December 3rd

College Volleyball: Bobcats head to Austin in NCAA Tournament

When members of the Texas State volleyball team and their supporters crowded around the televisions inside Bobcat Nation Bar and Grill on Sunday to find out the team’s destination in the Division I NCAA Volleyball Tournament, most already had a decent idea of where the selection committee would place the Bobcats.

High School Basketball: Rubber match for SM tonight

After a well-deserved break due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the San Marcos Lady Rattlers get back on the court tonight for a rubber match with San Antonio-East Central.

This will be the third meeting between the teams, as the Lady Hornets won the first game and San Marcos took the second just a few weeks ago at the Floresville Tournament.

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High School Basketball: Another 15-5A foe for Norris' Rattlers

Having already taken down two teams from District 15-5A this year in Austin-Bowie and Austin-Lake Travis, the Rattlers will look to make it a three-peat against Austin-Westlake tonight on the road.

San Marcos now holds a 6-2 record after defeating old rival Seguin 69-65 in a back-an-forth contest last week.

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Oralia Tobias

Oralia Tobias was released from her earthly bonds into the Heavens, to be with our Holy Father on Nov. 30, at the age of 85. Born Oct. 13, 1928 in San Marcos, she was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Oralia is preceded in death by her parents Leandro & Leonor Medina and brother Valentin Medina.

James Daniel ‘Jim’ Ward

James Daniel “Jim” Ward, 63, of Navasota went to be with his Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

December 2nd

BIRDING WITH JERRY HALL: Mistletoe a friend to birds

Mistletoe is a romantic staple of the holiday season, offering a good excuse for stealing a kiss when it's overhead.
This widespread plant parasite is also a friend to birds. Many species nest directly in the thick, basket-like masses of mistletoe branches and stems that can reach five feet wide and weigh 50 pounds. Spotted owls, pygmy nuthatches, marbled murrelets, mourning doves and Cooper's hawks all nest in these mistletoe bunches.

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ANSWERS TO GO WITH SUSAN SMITH: ‘Smart’ gifting ideas

Each week "Answers•To•Go" highlights recently received questions from patrons of the San Marcos Public Library. Visit the library at 625 East Hopkins, call (512) 393-8200, or e-mail us at for more information.

Q: My son was home for the holiday so I tried to get a few Christmas gift hints out of him. He generally likes tech gifts. This time he mentioned smart watches. What is a smart watch? Who makes them?

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Operation Turkey feeds less fortunate on Thanksgiving

Bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the Bikini’s Sports Bar and Grill parking lot in San Marcos was full. But not because patrons were coming in for a meal, they were there to feed others. Operation Turkey started more than 13 years ago in Austin, but Jesse Ruiz began the San Marcos branch two years ago.
Operation Turkey smoked more than 80 turkeys for the event and deliveries weren’t just limited to San Marcos. Volunteers came from San Marcos, Austin and the surrounding areas and meals were delivered as far as Niederwald and Kyle.
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Ancient oak trees, ferns make up Yard of the Month

Magnificent hundred-year-old oak trees anchor the front and back gardens and an equally ancient horse apple tree welcomes visitors to the side entrance, at 833 Belvin St., home of Bonnie and Ed Longcope, this month's Spring Lake Garden Club Yard of the Month.

December 1st

High School Football: Rattlers rise in 2013

By all measures head coach Mark Soto has the San Marcos High School football program back on track for the foreseeable future. The Rattlers finished the season with a 4-6 record and entered the final week with a shot at a postseason berth — impressive for a team that won just one game a season ago.

A week after the season finished, Soto reflected on the way his second year at the helm unfolded.

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