January 2007

3, Three jailers involved in a recent romantic letter exchange with a female inmate were identified as Ramon Cadena Garza, 20, who was terminated by the department; Marko Javier Villarreal, 19, who resigned after the letters surfaced; and Ricardo A. Molina, 30, who had resigned from the department three months earlier.

10, Police officers get certified to carry new sidearm.

17, A composite sketch of two suspects believed to be involved with the first homicide of the year on Jan. 6 that left one man dead on County Road 162, were sketched from witness accounts and put out to the public.

31, Jim Wells County Commissioners voiced their concerns about the current conditions of the county roads and the lack of resources to adequately repair them.

February 2007

7, The joint communications tower located at the Jim Wells County fairgrounds, which was damaged with an axe last month, could cost law enforcement departments in the area about $8,000 to repair.

14, The opening of the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department annex was held on recently as law enforcement and city officials gathered to celebrate the new sub station that will be located in downtown Premont.

21, After almost a year of planning and searching, the Premont Independent School District has chosen to hire a company to replace the lockers at the junior and high school.

The company based in Houston known as Electrocoat proposed estimates for the 328 lockers at the high school of $7,850 and the 259 lockers at the junior high at $8,500.

28, County Election Commission members met to appoint an Election Administrator for Jim Wells County. By a vote of 4-1, Pearlie Jo Valadez was appointed to the position.

March 2007

7, Premont junior and high school students made their own history as they advanced to state at the Coastal Bend Regional history fair that was held at Texas A&M University-Kingsville on March 3.

14, On March 5, in 5-2 vote, the Premont ISD school board voted in favor of holding a bond election. The district is asking the voters to approve a $9.8 million bond to improve some of the schools.

28, Students UIL competition placing first in cross examination debate was Sofia Saenz and Claire Martinez; placing second in persuasive speaking was Saenz; placing first in computer science was Christian Boehlke; placing second in number sense was Parth Mangrolia; and placing third in editorial writing was Bianca Corona.

April 2007

4, The City of Premont has given permission for Premont Independent School District to continue its attempt to secure a grant that could bring sidewalks to certain areas of Premont.

18, Several school board candidates seeking two seats on the Premont ISD school board election for May 12 laid out their platforms.

25, A Premont man, Pedro Flores Soliz, was convicted of smuggling illegal immigrants and assault on a U.S. Border Patrol Agent while in Federal Court on April 17.

May 2007

2, Records showed that two city council candidates, Norma Tullos and Crissy Cabrera owed taxes.

9, Three high school students, Catherine Chaves, Colton Smith and Georgia Tuma received third place in the state History Fair in Austin.

16, Residents voted down the Premont school district's $9.8 million bond with voters casting 569 against the bond and 370 voting for the bond.

Residents votes former mayor Norma Tullos back on the council, beating out incumbent Mario Rodriguez with 530 votes over Rodriguez's 458 votes.

23, Premont reading and writing test scores were strong with all high school juniors passing the English exam.

30, More than 50 Premont high school seniors walked the stage on May 25.

June 2007

6, Police continue to monitor sex offenders in the area. Mosquitoes continue to take advantage of recent rain, breeding and causing a nuisance to area residents.

13, Dalia Gee was elected Mayor Pro-tem by her peers and the council accepted the resignation of city attorney Michael Guerra.

27, Council addressed issues of cell phone use by police officers and whether to allow officers to assist county deputies outside the city limits.

July 2007

4, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Premont native, Trisha Pollard to the Board of Regents for the Texas State University System.

11, Commissioners approved stipend of $2,000 to La Paloma Emergency Medical Services.

18, Mosquito trappings in Jim Wells County nets negative tests for West Nile

25, City's water rated well in the 2006 Public Drinking Water Report.

August 2007

1, The Premont Alley Project gets underway and residents are asked to do their part to clean up.

City error was cleared that found city officers were being paid out of wrong department.

8, Premont high school rated unacceptable by the state in the annual academic ratings by the Texas Education Agency.

22, Premont school district schools fail the Adequate Yearly Progress report in reading and mathematics.

29, Premont football coach looking to quarterback Steven Cavazos to lead the team this season.

September 2007

5, The Jim Wells County jail passes inspection for 26 years in a row.

12, School board members has a discussion over who authorized the football team to change its logo and adding black to the football players uniform that's normally only red and white.

19, Superintendent David Garza resigned and accepted a position with Laredo Independent School District.

26, Police department begins collection of stuffed animals to help children in emergency situations feel better.

October 2007

3, New Interim Superintendent Leobardo Cano begins his first day of work.

County approves tax rate for 2008 budget and salaries for Justices of Peace are proportioned.

Two Jim Wells County Sheriff's deputies, Vicky Puente and Mark Martinez resign.

10, Football coach David Montano relieved as Athletic Director to concentrate as Premont High School assistant principal.

24, Premont Cowboy High School Band, under the direction of Ernesto Cortez, receive first division rating.

31, Premont High School Band ranked 11th of 19 bands in the marching contest, ending their streak for state competition.

Early voting for state's Constitutional Amendment Election starts slow in first week with five votes in Premont.

Jim Wells County Fair brought out many students from the Jim Wells County area to show their animals and Samantha Ozuna was crowned Miss Jim Wells County Fair queen.

November 2007

14, City's clean up efforts are going well and the city is looking nice, according to Mayor Norma Tullos

28, Premont Independent School District was acclaimed by the Texas Education Agency as part of the Texas Success Initiative with "Acknowledged" recognition.

December 2007

12, Interim Superintendent Leobardo Cano delivered some grim news to school board members that the budget has a shortfall of $1.5 million, partly because of the decline in school enrollment.