February 13th, 2014

Esperanza Montana

Esperanza Montana, 62, of Martindale, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in San Marcos on Aug. 26, 1951 to Hipolito Espinoza and Paula Natal Espinoza.

Thelma Ruth Lane


Thelma Ruth Lane of Galveston passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the age of 83. She was born to Willie and Lucy Catherine Ruth on March 31, 1930 in Grannis, Ark.

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Wayne Formolo

Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Formolo, 74, died Feb. 9, 2014 at his home in Smiley.
Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fitch Funeral Chapel of Nixon. Graveside services will be Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 11:15 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
All are invited to sign the on-line guest book at
Arrangements by Finch Funeral Chapel LLC, of Nixon (830) 582-1521.

Jesusa Banda

Jesusa Banda, 84, of San Marcos, passed away Feb. 10, 2014.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

February 12th

Time for Texas to secure cleaner air for all Texans

Last Wednesday, I traveled to Washington D.C. to testify at a House Science, Space, and Technology hearing entitled Examining the Science of EPA Overreach: A Case Study in Texas. It was my first time testifying on Capitol Hill and I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with some of our Texas lawmakers on issues concerning the relationship between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas.

Subway: Eat Fresh Plastic

No matter who you are or where you live or what you drive or whether you thought “The English Patient” or “Anchorman 2” the funnier movie, it is time to take a stand on plastic bread.
Here’s a hint: Most of us are against it.
Formaldehyde rinsed coffee beans? Not big fans. Flame retardants in our cupcakes? That’s a big old negativo, Breaker One. And pink slime should be featured in horror films, not meat.

Cartoon for Feb. 12, 2014

Downtown Cash Mob scheduled for Feb. 14

The San Marcos Main Street Program is hosting the LOVE Downtown Cash Mob on Friday, Feb. 14. Shoppers are encouraged to visit businesses on North LBJ Drive between Hopkins and University drives between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to show their support for these establishments through ongoing construction.
Community members can show their love by visiting these businesses. Shoppers who bring their receipts by the Main Street tent at the corner of Hopkins and LBJ drives during this time can enter a special drawing for $200 in gift cards, and dinner for two at Root Cellar Café.

DA approved to hire assistants to help follow Michael Morton law

Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe got the go-ahead on Tuesday to hire two part-time administrative assistants her office needs because of additional paperwork imposed by the so-called Michael Morton law.
Morton, of Williamson County, was released from prison in 2011 after spending 25 years behind bars for the murder of his wife Christine.

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Nored retires after 28 years with SMFD

After a career spanning 28 years with the San Marcos Fire Department, Assistant Chief Len Nored retired from the fire service Jan. 31.
“Chief Nored has been a mentor to me and many other SMFD personnel,” SMFD Chief Les Stephens said. “Len’s leadership, calm demeanor, work ethic, and positive attitude made him an absolute joy to work with and the perfect fit as a Chief Officer.”
Nored joined the San Marcos Fire Department on Oct. 25, 1985 and earned his firefighter certification from Texas A&M Fire School.