Frio County, TX


The Independence Day holiday was marked in Frio and La Salle counties last weekend with festivals at city parks in Dilley and Cotulla that included family-oriented activities, games, food and refreshment booths, toy and trinket vendors; and a rake of popular bands with live entertainment late into the nights, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3. Performers at the Dilley City Pavilion included Mando y La Venganza, Los Tremendos Alarcanes, Nacido, La Calma, David Farias, Los Chamacos, Vision, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, and Lucky Joe. In Cotulla, bands performing at the La Salle County Fairgrounds Pavilion included Grupo Mettal, Zenzio, the Homeboyz, Tejano Highway 281, Los Garcia Brothers, and Solido. Foods cooked at the festival grounds included local traditionals as well as burgers and fries; custom-fashioned desserts included assorted fruits and mangonadas. To view pictures, click photos on the menu.

Enrique L. Munoz

Enrique L. Munoz, 78, of Pearsall, died on June 7, 2022 in Pearsall. He was born on March 16, 1944 in Zaragoza, Coahuila, Mexico to Juan Jose Munoz and Berta Ibarra Lopez. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Patricia Munoz, brothers and sisters Feliz L. Munoz, Jose Estevan Munoz, Rosa Elia Munoz de Charo and Olga L. Munoz de Zapata.

Dillingham wins election runoff

Receiving approximately 60 % of the votes in a primary election runoff held May 24, Jennifer Ebrom Dillingham, Republican candidate for district judge in the 81st Judicial District, defeated fellow Republican candidate Trent Rowell. According to information published on the candidate’s webpage, Dillingham received 5,362 votes to 3,508 for Rowell with votes reported from Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, La Salle and Wilson counties. The election was uncontested in the March primary.

Lighten our darkness

Churches in Frio and La Salle counties have hosted candlelight vigils over the past week, including (Photo above) the First United Methodist Church of Cotulla, in response to a mass shooting incident at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, and in commemoration of the 19 children and two adults who were slain in their classrooms on Tuesday, May 24. Among those attending the evening ceremonies were young children, parents and students, and law enforcement officers from local, county, state and federal agencies. Children have been the focus of the vigils, as elders express concern over the effects of the news and emotional stability among those affected. Church leaders, healthcare professionals and school representatives have offered counseling resources, referrals, and access to mental health assistance for all concerned. Meanwhile (Photo below), Pearsall ISD administration office staff arranged empty school chairs in front of their building to represent those who have been taken from their families, friends, and classrooms, and in a show of mutual emotional support for Uvalde schools. Among those visiting a public memorial in downtown Uvalde to place flowers in front of crosses for each of the victims or to offer condolences have been Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, US President and First Lady Joe and Jill Biden, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who delivered food and refreshments to blood donors. (For related photos, see inside)

Fly in, fire trucks, community gathering, and live line demonstration Saturday May 21

Bigfoot VFD is hosting a Community Awareness Event on Saturday, May 21 from 9am – noon at the Bigfoot Fire Station, 13988 FM 472. Come out to the fire station to find out about business services that are available in the local area as well as services provided by Frio County and local utility providers. Visit with Frio County candidates, check out the fire trucks, try out a fire hose.

Bigfoot man killed in horrible crash

We regret to report that Mr. Noel J Gonzalez, 75, of Bigfoot, lost his life in a horrible accident this past Sunday, May 15. According to DPS, “On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at approximately 06:55pm, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a crash on FM-472 just north of Bigfoot in Frio County. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage was traveling south on FM-472.”

Event Calendar

Apr-21-22 AGGIE MUSTER hosted by the La Salle County A&M Club will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Talbert L Bar Ranch Lodge, 1620 Cochina Ranch Rd. A free meal will be provided to all La Salle County A&M Club members; $8 for all non-members. 6:30...

All together now…

Deputies and staff at the Frio County Sheriff’s Office plant a memorial Oak tree in front of their building in downtown Pearsall, accompanied by the young son of Corporal Investigator Justin Longoria, on the one-year anniversary of his death during a ceremony on Monday morning, April 11. The tree was donated by Kinsman Farms of Pearsall. (CURRENT Photo: Breyana Segura)
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DA’s office conducts K9 certification

Investigator Daniel Kaufman and K9 Gerben work hand in hand to bring the best to the 81st District that spans across Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, La Salle and Wilson counties. Last month, the duo took part in a three-day K9 training certification course that Inv. Kaufman organized and conducted for nine law enforcement agencies at Charlotte High School.

Event Calendar

Mar-17-22 FARMERS MARKET for Dilley WIC and senior WIC participants will be held on Thursday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dilley City Park. WIC participants can use their $30 Farmer’s Market Nutrition Voucher Booklets. Bring a “Shopping List” from the local WIC Clinic. Supplies are limited for the once a year benefit. For additional information, call (210) 431-8342.

March 1 Primary Election results

Federal, District, and State results are available on the Secretary of State’s website at Local results for Medina County, Atascosa County, and Frio County can be found on the Elections sections of their respective county websites:,, and Medina County results are posted below.

Candidate forum set for Feb. 20 in Pearsall

Frio County residents with an interest in the party primaries have until 5 p.m. Friday this week to submit questions for consideration in a public forum for candidates vying for the office of county judge. The forum will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Pearsall Civic...