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HILL COUNTRY HARMONY

Above, events like the Harvest Moon Dinner and Dance at historic Fischer Hall highlight Texas's history, particularly in the Texas Hill Country. Music was provided by Erik Hokkanen and friends. Funds raised go to the Wimberley Institute of Cultures. Below, on Friday, Oct 8, a Music Jam, hosted by T&L Ranch, had music aficionados on the dance floor dancing to the tunes of Lee Wilson. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter

HILL COUNTRY HARMONY: Harvest Moon Dinner & Dance helps with preservation

There are a lot of great things about the Lone Star State — particularly the Texas Hill Country — but throw in the community of Fischer, and its historic Fischer Hall, and you’ve got the makings for something special.

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Black's BBQ San Marcos and its other locations smoked about 4,000 pounds of chopped brisket, 2,000 pounds of pulled pork, 600 pounds of ribs, and around 1,500 links of their original Blacks BBQ sausage on a stick to sell at Austin City Limits music festival. Above, Eric Lenderman and third-generation pitmaster Kent Black pose for a photo. Photo submitted by Black's BBQ San Marcos. Below. ACL festival-goers purchase barbecue from Black's. Daily Record photo by Colton Ashabranner

BARBECUE AND BEATS: Black's BBQ San Marcos smokes tons of meat for ACL Festival

The Austin City Limits Music Festival – (ACL) wrapped up its two-weekend event Sunday at Zilker Park.

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rik Nam Pla Thai's yellow chicken curry. A serving of tender chicken, yellow curry which uses Turmeric as its main ingredient, with potatoes, yellow onions and bamboo shoots. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter & Nick Castillo

Foodie Friday: Prik Nam Pla Thai

It’s said Thai cuisine is all about balance. It’s finding that perfect rapport between sweet, sour, spicy and salty.

'SOUTHERN WITH A FRENCH TWIST'

Above, Ashley Casebier — personal chef and owner of Southern with a French Twist — cooks a meal during a recent dinner gathering.

'SOUTHERN WITH A FRENCH TWIST:' Local chef follows dream of going to culinary school, opens own business

Ask almost anyone who loves to cook, and they’ll tell you the fondest memories are made gathered around the dinner table.

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Annaleah Lombardo — an active participant in the San Marcos High School 4-H and FFA programs — will take on some of the state's best as she takes her flock of sheep to be shown at the Great State Fair of Texas this week. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

GOING FOR GOLD: Lombardo looks to make award-winning sale at State Fair

A family that shows together, grows together — a sentiment easily said of Annaleah Lombardo and her family.

Local car dealerships face shortages driven by chip shortage

Area car dealerships have been impacted by inventory shortages caused largely by a computer chip shortage. Above, a local car dealership's lot sits with less cars than usual. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

Local car dealerships face shortages driven by chip shortage

Drive down Interstate 35 and take a gander at most automotive dealerships and what you’ll see is a veritable parking lot, almost void of cars, trucks and SUVs.

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Beginning this week carrying a handgun in public will no longer require a license as Texas joins 19 other states in what supporter’s refer to as “Constitutional Carry.” Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

New Texas gun law goes into effect soon

Beginning this week, carrying a handgun in public will no longer require a license as Texas joins 19 other states in what supporters refer to as “Constitutional Carry.”

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BACK IN ACTION: Rattlers return to gridiron for season opener against New Braunfels

The San Marcos Rattlers returned to the gridiron for their season-opening game on the road against New Braunfels. Above, San Marcos junior quarterback Isaiah DeLeon runs the ball against the Unicorns. Left, members of San Marcos High School's JROTC hold a Rattler flag. Below, San Marcos's Diamond Line holds their fangs up. For full coverage of Friday's game see Page 1C. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter

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Above, Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse's Major Tom: a 9-inch pizza with  a red sauce base, pepperoni, sage sausage, red onions, green peppers, and fresh portabella mushrooms. Below, Aviator's Meat Almighty — a pizza topped with pepperoni, sage sausage, ground beef, pit smoked ham and bacon on a red sauce base. Daily Record photos by Lance Winter & Nick Castillo

Foodie Friday: Aviator Pizza & Drafthouse

If you travel north on Interstate 35 to Kyle and head down Kohler’s Crossing you’ll find a pizza place nestled into a trendy, beautiful shopping strip, the likes of which is not seen anywhere else

'I GET EMOTIONAL'

Terry McDowell, US Army Psyops 2008-09 and Afghanistan veteran. McDowell recently shared his thoughts about his experience in Afghanistan and the U.S. military's recent departure from the country. Above, McDowell takes a break and pets a dog during his deployment in Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of Terry McDowell

'I GET EMOTIONAL'

Above, Terry McDowell, US Army Reserve 2008-09, during his deployment in Afghanistan. McDowell recently shared his thoughts about his experience in Afghanistan and the U.S. military's recent departure from the country. Photo courtesy of Terry McDowell.

'I GET EMOTIONAL': San Marcos veteran shares experience in Afghanistan, reaction to US leaving

The images coming out of Afghanistan are gut wrenching now that American forces no longer occupy the region. Following 20 years of American treasure and talent on behalf of its soldiers, it took only a matter of days before Taliban forces regained the country. According to the Associated Press, the ultimate beneficiary of the $83 billion American investment turned out to be the Taliban. They grabbed not only political power on the world stage but also U.S. supplied firepower — guns, ammunition, helicopters and more.

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