Fraternities suspended in wake of party death

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
Four Texas State University fraternities have been suspended for their roles in a Halloween-themed party where a student, 20-year-old Jordin Taylor, died after being dragged by a bus at Cool River Ranch near Martindale.
“The suspensions were for alcohol-related issues relating to an off-campus social event last October 28,” Matt Flores, a Texas State spokesman, said.

Clara Blagg

Benefit helps to find cure for Clara

Russell Wilde - Staff Reporter
A toddler with ties to San Marcos is battling a rare deadly disease, and with the help of local donors, the family is hoping to fund a cure. Clara Blagg is the almost 3-year-old daughter of Ryan, a Texas State graduate, and Jenny, who was born and raised in San Marcos. The family now lives in Alabama but is asking for help from around the country.

County sees spike in flu-like illnesses

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
If it seems like half the town is under the weather, you’re not far off. San Marcos and Hays County have seen a run lately of people suffering from flu and flu-like illnesses.
“We have had a spike actually, not only people testing positive for flu but also for just a number of influenza-like illnesses,” Hays County epidemiologist Eric Schneider said, describing “flu-like illnesses” as causing fever over 100 degrees, accompanied by cough and sore throat.

Car burglar arrested; may be tied to similar crimes

Anita Miller - Managing Editor
Police aren’t sure if the arrest of a San Marcos man for burglarizing a vehicle early on Monday will stem the tide of similar crimes in the area, but that’s one of the things a continuing investigation hopes to determine.
Byron K. Jackson, 22, was taken into custody after a foot chase that began on Field Street, went through the secured auto yard at the City Hall complex before coming to an end on Hopkins Street.

Senate approves Rick Perry Secretary of Energy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed President Donald Trump’s nominees to head the Energy and Interior Departments through a Senate panel on Tuesday while other committees moved toward votes on his picks to head agencies in the thick of partisan battles over health care, legal protections, education and the economy.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee quickly approved former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Energy secretary by 16-7, and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to head Interior by 16-6. But several of his other picks faced more spirited opposition from Democrats.


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