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Visitors at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment will now be able to take part in guided stand-up paddling tours, allowing for a new way to experience the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Pictured above and below, participants take part in guided stand-up paddling tours on Spring Lake. Photos courtesy of Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Visitors at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment will now be able to take part in guided stand-up paddling tours, allowing for a new wa

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The Hays County Commissioners Court’s discussion surrounding a letter sent by Travis County asking the county to reconsider its plan to move forwar

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San Marcos police arrested three after receiving a report of an attempted catalytic converter theft.

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ran out of his house and jumped into a truck driven by his wife, a state senator, to avoid being se

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Sophomore midfielder Madi Goss was named Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the Sun Belt announced Tuesday.

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Texas State knows everything’s turned up a notch.

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Fueled by a pair of early goals, Texas State took care of business against Louisiana Monroe (ULM) 4-1 at Bobcat Soccer Complex on Sept. 25. 

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The Bobcats took care of business against Houston Christian (HCU).

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Q.When is Hispanic Heritage Month? Is it September or October? I’m confused!

A. Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 – Oct. 15.

Exploring Nature: Winter Birds

An American goldfinch. The collective noun for a group of finches is a charm. Graphic from Metro Creative

Well darn. My hummingbird has gone.

Awards pile up for Truffula Pink Gomphrena

Flame Proof, Perfect Score All Season, Leader of the Packand Top Performer are just a few of the award designations for Truffula Pink Gomphrena. It has now taken in 50 such trophies. If your state has a flower trial competition, my guess is Truffula Pink has been a winner. I also believe that as the pandemic evaporates and we achieve a modicum of normality, the number of trophies will continue to mount. If you don’t know, Truffula Pink, it is a globe amaranth. It is almost always grown as an annual that reaches about 24 inches tall and almost as wide. You can’t give it too much sun. It is possible it might be perennial in zones 9 and warmer. I live in 8a and had a patch that was perennial for me for a couple of years. I’ll explain its demise.

Outsiders Anonymous will hold its inaugural Recovery on the Plaza Festival on Oct. 8 at San Marcos Plaza Park.

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September marks Suicide Prevention Month. A national poll conducted in 2020 found that while 95% of Americans surveyed would do something if someone close to them was thinking about suicide, almost 70% of respondents identified barriers that keep them from discussing suicide with others. These barriers included not knowing what to say, not knowing where to turn for help, feeling they don’t have enough knowledge, or not feeling comfortable with the topic.

My adult life has been full of transitions–from single to married, from childlessness to fatherhood, and from virile coolness to cringey blobfish. I now find myself in the midst of a change from occupying a nest literally bursting with hatchlings frantically pecking at my wallet to now watching one last teenage fledgling perched on the edge of a limb and hoping I don’t do anything embarrassing.

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