Law in a time of corona

La Salle chief deputy says officers face challenges during crisis Downtown Cotulla’s landmarks include a large park built in the 1930s with paths forming a cross at the center, and a fountain with a statue of the city’s founder, all watched over by government offices in the iconic Art Deco courthouse on its prominent hill,…

COVID-19 UPDATES

County, cities activate new COVID-19 hotline BREYANA SEGURA Chief Staff Writer Public concerns about the coronavirus, calls for help and other inquiries related to finding resources for those in need during the pandemic may now be answered via a dedicated telephone hotline. After receiving their initial allocations of the CARES Act grant monies, Frio County…

School supply shopping time: Sales tax holiday begins Friday

Exactly how the new academic year will play out remains uncertain, and whether children will sit in classrooms or take their instruction at home remains the parents’ choice, but all necessary clothing and supplies will still be available free of sales tax from August 7 through 9. The tradition that began in 1999 continues this…

Council allocates CARES relief funds to emergency kits

“It’s a good start,” city manager says Pearsall city councilors gave the first go-ahead for spending the initial twenty percent of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act monies last week. The proposal, brought to the table by Councilor Roland Segovia, calls for household COVID kits, face masks, business kits, mail-outs and a…

If you didn’t order it, don’t open it: Govt. wants info on unusual imports

‘Mystery seeds’ begin arriving in Texas from China Do not plant them or even open packets, authorities advise KAY LEDBETTER Texas AgriLife Extension Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry, according to a new report by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, which…

City blocks interview with new police chief

The Dilley city administration has halted attempts by this newspaper to conduct a direct interview with newly hired Police Chief Homer Delgado. “As a result of several inaccuracies and misrepresentations reported by your newspaper in the past, we were forced to screen the information going out from our city departments,” City Administrator Juan Estrada wrote…

Summer blast

Dilley youngster Brylee Kramer takes advantage of fresh water from a garden hose to beat the afternoon high temperatures this week. Tripple-digit highs have become the norm during the final weeks of the summer vacation before students return to school on August 10. Despite the landfall of Hurricane Hannah on the South Texas Gulf Coast…

Trash collector charged city for over 300 fake accounts

Pearsall councilors learned in an update on a utility rate study this week that the city has been billed for more than 300 non-existent garbage accounts. The news came Monday evening during a presentation by Jeff Snowden of Capax Consulting after a conducting a utility rate study for which he was contracted by the city…

County settles $1.1M lawsuit over inmate’s death

“There was an audio recording…” In the final hours of his life, a Cotulla man cried for medical attention that never came, and his anguished death may have been observed by county jailers who mocked him from the other side of a window. The Texas Association of Counties has stepped in to cover 75 percent…

Castro is top pick for Dilley ISD

Dilley ISD board members have announced that Dr. Emilio P. Castro has been named the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position at the district. Citing an extensive and comprehensive search that included over 30 applicants, trustees named the Ralls, Texas, native as finalist last week. “Dr. Emilio Castro brings 25 years of experience in education…

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