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04
Jul

Locals gear up for Independence Day festivities

FREE FUN ON THE FOURTH...

Local municipalities will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with festivals and fireworks this weekend. Activities include:

PEARSALL

The city of Pearsall will host it’s eighth annual July Fourth Celebration on Thursday, July 4 beginning at 4 p.m. The festival will take place at the Pearsall Civic and Convention Center will include live entertainment, a beer booth, and fireworks. Pearsall native Arturo Rodriguez has chosen to celebrate his promotion from Captain in the United States Army to Major at this year’s event; the ceremony is slated to begin at 9 p.m. This one-day event will feature awardwinning Texas Country music artist Roger Creager; a Patsy Torres tribute to Patsy Cline along with Tejano Show, and country singer Katy McKenzie will also perform. The event is free to the public opening up at 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

 

Thu
27
Jun

Hughson is new Frio Regional Hospital CEO

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““When you’re here it’s like taking care of family...”

One might argue that small-town Texas has left an imprint on new Frio Regional Hospital CEO John Hughson.

The Bryan native was recently named the top officer at the Pearsall hospital and his love of small-town life is, in part what brought him to Frio County.

“I like small-town Texas,” Hughson said. “That’s what I liked about San Antonio and that’s what I’ve experienced here in Pearsall.

 

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Thu
27
Jun

Sweet treat...

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Students in the Pearsall ISD Texas Afterschool Centers on Education program enjoy slices of watermelon following an informative presentation by local farmer Mando Rodriguez on Thursday, June 20. Rodriguez talked about harvesting crops, the various melons he grows and provided samples to the children. The ACE program is for students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade at all campuses and provides life skills and expanded academic enrichment opportunities.

 

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Thu
27
Jun

Councilors exchange barbs; city annex underway

“YOU’RE MUDDYING THIS ISSUE...”

Following a heated debate between councilors amid concerns of misappropriation of insurance monies, the city of Pearsall will soon begin construction of a municipal annex building.

Prior to the split council vote on Tuesday, June 18, Mayor Mary Moore addressed the council and citizens in attendance.

“I just want to remind the council who were involved in the planning of phase one and two that you should be proud of the project presented to the Texas Municipal League,” the mayor said. “Every day I have senior citizens and children thanking me for that park. You have nothing to be sad about because you have not done anything wrong.”

 

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Thu
20
Jun

Main Street program allows for Current upgrade

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“Our building will appear fresher and enhance the overall attractiveness...”

The office of the Frio-Nueces Current will soon undergo an exterior upgrade after Pearsall City Councilors approved the second Main Street Façade Improvement application during a meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

The application, submitted by Uvalde business owner Craig Garnett will improve the exterior of the Frio-Nueces Current on 321 E. San Marcos.

Total improvements will cost Garnett $7,850 of which $3,925 will be reimbursed by the grant program following the completion of the work.

The business owner outlined the proposed repairs in a statement of work presented to the councilors last week. The work, which is to be completed within 45 days, includes power washing the building; replacing damaged siding and repairing wood trim; priming and painting the building; and painting the metal bars covering the

Thu
20
Jun

Sweet relief...

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A line of showers and thunderstorms rolled through Pearsall on Monday morning, bringing much-needed rain to the area and relief in the form of cooler weather. Temperatures are expected to rebound later this week with a high of 106 forecast for Thursday, bringing with it the threat of heat-related illness for those working in or participating in outdoor activities. (

 

 

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Thu
20
Jun

Nervous driver alerts deputy to cocaine cargo

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Needing to pee and puff...

A Laredo man en route to San Antonio was taken into custody after a traffic stop and subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 grams of cocaine just south of Pearsall. At about 10:45 a.m., a Frio County Sheriff’s deputy effected a traffic stop of a white Mercedes on IH-35 at the 91 milemarker, for traffic violations. The driver, identified as Jonathan Recio, 28, of Laredo, gave indicators during the traffic stop that alerted the officer. “I made contact with the driver...during the roadside interview the male was nervous and couldn’t stand still,” the office notes in his report. “During the interview he asked to use the restroom several times and asked to smoke cigarettes several times.

“Consent was given to search the vehicle and approximately 90 to 100 grams of cocaine was found underneath the driver side seat inside a natural void of the car.”

Thu
20
Jun

Councilors seek clarification on park project expenditures

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Did council break bidding laws?

The Texas Municipal League Risk Pool has confirmed this week the city of Pearsall has met its obligations regarding the expenditure of insurance monies collected from the destruction of the neighborhood center during a January 2018 fire.

Concerns surrounding additional work completed at Polo Patino Park were brought up by newly elected Councilor Roland Segovia late last month.

Segovia’s request for an independent audit of competitive bids for additional work did not garner adequate support at a Tuesday, June 11 meeting.

“We need to get in-house information before we hire an outside auditor,” Councilor Julian Hernandez said.

According to Mayor Mary Moore, an independent audit would cost the city an excessive amount of money. A move she finds frivolous since TML has to approve all projects funded by the insurance claim.

Thu
20
Jun

Reyes named new Pearsall city manager

"We are very excited for the city of Pearsall..."

Pearsall Councilors unanimously voted to hire Federico Reyes Jr. as the next city manager during a meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

Reyes was one of two top candidates vying for the top administrator position, subsequently prevailing over Gerald Gonzales, Jr.

“Thank you very, very much,” Mayor Mary Moore said after returning from closed-door negotiations with the top two applicants. “We are very excited for the city of Pearsall, however, we only can choose one.”

Councilor Julian Hernandez made the motion to hire Reyes contingent on contract negotiations.

According to his application, Reyes earned a masters of public administration degree from Angelo State University in 2003; and a masters of business administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2011.

 

 

Thu
13
Jun

Undercover sting nets drug arrests, cocaine

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“The tips we received from the community was indicative of narcotic trade...”

A lengthy undercover investigation led to the arrests of a Pearsall couple in connection with felony and misdemeanor drug charges on Thursday, June 7.

According to Pearsall police officers, several tips regarding the stop-andgo traffic at the residence on 501 Power Plant Road initiated the investigation.

“The tips we received from the community was indicative of narcotic trade,” Chief Peter Salinas said. “We take these tips seriously and immediately opened an investigation.”

Officers executed a search warrant on the home of 39-year-old Michael Pena and his wife, 25-year-old Amili Pena.

It was during the search of the home that officers discovered 44 grams of cocaine; the illegal narcotic was found in bulk and packaged for sale.

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