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Robin Blackburn

Contact Robin Blackburn at rblackburn@sanmarcosrecord.com.

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

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