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Ten win chili cook-off at Goliad Brewery
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Bill Clough photo.Dianna Hoy, of Meyersville, prepares her chili Saturday at the annual CASI chili cookoff at the Goliad Brewing May 24.
Bill Clough photo.Dianna Hoy, of Meyersville, prepares her chili Saturday at the annual CASI chili cookoff at the Goliad Brewing May 24.
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GOLIAD – Ten contestants out of 20 took home prizes in the Chili Appreciation Society International’s (CASI) competition May 24. The one-day contest was at the Goliad Brewing — a first for the company. “We hope it will be an annual event here,” says Glendy Valdez-Medcalf, one of the brewery’s owners, who says next year’s contest will cover two days. The regional contest is to eliminate contestants for the annual chili cookout in Terlingua. Proceeds from the event benefited Presidio La Bahia. Winners, chosen by a group of local volunteers, are: first through 10th: Mike Klade, New Braunfels; Diana Klade, New Braunfels; April McDonald, Victoria; Don Hoy, Cuero; Jeff Stevenson, Pearland; Becky Allen, George West; Ricky Bobby Power, San Antonio; Norma Homsley, Manchaca; and Diana Hoy, Cuero. Showmanship awards went to Homsley, Stevenson and to Linda McDonald. April McDonald received the People’s Choice award.
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Pablo G. Fuentes Sr.
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Pablo G. Fuentes Sr., 71, of Kenedy, died Friday, May 27, 2016, in Victoria. He was born Jan. 25, 1945 in Kenedy, to Joe and Petra Garcia Fuentes. He was a truck driver for many years, retired from Walmart and was a member of Floresville Christian Fellowship. He married Janie Flores in 1972 in Kenedy. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Janie Flores Fuentes; daughters, Janette (Billy) Price, Amanda (Jesse Sauceda) Fuentes, Molly Parks; sons, Paul (Esther) Fuentes Jr., Joe Lee (Melissa) Fuentes, Marcus (Janelle Jordan) Soliz all of Kenedy, John McHaney of San Antonio, and Joseph Castillo; sister, Charlene Rangel of Kenedy; brothers, Emilio G. Salas, Roy Salas Sr., and Felix Castillo Jr.; and 18 grandchildren. A prayer service will be held Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. in the Eckols Funeral Home chapel. Services will be held Wednesday, June 1, at 1 p.m. in the Eckols Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bennie Herrera Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Lee Fuentes, Paul Fuentes Jr., Daniel Fuentes, Angel Flores, Marcus Soliz, Filimon Bryand III, Joseph Castillo, Billy Price, Jesse Sauceda, Joe Castaneda, Pete Flores, Daniel Flores and Matthew Fuentes.
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Pettus ISD announces candidate filing date
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PETTUS – Those wishing to apply for a place on the Pettus school board trustee election ballot may do so July 23 through Aug. 22. The school district’s administration summer office hours for June 7 through Aug. 1 are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on Friday. The office will resume its normal business hours on Aug. 2. Those hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Applications for a place on the ballot may be mailed to: Pettus ISD Administration Office, P.O. Box D, Pettus, Texas 78146. The physical address for filing applications in person for a place on the ballot is 500 N. May St. in Pettus. For additional information regarding the election process, call Maggie Gonzales, Pettus ISD administrative assistant, at 361-375-2296, ext. 124.
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Deputies arrest fourth suspect in 2014 Garza beating death
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Matula
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GOLIAD – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a fourth suspect in the July 4, 2014, slaying of Christoval Lee Garza, 38. Bradley James Matula, 36, was arrested May 12 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Earlier, Torivio (Toby) Gutierrez Jr., 41, Louis Michael Flores, 49, and Endalesio (Andy) Pompa IV, 29, were indicted and charged with killing Garza. Sheriff’s deputies were called to 1265 Warrwick Road that July 4 to investigate a dead body. The subsequent investigation determined Garza had been lured to the address by Gutierrez, Flores and Pompa IV in retribution over offensive remarks Garza allegedly made to Gutierrez’s wife. Garza died of internal bleeding following a severe beating. Matula, who admitted he was at the scene of the conflict but had only observed the fight, later admitted he had participated in beating Garza. Gutierrez is are out on bond; Flores has accepted a plea bargain and is awaiting transfer to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility; Pompa IV is free on bond awaiting sentencing. Matula also is free on bond, following his acceptance a plea bargain Monday morning.
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Amazing gold: Freshman joins elite group of athletes
by Tim Delaney
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Alexa Valenzuela
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REFUGIO – Alexa Valenzuela, a Refugio High School freshman, may be the only ninth-grader in her school’s history to win three gold medals at the state field and track meet. Valenzuela, 15, won those three medals at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin two weeks ago. Her coach, Katie Craft, said, “It looks like she is the first to (win three gold medals) as a freshman.” Craft said, “Ginger Dickerson earned five gold medals at state her senior year in 1988, and she is the last and only girl from Refugio to ever do so.” Craft noted that Dickerson won the triple jump at state in her senior year, and “Alexa makes only the second girl to ever win the triple from Refugio.” Of course, Valenzuela did it as a freshman. She is the daughter of Michelle and Morris Avery and one of five children. Valenzuela said she is the second oldest among her siblings, so she obviously has had to take on some responsibilities. “I’ve been doing track for a long time. I actually started getting into it in the eighth grade,” she said. But even before that, she was growing to love the competition and challenges of the sport. She said between the sixth and seventh grade, she ran some track. “I like the energy. And once I kept winning, winning and winning, I really liked the sport,” she said. Now she has three gold medals in her possession, one for the triple jump, one for the long jump and one for the 200-meter run. The record for the triple jump is held by Allyson Williams with a 39-4 set in 1987. Valenzuela had 38-1. The long jump record also was set in 1987 by Williams at 19-6 1/2. Valenzuela’s best this year was 18-4 1/4. The record for the 200 meters was set by Dickerson in 1988 and was a 24:4. Valenzuela’s best this year was 25:52. “The records are in her sights, and she is focused on breaking them,” Craft said. “Not very many athletes from Refugio have ever even participated in five events at the state track meet. Toya Jones, Jamar Green, Ginger Dickerson and Alexa are some of the very few if not the only ones,” Craft added. “My goal is to win five gold medals next year,” Valenzuela said. She dreams of one day qualifying for the Olympics. “In the mornings, I would think about it. I think about the crowd, the energy of the people, yelling and screaming. I hope this comes true one day,” she said. At the latest state meet, she said the crowd was loud. The people numbered more than 31,000 at that event. But when Valenzuela prepares for her competition, the crowd noise disappears. “Once I am running. I can’t hear anything. Everything is shut off,” she said, adding that she becomes completely focused on the competition. The focus was stopped at one point during the event held in Austin. “When I was doing the long jump, I did one jump and they told us to clear the track. We had to wait five hours for storms to pass,” she said. She said it was an inconvenience and it didn’t make a difference in her performance. For now she also concentrates on her studies and is doing well academically. She sighs with relief, knowing only about a week is left in school. Although she is young and undecided about college, she does express interest in becoming a sonographer, one who uses ultrasound to help diagnose medical conditions. “It’s hard to think about college. I’m pretty sure I will go for a scholarship,” Valenzuela said. And now, she has become a role model for other students. “It is amazing. I feel so special. They don’t know me and talk about me. I don’t even know them and they cheer for me.” One philosophy she shares with others is her own: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”
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