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Stranded Americans and allies board a plane in mid-December and leave Afghanistan thanks to the partnership between Project DYNAMO and Berry Aviation, a San Marcos business. Photos courtesy of James Judge

NEW YEAR - NEW BEGINNINGS: San Marcos company partners in rescue mission

With a new year comes a new beginning for 47 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) recently rescued from war torn Afghanistan. It’s thanks in part to a San Marcos company — Berry Aviation — who partnered with a group of military and special operations veterans known as Project DYNAMO. The two have been working behind the scenes to help rescue those stranded since the Aug. 31 evacuation of U.S. troops. Those rescued, including more

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Above, a turkey sandwich from Alvin Ord's, which comes with premium roast turkey breast with cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayonnaise. Daily Record photos by Nick Castillo & Lance Winter

Foodie Friday: Alvin Ord's

Few dining places conjure up the feelings of warmth and nostalgia the way Alvin Ord’s Sandwich Shop can. Just walking into its location on University Drive and it’s an immersion of the senses.

Valentino's, 2 more restaurants to open in 2022

Above, Valentino's, a beloved Pizza joint that closed years ago, is set to reopen under new management in 2022. Valentino's is located at 110 N. LBJ Dr. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

Valentino's, 2 more restaurants to open in 2022

There’s been idle chatter around the downtown Square about its return. Social media has been set abuzz about its revival. It’s true — Valentino’s is back, well almost.

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Above, John and Allison Hardy sit with their son Turner, and Ella, Maya and Joanna during an adoption ceremony where the Hardy's adopted the three girls. Below, the Hardys watches a judge during an adoption ceremony at the family's home on Friday. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter

PARTY OF SIX: San Marcos family celebrates adoption during Christmas season

Heading into the Christmas season — while sitting down to read the Christmas story — take a good look at Joseph, husband to Mary. He wasn’t a minor piece to the Christmas puzzle.

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Above, Miguel Arredondo and his mother Ramona Mendez pose for a photo before a kidney transplant surgery in early December. Below, Arredondo signs paperwork before the surgery Photos courtesy of Miguel Arredondo 

ULTIMATE GIFT: SMCISD board trustee donates kidney to mother

The saying goes, “there’s no greater love than the love a mother has for her child.” But every so often circumstances reverse themselves.

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Above, several dogs and cats that are available for adoptions at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter. Currently, the shelter has 73 dogs/puppies and 59 cats/kittens available for adoption or are currently in foster care. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter

Holiday season marks time to adopt pet from San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter

‘Tis the season and a perfect time for pet adoption. Nowhere is there a better selection of furry friends for the family than at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.


Diego, a South American Tortoise, went missing from his owner Daniel Guerrero — former San Marcos Mayor. Diego and Guerrero were recently reunited after a month-long search. Above, the duo pose together for a photo. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

FINDING DIEGO: Former San Marcos mayor reunited with missing tortoise

It’s a fable, not unlike Aesop’s, involving a tortoise named Diego. But instead of a race against a hare, it was a race against time before Diego may not ever be reunited with his owner, Daniel Guerrero.


On Thursday, supporters of the Wittliff Collections gathered at Austin City Limits Live to pay homage to the late Bill Wittliff, honor Sally Wittliff, and raise funds for the further expansion of its collections. Above, Reid Witlliff, Barry Tubb, Sally Wittlif and Texas State University Dr. Denise Trauth pose for a photo. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter

WITTLIFF CELEBRATION: Crowd gathers to commemorate 35th anniversary of The Wittliff Collections

AUSTIN — John Steinbeck once wrote, “Texas is a state of mind.” Throw in elements of the great southwest as expressed through writers, photographers, filmmakers and singer/ songwriters and look no further than The Wittliff Collections on the San Marcos Campus of Texas State University and experience the region’s spirit and culture.

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Above, Hawaiian Bros Island Grill's classic huli huli chicken plate — the eatery's signature dish. The plate came with marinated teriyaki chicken grilled fresh and served on a bed of white rice served with macaroni salad and steamed veggies substituted for the classic rice ball.  Daily Record photo by Nick Castillo 

Foodie Friday: Hawaiian Bros Island Grill

Since beginning Foodie Friday more than a year ago, it’s been the mission of the Daily Record to help restaurants navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic letting patrons know not on


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