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Brett Thorne

Brett Thorne

Brett joined Community Impact Newspaper as a freelance writer for the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle edition in November 2011, and he began covering Kyle and Buda as a full-time reporter in September 2012. His reporting typically focuses on issues such as roads, schools and businesses.

Three-peat: San Marcos named fastest-growing city again

​The U.S. Census Bureau announced May 20 the city of San Marcos has been named the fastest-growing city in the nation for the third consecutive year. The city’s growth rate between 2013 and 2014 was 7.9 percent. more »

May 21, 2015 10:29 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Sessom Drive to receive improvements in 2016

The city of San Marcos will begin a $2.7 million project to improve parts of Sessom Drive next spring. The project will widen sidewalks, improve intersections and add erosion controls, among other things. more »

May 20, 2015 11:01 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Accent Lighting Designs

Jim Lehman and 13 coworkers huddled over a Rand McNally map at San Antonio’s Menger Hotel in 1983. With a marker, the group drew a grid over the United States, dividing the country into 14 roughly equal areas. more »

May 20, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos teachers request compensation increase

Two candidates endorsed by the San Marcos Educators Association won seats on the San Marcos CISD board of trustees during the May 9 election, but the SMEA is not resting on that victory. more »

May 19, 2015 12:07 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

May 21 conference to discuss San Marcos' economic future

The Greater San Marcos Partnership will host influential economist Ray Perryman during the annual San Marcos Economic Outlook May 21, where Perryman and other speakers will discuss the Texas economy, with a focus on the San Marcos region. more »

May 14, 2015 12:12 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays County urges San Marcos to support GSMP

The Hays County commissioners plan to draft a letter within a week urging the city of San Marcos to maintain its relationship with the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the entity responsible for economic development in Hays and Caldwell counties. more »

May 13, 2015 2:57 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Arredondo, Halsey, McGlothlin take San Marcos CISD seats

According to May 9 unofficial early voting results, Juan Miguel Arredondo is leading Danny Gonzales in the race for the District 1 seat on the San Marcos CISD board of trustees with 84 votes, compared with Gonzales, who has 31 votes. more »

May 9, 2015 7:58 PM Vote Austin Metro

Lege update: Isaac passes EP-related water bill

The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, that will expand the boundaries of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to cover a portion of groundwater in Hays County on May 8. more »

May 8, 2015 4:11 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Council votes down new GSMP contract

​After months of discussion and more than 3 hours of contract amendments May 5 the Greater San Marcos Partnership and the city of San Marcos still do not have a contract in place. more »

May 6, 2015 1:30 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Lege update: Hays County water wars hit the Capitol

The fight over groundwater in Hays County has spilled into the Capitol. more »

Apr 29, 2015 9:32 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos Council forgoes GSMP contract discussion, plans vote May 5

The city of San Marcos is moving toward a contract with the Greater San Marcos Partnership, but some council members are questioning the transparency of the negotiations that have been ongoing since December. more »

Apr 27, 2015 11:31 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos CISD discusses student-teacher ratios

San Marcos CISD will need to hire four new teachers to maintain the current student-teacher ratio at its elementary schools and will need to hire 12 new teachers in order to bring the schools in line with the state-mandated ratio. more »

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Lege update: Texas State projects hinge on passage of TRBs

The Texas Legislature is halfway to passage of a tuition revenue bond bill for the first time since 2006. On April 9 representatives in the house approved HB 100, authored by five representatives. more »

Apr 17, 2015 1:05 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Lege update: Pre-K bills caught in legislature

​A bill filed by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, would provide universal prekindergarten for all four year olds and some three year olds in the state of Texas, if it survives the lawmaking process. more »

Apr 16, 2015 9:17 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle