February 27th, 2014

Former UT football player sentenced

Former UT Longhorn Russell Allen Erxleben, now a resident of Dripping Springs, was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison last week for his role in a Ponzi scheme involving an estimated $2 million.
His arrest was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Following his time served, he will undergo three years of supervised release and must also pay restitution.

Volleyball tourney next in Corporate Challenge

The first big game of the Corporate Challenge starts up with a bowling tournament. San Marcos Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the Corporate Challenge this year. The next scheduled competition, volleyball, will be held at the San Marcos Activity Center on March 2. Current standings are Division I: 1. CFAN, 2. City of San Marcos, 3. Gary Job Corps, 4. Philips and 5. Chick-Fil-A. Division II: 1. CFAN, 2. UTC, 3. CenturyLink, 4. Mensor, 5. PTRC, 6. City of San Marcos, 7. Thermon, 8. Philips and 9. Gary Job Corps.

Commissioners get feral hog update

Feral hogs may run, and they will. But in Hays and Caldwell counties they are finding it harder and harder to hide.
And that’s perfectly all right with landowners in both counties.

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SMA inducts new NHS, NJHS members

From Staff Reports

Eleven local students were among the spring inductees of the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society at San Marcos Academy.
Those inducted into the NHS during a school-wide ceremony Feb. 12 were Callie Innerarity and Allie Potts of San Marcos; Christian Wilson of Geronimo; Chineye Onejeme of Lagos, Nigeria; Tommie Quinlan of Bellingham, Wash.; and Billy Wu of China.

River clean-up this weekend

There are a couple of ways you can tell it’s almost springtime in San Marcos.
For one, some local trees and shrubs are beginning to leaf out. For two, there’s the Great San Marcos River Clean-up which occurs Saturday.
Both are monumental.

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Veterans Court grant OK’d by commissioners

Ever since Hays County prepared to launch its veterans court last fall, those administering it found something in common with those they serve — sacrifice for nominal compensation.
On Tuesday, commissioners took the first step in rectifying that by unanimously approving a resolution authorizing County Judge Bert Cobb to submit a grant for $104,553 to the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office.

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Violence in Venezuela hits home

As more and more college campuses see peaceful demonstrations aimed at raising awareness of the ongoing crisis, Texas State’s Venezuelan students have taken a different approach.
“I started on Feb. 14, just talking with students here in the Quad, not being confrontational but just wanting to bring attention to the subject,” Alejandro Aguirre Rhode said.

Men's College Basketball: Tough home stretch for the Texas State Bobcats

Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar doesn’t want his team to focus on any other scoreboards than the ones inside Strahan Coliseum.

While losses by other teams could help the Bobcats’ chances of securing a bid to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, wins by Texas State in the final two weeks of the regular season do just as much — if not more.

“I don’t want to be in that position where we need to hope somebody loses,” Kaspar said. “I don’t want anybody else to handle our dirty work.”

Women's College Basketball: Bobcats lose their way without Martin at point guard

Texas State didn’t know how much Kaylan Martin meant to its success until she wasn’t on the court Wednesday night.

Without Martin, a senior point guard, the Bobcats stumbled their way through a 75-45 loss to Western Kentucky in a game they needed to win in order to stake their claim to one of the top seeds in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

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Celebrate Texas history

If you are a history buff, you can enjoy two very significant historical events during the next two weeks. Both celebrations will be held on State Historical Sites that are administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

A Texas-sized 178th birthday celebration on the very spot “where Texas became Texas” in 1836 will be held at the Washington on the Brazos State Historical Site this weekend — Saturday, March 1 and Sunday March 2 (Texas Independence Day).