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25
Apr

Jakob Guedea: A boy with autism

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He was a ‘normal’ developing toddler, doing all the things little boys do, until he turned two. “It was like he went blank,” Jakob Guedea’s mom, Alisha, said. He said the common words, used social greetings, and responded to his name then at two it all stopped.

“It was like he regressed, everything just stopped.”

Alisha knew in her gut that something was wrong with her son. However, she felt alone in the battle as most of her family was sure ‘he’d grow out of it.’

Jakob went through an early childhood intervention program; at the age of three a child ages out. Therefore, he was referred to Pearsall Independent School District for evaluation.

“At the time, it was inconclusive if he had autism because he was non-verbal.”

However, the same boy was eligible to attend school and enrolled in the PPCD program.

 

Thu
25
Apr

PHS teen dies in early morning crash

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A Pearsall High School student set to graduate in May lost her life in an early morning crash on Wednesday, April 17 between Dilley and Big Wells.

According to initial Department of Public Safety reports, Rossi Rodriguez, 16, crossed over the lane into oncoming traffic on Hwy 85 and collided with a truck driving in the opposite direction. An 18-wheeler was also involved in the crash.

The pickup truck driver, only identified as being 44 years old, was seriously injured and is being treated in a San Antonio hospital, according to the DPS.

The crash occurred in the early morning hours of April 17 and the highway was not reopened until later that afternoon as officials investigated the case.

Rodriguez was a popular honor student and cheerleader at PHS and involved in community activities as well as with the local Catholic church where she was an alter server.

 

Thu
25
Apr

Laredo man arrested as Frio deputies nab black tar heroin cache

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Frio County deputies discovered a cache of black tar heroin and took a Laredo man into custody following a traffic stop along IH-35 near Pearsall last Wednesday evening.

According to a report from the FCSO, a deputy effected a traffic stop of a 2012 red tractor and trailer for a traffic violation April 17 at about 9:40 p.m. at the 102 mile marker on IH-35.

During a roadside interview, the deputy noticed that the 46-yearold male was acting more nervous than usual and asked for and was granted consent to search the vehicle.

According to the report, Frio County’s canine unit Stryker was used and quickly alerted to the tractor.

Once inside the tractor, Stryker alerted to a fire extinguisher that was located in the cab.

 

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Thu
18
Apr

Current nabs honors at annual STPA convention

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"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...

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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

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“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

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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?

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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

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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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