$12K deposited where?

Court queries former clerk’s payouts… BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer Frio County commissioners remain puzzled this week by an independent auditor’s discovery that checks were deposited by the former county clerk’s office into an unknown account. After taking office earlier this year, Frio County Clerk Aaron Ibarra proposed an audit be done after he noticed…

Frio jail may reopen

BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer Frio County may again operate its jail as a full-time detention facility contingent upon an inspection from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, according to representatives from the sheriff’s department. According to Phillip Bosquez, a Frio County deputy who has taken over jail operations, operational plans have been submitted to…

Candidates crowd to key La Salle primary ballots

MARC ROBERTSON  Editor The primary elections in 2020 for government positions in La Salle County have seen a host of candidates place their names on both the Democratic and Republican party ballots. While a number of officeholders in county government are heading unopposed into election season, some will face competition from several challengers. In the…

Only two of ten candidates unchallenged in Frio primaries

2020 ELECTIONS BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer The 2020 primary elections in Frio County will see a large field of democratic candidates vying to unseat incumbents and fill a vacant seat. Several candidates have filed for places on the Democratic Party primary ballot in Frio, vying for key leadership positions. There are currently two Republican…

Gandara resigns, files for election as sheriff

BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer With six months left in his term, Pearsall City Councilor Richard Gandara has submitted his resignation to place his name on the ballot for Frio County sheriff in the 2020 primary elections. Several candidates have already announced bids for the top law enforcement job, and the race is expected to…

La Salle pursuit ends in crash, local man’s arrest

Investigators puzzle over driver’s motives… MARC ROBERTSON Editor Law enforcement investigators are examining all possible motives that a Cotulla man may have had last week for fleeing a routine border checkpoint inspection and attempting to evade capture by driving through town after his tires had been spiked. Identified as 42-year-old Joel Thomas Montemayor, the suspect…

Alarcon is city’s new finance director

“I want to be a resource…” BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer The city of Pearsall has hired Santos Alarcon as its new fiance director, replacing Josie Carrizales, who resigned last month. Alarcon’s appointment took effect Monday, November 25. He joins the staff with a rake of credentials, many of which he earned through contract work…

Candidates gather for local primaries

2020 ELECTIONS Filing deadline approaches… With less than a week left until the filing deadline, local government election candidates in Frio County have begun stacking the ballot with their bids. Several candidates have filed for places on the Democratic Party primary ballot in Frio, vying for key leadership positions. There is currently one Republican Party…

Locking property, staying watchful help prevent crimes of opportunity, sheriff’s office says

MARC ROBERTSON Editor The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies in reminding seasonal shoppers and travelers to help protect themselves from crime and to take measures reducing opportunities for thieves. In addition to last week’s caution by the Texas Department of Public Safety related to a spike in auto thefts…

Cotulla Master Plan revamps public spaces

Goals include attracting tourists, reviving economy in historic district MARC ROBERTSON Editor Residents and city officials have been given a glimpse of how Cotulla may look in the near future if various aspects of a master plan for downtown improvement are realized, including parks and pedestrian zones. The plan presented Thursday afternoon, November 21, by…

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