Sunday, May 8, 2016

May 2016 Election Results

VON ORMY--  The race for Somerset Mayor was narrowly won by Lydia Padilla Hernandez by four votes over opponent Leroy Vidales.  Final results were as follows:

 Leroy Vidales .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .        170   44.97%

 Jesse Arriaga Jr..  .  .  .  .  .  .  .         34    8.99%
 Lydia Padilla Hernandez.  .  .  .  .  .  174   46.03%      

Ida Sudolcan and Sylvester Vasquez, Jr. won re-election to the the Southwest ISD Board of Trustees. Full results are as follows:

Ida Sudolcan-316
Sylvester Vasquez, Jr. - 300
Phillip "Felipe" Vargas.- 76
Chris Villarreal - 54

Alamo Community College District, Trustee District 4 race was won by Marcelo Casillas over perennial candidate Phillip "Felipe" Vargas.

Marcelo Casillas . . . . . . . . . . 647 51.80% 
Phillip "Felipe" Vargas. . . . . . 602 48.20%

Monday, March 21, 2016


VON ORMY – The Southwest High School (SWHS) Band has a different answer to the pop culture question “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Not only did the band have to practice, practice, practice-they had to send in an audition with musical samples to be invited.
More than a hundred students - 111 to be exact- will leave for the Big Apple on Thursday morning, in preparation for their performance at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, March 26. The high school’s two wind ensembles were selected to perform at the prestigious venue. Wind Ensemble A will perform at 9:30 a.m. and Wind Ensemble B will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The students have been busy rehearsing over Spring Break, and a have a busy schedule this week, complete with a Fine Arts Pep Rally in their honor on Tuesday at 8 a.m., hosted by the SWHS athletes and spirit organizations. On Thursday, they will depart at 3:15 a.m. from the high school to the San Antonio International Airport, where they are scheduled to take their flight at 6 a.m. While in New York, the students will visit the Empire State Building, enjoy a walking tour of Times Square, visit the Statue of Liberty, and watch the Broadway Shows, Les Miserables and Wicked.
For many students, this is the first time ever flying on a plane, and for some, even leaving the State. For high school junior, Ti Mitchell, an autistic student at SWHS, this is more than a once in a life-time opportunity, this is something that his entire family never imagined would happen.

Friday, March 11, 2016


VON ORM – Did you know that Mariachi is now a recognized UIL Event? The inaugural UIL State Mariachi Festival will be held this weekend, beginning at 5 p.m. on Fri., March 11 and continuing through Sat., March 12 at 10 p.m. at Southwest High School.
Southwest High School’s Mariachi Los Dragones takes the competition stage on Sat., March 12 at 5:15 p.m. Mariachi groups that are competing at the State level have advanced through various rounds of competition all held within the last few weeks to get to this moment. During those stages of competition, the judges were looking for tone intonation, instrumental technique, interpretation and showmanship in the groups that they selected to advance.
 “It is a privilege and honor to be hosting this event at SWISD not only because we have always been very supportive of incorporating the mariachi program at our campuses, but also because we are happy to see that Mariachi music is finally a recognized part of the Texas education system,” said Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, Superintendent of SWISD. Mariachi Los Dragones has hosted the MASBA State competition for the past two years, and hosting the UIL Competition is a task that the District has been preparing for several months.

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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