Frio keeps tax rate for 2021

September 24, 2020

Commissioners OK $21M budget Frio County is expected to generate nearly $2 million more in revenue than last year’s budget despite keeping its tax rate at the same level as 2019. In a unanimous 5-0 vote of all commissioners on September 14, the tax rate of 0.5968 per $100 of assessed value was kept at…


September 24, 2020

Cotulla ISD confirms virus case at R/BE Infected staff member was on campus last Monday MARC ROBERTSON Editor A school district employee working at Cotulla’s Ramirez/Burks Elementary and Early Childhood Learning Center has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to district administrators in a prepared statement over the weekend. Privacy laws prevent public identification of…

Promoting our city: Main Street Program supporters examine options for boosting tourism

September 23, 2020

Cotulla’s potential as a tourist destination and center for new economic growth became the focus of attention in a special seminar presented this month in the AB Alexander Convention Center. Held with Cotulla Main Street board members and other civic leaders in attendance, the September 9 event was presided over by guest speaker Dr. Edward…

“This Herculean effort”

September 23, 2020

Cotulla ISD reopens campuses for second six-week grading period… Students at Cotulla ISD were able to return to their campuses for the first time since Spring Break on Monday, September 21, after administrators concurred that parents in La Salle County could be given the option of sending their children back into the classroom. At his…

Dilley PD makes arrest in bat-attack murder

September 17, 2020

Leonardo Arebalo, 59, beaten to death at home Suspect reached police by social media A transient man with connections to Dilley has been remanded into custody on a first-degree felony murder charge after a six-month investigation revealed that he may have beaten a local resident to death with a baseball bat. Identified through the Frio…

Former Frio sheriff’s captain indicted in double-pay scheme

September 17, 2020

A former Frio County Sheriff’s Office captain was indicted by a grand jury late last month for theft and abuse of official capacity after an investigation by the Texas Rangers. According to records filed at the district clerk’s office, former Captain Joel Arellano was simultaneously receiving pay from two different entities. The investigation revealed that…

Meeting the challenge

September 17, 2020

After a month of ‘hybrid’ schooling… A little over a month ago, students and teachers at Dilley ISD dived headlong into the unknown, beginning a school year half in and half out of the traditional classroom, and their new superintendent believes the plan has worked well so far. When school districts in South Texas assessed…

Budget balanced after council u-turn; tax rate drops

September 17, 2020

Rescinding motion on $15/hr hires… Pearsall city councilors voted unanimously to rescind a prior controversial decision that would raise the base salary of city employees and unbalance the 2021 municipal budget. Councilor Roland Segovia had proposed in an August meeting to increase starting pay for all new city hires to $15 an hour and for…

Dilley PD expects to snare burglars after pawn shop contact

September 10, 2020

“Don’t be surprised when our officers show up,” Chief Delgado says Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado has made it clear to local burglars that they may soon expect a knock on the door from local officers investigating recent thefts. In a social media post late last week, the police chief demonstrated the success of a…

“Doing the right thing”

September 10, 2020

Promoting drive-through testing service Pearsall-area residents lined up in the City Hall parking lot Friday morning, September 4, to take COVID-19 tests that were administered free of charge by the Center of Advanced Wellness of San Antonio. The testing session was arranged at short notice in a collaboration between the company and City Hall, where…

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