La Salle hesitates to repeat $60k Food Bank donation

June 17, 2021

Learning that the county has been paying a higher amount than its neighbors to the San Antonio Food Bank for charitable supplements for local households, La Salle commissioners have put on hold a decision on continuing the arrangement without substantive changes. Annual contributions by La Salle County to the food distribution organization have totaled $60,000,…

Voters decide last of local elections

June 17, 2021

A run-off election for a place on the Cotulla ISD Board of Trustees and a re-run to settle a tied vote in a Dilley City Council race ended Saturday, June 12, with winners announced shortly after polls closed. Nathan Rodriguez has defeated Dilley Councilor Joanne Rodriguez for Place 2 at the table, garnering 188 votes…

No backflow valve: New Encinal library damaged by feces surge

June 17, 2021

When the new Encinal Public Library opened last year, its operations were limited by constraints imposed under health and safety protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic, but county officials were unaware that the building lacked a backflow device that would prevent raw sewage rushing across the floor. Heavy rains recently raised sewage and run-off levels…

County plan for engineering contract founders

June 10, 2021

Progress in contracting Ardurra Group, Inc. as an engineering firm for the county came to a halt Wednesday morning after Precinct 4 Commissioner Jose Asuncion questioned Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna’s readiness to hire the company. Asuncion quizzed the judge during a Wednesday, June 2, commissioners’ court meeting, citing the ‘irregular time and day’ and…

A Taste of Texas

June 10, 2021

Pearsall native Mitch Moreno Jr., 5, takes advantage of an early summer rainbow to add a little color to his world. The region has experienced a range of severe weather systems in recent weeks, including successive fronts of torrential rain between days of bright sky and temperatures in the 90s. Heavy downpours last week swept…

Two face drug charges after traffic stop

June 10, 2021

A Bexar County woman will have a warrant issued for her arrest after a local traffic stop yielded a cache of illegal narcotics on Wednesday, May 26. A Frio County deputy effected a traffic stop on the driver of a 2014 Nissan Altima in Pearsall last week; a report on the case indicates that the…

Pearsall traffic stop yields meth, marijuana

June 3, 2021

A routine traffic stop turned into a felony drug arrest last week after officers found methamphetamine and marijuana. Pearsall police say the driver behind the wheel of a Ford truck was traveling 21 miles over the posted speed limit on Oak Street. The officer effecting the traffic stop reportedly noted a strong smell of marijuana…

The masks come off

June 3, 2021

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed an order that the mask mandate in place for the past year is to be fully lifted this week, and there may be no more enforcement of the requirement that the public wear masks at places of government, business and open spaces. In Frio and La Salle counties, government…

Felony charges for local man after assault on estranged wife

June 3, 2021

A Pearsall man has allegedly admitted to luring his estranged wife into his home and assaulting her before holding her at gunpoint last Wednesday. A report on the case says 73-year-old Manuel Martinez lured the woman into the home by claiming to need help with some appliances. The woman arrived some six hours later and…

“We are going to go on doing what we do”

May 27, 2021

Indications are strong that South Texas has begun its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Sales tax revenues to cities, based on purchases made two months previously, and payments to the Hotel Occupancy Tax fund contribute data that is judged by municipal governments for an immediate evaluation of the economy. That economy, according to city…

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