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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.

November ballot measure aims to drive road funding

A proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot could help repair the state’s ailing highway system, including heavily traveled roads in North Central Texas. more »

Oct 8, 2014 8:00 AM Frisco

Cruz: Austin economy's next frontier could be boon for San Marcos

Austin's economy is hoping to take one small step now and, eventually, a giant leap forward. more »

Jan 29, 2015 1:15 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos Director of Planning and Development Shannon Mattingly

Courtesy city of San Marcos

Get to know San Marcos’ new planning director

The city of San Marcos announced the hiring of former New Braunfels Planning Director Shannon Mattingly as the city’s new director of planning and development services on Jan. 5. more »

Jan 27, 2015 2:07 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

The city of San Marcos is considering creation of a plan that would add aesthetic lighting to bridges throughout the city. The above bridge, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, features LED lighting.

Ray Steup, courtesy Illumination Arts

San Marcos declines plan to give area bridges a facelift

At its meeting Jan. 21, the city of San Marcos discussed creation of an aesthetic lighting master plan, which would add creative illumination to bridges in different areas of the city. more »

Jan 22, 2015 11:58 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos starts work on Uber, Lyft regulations

​Residents of San Marcos may have new transportation options in the coming months. more »

Jan 21, 2015 1:26 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Owner James Rios said his Kyle dance hall will begin hosting live music in 2015.

Photo by JJ Velasquez

Impacts Update

Last year these businesses opened, were coming soon or relocated. Here are updates on how they are doing now. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM , San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos code rewrite to be finalized in summer

The city of San Marcos’ land development code rewrite process—dubbed Code SMTX—began in mid-2014 and is expected to yield a rough draft in the spring. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Study raises questions regarding San Marcos’ economic outlook

Meyli Campuzano relocated to San Marcos from Austin with her family five years ago. The decision to relocate has proven to be a good one, she said. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

San Marcos CISD anticipates opening of student rec center, pre-K in early 2015

Officials in San Marcos CISD anticipate opening a new student activity center by the end of January, Assistant Superintendent Karen Griffith said. more »

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos business Lilypad Farms uses aquaponics to grow its crops.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Business Update

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Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM , San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

East Buffet owner JJ Xiao said he is optimistic about business in downtown Kyle.

Photo by JJ Velasquez

Dining Update

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Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM , San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos to consider Uber, Lyft regulations

Potential regulations that would allow ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate in the city of San Marcos will be on the agenda for City Council's Jan. 20 meeting. more »

Jan 16, 2015 9:52 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays County proposing $21 million fix for I-35 through San Marcos

​Hays County hosted an open house Jan. 13 to allow residents to view plans for potential improvements to Posey Road and nearby portions of I-35. more »

Jan 14, 2015 4:27 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

The Citizen's Utility Advisory Board has recommended the city of San Marcos ease some restrictions on water usage during the current stage 3 drought level.

Brandy Cohen

San Marcos advisory board recommends water rate adjustments

​The city of San Marcos held a workshop Jan. 12 to discuss the city’s water outlook and potential rate changes for customers of the city’s water system. more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:57 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Cyrier, Golemon headed to HD 17 runoff

​John Cyrier and Brent Golemon will face off in a runoff election after none of the five candidates in the Jan. 6 special election to fill the vacant House District 17 seat received at least a 50-percent majority of votes. more »

Jan 12, 2015 9:09 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

On Dec. 9, the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a developer's request for an additional two stories to be added to a proposed mixed-use development that was already planned for 13 stories. Here is the building's view from the intersection of Hopkins and Edward Gary Street in downtown San Marcos.

ETR Development Consulting

San Marcos City Council rejects 15-story building proposal

​A proposal to add two additional stories to a planned 13-story mixed use development in downtown San Marcos received only three votes at City Council’s Jan. 6 meeting, one shy of approval. more »

Jan 7, 2015 12:22 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 3 Comments

San Marcos group launches nonprofit

A group of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services employees are launching a nonprofit group aimed at bolstering protection of the San Marcos River and its ecosystem. more »

Jan 2, 2015 2:36 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Goodnight Middle School exceeds program's academic standards

A San Marcos CISD school will not be eligible for grant funding aimed at improving educational outcomes, and Superintendent Mark Eads could not be happier. more »

Dec 23, 2014 10:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Legislative preview: San Marcos prepares lege priorities

The 114th United States Congress will convene Jan. 3, and the city of San Marcos is hoping to spur action on a variety of topics, including early childhood education, environmental protections for the San Marcos River and other topics. more »

Dec 22, 2014 10:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

County receives La Cima update

On Dec. 16 the Hays County Commissioners Court held a moment of silence in honor of Chuck Perry, the lead developer on the proposed La Cima neighborhood, before receiving an update from Bill Ward, another developer involved in the project. more »

Dec 18, 2014 3:35 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Leander open to water group inclusion

Plans to form a Central Texas water coalition stalled in late November when Hays County commissioners turned down a proposal that would have potentially included the city of Leander and Travis County. more »

Dec 17, 2014 12:35 AM , Cedar Park | Leander