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Thu
16
Nov

Dilley medical center props pass despite low voter turnout

New taxation takes effect next year

By BREYANA SEGURA

Voters in Frio County turned out in low numbers this month to cast ballots for the expansion of the hospital district and the establishment of an urgent care facility in Dilley.

Courthouse records immediately after the election on Tuesday, November 7, indicate voter turnout was a mere seven percent of those registered to cast ballots, which stands as the lowest voter turnout in the county since 2014. Propositions 1 and 2 on the ballot passed, however, clearing the way for Dilley’s new medical facility.

 

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Thu
16
Nov

Traffic stops reveal criminal activity

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall police action over the past week included a series of traffic stops that yielded a stolen vehicle and immigrant transport, according to reports from officers.

Among recent incidents was the case of a Pearsall man who appeared to be driving too close behind another vehicle and, when questioned by police, was found to have a number of passengers who were not wearing seatbelts. The driver, later identified as 46-year-old Richard Dye, was at the wheel of a sport utility vehicle that came to a stop at milemarker 101 on IH-35. The officer conducting the traffic stop noted when approaching the SUV that five passengers were lying down in its cargo area.

 

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Wed
15
Nov

Driver continues north despite multiple rollover

By MARC ROBERTSON

A senior citizen from Cotulla escaped serious injury in a vehicle rollover near Artesia Wells and continued traveling north on IH-35 Tuesday, November 7, when he discovered that his Honda would start and drive.

Identified as Marcelo Malvaez, the man reported to a La Salle County sheriff’s deputy after a traffic stop that he had been to the dentist in Laredo and that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel on his way home.

 

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Thu
09
Nov

Sheriff seeks budget flexibility

By  ROCKY ALCALA & MANUEL AZOCAR III

 

Frio County Commissioners entered discussions with Sheriff Albert DeLeon about the official’s request to supplement employee salaries with monies from the seized vehicle fund and to take control of his own budget during a special meeting on Wednesday, November 1. On a lengthy commissioners’ agenda, Sheriff DeLeon and Chief Deputy Larry Pierson, citing an attorney general’s opinion, asked to use seized funds to compensate employee salaries.

 

“We came across some money from the seized funds and what I want to do is use that money to compensate some of my employees,” Sheriff DeLeon said. “As you well know I’ve got two deputies making more than two of my corporals; I’ve got three lieutenants and two of them are making less than one lieutenant and we have a few employees that do such a good job that I think we need to compensate them. They’re getting paid very minimum.

 

Thu
09
Nov

The color of fun...

Dancers with the Pearsall High School Folklorico group display their colors during a performance at Frio County Market Day, Saturday, November 4 on Oak St. in downtown Pearsall. The group was one of many performers at the event, which also featured an array of vendors and crafts.

 

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Thu
09
Nov

‘Maverick Pride Week’ includes parade, rally

By BREYANA SEGURA Staff Writer

 

Pearsall Mayor Mary Moore signed proclamations this week recognizing the municipal court and high school’s Maverick football team.

 

The first designates November 6 through 10 as Municipal Court Week and acknowledges the importance of the municipal courts, the rule of law, and the fair and impartial administration of justice.

 

“Our municipal court plays a significant role in helping to preserve the safety and welfare of our citizens,” City Manager Charles Jackson said. “Municipal Courts are the most connected courts to our rural communities and their impact on the quality of life for our citizens is immeasurable.”

 

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Thu
02
Nov

Encinal trio faces federal felony drug charges

Drug traffic investigation began in September.

BY MARC ROBERTSON

Two Encinal women were arrested by local and federal agents last week and a man was served with charges while in custody after a grand jury in Laredo handed down indictments against each in connection with a drug traffic investigation that began in September.

Case reports and officer statements indicate Nelda Priscilla Reyes, 53, Maria Irma Sanchez Soto, 55, and Miguel Angel Reyes, 31, were served with drug-related felony charges by agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration last week after federal indictments were signed on October 24. Each has been charged with felony possession of controlled substances – namely more than 400 grams of crystal methamphetamine and more than 22 grams of cocaine.

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Thu
02
Nov

Commissioners approve conversion for law library

BY TERESA VILLARREAL

Commissioner approved the conversion of a breakroom into storage for county records and the purchase of equipment for the road and bridge department during a special meeting of the Frio County Court on October 25.

Frio County District Clerk Ophelia Trevino’s request to convert the county breakroom (located on second floor of Frio County Courthouse) into a records management room was unanimously approved.

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Thu
02
Nov

Frio Market Day returns Saturday in Pearsall

BY BREYANA SEGURA

Cooler weather and the harvest season has prompted the Frio Vision Alive organization to host the fourth Market Days and Fall Festival Saturday, November 4 in the heart of Pearsall.

The downtown area will be lined with booths offering arts and crafts and food and fresh produce while performers entertain crowds and children take part in fun and games.

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Thu
02
Nov

PEARSALL ROYALTY

PEARSALL ROYALTY - Pearsall High School seniors Aundrea Camacho and Matthew Gonzales were crowned Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of the Mavericks’ football game against Crystal City on Friday, October 27.

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