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07
Jun

Blaze was caused by line strike, city says

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall city officials have confirmed that a gas fire on Wednesday, May 30, was a direct consequence of a line strike by crews from T Construction replacing water lines along Willow Street.

According to Public Works Director Xavier Antu, the fire department was dispatched to the westside neighborhood after crews were unable to manipulate a valve due to its proximity to the fire.

 

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Thu
31
May

Incumbents fall in May 22 run-off elections

By BREYANA SEGURA

Results of the May 22 Democratic Party run-off elections canvassed by county governments this week indicate that all three incumbents vying for re-election in Frio and L a Salle counties have lost their places on the ballot for the general election in November.

In the hotly contested race for the commissioner’s seat in Frio County Precinct 4, Alvaro “Lalo’ Tijerina was successful by a mere two votes in his bid to unseat long-time Incumbent Jose ‘Pepe’ Flores, who has sat on the court for the last 20 years.

 

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Thu
31
May

For those we lost...

Visitors at the Frio County Veterans Cemetery visit the gravesites of loved ones following a ceremony by the local Claudio Gonzales VFW Post #9195 on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 in Pearsall.

 

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Thu
31
May

Frio fails jail inspection, again

BY BREYANA SEGURA

For the third time since 2017, the Frio County J ail has failed an inspection by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

A May 11 visit by Inspector Jennifer Shumake resulted in eight deficiencies requiring corrective measures that must be made within thirty days. Unlighted emergency signs in the sally port and lobby area, and an apparent failure by the jail administrator to produce life safety paperwork were among the faults that the inspector found.

 

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Thu
31
May

TORCH RUN

The US Border Patrol and US Army contingent of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run brings the Special Olympics torch over the Nueces River Bridge into Cotulla on Wednesday morning, May 23, having begun their journey in Laredo. The torch was then carried on a run through Cotulla, Dilley and Pearsall by local officers, high school students and community supporters to help raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Texas. 

 

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Thu
24
May

Police examine bar fight, stabbing

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall police are facing obstacles in their investigation of a weekend brawl at a popular watering hole, an incident to which witnesses have reportedly been uncooperative.

Officers were dispatched to the bar in downtown Pearsall during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 20, in response to what was reported as a stabbing.

Officers arrived to find a subject ‘acting aggressively’ in the parking lot of the establishment. An officer then noted in his report that a male victim was being escorted down the stairs.

 

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Thu
24
May

Pearsall child faces uphill struggle after brain tumor

By BREYANA SEGURA

While most five-year-olds anticipate summer days and the end of the school year, Adelyn Esquivel finds herself confined to a hospital bed.

Wednesday, May 9, will forever be engraved into the minds of Adelyn’s parents, Danielle Escalante and Jonathan Esquivel.

The day began with excitement, as Adelyn’s preschool class was taking a field trip to Devine Acres, but Adelyn’s parents had no idea what the day had in store for them.

 

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Thu
24
May

FRH awarded $75,000 by state agencies

By ROCKY ALCALA

Frio Regional Hospital secured a 2018 Rural Health Facility Capital Improvement Program award in the amount of $75,000 by the Texas Department of Agriculture and the State Office of Rural Health on Friday, May 11.

The program will help with the hospital’s Patient Bed Replacement project, which will improve the delivery of care to inpatients.

“The Frio Hospital Association Board will fund half of the Patient Bed Replacement Project while the grant will fund the other half,” FRH CFO Thomas Grimert said. “As a result, we will have new patient beds, with the above features, in our patient rooms. Through our affiliation with the Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, we can purchase the beds at a significant discount with their purchasing volumes.

 

Thu
17
May

City moves ahead on annexation

By BREYANA SEGURA

After unanimously passing an ordinance Tuesday, May 8, to extend Pearsall’s municipal boundaries by more than 250 acres, councilors made a motion to consider the annexation of an additional 377.

City Hall’s first phase of a long-term annexation plan includes stretching city boundaries north as far as a produce business on Oak Street.

 

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Thu
17
May

Pearsall envelopes Mr. W; shop can stay in business

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall city councilors have considered the fate of a local fireworks stand after discovering an existing ordinance may prohibit the business inside city limits.

The ‘Mr. W’ fireworks stand was positioned a short distance outside the city limits until Tuesday night, May 8.

 

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