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Scarlett Garcia is the new principal at Bowie Elementary.
Photo courtesy of San Marcos CISD

Bowie Elementary has a new principal with a wealth of experience and a pristine reputation for teacher retention. The 2024-2025 school year marks Scarlett Garcia’s 16th year in the field of education, and she said she is grateful to find herself leading a San Marcos school.

The city of San Marcos was recently awarded more than $897,000 through the Highway Safety Improvement Program to complete safety improvements at the intersection of Thorpe Lane and Springtown Way. The program is mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and local funding is allocated by the Texas Department of Transportation.

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The Juneteenth Unity Walk occurred on Saturday with the purpose of educating the public on the history behind Juneteenth and uniting the community with love. Above, the Juneteenth Foundation is pictured leading the unity walk through the Dunbar Historic Neighborhood. Below, Pastor James Jacobs led the opening prayer before the walk.
Daily Record photos by Shannon West

Annual walk brings community together

At approximately 3:46 a.m. on Monday, June 17, the Kyle Police Department responded to a report of suspicious activity made by a concerned citizen at Wren Lane and Robin’s Nest Lane. Upon arrival, officers encountered a group of juveniles who fled the scene of a broken-down vehicle in the middle of the road. Following a pursuit on foot, four of the six juveniles, three females and one male, were detained.


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David Hamilton, pictured above from his time playing for the Rattlers, helped one of the most storied franchised in Major League history, the Boston Red Sox, set a new team record this weekend.
Daily Record photo by Gerald Castillo

Boston Red Sox shortstop and San Marcos High School alumni David Hamilton helped break a Red Sox team record in their game against the New York Yankees on Sunday.

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San Marcos went undefeated at the TABC Showcase beating Longview, Iowa Colony and Katy Taylor.
Photo submitted by San Marcos High School

San Marcos competed at the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Showcase in Bryan-College Station over the past weekend.

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Elisabet Runarsdottir competes at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships where she took 1st place. Runarsdottir is just the fourth Bobcat track athlete to win a national championship and the first since 1995.
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It had been 29 years since Texas State had a national champion in track and field with Inez Turner winning the 800-meter run in 1995. But after the completion of the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the drought was over.

Game Preview Texas State vs Sam Houston

Game: Sam Houston vs Texas State @ NRG Stadium Date: Thursday, Sept. 28 2 p.m. Series History: Texas State leads series 49-36-5 Last Meeting: Sam Houston defeated Texas State 36-14 in


Flying high

Seen from the Leap of Faith zipline, participants can see the full panorama of Lake Travis and the dock where the boats disembark.
Photo by Celeste Cook

Add some zip to a summer day trip with Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Texas Performing Arts to welcome Branford Marsalis Quartet

Texas Performing Arts will host a performance of Branford Marsalis with the UT Jazz Orchestra at Bates Recital Hall, Friday Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and the Branford Marsalis Quartet at The Mansion, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 and 9 p.m. In the SMTXLife story titled “TPA releases all new 24-25 season lineup,” we listed Chris Thile as a featured performer for the TPA season. Due to scheduling conflicts, Thile is not able to participate. The Record regrets the error. For information about the season lineup, visit the website at
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Texas Performing Arts to welcome Branford Marsalis Quartet

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures to host #LTZAgives Fundraiser June 18

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Lake Travis Zipline Adventures will host #LTZAgives with 100% of all tours booked on Tuesday, June 18 benefiting Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter. Typically closed on a Tuesday, patrons can schedule a tour for this special fundraiser by selecting “Charity Tour” when booking online at ziplaketravis. com.

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Saturday at 9 a.m. (setup at 8:30 a.m.) is the annual Juneteenth unity walk that starts at the crossroads of MLK Dr and LBJ Drive (in the parking lot of Industry and Gus’ Fried Chicken). The walk goes through the historic district and ends at the WIllie Mae Mitchell Center, located at 715 Valley Street. Make sure you wear sunscreen and hydrate well beforehand because it will be hot. Though last year, they had a golf cart riding with the walk that had a lot of cold water bottles in the back. Afterwards, stay for the Juneteenth BBQ cookoff festivities that will be going on at the Mitchell Center. Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hays County Historic Courthouse on the square will be Bubble Fest hosted by Downtown SMTX. There will be free bubble play with the Bubble Wranglers, bubble entertainment by the Ambient Bubble Artist, a bubble dance party, a cool zone for a break from the heat, local vendors and music by DJ Alpha.

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Drought conditions across the state dropped a percentage point in May compared to the previous month, with 26% of the state in some stage of drought, primarily in West and South Texas and parts of the Panhandle.

How to combat too much sitting at the workplace

Moe Johnson Running with Moe

I spend time at my computer writing articles, letters, emails and checking out different media outlets for interesting information. The problem is this leads to too much sitting. People who have office jobs, work from home and are addicted to internet games probably spend more time sitting than they do standing. While habits such as smoking, drinking too much, obesity, and lack of exercise are known causes of many illnesses and ailments in people, sitting too much is also one of those bad habits that can lead to health problems.

Colton's Corner: Thoughts on new UIL playoff divisional split

Colton McWilliams Sports Editor

The UIL made an important decision creating a new divisional split in the playoff structure for volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball.

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