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State to award county $959K roads grant
April 16, 2014, Section A: General News

State to award county $959K roads grant
April 16, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Repairs to Wilson County roads most greatly impacted by continued exploration, development, or production of oil and natural gas within the Eagle Ford shale region will get a slight boost. At the April 14 meeting of the Wilson County Commissioners Court, Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek said the county received notification of a $959,192 grant award related to Senate Bill 1747.  (More)
Tenants fill Stockdale Industrial Park
April 16, 2014, Section A: General News


April 16, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Stockdale Industrial Park is filling, and soon will house a new tenant --Canada’s Gibson Energy. The company is waiting for final closure from the title company. At the same time, a current tenant -- Fox Chapel Oil Field Services -- is requesting more land for its expanding operation.  (More)
Falls City, TexStar continue pipeline easement talks
April 16, 2014, Section A: General News


April 16, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FALLS CITY -- Attorneys for both Falls City and TexStar Midstream Services, L.P. continue to negotiate back and forth about a pipeline easement that threatens the city’s baseball field. This was the dominant topic of discussion at the April 9 meeting of the Falls City City Council.  (More)
Trains return to Elmendorf with opening of Alamo Junction
April 9, 2014, Section A: General News

Trains return to Elmendorf with opening of Alamo Junction
April 9, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ELMENDORF -- A robust work force and its strategic location near both San Antonio and the Eagle Ford shale are just some of the reasons why Michael J. Plank, president and chief executive officer of Rail Logix, chose Elmendorf for the location of the Alamo Junction Rail Park. The approximately 400-acre site, which is located off Old Corpus Christi Road across from Elmendorf’s city park, is officially open for business, following an April 2 grand-opening celebration.  (More)
Alamo Junction opens near Elmendorf
April 2, 2014, Breaking News

Alamo Junction opens near ElmendorfApril 2, 2014
The Alamo Junction Rail Park just outside Elmendorf officially is open for business, following a grand opening event April 2. The park, as seen here from a helicopter, will accommodate railcar handling, switching, and storage. The park’s location is ideal for businesses establishing operations in the region due to the Eagle Ford shale petrochemical boom. Find out more in the April 9 edition of the Wilson County News.  (More)
Rail yards bring new jobs
March 26, 2014, Section A: General News

Rail yards bring new jobs
March 26, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hundreds of new jobs could be coming down the line for South Texas as two rail-serviced industrial parks are under construction on both sides of the Bexar-Wilson county line in the wake of the increased petrochemical exploration in the Eagle Ford shale.  (More)
DPS probes wrong-way crash
March 26, 2014, Section A: General News


March 26, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FLORESVILLE -- Char-ges are pending following a near-head-on collision March 19 north of here, in which a driver was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 181.  (More)
Pipeline Safety Workshop set for April 2 in Cotulla
March 19, 2014, Section A: General News

March 19, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education, and Outreach will hold a Public Awareness of Pipeline Safety Workshop on Wednesday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the City of Cotulla Convention Center, located at 290 North Interstate Highway in Cotulla.  (More)
Register for March 25 small-business forum
March 19, 2014, Section A: General News

March 19, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The La Vernia Municipal Development District (MDD) joins the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, and regional economic development allies from Cibolo, Yoakum, Cuero, Stockdale, and Gonzales to host a Governor’s Small Business Forum: Opportunities of the Eagle Ford Shale on Tuesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the La Vernia High School auditorium, 221 F.M. 775.  (More)
Canada’s Gibson Energy eyes Stockdale for expansion
March 19, 2014, Section A: General News

Canada’s Gibson Energy eyes Stockdale for expansion
March 19, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Stockdale Industrial Park may soon be home to Canada-based Gibson Energy. After meeting with Gibson Energy General Manager of Operations Ralph Griswold twice last month, the company’s attorney is working on an agreement with the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC). Corporate leaders were set to meet March 16 for a final decision, according to SEDC President Frank Bain Jr. during the SEDC’s March 11 meeting.  (More)
The Economist: Economic Forecast for Texas’ Large Cities
March 12, 2014, Commentaries

Dr. M. Ray Perryman
March 12, 2014
The Perryman Group’s most recent forecast indicates that the state and its major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) will continue to expand at a healthy rate through 2018, though growth in the national economy remains sluggish.  (More)
KAML Polka Tradition returns
March 12, 2014, South Texas Living

March 12, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The KAML Polka Tradition Show can be heard live again, with host Jill Pavliska playing your favorite polkas and waltzes from noon to 3 p.m. every Sunday.  (More)
La Vernia Connections: Governor’s Small Business Forum
March 12, 2014, South Texas Living

March 12, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A Governor’s Small Business Forum: Opportunities of the Eagle Ford Shale will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the La Vernia High School Auditorium, located at 221 F.M. 775. The La Vernia Municipal Development District has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, regional allies, and economic development agencies to host this event.  (More)
P&Z to ease variance process
March 12, 2014, Section A: General News


March 12, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FLORESVILLE -- Some of the angst associated with applying for variances here soon could be a thing of the past, as the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee is devising an application checklist. The committee reviewed a preliminary list at its March 5 meeting.  (More)
Commissioners set roads-grant priorities
March 5, 2014, Section A: General News

Commissioners set roads-grant priorities
March 5, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Roads most severely impacted by the exploration, development, or production of oil and natural gas within the Eagle Ford shale region have been identified by the Wilson County Commissioners Court. At a March 3 special meeting, the commissioners approved a list of projects in order of priority, as part of their application for Texas Department of Transportation grant funds under Senate Bill 1747.  (More)
La Vernia to host Governor’s Small Business Forum Mar. 25
February 26, 2014, Section A: General News

February 26, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A Governor’s Small Business Forum: Opportunities of the Eagle Ford Shale will be held on Tuesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the La Vernia High School Auditorium, located at 221 F.M. 775. The La Vernia Municipal Development District has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, regional allies, and economic development agencies to host this event.  (More)
SEDC officials OK offer to park tenant
February 26, 2014, Section A: General News


February 26, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Stockdale Industrial Park is being touted as the home for yet another Eagle Ford shale oil-gas exploration business, after an undisclosed client made a second appearance before the Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC). Administrator Johnny Stahl confirmed this after the Feb. 17 special called meeting.  (More)
County library addresses bandwidth problems
February 26, 2014, Section A: General News

County library addresses bandwidth problems
February 26, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wilson County Library Director Nicki Stohr and John Holcombe of the county’s Information Technology department have been tasked with developing a plan to address recent Internet bandwidth issues at the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library in Floresville.  (More)
City officials race to beat moratorium deadline
February 12, 2014, Section A: General News

City officials race to beat moratorium deadline
February 12, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FLORESVILLE -- City officials here are racing to develop regulations related to recreational-vehicle parks. A moratorium on the special-use zoning permits regulating that specific land use is set to expire in April, according to a discussion during the Feb. 5 meeting of the Floresville Planning and Zoning Commission.  (More)
Third time’s a charm for three-bay truck wash
February 12, 2014, Section A: General News


February 12, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. STOCKDALE -- The third time’s a charm for Gary West’s proposal for development of a three-bay truck wash associated with the Eagle Ford shale exploration.  (More)
Cooperative Extension: ‘Extending knowledge, changing lives’ together
February 12, 2014, Section A: General News

Cooperative Extension: ‘Extending knowledge, changing lives’ together
February 12, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FLORESVILLE -- Alene Quinney was recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year” during the Wilson County Extension Appreciation Luncheon and annual meeting Jan. 30 in the Floresville Event Center. This honor climaxed the luncheon that included a Texas 4-H Roundup presentation by Adlai Welfel.  (More)
Eagle Ford road issues dominate commissioners’ agenda
February 5, 2014, Section A: General News

Eagle Ford road issues dominate commissioners’ agenda
February 5, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Wilson County Commissioners Court has appointed a five-member board to oversee what might become the county’s first-ever Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone. The action came during the commissioners’ Jan. 27 meeting.  (More)
Road repairs in Eagle Ford area
February 5, 2014, Section A: General News

February 5, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AUSTIN -- An additional $250 million is available for Texas highways impacted by energy sector traffic. This money, according to an Oct. 9 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) letter from TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson, is from “vehicle registration fees received above the amounts estimated for the Fiscal Year 2012-13 biennium in order to repair the attached roadways that have been impacted by energy sector activity.”  (More)
Second time’s the charm for ambulance
February 5, 2014, Section A: General News


February 5, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The board of commissioners for the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 has approved the purchase of a new ambulance. Board President Bill Kenney said after the Jan. 30 special meeting that the decision was unanimous.  (More)
Poth police investigate rash of recent burglaries
February 5, 2014, Section A: General News


February 5, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. POTH -- Residents here are urged to lock their doors and be aware of suspicious people or activity, as the Poth Police Department is reporting that the city has experienced a recent rash of burglaries.  (More)
Divided ESD board says ‘no’ to ambulance
January 29, 2014, Section A: General News


January 29, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Board members for the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 have voted against the purchase of a new ambulance. The proposal died as a result of a 2-3 vote, said board President Bill Kenney following the Jan. 20 meeting.  (More)
Stahl takes the reins of Stockdale EDC
January 22, 2014, Section A: General News


January 22, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Johnny Stahl, the former mayor of Stockdale who served the city in that capacity from 2005-13, is again working for the city, as the new Stockdale Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) administrator.  (More)
Surface rights issue delays Falls City ISD land deal
January 15, 2014, Section A: General News


January 15, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FALLS CITY -- The Eagle Ford shale continues to be a blessing and a curse for the Falls City Independent School District (ISD). A spike in property-tax revenue has thrust the district into Chapter 41 “Robin Hood” status, and now potential future growth could be hampered, due to energy companies being reluctant to relinquish surface rights.  (More)
Shutdown stalls Poth report
January 15, 2014, Section A: General News

Shutdown stalls Poth report
January 15, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. POTH -- While to many it is a distant memory, the effects of a 15-day government shutdown that put the brakes on federal funds during the first half of October still is being felt by the Poth Economic Development Corp. (PEDC).  (More)
CMMC expands services
January 15, 2014, Section A: General News


January 15, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Connally Memorial Medical Center continues to respond to the challenges of an ever-changing and competitive health-care marketplace.  (More)
Year in Review: Stockdale completes infrastructure
January 8, 2014, Section A: General News


January 8, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The past year saw the completion of a four-year project by the city of Stockdale, along with businesses expanding or relocating into the industrial park and others catering to the influx caused by the Eagle Ford shale oil and gas exploration.  (More)
Year in Review: City mourns councilman, acts on growth, change
January 8, 2014, Section A: General News


January 8, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. LA VERNIA --Managing change and growth has challenged the La Vernia City Council throughout the past year.  (More)
Year in Review: Eagle Ford means benefits, challenges for Falls City
January 8, 2014, Section A: General News


January 8, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The oil and natural gas wealth found in the Eagle Ford shale formation has brought about blessings and challenges for the Falls City Independent School District (ISD).  (More)
La Vernia Connections: Growth continues in La Vernia
January 8, 2014, Section A: General News


January 8, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Growth continues in La Vernia Looking back on business in 2013, forward into the coming year  (More)
Basketball Scores
January 2, 2014, Sports

Basketball ScoresJanuary 2, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Varsity Girls  (More)
‘Coming soon’ — business growth in area communities
January 2, 2014, South Texas Living


January 2, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. As 2013 goes out with a bang, 2014 is shaping up to be a year of continued growth in the Wilson County News coverage area.  (More)
County’s Eagle Ford roads could get state help
January 2, 2014, Section A: General News

County’s Eagle Ford roads could get state help
January 2, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Wilson County Commissioners Court is hoping to get a piece of a $225 million pie, as it continues toward applying for a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant. The grant, which is pursuant to Senate Bill 1747 enacted by the state Legislature in 2013, was the subject of a public hearing held during a Dec. 27 special commissioners court meeting.  (More)
TTC releases funds for road repairs in energy-boom areas
January 2, 2014, Section A: General News

January 2, 2014
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AUSTIN -- Recognizing a growing traffic safety concern in the state’s energy-production areas, the Texas Transportation Commission has awarded a $150 million contract to Austin-Angel, JV (Austin Bridge & Road and Angel Brothers) for much-needed road work resulting from the state’s oil and gas boom. The funding, part of the $225 million provided by the Legislature through House Bill 1025 for energy sector road improvements, will allow the Texas Department of Transportation to begin repairing and rehabilitating roadways damaged by heavy trucks and increased traffic in these regions.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Williams’ case takes grim turn
December 26, 2013, Section A: General News

Eagle Ford: Williams’ case takes grim turnDecember 26, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. VERDI -- The near-eight-month search for a woman missing from Bexar County has now turned into a homicide investigation, following the discovery of her remains here Nov. 24.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Unsolved cases mark anniversaries; DA’s office to conduct new search
December 26, 2013, Section A: General News

Eagle Ford: Unsolved cases mark anniversaries; DA’s office to conduct new search
December 26, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. This week will mark another year that two area crimes remain unsolved.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Americans are finding new ways to pay college tuition
December 26, 2013, Section A: General News

December 26, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. (StatePoint) -- The majority of American families have an unwavering belief in the value of college -- 85 percent of parents believe that college is an investment in their child’s future, according to a new national study by Sallie Mae.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Oil, gas economy continues record run
December 26, 2013, Section A: General News

December 26, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Well completions in Texas underpinned surging Texas crude oil production and recovering natural gas activity to lift the Texas Petro Index (TPI) to 293.7 in October, sustaining the upstream oil and gas economy’s record run a fourth straight month.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Student completes degree from Afghanistan
December 26, 2013, Section A: General News

December 26, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Many students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have to work while going to school, but they usually don’t have to worry about bombs going off or terrorists attacking them on the way to class. But that is the life of Teresa Smithson, who completed her entire Geospatial Surveying Engineering master’s degree online, from the Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.  (More)
FELPS manager addresses Stockdale power ‘blinkages’
December 26, 2013, Section A: General News


December 26, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Power “blinkages” continue to plague the residents of Stockdale, with no explanation or solutions given to resolve them. During the Dec. 17 Stockdale City Council meeting, Mayor Ray Wolff took the opportunity to question the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) general manager.  (More)
County to hold roads-grant hearing
December 18, 2013, Section A: General News


December 18, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Members of the public are being asked to weigh in on whether Wilson County will apply for grant funding to pay for repairs to roads damaged as a result of ongoing activity within the Eagle Ford shale oil and natural gas play. The Wilson County Commissioners Court, during one of two special meetings Dec. 16, voted unanimously to set a public hearing for Dec. 27 at 9:30 a.m.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Ambulance repairs test ESD budget
December 18, 2013, Section A: General News


December 18, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. STOCKDALE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 3 continues to be plagued with unexpected expenses as it struggles to become established.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Stockdale students struggle with writing
December 18, 2013, Section A: General News


December 18, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Students in the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) are struggling to meet writing standards. During the Dec. 9 Stockdale ISD board of trustees meeting, the trustees heard this trend was not only compared at the district level, but at the state level also, for students in the third through eleventh grades.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Holiday, year-end office closures
December 18, 2013, Section A: General News

December 18, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. All city and county offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.  (More)
HOLT CAT, Halliburton receive Eagle Ford Excellence Awards
December 18, 2013, Section A: General News

December 18, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER) has announced that HOLT CAT, Halliburton, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dynamic Industries Inc., Energy Waste, and Primera Energy are recipients of the inaugural 2013 Eagle Ford Excellence Awards. The awards honor leading companies and organizations working in or with the oil and gas industry by recognizing diligent efforts in the areas of community and social investment, environmental stewardship, and safety performance within the Eagle Ford shale region.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Milken Institute names best-performing Texas cities
December 18, 2013, Section A: General News

December 18, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Milken Institute has named Austin the best-performing city in its annual ranking of metropolitan areas, and recognized Dallas and Houston in the top 10. Seven of the report’s top 25 best-performing cities in 2013 are in Texas.  (More)
BASKETBALL SCORES
December 11, 2013, Sports

December 11, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Varsity Girls  (More)
County considers $800K road grant application
December 11, 2013, Section A: General News

County considers $800K road grant application
December 11, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A committee of Wilson County officials is charged with determining whether the county should proceed in applying for an estimated $800,000 in state grant funds to repair roads that have been damaged because of ongoing oil and natural gas exploration activity throughout the region.  (More)
Eagle Ford: St. Hedwig lecture set
December 11, 2013, Section A: General News

December 11, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The La Vernia Historical Association welcomes all to attend a history lecture, “St. Hedwig’s Historical Past” by local historians Allen and Regina Kosub on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in the John Paul II Center in St. Hedwig.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Poth park, plaza get festive
December 11, 2013, Section A: General News

December 11, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. POTH -- The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Railroad Park and Dilworth Plaza here, thanks to the Poth Economic Development Corp (PEDC).  (More)
Eagle Ford: Kenedy hospital plans holiday event
December 11, 2013, Section A: General News

December 11, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital invites the public to enjoy a festive “Holiday on the Hill” on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 6-8 p.m. on the hospital grounds at 3349 U.S. 181 in Kenedy.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Master Gardeners plan events
December 11, 2013, Section A: General News

December 11, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Bexar County Master Gardeners invite everyone to enjoy a variety of activities during this holiday season.  (More)
Eagle Ford: What you might have missed
December 4, 2013, Section A: General News

December 4, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Did you miss this in last week’s Wilson County News?  (More)
Eagle Ford: EPA finalizes approval of public input in state Clear Air Plan
December 4, 2013, Section A: General News

December 4, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. DALLAS -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Texas’ clean-air plan Nov. 25, which covers public notification requirements for facilities applying for air permits. The revised plan gives citizens additional opportunities to comment on applications for air permits for new facilities and modifications to existing facilities.  (More)
Eagle Ford: October jobless numbers fall
December 4, 2013, Section A: General News

December 4, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. According to Workforce Solutions Alamo, the Wilson County unemployment rate decreased to 5.9 percent in September. The unemployment rate decreased to 5.3 percent in October.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Karnes Electric returns credits
December 4, 2013, Section A: General News

December 4, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Karnes Electric Cooperative Inc.’s board of directors has authorized the return of $415,352 in capital credits to the cooperative’s members. Any member of Karnes Electric currently having an active account received their capital credit refund in the form of a credit on their October 2013 bill. Any member no longer receiving service from Karnes Electric had a check mailed to them.  (More)
ESD No. 2 talks new ambulance
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News


November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FLORESVILLE -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 is considering the purchase of a new ambulance. This was the subject of a discussion that was tabled at the ESD’s Nov. 18 board meeting.  (More)
Eagle Ford: An analysis: Supply, demand, events influence oil prices then and now
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News

Dr. M. Ray Perryman
November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s no secret that Texas is currently enjoying an oil boom, encouraged by high prices and technological advances. I’m in the middle of our annual Economic Outlook Conference Series (for the 30th year, by the way), and the Q&A always includes a query or two about oil prices. The industry is notoriously cyclical, and folks want to know if today’s prices are here to stay. The short answer to that is a definite “probably.”  (More)
Eagle Ford: TxDOT starts ‘Fleet Forward’
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News

November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TYLER -- The Texas Department of Transportation was joined by members of the Texas Transportation Commission in Tyler on Nov. 20 to showcase Fleet Forward, a program designed to streamline the number of TxDOT vehicles and heavy equipment in order to increase productivity while reducing maintenance and storage costs. The fleet reduction will save the agency approximately $50 million annually and make it possible to address other TxDOT projects benefiting Texas drivers over the next decade.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Gas prices rise
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News

November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have risen 15.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.13 per gallon Nov. 26, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.  (More)
Eagle Ford: County seeks site for CDL testing
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News


November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Prompted by a letter from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Wilson County Commissioners Court has begun looking for a new site to conduct commercial driver license tests.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Nominate for Small Business Awards
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News

November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Small Business Administration’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2014 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Small-business UTSA workshops
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News

November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The UTSA Small Business Development Center will offer integrated, low-cost training and free business advising services. All classes will be held at the UTSA Downtown campus at 501 W. César E. Chávez in the Durango Building in San Antonio. Classes can also be found at www.sasbdc.org.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Heritage Home Tour
November 27, 2013, Section A: General News

November 27, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Seguin Conservation Society is proud to present its 2013 Heritage Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Despite rains, reservoirs remain low
November 20, 2013, Section A: General News

Robert Burns
November 20, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. COLLEGE STATION -- Though many reservoir levels were recharged in the last few months, some remain at critical levels and may soon mean hard choices for municipalities, according to a water specialist with the Texas Water Resources Institute and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Water forum Nov. 21 in Austin
November 20, 2013, Section A: General News

November 20, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Texas Water Journal, an online, peer-reviewed journal about Texas water issues, will present the inaugural Texas Water Journal Forum, “Water, Politics and Drought,” Thursday, Nov. 21, in Austin.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Groundwater meeting Nov. 21
November 20, 2013, Section A: General News

November 20, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A Groundwater Management Area 13 joint planning meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. in the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District office located at 110 Wyoming Blvd. in Pleasanton. Attendance is free and open to the public.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Can I get a subsidy for my insurance?
November 20, 2013, Section A: General News

November 20, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Once people learn how much their health insurance purchased on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance Marketplace will cost, the next natural question might be whether they qualify for assistance or a subsidy. And if so, how much?  (More)
Eagle Ford: November is National Adoption Month
November 20, 2013, Section A: General News

November 20, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, issued the following statement in observance of National Adoption Month (November):  (More)
Eagle Ford: H-E-B to assist typhoon victims
November 20, 2013, Section A: General News

November 20, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. H-E-B will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross and is accepting customer donations for the families and communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Customers are encouraged to donate through Sunday, Dec. 8, as part of an in-store checkstand donation campaign.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Abrego Lake prepares seventh phase
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News

November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AUSTIN -- Abrego Development Co. announces the expansion of the Abrego Lake subdivision in Wilson County. The seventh phase of expansion will provide homes for more than 650 total community residents in one of the premier neighborhoods in the region.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Did you miss this?
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News

November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Did you miss this in last week’s Wilson County News?  (More)
Eagle Ford: Free service, weatherization assistance
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News

November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free weatherization service is available for low-income households through AACOG’s Weatherization Assistance Program.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Accept GenTX challenge
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News

November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board invites all high school students to participate in the first Generation Texas video contest, “Take the Challenge!”  (More)
Eagle Ford: St. Hedwig hires Pleasanton engineer
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News


November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ST. HEDWIG -- Pleasanton-based Rakowitz Surveying and Engineering Services has been hired to evaluate roads slated for repairs here, after the city council at its Nov. 7 meeting accepted the firm’s proposal.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Falls City ISD OKs Chapter 41 options
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News


November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Falls City Independent School District now has two options from which to choose related to determining the method by which the district would reduce wealth authorized under Chapter 41 of the state’s education code. This follows the Nov. 5 election.  (More)
Eagle Ford: What kinds of insurance can I buy on the Marketplace?
November 13, 2013, Section A: General News

November 13, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gold, silver, bronze … they’re not just Olympic medals, but coverage levels of health insurance purchased on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance Marketplace.  (More)
Eagle Ford: $250m proposed for highways
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AUSTIN -- An additional $250 million may be available for Texas highways impacted by energy sector traffic, Sen. Judith Zaffirini announced Oct. 15 in a Senatorial District 21 press release.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Landmen membership jumps 32 percent
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) announced a record 32 percent increase in membership since the launch of its Member Mark in March 2012. During that time, 3,096 Texas landmen joined AAPL, bringing the statewide total to 9,575 members, according to an Oct. 24 press release.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Handling solar energy systems safety workshop
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A Fire Safety for Fire Fighters Handling Solar Energy Systems workshop will take place Monday, Nov. 11, from 3-5 p.m. during the 29th annual conference of the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association. The workshop will be held at the Omni Colonnade located at 9821 Colonnade Blvd. in San Antonio.   (More)
Eagle Ford: Firefighters assistance grants application period now open
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. DENTON -- The application period for Assistance to Firefighters Grants for Fiscal Year 2013 is open, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced in a Nov. 1 FEMA Region VI press release. These types of grants can cover the costs of crucial items for firefighters and paramedics such as firefighting equipment, rescue equipment, and communications equipment.  (More)
Eagle Ford: State Library, Archives to open on second Saturdays
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. AUSTIN -- Family historians, scholars, students, and others interested in what is behind the ornate brass doors of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol will soon have more opportunities for discovery.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Protect your child’s identity
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Parents tend to take plenty of precautions with their child. However, it’s important to consider an aspect to their safety that isn’t always seen -- their identity.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Texas A&M University to open a branch in Israel
November 6, 2013, Section A: General News

November 6, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp have announced plans for the opening of the branch of Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus. It is the first comprehensive international university of the first class to open in the state of Israel, according to an October Texas A&M University System press release.  (More)
Farm Bureau is ‘Voice of Agriculture’
October 30, 2013, Agriculture Today

Farm Bureau is ‘Voice of Agriculture’
October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FLORESVILLE -- The Farm Bureau, known as the “Voice of Agriculture,” lived up to its reputation during the Oct. 17 Wilson County annual convention, as two state officials gave addresses.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Don’t fall for money-card scam
October 30, 2013, Section A: General News


October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wilson County residents are falling victim to a money card scam, losing from $800 to $1,000 after following instructions from scammers by phone.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Area colleges receive grants for oil, gas job training
October 30, 2013, Section A: General News

October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Six Texas community colleges are recipients of $1,499,930 in Skills Development Fund job training grants from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grants will help support the colleges’ ability to address the training needs of oil and gas exploration employers in the Eagle Ford shale. Alamo Colleges, Coastal Bend College, Del Mar College, Laredo Community College, Southwest Texas Junior College, and Victoria College will receive the funding to help address industry need for skilled workers in the region resulting from the rapid growth of oil and gas exploration and production.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Hobson Post Office closes
October 30, 2013, Section A: General News

October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Hobson Post Office, located at 6692 N. U.S. 181, closed for business Oct. 18. The U.S. Postal Service was unable to hire a qualified person to operate the facility, leaving no alternative but to declare an emergency suspension of the office.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Falls City ISD plans facilities
October 30, 2013, Section A: General News


October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FALLS CITY -- A committee of district officials, school board members, and residents has begun discussions over how the Falls City Independent School District (ISD) will proceed when it comes to future growth. The board held its first facilities planning session during an Oct. 23 special meeting.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Hiring Red, White, & You! statewide veterans job fairs to be held Nov. 14
October 30, 2013, Section A: General News

October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), will host veterans job fairs statewide on Thursday, Nov. 14. TWC’s second annual Hiring Red, White & You! campaign is a joint initiative supported by Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Medical Center surgeon and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston professor Dr. James H. “Red” Duke Jr., and TVC to connect our returning veterans in Texas with employers who are hiring.  (More)
Eagle Ford: CBC Board trustees approve purchase of oil, gas simulator
October 30, 2013, Section A: General News

October 30, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Coastal Bend College board of trustees approved the purchase of a $239,500 oil and gas simulator at their Oct. 17 regular meeting.  (More)
June's small business forum in La Vernia
October 24, 2013, Video Vault

October 24, 2013
Businesses, community members, and organizations from across the Eagle Ford shale area gathered in June in La Vernia for a second Governor's Small Business Forum: Opportunities of the Eagle Ford shale. View video highlights here!  (More)
‘Southern Grit’ dogs give feral hogs a tough time
October 23, 2013, Agriculture Today

‘Southern Grit’ dogs give feral hogs a tough time
October 23, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Feral hogs destroy property, damage forage and livestock, and are pests that plague ag producers. Free help is available to get rid of hogs, however, from Southern Grit Hog Dogs. Allen and Amanda Bronder raise and train hog dogs. Allen also has income related to the Eagle Ford shale oil and gas exploration. So they offer free help to ag producers to reduce the feral hog population.  (More)
Eagle Ford: Coastal Bend College to offer entry-level oil-field safety training
October 23, 2013, Section A: General News

October 23, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Coastal Bend College, in partnership with Petroleum Education Council Premier, will hold five-day Oil Patch Preparation Systems (OPPS) safety trainings this fall at the CBC Pleasanton site. The trainings are scheduled for Nov. 11-15 and Dec. 9-13.  (More)
Eagle Ford: CBC Pleasanton offers free GED classes
October 23, 2013, Section A: General News

October 23, 2013
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The Coastal Bend College Adult Basic Education Program at the CBC Pleasanton site will offer free General Educational Development (GED) classes to the community this fall. Registration is open through Friday, Nov. 1, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. in Room 144 on the Pleasanton Campus at 1411 Bensdale Road.  (More)

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