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Family comes first for Ursula Pari who has been anchoring the 10 p.m. newscast on KSAT-12 for some time. As of November 30, she will no longer anchor the 10 p.m. slot but will continue, doing the 4, 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Ursula made the on air announcement on Wednesday night explaining that she wants to spend more time with her children.
Isis Romero will be taking her place on the 10 p.m. newscast. Isis popularity has grown since she joined KSAT in June 2010.
TV anchor/reporter, Isis Romero joined KSAT-12 in June 2010 after working for KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, Arizona. Isis can be seen all over the news channel at KSAT. Isis has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Texas in Austin and is married. Things look favorable for this rising news personality that calls Robstown home. She has also worked in news broadcasting at KZTV in Corpus Christi. Aside from broadcasting, Isis holds a license in real estate.
Sarah Forgany, reporter for KENS 5 came to San Antonio in April 2010 and has received several Associated Press awards for her reporting. Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, she received her journalism degree from the University of Houston and has worked in Louisiana and Houston. Sarah was recently given a co-anchor position with Fred Lozano doing morning news.
Delaine Mathieu is doing great with much more broadcast time on News 4 and many hope she continues. Delaine is half Venezuelan and an Emmy award winner for her investigative reporting. She also works out and is a runner.
Beautiful and talented Sarah Lucero from Ken 5 continues to built on her growing popularity both on and off the evening news in San Antonio.
Deborah Knapp is a seasoned television news reporter that also anchors KENS-TV afternoon news cast and has received countless awards for her work.
6th Annual Christmas Lighting Celebration
The Avenida Guadalupe Association held their 6th Annual Christmas lighting event in the 1300 block of Guadalupe Street. Others assisting in the festivities were Inner City, Health Systems, Lanier High School, staff from Avenida Outreach and Board members. Organizers expected up to 500 to attend. Lanier students sang Christmas carols and their student mariachi group provided the entertainment. View other photos on FACEBOOK.
Its Official....Mike Villarreal launches campaign for Mayor
Mike Villarreal held his Campaign Kickoff for the office of Mayor of San Antonio this afternoon. Despite the inclement weather supporters came out for the event. Photos posted on FACEBOOK and on FLICKR-Slideshow. - Robert Castillo
Tamales ready for Holidays
The season is almost upon San Antonio which marks the beginning of the hunt for the best tamales. Ruben Tamales has the distinction of serving the public for 62 years. Unlike others, their establishment which is located on Rigsby Avenue is not a franchise but a home grown operation. Their busiest season starts before Thanksgiving and all through Christmas and New Year's. Other photos on Facebook. R. Castillo - SouthSaToday.Com
2014 Frontier Bowl - Harlandale vs McCollum
Game photos of traditional Frontier Bowl football game between Harlandale vs McCollum High School played on Nov 7, 2014 at Harlandale Memorial Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. View slideshow of game photos on FLICKR
Many want to disprove allegations of minority voting apathy
SAN ANTONIO - Campaign workers and those seeking political positions in this current election are making an extra effort to inform the voting public that early voting ends this Friday at 7 PM. This extra effort may have helped to get a steady stream of Southside early voters to the Collins Garden library to cast their votes. Elida Torres, Alejandrina Garcia and Guadalupe Ortiz Sr were encouraged by the amount of citizens casting their votes.
2014 Zombie Walk draws thousands in San Antonio
The 2014 Zombie Walk is now history as one of the most popular entertainment events in San Antonio. This year's numbers surpassed past attendance with more participants and spectators. Photos are now available on our FLICKR account.
Eva Longoria joins Nicolas Lahood in south San Antonio
Eva Longoria in southside San Antonio to formally endorse Nicolas Lahood for the position of Bexar County District Attorney. View photo slideshow of event.
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St. James parish held their fall festival on October 12 at church grounds. Ruben Ramos "El Gato Negro" performed for more than 300. The crowd also heard from Tori Rose. Event photos can be seen on FLICKR.
New HEB Store to Open in December
Collins Garden Neighborhood and surrounding area residents can't wait for the reopening of the new HEB Store located at the intersection of Nogalitos and South Park. According to HEB's corporate office the new building will open for business on the first or second week of December 2014.
This new structure replaces the old HEB at the same location.
Palm Heights holds National Night Out
The Palm Heights community center staff has estimated as many as 400 attendees at this year's community national night out celebration in the city's Southside.
As in previous years the public was entertained with dance performances, food, drinks and games for the children. Event photos can be seen on FLICKR
Sam Houston High defeats Jefferson High at Alamo Stadium
SAN ANTONIO - In a high scoring game between Sam Houston and Jefferson High, the Sam Houston team came out the winner with a score of 55 to 34. Game photos can be seen on FLICKR.
Brackenridge High rallys in second half and wins
SAN ANTONIO - Brackenridge High came alive in the second half of their Saturday night game against Harlandale High winning with a score of 24-21. Game photos can be seen on FLICKR:
16 de Septiembre Celebration held in SA
SAN ANTONIO - The 16 de Septiembre celebration drew plenty of participants and spectators as well. This traditional event celebrates the continued independence of Mexico. It's customary that this day is celebrated with colorful parades, extensive fairs complete with music and regional dances including folkorico.
For some it's a time to express their national pride and heritage and in some cases, their birthplace. In San Antonio, such event has traditionally taken place at the Guadalupe Plaza starting in the morning and ending at 10pm. Event photos on FLICKR
Lady of Fatima Procession
SAN ANTONIO- Parishioners from the area Catholic churches participated in a holy procession Saturday morning to honor Our Lady of Fatima. The rosary prayer procession started and ended at Collins Garden Park. As part of the celebration, the Matachines De Tepyac performed their traditional dances. Photos. SouthSaToday.Com
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San Antonio celebrates the 16 de Septiembre parade 2014.
Following a long-standing tradition of celebrating the 16 de Septiembre which commemorates Mexico's Independence Day, the public is invited to join the daylong celebration on September 13, 2014.
The festivities also include drill team competition, charros, live music, food booths and marching bands.
The event starts at 11 AM as the 16 de September parade gets underway from the intersection of Zarzamora and Guadalupe Ave and ends at the Plaza Guadalupe.
Castroville parishioners celebrate St. Louis Day
By Robert Castillo
CASTROVILLE, TX - Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller traveled to Castroville Texas this Sunday to join St. Louis Catholic Church parishioners celebrate the patronal feast of St. Louis Day.
The St. Louis parishioners have been celebrating this day for the past 132 years in honor of King Louis who was revered as a saint before his death and was canonized by Pope Boniface VII in 1297.
Following the mass the church had Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller join the community at a barbecue function taking place in conjunction with the day celebrations.
Those in attendance were also entertained with local live music.
A church publication pointed out that Archbishop Siller is native to San Luis Potosi, Mexico where similar celebration are likely held.
Davis attends the Bexar County Democratic Second Annual Family Reunion
Governatorial candidate Sen. Wendy Davis addressed hundreds of area Democrats attending the Bexar County Democratic Second Annual Family Reunion at La Villita in downtown San Antonio.
Also, making her presence known was Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, candidate for Lt. Governor.
The high temperatures were not enough to lessen the enthusiasm of the crowd as state and local officeholders make their ways from table to table meeting potential voters in anticipation of the upcoming elections. The event was emceed by the Democratic County chairman, and entertainment was provided by Patsy Torres.
Sen. Carlos Euresti took the podium alongside Davis as she addressed the crowd and outline her platform touching on her position on the immigration issue. Event Photos on FLICKR.
Brackenridge Jr. Eagles fund-raising on Military
The Brackenridge Jr. Eagles are getting ready for the start of their new football season beginning on September 6th. The team consists of 4 to 14 year old playing under the Texas Select Football league and were winners of two city championship last year. The team is working hard to raise funds for helmets, shoulder pads, warm-ups, equipment and cheerleader uniforms. Donations are being accepted by the team. Julian Barrera can be contacted at 724-7494.
Zumba Dancing grows in popularity
Janie Medina and more than fifty other adults took part in Zumba dancing at the Palm Heights Community Center this afternoon. The group's Zumba instructor is Yolanda Chavez, who offers the one hour Zumba class on Mondays from starting at 7:0o to 8:00pm, Tuesdays from 630 to 7:30 PM and on Thursdays from 630 to 7:30 PM. The program has been successful in providing physical fitness, recreation, and entertainment for many area residents in the Palm Heights neighborhood. Photo by R. Castillo
Palm Heights Neighborhood Center makes more improvements
During the current year, there have been major improvements to the Palm Heights Neighborhood Center in the city's Southside. One of the most noticeably change has been the addition of recreational features. Palm Heights has improved the softball field by sodding the entire area with new grass. It's expected that these changes will continue to make this center a major attraction for neighborhood youth from the city's Southside. Photo by R. Castillo
Thousands enjoyed the four day Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair at San Antonio's Market Square. View event photos on FLICKR
Jefferson tops the Lanier Voks
March 10, 2014
The Jefferson High Mustang Baseball Team edged by the Lanier High Voks this afternoon at the SAISD Sport Center with a score of 3 to 2. The Mustangs scored two runs in the 3rd, and a single in their sixth inning while Lanier score single runs on the 2nd and fouth innings. Scoreboard numbers showed Jefferson with 4 hits and one errror, Lanier had 8 hits and five errors. Jefferson is coached by Edward Burton. Game photos can be viewed on FLICKR.
By Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - The Brennan High Baseball team held Thomas Jefferson scoreless throughtout their game at the SAISD Sports Complex today. Despite two hits, Jefferson was unable to score as Brennan won 10 to 0. Photo games can viewed on FLICKR .
Eagle Pass High loses to San Antonio Holmes
By Robert Castillo
Feb 21, 2014
NEW BRAUNFELS - The Eagle Pass High Softball team traveled to New Braunfels for a 4pm softball game against San Antonio's Holmes High School.
Holmes led with three runs during the early innings. Then Eagle Pass took the lead with a 6 to 3 score. But Holmes came alive and managed to surpass the Lady Eagles ending with a Holmes victory of 7 to 6.
Holmes has an overall standing of 6-2 games and is coached by Brian Sandera. The Lady Eagles are coached by Oscar Ruiz and currently have an overall rating of 4-0-2. Game photos available for viewing on FLICKR.
27th Annual Asian Festival
By Robert Castillo
Feb 1, 2014
SAN ANTONIO - The 27th annual Asian Festival was held on the grounds of the Institue of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Texas.
The Asian Festival has had many years to great success and has become one event that attracts growing numbers who enjoy the diversity of Asian dances, customs and food.
Their growing success is supported by the record-breaking attendance experienced year after year.
San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg, representing the City of San Antonio, expressed the sentiments of thousands who attended.
" The 27th Annual Asian Festival was an experience for the eyes, ears and taste buds. For so long San Antonio has been a gateway to the Americas. Underneath the tower of the site of the world's fair of 1968, it is a reminder that our great city is now a gateway to the world," stated Nirenberg.
The crowd was entertained with traditional dances from participating countries. Thousands also enjoyed authentic Asian food from the many vendors, including the Japanese, Korean, Laotians, Philippines, Chinese and others. The event ended at 5 PM. View photos on FLICKR .
Board approves Superintendent for three more years
SAN ANTONIO - Superintendent Rey Madrigal will lead the Harlandale ISD for three more years, thanks to a unanimous decision by the Board of Trustees. At their regularly scheduled board meeting December 16, members voted 6-0 to approve the contract extension which now runs through 2017.
“I am honored by the Board of Trustees’ vote of confidence and excited as we make plans for the future. I honestly believe that the best years are ahead of us. I am grateful for the privilege to serve as Superintendent of this school district,” said Mr. Madrigal.
Board members also increased the Superintendent’s salary to $175,000, a 6% jump from the amount he currently earns.
“We are well aware that you have a heart for Harlandale. You know we want to go to the next level and we know you can help us get there,” said Board Member Velma Ybarra to Mr. Madrigal.
Madrigal has been with the district for more than 30 years. He was first selected as the Superintendent of HISD in February 2013, after serving six months in an interim capacity. During his most recent tenure, all campuses achieved a “Met Standard” accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency; the district is working on opening the first STEM Early College High School; Terrell Wells Middle School received a $20,000 grant to start a STEM-based after school program; HISD was named one of the Top Workplaces in San Antonio for the fourth year in a row; and he was honored with a LULAC National Education Service Center Education Award.
Board Member Anthony Alcoser lightheartedly teased Madrigal saying, “I don’t think we’re working him hard enough. He still has a full head of hair.”
Millions are hopeful...
SAN ANTONIO - Connie Oyervides is one among millions who hopes to be the one to win tonight's Mega Millions lotto drawing for an estimated $636 million jackpot. If there is no winner picked tonight, the jackpot will grow closer to a record $1 billion. Lines of ticket buyers have been steady all afternoon and are expected to continue into late afternoon.
Robert E. Lee High wins against McCollum High
The Robert E. Lee High Basketball team held a pre-season match with McCollum High School in the Volunteer's territory. The contest was equally matched as the scoring in the first three periods remained close. It was until the last period that Robert E. Lee distanced themselves from the McCollum Cowboys outscoring their opponent and winning by 12 points. Game photos on FLICKR
City of Helotes - Lighting of the Lights
Many Helotes residents turned out for this year's Lighting of the Lights at Helotes City Hall yesterday, December 13th at 6pm.
Those in attendance were treated to Christmas music provided by The Helotes Area Community Band under the direction of Charles Kuentz. Choirs from Helotes Elementary, Kuentz Elementary and Los Reyes Elementary performed traditional Christmas music.
Children were thrilled by a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus that arrived escorted by the Helotes Police Department. The lighting of the tree was performed by the Helotes Mayor Tom Schoolcraft . Photos by R. Castillo
URBAN 15 perform on All Saints Day
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio's URBAN-15 performed Friday afternoon for a limited audience at El Rinconcito de Esperanza located at 816 S. Colorado.
This special performance is in recognition of All Saints Day and is presented as EL Carnaval de los Muertos. The dance ritual combines Mexican and Brazilian cultures and pays tribute to the deceased.
URBAN 15 also performed at Hemisfair Park, Arneson River Theatre and Centro Cultural Aztlan.
Harlandale's late rally not enough to defeat Floresville' volleyball team
By Robert Castillo
FLORESVILLE, TX -The Floresville High School Varsity Volleyball team came on strong Tuesday night when they met the Harlandale High Indians in Jaguar territory. The Indians were overwhelmed during the initial set but slowly improved by winning the third set. Harlandale's late rally was not enough to defeat Floresville. Coach Regan Curran explained that with this victory their team is now in a three way tie with Medina Valley and Uvalde in the early stage for the ultimate goal of a State championship.
"For our team to reach State we would have to win the bi-district area, regional quarterfinals, regional semi-finals, regional finals and finally State," said Coach Curran. Floresville High's next game could be against Victoria West. Game photos on FLICKR
Thousands come out for 2013 Zombie Walk
By Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - It was nothing but friendly horror as thousands took a very active part in this year's 2013 Zombie Wall on the grounds of Hemisphere Park with crowdS gathering as early as 4pm for the event scheduled for 5pm. Entire families strolled the grounds with gruesome depication of what is only seen in movies. The event lined up all the way to Alamo Plaza. Undoubtedly, this year's Zombie Walk was nothing short of a total success. Click on FLICKR for more event photos. CLICK HERE.
Harlandale Tribesman All Sports Booster Club holds scholarhip fundraiser
By Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - The Harlandale Tribesman All Sports Booster Club held a fundraiser Monday at Bush's Chicken located at 1332 SE Military Drive. According to President Michael Guevara Bush Chicken agreed to provide 20% of their sales to the Scholarship Fund. These funds will provide scholarships for 2014 Harlandale Boys and Girls Senior athletes.
President Michael Guevara, Sgt at Arms Belinda Segovia, Treasurer Becky Gonzalez, Vice-President Sadona Wood and Secretary Monica Martinez and Bush Chicken's General Manager Andy Guerrero were among the participants.
Those wanting additional information about scholarships can contact Michael Guevara at 210-289-8374 or Treasurer Becky Gonzalez at 210-363-4538
Music was provided by Silva Sounds.
Southside communities gather for Harlandale National Night Out
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio's far south communities participated this evening at the Harlandale National Night Out event on the grounds of Harlandale Stadium.
The event began with the presentation of colors with Leal Middle School 8th grader Kina Rodriguez singing the National Anthem. Organizers provide free hot dogs and drinks for everyone. A custom car club also displayed their trophy cars and DJ music was provided.
Harlandale ISD Superintendent of School, Rey Mardrigal welcomed those in attendance while District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran also addressed the crowd.
Photos on FACEBOOK.
Harlandale High vs Medina Valley High
Great game at Panther Stadium Friday night between Harlandale High School and Medina Valley. Final score was Harlandale 33 Medina Valley 14. Click on FLICKR link to view game photos.
2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Antonio
Hundreds participated in this mornings 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's in San Antonio, TX at the AT&T center. Event organizers are hoping for and setting a goal of $235,000. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com
Harlandale High, a power to be reckoned with
If Tuesday's game between Harlandale High and Robert E. Lee High is any indication of what may develop, the Lady Indians of Harlandale coached by Sylvia Cardenas may find themselves at the head of the district pack. The close scores at last night's game also demonstrated Robert E Lee's strong front attack and power. Lee is coached by Mary Tschirhart. Harlandale will face Wagner High on September 3 while Lee meets Marshall High on August 30th.
Pre-season competition at McCollum High
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - The McCollum Lady's Varsity Volleyball team met up with the Divine High School team in pre-season competition today on McCollum High territory. Both teams were equally impressive. McCollum High, is coached by Rose Ann Martinez. Their first game is scheduled for August 14 when they go up against Robert E Lee High.
Devine is coached by Misty Mross. To view game photos visit our link to FLICKR.
The same Devine Volleyball team also played the Harlandale High School volleyball team following their first game against McCollum High at the pre-season competition. Game photos on FLICKR.
10th Annual Graffiti Wipeout Volunteer Day Scheduled
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - The 10th Annual Graffiti Wipeout Volunteer Day event sponsored by the City of San Antonio Development Services Department is scheduled to take place on September 7 and again on the 14th and the 21st of September , according to an email announcement from Neighborhood Services Coordinator Lisa McKenzie .
The public is being advised that this year, blue, brown and green paint to cover graffiti on dumpsters will be provided. Those wishing to paint dumpsters are being asked to contact McKenzie at cell (210) 286-0627) so that they can obtain a right of entry form which will be needed to get permission to paint the dumpster from the business that rents it. At the end of this event, on September 21st, the city will also provide an appreciation luncheon at Camargo Park for volunteers.
Volunteers wishing to join in the removal of graffiti are asked to contact their district office. The clean-up is from 9-11:30am each weekend.
Overflowing crowd meet Councilwoman Gonzales
August 3, 2013
By Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - Newly elected District 5 Councilwoman, Shirley Gonzales held an open house at her Southside field office located at 3226 Nogalitos. The event began at 9am thru 11am on Saturday, August 3. Councilwoman Gonzales was introduced to a large number of citizens by her Chief of Staff, Choco Meza.
After introducing her staff Gonzales stated that she would welcomed their concerns as well as solutions at their next meeting. She also emphasized that the community must participate in meetings so that issues can be adequately addressed.
At this time, Councilwoman Gonzales has no district office in the Westside of her district but plans are underway to open one at Las Palmas on Castroville Rd.
San Antonio Chief of Police William McManus and SAISD school board member Patti Radle also attended the event. Event photos available on FLICKR.
"Today we announced that San Antonio's adult obesity rate dropped sharply between 2010-2012, from 35.1 percent to 28.5 percent, beating the goal set in SA2020 and Texas' rate of 29.5 percent. That means 70,000 fewer San Antonians are at less risk for diabetes, hypertension, and heart attack. Let's get healthy, San Antonio! " - Julian Castro, San Antonio Mayor.
Press conference held July 31, at Collins Garden Park. Photos available on FLICKR
Area students get dose of Plyometrics
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - Why would over 100 high school students get up early in the morning and make their way to Harlandale's Memorial Stadium before seven in the morning? Its called Plyometrics. According to Michael Geelhoed, faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio's Department of Physical Therapy, Plyometrics is a type of training mostly using jumping with the idea of giving participants more explosiveness, more speed and more power.
Today's participants are mostly involved in school sports and come from as far as Hondo and area high schools.
Troy Garcia, a Senior at Mc Collum has played football and track and explained it this way, " This plyo training has taught me to stay low, be explosive , proper breathing and how to release all my energy".
The event which is sponsored by One Day Physical Therapy and Wellness and assisted by Geelhoed and at least 12 students from the UTHSCSA Department of Physical Therapy ends on Wednesday.
This is the second year that Sobrina Castro has enrolled her daughter Alexis, a Sophomore from Cibolo attending St. Mary's Hall. Alexis plays soccer and field hockey. "We plan to be back for the next two year because it prepares my daughter for the pre-season and with overall conditioning. "
According to Geelhoed, "Our hope is that they learned about nutrition, that they learn different ways to exercise, ideas on how they can get in shape but ultimately our goal is to keep them from getting injured in sports. Addition photos on FLICKR.
Harlandale vs Edison - Summer volleyball
by Robert Castillo
The High School girls volleyball summer program draws enough parents and friends to their games that it filled bleachers this afternoon at Edison High School in a game between Harlandale High and Edison High. Photos by SouthSaToday.Com can be seen on FLICKR.
Summer soccer programs taking place
by Robert Castillo
Little is known of the summer soccer programs taking place in South San Antonio among students from different schools. For the past weeks teams that are unofficially representing schools such as Burbank High, Brackenridge High and others continued to meet and compete throughout the city, which school districts are aware of and unofficially support. These teams are being managed mainly by adult soccer enthusiasts who get an opportunity to try their coaching skills. What is not surprising is that regular school coaches and staff are not allowed to participate. Those that step up and coach these soccer teams are quick to point out that these programs are necessary and help keep students in shape during the summer months while also helping students fine tune their soccer skills. The hope is that it gives participants an edge when teams are selected during the regular school season. One such team met this afternoon as Burbank players took on Brackenridge at the Burbank High track.
Nicolas Torres and his son Kaleb stay cool at Normoyle
Kids and parents are staying cool
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - With temperatures expected to reach 105 degrees many kids and their parents are enjoying public pools throughout the city.
Normoyle Park located at 700 Culberson is one such destination, offering free admission and are opened Tuesday thru Saturday from 1 pm to 7pm. All city pools provide certified water safety lifeguards.
Pool staff estimate that as many as 300 take part each day.
Shirley Gonzales wins District 5 Race
Heavy equipment can be seen working on the just recently completed
improvements to S. Zarzamora Street.
First day of early voting - minor problems
By Robert Castillo
June 3, 2013
SAN ANTONIO - On the first day of early voting for the position of City Council District 5, the day started with minor skirmishes at polling places and complaints by both sides in the race between Shirley Gonzalez and David Medina.
According to campaign supporters at the Las Palmas Library location, at least two voters were not allowed to vote because they were wearing orange T-shirts, the color favored by the Medina campaign side. According to Cyrus Orosco, one of Medina's campaign worker the orange T-shirts had no inscription that favored either candidate. Orosco speculated that the official pollwatchers assumed that this was a Medina supporter.
Another complaint by the Medina camp was that several voters from District 4 were not allowed to vote at the District 5 Las Palmas Library site, something that had been allowed in previous years according to Jason Salas, another Medina supporter. Asked why a voter from District 4 would want to vote there, Salas did not know.
Gonzales also mentioned getting reports of an aggressive supporter at another voting location.
Shirley González contender for the position of City Council District 5 agreed that there is a momentum of support developing from voters who are dissatisfied with Medina's past performance. She noted that Medina has failed to address the needs of several areas in district 5 and specifically mentioned the Edgewood – Loma Park area of district 5.
González is pleased that she has increased the amount of endorsements including County Commissioner Precinct 1 - Sergio "Chico" Rodriguez, Commissioner Precinct 2 Paul Elizondo, Senator Leticia Van de Putte , ex-Councilwoman Patti Radle, State Representative Mike Villarreal, former District 1 City Council member Maria A. Berriozabal, former City Councilman Walter Martinez and Juan Solis.
Support from local labor unions are also endorsing González and include Service Employees International Union, Communications Workers of America District 6, Local 6143, American Federation of Teachers, San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 694, Probation Officer Union, Linda Chavez Thompson, Labor leader and Choco Gonzalez Meza, former Vice-President of the Democratic National Committee and former Democratic County Chair and Democratic National Committee member.
Political observers acknowledge that Councilman Medina's base centers around the Collins Garden area which is evident by the amount of political signs seen in many surrounding neighborhood yards.
" Although I am not a political person, I felt I needed to vote for González simply to give her a chance and see what she can do for our district." Said Linda Villalobos, a substitute teacher, as she was leaving the polls on the first day of early voting.
So the election for City Council District 5 moves on past the first day of early voting. Election day is set for June 15, 2013.
Art work Damaged by tagger to be costly
The tagger responsible for this recent damage to a piece of artwork found along S. Zarzamora, has no idea of the extent and cost caused by such vadalism. The damage done to the artwork commerating the contribution of the military to the community could be costly. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com.
EAGLES Regional Semifinal Champions
Sweep S.A. JOHNSON 13 to 3 & 8 to 7 Eagles face S.A. O’Connor in Regional Final
Special by: Conrado Perez, Jr. – Eagle Pass Sports Central
May 25, 2013
ALICE, TX - The Eagle Pass Eagles-San Antonio Johnson Jaguars best of three series resumed on Saturday, May 25, 2013 with a 2:00 PM encounter at the Alice Coyotes baseball field. For the sixth time in their illustrious history the Eagle Pass Eagles are the Region IV champions with the thrilling and hard fought 8 to 7 victory over the San Antonio Johnson Jaguars behind the combined pitching effort of reliever Chris Perez and Devon Torres who earned the save along with some timely and clutch hitting by the entire Eagles lineup.
The San Antonio Johnson Jaguars seeking to send this series to a third game broke into the scoring column in the home half of the third inning with a pair of runs. Jags left fielder Mark Whitehead led off the frame with a double off of Eagles starting pitcher Gilbert Villalobos, Whitehead advanced to third courtesy of a passed ball, with two outs designated hitter Zack Smith belted an RBI triple to bring h0me Mark Whitehead with the first run of the game, Zack Hammer followed with an RBI single to drive in Zack Smith giving the Jaguars a 2 to 0 lead over the Eagles.
The proud Eagle Pass Eagles countered with a big four run production in the top of the fourth to take a 4 to 2 lead in this contest. Eagles cleanup batter freshman Mando Lopez belted a one out double into the gap, pinch runner Ferny Garza entered to run for Mando Lopez, Juan Lopez who had a sensational two game series continued with his hot bat by stroking a single to put runners at the corners, R.J. Ruiz came through with a clutch RBI single to bring home Ferny Garza, Javy Cardona followed with an RBI single to drive in pinch runner Olexis Gutierrez with the game tying run, with two outs designated hitter Roland Rodriguez reached on a costly error by the Jaguars second baseman that enabled both R.J. Ruiz and Javy Cardona to come around to score. MORE
Eagle Pass Eagles defeat Brownsville Hanna High
May 11, 2013
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LADY EAGLES Area Champions
Demolish BROWNSVILLE PORTER in Two
Will face San Benito in Regional Quarterfinals
By: Conrado Perez, Jr. – Eagle Pass Sports Central
“Your best and only source for local sports news in Eagle Pass”
SAN ANTONIO - The 2013 District 29-5A and bi-district champion Eagle Pass Lady Eagles’ varsity softball squad ventured to San Antonio, Texas on Friday, May 3, 2013 to open their quest for the UIL Region IV area softball championship in a best two out of three series against the Brownsville Porter Lady Cowgirls at the Sand Antonio ISD Spring Sports Softball Complex. The powerful and highly talented Eagle Pass Lady Eagles captured the coveted Region IV area championship title in a dominating two game sweep of the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls by the scores of 10 to 3 and 8 to 2 respectively. The Lady Eagles now advance to the UIL Region IV State Quarterfinals round where they will square off against their old nemesis the San Benito Lady Hounds with date(s), site(s) and time(s) yet to be determined. The two victories propels the Lady Eagles to an impressive all time best season record of 28 wins with only 6 losses bettering the previous mark of 28-8 set by the 2007 squad who predominately played against some very weak teams or as the late sports writer Al Kinsall used to refer to as PE classes back then.
The second game of the best of three series for the coveted Region IV area championship got underway at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013 with the Eagle Pass Lady Eagles as the visiting team who watched the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls take the early lead with a lone run in the bottom of the very first inning.
The Lady Eagles who are recognized as one of the premier hitting teams in Region IV immediately countered with a big four run outburst in the top of the second to take the lead for good in this contest. Keanna Cisneros led off the frame with a base on balls and immediately stole second Krystal De La Cruz also reached on a walk, Samantha De Leon reached safely on an error enabling Keanna Cisneros to come around to score, with two outs Sandra Mendoza blasted a two RBI triple to bring home Amanda Appleton and Samantha De Leon, Mendoza would then come home on an error to give the Lady Eagles a 4 to 1 lead over the Cowgirls.
Once again Lady Eagles’ sensational sophomore southpaw hurler Krystal De La Cruz was simply dominant inside the circle as she held the Porter Cowgirls scoreless for the next four innings. Her Lady Eagles teammates rewarded her outstanding pitching effort by tacking on one more run in the top of the fourth inning with Lady Eagles’ catcher Claudia Cruz stroking a two out double, courtesy runner Monica Rodriguez came around to score when Krystal Perez reached on an error by the Porter third baseman.
The Lady Eagles then increased their lead with a two run rally in the top of the fifth with Monica Flores leading off with a booming double and promptly stole third, Jessica Garcia Brought Monica Flores home with an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw in from the outfield, Jessica also managed to swipe third, with one out Keanna Cisneros stroked a sacrifice fly to left enabling Jessica Garcia to tag up and come home on the play to give the Lady Eagles a comfortable 7 to 1 lead over the Cowgirls.
The Brownsville Porter squad could only manage to tally one more run in the bottom of the sixth on a hit batsman and a pair of hits which prompted the Lady Eagles coaching staff to make a pitching change and brought in Samantha De Leon to finish the job. The Eagle Pass Lady Eagles quickly got that run back in the top half of the seventh and final inning with Jessica Garcia reaching on a one out base on balls, Dariela Velasquez followed with a single to put runners at the corners, Jessica Garcia would eventually score the 8th run of the game for the Lady Eagles on an RBI groundout by Keanna Cisneros.
Lady Eagles reliever Samantha De Leon then proceeded to close the door in the bottom of the seventh getting the final batter to fly out to centerfielder Monica Flores who squeezed the ball into her glove sending the loyal Legion of Lady Eagles followers into a cheering frenzy as their beloved Eagle Pass Lady Eagles had just captured the UIL Region IV area championship title by the final score of 8 to 2 thus sweeping the series in two straight dominating contests. Lady Eagle Krystal De La Cruz earned the pitching victory to improve her pitching record to a phenomenal mind boggling 25-4 mark on the season and she is just only a sophomore.
Score by Innings: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
EAGLE PASS 0 4 0 1 2 0 1 8 8 0
B. PORTER 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 8
Winning Pitcher: Krystal De La Cruz Leading Hitters: Jessica Garcia 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI, Keanna Cisneros 1 for 2 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s, Melanie Mendoza 1 for 2, Claudia Cruz 1 for 3, Samantha De Leon 1 for 3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI, Sandra Mendoza 1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI’s, Monica Flores 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, Amanda Appleton 1 run scored and Monica Rodriguez 1 run scored.
Eagle Pass Sports Central congratulates the Eagle Pass Lady Eagles on their most outstanding achievement in capturing the Area championship over the Brownsville Porter Cowgirls and wishes the mighty and highly talented Eagle Pass Lady Eagles varsity softball squad the very best of luck in your upcoming series against the San Benito Lady Hounds for the prestigious UIL Region IV Regional Quarterfinals championship and is proud to continue to be the only local media source that has covered the Eagle Pass Lady Eagles throughout their entire 2013 varsity softball season.
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District 5 Race completes another day of early voting
SAN ANTONIO - Campaign workers from all three candidates for the race of City Council District 5 worked the polls at Colllins Gardens Library as has been the norm for many years. Candidate Shirley Gonzales, John Carlos Garcia and David Medina were all present to meet those arriving at that location. The only candidate at the polls from the race for SAISD School board was Adela Segovia. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com
(Back row – from left) Anthony Aktines; Cody Jones; Daniel Martinez; Jayme Greene; Lillian Byas; (middle row – from left) Gilbert Costello; Carolyn Mazuca; Natalie Cormier; (front row – from left) Shamzy Romero, SSFCU business development officer; Ilianna Walker; Hayley Morrill; Kelsey Wong; Brooke Strowd; and Jessica Leal, SSFCU senior communications specialist.
SECURITY SERVICE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AWARDS $20K IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUTSTANDING STUDENTS
Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU), has awarded twenty high school seniors from Texas, Utah and Colorado with $1,000 scholarships for their college education.
“What better way to give back to our community than to support these bright, future leaders as they pursue their college educations?” said Jim Laffoon, Security Service FCU president. “We select our recipients based on a strong academic record, well-rounded interests, a character of integrity and focused goals. Each of these students is outstanding in all these areas.”
The student scholars honored were:
Cody Jones (Theodore Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, TX),Carolyn Mazuca (Thomas Jefferson HS, San Antonio, TX),Anthony Aktines III (Theodore Roosevelt HS, San Antonio, TX),Noureen Rojani (Douglas MacArthur HS, San Antonio, TX),Natalie Cormier (John Jay HS, San Antonio, TX),Kelsey Wong (Tom Clark HS, San Antonio, TX),Brooke Strowd (East Central HS, San Antonio, TX),Mariah Cannon (John Jay HS, San Antonio, TX),Lillian Hilliard Byas (James Madison HS, San Antonio, TX),Hayley Morrill (Cole HS, San Antonio, TX),Ilianna Walker (William H. Taft HS, San Antonio, TX),Jayme Greene (Communication Arts HS, San Antonio, TX),Maria Calderon (Edinburg HS, Edinburg, TX),Gilbert Costello III (Hondo HS, Hondo, TX),Daniel Martinez (Samuel Clemens HS, Schertz, TX),Portia Loosli (Riverton HS, Riverton, UT),Brian Likes, Jr. (Las Animas Secondary School, La Junta, CO),Shelby Lange (Thomas B. Doherty HS, Colorado Springs, CO),Ryan Hales (Springville HS, Springville, UT),Anthony Jones (Pueblo HS, Pueblo, CO),
The awards are part of the SSFCU community scholarship program. Over the past 23 years, the credit union has presented in excess of $210,000 to more than 265 college-bound students. The scholarships, which can be used to pay for tuition, books, lab fees and other related educational expenses, will help these outstanding students attain their educational objectives and professional goals.
Battle of Flowers Parade is now history
The 2013 Battle of Flowers Parade is now history but not before the Rey Feo was booted out of the event for violating a new city ordinance that forbids participants from tossing keepsakes or candy to the public. Larry Benson Jr, this year's Rey Feo apologized for the violation adding that he had gotten excited and did it without thinking.
Others claimed that there were widespread violations which included Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio who was also seen tossing fiesta tokens to the public. Thousands lined the parade route from early morning till late afternoon.
Over a thousand celebrate Fiesta Del Rey at El Mercado
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6th Annual City View Breakfast
SAN ANTONIO - The South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual City View breakfast with city manager Sheryl Sculley at the Plaza Club on Tuesday.
The morning opened with South San Antonio Chamber president Tom Shaw sharing details of the San Antonio Missions nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sculley followed with her perspectives on current and future issues facing the south side at this year’s event. She encouraged the more than 100 South Chamber members and guests to get actively involved in initiatives to support the many growth catalysts - with particular emphasis on the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas boom, the need for transportation and road safety initiatives, and the building of a skilled and educated workforce. “Some of the best development is happening on the south side,” said Sculley.
South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Frank Laborde, said the more than 30 new south side projects that are part of the bond package approved by San Antonio voters is a good step in building the infrastructure needed for continued and sustainable growth.
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Bombs set off at today's Boston Marathon
BOSTON - Two explosion were detonated this afternoon shortly after 2pm EST in Boston at the end of this year's marathon.
Preliminary reports indicate that as a result of the explosions at least 3 were killed and as many as 120 injured; some severly. FBI has taken charge of the investigation but as yet have no suspects or motive and no one was taken responsibility for the attack.
The two explosion occurred within a short distance of each towards the end of the marathon race which this year drew as many as 26,000 participants.
Food, games and colorful performers at Fiesta En La Calle.
3rd Annual Fiesta En La Calle draws hundreds
by Robert Castillo
Hundreds took part in a pre-Fiesta event on the Palms Heights Park Friday afternoon.
The event was sponsored by the City of San Antonio in cooperation with Distict 5 Councilman David Medina.
Children and adults alike enjoyed free music with food booths also available. The event was also an opportunity for district schools, non-profit organizations and churches to promote their fundraising.
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31st Annual Lowrider Show moved to new location
SAN ANTONIO - Imelda Guerrero stands next to her hubby's 1946 Chevy Coupe, one of many entries in this year's 31 Annual Lowrider Show. The Coupe is valued at $20,000.
The changing of location for this traditional event, from Camargo Park to 1800 Frederickburg turned out to be a more crowded event with less shade for spectators and talent performers. Finding parking was another problem for many that circled the area looking for parking space.
The performing headliner for today's event was Ernie Garibay scheduled to perform during the afternoon. The event was set to end by 7pm. See photos on FLICKR
River Project shows no bank erosion
With two days of moderate rain, the banks of the San Antonio River are holding well. The vegetation is stabilizing the soil and preventing it from being washed down the river even with swift currents.
Southside Vendors doing good Easter business
With just one day away from Easter Sunday, vendors are selling everything from assorted pinatas, multi-color cascarones and stuffed toys. As always, one of the most active location continues to be the intersection of SW Military and S. Zarzamora. The going price for a medium pinata is approximately fifteen dollars. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com.
Hundreds attend the Passion
by Robert Castillo
Wikipedia: The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics, and is often performed in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion.
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Scrambling for dollars at Normoyle Park
San Antonio Express-News
Updated 1:49 am, Friday, March 22, 2013
Two years ago, the San Antonio Seniors Softball League enlisted an architectural firm to develop a plan for Normoyle Park, the popular but dilapidated South Side institution where SASSL plays its games. The idea was to provide the city with a vision for how 2012-17 bond money could be used to create a four-field softball complex sufficiently state-of-the-art to bring national tournaments to San Antonio.
The $2.7 million proposal was a beautiful vision, but it wasn't necessarily the vision of South Side residents, who long for everything from a playground canopy to a one-stop senior center at the park. MORE
Turkey Leg Fundraiser help with scholarships
by Robert Castillo
The Harlandale Tribesmen All Sports Booster organization held their Turkey Leg annual fundraiser which has been held for the past 25 years. The event was held adjacent to Memorial Stadium in the city's Southside.
The organization provides scholarships to Senior student athletes from Harlandale Independent school district.
The scholarship applications are reviewed by the organizations board and awarded once the applicant provides proof of enrollment in a college or university. Last year fifteen applied and all qualified for funds. Organizers urge students to apply. Additional information is available from the Harlandale High School counselors.
Harlandale Track Meet
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Uprooted trees along Barrett Place.
High winds cause city-wide damage
by Robert Castillo
SAN ANTONIO - Strong winds estimated at over 50 mph buffeted Texas and caused extensive damage and power outages throughout the San Antonio area this afternoon.
The gusts uprooted trees which obstructed traffic for awhile. City crews worked immediatly to remove the debri allowing traffic to resume.
Out of control fires were also reported in the north side of San Antonio and sadly in one instance, reportedly ended in three casualties.
Heavy snow storms have also posed travel hazards in the northern part of the State and is expected to continue for the next few days.
Thousands at Laredo's Parade
The Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade lived up to the high expectations of organizers in Laredo, Texas on Saturday morning. The event was seen by thousands that lined San Bernardo Avenue from early morning. Crowd estimates for the three hour parade were not readily available but some speculated that last year's attendance record was broken. Photo by SouthSaToday.Com available on FLICKR .
Judging by the large crowd attending this years 26th Annual Asian Festival, the event was a success. Live dance performances drew hundreds as did the food booths which offered native food from various countries. A group of six ladies that traveled from Nepal performed for hundreds but also enjoyed being in San Antonio among many other nationalities. Photos by SouthSaToday.Com. More photos on FLICKR .
Rick has covered all bases at a southside vendor's corner at the intersection of Military Drive and Zarzamora. He got his significant other flowers, a stuffed puppy and chocolate candy. Sales were described as slow at mid-afternoon but were expected to get better as people headed home from work. SouthSaToday.Com
Sunny Ozuna entertains a full house
SAN ANTONIO - Sunday's crowd was estimated as many as 1000 all of whom came from throughout the State to listen to oldies legend Sunny Ozuna and The Sunliners.
"Sunny's music takes us back to a different time, a time when things were simple and personal. Just listening to "Talk To Me" brings tears to my eyes and emotions I thought I would never have again.", said 59 year old Gloria Mermea who traveled from Dallas just to attend his concert at Trader's Village in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.
Ozuna plans to return to more out-of-State touring. Additional photos can be seen on FLICKR.
Jose Montez & Isidro Maldonado give Burbank the winBurbank High Bulldogs win game against Highlands
February 5, 2013
The Burbank High varsity soccer team had its first district game this Tuesday when they competed against the Highlands High School Owls at the Spring Sports Center in San Antonio.
Burbank's varsity coach Javier Moreno returns after last year season when they lost their last game which kept the Bulldogs from reaching the finals. One of Moreno's concern is that only one freshman joined the soccer team so far, explaining that it's always a good practice to have a number of incoming freshmen. This way he has four years for them to learn the game and give the team a better chance of reaching the season finals.
Highlands coach Matthew Shaddlck returns this season with a weak defense as a result of numerous player injuries. He expected to have at least ten seniors on this year's team. He mentioned Americo Ayala Jr who last year scored approximately 20 goals. Unfortunately Ayala suffered an injury during football season and is now recovering from surgery but is slowly improving.
The Burbank Bulldogs scored early in the first half as Senior Isidro Maldonado placed the first game shot in the net. The Highland Owls spent plenty of time within scoring range but failed to put points on the board. It was in the second half when Jose Montez scored the second point for Burbank.
The game had no injuries and ended with a score of 2–0 giving Burbank the win. Game photos on FLICKR.
The new South San Antonio HS continues on time and under budget.
January 28, 2013
Work on the new South San Antonio HS remains on schedule and under budget, with the completion projected to be in August of 2013, in time for the 2013-2014 school year. It is part of the $58 million bond referendum approved by voters in May of 2010.
The three-story, approximately 225,000 square foot facility will add 75 new classrooms, library, cafeteria and gymnasium. Progress in the building includes sheetrock installation, burnished block, primer and exposed ceiling painting on the first floor. Current second and third floor work includes masonry and stud walls as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing components throughout the entire building.
Projects already completed as part of the bond referendum include the renovation of the former SSAISD Central Office into the new Academy of Health Sciences (AHS), including Technology package, new tennis courts and the surrounding parking lot in the northwest sector of the campus.
Joeris General Contractors is the construction manager, Parsons is the program manager, and Garza-Bomberger & Associates is the architect of record.
2013 Tower Climb & Run held in SA
February 2, 2013
SAN ANTONIO - The Lone Star Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation sponsored another successful Tower Climb & Run event at the Tower of the Americas early Saturday morning beginning at 7pm.
Like in previous years the event consisted of a competitive and a non-competitive category. In the competitive category a team of four were timed on a one-mile run around the Institute of Texas Cultures followed by the 579 foot vertical climb up 952 steps at the Tower of Americas.
Firefighters from different communities also competed by walking up the 952 steps in full gear and in one case, SAFD firefighter D. Solinski made the hike carrying her small son on her back.
Several commercial sponsors were set up throughout the base of the tower offering health information.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
Marble Falls LakeFest Celebration takes place this weekend in Marbles Falls.
El Chupacabra Marathon Race. Photos available on FLICKR.
Berto vs Karass Weigh-In on Friday afternoon. Photos available on FLICKR.
Full house at Councilwoman Gonzales field office event on August 3, 2013. Photos available on FLICKR.
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St. Joseph Palm Sunday
St. James School
1st Annual Royal Bash
Saturday, April 20, 2013
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please join us in bringing in the Fiesta season with some wholesome family fun! Music, Food booths, Games, Prizes, Salsa Contest & much more. For information contact School Office at 210-924-1201
Brennan vs Burbank
The Brennan High Bears were taken by surprise by the Burbank Bulldogs during their most recent baseball game. The Bears had settled comfortably with a four run margin when suddenly the Dogs came alive in the bottom of the sixth..scoring four runs and tied them 6 to 6. Now awake, the Bears scored 3 runs n the 7th which held to the end and giving them the win at 9 to 6. To see game photos CLICK HERE.
Burbank Bulldogs tie with Fox Tech Buffaloes
by Robert Castillo
The Burbank High Bulldogs and the Fox Tech Buffaloes literally clashed on the soccer field this past weekend with Burbank holding Fox Tech scoreless through the first half. It was in the last minutes of the game that Fox Tech scored with a direct goal. Read More.
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View SouthSaToday's pictorial slideshows on FLICKR in large colorful photographs. Some events are:
15th Annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice
14th Annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice
The Passion - 2010
San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
State Farm Turkey Giveaway
Dr. John M. Gonzalez
Rock n Roll SA Marathon
2009 Start! San Antonio Heart Walk
St. James Parish Festival
Pablo Rosales, Trenzas Gloriosas.
Palm Heights National Night Out