18 students are affected by Trump’s ban

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Just how President Donald Trump’s ban on allowing people from seven “Muslim dominant” countries from entering the United States will play out concerning the majority of Americans is still unknown, but the executive order he signed on Friday has an immediate impact on 18 students at Texas State University.
Citizens of those countries, along with those of Libya, Somalia and Yemen, are on a Trump administration list banning entry for 90 days. All refugees are banned for 120 days and entry of anyone from Syria is banned indefinitely.

Surveyors going back into neighborhoods hit by 2015’s floods

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Residents in San Marcos neighborhoods that were affected by the disastrous flooding in May and October of 2015 might be seeing some unfamiliar people about.
Beginning this week, surveyors and engineers will be visiting some neighborhoods to do field work for possible flood recovery projects, the city says. It’s all part of the $25 million granted to the city by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development last year.

Police: Sneaker deal goes south for San Marcos man

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
It could have been handled much better.
Police say a San Marcos man was robbed, sprayed with pepper spray and threatened with a baseball bat and a gun during what was supposed to be a private sale that went wrong.
SMPD Sgt. Jehu Derrickson said the victim in the case was intending to buy a pair of Adidas Yeezy shoes and was prepared to pay $500 for them.

Trump campaigned as disrupter, begins governing by chaos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump campaigned as a disrupter. Now he’s governing by chaos.
Trump’s temporary halt to the U.S. refugee program — the most consequential policy he’s unveiled in his presidency’s opening days — wreaked havoc at airports and sparked protests across the country. The order left Trump’s own government agencies scrambling, his Republican Party divided and allies around the world uneasy. A federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking part of the measure, setting up a legal battle ahead.

Hundreds gather and show support at scene of burned Victoria mosque

VICTORIA — One day after fire destroyed this city’s exquisite gold-domed mosque, hundreds of people of many faiths came to pray, grieve and show support, even as federal agents picked through the charred rubble.
“Love Thy Neighbor,” read one poster. “We Will Rebuild With Love,” read another. While some folks came from as far away as Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio for the morning service, most were local residents.

Capitol highlights: Abbott tells sheriff to reverse sanctuary policy or lose funds

Ed Sterling - Texas Press Association
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.
In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to reverse her policy directive “forbidding Travis County Sheriff’s Office employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.”

The San Marcos Police Department’s 911 Center is one area where more space is needed. PHOTOS BY DON ANDERS

Individual cubicles are cramped and noisy.

 

Also cramped is a room where emergency management officials headquarter.

 

Detectives must work out of crowded cubicles where they not only investigate crimes but interview witnesses.

 

Needing room to grow, city calling bond election

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter

Later this year, voters in San Marcos will go to the polls and decide whether or not to approve close to $150 million in combined spending by the school district and the city. The vote will come about six months after voters approved two county bonds worth about $240 million.

The city’s Community Improvement Program Task Force identified two different areas to focus on with two separate bond proposals. Prop 1 targets public safety and Prop 2 expands and updates the library. 

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