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Despite the New Year’s Day chill in 2019, dozens of people kept to tradition by jumping in the San Marcos River at noon on Jan. 1, 2019. Daily Record file photos by Denise Cathey

2020 Polar Bear Plunge & Potluck

As is tradition in San Marcos, every first day of the New Year begins with a plunge into the 72 degree San Marcos River.

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In 2019, researchers uncovered valuable insights into the causes, risk factors and treatment of Alzheimer's. Photos courtesy of The Alzheimer’s Association

5 Important things learned about Alzheimer’s disease in 2019

In 2019, researchers discovered meaningful insights into the causes, risk factors and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Here are five of their important discoveries:

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The Northern Mockingbird is the state bird of Texas as well as Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee. Freeuse photo

Exploring Nature: State Birds

You probably know that the Northern Mockingbird is the state bird of Texas. It is also the state bird of four other states — Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee. The

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Rabbi Ari Weingarten, of the Chabad Jewish Center of San Marcos, climbs up to the top of a ladder to place the newly lit candle onto the menorah during the 2018 celebration of the first night of Chanukah on the Hays County Courthouse lawn. Daily Record file photos by Denise Cathey

The Festival of Lights

Chanukah, originating from the Hebrew word for “dedication,” begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar — usually in November or December — every year. Often called the

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