Hospital prepares for virus outbreak in Frio

Emergency surgeries still underway; staff conduct safety gear inventory Frio County commissioners received an update on virus pandemic preparedness from the hospital administration on Monday, March 23, a week after meeting with health care providers, city and county officials and the school district. “We continue to humbly ask for continued support and prayers,” Frio Regional…

Pearsall orders ‘Shelter in Place’

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE Mayor takes new step in health emergency… Pearsall Mayor Mary Moore issued a shelter-in-place order on Tuesday, March 31, limiting all non-essential movement and restricting local residents to their homes. Hours later, Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna signed the same order. Both orders took effect Tuesday night. The orders are aimed at enforcing…

Cotulla council meets behind closed doors

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE Agenda includes postponing election; health emergency updates Cotulla councilors will hold their first meeting in the newly opened City Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to discuss moving their election to November and making changes to the municipal health emergency declaration. The elected officers and city staff will occupy a larger room…

OFFICE CLOSED

 In an effort to protect our employees from the COVID-19, the office of the FNC will be closed to the general public beginning Monday, March 30. Business will be conducted via email or phone, (830) 334-3644. News: [email protected] Classified advertising/business: [email protected] Display advertising: [email protected] A coin machine will be available to purchase weekly newspapers outside…

Dilley retains grant consultant after hearing apology

Carlos Colina Vargas has 20-year-old criminal record for bribery Two decades after a criminal investigation led to his indictment and conviction on a charge of having bribed one or more state officials to consider his client cities’ grant applications favorably, Carlos Colina Vargas has offered an apology to Dilley councilors for what he described last…

Emergency declarations issued for cities, counties

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE Local restrictions take effect this week… All parks, public sites close; curfews in place for under-18s Frio and La Salle counties and the cities of Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla have executed declarations of local disaster and public health emergency, aiming to reduce the possibility of contagion, promote public health, and compel persons to…

Council, school elections may be moved to November

Petition to Secretary of State seeks mail-in ballots for all voters Organizational leaders from across Texas have joined in petitioning Secretary of State Ruth Hughs to expand mail-in voting to all eligible registered voters. The petition, signed by local and statewide action groups, elected officials and Texas residents, mirrors similar documents presently being filed in…

DILLEY ENACTS NEW CURFEW

Dilley city councilors voted late Tuesday, March 24, to order a new curfew that applies to all city residents, regardless of age. As of today, all Dilley residents must be at home between 10 pm and 5 am each night. Violators may be cited and fined. The new curfew is in effect for the next…

Dilley’s water crisis: $14M project approval could take months

City will connect to prison sewer but needs new equipment to meet state standards In an ironic twist of fate, the Dilley City Council meeting at which a massive utility system upgrade was on the agenda for discussion had to be interrupted for 24 hours while staff dealt with failure of the municipal water supply.…

Assailant brandished box cutter, tried crashing van into store, police say

Pearsall police are searching for a local man who reportedly assaulted his wife and local grocery store employees before trying to drive his minivan into the store on Friday, March 14. According to a report on the case, officers were dispatched to a local grocery store shortly after 4 p.m. Friday when calls flooded the…

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