“Project Cinco” huge 440 acres, data center draws power concerns

By Victoria Arredondo
Staff Writer
Stephanie Blanks of Go Medina informed the Natalia City Council about a huge project coming into the area called “Project Cinco.”
“All these projects have code names, they don’t reveal who the company is [and] there’s lots of nondisclosure agreements, basically it’s a data center that has purchased 440 acres that’s between Natalia and Lytle,” Blanks said. “When they’re done building and constructing everything, the estimate is probably about a 500 million dollar investment,” she said. “This is huge…

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NAPA to host two-day Grand Opening party in Devine this Friday & Saturday

By Victoria Arredondo
Staff Writer
Come join Napa Auto Parts as they host a grand opening ceremony for their third store located in Devine where attendees can enjoy free food Friday, April 26 and live music by The Solis Brothers, a car show, a bounce house and a drawing for prizes on Saturday, April 27.
Located on 202 E. Herring Ave. in the old fire station in downtown Devine, this free event will last from Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. Catered by Dirt Road Cookers, attendees will have a chance to try a slice of a 10 – 12 foot pizza!
They will begin serving pizza on Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m. until supplies run out.
There will be a tool tent sale. Gearwrench will also…

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Two big props put to Natalia ISD voters, bonds for classroom and athletic facilities

Voters in Natalia ISD will decide on two propositions. Natalia ISD will start Early Voting on April22 running through April 30th. Election Day will be May 4th. Here is a little about the two bonds totaling approximately $23 million.
Prop A is a $17,465,000 bond which will provide additions and updates to the Elementary some of which include new classrooms, library, life skills room, courtyard, front entrance and admin offices, and relocating the playground. It will also provide renovation of the…

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Property tax shortfall discussed by Devine city council

By Anton Riecher
Better understanding the intricacies of tax collection might have helped avoid a property tax shortfall that impacted the 2022-2023 city budget, Devine City Accountant Denise Duffy explained to the city council at its April 16 meeting.
“I know that one of your questions was on the property tax and why we had a shortfall on that,” Duffy said. “So we budget 100 percent of our property tax. We say we’re going to collect 100 percent. We actually collected 87 percent, roughly.”
The council questioned Duffy on the budget following the city’s recent official outside audit in which the city received an unmodified or “clean” opinion, the highest…

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Lytle to host townhall meeting to discuss establishing Drainage or Stormwater Utility and fees

The City of Lytle will be hosting a townhall style meeting soon to ask citizens their opinion on the establishment of a Drainage or Stormwater Utility, and if taxes or a fee should be used as the funding source.
It is a viable strategy for local governments to respond to the challenge of generating reliable revenue to support stormwater management activities. Setting up a drainage utility allows a community to establish a user fee based on the demands property owners place on the drainage system. Fees
The council voted to go to the public to ask their opinion on how to proceed at their April 22 council meeting.

Meet Helena and Randy who are hoping for future forever family

Helena is an easy going, kind, and sweet eleven year old, who has a very peaceful demeanor and is a joy to be around. Although she may look a bit shy at first, but becomes outgoing once she feels comfortable. At school her favorite class is science, after school its running track & field and taking guitar lessons. She says one day she would like a career as a social worker.

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Pirates victorious over Javelinas

Lytle is 9-0-1 against Natalia since February of 2018, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Tuesday. The Lytle Pirates will be playing in front of their home fans against the Natalia Mustangs at 7:00 p.m. Lytle will be looking to keep their 13-game home win streak dating back to last season alive.
Last Friday, Lytle sure made it a nail-biter, but they managed to escape with a…

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Lady Pirates faced Hondo for a second time

Lytle was the 21-11 winner over Hondo when they last played one another back in March, but their luck changed this time around. The Lytle Pirates’ tough 21-12 defeat to the Hondo Owls on Tuesday might stick with them for a while. Lytle has now taken an ‘L’ in back-to-back games.
Lytle got a massive…

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