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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

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

San Marcos CISD bond projects come in $1.3 million over budget

On Dec. 15 the San Marcos CISD board of trustees approved transferring nearly $1.3 million from the district’s fund balance to cover various bond projects that came in over budget. more »

Dec 16, 2014 3:01 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Downtown San Marcos brewpub construction could begin in January

A restaurant and brewery could come to downtown San Marcos after receiving a permit from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Dec. 9. more »

Dec 12, 2014 10:55 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 P&Z recommends approval of 15-story building

On Dec. 9, San Marcos P&Z recommended approval of a developer’s request for an additional two stories on a building that was already planned to feature 13 stories at the corner of Concho and LBJ Drive in downtown San Marcos. more »

Dec 10, 2014 1:07 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 2 Comments

From the editor — SBK December 2014

It was not long ago that Kyle and Buda seemed to get pretty quiet around 6 p.m. However, both cities voted in 2012 to ease restrictions on alcohol sales, and in November, Kyle City Council voted to allow bars to extend serving hours to 2 a.m. more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Volunteer Guide 2014

San Marcos, Buda, Kyle area volunteer opportunities more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM , San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays Co. commissioners vote against forming water group

For now, Hays County is on its own in trying to solve what county commissioners call “the water problem.” more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Co-owners Eric Shaw (right) and Allen Manning said they plan to begin a few long-delayed renovation projects at their live music venue Triple Crown in downtown San Marcos.

Photos by Brett Thorne

Triple Crown

The music never dies at San Marcos venue more »

Dec 10, 2014 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos battles flooding, other issues in construction areas

Rain events Nov. 21–22 caused flooding and sedimentation in construction areas throughout San Marcos, including North LBJ Drive and downtown. more »

Dec 4, 2014 11:17 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos eyeing economic development program

San Marcos City Council said it wants to look at how economic development in the city is handled, and its members hope a three-person subcommittee can do just that. more »

Dec 3, 2014 12:11 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

The Aquarena Springs Drive overpass will include four lanes  as well as four lanes of access roads on either side of the overpass. The project will also incorporate innovative design, landscaping and lighting, city officials said.

City of San Marcos

Aquarena Springs project to begin in May

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

Dec 2, 2014 1:39 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 6 Comments

Hays County declines water group formation

At their regular meeting Nov. 18, Hays County commissioners considered—and ultimately declined—membership in a new water development corporation that aims to unite Central Texas cities and counties in the pursuit of water projects. more »

Nov 25, 2014 12:28 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Improvements coming to Sessom Drive

Improvements to Sessom Drive are scheduled to kick off in fall 2015, according to a presentation given to San Marcos City Council on Nov. 18. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:56 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos BBQ owner Justin Pearson opened his restaurant at 2601 Hunter Road, San Marcos, in January.

Photo by Brett Thorne

San Marcos BBQ

Local pitmaster carries family’s food legacy more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays County dreaming big for FM 150

Hays County commissioners are pretty sure of one thing: Changes will need to be made to FM 150 if it is to accommodate the increased traffic expected to come as a result of Hays County’s rapid growth. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Texas State named a top school for veterans

​On Nov. 10, Texas State University was named one of the most veteran-friendly universities in the nation by the Military Times. more »

Nov 12, 2014 9:19 AM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

On Nov. 5, San Marcos City Council completed the purchase of the 89.7-acre Barker Tract B2. The tract currently contains a windmill, a house and an easement for a small road.

City of San Marcos

City Council approves parkland purchase

​On Nov. 5, San Marcos City Council voted to purchase 89.7 acres near Purgatory Creek Natural Area for $1,295,500. more »

Nov 6, 2014 2:52 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 1 Comments

San Marcos event showcases region's tech, manufacturing sectors

One of the keys to Central Texas' future is the region's burgeoning tech industry. That was the refrain from the 2nd Annual Greater San Marcos Innovation Summit on Nov. 5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. more »

Nov 5, 2014 4:25 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Doggett takes U.S. House District 35 seat

According to unofficial results, Democrat incumbent Lloyd Doggett appears on his way to winning the race for U.S. House District 35 with 60,027 votes, or 62.48 percent of the total. more »

Nov 4, 2014 8:06 PM Vote Central Texas

Guerrero, Thomaides, Hughson take San Marcos City Council seats

According to unofficial results, Daniel Guerrero, John Thomaides and Jane Hughson have won their respective San Marcos City Council races. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:55 PM Vote Central Texas 1 Comments