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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 San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees will vote Monday on new boundaries for the district's six elementary schools. 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

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

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

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

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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

Impact Roundup: Kyle Wal-Mart gets opening date

Wal-Mart, 5754 Kyle Parkway, Kyle, will open March 25. The 156,000-square-foot store is the first in Kyle. more »

Mar 6, 2015 2:08 PM , San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays CISD cancels class, San Marcos CISD, ACC delay openings

As a result of anticipated freezing weather conditions, Hays CISD has canceled classes scheduled for March 5. San Marcos CISD will operate on a two-hour delay. more »

Mar 4, 2015 7:56 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

San Marcos approves rental nuisance abatement program

Problematic rental properties in San Marcos will need to clean up their act if they want to keep doing business in the city. more »

Mar 4, 2015 3:45 PM San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

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 1 Comments

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 4 Comments