animal rescue agencies treat animals recently seized in an animal cruelty case by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 16, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

San Marcos Public Library ‘Stronger Together’ Volunteer Fair

Saturday, Dec. 8

12 - 2 p.m.

San Marcos Public Library

Looking for a way to give back to the community? A volunteer fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 12 - 2 p.m. at the ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2018

Mayor, Council Member Sworn In; Runoff Election Called

Mayor Jane Hughson and City Council Member Melissa Derrick were sworn in, and the results of the Nov. 6 election canvassed, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at City Hall.

A runoff election has been called for City Council Place Four, the unexpired term vacated by Hughso...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Landis Shoe Clinic Wins Texas Treasure Business Award

The Main Street Program recognized Landis Shoe Clinic for winning the Texas Treasure Business Award from the Texas Historical Commission (THC) at the 2018 Love Downtown Awards Nov. 9 at the Hays County Courthouse.

Landis Shoe Clinic has more than 100 years...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Citizens Fire Academy Graduates Receive Diplomas

Graduates from the 2018 class of the San Marcos Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy accepted their diplomas during the academy’s seventh graduation ceremony on Nov. 5, 2018.

Citizens Fire Academy is a challenging 12-week program tha...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2018

Protect Pipes, Pets and Plants from Cold

The City of San Marcos Public Services Department encourages residents to prevent broken water pipes by acting before the cold weather arrives.

Protect outside pipes from freezing:

  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house, close foundation vents and us...
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Press Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2018

Dallari Landry Sworn in as Presiding Municipal Judge

Judge Dallari Landry was sworn in as the presiding judge of the San Marcos Municipal Court on Nov. 1 after serving as an associate municipal judge since February 2015.

She takes over for Judge John Burke, who had served as presiding judge since 2006 and wi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2018

2018 Wine and Wassail Tickets on Sale Now

The San Marcos Main Street Program’s annual Wine and Wassail returns this year on Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.in the heart of Downtown San Marcos. Tickets are available online at https://2018wineandwassail.splashthat.com/.

The fifth annual even...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 6, 2018

San Marcos Police Department Kicks Off Blue Santa

The San Marcos Police Department is kicking off its annual Blue Santa toy drive and is now accepting monetary donations and new unwrapped toys through Dec. 7.

 

Monetary donations and toys may be delivered to the San Marcos Police Department at 230...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 5, 2018

First Class of Parking Mobility Volunteers to be Sworn In

The San Marcos Police Department will swear in the first class of Parking Mobility volunteers on Friday, Nov. 9.

Parking Mobility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community education and enforcement program designed to efficiently address accessible parking abuse ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 3, 2018

San Marcos Police & Fire Recover Body in the Blanco River

The San Marcos Police and Fire Department recovered the body of a female yesterday evening from the Blanco River.

 

The deceased has been preliminarily identified as 21-year-old Kate Rose Silva Xavier, a Texas State University student who had been ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 31, 2018

Holiday Camp Returns for the 2018-2019 Winter Season

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department encourages residents and non-residents to take advantage of Holiday Camp, Dec. 27 and 28, 2018 and Jan. 2, 3, and 4, 2019 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the San Marcos City Park Recreation Hall, 170 Char...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2018

Volunteers Pick up Thousands of Pounds of Trash at Cleanup

City officials have tallied the thousands of pounds of trash and recyclable material picked up during the Oct. 6 Fall River Cleanup—trash that will be kept out of the San Marcos River and its watershed.

More than 475 volunteers picked up an estim...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2018

TxDOT study shows San Marcos Airport contributes $82.1M to local economy

SAN MARCOS, Texas (October 29, 2018) – According to a Texas Aviation Economic Impact Study commissioned by the Texas Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division (TxDOT), the contribution to the local economy from San Marcos Region...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 29, 2018

Historic First Baptist Church Wins $150,000 Preservation Grant

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that the Historic First Baptist Church of San Marcos is one of 11 projects nation-wide to receive $150,000 in grant funding through the Partners in Preservation campaign.

Over the past month, twe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 26, 2018

Police Look for Suspects in Early Morning Stabbing

UPDATE: Sergio Marquez Chavarria, a white male, DOB 11/07/1989, turned himself in to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center today. Chavarria was identified after Detectives obtained surveillance video from a nearby business.

San Marcos Police are ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2018

Leadership San Marcos Donates Headsets for 911

Leadership San Marcos has donated 25 headsets for telecommunications officers at the San Marcos Police Department.

Leadership San Marcos Class of 2019 held fundraisers for San Marcos first responders, including EMS, the San Marcos Fire Department, the San ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 1, 2018

7th Annual SMarts Awards Presentation Set for Oct. 11

In observance of National Arts and Humanities Month, the San Marcos Arts Commission will present its SMarts Advocacy Awards to individuals and organizations who are making significant contributions to the San Marcos arts and cultural scene from 6-7:30 p.m...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Video Update on CM Allen Project Posted Online

The City of San Marcos has posted a video featuring information about the CM Allen Reconstruction Project online at www.sanmarcostx.gov/CMAllen.

CM Allen Parkway between Hopkins Street and University Drive is closed to traffic and is anticipated to reopen ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 24, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Thrilling Thursdays

Thursdays at 4 p.m.

San Marcos Public Library

Beginning in September, the library will offer after school programs to elementary school aged children every Thursday at 4 p.m. through the end of the year. Come join us for LEGO Mania, Growi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Fifth Victim of Deadly Apartment Fire Identified

The fifth and final victim of the deadly fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments has been identified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in coordination with Justice of the Peace Maggie H. Moreno.

 

Belinda Moats of ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2018

SMPD to Run the Torch for Special Olympics

The San Marcos Police Department will participate in the 2018 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 23.

“The purpose of the LE Torch Run is to bolster awareness of Special Olympics of Texas, as well as to raise funds for Special Olymp...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Planning Manager, GIS Analyst Honored by Texas State

Planning Manager Abigail Gilfillan and GIS Analyst Phillicia Phillips received an award for Outstanding Support from a Governmental Agency from the Texas State Geography Department recently.

The City of San Marcos Planning and Development Services departme...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

San Marcos Residents Can Text Emergency Info to 9-1-1

With storm season in full swing, the City of San Marcos is reminding residents that in an emergency they can send text messages to 9-1-1 in the Central Texas area.

The Capital Area Council of Governments deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide in Octobe...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2018

City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

The San Marcos City Council approved Code SMTX, a new 434-page development code that aligns with the City’s comprehensive plan and will guide how the City grows in the coming years.

“This is a day of celebration! Our new code has been in the works for four...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2018

Bike boxes repainted downtown for increased bicycle safety

The bike boxes downtown have recently been repainted to help increase bicyclist safety.

The green areas on N. LBJ at the intersections of Hopkins, Hutchison and University are called “bike boxes” and are designated areas where bicyclist...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 1, 2017

SECRETARY CARSON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $179 MILLION TO HELP STATES RECOVER FROM 2015, 2016 DISASTERS

SECRETARY CARSON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $179 MILLION TO HELP STATES RECOVER FROM 2015, 2016 DISASTERS

Funding to support recovery in hard-hit areas of Florida, West Virginia, Texas, and the Carolinas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (...

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