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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.

Los Olivos Market, formerly Taste Buds Market, recently opened at 13904 Ranch Road 12 and has a wine tasting room that offers one of the state’s largest selections of Texas wines, with more than 40 vineyards and 200 varietals. Photos courtesy of Rebecca Varela

Wimberley market offers vast selection of Texas wines

Los Olivos Market, formerly Taste Buds Market, which focuses on offering the finest Texas wines, craft beers, specialty foods and gifts in a fun, casual atmosphere true to its Hill Country Roots, r

"The Play That Goes Wrong" is a play in a play. It's the opening night of "The Murder at Haversham Manor," where students of the Cornley University Drama Society are attempting to stage this 1920s production. However, everything that can go wrong is, and the opening night quickly goes from bad to disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead and actors who trip over everything, "The Play That Goes Wrong" goes quite right. Photos by Jeremy Daniel

'The Play That Goes Wrong' gets it right

These days, everything has a message, a double meaning, a sneaky twist at the climax designed to make you think. This is important because it keeps us sharp and ready

Several plants bear the common name of marigold, but only the common red and gold native Mexican marigold or the calendula (marigold) is considered the October birth flower. Free use photos

Growth in gardening:

The most popular October birth flower is the marigold. It’s not hard to see why either, few other flowers encapsulate fall quite like the marigold’s voluptuous orange, red and yellow

Black oil seeds are meatier and have a higher oil content, giving birds more nutrition and calories in every bite. They also have thinner shells, making it easier for small birds to crack. Free use photo

Exploring Nature: Bird Seed

If you provide feed for wild birds, you are in good company – an estimated 55 million Americans do so. Winter is an especially critical season for feeding birds since

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