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: January 2, 2019

Fire Chief Les Stephens Appointed to One-Call Board of Texas

San Marcos Fire Department Logo

In mid-December 2018, San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the One-Call Board of Texas, a seven member board with authority over “Call Before You Dig” systems that notify the underground facility ...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: December 31, 2018

San Marcos Not the Place To Use Fireworks

July 4 Firework Safety Picture

Chapter 38 of the City of San Marcos Code of Ordinances states: Sec. 38.054. Violations declared nuisances: extraterritorial application. (a) The following are declared public nuisances:(1) The sale, possession, storage, discharge, or offer for s...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Stuffed Animal Donation to SMFD

JB Goodwin Donation Box

The San Marcos Fire Department received a donation of 30 new plush animals on December 19, from JB Goodwin Realtors based in New Braunfels to provide comfort to children at the scene of incident calls. Brittney Herbelin, a City employee in the police depa...

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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 20, 2018

Grand Opening Ceremony Held for New Fire Station #4

Sta 4 Artist Image

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

CIVIC Award Cropped

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: January 18, 2019

City to Host ‘Art and the Business of Art’ Workshop Jan. 31

The City of San Marcos will host a marketing and business workshop for artists at the San Marcos Activity Center Multipurpose Room, 501 E. Hopkins, on Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon.

The workshop, “Art and the Business of Art,” will cover promotion, event plann...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 18, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Cat of the Week:  Oliver

Oliver is a social butterfly! He is extremely curious, loves playing with toys, and is very happy being held. Oliver is a beautiful one year old black domestic short hair with piercing eyes. He would be a great fit for any...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 17, 2019

WIC to Open New San Marcos Location

On Monday, January 28, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program offices in San Marcos will open their new office on The Village of San Marcos campus at 215 S. Reimer Ave.

The new location will feature extensive parking, a spacious waiting area, a bre...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 16, 2019

Citizen Police Academy Class Starts in February

The San Marcos Police Department will begin its Winter Citizen Police Academy classes on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 in the auditorium at the San Marcos Police Department, located at 2300 S IH-35.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 14-week course that...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 16, 2019

City Clerk’s Office Wins 5-Star Award

The San Marcos City Clerk’s office has won the Texas Department of State Health Services 2018 Exemplary Five Star Service Award for local vital statistics registrars.

“Margaret Salinas and Elizabeth Trevino are the dynamic duo that ach...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 15, 2019

City Offices Closed Monday for MLK Day

City of San Marcos offices, including City Hall, Library, Activity Center, Animal Shelter, Discovery Center, San Marcos Municipal Court, and Utility Offices, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Tickets on sale now for Valentine’s celebration for 50 and over

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their 20th annual Golden Sweetheart’s Ball for couples and singles age 50 and above in San Marcos and surrounding communities.

This semi-formal event will be held on Friday, Febru...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 14, 2019

Missing Hays County Man Found Dead in Blanco River

San Marcos Police and Fire personnel recovered the body of Omar Maya-Rangel (4.13.86) of Kyle, TX, on January 12 in the Blanco River.  Mr. Maya-Rangel had been missing since Dec. 28, 2018.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, San Marcos ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2019

City Seeks Volunteers to Plant Trees in Children’s Park

The City of San Marcos is hosting a community tree planting event at Children’s Park on January 19th, from 10am - 12:30pm.

Twenty trees will be planted to help beautify and shade the area around the playground. Please bring your own water and wea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2019

Traffic Control Box Art Installed; Designs by Local Artists

The City of San Marcos has installed three new pieces of public art on traffic control boxes at busy intersections in the community.

The Traffic Control Box Art program aims to enhance the city by adding works of art to the streetscape on surfaces that are...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2019

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, Jan 12 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The brush drop off can be reached by taking the San Marcos Animal Shelter entrance at 750 Ri...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Cat of the Week:  Demeter

Such a lovable and playful girl! Demeter is a one year old domestic short haired tabby who will happily follow you wherever you go. Demeter does great with other cats, including her sister and kennelmate, Persephone. She ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2019

SMPD Arrests Shooter and Serial Rock Thrower

New Year’s Day Shooting Injures Three, SMPD Makes Arrest

On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, San Marcos Police arrested Korey Ryan Aleman (6.14.95) of New Braunfels, TX, for a shooting that occurred on San Antonio St. on Jan.1.  Aleman has been c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 5, 2019

SMPD Press Conference Details Officer Involved Shooting

Chief of Police Chase Stapp held a brief press conference at 11 a.m. today at the San Marcos Police Department, 2300 S IH-35, to provide details about an officer involved shooting that occurred in San Marcos last night. 

Just after 9:30 p.m. on Fr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2019

San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter ‘Pets of the Week’

Cat of the Week:  Paulie

What a sweet cat! Paulie is affectionate, playful and curious. This two-year-old boy loves to wrestle with stuffed animals so much, he has the potential to be a great mouser. Paulie got his name because he is a Polydactyl,...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2019

Animal Shelter Extends Hours to Assist Adoptions

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is expanding its adoption hours starting January 2, 2019. 

The new Adoption Center hours will be from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday the adoption center will be o...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2019

City Invites Human Services Agency Applications

The City of San Marcos is now accepting Human Service Agency applications for funding for 2019-2020 budget allocations.  Applications are due by February 15, 2019.

Agencies may pick up an application from the Finance Department in the Municipal Bu...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 3, 2019

San Marcos Fire Chief Appointed to One-Call Board of Texas

In mid-December, San Marcos Fire Chief Lester “Les” Stephens was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to the One-Call Board of Texas, a seven member board with authority over “Call Before You Dig” systems that notify t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 18, 2018

City Offices Closed for Christmas, New Year’s

City of San Marcos offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for the Christmas holiday, and Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday.

San Marcos Municipal Court, located at the Hays County Government Center at 712 South Stagecoach Ro...

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Press Releases
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.

 

Facundo’s wherea...

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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: 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 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: 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: 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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