Tuesday, January 12, 2016


VON ORMY-- Von Ormy will soon open its first city offices.  The long awaited city office buildings are currently being installed in the Von Ormy Municipal Park.  The first to be installed will serve as the home of the Von Ormy Police Department.  The building was originally used as a bank building and was purchased by the city in 2014. 
      City Commissioner Sally Martinez said, "A second building will house the City's administrative offices, court and council meetings.  The second building is new and will be delivered in February."  The City Commission has also approved bids for a parking lot to service the new buildings.  Once installed the buildings will receive ADA compliance decking for accessibility.   The buildings were paid out of the the City's multi-year surplus. Martinez said, "We have been saving for several years so that we could buy our city buildings outright and avoid debt to the city." 
      City Commissioner Alex Quintanilla told the Star, "These are our two big projects now.  Following completion of this project, I would like to focus on  the park , including clearing the rest of the property, connecting the park to Ridgecrest and installing benches and maybe a basketball court." 
      At the January regular meeting, City Commission approved the founding of a Von Ormy Park Endowment (to be formally named later) to help raise funds to maintain and improve the park.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Commission Approves Bids for Municipal Building Parking Lot and Pad Sites

VON ORMY--At a special meeting held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 the Von Ormy City Commission considered bids to construct pad sites and a parking lot for two municipal buildings.  The buildings will serve as city offices, police offices and meeting locations.  The city office building, was formerly used as a bank building, and was purchased over a year ago.  The buildings and parking lot will be installed in the municipal park on Quarterhorse Road.  The pad sites are 30' x 66' and 28' x 60'.  The parking lot will be 70' x 190'.  The winning bid was awarded to Mobile Home Contractors for $28,600.00.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DPS trooper fatally shoots suspect near Von Ormy

SAN ANTONO--A state trooper shot and killed a driver near Von Ormy just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night.
      The Bexar County Medical Examiner's office said Allen Pacheco, 32, died as a result of this shooting. The Texas Department of Public Safety told KENS 5 a shotgun was found in the rear seat of his vehicle.
    The trooper reportedly pulled Pacheco over on Highway 16 near Kings Hill. Pacheco allegedly told the trooper he was a convicted felon and had a weapon in the vehicle.
The trooper attempted to detain him, but Pacheco attempted to get back into his vehicle.
    The trooper deployed a taser on Pacheco, who was reportedly unfazed by the action. That's when the trooper fired shots and killed him, said DPS.
    The trooper, who has been with the force for about two years, was not injured in the incident.
The northbound lanes of Highway 16 were closed due to the incident. Traffic was backed all the way to Poteet as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

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Suspected drunken driver rear-ends off-duty Von Ormy Police officer

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police arrested a man who they believe was driving drunk when he rear-ended an off-duty police officer on Interstate 35 North near North New Braunfels Avenue.
Investigators at the scene said the officer who was hit works for the Von Ormy Police Department. He was off duty working a second job controlling traffic in a construction zone when his vehicle was hit from behind around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said they believe that the driver who hit him was drunk. The driver was taken to a hospital as a precaution and is expected to be charged with DWI.

The officer was checked out at the scene by EMS.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015


SAN ANTONIO – Workforce Solutions Alamo released information today indicating that the Bexar County unemployment rate increased to 3.8 percent in October, up from 3.7 percent reported in September. 

     Bexar County’s unemployment rate registered equal to the overall jobless rate of 3.8 percent for the 12-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties.  Gillespie County registered the lowest unemployment rate in September amongst the counties at 3.0 percent while Atascosa County registered the highest rate at 4.9 percent.

Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo workforce development area (WDA) to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in October, up from 4.4 percent in September.  The nation’s unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 4.8 percent in October, down from 4.9 percent reported in September.   Comparatively, the state and nation release seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas increasing to 4.4 percent, and the nation’s unemployment rate decreasing to 5.0 percent.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Von Ormy Special Election Recount Results

VON ORMY--A recount of the November Von Ormy Special Election was conducted today at the Bexar County Election Administrator's office.  The election recount was a result of a petition filed by 27 registered voters requesting a recount of Von Ormy Proposition 1, which proposed a change to a Type C form of government.  Pursuant to the State's recount procedure the recount supervisor appointed a committee of four registered voters to conduct the recount.  Former Alderman Leonard Ruiz, Angie Ruiz, Former Mayor Pro Tem Sammy Martinez and Connie Martinez comprised the Recount Committee.  Former Councilwoman Jacqueline Goede and former City Administrator Everett Hernandez appeared as poll watchers for the petitioners. 

The recount resulted in the same results that were announced on election day.

FOR . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
AGAINST . . . . . . . 115
Over Votes . . . . . . . . .0  

Under Votes . . . . . . . . 6                   

The petitioners were required to pay a $200.00 deposit which is now forfeited to the City to cover the expenses of the recount.   The City Commission is required to canvass the results of the recount and report the official result to the Texas Secretary of State.   The City of Von Ormy changed to a Type C City on November 9, 2015. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Recount Petition Filed in Type C Special Election

VON ORMY-- A petition has been filed by 27 Von Ormy voters requesting a recount of the November 3 "Type C" Special Election.  The petition will trigger a recount of the electronic voting machines by the Bexar County Elections Department.  Following the outcome of the recount the Von Ormy City Commission will re-canvass the election.   A detailed overview of the recount process can be found on the Texas Secretary of State's website here:  http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/recounts.shtml