“This pandemic is not over”

Cotulla mayor discusses economy restarting after month’s shut-down Sitting at a table in the dining room of his small business beside the IH-35 access road, Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia considers the risks of allowing all local businesses to open their doors in the midst of what he describes as an ongoing deadly virus pandemic. Owner…

Urgent care center opens in Dilley

Nearly a month after postponing the opening of the primary care and urgent care clinic in Dilley, Frio Regional Hospital opened the doors to the facility on Monday, April 27. “The opening of our new clinic further exemplifies the commitment of Frio Regional Hospital to serving residents in Dilley and Pearsall as well as in…

La Salle promotes safety after first virus case

“We must emphasize not to panic…” Following an announcement from the La Salle Fire Rescue & EMS last week that a person has received confirmation of testing positive for the coronavirus, local residents are being urged to exercise vigilance in their personal health and safety measures. La Salle County ranks as one of the last…

Law and order have changed

City police face new challenges during virus pandemic With a community-driven promise to protect the city, Pearsall Police Chief Peter Salinas is overcoming obstacles imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. While social distancing has decreased the crime rate, those employed by the police department whose duties now include enforcing stay-at-home measures are finding it hard to…

Pearsall issues mask order

Violators may face $2,000 fine… Pearsall city councilors have passed a fourth emergency declaration as a safety precaution, ordering all people to wear protective masks in public. Beginning Monday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m., any Pearsall resident over the age of 10 is required to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose when…

Soda stop ends in arrests for theft, drugs

Pearsall police are crediting a home surveillance system for helping with the recovery and return of stolen property within hours on Monday, April 20. According to a report on a case involving alleged home burglary, officers were dispatched to a residence on Pecos Street shortly before 11 a.m. Monday when the homeowner said she had…

City may lose $225K as councilors vote to end utility surcharges

Pearsall can operate for a month before going into un-budgeted deficit Financial blunders, including a projected sales tax decrease and a unanimous decision to rescind a 2016 ordinance by Pearsall councilors, will contribute to to a budget shortfall, according to the city administration. Finance Director Santos Alarcon recently reviewed actual numbers for the 2019-20 fiscal…

Dilley amends disaster order

Face masks now required in all public places… Officers may demand ID from all people meeting in a home In a split vote, Dilley city councilors have voted to enforce a local disaster declaration due to the public health emergency, requiring face masks to be worn in public and placing restrictions on travel and gatherings.…

Education without classrooms

Learning alone, at home, is the new normal for students across South Texas In many ways, the emergency education plan for local schools during the coronavirus pandemic shut-down is like taking distance-learning courses at university. It’s just a little lonelier and a lot quieter than most are accustomed to experiencing. At home in Cotulla, high…

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