By Holly Henrichsen
Assistant Web Content Manager
Police are looking for help locating a missing San Marcos man who may be in danger. 25 year old Jonathan Russell was last seen Thursday morning riding a gold colored bicycle on the west access road in the 1600 block of IH-35. Russell is a white male about 6’2″ with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a burnt orange sweatshirt, green T-shirt, and blue jeans. His co-workers at LaQuinta Inn say he has not reported to work since Thursday and have not heard from him since then. Russell has been entered in the Texas Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center as a missing and endangered person. Those with information about his whereabouts should contact the San Marcos Police Department.
An ISIS bride is now investigators’ key suspect in luring the 3 teenagers from the UK to Syria to join the terrorist group. According to CNN, in 2013 a 19 year old from Scotland left her family to become an ISIS bride and is often seen on social media promoting the terrorist group’s ideologies and calling for attacks against the West. She is now investigators prime suspect in recruiting more young women for ISIS.
Senators have proposed a tax break in school property taxes worth around $234 for the average Texas homeowner as well as tax cuts for business owners. According to Dallas Morning News, the senators revealed a package of tax cuts that would cost more than 4.6 billion dollars in the next two year budget cycle. About 2.5 billion of the budget would go towards increases in homestead exemptions on school property taxes and the rest to business tax relief. Senators expect the tax break to increase to $263 the following year and plan to cover the cost of the tax relief by providing 2.5 billion more dollars in aid towards schools.
The Texas State Army ROTC will be hosting their Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to raise money and awareness for Disabled American Veterans. ROTC member Justin Gregg says that they are hoping to get a great turnout this year despite the cold weather. Gregg said that “last year we had about… a hundred people so this year were hoping to double that to two hundred. Everybody seemed to enjoy it last year [and], on our Facebook page, people seemed ready to do it again so hopefully it will go well.” The Polar Bear Plunge will happen this Saturday, February 28, from 1 to 3 pm at Sewell Park.