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03
Jan

Taking shape...

Local welder Raul Carrizales III finishes work on a section of fencing at Polo Patino Park in Pearsall on Thursday, December 27. As Carrizales is diligently working, a local youth enjoys his winter break by taking advantage of the newly constructed 4,500-square-foot skate park that was completed in November

 

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Thu
03
Jan

A look back: Local leaders reflect on past, set 2019 goals

A turbulent and terrific 2018...

With the burning down of a historical building as a result of arson in January and ending with local law enforcement locating a kidnapped child in California in December, Frio County has seen a number of noteworthy events throughout 2018.

County and local leaders look back over the eventful year, recalling some of their most impactful moments.

In a candid interview with Pearsall City Manager Charles “Tink” Jackson, the longestserving administrator since 2011, he attributes the best accomplishment to positive media.

 

 

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Thu
27
Dec

DPS: Pack Safety for your Holiday Road Trip

Stay sober & follow the law...

 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging drivers to pack safety on their holiday road trips by staying sober and following traffic laws throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

 

In an effort to increase safety on Texas roadways, DPS Troopers will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekend December 31 - January 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers. Many local law enforcement agencies will also increase enforcement efforts over the holidays.

 

“The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and it’s up to each and every Texan to be responsible behind the wheel so that everyone makes it home safely to their family during the holidays,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said.

 

Thu
27
Dec

Lansford wins Saddle Bronc World Championship at JNFR

By PAUL SLOCUMB

 

"I knew I had tried my best..."

 

Brandon Lansford enrolled at Sul Ross State University based on the reputations of Rodeo Coach C.J. Aragon and the University’s agriculture program. Now, halfway through his freshman year, Lansford has already earned a world championship reputation of his own.

 

Competing December 6-10 in saddle bronc riding at the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Lansford shined in the novice category as both the highest scorer and the only rider to receive scores in all three rounds.

 

The Cotulla native, who is an animal science major with a pre-vet focus, had only one qualifier’s worth of JNFR experience heading into this year’s event. But that doesn’t mean he climbed into the Vegas chutes lacking poise.

 

Thu
27
Dec

Oh, the choices...

Councilor Richard Gandara helps a youngster choose the perfect toy during the city-wide annual Toy Drive on Wednesday, December 19. Children flocked to the Pearsall Public Library to meet Santa and pick out a Christmas gift. This year the toy drive was sponsored by ACI, T-Construction, Griggs Construction and Frio Adult Probation office.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

JINGLE ALL THE WAY - Ramirez-Burks Elementary School students in Cotulla made their annual caroling trek through the community on Wednesday, December 12, stopping at county and city government offices, the Las Palmas nursing home, school administration, service providers and local businesses to sing Christmas songs they had rehearsed for the occasion. Boxes of treats were distributed by those from the offices along the route.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

Councilors approve budget amendments

Pearsall city councilors unanimously approved three amendments to the 2018-19 fiscal year budget during a meeting on Tuesday, December 11.

According to Pearsall City Manager Charles Jackson, an amendment to add a $5,000 line item for business licenses was added to the business administration portion of the budget.

“This does not create an expenditure line item,” Jackson said. “Just revenue to keep track of the business license fees.”

Jackson noted the Texas Comptroller’s office has 162 businesses listed in Pearsall.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

Let it snow...

Pearsall youngsters revel in the snow produced by snow machines during the Downtown Texas Christmas on Friday, December 14 at city hall. The event annually follows the downtown Christmas Parade and features food booths, hot cocoa, snacks, the Snowzilla slide and other inflatable bounce houses. 

 

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Thu
20
Dec

IH-35 northbound lanes closed following multi-vehicle crash

Early morning mishap...

The northbound lanes of IH-35 just north of the Fri0-Medina County line were shut down for several hours early Tuesday morning, December 18 following a string of multi-vehicle crashes.

The Frio County Sheriff’s Office reported that an accident involving three vehicles occurred near the weigh station just north of the Frio County line.

 

 

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Thu
13
Dec

Pearsall borrows funds for street jobs against future payments

“First free loan...”

Pearsall will soon see accelerated street improvement work, thanks to a council decision this month to borrow against future payments from the South Texas Electric Cooperative’s PILOT Program.

The first payment totaling $486,000 will be made to the city on August 15, 2019 by STEC. The council expects to begin several projects in advance of that payment.

“It is right at the end of the budget season,” City Manager Charles Jackson said during a Tuesday, December 14 meeting, proposing that the council allocate the funds now, borrowing against the current reserves. Records filed at City Hall show the city has $600,000 in reserves.

 

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