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18
Apr

Current nabs honors at annual STPA convention

"Recognition from our peers is hard won and much appreciated..."

The Frio-Nueces Current was awarded top honors in journalism by the South Texas Press Association, which presented trophies at its annual convention last weekend in La Grange.

“I am extremely proud of our staff for the many awards won in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the STPA,” Publisher Craig Garnett said. “The level of competition in the state’s largest press association is intense, which means that recognition from our peers is hard won and much appreciated.”

 

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Thu
18
Apr

Local hero...

Keynote Speaker Luci Baines Johnson, the daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson and sculptor and artist Armando Hinojosa unveil the statue of the former Welhausen School teacher and principal during a ceremony on Saturday, April 13. Johnson was honored for his legacy at the school, which became a historical landmark in 1990.

 

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Thu
18
Apr

Frio Jail remains in TCJS non-compliance

"Remarkable improvement..."

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards noted remarkable repairs to the Pearsall facility earlier this month, however, the jail remains in non-compliance.

Jennifer Shumake, TCJS inspector, made a stop-by visit on Wednesday, April 3, to check the progress jail administration has made since the failed inspection in May 2018.

In her report, Shumake noted remarkable improvement in both the physical plant and administration.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

Carrizales to serve as interim City Manager

“To carry the torch forward...”

Following a splitdecision vote, Pearsall Councilors chose Finance Director Josie Carrizales to serve as interim city manager during a meeting on Tuesday, April 2.

Carrizales was among the four city employees who applied for the position late last month. The finance director surpassed utilities department crewmember, Clint Frausto and Assistant City Clerk, Starr Ballesteros.

 

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Thu
11
Apr

PISD names Bocanegra as new athletic director

Third leader in three years...

Pearsall ISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez has confirmed this week that Rockport-Fulton Offensive Coordinator Edward Bocanegra was hired as PISD’s newest athletic director during a special meeting on Wednesday, April 3.

“Coach Edward Bocanegra was recommended and selected as the next Athletic Director for Pearsall ISD,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “He brings great experience, along with successful athletic programs.”

A start date for the new AD has not been confirmed as he is currently working on a release date with his current school district.

Bocanegra attended Holmes High School in San Antonio and is a UTSA graduate with a degree in Kinesiology. He is also currently enrolled in Ohio University’s Athletic Administration

Graduate Program, and will graduate in August 2019.

 

Thu
11
Apr

Eagle Ford Shale: IS THE BOOM BACK?

Eagle Ford Consortium urges South Texas 'to prepare'...

Perhaps it’s the increase of lunchtime traffic, or the caravans of men and women in jumpsuits at the local grocery store, or the RV parks nearing capacities, no matter the way it is viewed, it all points to one thing – the oil boom is back.

According to Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Susan Belding, who attended the Eagle Ford Consortium last week, the board is urging South Texas ‘to prepare.’ The consortium is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that the communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region can explore, produce and benefit from the area’s natural gas and oil resources, according to its website. It is comprised of business and industry leaders and meets regularly to provide updates on the Eagle Ford Shale region.

 

Thu
11
Apr

Cotulla to unveil Lyndon B. Johnson statue Saturday

Luci Johnson, daughter of LBJ, to deliver keynote address...

The City of Cotulla will celebrate the history of former president Lyndon B. Johnson in Cotulla with the unveiling of a life-sized statue at the Welhausen School on Saturday, April 13.

Johnson taught at the school during the 1928-1929 school year.

Delivering the keynote address at the ceremony is Luci B. Johnson, daughter of President Johnson and Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson.

 

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Thu
04
Apr

Rodriguez ousted as Frio Road and Bridge Administrator

File of complaints against 33-year veteran...

Frio County Commissioners voted unanimously to remove Johnny Rodriguez as Road and Bridge Administrator on Monday, April 1.

The 33-year veteran found himself on the hot seat late last month after newly hired Human Resources Director Mary Perez discovered a file of complaints against the administrator.

On Wednesday, March 27 Commissioners convened in executive session for nearly three hours to discuss the fate of Rodriguez.

 

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Thu
04
Apr

Sobering reminder...

A mother mourns the loss of her daughter in a staged crash during the Shattered Dreams Mock Wreck at Pearsall High School on Friday morning, March 29. The event is held annually prior to prom as a reminder to students of the dangers of distracted driving due to texting and substance use.

 

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Thu
04
Apr

DISD trustees approve purchase of students’ school supplies

"DISD school board took the extraordinary step of removing that worry..."

The Dilley ISD school board unanimously approved the purchase of school supplies for all students in the district for the 2019-2020 school year at its regular meeting on Monday, March 25.

“Each year parents have to worry about making sure that they are able to get their son or daughter’s school supplies,” DISD Superintendent Dr. Clint McLain said. “Last Monday night, the Dilley ISD school board took the extraordinary step of removing that worry.

“The superintendent and the principals have been working with staff members for a couple of months to determine what supplies were needed, what type of each school supply item was needed, and how many of each item was needed,” he said. “The list was also shared with a few students who helped with some discussions regarding the high school and middle school.

 

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