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City strips parks under safety concerns

November 24, 2022

INSPECTIONS REVEAL PLAYGROUND FLAWS Pearsall city councilors have voted unanimously to remove playground equipment from two local parks in an effort to protect children’s safety and acknowledging an inability to prevent unrestricted access at the sites. The November 8 decision came after a presentation by Parks Director Ramiro Otero regarding recent inspections of the park…

“It would have been a wash,” judge says after voters nix ESD

November 24, 2022

LA SALLE HOPED TO FUND EMERGENCY SERVICES BY DEDICATING TAX REVENUES In the final two months of his 20-year tenure as La Salle County judge, Joel Rodriguez finds himself debating how best to handle voter rejection of a proposed emergency services district to fund the fire brigade and ambulance service. The La Salle Fire Rescue…

Quick smack

November 24, 2022

Pearsall’s Xavier Rendon drives into the lane and passes to a teammate during action at the Maverick Classic basketball tournament on Friday, November 18. The Mavs went 2-3  at the event.                      (CURRENT Photo: Manuel Azocar III)

Friday music festival raises scholarship funds

November 24, 2022

POPULAR TEJANO BANDS PERFORM 6 P.M. TO 1 A.M. The La Salle County Fairgrounds will light up on Friday, November 25, for a Thanksgiving holiday festival of live music and cornhole games, as the Cotulla FFA Booster Club launches a fundraiser expected to help support scholarships for college-bound students. The event is the first of…

Service plan nearly ready for city spread

November 17, 2022

PEARSALL EXPANDED BY TWO SQUARE MILES IN 2018 A comprehensive plan to provide utility services to two square miles of land at the edge of Pearsall is 90 percent complete, four years after the city annexed the property for expansion. Wendy LaNeil, representing CDM Smith, the engineering firm contracted by the city, presented councilors with…

City clean-up goes into high gear

November 17, 2022

TRAFFIC-BLOCKING VEHICLES TO BE TOWED, DERELICT BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED More than 25 years after the Cotulla City Council launched a program to rid neighborhoods of hazardous structures, the drive has been given new teeth with code enforcement and a demolition plan taking effect immediately. Jose Garcia, employed as the city’s code enforcement officer, told councilors Thursday,…

Pearsall arson suspect still at large

November 17, 2022

WHO DID THIS? The culprit in an arson attack on city property last week is still being sought by Pearsall police, who are reporting that a tire dump was set alight, causing a smoke plume that could be seen from neighboring Medina County. Volunteer firefighters spent hours extinguishing the blaze.            …

For the Patriots

November 17, 2022

Representing different branches of the US armed forces, second grade students from Cotulla’s Ramirez/Burks Elementary School gave their traditional salutes and renditions of military songs during a special ceremony in the Frank Newman Middle School gymnasium on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, to honor all those who served their country in uniform. The event included…

Taking the oath

November 17, 2022

Dilley Municipal Judge Lauro Flores administered the oaths of office to the school district’s recently elected members of the board of trustees at a meeting Monday evening, November 14. (L-R) Trustees Rene Alvarez, Aida Chapa and Juanita Alvarez prevailed over their challengers in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to return to their seats for…

Mission To Modernize

November 10, 2022

FRIO COUNTY CLERK TAKES ON A DAUTING TASK  Since the day he took office, Frio County Clerk Aaron Ibarra has worked to create a user-friendly environment meeting the demands of modern technology. “Just because we are in a small county does not mean I want my office not to have those features of bigger counties,”…

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