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05
Apr

Pearsall’s ‘Cinco’ fest set for downtown

By BREYANA SEGURA Staff Writer

 

Following debate over sponsorship of the annual Cinco de Mayo festival, Pearsall city councilors have voted unanimously to allocate $30,000 of hotel occupancy taxes for the event. The heated dialogue centered around whether a single business should profit from alcoholic beverage sales at the community festival. City Manager Charles Jackson said he believes the beverage sales should go through a bidding process to qualified vendors.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

City looks beyond deadline to full fiscal disclosure

By BREYANA SEGURA

Despite missing a self-imposed deadline for completing and publishing a municipal audit, Pearsall’s city manager believes results of ongoing work at his offices show improvements with which residents will be pleased.

Admitting that City Hall has published its audit beyond a 120-day deadline established by the Home Rule Charter, City Manager Charles Jackson says the work progresses without delay into a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), which he is promoting as a further step in government transparency.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

Burrows back in jail after warrant arrest

By BREYANA SEGURA

A month after being indicted on drug charges, a Pearsall man found himself behind bars on a new narcotics possession arrest Tuesday, March 20.

A report on the case indicates Pearsall police officers went to a home on Moreno Street looking for 54-year-old William Burrows, a warrant for his arrest having been issued.

 

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Thu
29
Mar

Court supports new ‘Border Star’ fund application

By MARC ROBERTSON

La Salle County commissioners have signed a proclamation backing an application to the Texas governor’s office for continued funding of the critical Border Star program that pays the overtime salaries of sheriff’s deputies intercepting criminal activity on principal roads and highways.

In South Texas, the Border Star program helps provide additional manpower in the ongoing law enforcement effort to interrupt human smuggling, drug trafficking and the illegal transport of weapons and funds that sustain the criminal cross-border activity. While Texas counties bordering Mexico along the Rio Grande are focused on preventing illegal trade entering the United States, counties such as La Salle focus their attention on intercepting illegal traffic on IH-35 and state highways that lead from the border to metropolitan areas.

 

Thu
22
Mar

Provisional ballot count leaves election results unchanged

BREYANA SEGURA
Staff Writer

 

Results of the Democratic Party primary election in Frio County remained the same last week after provisional ballots were counted Wednesday, March 14.

 

According to records filed at the elections administrator’s office, 21 provisional ballots were cast in the March 6 primary elections. All but eight were rejected.

 

The Texas Secretary of State’s website outlines grounds for denial of provisional votes. A person may cast a provisional ballot but has six days to “cure.”

 

 

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Thu
22
Mar

Pearsall earns ‘Council of the Year’ award

BREYANA SEGURA
Staff Writer

 

Pearsall’s municipal elected officials have been named the 2018 City Council of the Year by the Texas City Managers Association, according to an announcement and special presentation last week.

 

The honor, presented Tuesday, March 13, came after City Manager Charles Jackson reported on 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.

 

Jackson said Pearsall’s council will stand out in one notable category on the assessment for its updated zero-tolerance code of conduct that leads to reviews of all claims of unethical behavior by elected or appointed officials.

 

 

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Thu
22
Mar

Frio expects to launch courthouse police unit

BREYANA SEGURA
Staff Writer

 

Frio County commissioners took the first steps in creating the county’s own “one-man police department” after a Wednesday, March 14 review of Investigator Rey Trevino’s fourmonth performance.

 

According to Frio County Attorney Joseph Sindon, Trevino’s experience in law enforcement has paved the way to efficiency in the office. The investigator is responsible for pursuing cases that the county expects to prosecute and assisting in the investigation of offenses at or around the courthouse, or assisting in law enforcement inside the building.

 

“It is better than I ever expected,” the county attorney said of the progress made in his office. “To convict, you need certain evidence, but to prosecute you need more evidence.”

 

 

Thu
15
Mar

Incumbents: One falls, three in run-off

By BREYANA SEGURA

With results of the March 6 primary elections being canvassed by county governments this week, preliminary tallies indicate that one incumbent vying for re-election in Frio and La Salle counties has lost her seat on the ballot for the general election in November.

Arnulfo Luna ran unopposed and maintains his seat as the Frio County Judge; Jim Sindon ran unopposed for Justice of the Peace Pct. 2.

 

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Thu
15
Mar

Pearsall plans Polo Patino progress

City expects to rebuild after Jan. 14 arson at Neighborhood Center...

By BREYANA SEGURA

The city of Pearsall has launched a plan to repurpose portions of its Neighborhood Center on the west side of town a mere two months after the facility was destroyed in a January 14 nine-alarm fire.

Crews began tearing down the remains of the building Tuesday, March 13, as part of a redevelopment of Polo Patino Park, which adjoins the property.

 

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Thu
15
Mar

Town Hall meeting acknowledges past failures, highlights progress

Jackson believes fund balances improving.

By BREYANA SEGURA

The Pearsall City Council hosted the second of its Town Hall meetings Thursday, March 8, offering a glimpse into municipal work in progress and comparisons with the recent past.

Presiding in the absence of Mayor Mary Moore, Councilor Julian Hernandez said he believes the meeting will encourage public input and offer a first-hand explanation of projects underway.

 

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