WCHOA Informational Update

Nov 20, 2018 by

Office Closures – City of San Marcos and Hays County offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23.  Offices will reopen at their regular time on Monday, November 26.


Exits Closed to Accommodate Traffic on Black Friday  San Marcos first responders will step up their presence and traffic control by the outlet malls over the Black Friday shopping weekend.  The southbound IH- 35  Centerpoint Road exit ramp will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12 pm until Friday, Nov. 23 at 11 pm. The northbound IH-35 / McCarty Lane exit ramp will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12 pm until Saturday Nov. 24 at 6 pm.  Motorists will need to exit McCarty Lane going southbound IH-35 or exit at Centerpoint Road going northbound IH-35.  Police presence will increase at the outlet malls from Thursday evening through Sunday evening. Other officers will be on traffic control duty on Centerpoint Road.


You Are Invited to Courthouse Lighting Ceremony, Visit with Santa Claus Hays County cordially invites the public to join in the lighting ceremony for the Hays County Courthouse and grounds Tuesday, November 27.  The lighting ceremony will begin at 6 pm, and from 6:30 to 7:30 pm Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with children about their Christmas wishes. Brown Santa will also be on the scene, so anyone wishing to make a monetary donation or donate an unwrapped toy is welcome to do so.  Cake, cookies, and music are also part of the fun.  The Courthouse is at 111 E. San Antonio St. (on the Square).


Attention City Residents – Runoff Election Called – A runoff election has been called for City Council Place Four, the unexpired term vacated by Hughson, and for City Council Place 5 on Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Running for Place Four are Mark Rockeymoore and Shane Scott, and for Place Five are Jocabed “Joca” Marquez and Rick Henderson.

Early voting for the runoff election begins Nov. 26 at the Hays county Government Center Conference Room, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail.  Dates and times for early voting:  

  • Monday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 7 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 10 am. to 2 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 3 through Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 7 am to 7 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Election Day polling location for Precinct 315 will be at Stone Brook Senior Center, 300 S. Stagecoach Trail. San Marcos

For more information on the elections, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 512.393.8090 or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/elections.The runoff results will be canvassed and the new City Council members sworn in on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6 pm at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins.


Life Long Learning – The last presentation to be held this fall at the San Marcos Library is Wednesday, Nov 28 from 10:30 to 11:45 am.  

ThKorean Peninsula:  Putting the Changing Geo-political Situation in Context

Professor Emeritus Fred Day, from the Texas State Department of Geography, is a lifelong teacher and  researcher specializing in Korea and East Asia. His presentation will help us better understand the historic  and geo-political context of the Korean peninsula, the current political and economic situation of both North and South Korea and the consequences of a policy change, vis-à-vis denuclearization and unification. The intriguing personalities and behavior of the present U.S. and North Korean leaders make this a time of great speculation.

To check our new courses to be offered beginning in January 2019, please go to our website:  www.LLLsanmarcos.org.


Animal Shelter Continues Modified Hours this Week – The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter will continue modified hours this week as staff and outside animal rescue agencies treat animals recently seized in an animal cruelty case by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.  This week’s hours of operation are:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 20: The Adoption Center will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; receiving and reclaim from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21: Adoption Center closed (normal for Wednesday); receiving and reclaim will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 22 – 25 Closed to the public for Thanksgiving holiday.

The shelter does not have space to intake cats, and is only handling emergency intakes for dogs on a case-by-case basis.  The seized animals have been housed in a vacant climate-controlled office space and attended to daily by staff and volunteers. Arrangements are being made to move the remaining offsite animals to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.  Normal procedures  for receiving unsanitary and malnourished animals include:

  • Cleaning and inspecting the animals
  • Attempting to rehydrate and introduce food
  • Daily kennel cleaning
  • Thorough medical evaluation from veterinarians
  • Individualized treatment plans ranging from simple care to interventions such as administering antibiotics and performing surgical procedures.

Placement of seized animals – Dogs seized in the Hays County Sheriff’s Office animal neglect case are being made ready for adoption on a case-by-case basis. Cats are currently not available for adoption or transfer as one of the seized cats tested positive for Histoplasmosis, a fungus-based infection associated with concentrated animal droppings. Due to this positive test, all remaining cats are being held for further evaluation and possible testing.

Donation requests – The shelter is in need of the following items:

  • Funds for Histoplasmosis testing and treatment
  • Cat transportation carriers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Disposable litter pans
  • Canned/wet cat food
  • Kitty Litter/Equine pelletized bedding
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Disposable food/water bowls or trays
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Diamond adult dog food

Sweet Kitties Need Home Click here to see these adorable kittens.



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