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Thu
01
Nov

Voters to decide on Frio, La Salle races

By MANUEL AZOCAR III
& BREYANA SEGURA

 

Voters will head to the polls this week to cast ballots in the November 6 General Election in many local races that were largely won in the March Primaries.

 

Two local races, however, will be decided as a pair of newcomers face off for the Frio County Commissioner Pct. 4 seat. Alvaro “Lalo” Tijerina defeated incumbent Jose “Pepe” Flores in a runoff by a mere two votes and will now face Independent candidate Jose Asuncion.

 

In La Salle County, Republican Janie Megliorino will vie for the Justice of the Peace Pct.4 seat against Democrat Vickie R. Hanks.

 

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Thu
01
Nov

Market Day returns Saturday with local goods, food, fun

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

Frio County Market Day returns this Saturday, November 3, to downtown Pearsall for its fifth annual event showcasing local talent.

 

Slated to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Oak Street, the event will feature county businesses, arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, family-friendly fun, and a photo booth.

 

Event organizers are expecting over 40 vendors, some traveling from as far as Midland and Rosenberg. Saturday’s highlight will be History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” Season 2, Episode 8 champion Toby Nieto, a Pearsall native who will be selling his hand-carved knives and offering demonstrations.

 

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Thu
01
Nov

Driver dies in multi-vehicle crash on FM 468

By MARC ROBERTSON

 

A driver traveling on rural FM 468 west of Cotulla lost his life early Saturday, October 27, when his pickup truck collided with a freight truck and tanker trailer, the first in a series of collisions that ultimately involved several vehicles.

 

Emergency responders arrived at the scene near Milemarker 444, eight miles west of the county seat, shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday to find that the driver of a black Ford truck, later identified as Leopoldo Ochoa, 45, of Pharr, had been killed in the collision with the freighter.

 

Preliminary reports from the scene indicated that inclement weather may have contributed to poor visibility on the two-lane road, resulting in the driver’s apparent inability to see that the tanker rig was negotiating a slow-moving turn out of a private drive onto FM 468.

 

Thu
01
Nov

TML hosts open forum for Pearsall councilors

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

After learning they had been named as the 2018 City Council of the Year by the Texas City Managers Association, Pearsall Councilors held an open discussion forum at the Texas Municipal League earlier this month.

 

The honor came after City Manager Charles Jackson nominated the council’s efforts during Hurricane Harvey and an investigation into wrongdoing by Councilor James Leal, who was ultimately ejected from his seat at the council table.

 

According to Texas City Manager David Harris, the special session at the conference was for the ‘world to hear’ regarding the council’s fight to eliminate unethical behavior.

 

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Thu
25
Oct

Pearsall ponders power plant payment proposal

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

Pearsall councilors voted unanimously on Tuesday, October 16, to accept a counter-offer from South Texas Electrical Cooperative’s counter-offer for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) in response to the city’s plan to annex the power plant property.

 

If the agreement is signed by November 4, the power plant that sits on the northwest side of town will not be annexed. In the event the agreement is not made by November 4, the city will move forward with the annexation of the 215-acre power plant property.

 

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Thu
25
Oct

For a purpose...

A number of participants take to the streets of Cotulla for the inaugural Cancer Walk around the La Salle County Courthouse and through city streets and the downtown area on Saturday morning, October 20. A full one hundred percent of the proceeds from the event benefited three local cancer survivors.

 

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Thu
25
Oct

Mavs tame Wildcats 39-16, host Devine Friday

MANUEL AZOCAR III
Sports Editor

 

Pearsall jumped right back into the thick of the playoff hunt last Friday night, routing Carrizo Springs 39-16 to event its district record at 1-1.

 

The Mavericks took control from the outset and played one of its more complete games of the season in the lopsided victory.

 

“The kids did a great job of limiting mistakes and executing the game plan,” PHS AD and Head Football Coach Joseph Rivera said. “You have to prepare yourself for every district game like you are preparing for the district championship and I thought our focus was on that level this past week. Our offensive line took control of the line of scrimmage from the start of the game and that allowed us to get the ball into multiple backs hands.

 

Thu
18
Oct

Light my fire...

Pearsall High School students admite the glowing blaze coming off the Homecoming Bonfire at the high school campus on Thursday, October 11. Heavy rains over the last few weeks threatened to dampen PHS Homecoming activities but a break in the weather allowed for the annual parade through downtown, bonfire and ensuing pep rally to commence last week.

 

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Thu
18
Oct

MARKET DAYS MUSIC

Country music star John Michael Montgomery signs an autograph during his performance at the Cotulla Market Days and Music Festival on Saturday, October 13 at the La Salle County Fair Grounds. The event featured vendor’s market. food booths, a cook-off and live entertainment.

 

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Thu
18
Oct

PEARSALL ROYALTY

Pearsall High School seniors Rocky Benavides and Melanie Garza were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Mavericks’ football game against Crystal City on Friday, October 12.

 

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