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Participants in the MLK March gathered Monday before the Hays County Courthouse before beginning their march to Dunbar Center. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Alaya Heimen and her father Dawan Harris carry signs with a quotation from Martin Luther King Jr. as they march down S LBJ Dr. in the 2017 MLK March. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

SMCISD Trustee Lupe Costilla, historian Rose Brooks and Texas State University President Dr. Denise Trauth. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Those attending the MLK celebrations at Dunbar Community Center joined hands to sing “We Shall Overcome." PHOTO BY DON ANDERS

Local civil rights hero Harvey Miller. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS

From left are Alex Banbury Jr., City Council members Lisa Prewitt and Scott Gregson, Mayor John Thomaides, Rajanae Hughes, Harvey Miller, Pastor Jonafa Banbury, Anijah Hughes, Dr. DeAunderia Bowen and County Judge Bert Cobb. PHOTO BY DON ANDERS

Lessons of civil rights giant are still meaningful today

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Society has come a long way in the 49 years since an assassin’s bullet took the life of Martin Luther King Jr., but we still have a long way to go.
That was a primary takeaway from speeches on Monday commemorating the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader.
San Marcos residents of all backgrounds and races came together Monday morning for a march from the downtown courthouse to Dunbar Community Center where they sampled “Peace” pies from the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Search to find new city manager expected soon

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
Tonight, the Amarillo City Council is expected to approve a contract that will officially make current San Marcos City Manager Jared Miller their city manager.
While that is happening the San Marcos City Council will be discussing how to find Miller’s replacement, potentially naming an interim manager and finalizing Miller’s departure from the city’s highest unelected position.
“It’s incredibly important,” Mayor John Thomaides said. “People want stability in the city manager position and we’re going to work hard to provide that.

The new voting system brings a game show feel to city council meetings. DAILY RECORD PHOTOS BY RUSSELL WILDE

Council members will use a keypad rather than voice their votes.

Keypad system replacing traditional council voting

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
When the City Council casts its votes at tonight’s meeting the traditional “ayes” and “noes” won’t be heard. Instead, voting will take on a game show-like system.
When a vote is called, council members will use a keypad to vote for, against or abstain from the item. The voting is done silently and how each member votes isn’t revealed until the city clerk tallies the votes.
Mayor John Thomaides says the system will make it easier for the council to vote its conscience.

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