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The house Finch is a winter visitor to the Central Texas area and mainly lives on a diet of seeds, fruits and buds. Free use photo

Exploring Nature: House Finch

A corpodacus mexicanus recently visited my sunflower seed feeder – or, if you aren’t up on your Latin, a house finch. A sparrow-sized bird with light brown and red-wine colored

Pint-sized Wonder Woman Eva Robinson holds the rubber duck she chose at one of the party games at the Greater San Marcos Youth Council's annual Halloween Carnival last year. Daily Record file photo by Denise Cathey

Halloween in San Marcos

Halloween is almost here and San Marcos businesses and organizations are rolling out the celebrations citywide.

Not much is changing at the Devil’s Backbone Tavern. Bullet holes are still in the mounted deer head and surrounding wall, the beer neons still buzz and the dollar bills stapled to the ceiling by patrons remain, but three new faces will be running the iconic Prohibition-era tavern. Photos courtesy of Kristen O'Brien

Devil's Backbone gets new caretakers

The old jukebox at the Devil’s Backbone Tavern and Dancehall in Fischer, just outside of Wimberley, is playing Janis Joplin again. 

Board members and volunteers of the San Marcos Education Foundation (SMEF) will be hosting the Cottage Kitchen Luncheon this Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charles S. Cock House Museum. Photo courtesy of SMEF 

The Education Foundation hosts Cottage Kitchen Luncheon

The San Marcos Education Foundation will host lunch at the Charles S. Cock House Museum, located at 400 W. Hopkins Street, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Oct. 26. 

The Up and Away campaign, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is reminding parents and caregivers of young children to be extra vigilant about safe medicine storage, so kids don’t mistake medicines for a sweet treat this Halloween. Photo courtesy of State Point Media

This Halloween Avoid 'Candy confusion'

(StatePoint) This Halloween, families are projected to spend $2.6 billion on candy, according to the National Retail Federation.

The choir of the First Baptist Church in 1918 stand with Reverend B. F. Parks on the porch of the church. Texas State University English Professor and President of the Calaboose African American Museum Dr. Elvin Holt will give a presentation about the African-American men and women that contributed to the musical legacy of the Dunbar neighborhood at “Making a Joyful Noise in the Dunbar Neighborhood: 1918-2018” on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Public Library. Photos courtesy of Dr. Elvin Holt

'Making A Joyful Noise'

For more than 100 years, African Americans in the Dunbar neighborhood have nurtured a remarkable legacy of both sacred and secular music. The roots of this rich musical tradition can

Pumpkin spice hit America about 15 years ago and has really taken hold with pumpkin-spice-flavored products taking over grocery store shelves everywhere. But the spice blend also has some health benefits. Photo courtesy of Joe Urbach

Growth in gardening: Pumpkin Spice

I know that fall has arrived, not by the change in the weather, not by the change in my garden, and not even by the changing color of the leaves

In a scene from"The Light in the Piazza" Fabrizio Naccarelli (Trinidad Agosto) embraces Clara Johnson (Annisha Mackenzie) as he tries to find the words to express his love for her in "Say it Somehow." Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

Texas State Opera performs 'Mad Scenes'

The Texas State University Opera Theatre presents its first production of the year, "Mad Scenes," that will run through Sunday in Evans Auditorium, 627 N. LBJ Drive.

Left to right, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Ann Marie Miller, Buda Economic Development Corporation; Donny Hirsch, Thermon; Cara Ryan, Greater San Marcos Partnership; Mike Doyle, San Marcos CISD; Angel Contreras, CFAN, Jason Otto, Mensor; John Navarrette, CenturyLink; Marco Pizana, Hays CISD; Randolph Goodman, Gary Job Corps; Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant. Photo by Laureen Chernow

October is Manufacturers Month

The Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed October as Manufacturers Month in Hays County and thanked the Greater San Marcos Manufacturers Association members for their economic impact to Hays C

Quantum Materials Corp – located in Texas State University's STAR Park – was named this year’s Innovator Award at the  YTexas' Rēlo Awards. The Innovator Award recognizes a top creative, cutting-edge company that relocated to Texas and has the potential to bolster and energize the state. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

San Marcos business wins Innovator of the Year

One of the businesses housed at Texas State University's STAR park has earned a prestigious award.