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Thu
09
May

Drunk driver becomes heated after smashing into local AC business

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Not cool...

A Pearsall man who was allegedly intoxicated, slammed into a local air conditioning business and then fled the scene on Saturday, May 4. Police were dispatched to Maverick Heat and Cool shortly after 1 a.m. Friday morning, after a witness to the crime called 911. Patrolling officers were able to locate the Ford Expedition on Oak Street and observed the SUV traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a report on the case. The driver, later identified as 33 year-old, Jose Peralta, came to a stop at Interstate 35 and County Road 2014 on the north side of town. It was when the officer approached the vehicle that he noticed the front end of the SUV to have significant damage. During a roadside interview with Peralta, the man emitted a strong smell of alcohol, according to the officer’s report, and presented with slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. 

 

Thu
09
May

Fiesta fun...

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The city of Pearsall's annual Cinco de Mayo Festival hosted a number of live bands during the two-day event on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the newly-renovated Pearsall Convention and Civic Center. Among the performers included Erick y Su Grupo Massore. (See related photos, Page 5). (Courtesy Photo)

 

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Thu
02
May

Waste disposal extension includes senior citizen discount

By BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall City Councilors unanimously approved a five-year extension with Republic Services, reducing the cost to senior citizens by nearly five dollars and also denied a $1,000 pay stipend for interim city manager Josie Carrizales.

“The community is helping with the water and sewer,” Republic Services representative Blake Caesar said during a meeting on Tuesday, April 23. “We need to help with the garbage.”

The current rate for solid waste collection is $19.43, senior citizens now will receive a 31-percent discount equating to $14.87 for the monthly service.

 

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Thu
02
May

Pearsall voter turnout slumps

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In what was predicted to be a hotly contested municipal election, residents of Pearsall have not turned to the polls as only nine percent of eligible voters have cast ballots during early voting.

Records filed at City Hall indicate as of noon on Monday, of the registered 4,202 voters in Pearsall only 468 have cast ballots. 

 

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Thu
02
May

May 13 deadline: Commissioners seek Tullis’ replacement

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Frio County Clerk Angie Tullis formally announced her retirement during a meeting on Wednesday, April 24 prompting Commissioners to seek applicants to fill her position.

“It was a hard decision to make as I looked into the circumstances of my departure,” Tullis said.

Tullis’ retirement is effective May 31.

 

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Thu
02
May

Clean sweep...

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Pearsall's Lady Mavs celebrate teammate Aracely Ortiz' sixth inning homerun in the opening game of the team's bi-district series sweep of Pleasanton on Thursday, April 25. Pearsall claimed its third straight bi-district championship with the win and will now advance to take on Rio Hondo in an area series this weekend in Alice.

 

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Thu
25
Apr

Jakob Guedea: A boy with autism

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He was a ‘normal’ developing toddler, doing all the things little boys do, until he turned two. “It was like he went blank,” Jakob Guedea’s mom, Alisha, said. He said the common words, used social greetings, and responded to his name then at two it all stopped.

“It was like he regressed, everything just stopped.”

Alisha knew in her gut that something was wrong with her son. However, she felt alone in the battle as most of her family was sure ‘he’d grow out of it.’

Jakob went through an early childhood intervention program; at the age of three a child ages out. Therefore, he was referred to Pearsall Independent School District for evaluation.

“At the time, it was inconclusive if he had autism because he was non-verbal.”

However, the same boy was eligible to attend school and enrolled in the PPCD program.

 

Thu
25
Apr

PHS teen dies in early morning crash

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A Pearsall High School student set to graduate in May lost her life in an early morning crash on Wednesday, April 17 between Dilley and Big Wells.

According to initial Department of Public Safety reports, Rossi Rodriguez, 16, crossed over the lane into oncoming traffic on Hwy 85 and collided with a truck driving in the opposite direction. An 18-wheeler was also involved in the crash.

The pickup truck driver, only identified as being 44 years old, was seriously injured and is being treated in a San Antonio hospital, according to the DPS.

The crash occurred in the early morning hours of April 17 and the highway was not reopened until later that afternoon as officials investigated the case.

Rodriguez was a popular honor student and cheerleader at PHS and involved in community activities as well as with the local Catholic church where she was an alter server.

 

Thu
25
Apr

Laredo man arrested as Frio deputies nab black tar heroin cache

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Frio County deputies discovered a cache of black tar heroin and took a Laredo man into custody following a traffic stop along IH-35 near Pearsall last Wednesday evening.

According to a report from the FCSO, a deputy effected a traffic stop of a 2012 red tractor and trailer for a traffic violation April 17 at about 9:40 p.m. at the 102 mile marker on IH-35.

During a roadside interview, the deputy noticed that the 46-yearold male was acting more nervous than usual and asked for and was granted consent to search the vehicle.

According to the report, Frio County’s canine unit Stryker was used and quickly alerted to the tractor.

Once inside the tractor, Stryker alerted to a fire extinguisher that was located in the cab.

 

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Thu
18
Apr

Current nabs honors at annual STPA convention

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"Recognition from our peers is hard won and much appreciated..."

The Frio-Nueces Current was awarded top honors in journalism by the South Texas Press Association, which presented trophies at its annual convention last weekend in La Grange.

“I am extremely proud of our staff for the many awards won in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the STPA,” Publisher Craig Garnett said. “The level of competition in the state’s largest press association is intense, which means that recognition from our peers is hard won and much appreciated.”

 

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