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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

The city of San Marcos' comprehensive plan calls for Springtown shopping center to be redeveloped into a dense area featuring mixed uses and many transportation options. Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate Group has plans to redevelop the 18–acre site, which is mostly vacant.

Brett Thorne

Real estate group presents plan for San Marcos' Springtown center

A shopping center that San Marcos City Council members called one of the prime properties in the city could be getting a massive facelift in the coming months. more »

Feb 27, 2015 2:32 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Real estate group plans to redevelop San Marcos' Springtown center

Endeavor Real Estate Group, an Austin-based real estate firm, will present San Marcos City Council with a preliminary plan to develop the Springtown shopping center on Feb. 27. more »

Feb 26, 2015 4:45 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

The Yarrington Road bridge on I-35

Brett Thorne

I-35 closures expected near Yarrington Road

As part of an ongoing project to widen the Yarrington Road bridge that spans I-35 between San Marcos and Kyle, construction crews will close all southbound lanes of traffic between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Feb. 26 and the morning of Feb. 27. more »

Feb 26, 2015 3:33 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos adjusts regulations for swimming pools, car washing

It may soon be easier to fill swimming pools and wash cars at home in San Marcos after City Council requested adjustments to the city’s existing drought ordinance. more »

Feb 24, 2015 4:34 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Templeton Demographics

New SMCISD boundaries proposed

At their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 16, the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees received a presentation on possible rezoning of school boundaries. more »

Feb 20, 2015 3:31 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Tesla has charging stations located throughout Texas, including this one at the San Marcos Outlets. New legislation in the Texas House and Senate would allow the company to sell its cars directly to Texas consumers.

Brett Thorne

Texas legislators file bill opening door for Tesla sales in Texas

If a group of state representatives and senators get their way, Texans may soon be able to buy Tesla vehicles and other new automobiles directly from manufacturers. more »

Feb 20, 2015 3:05 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos reduces GSMP funding, bolsters in-house economic development

San Marcos will diversify its economic development strategy after a Feb. 17 vote to reduce funding to the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the entity that has handled economic development for the city and other areas of Hays and Caldwell counties. more »

Feb 18, 2015 6:23 PM 3 Comments

Cyrier wins HD 17 seat

According to unofficial results, John Cyrier will be the next House District 17 representative after defeating Brent Golemon in a runoff for the seat. HD 17 includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes and Lee counties. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:26 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Young sport casts spell on athletes

When the athletes take the field for the 2015 U.S. Quidditch Southwest Regional Championship on Feb. 21–22 in San Marcos, they will do so with brooms in hand and eyes set on advancing to the Quidditch World Cup in South Carolina this April. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

From the editor — SBK February 2015

Hays County’s efforts to quench its future water needs have been well-documented in Community Impact Newspaper. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Construction coming to Aquarena Springs

This spring the Texas Department of Transportation will begin a $20.73-million construction project on Aquarena Springs Drive in San Marcos that officials hope will improve mobility, safety and the aesthetics of the area. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Sweet Cakes 4 U owner Dolores Diaz (left) and employee Krystyna Todd run Buda’s first “cake-by-the-slice” bakery. The shop sells a variety of cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods.

Photos by Brett Thorne

Sweet Cakes 4 U

At Buda bakery quality comes first more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos to consider relaxed water restrictions

Citizens Utility Advisory Board recommends eased rules for watering and car washing more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos CISD moves toward streaming, broadcasting meetings

The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees decided on Feb. 16 that they are ready for lights and cameras. more »

Feb 17, 2015 1:43 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

The city of San Marcos is hoping to continue growing its single-family residential offerings.

Brandy Cohen

Single-family construction on the rise in San Marcos

The city of San Marcos permitted 278 single family homes in 2014, and while that number lags behind neighboring cities, the city’s planning staff said they are encouraged because that number has been increasing each year since 2010. more »

Feb 12, 2015 11:54 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos startup hopes to remove 'pain point' for doctors

A new San Marcos startup is hoping to streamline the way doctors throughout the nation—and eventually the world—go to work. more »

Feb 9, 2015 3:45 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Torchy's Tacos will host a public preview event for its San Marcos location Feb. 16. Company Spokeswoman Brittany Platt said. The restaurant, which will feature tacos, beer and outdoor seating, will be located inside the former U.S. Post Office building at 301 N. Guadalupe St. A grand opening celebration will take place Feb. 17.

Torchy's Tacos

Free tacos, drinks on the menu at Torchy's San Marcos launch

Free tacos, drinks and queso will be on the menu when Torchy’s Tacos hosts a public preview for its first San Marcos location Feb. 16. more »

Feb 4, 2015 11:17 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays County voices support for desalination study

The Hays County commissioners have thrown their support behind a grant application that would allow a Central Texas group to study the feasibility of building a desalination plant to supply water to parts of Hays and Travis counties. more »

Feb 3, 2015 1:09 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Tuttle Lumber, located at 228 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, since 1950, will close for good on March 14. The business will host a retirement sale Feb. 5–March 14.

Brett Thorne

Tuttle Lumber Company to close San Marcos store

After 65 years in San Marcos, the iconic Tuttle Lumber Company plans to close its doors. more »

Feb 2, 2015 2:06 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

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