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Deadlines near for re-set run-off  ballot mailing BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer Registered voters can now cast ballots beginning, Monday, June 29, after an order by Governor Greg Abbott extended the voting window. The coronavirus pandemic prompted Gov. Abbott to move the primary runoffs originally slated for May to July. Earlier this month, however, Abbott…

City will name new building after former administrator

Councilors laud Jose ‘Pepe’ Trevino as “outstanding civic leader” With the doors of the newly constructed Pearsall city annex building set to open soon, councilors have voted to name the facility after Jose G. ‘Pepe’ Trevino. Trevino, who died earlier this year, graduated from the Professional School of Business at the University of Texas in…

Roel is new Nurse Practitioner at Dilley’s Frio Urgent Care facility

“Establish this facility as a primary care provider for health promotion…” Diane Roel has been named the Family Nurse Practitioner at Frio Regional Hospital’s new Primary and Urgent Care Clinic in Dilley. Roel served in a similar position two years previously and will be in charge of providing comprehensive care to patients with acute or…

“We must adapt to survive”

As Cotulla preps for the ‘new normal’…  At her desk in the AB Alexander Convention Center beside IH-35, Cotulla – La Salle County Chamber of Commerce Manager Melinda Rheinfeldt is confident that the economy will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, and that prospects for growth are strong. Provided, that is, businesses diversify and…

A justice system upended

County attorney describes challenges with court dates The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the county judicial system, delaying new trials until further notice. Frio County Attorney Joseph Sindon says the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on the way his office handles court proceedings. “It will likely be a long time before we…

Local resident faces felony charges after police find narcotics in Vinton St. raid

A Pearsall man is being held at the Zavala County jail this week on felony drug charges after a narcotics raid revealed a large amount of heroin, methamphetamine and cash inside his home, police say. According to a report on the case, police were investigating 64-year-old Cruz Ureste after receiving several tips about stop-and-go traffic…

Fingerprints help ID Leal in Pearsall crime, again

For the eighth time since 2018, Pearsall police are charging habitual offender Torre Leal with burglary of a habitation after fingerprints from a January theft case positively identified him. According to reports filed at the police department, a home on Colorado Street was burglarized in January. The homeowner listed a number of items inside the…

City advertises for new police chief

Zertuche plans exit this year for La Salle County job Dilley councilors agreed at a meeting last week to begin the process of hiring a police chief to replace the city’s current top officer, Anthony Zertuche. The decision came after an executive session on Tuesday, May 12, when councilors acknowledged that Zertuche will soon depart…

“Knowing they will be released in an hour…”

Adapting to change means new challenges for prosecutors and judges In her 26 years as a justice of the peace, Shanna Gates never imagined a pandemic would prompt a 3 a.m. phone call to magistrate a felony drug charge. “It is frustrating,” Gates said in a candid phone interview Monday. “Since the police department does…

Police nab suspect with multiple narcotics

Man threw money at woman, but drugs fell from his pocket Pearsall police officers investigating an alleged assault on Tuesday, May 12, arrested a man on felony drug charges after he was questioned in connection with an apparent theft. The routine call developed into an investigation into drug possession and the seizure of several types…

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