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Blanca Castillo hand sews the square scarlet skirt together that matachines wear as part of their regalia before dance practice at her home in San Marcos.​

Denise Cathey- Daily Record Staff Seated under a covered patio at her house, Blanca Castillo and her friends Irma Gaitan and Yolanda Zuniga are sewing dance costumes on a windy Sunday afternoon in San Marcos— but not just any dance regalia. They are... more

A procession of musical groups from San Marcos and beyond graced the stage on night one of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. For a full schedule of performers tonight and Saturday, visit sights-n-sounds.org. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter Sights & Sounds of Christmas opened Wednesday with temperatures in the 60s, but by the time the park closed for the night the thermometer registered in the upper 30s. Rain is forecasted for tonight and into the... more

Sophie Barnett and Ava Sepaugh program a 2D fabricator to print a 2D kirigami Christmas tree at the library's Maker Play event. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF SAN MARCOS.

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to the library for "Maker Play." This reoccurring children's activity from the Texas State University MAKE Lab is focused on exploring technology and bringing imagination to life with hands-on projects. Participants... more

Tis the season for visits with Santa Claus, and Annabel Gust got hers last weekend when the Jolly Old Elf’s stand-in made a stop at the Hays County Courthouse during the annual lighting ceremony. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Holding some of the food items are Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary Student Council members Bryan Martinez-Otero, Jewlysa Guerrero, Margarita Eufemia de Leon, Ellie Hurtado, Simon Gonzales, Misty Veltkamp, Kaitlynn Cadena, Lucas Gonzales, Alazeah Cavazos and Jessica DeLeon.

The De Zavala Elementary Student Council collected over 820 cans of food for the Food Bank’s Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign this year.

David Case, treasurer of Sights & Sounds of Christmas, faced a daunting task as he began to wrap a strand of lights inside the Wells Fargo-sponsored Tree Farm area of the festival, which in all will feature more than 900,000 LED lights.  DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

Blanca Castillo hand sews the square scarlet skirt together that matachines wear as part of their regalia before dance practice at her home in San Marcos.​

A procession of musical groups from San Marcos and beyond graced the stage on night one of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. For a full schedule of performers tonight and Saturday, visit sights-n-sounds.org. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND

Sophie Barnett and Ava Sepaugh program a 2D fabricator to print a 2D kirigami Christmas tree at the library's Maker Play event. PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF SAN MARCOS.

Tis the season for visits with Santa Claus, and Annabel Gust got hers last weekend when the Jolly Old Elf’s stand-in made a stop at the Hays County Courthouse during the annual lighting ceremony. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Holding some of the food items are Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary Student Council members Bryan Martinez-Otero, Jewlysa Guerrero, Margarita Eufemia de Leon, Ellie Hurtado, Simon Gonzales, Misty Veltkamp, Kaitlynn Cadena, Lucas Gonzales, Alazeah Cavazos and Jessica DeLeon.

David Case, treasurer of Sights & Sounds of Christmas, faced a daunting task as he began to wrap a strand of lights inside the Wells Fargo-sponsored Tree Farm area of the festival, which in all will feature more than 900,000 LED lights.  DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY DENISE CATHEY

A procession of musical groups from San Marcos and beyond graced the stage on night one of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. For a full schedule of performers tonight and Saturday, visit sights-n-sounds.org. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND

Mei-Li Bussy stands as a sentinel Angel at the entrance of the town of Bethlehem area. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND

Gus Servin, 11, and his sister Sophia, 8, stop to take a photo with some of the characters of Sights and Sounds of Christmas. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY CODY HOLLAND
 

At the heart of the Town of Bethlehem area of Sights & Sounds were Mary and the baby Jesus. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

The Bowie High School Show Choir, one of dozens of groups scheduled to perform, sings a holiday songs on a chilly Wednesday night. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

 Mayor Daniel Guerrero welcomes visitors between performances at the opening night of the festival. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY RUSSELL WILDE

Big crowds for opening night of Sights & Sounds

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
Sights & Sounds of Christmas opened Wednesday with temperatures in the 60s, but by the time the park closed for the night the thermometer registered in the upper 30s. Rain is forecasted for tonight and into the weekend.

No injuries in school bus crash

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
No one was injured in an accident involving a school bus on Wednesday, but all students on board were checked out by San Marcos/Hays County EMS.
According to Carter Hutson, director of Transportation for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, Bus #22 was making a stop on Ranch Road 123 near Holland in order to drop off a student at approximately 3:45 p.m. when it was rear-ended by a Ford F150 pickup.
“On the bus were 17 students form Crockett Elementary,” Hutson said.

Mayors respond to SB2

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
It’s more than a month until the 85th Texas Legislature convenes, but already, there are cracks developing between state lawmakers and municipal governments.
An early sticking point is Senate Bill 2, the Property Tax Reform & Relief Act of 2017 pre-filed by State Senator Paul Bettencourt, chair of the Select Senate Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief.

Crossing the bar: Justice takes turn as Hays juror

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Jeff Brown feels completely at home in a courtroom, but he’s usually wearing a robe.
One of nine justices on the Supreme Court of Texas, Brown, who lives in Kyle, found himself on the other side of the bar earlier this week when he reported to the Hays County Government Center Monday morning as potential juror #6.

Ken Bell

Fire Marshal retires after nearly three decades

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
San Marcos is in the market for a new Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator.
Ken Bell, who had been with the city since 1991, retired on Wednesday.
“You can’t replace Ken,” City Manager Jared Miller said. “He’s the kind of person you can’t replace.”
Miller said the city has known for months that Bell was considering retirement and “over the course of the summer put some measures in place to be prepared for that eventuality.”

Tis the season for visits with Santa Claus, and Annabel Gust got hers last weekend when the Jolly Old Elf’s stand-in made a stop at the Hays County Courthouse during the annual lighting ceremony. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

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