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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

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

From left: Gavino Romero, Kimberly Leyva Aviles and Audrena Gaitan work at a coloring station in a San Marcos CISD pre-K classroom. The district opened a dedicated pre-K campus in February at 1225 Hwy. 123.

Photo by Brett Thorne

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

Corridor C has been selected for further study in the possible realignment of FM 150. The road would be rerouted away from downtown Kyle beginning with Arroyo Ranch Road to the north and connecting to Yarrington Road's intersection with I-35 to the south.

Hays County, K Friese & Associates

County selects corridor for potential FM 150 realignment

After looking at four options, Hays County has selected a corridor through which to potentially reroute the portion of FM 150 that currently goes through downtown Kyle and connects to I-35. more »

Apr 15, 2015 1:14 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

San Marcos drought teaser

Tiffany Knudtson, Brandy Cohen

San Marcos watching water well level as summer nears

Recent rains have bolstered the water supply in Central Texas, but city of San Marcos staff and local water experts warn that another dry summer could lead to stringent water usage restrictions. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 2 Comments

Pie Society’s menu includes 10 signature pizzas and a pie of the day, which is chosen by the staff.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Pie Society

San Marcos entrepreneurs put fresh spin on an old classic, plan next venture more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Sophia Downing, SMCISD at-large candidate

Brett Thorne

San Marcos CISD at-large Q&A

Voters in San Marcos CISD will choose among Sophia Downing, Adam Gonzalez, Anne Halsey, Toby Hooper, John McGlothlin and Mike Occhialini for two at-large positions on the board of trustees in the district's May 9 election. more »

Apr 13, 2015 4:13 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Juan Miguel Arredondo, SMCISD board of trustees District 1 candidate

Brett Thorne

San Marcos CISD District 1 Q&A

Voters in San Marcos CISD's District 1 will choose between Miguel Arredondo and Danny Gonzales in the district's May 9 election. Get to know the candidates more here. more »

Apr 9, 2015 8:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos opens door for Uber, Lyft to operate in the city

San Marcos City Council voted April 7 to allow transportation networking companies, or TNCs, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate legally in the city. more »

Apr 8, 2015 10:30 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees approved new boundaries for the district's six elementary schools on March 30. In the above map of the new boundaries, Bowie Elementary School is represented in light green. Crockett Elementary School is represented in purple. De Zavala Elementary School is represented in red. Hernandez Elementary School is represented in blue. Mendez Elementary School is represented in yellow. Travis Elementary School is represented in the darker shade of green.

San Marcos CISD

San Marcos CISD approves new school boundaries

​The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved new attendance zones for the district’s six elementary schools and two middle schools. more »

Mar 31, 2015 10:39 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

The San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees approved new boundaries for the district's six elementary schools on March 30. In the above map of the new boundaries, Bowie Elementary School is represented in light green. Crockett Elementary School is represented in purple. De Zavala Elementary School is represented in red. Hernandez Elementary School is represented in blue. Mendez Elementary School is represented in yellow. Travis Elementary School is represented in the darker shade of green.

San Marcos CISD

San Marcos CISD to vote on new school boundaries March 30

Some San Marcos CISD students may have to switch schools at the start of the 2015-16 school year if a plan to redraw the boundaries for the district’s six elementary schools and two middle schools moves forward. more »

Mar 27, 2015 1:49 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

HCPUA updates Hays County on progress of water project

The first phase of a project that will ultimately bring water from Caldwell and Gonzales counties could be complete by 2017, said Graham Moore, general manager of Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency. more »

Mar 24, 2015 5:37 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda ceases GSMP funding, Dripping Springs commits

​The Buda Economic Development Corporation voted at its March meeting to discontinue its $5,000 annual contribution to the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the organization responsible for economic development in Hays and Caldwell counties. more »

Mar 20, 2015 3:53 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

Epic Piping beefs up San Marcos job creation figures

One of San Marcos' biggest jobs announcements in the past decade just got bigger. more »

Mar 19, 2015 2:52 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos City Council postpones GSMP vote

​At their regular meeting March 17, San Marcos City Council decided to postpone a vote that would potentially reduce funding to the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the group responsible for economic development in Hays and Caldwell counties. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:56 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Scott and Ginny Smith, along with their 3-year-old Boston terrier, Lido, opened Stinky Dawg in May 2013. The business offers professional and self-serve dog washing and grooming services.

Photo by Brett Thorne

Stinky Dawg

San Marcos couple goes all-in on dog wash more »

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

San Marcos job creation efforts get closer look

San Marcos officials have voiced support for diversification of the city’s economic development efforts, but the effect that decision will have on the effort to improve wage levels and job opportunities in the region remains unclear. more »

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

From the editor — SBK March 2015

Despite the differences of opinion between some San Marcos City Council members and representatives of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, both parties are in agreement on a couple of things. more »

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

The Springtown shopping center, located near the intersection of Hopkins Street and Thorpe Lane in San Marcos, could be the future site of restaurants, entertainment options and more. The site was recently purchased by Endeavor Real Estate Group.

Photo by Brett Thorne

New ownership plans face-lift for Springtown shopping center

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

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

San Marcos CISD opened the Bonham Prekindergarten School on Feb. 17.

San Marcos CISD

SMCISD to host dedication for new pre-k campus

San Marcos CISD will host ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies for its newest campus on March 12 from 4–6 p.m. more »

Mar 11, 2015 9:45 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle