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Derby water operator faces state heat

TCEQ demands response; residents left dry since early August The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a demand letter to the owner and manager of Derby Ing, Dario Guerra, after residents in the small roadside community have been without potable water for nearly two months. On August 7, the day after the only…

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South Texas celebrates National Night Out, Oct. 4

Turn on your porch lamps… An occasion for neighbors to strengthen ties and for community members to become familiar with law enforcement and emergency responders takes place on the first Tuesday of October across the region. National Night Out, which is celebrated elsewhere in the country in August, includes downtown festivities after sundown on Oct.…

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Council questions county’s EMS funding request

Pearsall city councilors voted unanimously to table a decision on providing funding for county-wide emergency medical services last week. Elected officials learned Tuesday, September 13, that the Frio County government had contacted the city to request $75,000 in funding for emergency medical services. “This is not a budgeted item for this fiscal year,” Pearsall City…

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Council votes against tax hike

“You cannot expect a city to do more when you are cutting the budget…” Pearsall councilors have voted 6-1 against imposing a two-cent property tax increase for the 2022 fiscal year. The Tuesday, September 13, decision leaves City Manager Federico Reyes two weeks to cut the approved budget by $50,000. “This budget does include a…

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Online predator in cuffs after police intervene

Pearsall police posing as an underage girl in an online chat room arrested a man on Wednesday, September 7, after he attempted to meet the person with whom he had been exchanging messages. Police say that parents of the underage girl contacted officers early last week after they learned 25-year-old Brandon Betancourt was messaging their…

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Frio begins addressing weather warning woes

Frio County Commissioner Raul Carrizales is urging the county to develop a plan focused on building an early warning system that will alert residents in advance of extreme weather conditions. The Precinct 3 commissioner expressed concerns over the current emergency warning system after residents in Moore were notified ten minutes after a tornado had touched…

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Police want tips after shots fired on Vinton St.

Bullet in a boot… Pearsall police are asking for any information regarding a shooting that occurred Saturday, September 10, in a west-side neighborhood after a group of suspects targeted a home on Vinton Street. Investigators say that calls were made to the Frio County emergency dispatch after witnesses reported seeing a group of youths walking…

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Police find drugs on local cyclist

Pearsall police arrested a 20-year-old man who was riding a bicycle through a west-side neighborhood on Saturday, September 10, after he was found in possession of illegal narcotics. According to a report on the case, officers approached Jayden Trevino and noted that his behavior changed and he began to act in a nervous manner. A…

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Hotel raid nets drugs

Anonymous tips help police snare traffickers in Dilley Frio County sheriff’s deputies and Pct. 3 Constable Daniel Zapata have taken two men into custody on felony drug trafficking charges since Friday, September 9, after 27 grams of cocaine were found in their hotel rooms. Deputies say an investigation was opened into the possible sale of…

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Court OK’s jail’s new health care provider

“Most cost effective and more efficient…” Following a unanimous approval by Frio County commissioners to change medical health care providers, jail staff is optimistic the new partnership will significantly affect the level of care and will be more cost efficient. According to Frio County Auditor Crystal Marquez, the county currently has a contract with South…

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