Lifestyle

Thu
24
May

Century plants in bloom

By Teresa Villarreal

The century plant, also known as Agave Americana, is monocarpic, meaning it will bloom once in its lifetime.

The name “century plant” comes from the fact that this slowgrowing plant takes years to flower. It was once believed that this plant only bloomed once every one hundred years.

According to the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens, American agave plants usually flower after about 10 to 30 years as they grow to full maturity, depending on its climate, but they have record of a century plant taking 80 years to bloom before dying.

 

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Thu
24
May

ONWARD AND UPWARD

The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas has awarded a scholarship to Cotulla native Cody Thomas, the son of Herlinda Thomas and Robbie Thomas, retired chief deputy and sheriff of La Salle County. Cody is the 2015 Valedictorian of Cotulla High School and is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he expects to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, after which he will pursue his higher education at pharmacy school. He has also taken classes in forensic science. La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez presented Thomas with his scholarship and a certificate in the district courtroom on Tuesday, May 15.

 

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Thu
17
May

CHS NURSING STUDENTS

Cotulla High School offers a Certified Nurse Assistant Program for Juniors and Seniors. The course is offered in the Spring with students learning fundamentals, practicing patient care and skills at the clinical sessions at the Amistad Nursing Home in Uvalde. CNA students ultimately take the state exam at the end of May 2018. Passing the exam will grant CNA students the opportunity to work in the health field as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Pictured are CNA students and SWTJC Instructor Jose Luna. Pictured (L-R) are Scott Ramirez, Jami Garcia, Iliana Salazar, Mr. Jose Luna, Jasmine Sosa, Jazmine Lopez, Brittany Sanchez, Janessa Ramirez, Xeonia Ortiz, Alexa Arredondo, and Janevaeh Rodriguez.

 

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Thu
17
May

Top Flight Talent

Cotulla sixth grader Jasmyn Galvan has signed with Lydia Blanco Garza owner of The Blanco Talent Agency ofCorpus Christi. Jasmyn attended IPOP in Los Angeles and the 8th annual Barbizon Competition in Dallas where she received first place certificates in her age group for Monologue & Improv competitions. She also received honorable mention medals for her performaces. Jasmyn, who attends Newman Middle School, captured a gold medal in UIL competition this year for Improv Speaking. She auditioned for the 9th annual Barbizon Competition this year in San Marcos and received a call-back to compete, once again, in Dallas but has since decided to sign with Lydia Blanco Garza. Jasmyn is the daughter of Joe Jr. and June Galvan of Cotulla. The family has extended its thanks to everyone for their continued encouragement and support of Jasmyn.

 

Thu
10
May

CHS SENIORS COMPLETE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Cotulla High School seniors recently completed all three National Hispanic Institute Leadership Summer Programs including the Texas Great Debate Jene 2015, Lorenzo De Zavala June 2016, and Collegiate World Series in July 2017. Participants and colleges to which they’ve committed include: Leah Swinney (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), Alyssa Miranda (Texas State University), Adrian Sanchez (Texas State University), Heather Hernandez (Texas A&M University-College Station), Ashley Maldonado (Texas A&M University-College Station), Celissa Pena (Texas A&M University-College Station), Kristian Saldivar (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Khiandra Garcia (University of Texas at San Antonio), Renee Chapa (Texas A&M International University).

 

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Thu
10
May

PLACES IN THE SUN

Ambassadors of the La Salle County Fair Association, including Miss La Salle County Mallory Garcia and her junior counterparts, ride the Fair Association float during a brief heatwave of 102 degrees for the Cinco de Mayo Parade held through downtown Encinal on Thursday afternoon, May 3, in advance of the community’s full day of May 5 festivities, which include games, food and live entertainment. Thursday’s parade included scores of local and regional law enforcement, emergency responder and local government representatives as well as student and civic organizations, and businesses from La Salle and Webb counties.

 

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Thu
03
May

TOP PRIZE

La Salle County Fair Association Court of Cotulla’s float took first place overall at the Freer Rattlesnake Roundup Parade on Saturday, April 28. 

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Thu
26
Apr

PHS PROM KING & QUEEN

Pearsall High School students voted Matthew Gonzales and Rosa Hernandez as the 2018 Prom King and Queen during the PHS Prom on Saturday, April 21 at the high school cafetorium.

 

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Thu
19
Apr

Huajilla Unit Retired Teachers attend state conference

Huajilla Unit Retired Teachers members Ken and Nola Hanson, Lola Hill, Walter Huegele and Irene Dubberly were among the 1,200 or so delegates and representatives at the 65th annual TRTA State Convention at the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio on April 8-10.

Members attended the District 20 Caucus on Sunday afternoon to review delegate attendance and last-minute assignments since District 20, encompassing the 18 counties surrounding Bexar County, served as the host district.

 

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Thu
19
Apr

Sheriff praises dispatchers for unfaltering duty

By Marc Robertson

La Salle County Sheriff Miguel Rodriguez visited the emergency dispatch office on Thursday, April 12, to present the staff with gifts in celebration of National Telecommunicators’ Week, an event that shines a light on those who maintain vital communications around the clock to receive emergency calls on the 911 line and to send law enforcement officers, medics and firefighters to locations around the county where they are needed.

“These staff members play a vital role in the county, and in many ways they are at the front line of any emergency and ready to respond to any call,” the sheriff said. “All law enforcement officers, emergency medical and fire services in this county owe a debt of gratitude to these dispatchers who are often unknown to the general public. The work they do is critical to the smooth operation of this county’s services to the people.”

 

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