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Stores like JCPenney are offering additional savings on items during the state's sales tax holiday. All Junior's and Kid's Arizona denim will be on sale over the weekend, in addition to discounted kids haircuts at JCPenney salons. Photo courtesy of  JCPenney

Back-to-school shopping this tax-free weekend

San Marcos CISD starts back to school on Aug. 27 and students and families are ramping up for the school year by purchasing clothes, shoes and supplies for the academic year.

Bri Lee and Katinka Pinka sport their mermaid-inspired couture at the 2016 Mermaid Society Art Ball. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

The Mermaid Society Art Ball

The third annual Mermaid Society Art Ball is around the corner and the Mermaid Society SMTX is already gearing up to pack the night with sights and sounds that will

Texas falls and winters make the perfect growing conditions for cabbage, kale, collards, cauliflower, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, broccoli, green beans, bok choy, arugula, spinach, carrots, lettuces, beets, radish, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, celeriac and much more. Photo courtesy of Joe Urbach

Growth in gardening:

So, it is August and you may not know this but in Central Texas, August indicates that it is time to get ready for the fall garden. In fact, by

SMUUF Social Justice Chair Jeannie Lewis, Centro Program Coordinator Gloria Salazar, SMUUF President Mark Rockeymoore, Centro Co-Founder and Current Parliamentarian Lupe Costilla, SMUUF Board Karen Munoz and SMUUF Administrator and Secretary Marissa Fehler. Photo courtesy of SMUUF

SMUUF donates $660 to Centro Cultural

During a recent Sunday morning Worship Service, the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) took up a collection of $660 to donate to Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. Once

RED Arena, a nonprofit therapeutic horse riding center, started renovating their new San Marcos location recently in hopes of being open and operational by September. Dripping Springs Young Men's Service League helped with demolition. From left to right are Jason Fitzpatrick, Susan Fitzpatrick, Josh Malcom, Stephanie Malcom, Keith Bottles, Karlyn Bottles and Bryce  Fitzpatrick. Photos courtesy of  RED Arena

RED Arena to open San Marcos location

RED (Riding Equines for the Disabled) Arena is expanding their frontier to San Marcos.

Newly-appointed President Brian Guenther, 40, sits at his desk in his office at San Marcos Academy. Guenther, an educator of 14 years, is beginning his fourth year at San Marcos Academy heading the 111-year-old institution. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

The next generation of leadership at the Academy

He looks way too young to be president of San Marcos Academy. My previous experience with the Academy involved Wendell Heathcock, Robert Rice, Jimmy Scott and, in my mind, the

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