April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The latest report on child maltreatment fatalities and near fatalities, compiled by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, indicates 251 children in Texas died in fiscal year 2020 due to abuse and neglect. That figure includes 28 children who died after being left unattended in hot vehicles. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, DFPS…

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RECIPE: THE GOOD LIFE

RECIPE THE GOOD LIFE Spring has definitely started in South Texas. The trees are putting leaves back on, the grass is growing again, and every day is a toss-up when it comes to the temperature outside. I love this time of year because it’s warming up, but it’s not usually so unreasonably hot yet that…

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Newest round of stimulus checks could trigger more cons

With the newest round of stimulus checks being mailed out, direct deposit payments have also been hitting Americans’ bank accounts over the last month. Previously, the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker received numerous reports from people who were contacted by scammers through text message, email, and phone calls about their COVID-19 stimulus checks. BBB believes…

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Jesus G. Velasquez Jr.

Jesus G. Velasquez Jr., 76, of Pearsall, died on March 30,2021 at his home. He was born on January 8, 1945 in Devine to Jesus Velasquez Sr. and Alberta Garcia- Velasquez. He is survived by his wife Amalia Velasquez, children John Paul and Angelica Velasquez, Marivel Velasquez and Fidencio Silva, Roland and Erika Valle, Jessica…

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Juventino Reyes Sr.

Juventino Reyes Sr., 87, of Pearsall, died on March 22, 2021 in San Antonio. He was born on March 4, 1934 in Laredo to Ruben Reyes and Olivia Gonzales Reyes. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Jorge Reyes, siblings Ruben Reyes Jr., Mauricio “Wicho” Reyes and Eva Perez. He is survived by…

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Daniel B. Lopez Jr.

Daniel B. Lopez Jr., of Kingsbury died on March 25, 2021 at the age of 72. He was born on June 24, 1948 to Daniel H. and Corcina Bernal Lopez. He is preceded in death by his parents. Daniel is survived by his wife of 53 years Ernestina Lopez, children Agnes Villarreal (Tommy), Brenda Lopez…

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Pearsall ISD returns to in-person classroom instruction this week

Pearsall ISD is joining a growing number of school districts that are returning to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year. In a letter to parents, PISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez said that students returned to campus this week as part of the district’s new re-entry plan requiring students to return to in-person…

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WCC nominates Byrd as Laredo Area Hero

The Woman’s Club of Cotulla has announced that it has nominated Novella Byrd as its Laredo Area Hero in La Salle County at the 2020-21 Laredo Area Community Foundation Volunteer Acorn Award Banquet, which annually honors the spirit of volunteerism in the Laredo area. “A relatively new member, with only seven years of experience, Novella…

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Jessica Angelina Hernandez

Jessica Angelina Hernandez, 40, of Pearsall, died on March 31, 2021 in Brownville. She was born on July 15, 1980 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is preceded in death by her grandmother Antonia Hernandez, grandfather Carlos Hernandez Sr. and her uncle Carlos Hernandez Jr. She is survived by her husband Christopher Valdez, daughter Lyia Valdez, mother…

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Letter to the Editor: Not the solution

Dear Editor, A high-speed pursuit of a “coyote” smuggler is causing South Texas harm and death (Teen driver charged after fatal crash, Thursday, April 1 Frio-Nueces Current). Law enforcement policy needs to change and only use high speed pursuits in life and death situations. Vehicles at high speeds puts our citizens in danger and is…

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