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Mermaid Court Queen Shirley Rodgers shows off her crown and sash during the Mermaid Ball. PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY
City Clerk Jamie Lee Case, above, helps her husband Dan apply his VIP temporary tattoo during the Mermaid Ball at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY
Artist Bri Lee and Stream Leader Katinka Pinka pose together during the Mermaid Ball at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

An evening at the Mermaid Ball

Laura Aebi- Lifestyles Editor

 

Many Central Texas residents came to The Meadows Center on Friday, Sept. 16 to take part in the first annual Mermaid Society Ball. The ball, which was part of Mermaid Week, a cultural arts event that highlighted the San Marcos rivers and resources put on through the Mermaid Society of San Marcos. The evening included glass bottom boat tours, live music, performance art pieces, specialty cocktails and even a rooftop gallery featuring some mermaid-inspired art pieces.

Grande Communications donates to HCWC

Hays-Caldwell Women's Center (HCWC) was recently awarded $2,000 by Grande Communications. From left to right are Grande employee Teresa Lauderdale, HCWC Executive Director Marla Johnson, and Grande employees Ola Young, Julie Clayton and Maria Godina. HCWC appreciates the award on behalf of the 1,743 victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse served in 2015. For more information on HCWC, please visit: www.hcwc.org. PHOTO COURTESY OF HCWC

 

Young leaders from Goodnight recognized

The San Marcos CISD School Board recently recognized two Goodnight Middle School students for having represented their campus at the 2016 Junior National Young Leaders conference in Washington, D.C. this summer. The GNMS delegates, eighth graders Deanna Trevino and Alejandro Calderon, were nominated by their 7th grade history teacher, Cheryl Blake.

Members of the current Texas A&M Forest Service Leadership Enrichment Program and their instructors joined the Hays County Commissioners Court on Sept. 13 during program’s tour of the Central Texas area. Left to right, front row: Senior Staff Forester Clay Bales, Jordy Herrin, Steven Carter, and Program Director John Wegenhoft; on dais: County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Jason Ellis, Justin Kendall, Jared Karns, Matthew Schlaef

Texas Forest Service leadership program helps develop partnerships

The Texas A&M Forest Service presented its Leadership Enrichment Program class to the Hays County Commissioners Court on Sept. 13. The 18-month program helps Forest Service employees learn about the challenges facing its leadership throughout the state and how to best develop partnerships with local governments as it continues its mission of conservation and protection of natural resources.

FORUM ON "FAIR CHANCE" HIRING POLICY

A forum will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 regarding a rising push locally for San Marcos to follow in Austin's footsteps by adopting a Fair Chance Hiring ordinance: An anti-discrimination policy that moves background checks to the end of the hiring process, enabling candidates' consideration based first on their merits, without the initial stigma of a conviction history. The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host Lewis Conway, Jr., the Criminal Justice Program Associate for Grassroots Leadership, at 9:30 a.m.

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