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Thu
25
May

Two seek recount in city election

by BREYANA SEGURA 

After municipal election results were tallied and provisional votes counted, a victory gap in two races at the council table has narrowed, prompting some of the defeated candidates to ask for a ballot recount.

Candidate Roland Segovia, who ran for election as mayor to unseat one-term incumbent Mary Moore, and council seat candidate Richard Gandara each paid $120 deposits and formally filed their petitions for a vote recount late last week.

Segovia lost his bid for the mayoral seat by 35 votes; Gandara was defeated by incumbent Ben Briscoe by eight votes.

 

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Thu
25
May

Emergency planners focus on training, shared resources

by MARC ROBERTSON

Knowing whom to call in the event of a disaster, what resources are available and what steps to take for the safety of the community were focal points of the May 17 meeting of the La Salle County Local Emergency Planning Committee, whose members include representatives of county government and law enforcement, responders, the energy industry and civilian organizations.

Thu
25
May

Zapata heads for sunset after four decades in the classroom

by BREYANA SEGURA

After a 39-year stint with the Pearsall Independent School District, beloved math teacher Eloy Zapata has made the decision to retire.

During a candid interview Tuesday morning, Zapata reminisced on his time in Pearsall and shared some of his favorite memories.

“I set a goal that when I turned sixty-five I would retire,” he said.

Zapata will spend his first year out of the classroom going fishing and visiting family, something he hasn’t had time for due to all the responsibilities and obligations his job entailed.

 

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Thu
18
May

Classic cool...

Soaking up the Spring sun, a row of classic and retro cars make for a beautiful sight for local car lovers during the annual South Texas Rod Fest car show on Saturday afternoon, May 13 at the Pearsall Convention and Civic Center. 

 

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Thu
18
May

Court order freezes councilor’s removal

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall city councilors were halted in a decision to fill Place 3 on Tuesday, May 9, after ousted Councilor James Leal was granted a temporary restraining order by Fourth Administrative Judicial Region Judge David Peeples.

Councilors had voted to remove Leal from his seat after hearing complaints regarding his alleged violation of the code of conduct, including interference with city contracts, harassment of a local businessman, and price manipulation in a public auction.

 

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Thu
18
May

Burning truck blocks highway; driver escapes unhurt

By MARC ROBERTSON

A disintegrating tire, overheating brakes and a shower of sparks are among the possible causes of a truck trailer fire that resulted in the closure of the IH-35 northbound lanes at Cotulla for several hours on Thursday morning, May 11.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene on a highway overpass at the Business IH-35 / North Main Street intersection shortly after 2:30 a.m. to find that fire was spreading rapidly through the freight truck’s box trailer carrying a cargo of air conditioner components.

 

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Thu
11
May

Moore tops Segovia for mayoral seat

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall citizens went to the polls this month to re-elect their mayor in a process that was mired in controversy.

Incumbent Mayor Mary Moore prevailed over challenger and former councilor and mayor Roland Segovia in the municipal election by a mere 37 votes, although she believes a number of her supporters may have been turned away from the ballot box on Saturday, May 6.

 

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Thu
11
May

The fourth was not with him: Leal ejected from council with unanimous vote

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall City Councilor James Leal was officially removed from his elected seat at 7:57 p.m. Thursday, May 4, putting an end to a series of heated meetings and investigative reviews.

The motions to remove Leal on two allegations of council misconduct were made by Councilor Ben Briscoe and garnered full council support.

Leal was found to be in violation of the code of conduct.

In the complaint lodged against Leal by Charles Jackson, the city manager alleges that Leal intentionally drove up prices at a public auction without any intention of purchasing a vehicle.

Included with an allegation that Leal had violated the city ordinance were statements from three city employees who had been at the auction.

 

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Thu
11
May

“Nobody would have ever seen him...”

By JANICE ODOM

A fourth grader at Pearsall Intermediate School, Haylie was recognized last week by the Pearsall Police Department after being credited with saving the life of a local man who had fallen into a drainage ditch on the south side of town.

It was the 10-year-old’s “nosiness” and persistence that brought help to the injured man.

Her dad, Ernesto Rodriguez Jr., tells the story of that fateful day May 3. “We were going to my mom’s house, and I saw a man walking,” he noted. “Then, when I parked and was going to open the car door, Haylie yelled, ‘Dad, Dad, he fell into the ditch.’”

“I just saw somebody’s foot go up, and I reacted,” Haylie recalled. “I screamed to my dad, but he thought I was just seeing things.”

 

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Thu
04
May

Keep on rolling...

Pearsall’s varsity Lady Mavs softball team celebrates its bi-district series-clinching victory over Pleasanton on Friday night, April 29 at the high school field. The team dropped the series opener 7-5 in Pleasanton but returned home on Friday to win game two 11-7 and then clinched the series with an 8-7 victory in the third game. The team moves on to the area playoffs where they will take on the Ingleside Lady Mustangs in another best-of-three series. The series opens Friday at 7 p.m. in Pearsall and then moves to Ingleside on Saturday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

 

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