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Cadets in the San Marcos Academy’s Junior ROTC presented new, unwrapped toys to Brown Santa Dec. 11 after a week-long collection period on campus. The Bear Battalion has collected toys for the Hays County Brown Santa program for the past several years as their annual service-learning project. With Brown Santa are cadets Aaron Emerich, Caleb Guenther, Mac Daniel Howard, Ashton Blackstone, Josh Burich, Doyce Gore, David Britton, Gabby Cianciotto, Conner Irwin, Addy Cianciotto and Hudson Lee. Photo by Bear Bryant

Academy cadets collect for Brown Santa

Ruben Becerra was ceremoniously sworn in as Hays County Judge on Wednesday by former judge Linda Rodriguez, with  his brother Joe, son Ruben, wife Monica, son Cristian and mother Gracie Becerra looking on. He was officially sworn in just past midnight on Jan. 1. Daily Record photos by Denise Cathey

County seats 1st Hispanic judge

The Hays County Commissioners Courtroom was packed, with people lining the walls and even sitting on the floor, for the swearing-in ceremony for Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra.

Park Play

Taking advantage of the sunshine was the name of the game last Friday morning at the Playscape in Children’s Park. Above, Enzo Galvez carefully pulls himself up a rope bridge

Turning Christmas trees in at the parking lot of the Grant Harris Building is one option available to local residents looking to recycle live trees that is available at any time. After the trees become mulch, that is free too. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

Residents have options for recycling live trees

When it comes time to recycle your live Christmas tree, they city of San Marcos is providing a number of options to make the chore more convenient. The Christmas tree

The window at KZSM Radio in the 200 block of North Guadalupe was shattered by a rock at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Daily Record photo by Denise Cathey

Vandals target downtown businesses

Rocks have shattered windows in possibly three or more downtown businesses in recent weeks, prompting a call for other businesses — and their patrons — to be on the lookout.

Gary Job Corps staff, students and staff of San Marcos Embassy Suites donated toys, gift cards and $400 cash to ensure the children at the shelter have a very Merry Christmas. Over the years, the partnership between the Gary Job Corps and San Marcos Embassy Suites have spread the joy by not only giving to the GSMYC, but assisting the Hays Caldwell County Women’s Center, local nursing homes with Christmas caroling and giving cards and cooks for Valentine’s, Father’s, and Mother’s Day. Pictured are Julia Ramsey, Christi Shannon and Terry Jackson from GSMYC, Elva Zdeb from Embassy Suites and Patty Lankford, Susanne Ritter, Rachel Garnes and Randolph Goodman from Gary Job Corps.

Spreading Christmas cheer with GSMYC

Gary Job Corps staff, students and staff of San Marcos Embassy Suites donated toys, gift cards and $400 cash to ensure the children at the shelter have a very Merry

Following a long summer of marching practice, the San Marcos High School band got a cooling off in August, when the San Marcos Fire Department made a surprise visit to Rattler Stadium and turned on their fire hoses. Daily Record Photo by Denise Cathey

Looking back at the year that was

A contentious midterm election with record-breaking voter turnout, a high-profile intoxication manslaughter trial, protests at Texas State and a deadly apartment fire that drew national attention were just some of