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Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra, flanked by his chief of staff Alex Villalobos, San Marcos City Council member Lisa Prewitt and Randy Cook from the Kiwanis Club, reads a proclamation honoring veterans, the spirit of public service and the U.S. presidents that have hailed from Texas. Daily Record photo by Robin Blackburn

Presidents from Texas remembered at gathering downtown

Dozens of Hays County residents gathered on the steps of the Hays County Courthouse on Monday morning to honor the spirit of public service.

A rusting electrical box sits in the middle of what used to be a parking lot at the old Hays County Civic Center grounds. The county closed the civic center in 2013 and, according to county tax records, still owns most of the land where the center once stood. Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra is holding a series of community meetings to gauge interest in bringing a new civic center to the Interstate 35 corridor — whether in San Marcos, Kyle or Buda.  

Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

Civic Center back in spotlight

The mention of the Hays County Civic Center can evoke fond memories in longtime county residents: concerts, livestock shows, youth agricultural competitions, cultural celebrations — and, of course, the Republic

Martin Garcia Jr., 23, and James Lee Zapata, 19, were arrested Friday night for the murder of 20-year-old Aaron “Jack” Jackson Peterman at the Park North Condos.

2 arrested for murder

Two men with lengthy local rap sheets were arrested Friday night for last week’s murder of 20-year-old Aaron “Jack” Jackson Peterman at the Park North Condos on Aquarena Springs Drive,

Students in the San Marcos Academy Lower School gather around the real 100-year-old, Leroy Moddell, at the celebration for the 100th day of school Jan. 31. Photo by Don Anders

Local Centenarian helps SMA celebrate 100th day of school

Just 11 days after celebrating his 100th birthday, San Marcos resident Chester “Leroy” Moddrell paid a visit to San Marcos Academy to help Lower School students celebrate their 100th day

The San Marcos High School Class of 1968, in partnership with the Rattler Association, celebrated their 50th class reunion with a special gift of $1,000 to the school library for new books at Irene K. Mendez Elementary in honor of their classmate Irene K. Mendez and other members of their class who have passed away. From left to right are Homer Guerrero, Mary Molina, Kathy Cuellar, George Hernandez, Amanda Ruiz, Angie Robbins, Ruben Ruiz, Librarian Adriane Clift, Howard Hada, Principal Karen McGowan, Biddie Loya, Frank Saucedo, Minerva C. Alvera, Johnny L. Rivas Sr. and Frances Rivas. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

Alumni association supports Mendez

The city proclaimed February Dating Awareness Month. Shown are (from left) Mayor Jane Hughson, Hays Caldwell Womens Center Director Marla Johnson, and Melissa Rodriguez HCWC’s director of development and community partnerships. Don Anders photo

Dating violence awareness


Volunteers Rhonda White and Steve Furney dish up a batch of fresh blueberry pancakes at the San Marcos Activity Center for the 79th Annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day and Silent Auction last year. Daily Record file photos by Denise Cathey

Kiwanis celebrate 80 years on the griddle

The San Marcos Kiwanis Club is getting ready to host their 80th Annual Pancake Day and Silent Auction in the coming weeks. Established in 1923, the San Marcos Kiwanis Club