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Thu
07
Mar

Guess what day it is?...

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Pearsall Junior High School students get up close and personal with one of Texas Camel Corps instructor Doug Baum’s camels during a presentation at the Frio County Show Barn on Tuesday, March 5. The event is annually held on the grounds of the Frio Pioneer Jail Museum but was moved due to cold weather. The event introduces local youth to the history of the state’s early settlers and the development of a team of camels in the 19th Century to help open the American West. The event is also a prelude to Frio Pioneer Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 16

 

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Thu
28
Feb

Frio deputies nab $1.5 million in crystal meth

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Houston man in custody...

Frio County’s Interdiction Unit seized 40 pounds of crystal methamphetamine following a traffic stop on IH35 near Pearsall on Thursday, February 21.

According to a report on the case, deputies stopped a gold 2000 Ford F-250 for a traffic violation and during a roadside interview with the 26-year-old driver, noticed inconsistencies with his story.

 

 

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Thu
28
Feb

Commissioners consider hiring former TCJS inspector as consultant

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“There needs to be better communication...”

Frio County Commissioners are set to approve the hiring of a jail consultant this week following a remedial order for closure for the Pearsall facility.

Following the order issued by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards during a February 7 meeting, Sheriff Albert DeLeon sought guidance from former TCJS inspector Phillip Bosquez.

Bosquez was an inspector with the commission for five years before relocating to the Atascosa County Constables office last year.

 

 

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Thu
28
Feb

Pearsall Main Street earns THC recognition

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One of 68 lauded for national performance standards...

A year after being named a Main Street City, the Texas Historical Commission has recognized Pearsall for its successful efforts in carrying out national performance standards.

Pearsall became part of the state’s Small City Main Street in January 2018, becoming the 88th Texas community to earn the designation by the THC.

According to a press release by the THC, Pearsall is one of the 68 to be recommended this year. Contingent upon final approval by the National Main Street Center, the local program will be announced as nationally accredited at the Main Street Now conference in March.

 

 

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Thu
21
Feb

Frio commissioners consider hiring consultant

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“We are going backwards over the last two years...”

Thu
21
Feb

Candidates vie for seats on Dilley, Cotulla councils

School trustees unopposed...

Five of six positions in Dilley and Cotulla city elections are up for grabs as candidates placed their names on the ballot prior to last Friday’s filing deadline for the May elections.

School board positions in Pearsall and Cotulla are also up both candidates in both races are unopposed.

Thu
21
Feb

County to assist Dilley collection station in meeting TCEQ standards

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“Mutually beneficial for both entities...”

After being ordered to close down the city of Dilley’s citizen collection station in December by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the municipality is set to receive some assistance from the county.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jose Asuncion brought the condition of the collection station to the court’s attention during a meeting on Wednesday, February 13.

“They were burning garbage and brush together,” Asuncion said. “This particular site is not permitted for that.”

Dilley City Administrator David Jordan provided the court with the timeline of events that led to the closure of the site. On December 20, 2018 the site was closed by TCEQ staff following an anonymous complaint made to the commission.

Thu
21
Feb

Pop the top...

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Pearsall Volunteer Firefighters work to access the attic of a structure on Guadalupe St. that went up in flames around noon on Tuesday, February 19. Officials on the scene noted that the blaze was contained to the attic area. It has not yet been reported whether anyone sustained injuries in the fire or the extent of the damage.

 

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Thu
21
Feb

City to exhaust reserves to pay Tobias

“Absolute carelessness...”

Pearsall Councilors voted unanimously last week not to appeal a District Judge’s decision and pay former City Manager Robert Tobias nearly $200,000.

According to City Manager Charles Jackson, the settlement will exhaust the city’s reserve fund, cut out budgeted road repairs, and a personnel position.

“The city will pay for this two different ways,” Jackson said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. “We will wipe out our reserves and cut stuff out of the monies from the STEC budget.”

Late last year the city entered a PILOT agreement with the South Texas Electric Cooperative in lieu of annexation. The monies, set to arrive in August, are to be used for a number of road projects, hiring of city personnel, and street repair equipment.

 

 

Thu
21
Feb

Three of four Pearsall seats contested

The filing period for the May elections for the Pearsall City Council came to a close Friday night with three of the four seats on the ballot being contested.

Gaelan Frazier, who was appointed to fill Place 7 after Mando Martinez’ resignation, is being challenged for the seat by former mayor Davina Trevino-Rodriguez. Trevino-Rodriguez was appointed to mayor after Albert Alvarez resigned in 2014.

Incumbent Councilor Ben Briscoe is being challenged in his bid for re-election to Place 6 by former mayor Roland Segovia.

Robert Villarreal will face former Councilor Aurora Garza for Place 5. Garza was appointed in 2017 to fill a seat at the table after the removal of James Leal.

 

 

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