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Thu
19
Apr

Council ousts Valadez after attendance failure

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall City Councilor Chris Valadez has been removed from his seat for an apparent violation of the Home Rule Charter.

The decision to oust the councilor came Tuesday, April 10, in a split decision by the remaining elected councilors. Valadez served in his elected seat for less than a year. He has served as a city councilor in the past.

 

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Thu
19
Apr

City failed to meet loan requirements

By BREYANA SEGURA

The city of Pearsall has failed to meet some of its obligations in the repayment plan for a loan from the US Department of Agriculture and will now begin making additional payments to a reserve fund in a five-year arrangement aimed at returning to compliance with the original agreement.

The $1.67 million loan made by the federal government in 2012 was used for street and utility service improvements, notably on Haynes Avenue and a west-side neighborhood.

 

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Thu
19
Apr

World record attempt...

Mariachi Cotuleno was among 669 musicians attempting to break a Guiness World Record for Largest Mariachi Serenade, performing Cielito Lindo, Las Mananitas, and Volver, Volver during competition at the El Cotton Picker Mariachi Festival in Robstown on Saturday, April 14. The group earned a Division 1 rating and caption awards for Best Violins, Best Trumpets, Best Armonia, and Best Vocals. Mariachi members include Kristian Saldivar, San Juanita Vasquez, Brittney Gonzales, Elisa Gonzalez, Emily Arenas, Chenoa Aguilar, Brandy Gonzales, Brandyn Ramirez, Ethan Flores, Julee Alba, Jaime Rios, Linda Castillo, Kayla Cruz, Joseph Martinez, Alyssa Miranda, Victoria Garcia, Alexia Miranda, Marco Linares, Javier Sanchez, Josue Perez, Madison Perales, Aalyiah Charro, Araceli Deleon. Students are under the direction of Francisco C. Ramirez Jr. and Elio Ramirez Jr.

 

Thu
19
Apr

Pearsall books Grammy-winner for Cinco de Mayo event

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall city councilors voted last week to change the venue for the third annual Cinco de Mayo festival, making significant changes to the event that will include a performance by an award-winning Tejano band.

The May 5 and 6 weekend festival, which has been held at a restaurant and bar downtown, will instead be held at the Pearsall Civic Center, the former Lions Club that has been remodeled for community functions.

 

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Thu
12
Apr

SYMBOLS OF SUPPORT

Student members of the Cotulla High School Chapter of the National Honor Society gathered on the lawn of the La Salle County Courthouse with county government officials and representatives of the Wintergarden Womens Shelter on Friday morning, April 6, to plant blue pinwheels in front of children’s

 

silhouettes in commemoration of April as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month, a time during which law enforcement personnel, healthcare and social services providers, advocacy groups, counselors, religious and civic leaders focus on promoting education in the ways in which abuse and neglect of minors persists in society and remains a threat to the vulnerable in the community; and encouraging intervention in crimes of abuse and neglect, and services to the victims

 

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Thu
05
Apr

City faces queries over annexation

By BREYANA SEGURA Staff Writer

 

Frio County residents packed Pearsall City Hall last week to express their concerns over a proposed municipal land annexation. The annexation is aimed at improving city growth through sales tax revenues and what City Hall describes as shared responsibility between county residents.

A public hearing on Tuesday, March 27, revealed that the proposed annexation would extend the city limits to the north along Oak Street and including adjacent land, and west as far as Power Plant Road, although not including the road itself. The city’s new northern boundary would reach as far as Jack’s Produce

 

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Thu
05
Apr

Pearsall’s ‘Cinco’ fest set for downtown

By BREYANA SEGURA Staff Writer

 

Following debate over sponsorship of the annual Cinco de Mayo festival, Pearsall city councilors have voted unanimously to allocate $30,000 of hotel occupancy taxes for the event. The heated dialogue centered around whether a single business should profit from alcoholic beverage sales at the community festival. City Manager Charles Jackson said he believes the beverage sales should go through a bidding process to qualified vendors.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

City looks beyond deadline to full fiscal disclosure

By BREYANA SEGURA

Despite missing a self-imposed deadline for completing and publishing a municipal audit, Pearsall’s city manager believes results of ongoing work at his offices show improvements with which residents will be pleased.

Admitting that City Hall has published its audit beyond a 120-day deadline established by the Home Rule Charter, City Manager Charles Jackson says the work progresses without delay into a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), which he is promoting as a further step in government transparency.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

Burrows back in jail after warrant arrest

By BREYANA SEGURA

A month after being indicted on drug charges, a Pearsall man found himself behind bars on a new narcotics possession arrest Tuesday, March 20.

A report on the case indicates Pearsall police officers went to a home on Moreno Street looking for 54-year-old William Burrows, a warrant for his arrest having been issued.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

Court supports new ‘Border Star’ fund application

By MARC ROBERTSON

La Salle County commissioners have signed a proclamation backing an application to the Texas governor’s office for continued funding of the critical Border Star program that pays the overtime salaries of sheriff’s deputies intercepting criminal activity on principal roads and highways.

In South Texas, the Border Star program helps provide additional manpower in the ongoing law enforcement effort to interrupt human smuggling, drug trafficking and the illegal transport of weapons and funds that sustain the criminal cross-border activity. While Texas counties bordering Mexico along the Rio Grande are focused on preventing illegal trade entering the United States, counties such as La Salle focus their attention on intercepting illegal traffic on IH-35 and state highways that lead from the border to metropolitan areas.

 

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