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The tent city at Tornillo can be seen in the distance, behind a chain-link fence. The facility holds immigrant children who are separated from their families, including unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S. border. The facility opened in June and initially was expected to close in July; it is still open and has expanded. Peter Zimmerman photo

In tents, in Tornillo

Over the summer, the federal government built a tent city in the border town of Tornillo to house immigrant children separated from their families. In June, the Texas Tribune and

Pictured are veterans representing the Texas State Retired Faculty & Staff Association just before they led the Veteran’s Day Parade. From left to right are Captain Larry Patterson, Captain Dan Flaherty, Colonel George Carruthers and Captain Randy Cook. Photo submitted by Darlene H. Schmidt/RFSA

Veterans with RSVA led parade

Left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Director of Countywide Operations Tammy Crumley, Hays County Local Health Department Epidemiologist Eric Schneider and Texas Vaccine for Children Coordinator Amelia Flores, Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant. Hays County photo

November proclaimed Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Awareness Month in Hays County. “It’s fitting that these are recognized together,” Hays County

The Miller Band took 29 students to the Region 12 Band auditions at Oak Run Middle School earlier this month, competing against at least a dozen other schools from San Antonio, New Braunfels, Seguin, Lockhart and other surrounding areas. There were over 500 students at this competition. Pictured are (top row, from left) Roan Turley (Tuba, Regional), Mackenzie Smith (Trumpet, Regional) , Rowan Cockrell (Trumpet, Regional ), Brady Lantz (Trombone, District ), Gabriel Ramirez (French Horn, Regional) and Madeline Fisher (French Horn, Regional) and (front row, from left) Theresa Smith (Clarinet, District), Isabella McFarland, (Clarinet, District) Ashton Bailey (Clarinet, Regional), Abigail Calkins (Flute, Regional), Teagan Korzenewski (Flute, District) and Bethani Sosa (Tenor Saxophone, District). San Marcos CISD photo

Miller students earn Regional Band membership

H-E-B provided a special breakfast for veterans one recent morning. Shown are Celeste Neal, Amanda Palono, Dasmine Lee, Christina Forrest and Dolores Rodriguez — who brought tacos, rolls, donuts, fruit, coffee and juice — with Post Commander Dave Adams. The gesture was made to show appreciation to the veterans of Maurice T. Suttles VFW Post 3413. VFW photo by Bernadette Adams

H-E-B brings breakfasts to vets at VFW

DerryAnn Krupinsky, the city’s assistant director of Neighborhood Enhancement – WIC, receives the Art Fusion Award from the Texas Association of Local WIC Directors. The award honors local WIC directors who have made significant contributions to TALWD and to the Texas WIC Program, signifying the time, expertise and knowledge contributed each year by outstanding WIC directors in the state. In addition to being the assistant director of the Neighborhood Enhanc ement Department, Krupinsky is the head of the San Marcos WIC program, which has offices in San Marcos, Kyle, Lockhart, New Braunfels, Seguin and Selma. Photo submitted by city of San Marcos

WIC director wins award

Mayor Jane Hughson proclaims the month of December Parking Mobility Month to raise awareness of the importance of accessible parking spaces. San Marcos has recently partnered with Parking Mobility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization, to help ensure our community is safe and accessible for all. Front row from left are Hughson, Mack Marsh and Chelsea Ashby; and back row City Council member melissa Derrick, Pina Rodriguez, Cindy Conyers, Chief of Police Chase Stapp and City Council member Lisa Prewitt. Photo by Don Anders/Anders Photography

December is Parking Mobility Month