San Antonio welcomes Central American refugees

Tucked alongside I-10 in the busy city of San Antonio sits a picturesque building: the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio. Mary Grace Ketner, the church liaison since 2009, is no stranger to both the San Antonio area as well as an advocacy issue that is panning across the…

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Changing our economy through culture

There’s a reason America’s economic classes are growing farther apart, and it’s not just the money. I have lived in the South for my entire life. Most of that time has been in Central Texas, surrounded both by poverty and by all different kinds of money: little and big, old…

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Children on the Edge has changed me; maybe it will change you too

I am excited to be working with VoiceBox Media in their “Children On the Edge” series this fall because I can’t think of more important time to dive into the immigration topic head first. Not only will this series help me come next November, but I believe it will help…

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Why affordable housing in San Marcos is hard to find

By Ross Griffith and Victoria Robinson San Marcos, Texas is a rapidly expanding city with a severe lack of housing options for the nearly 40 percent of residents who live below the poverty level. The majority of residents rent houses and apartments, while homeowners represent only 27 percent of the…

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What one reporter left Redwood Baptist Church with

Early morning Sundays are quiet times in San Marcos, Texas. The student body of Texas State University usually remains locked away until after noon, and you can pretend for a moment you aren’t in a college town (if you ignore the sprawl of bars and trendy fast food establishments). On…

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Celebrate The San Marcos River at Texas Wild Rice Festival

Picture courtesy of TWRF

  It’s officially April which means it’s officially festival season! One of the many festivals happening this weekend is the Texas Wild Rice Festival (TWRF) in San Marcos, Texas. TWRF is a festival designated to celebrate and educate the public of the waters of Central Texas specifically the San Marcos…

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How one person impacts the hydrocephalus community

Sheri Burdine remembers the sense of isolation she felt when she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at the age of 11. It was her personal experience that prompted her to found Hydro Angels Over America, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of hydrocephalus, and prove one thing to others diagnosed:…

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