$50K donation pays for meal program during crisis

Councilors debate supporting effort with city money Funds via church group help elderly, needy families An anonymous Frio County resident has made a $50,000 donation to a church alliance group in an effort to feed the elderly and disabled during the ongoing virus pandemic. Pearsall city councilors are claiming credit for planning a similar effort…

DSHS confirms first COVID-19 case in Frio County

No community exposure… Frio County Emergency Coordinator Ray Kallio has offered clarification to a Sunday, April 5, report that there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported this week that Frio County has had a coronavirus case. A public posting from County Clerk Aaron Ibarra Sunday…

City supports new restrictions during pandemic

Salons close; churches can still hold services… Pearsall city councilors have voted unanimously to extend the emergency declaration signed by Mayor Mary Moore until Monday, April 20. The declaration was initially signed by the mayor on Tuesday, March 31, and became effective at 11:59 p.m. “We are not locking anyone down; there is not a…

Court supports ‘Stay home’ order

All residents of La Salle County have been instructed by the commissioners’ court to stay at home or work from home, following a declaration signed in an emergency meeting last week, effective from Monday, April 6. The oder comes on the heels of disaster declarations for the county during a public health crisis and at…

Hospital prepares for virus outbreak in Frio

Emergency surgeries still underway; staff conduct safety gear inventory Frio County commissioners received an update on virus pandemic preparedness from the hospital administration on Monday, March 23, a week after meeting with health care providers, city and county officials and the school district. “We continue to humbly ask for continued support and prayers,” Frio Regional…

Pearsall orders ‘Shelter in Place’

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE Mayor takes new step in health emergency… Pearsall Mayor Mary Moore issued a shelter-in-place order on Tuesday, March 31, limiting all non-essential movement and restricting local residents to their homes. Hours later, Frio County Judge Arnulfo Luna signed the same order. Both orders took effect Tuesday night. The orders are aimed at enforcing…

Cotulla council meets behind closed doors

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE Agenda includes postponing election; health emergency updates Cotulla councilors will hold their first meeting in the newly opened City Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to discuss moving their election to November and making changes to the municipal health emergency declaration. The elected officers and city staff will occupy a larger room…

OFFICE CLOSED

 In an effort to protect our employees from the COVID-19, the office of the FNC will be closed to the general public beginning Monday, March 30. Business will be conducted via email or phone, (830) 334-3644. News: [email protected] Classified advertising/business: [email protected] Display advertising: [email protected] A coin machine will be available to purchase weekly newspapers outside…

Dilley retains grant consultant after hearing apology

Carlos Colina Vargas has 20-year-old criminal record for bribery Two decades after a criminal investigation led to his indictment and conviction on a charge of having bribed one or more state officials to consider his client cities’ grant applications favorably, Carlos Colina Vargas has offered an apology to Dilley councilors for what he described last…

Emergency declarations issued for cities, counties

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE Local restrictions take effect this week… All parks, public sites close; curfews in place for under-18s Frio and La Salle counties and the cities of Pearsall, Dilley and Cotulla have executed declarations of local disaster and public health emergency, aiming to reduce the possibility of contagion, promote public health, and compel persons to…

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