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Thu
31
Jan

Cotulla to honor LBJ with statue

When school started in September of 1928, the boys and girls of the Welhausen School in Cotulla could never have imagined they would have a male teacher, let alone one who would go on to become President of the United States.

This was to be their first of many surprises. That their beloved Mr. Johnson, would become the President? Unimaginable. After all, these Mexican-American children lived in poverty, worked in the cotton fields alongside their families and hadn’t fully mastered the English language.

On a tragic day in November, President John F. Kennedy was shot, and their former teacher, then Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson was launched into the Presidency. The Welhausen students mourned along with the rest of the nation but also prayed for their beloved teacher’s safety.

 

Thu
24
Jan

Traffic stop yields meth, Pearsall pair arrested

“These guys are out there... no matter the time or day,”

A Pearsall couple found themselves behind bars Friday morning after officers found methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop.

According to a report on the case, officers pulled a Dodge sports utility vehicle over for a speeding violation around 5:30 a.m. on Oak Street.

 

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Thu
24
Jan

FCJLS opens Thursday at show barn

By BREYANA SEGURA

Show prep...

Students countywide will gather at the County Show Barn for the annual Frio County Junior Livestock Show in Pearsall, Thursday through Saturday, January 24-26, for the annual event spotlighting their agricultural projects and handiwork. Schools in Frio County will be closed Friday, January 25 to allow students to attend and participate in the show from Pearsall, Dilley, Moore, Bigfoot, and outlying areas. The event includes members of the 4-H and FFA clubs exhibiting animals, foods, arts and crafts, as one of the biggest fundraising events of the year, with many high schoolers using their auction revenues to pay for college. 

 

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Thu
17
Jan

Commissioners quiz Sheriff on employee comp time

5,343 compensatory hours in 2018...

Frio County’s apparent backlog of employee compensatory time has prompted commissioners to question Sheriff Albert DeLeon on the divisive issue.

Commissioners questioned DeLeon after learning the jailers, dispatchers and deputies had accumulated some 5,343 hours in compensatory time from January 1 through December 31, 2018.

“There are quite a few people who have accumulated time,” Judge Arnulfo Luna said.

“It is high,” the sheriff said during the commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, January 9. “Because we were short; one officer left, we have one female pregnant.”

Records filed at the County Auditor’s office show that $142,414.00 was paid in compensatory time during 2018.

Further investigation revealed $24,859 was paid in compensatory time to Pearsall Police officers during the 2018 fiscal year. The line item budgeted for $30,000.

 

Thu
17
Jan

The next phase...

Crews from All Aquatics began construction on the first of three playgrounds at Palo Patino Park last week. In addition to the playground, crews have also begun removing the antiquated playground equipment and installing a splash pad in the middle of the park.

 

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Thu
17
Jan

Grant program hopes to spur downtown revitalization

50-50 match has $5,000 cap...

A year after Pearsall was named a Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission, city councilors have approved a façade improvement grant program. The $20,000 line item was created by councilors during the 2018 budget session in an effort to beautify downtown business and will be funded out of the general fund. “There will be no money given up front,” Jackson said during a Tuesday, January 8 meeting. “Any building, this includes vacant buildings that meet city code requirements are eligible to apply.” The fifty-fifty matching grant program is designed to promote Pearsall’s unique character through the revitalization of downtown, according to Main Street Director Leah Carrizales. A $5,000 cap has been set per individual or single property. To qualify a business must be located in the Main Street District which is the eight-block radius of Elm to Ash Street and Brazos to San Antonio Street. 

 

Thu
10
Jan

Request for Proposals: Retail and Wholesale Goods

Notice for Publication
 

Request for Proposals
Retail and Wholesale Goods

The Pearsall Independent
School District requests
Proposals from retail and
wholesale sellers of goods. The
request is for a discount on the
normal shelf, catalog or list price of goods.

Proposals may be submitted by mail or courier.

Daniel Strakos, Director of Maintenance & Transportation
Pearsall Independent School District
318 Berry Ranch Road
Pearsall, Texas 78061
Phone: 830-334-8001 x 1141
Fax: 830-334-8007
E-mail: Daniel.Strakos@pearsallisd.org

Thu
10
Jan

Traffic stop leads to Pearsall drug arrest

$1,200 street value...

Pearsall Police arrested a man on drug charges Saturday, December 29, after a traffic stop in which he was found in possession of controlled substances and several prohibited items that are believed indicative of active participation in drug trafficking.

A report on the case indicates Tommy Torres, 19, had committed a number of traffic violations at the wheel of his Chevrolet pickup truck, among them driving with an expired registration sticker.

Torres reportedly admitted during a roadside interview that he was in possession of marijuana and cocaine, according to police.

 

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Thu
10
Jan

Of grave concern: Frio County Cemetery is full

"There are no available plots..."

Those who have not purchased plots at the Frio County Cemetery will have to look elsewhere for a final resting place.

It was after several concerns were brought to the attention of Frio County Commissioners’ when the court learned of the condition of the cemetery.

According to Joseph Sindon, legal counsel for Commissioners’ Court, all plots at the Frio County Cemetery, also known as the Catholic Cemetery, have been sold.

 

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Thu
03
Jan

Amid statewide closing of rural obstetrics units, FRH is thriving

"We have a very favorable financial position..."

Despite an increase in the Texas population, a recent trend has shown that many obstetrics units in rural Texas hospitals are closing, thus forcing many to travel longer distances for care and delivery.

Expectant mothers in Frio County, however, can breathe a much-needed sigh of relief as officials at Frio Regional Hospital in Pearsall is currently at no risk of shutting down its obstetrics unit.

Nearly every rural hospital performed deliveries 40 years ago, a number that has currently dwindled down to about 40 percent of those facilities. That’s because many obstetrics units are closing down.

 

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