William W. ‘Bill’ Gary

1932-2007 William W. “Bill” Gary, 75, of Karnes City, Texas, passed away at his home on Thursday, June 21, 2007. He was born to William Warren and Margaret Christine Esslinger Gary on May 20, 1932, in Cameron. He and his wife, Katherine Ann, were married on Aug. 27, 1983, in Karnes City. Bill served in the U.S. Navy in the […]

Copper thieves nabbed with loot

Police suspect two men may be responsible for other theftsKARNES CITY — Alfred Romero, 25, and Reynaldo Alcorta Jr., 26, are in the custody of the Karnes County Sheriff’s Department after they were found with stolen copper and copper-cutting tools. At 11:30 a.m. June 22, the Karnes County Sheriff’s Department advised Wilson County dispatchers of a red, four-door Ford pickup […]

FISD administrators begin restructure; Oks sale of bonds

FLORESVILLE — The school district is taking its first restructuring steps with the approval to sell bonds totaling $50 million. This initial offering, which paves the way for new construction at the high school, began June 22 following a special called board meeting. “The remaining $13 million bonds will be sold next year once we begin the plans for the […]

Poth sets stricter standards

Zoning, housing quality at forefront of council’s mindPOTH — Poth’s city council is enforcing a higher standard than previously on planning and zoning blueprints. Some previously accepted plans from residents planning construction were displayed at the council’s June 18 meeting. Many were hand-drawn on scraps of paper. Mayor Chrystal Eckel, City Secretary Gladys Billimek, and councilmen Steven Martinez, Travis W. […]

Galindo sees bond reduced

Bond at $200,000 with jury selection set for AugustFLORESVILLE — Arturo Galindo remains in custody despite a judge granting a $50,000 reduction in his bond. Jury selection for Galindo’s trial is set to begin Aug. 6. However, as District Attorney René Peña said, “Dates change as a case proceeds. Cases switch often as [other] cases settle or get dismissed.” Galindo […]

Albert Kotara

1926-2007 Albert Kotara, 81, passed away peacefully in Edinburg, Texas, on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in the Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, surrounded by his family. He was born May 20, 1926, in Kosciusko. Albert moved to McCook in 1944 and had been farming there ever since. Albert was preceded in death by his brother, Clifford Kotara, and his sister, Julia […]

Clyde ‘Smokey’ Preston McGuire

1915-2007 Clyde “Smokey” Preston McGuire, a resident of Floresville, Texas, entered into rest on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at 11:38 a.m. in the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, at the age of 92 years, 4 months, and 27 days. Smokey was born in Ellis County on Jan. 28, 1915, to Herman and Lessie Green McGuire. He graduated from Italy […]

Margaret Hahn Merta

1919-2007 Margaret Hahn Merta entered eternal rest on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at the age of 88. She was born on May 30, 1919, in Hobson, Texas. She was loving, caring, and a great support for her family. Always kind, generous and tender hearted, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She married James on […]

Maggie Mae White

1918-2007 Maggie Mae White passed into her Lord’s hands on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at the age of 88. She was born Oct. 9, 1918. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Roy White; her parents, Wiley and Sarah Bush Winters; a daughter, Mae Jeanette Sales; grandson Randall Spriggs; sister Elva Redd; and brothers Elbert S. and […]

‘Second-responder’ volunteers needed for possible duty in Wilson County disasters

Emergency planners in Wilson County have launched an unprecedented local campaign to eventually recruit hundreds of qualified residents for a force of “second-responders” to be activated, if needed, during disasters. The goal is a database of at least 400 Wilson County residents who, having met basic qualifications for potential volunteers, would be available for local humanitarian duty after receiving short […]