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Mask order takes effect in Cotulla

Mayor extends emergency declaration; staff distribute signs at local businesses All businesses and public buildings in Cotulla have been given new signage this week, requiring anyone who enters to wear a face mask. The new regulation has taken effect and is aimed at curbing the spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 coronavirus. Cotulla’s order comes…

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COVID-19 UPDATES

Frio sets office limits Frio County commissioners have established new restrictions on hours of operation and building occupancy by various departments under their authority. The new restrictions apply to all county offices and include guidelines on appropriate distancing and face mask requirements. Contact telephone numbers are also being publicized. New restrictions in place La Salle…

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“Take it seriously”

Recovering from COVID-19: A Survivor’s story, a battle with ignorance… Despite it all, shouldering the burden of parenting during a pandemic and being an essential worker, 42-year-old Mariesol Gomez would not let a positive coronavirus diagnosis bring her down. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a profound worldwide shock, with many people believing the virus is…

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Dilley hires new police chief

Zertuche out… Dilley city councilors have agreed to hire a new police chief, replacing Anthony Zertuche, who is the presumptive sheriff-elect of La Salle County and who was recently quizzed by the mayor on his department’s practices. Milton Rivera was approved for the job by a unanimous council vote on Wednesday, June 24. The council…

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Frio, La Salle report first virus deaths

MARC ROBERTSON, Editor & BREYANA SEGURA, Chief Staff Writer Two people have died in the past week from the coronavirus in Frio and La Salle counties, according to emergency response officials, and the number of those affected by the contagion have continued to increase. The fatalities mark the first for each county, coming three months…

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Cruel to be kind

Demolition work has begun for preservation and rejuvenation of the former Paisano Hotel on Oak Street in downtown Pearsall as workers removed the building’s sidewalk awning that was sagging and falling down in some places. The iconic building is scheduled to be refurbished and will include business fronts on the ground level and apartments on…

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New virus cases daily: Frio reaches 122

La Salle remains among counties with fewest reported infections Frio County’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 122 this week, far outnumbering its neighbors. La Salle County reported three confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday, two of the victims detainees at the regional detention facility in Encinal and the third a staff member at the…

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Harvest time

The summer season in South Texas means watermelon time and a taste of the delicious and refreshing fruit to beat the heat. Pearsall area resident Mia Rendon is among those who look forward to picking the best this month.

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Councilors debate policy on filling vacancies

Pearsall charter fails to specify how and when departing elected officials are replaced Pearsall city councilors have started talks on forming a policy that will dictate future action in filling vacant seats at the table. The agenda item brought to the table by Mayor Mary Moore Tuesday, June 9, was aimed at drafting policy consistent…

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