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Thu
30
Jul

Martinez returns as Pearsall Police Chief

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BY BREYANA SEGURA

A year after citizens rallied through downtown Pearsall demanding reinstatement of their police chief, Henry Martinez is set to return to work upon a judge's signature this week. Martinez had filed a lawsuit against the city and former City Manager Richard Alvarez after being fired last July. His termination as police chief had been made based on allegations by the city manager that he had implemented a quota system at the police department. Martinez was also accused of insubordination by the city manager for his alleged failure to investigate arelationship between two city employees.

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Thu
23
Jul

Council votes to reprimand Villarreal

BY BREYANA SEGURA

Pearsall city councilors voted unanimously to censure Councilor Odilia Villarreal after finding merit in a complaint filed by Interim City Manager Jose “Pepe” Trevino on Tuesday, July 14. Councilor Villarreal and former planning and zoning chair Ruben Trevino had sent a letter to the city manager on April 15, calling for his resignation. The pair had filed complaints against Trevino, alleging he failed to staff of the Pearsall Police department adequately.  

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Thu
23
Jul

READY FOR SCHOOL

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The parking lot at the Ted Flores Elementary School on the west side of Pearsall has been layered with new asphalt and leveled for the first time in years as part of the school district's preparedness for the next academic year, set to start in August. Work is being done at the campus through collaboration between the school district - providing materials - and the county Road & Bridge Department, which provided labor.

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Thu
23
Jul

Abbott lauds probation officers’ work with proclamation

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“Our criminal justice system extends beyond the walls of prisons,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote in a proclamation for July, praising the work of officers who handle cases and supervision across the state. Pretrial, Probation & Parole Officers’ Week is declared upon the governor’s signature and recognizes the efforts of those who supervise offenders serving probation sentences or who are making the transition back into society after incarceration.

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Thu
23
Jul

Bomb squad detonates World War 2 missile found near Cotulla home

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Cotulla residents whose Sunday evening, July 19 was interrupted by a loud noise at around 9 p.m. may have been witness to the last sound of a world war that ended 70 years ago. Identified as a Bazooka missile that would have been fired by infantrymen from a shoulder-held launching tube, the US Army-issued M1 rocket-propelled weapon was made from 1942 onwards and was widely used in antitank and bunker assault warfare in the Second World War, in Korea and in Vietnam.  

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Thu
16
Jul

La Salle looks to Oct. 30 meeting for answers on injection well applications

An industry proposal to establish oil and gas waste disposal wells in La Salle County met with resistance from county commissioners this weekover concerns that air quality and local residents’ safety could be compromised. In a brief statement to commissioners Monday, July 13, La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez  oted that Hi Roller Wells, LLC is among the  ompanies vying for approval to inject oil and  as industry waste into non-productive porous ormations below ground, and that the company  ants to do so a mere two miles outside Cotulla. The county judge said he believes a company with a track record of a rig blow-out should attract the court’s attention because of the site it has      ted for its injection operation.  I am concerned about the prevailing wind, which comes from the southeast,” the county judge said after demonstrating that Hi Roller Wells has applied to inject waste at a site southeast of Cotulla.
Thu
16
Jul

A DAY BY THE WATER

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an educational experience in Frio County, where on Tuesday, July 7 the AgriLifeExtension Agency partnered with the Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife, healthcare providers, emergency responders, game wardens,law enforcement and other agencies and sponsors for the annual Outdoor Safety Day at the regional park and pond near IH-35 in Pearsall, an event that included safetytips, hands-on activities and special presentations - among them fishing - for local children ages 8 to 14. (For related photos, see FARM, inside)   
 
Thu
09
Jul

July 4 highway death still under investigation

The Highway Patrol and the La Salle  County Sheriff’s Office are making inquiries this week into factors that may have contributed to the July 4 death of a woman who was struck by a freight truck on IH-35 between Gardendale and Millett.
 
Thu
09
Jul

FIRE IN THE SKY

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FIRE IN THE SKY is visible for miles around as Pearsall joins other South Texas communities in a traditional pyrotechnic display after sundown on Saturday, July 4. Independence Day celebrations
included games and live entertainment as well as plenty of food, in Pearsall's case a street party downtown, while Dilley and Cotulla hosted festivals at their municipal parks
 
Thu
09
Jul

METAL WRECKAGE

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is what remains of a motorcycle after a downtown Pearsall crash on Wednesday, July 1 involving another driver. The case is being investigated by the Pearsall Police Department
 

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