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Hidalgo-Cook elected to new term on transport board

Sarah Hidalgo-Cook, general manager for the Southwest Area Regional Transit District (SWART), has been re-elected as the vice president of Rural Transit Systems of the Texas Transit Association’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made during TTA’s board of directors’ meeting and strategic planning workshop held in August. The re-election marks her 11th year on…

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Communities meet law enforcement on National Night Out, Oct. 4

Police, county sheriffs’ offices and emergency responders will take part in the annual celebration of National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, at events in Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla. The evening events are designed to help strengthen relations between law enforcement and the public; festivities include live entertainment, games and refreshments.…

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Frio unemployment rate dips to 3.5 percent, Workforce Solutions reports

The Frio County unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in August, down from 3.8 percent the previous month in the Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA) jobs report. The unemployment rate is equal to that of the 13-county Workforce Development Areaand lower than the 4.2 percent rate for Texas. Frio County’s rate was fifth highest in the…

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Rotary Club Auction goes online Oct. 3 – 5

The Pearsall Rotary Club will hold its annual fundraising auction over three days at the start of October to support scholarships for Frio County students and a number of local charities. The popular event is scheduled to go online from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 3-5 at www.pearsallrotaryclub.com and will feature…

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34 jailed in La Salle, September 5 – 18

Thirty-four individuals were arrested in La Salle County over the past two weeks on a range of felony and misdemeanor charges as well as on warrants issued locally and in other jurisdictions. Arrests were made by deputies of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, troopers of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, and…

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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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36 jailed in Frio, August 23 – September 18

Thirty-six individuals were arrested in Frio County between Friday, August 23, and Sunday, September 18, on a range of felony and misdemeanor charges. Arrests were made by deputies of the Frio County Sheriff’s Office, troopers of the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, and officers of the Pearsall Police Department. In addition to those being…

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Grant should pay for emergency generators, city says

“August came and went…” If bad weather hits the region again this winter, vital services should be prepared to override system failures, according to a directive by the Cotulla City Council. A hard freeze in February 2021 caused disruption to vital city utility systems when electricity supplies failed and residents across South Texas were left…

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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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STEAK THROUGH THE HEART

Special Feature Good Texas cooking is an art form; at the Country Store in Cotulla, Mike Valle takes pride in his grilled meats The fire has been going for nearly two hours by the time the first slab of fresh-cut meat is laid on the grill. The heat flowing from the pit is intense. Aged…

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