Trooper hurt in ambulance smash

May 13, 2021

A Texas Highway Patrol trooper based in La Salle County required airlifting to a San Antonio hospital Friday afternoon, May 7, after an incident in which his vehicle was struck by a stolen ambulance at the conclusion of a two-county high-speed chase. Emergency responders and law enforcement officers including the Highway Patrol, the La Salle…

Rodriguez vs. Rodriguez: Tied council race goes to new vote

May 13, 2021

A city council race in Dilley has gone undecided in the May 1 elections and will be subject to a new election scheduled for June. In their bids for election to Place 2 at the council table this month, incumbent Joanne Rodriguez and challenger Nathan Rodriguez received the same number of votes, a result that…

City hesitates to reopen convention center

May 13, 2021

Aside from serving as a meeting place for the Cotulla City Council and a select number of government training seminars, the AB Alexander Convention Center on the IH-35 access road has lain dormant for a year. If the city council’s ongoing caution against allowing crowds to gather indoors remains at an elevated level, the facility…

Challengers prevail in council races

May 6, 2021

Voters in Frio and La Salle counties finished casting ballots in torrential rainfall on Saturday, May 1, to choose their city council and school board trustees. Pearsall and Dilley will have new mayors when ballots are canvassed later this month and new officeholders take their oaths. Each community saw a number of incumbent councilors turned…

CISD trustees bring back Booker

May 6, 2021

A return to coaching at the school he carried to unprecedented new heights has given Marcus Booker a reason to smile again. Cotulla ISD trustees unanimously voted to hire Booker as the school’s athletic director and head football coach last week and his first official day was Monday, May 3. “The community seems to be…

Fundraisers rally for local cowboy after second-place finish in reality TV show

May 6, 2021

As hundreds of people across South Texas sat on the edges of their lawn chairs under the pavilion in a thunderstorm awaiting the announcement, JP Gonzales stood back and admired the support he had garnered over the past two months. Moments later, when Trace Adkins, country music star and host of “The Ultimate Cowboy” television…

Frio raid nets meth, marijuana, firearm; two face felony charges

April 29, 2021

A Frio County couple is being charged with felony drug offenses after a law enforcement investigation culminated in a raid on a home north of Pearsall last week. Identified as Joe Corona, 29, and Ashley Luna, 24, the two suspects in the case are believed to have trafficked in a variety of narcotics out of…

Dilley applies for vital grants to rebuild utilities, improve facilities

April 29, 2021

The city of Dilley is making bids for several grants this year that are expected to help lift the community out of a cycle of infrastructural failures. Streets, utility lines and other critical elements of the city’s essential services have been in need of repair or upgrade, and while Dilley continues struggling with recovery efforts…

Voters decide local government Saturday

April 29, 2021

Voters have gone to the polls early and will finish casting ballots on election day, Saturday, May 1, to decide who will occupy a number of city council and school board seats in Frio and La Salle counties for the coming terms of office. City council elections are being held in Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla,…

Drug-arrest suspect said cash was lottery win, police report

April 22, 2021

A wanted Pearsall man driving an unregistered vehicle without a valid license was arrested and released earlier this month after a traffic stop yielded a cache of drugs and currency. The police department has reported that officers effected the traffic stop of a 2007 Pontiac when they noticed that its lights were not working and…

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