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Rain is almost always a welcome treat for the garden, but too much can be a bad thing. Sudden torrential downpours, high winds and surprise hail can wreck a vegetable garden in just a few short minutes, but preparing before and amending after a storm can help stave off some of the worst effects. Photo courtesy of Joe Urbach

Growth in gardening: When Mother Natures too generous

Rain is a welcome treat for gardeners; however, too much rain at one time can cause plenty of problems. The good news is we’ve had the rain our yards and

The Spix’s macaw, that was the inspiration for the movie "Rio" is now on the brink of extinction. Public Domain photo

Exploring Nature: Extinction

The black-chinned hummingbirds around my place do not get along well at all. Two of them dart in and out at one another around my sugar-water feeder even though there

The highly-regarded Mariachi Nueva Generación, from Texas State University's Latin Music Studies program, will perform live at the San Marcos Public Library on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., as part of their celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo courtesy of  John Lopez

Hispanic Heritage Month at the library

The library is observing Hispanic Heritage Month with several chances to celebrate the heritage and culture of the city’s largest minority community.

Little Guys Movers Branch Manager Matt Yates in front of the San Marcos location on the Wonder World Drive. Little Guys Movers started 25 years ago and now the professional moving business is looking to exapand its services to new locations. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

Little Guys Movers announces new franchise opportunities

Little Guys Movers, a professional moving business established in 1992, is opening up its successful company with franchise opportunities for driven entrepreneurs across the country. 

Broadway Bank San Marcos was chosen as the September Business of the Month by members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. This award is presented to a chamber member business that excels in the areas of community involvement, economic growth, customer service and professional relationships. Pictured in the first row from left to right are Broadway Bank Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Manager Chet Reed; Broadway Bank representatives Norah Gage, Paola Ibieta and Vanessa Ruiz; San Marcos Chamber of Commerce representatives Peggy Townes, Jo Anna Gilland, Madalyn Webber, Lauren Sanders and Evan Swanson. Back Row from left to right are San Marcos Chamber of Commerce representatives Daryl Davis, Matthew Worthington, Kristin Wingard, Danny Devers, Ted Groholske, Russell Wittekiend and Chamber President and CEO Jason Mock. Photo courtesy of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

Showdown bartender Violet Shrock pours Dripping Springs Artisan Gin into a glass during the 2017 Mer-tini Shakedown competition. Daily Record file photo by Denise Cathey

Mer-tini Shakedown: A high-spirited competition

Local bars and restaurants are gearing up for the third annual Mermaid Society SMTX’s Mer-tini Shakedown, a friendly – yet fierce – competition among local mixologists to create the best  Mer-tini

Sisters Mallory, Eleanor and Bailey Clark inch closer to the banks of the San Marcos River to see the mermaids. Aquamaids from Adventure Scuba in Plano splashed about in the clear waters of the river in full mermaid dress during the 2017 Aqua Faire. Daily Record file photos by Rachel Willis 

The 2018 Aqua Faire

The 2018 Mermaid SPLASH Festival is just around the corner and organizers for this year’s Aqua Faire are preparing for a free, family-friendly event that celebrates San Marcos’ arts, culture,

Powdery mildew is one of the easiest diseases to recognize on plants, as it looks exactly like its name. The mildew forms a white or gray powdery film on a plant’s leaves, stems and fruit – like the pumpkin plant’s leaves have in the photo at left. Public Domain photo

Growth in gardening: Powdery Mildew

I love answering garden questions. One I get asked frequently concerns powdery mildew, but you know what? I don’t really see it as a major garden problem here in San

Roadrunners inhabit the deserts of the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. Public Domain photo

Exploring Nature: Roadrunners

A friend recently reported thievery by a bird; a greater roadrunner ate the cat food in an outdoor feeding dish. Roadrunners will do things like that. They are bold birds,