Bexar County

Valentine's Day
3:53 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Following Controversial Remarks Last Year, Pastor Joe Sullivan Back On Courthouse Steps

Couples will gather on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to exchange vows in what is a San Antonio tradition.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The pastor who came under fire last year for his remarks at the Valentine’s Day ceremonies at the Bexar County Courthouse will be allowed to perform marriages again this year.

Last Valentine’s Day, a video recording captured his not so loving comments to same-sex couples who showed up to the midnight ceremony. In the recording, he can be heard saying, "If people are here just trying to be repulsive and offensive to people, you'll have to deal with God one of these days after this."

Last year Julie Pousson came to Commissioner’s Court to complain about Sullivan’s actions.

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Arts For A Cause
7:15 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Woodlawn Theater Raising Money For Victims Of Domestic Violence

"Chapter 2" stars Philip Kazen, Catherine Babbitt, Greg Hinojosa and Catherine Hayes
Woodlawn Theatre

As part of the Bexar County Family Justice Center's annual fundraiser, the Woodlawn Theater is donating all proceeds from it's latest show, Neil Simon's "Chapter 2," to help victims of domestic violence.

The Woodlawn presents top shows for a variety of audiences, but the owners also have a vision of being a community resource for non-profit  organizations.

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Help Wanted
4:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Employees And Employers Mismatched In Bexar County

A student in the Just in Time program works on a training project. The first wave of graduates will be ready for work in March.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

A sizable gap is occurring in Bexar County between employers who need a certain skill set for a job and people qualified for the open positions.

In January, Workforce Solutions Alamo reported that there were nearly 1,700 help wanted ads for registered nurses, nearly 600 for retail sales managers and nearly 400 for computer support specialists, but Eva Esquivel, works for Workforce, said people looking for jobs don't have the skills needed for these fields.

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Environmental Impact
6:11 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Commissioners Approve Controversial Century Oaks Development

Residents of Hidden Oaks off Evans Road say there's little space between their large-lot properties and a densely-designed Gordon Hartman subdivision going in over the aquifer recharge zone
Eileen Pace TPR

Residents are opposed to the densely-designed neighborhood, saying it would adversely affect the water supply and endangered species. Last year, County Commissioners postponed their approval to do further research and to put pressure on the developers to address the concerns of the surrounding property owners.

Residents and water conservationists had expressed concern that the property over the Edwards Aquifer had a high impervious cover ratio that would cause harm to the water supply.

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Bexar County Sheriff
3:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Pamerleau Gets $500,000 For Emergency Overtime Payroll

Bexar Co. deputies wait for sheriff to make presentation to county commissioners
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners have approved emergency funding to temporarily pay overtime to Bexar County detention officers, but the sheriff has a plan to save the county a quarter-million dollars.

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the county can save $250,000 by allowing her and the county manager to conduct an in-house staffing study instead of paying a third party.

Pamerleau said staffing issues at the jail are the most critical problem in her office, where she says 50 positions remain vacant.

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Bexar County
1:58 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Cowboy Hat Is Back For Bexar Sheriff's Deputies

Bexar Co. Sheriff Susan Pamerleau sports her new "silver belly" gray Western hat, one of those on the new approved list for county deputies' headgear
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County Commissioners proclaimed Feb. 7 through Feb. 24 "Official Rodeo Season" and Feb. 7 as "Official Dress Western San Antonio Day."

To herald the official rodeo season and the cooler weather, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has issued an order proclaiming cowboy hats as officially approved headgear for sheriff’s deputies.

"Because it's tradition for Texas sheriffs. When I went to newly-elected sheriffs' school, I was probably one of the only ones who didn't have a cowboy hat on," Pamerleau said.

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The Source
3:44 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

The Source: Not Enough Water (And Books) To Go Around

Concept art for the inside of the now approved Bibliotech all-digital library.
Bexar County

Bexar County brings the future to the present with approval for an all-digital library called BiblioTech. So are people ready for it? The Medina Lake water level continues to drop, so how close is it to becoming a big dry hole?

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Flood Control
3:21 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

HALT! Before Driving Through Low-Water Crossings

Bexar Co. Judge Nelson Wolff introduces HALT system on Shepherd Rd. in S. Bexar Co.

Bexar County has unveiled a new electronic warning system for flash flood protection on rural roads.  The new High-water Alert Lifesaving Technology (HALT) crossing guard system will protect drivers at 52 low-water crossings.

HALT is Bexar County’s latest investment to protect drivers from drowning.

Shepherd Road is a dark, two-lane passage that transports thousands more drivers than it was built to accommodate. It passes over creekbeds more than once, and during a hard rain the straight, fast road has been deadly.

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Public Library
4:16 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Digital Library Approved By Bexar County Commissioners

The conceptual exterior of the 'BiblioTech.' Pictured is the additon of the library on the existing Precinct 1 Office
Bexar County

Bexar County plans on launching its own bookless library system this summer. Upon opening, the so-called BiblioTech will be one of the first all-digital public library systems in the country.

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Bexar County Sheriff
12:50 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Sheriff Susan Pamerleau Sworn In - First Woman Elected To Post

Susan Pamerleau sworn in by former County Judge Cyndi Krier with Pamerleau's father holding the Bible
Javier Salazar

The first woman elected to serve as Bexar County’s Sheriff was sworn in at one minute past midnight on the first day of the new year.

The day after her successful bid to defeat incumbent Amadeo Ortiz, Susan Pamerleau said she got busy, building relationships with county officials, assembling her administrative team, and taking a look at the $105 million budget she will manage.

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