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FELPS board talks sales, CEO interviews, arbitration case

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[Video below] “We are trailing behind our kilowatt sales for 2021.” Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marcy Jacobs informed FELPS trustees at their Jan. 19 meeting that participating cities will receive a decrease in distribution funds for 2021, compared to the year before. “Our December sales were not where they were in 2020,” […]

Free COVID tests, vaccines in Floresville

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Wilson County Pct. 2 Constable Devin Keen, in conjunction with the U.S. Army, will host a COVID-19 testing and vaccination event on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in Floresville. Tests and vaccines will be administered free of charge to community members at the Floresville Event Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or while supplies last, including: •300 rapid tests •300 doses […]

Floresville ISD extends Superintendent Gilstrap’s contract

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[Video below] The Floresville Independent School District officially released its annual report at a Jan. 10 school board meeting. Assistant Superintendent Rhonda Wade highlighted elements of the report for district trustees. Although her presentation was billed as a public hearing, no citizens offered comments to the board during the meeting. Wade noted that the Texas Academic Performance Report section of […]

Deason Animal Hospital gets green light for expansion

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Horses, and pigs, and cats — oh, my! Deason Animal Hospital in Floresville is preparing to expand its facility. Dr. Wayne Deason, owner of the Deason Animal Hospital, received approval from the Floresville Planning & Zoning Committee Jan. 5 for the necessary commercial rezoning of his property located at the corner of D and Eighth streets, adjacent to the existing […]

FELPS board takes steps in search for new CEO

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[Video below] It’s been just over four months since the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) board of trustees terminated Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Greg Low. Plans to fill the position — currently being maintained by interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer Marcy Jacobs — are in the works. The FELPS board of trustees met Jan. 10 to review […]

Remembering Jim Helmke — ‘The Voice of the Floresville Peanut Festival’

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“Jim was a super nice man.” Longtime San Antonio meteorologist Albert Flores was shocked that Floresville parade announcer and amateur meteorologist James Russell “Jim” Helmke passed away Jan. 1. The former WOAI chief meteorologist, now operating his own media company, had worked many times with Helmke over many years, on weather related items and community events. “He was the ultimate […]

Local athletes showcase talent during All-Star game

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The 2022 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game included five area football players from Floresville, Poth, and East Central in the Alamodome Jan. 8. Two seniors from Floresville High School, Dareion Murphy (5) and Brandon Cortez (6), were selected to play on Team Black. In addition, two Poth High School seniors, Caleb Molina (12) and Trevor Fuller (45), were selected […]

Going and coming: Floresville, FISD, Nixon PD see new leadership in 2021

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A Look at 2021


Several government entities experienced changes in leadership positions during 2021. Henrietta Turner surprised Floresville in January by resigning as city manager, a position she had held since September 2013. During Turner’s tenure, the city obtained a number of grants to enable Floresville to build a new wastewater plant, replace waterlines, revamp City Hall and the police station, and construct new […]

County plans $5.7 million emergency ops center

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[Video below] Wilson County commissioners moved forward Dec. 13 with two primary recommendations from the county’s Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF) Committee. County commissioners established the committee in April 2021, following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund to help local governments respond to the COVID […]

Floresville council brings back Roy Idrach, extends city attorney’s contract

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[Video below] Floresville City Council members have selected a city representative for the Wilson County Appraisal District board. At a Dec. 9 council meeting, Councilman Eduardo Villarreal nominated Roy Idrach — Floresville resident and previous member of multiple city boards — for the role. Idrach stepped down in September from serving on the Floresville Economic Development Corp. and Floresville 4A […]