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Posted on: January 17, 2018

Fact Check: Was a pregnant dog tied up outside in the freezing weather Jan. 16, 2018?

Fact: On Jan. 16, local media commented on a video sent to them by a viewer. Call logs show that an Animal Control officer visited the residence at 6:30 p.m. that evening. The dog was tethered to a tree with a small cord, but that was not preventing the d...

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Fact Check
Posted on: November 21, 2017

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has enacted new regulations that caused the Hitch to close

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has enacted new regulations for Mobile Food Vendors that caused the Hitch to close.

 

Fact: Beginning in January of 2017 the Health Department began working with mobile food vendors to ensure they were able to be mobil...

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Fact Check
Posted on: June 20, 2017

Rumor: The City of San Marcos is anti-pet and won’t allow animals at eating establishments & bars.

Rumor:  The City of San Marcos is anti-pet and won’t allow animals at eating establishments and bars.

Fact: Texas State law within the 2006 Texas Food Establishment Rules, which the city has adopted, prohibits animals on the premises of food estab...

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Fact Check
Posted on: April 5, 2017

Rumor: The City of San Marcos is charging fees for entry into the San Marcos River.

Fact: The City is not charging for access to the river or river parks, and has no plans at this time to implement park user fees.

The Parks Advisory Board and City staff made a presentation to the City City during the February 21, 2017 City Council meeting...

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Fact Check
Posted on: October 3, 2016

Rumor: A scary clown hoax has made it to San Marcos.

Fact: At this time, the San Marcos Police Department has no active cases involving clowns as suspects, witnesses, or victims.

The department is aware that there is at least one spurious clown social media account in San Marcos.  

While there have b...

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Fact Check
Posted on: September 22, 2016

Rumor: Resident are concerned about what appeared to be a kidnapping or hostage situation.

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Fact: We looked into the concerns and our police department tells us the incident took place Monday night after patrons and employees of IHOP saw a man and woman arguing near a vehicle next to the Old CiCis pizza in Springtown Center. There was also anoth...

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Fact Check
Posted on: February 2, 2016

Rumor: The City of San Marcos has hiked the minimum wage to $15 an hour plus benefits.

Fact: The City of San Marcos and the State of Texas adopts the federal minimum wage rate.

The San Marcos City Council voted on Feb. 2. 2016 to amend the City of San Marcos Economic Development Policy to require all jobs calculated or counted for economic d...

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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: March 19, 2018

Junior Fire Academy Summer Camp

Jr Fire Academy Flyer 2018

The camp is from 8am – 2pm.  Drop off is available starting at 7:30am and pick up no later than 3pm.  This will be a great opportunity to interact with your local fire department and enjoy some fun activities. Junior Fire Acade...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

SMFD Gets Fired Up About Reading

FF Dallimore reading to children.

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

San Marcos Fire Department Logo

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:

  • Enginee...
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Fire Department News
Posted on: November 17, 2017

Citizens Fire Academy Graduation

2017 Graduates.  Photo by Don Anders

Graduates from the 2017 class of the San Marcos Fire Department’s Citizens Fire Academy accepted their diplomas during the academy’s seventh graduation ceremony on November 6.  Citizens Fire Academy is a challenging 12-week program (not a certifi...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 7, 2017

Public Safety Bond Gets Voter OK

San Marcos Fire Department Logo

The public safety bond included the relocation of the Holland Street Fire Station #2, the construction of a new fire station on the east side of Interstate 35, the creation of a fire training facility located near the airport, and renovations to the San M...

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Posted on: April 19, 2018

City Council Approves New San Marcos Development Code

“This is a day of celebration! Our new code has been in the works for four years, combining the efforts of City planners, citizens and stakeholders in a collaborative and transparent process involving numerous public meetings and presentations,&...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: December 14, 2017

Online Submittals

Online application submittals will be required moving forward. The move from paper to electronic files will also be a time saving tool for applicants. A kiosk is available in the Planning office for those applicants who do not have access to a computer, o...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: December 8, 2017

Legacy Project

The Legacy Project is a hands-on community planning effort which, this year, was focused on the revitalization of Downtown Frisco. Amanda, Emilio and Craig, all undergrad students at Texas State University, competed against Grad and Doctorate students fro...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: November 15, 2017

2018 Preferred Scenario Amendment Schedule Available

The schedule for the 2018 Spring Preferred Scenario Amendment Process may be found HERE. The application deadline for this twice-per-year process is January 8, 2018. All applications for amendment to the Preferred Scenario Map may be made online at www.my...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: June 13, 2017

Revised Fee Schedule

The City Council provided direction to Planning and Development Services staff to research fee revenue and actual cost of service to process permits, review applications, and inspect permitted projects. Staff researched fees charged by other cities and an...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: June 2, 2017

Code SMTX - Adoption Process Begins

Code Cover

Code SMTX, the project to update the City’s land development code, continues to make progress and has moved into the approval stage. Find out more about how the Code is implementing the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

ZC-18-06 Application Notice

A zoning change application from Future Development (“FD” ) to Character District – 5 (“CD-5”) has been submitted for approximately 14.14 acres, more or less, out of the Barnette O. Kane Survey, Abstract No. 281, located along the 1600 Block of Redwood Ro...

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Planning Application Notices

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Mayor, Council and Kids Cut Ribbon on New Playscape

The Mayor and City Council, with help from local kids, cut the ribbon on the new, inclusive playscape at Children’s Park Saturday, May 19.

The event celebrated the completion of the new playscape, which replaces the well-loved wooden structures t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 23, 2018

SMPD to Host Church Safety Seminars

The San Marcos Police Department will host three Church Safety Seminars at the SMPD auditorium, 2300 S IH-35 in May and June. The seminars are free, but participants must register online to reserve their places.

This unique seminar addresses concerns of vi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Falling aquifer levels trigger Stage 1 drought restrictions

The City of San Marcos will enter Stage 1 drought restrictions effective May 27 in response to dropping aquifer levels. The Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented Stage 1 on May 21.

Stage 1 drought rules restrict use of sprinklers to one day per week on a d...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Texas State’s HEAT Wins Keep Texas Beautiful Award

The Texas State Human Environment Animal Team (HEAT) has been named the 2018 Youth Organization Award winner for its efforts in beautification and landfill diversion.

The award will be presented at the Keep Texas Beautiful Award Ceremony in Georgetown June...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Rethinking Our Garden’s Water Usage with Lori Broughton, PhD

Thursday, May 24

6 p.m.

San Marcos Public Library

Only 1 percent of the earth's water is available for drinking water and is a limited resource, especially here in the Texas Hill Country w...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2018

San Marcos Commemorates Fallen Heroes on May 28

The public is invited to the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 28 to pay tribute to Hays County service members who lost their lives in combat. The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Hays County Veterans Memorial, 450 E. Hopkins Street.

Veterans from di...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 17, 2018

San Marcos CVB Presents Rogers Family Tourism Awards

Local business owner Dane Adamson and the Lions Club Tube Rental were presented with the Rogers Family Tourism Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Travel and Tourism Week Reception hosted by the San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau on W...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Police Seek Public’s Help to ID Aggravated Robbery Suspect

San Marcos Police are seeking help from the public identifying a man who robbed a Metro PCS store in February of this year.

On Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, a man robbed the Metro PCS store at 1515 Aquarena Springs Drive around 4:50 p.m. The suspect was disguised ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Main Street awards May’s ‘Downtown Business of the Month’

Landis Shoe Clinic has been named the “May Downtown Business of the Month” by the San Marcos Main Street Program for serving the Downtown San Marcos community for over 100 years.

Located at 120 S LBJ Dr., this shoe repair shop has been ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 16, 2018

City Celebrates Bike Month & Bike to Work Day May 18

The City of San Marcos encourages the community to join cyclists from coast to coast and participate in Bike to Work Day, Fri., May 18 as part of National Bike Month.

Established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is celebrat...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 15, 2018

Public Invited to Parks Master Plan Open House May 23

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department is inviting the public to attend an Open House for the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, Wed., May 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins.

“This come ...

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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 11, 2018

2018 Party in Your Park Series Continues on May 18

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the second event of the 2018 Party in Your Park series on Friday, May 18 from 6-9 p.m. at Willow Springs Park, 325 Ellis St.

Party in Your Park is a series of events that will bring positive ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 10, 2018

Rabies Alert: Cat Tests Positive for Rabies in 1300 Block of Conway Drive

San Marcos Animal Protection Services is issuing a rabies alert in the Blanco Gardens Neighborhood after a cat bit its owner and another family pet.

Anyone who has had contact with the cat since Saturday, April 21 is urged to call San Marcos Animal Protect...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 10, 2018

Sessom Bike/Pedestrian Improvements Project Complete

The City Capital Improvements and Engineering Department will host a ribbon cutting event on Monday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m. to celebrate the completion of the Sessom roadway, pedestrian and drainage project. The public is invited to attend.

The event will be ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Police Successfully Utilize PIT Maneuver in Pursuits

San Marcos Police utilized the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to successfully bring two vehicle pursuits to a safe conclusion.

“These are great examples of our personnel safely and effectively utilizing tactical and pursuit training techniq...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2018

SMEU Linemen Compete in National Lineworkers Rodeo

The San Marcos Electric Utility showed its stuff recently at the American Public Power Association’s 17th Annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo on April 27-28 in Raleigh and Wake Forest, North Carolina. The competition is a series of events show...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Police Arrest Father, Son in Major Drug Case

The Hays County Narcotics Task Force and San Marcos Police have arrested two men transporting almost 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 officers with the Hays County Narcotics Task...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Police Arrest Suspects in February Hardware Store Burglary

San Marcos Police have arrested two men accused of burglarizing a San Marcos hardware store in early February.

On April 19, SMPD detectives arrested Daniel De Luna of San Antonio (DOB 4/19/1979) in the 600 Block of Lincolnshire Drive in San Antonio. De Lun...

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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 30, 2018

San Marcos Police Arrest Bank Robbery Suspect

San Marcos Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a bank in broad daylight Saturday morning.

“The City of San Marcos is blessed to have such dedicated professionals working to keep this community safe,” said Chief Chase Stapp. &a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2018

San Marcos Named Among Forbes “2018 Best Places to Retire”

Forbes.com has named San Marcos as a “Best Place to Retire,” alongside such cities such as Pittsburgh, Penn.; Athens, Ga.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Jacksonville, Fla. and Lexington, Ky.

“There is something in San Marcos for every...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2018

City Crews to Conduct Smoke Testing May 1-3--POSTPONED

City crews will “smoke test” the sanitary sewer system in the Castle Forest neighborhood May 1-3 beginning at 9 a.m. daily. The information gained from this study will be used to repair and improve the sanitary sewer system in the area.

During this testing...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Suspect in March 10 Assault Turns Self In

A man accused of assaulting another man downtown last month, causing him severe injuries, has turned himself in.

Bryan Albert Garcia (DOB 01/26/1984) of Boerne turned himself in to the Hays County Jail early Thursday morning, April 19. He was charged with ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Applications Available for LEGIT Internship Program

The City of San Marcos, in partnership with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and SMCISD, is currently accepting applications for the LEGIT Summer Internship Program.

LEGIT stands for principles the students will encounter during the program: Learning, Ex...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 19, 2018

Main Street Nets Series of Awards, Grants

The San Marcos Main Street Program announced on Monday, April 12 that their efforts in beautifying and improving downtown have recently won multiple awards, grants and recognition.

Main Street invited the partners, Advisory Board, committee members and pub...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 19, 2018

SMPD Arrests Men Accused in Pizza Delivery Robbery

San Marcos Police have arrested five men accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver earlier this month.

On April 7 just before 5 p.m., the victim received a delivery order of pizza to Aqua 16 apartments. When he delivered the pizzas, the residents of the a...

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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: April 13, 2018

Mountain Lions Sighted Near Purgatory Greenspace

Off-duty San Marcos Police officers have made two mountain lion sightings near the Purgatory Park area in the past month. The sightings were both at dusk, which is a common time for the large cats to be moving and beginning to hunt.

“Mountain lio...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 11, 2018

San Marcos Public Library News

Babies Need Books!

San Marcos Public Library

Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m. through Nov. 10

Contact: Deborah Carter/512.393.8210

Books are Vitamins for Your Baby's Brain!

Every week, the San Marcos Public Library provides parents and caregivers with books, story times,...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 10, 2018

City Awarded Additional $24 Million in Disaster Recovery Funds

The City of San Marcos has been awarded an additional $24 million in disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, bringing the total awarded since the 2015 floods to $57.8 million.

“We were excited to receive...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2018

City Welcomes Tyler Hjorth as Head of San Marcos Electric Utility

Tyler Hjorth has been named Assistant Director of Public Services, heading the City’s electric utility operations. He joined the City on March 12, 2018.

“Tyler is an excellent addition to the City team,” said City Manager Bert...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 3, 2018

Protect Your Trees From Oak Wilt

Spring is the season for yard work, but residents should avoid pruning their oak trees this time of year to help prevent oak wilt.

“Mature shade trees like oaks increase property value and are an essential part of the Central Texas environment,&a...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Main Street Wins Multiple Awards, Grants

The San Marcos Main Street Program announced today that their efforts in beautifying and improving downtown has won multiple awards, grants and recognition.

Main Street invites the public to attend the formal Proclamation at City Hall to celebrate the awar...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Summer Camp Registration Open for San Marcos Residents

Registration is now open for residents for the annual Summer Fun and Discovery Camp programs. People may register children for these fun and educational summer camps in person at the Grant Harris Jr. Building, 401 E. Hopkins.

Registration for non-residents...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2018

City Warns of Scammers Posing as Police Department

The San Marcos Police Department is warning the public of a new, sophisticated scam in which a caller is posing as the department and “spoofing” the SMPD phone number.

A victim of this scam received a phone call appearing to come from t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 29, 2018

Police Searching for Suspect in March 10 Assault

The San Marcos Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying a man who assaulted another man downtown earlier this month and caused severe injuries.

Injury to the victim occurred when his head struck the ground, knocking him unconscious an...

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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: March 26, 2018

Library Earns ‘Texas Achievement in Library Excellence Award’

The San Marcos Public Library has been awarded the 2017 Texas Achievement in Library Excellence Award, a statewide honor given by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association.

“I am so proud of the San Marcos Public Library staff,”...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2018

2018 Party in Your Park Series Kicks Off February 23

The City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host the first event of the 2018 Party in Your Park series on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Franklin Square Park, 1902 N Bishop St.

Party in Your Park is a series of events that will bring posi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2018

Set Up a Monarch Butterfly-Friendly Garden

Registration is now open for the MiGreat Challenge, a City-hosted competition to create beautiful, monarch butterfly-friendly gardens.

Prizes will be given to the first, second and third place gardens. Prizes include an official certification from Monarch ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2017

San Marcos Municipal Court Delayed Until 10 a.m.

Hays County offices will have a delayed opening at 10 a.m. on Monday due to potential severe weather.  The San Marcos Municipal Court, which is housed in the Hays County Government Center will also open at 10 a.m.  All other City of San ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2017

City of San Marcos Prepares for More Outages

City of San Marcos Prepares for More Outages

 

The City of San Marcos Electric Utility (SMEU) continues to make repairs after addressing over four hundred outages today and fielding more than one thousand calls.  City officials say many of...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2017

Harvey Continues to Bring Strong Rains and Officials Warn Residents to Stay Alert to Weather, Drivin

Harvey Continues to Bring Strong Rains and Officials Warn Residents to Stay Alert to Weather, Driving Situations

With additional road closures throughout Hays County and City jurisdictions, emergency management and first response officials continue to remi...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2017

El Condado de Hays y La Cuidad de San Marcos activar completamente el Centro de Operaciones de Emerg

El Condado de Hays y La Cuidad de San Marcos activar completamente el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia; Establecer una línea telefónica no urgente para residents.
                                                            

El Conda...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 26, 2017

Hays County, City of San Marcos Fully Activate Emergency Operations Center; Establish Non-Emergency

Over Friday night and through early Saturday morning, sporadic heavy rains were reported and several low water crossings are closed throughout the county. No unusual events have occurred and no shelters are open at this time. Officials anticipate that hig...

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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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