Holiday hoops

November 26, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Lady Mavs drop three of four prior to holiday break. As part of its stretch run prior to the Thanksgiving break, Pearsall played a slew of games over the course of a week, dropping a 52-35 decision to San Antonio Southwest Legacy Friday evening in Pearsall. Prior to falling to Southwest Legacy,…

Grand jury indicts Encinal police chief over stolen firearm

November 26, 2020

Encinal Police Chief Roy Vallejo surrendered to the Frio County Sheriff’s Office at the county jail in Pearsall at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, after being indicted by a grand jury on two felony charges related to his alleged theft of a shotgun from a previous employer. District Judge Russell Wilson signed the indictment that…

Whole lotta love

November 26, 2020

South Texas Brush Puppies rescue group helps homeless hounds AMANDA SNOWDEN Staff Writer “Anything helps,” says Kristi Contreras, “but you wouldn’t believe how helpful some of this stuff really is.” She gestures to a small box of dog food. “Like these,” she says. “When we take in dogs, they’re scared and they’re hungry. These make…

Frio adds 93 virus cases in one week

November 26, 2020

“Absolutely, certainly increasing…” Frio County is reporting its biggest weekly rise in coronavirus cases since July, increasing ten percent from the previous week to average 15 to 20 daily positive cases. John Hughson, Frio Regional Hospital CEO, confirmed the steady upward trend during a meeting Monday night in a ground-level view on current COVID-19 numbers…

City orders public places closed, imposes new curfew

November 19, 2020

Mayor addresses Dilley on Tuesday Dilley Mayor Mary Ann Obregon and city councilors broadcast a speech on a live internet feed Tuesday afternoon, November 17, to issue an emergency declaration and new restrictions during a community-wide surge in the number of coronavirus cases. Mayor Obregon’s amendment and extension of the city’s declaration of a state…

Lest we forget

November 19, 2020

Members of the American Legion Post 409 in Cotulla help raise the Stars and Stripes over the downtown park in a brief ceremony for Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, in commemoration of all those who served their country in uniform. The day marks the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War…

Pearsall’s Leal will run at state meet

November 19, 2020

Pearsall’s Zaine Leal has earned a qualifying spot at the UIL Cross Country Championships in Round Rock on November 23 and 24. The UIL informed PHS Cross Country Coach John Hernandez that a runner was disqualified and Leal was bumped up one spot to earn a spot at the state meet. The state championships will…

“We needed to keep the students learning…”

November 19, 2020

Meeting technology demands, Pearsall ISD distributes hundreds of new computers When the coronavirus began spreading across Texas in early March, administrators at Pearsall ISD looked to the first resource they had at hand, adapting an emergency plan originally designed for response to a flu outbreak, and stressed that a school shutdown should not interrupt education.…

Dilley schools close in virus surge

November 19, 2020

Eleven confirmed cases in district: “Continue to take precuations,” superintendent says The discovery of at least three cases of coronavirus contagion at Dilley High School last week prompted administrators to issue an order Thursday, November 11, closing the campus until the end of the month. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has now reached…

The story of the Blue Chair

November 12, 2020

Small gestures become focus of community charity “I grew up as a farm worker,” the white-haired lady says as she plucks more sweet green peppers from a wind-tossed bush. “I picked anything… cotton, vegetables, you name it. But I didn’t pick watermelons. My brothers did that.” Author, historian and local activist Geronima “Jeri” Garza has…

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