JANUARY

Jan. 3

n The body of Javier Sanchez was found in a ditch near County Road 246, just north of Alice. Sanchez had been shot multiple times, according to Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department reports.

Jan. 4

n Alice native Pfc. Javier Garcia was injured in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Jan. 8

n Falfurrias native Army Sgt. Johnny Joe Peralez was killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb detonated near his unit.

Jan. 13

n Duval County Sheriff Santiago Barrera Jr. released a prisoner, Armando Pena, 65, without bond. Pena had been charged with child sexual abuse.

Jan. 18

n Army Sgt. Johnny Joe Peralez, who was killed in Iraq when a roadside bomb detonated near his unit, was laid to rest in a Premont cemetery.

Jan. 19

n Following months of conflict and the recall of one board member, a new Jim Wells County Appraisal District Board was sworn into office.

Jan. 24

n The Alice High School Academic Decathlon team won top honors at the Region III championship.

Jan. 27

n A three-vehicle accident south of Premont left six illegal immigrants dead.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1

n Orange Grove martial arts instructor Melchor Hawkins was indicted on six counts related to an alleged video taped sexual assault of a 12-year old girl.

Feb. 2

n A UIL realignment of District 31-4A left Alice in a six-team district.

Feb. 8

n A Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School student was detained after he allegedly stabbed a fellow student in a restroom at the high school.

Feb. 12

n Alonzo "Lowrider" Gonzalez was arrested and charged with the January murder of Javier Sanchez.

Feb. 14

n Alice surgeon Dr. Raj Subnani treated Harry Whittington, who was accidentally shot by Vice President Dick Cheney, while on a hunting trip in South Texas.

Feb. 16

n The body of an illegal immigrant who died from a gunshot wound was found in a field east of Ben Bolt.

n Alice Fire Department personnel and members of the San Diego Volunteer Fire Department battled a 75-acre grass fire near CR 150.

MARCH

March 6

n A two-vehicle accident on Highway 44 west of Alice left three people dead.

March 8

n The incumbents swept the Democratic Primary in elections held in Jim Wells County.

March 21

n Staff Sgt. Oscar Raul Rodriguez, who was killed in an Army training accident, was laid to rest in a San Diego cemetery.

March 23

n Pharmaceutical company SNBL announced plans to build a new $4 million facility near Alice.

March 23

n A California man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 281 near Ben Bolt.

March 28

n A single-vehicle accident on County Road 401 near Premont left a six-year-old boy dead.

March 29

n Alice native Christy Ann Cantu was arrested in connection with the murder of a Bee County man.

APRIL

April 3

n Nearly 800 athletes, from eight different elementary schools met on the field of battle to test their muster with some of the fastest kids ever to grace Memorial Stadium during the 32-year history of the event. Schallert came out victorious in Division I Little Olympics competition this year. It was their sixth consecutive title for Hillcrest, which is the longest winning streak in Division II Little Olympics history.

April 4

n At 7:15 p.m. April 3, an apparent explosion came from a 55-gallon drum container that caught on fire and spread to more than 50 rubber tires at Adcock Pipe and Supply Inc. located on Highway 44. It took fire fighters, city crew and county helpers with four fire units, backhoes and front loaders until 2 a.m. the next day to completely put the fire out. Flames continued to re-appear as hot spots rekindled throughout the night.

April 6

n Jim Wells County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz ruled that Jose Alaniz, the 16-year old Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School student accused of stabbing a classmate, will remain in the juvenile system and will not be tried as an adult.

April 7

n Assistant City Manager David Vela accepted a position with the city of Abilene and announced his resignation from his current position effective April 28.

April 12

n After a contest that saw him face four separate challengers, County Commissioner Precinct 4 Javier Garcia won a run-off election retained his seat on the Jim Wells County Commissioner's Court. Garcia received 1,223 votes for 60.51 percent of the total, while challenger Salvador "Sal" Johnson received 798 votes for 39.49 percent of the total.

n Out of a field of eight possible candidates, the search for a new Alice High School principal concluded with the selection of Berta G. Longoria, the Dean of Instruction for AHS, as the new high school principal starting in July.

April 13

n Because to his dedication and more than 27 years of service to the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and 35 years in law enforcement, Major Juan G. Barrera was honored with a retirement party at the JWC Fair grounds Barrera was surrounded by family, friends and co-workers at the event and their words brought tears to his eyes.

April 17

n A 24-year-old Ben Bolt man was arrested for sexual assault after he allegedly raped a 16-year-old McAllen girl he met on the Internet. The Alice Police Department arrested Jose Jesus Gonzalez, 24, in connection with the incident that allegedly occurred in McAllen.

April 20

n Business ground to a halt in the center of Alice, as the city experienced its second major power loss in three days. Shortly before 11:30 a.m. power to the area of the city between Adams and Fifth Streets flickered several times and then went out completely. Peter Main, a representative of AEP-Texas, said about 2,200 customers in Alice were without power until shortly after 1 p.m. that day.

April 23

n Ruben Moya Jr., 17, and a juvenile were arrested in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries across Alice. Alice Police Department Head of Patrol Lt. Santiago Soliz said three burglaries took place in vehicles located on Scott, Newell and Jefferson Streets. During the course of the evening, the two individuals were allegedly able to make off with cash, a rifle, several boxes of ammunition, shoes, hand tools, electronics including a cell phone and car radio equipment, as well as a knife and a lasso. The pair also allegedly stole a 2001 Toyota Camry.

MAY

May 4

n Palito Blanco resident Mauro Quinones was found after an exahustive search by Jim Wells County Deputies, Boarder Patrol agents, Alice Police officers and Alice and Kingsville firefighters. Quinones had been missing from home for five days before he was found by JWC Constable Chuy Salinas. Quinones had spent several days disoriented due to heat exposure, wandering in the thick brush behind his home and survived on well water left in feeding troughs.

May 5

n Sophmore Samantha Ozuna was crowned 2006 Miss Alice Fiesta Bandana. Samantha was also named Miss Photogenic.

May 9

n SNBL, a Japanese based biomedical company announced they would open a multi-million dollar facility south of Alice.

May 10

n State Representative Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles was selected as Legislator of the Year by the Justice of the Peace and Constables Association.

May 11

n Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Carlos Tanguma was placed on leave after being named as a suspect in the alleged assault of Elias Flores Jr., 17.

May 12

n Sheriff's Dept. Maj Carlos Garza received the 2005 Law Enforecment Achievement Award given by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.

May 14

n Challenger Ciro Zamora and Roger Saenz defeated incumbents Charles Galindo and Richard Gonzalez in the 2006 AISD School Board Elections. School Board member Lupe Martinez retained his seat on the board after defeating challengers Gray Scoggins and Elida Garza, with 38 percent of the vote.

May 14

n Jaime Huerta of Alice High School was named AISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and Maria Del Rosario Benavidez of Salazar Elementary was named AISD Elementary Teacher of the year.

May 17

n Alice High School Honors Band earned its 44th Sweepstakes this year with first divisions in concert, sight reading and marching.

May 17

n The seventh grade Academic Pentathlon team won the Region I Academic Pentathlon Championship. The William Adams Middle School team placed fourth overall in the state.

May 19

n During a routine traffic stop, Sgt. Albert Martinez with the Jim Wells County Task Force discovered more than 600 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $482,000.

n AHS Sr. Debra Morgan received the first Bryce Taylor Award for her determined spirit and pursuit of excellence. The award is given to one senior who best represents high ideals in musicianship, exemplifed by Taylor during his over 40 year association with the Alice Band Program.

n Sgt. Raul David Valadez with the Alice Police Department received the Jim Wells County Officer of the Year Award.

May 23

n Belinda Ramirez,24, was arrested by FBI agents at her home on Stonegate for allegedly running an internet adoption scam out of her home.

May 24

n The Alice High School Academic Octathlon team won first place in state for the third year in a row.

May 25

n Findings from the last quarter of 2005 revealed that the drinking water for the city of Alice had exceeded the maximum contaminant levels for trihalomethanes. The results for the first quarter of 2006 showed that levels had receded below the standards.

May 28

n The Alice High School Class of 2006 had 251 gradautes this year.

May 28

n A Jim Wells County jury found Juan Manuel Mendoza guilty of the Feb. 1, 2004 murder of his wife, Sandra Zavaleta and sentenced him to 25 years in the state penitentary.

June

June 9

n A 33-year-old Correctional Officer at the Garcia Juvenile Detention Center in San Diego was accused of sexual misconduct with 17-year-old inmates at the facility.

June 13

n Kayla Lazo, a 13-year-old San Diego girl was severly burned in a fire at her home. She received second and third degree burns over 46 percent of her body. Her mother and 15-year-old sister escaped the fire unharmed.

June 14

n The Jim Wells County Jail passed its inspection for the 25th year in a row.

June 15

n A new Chili's Resturant opened in Alice to much fanfare.

June 18

n Farm to Market Road 1554 was shut down for several hours by JWC Sheriff's Dept officials after a fire raged beside the road, engulfing a trailer home and a junked car nearby. Firefighters from Alice, Orange Grove and San Diego worked together to put out the blaze.

June 20

n After the Federal Marshal's removed their inmates from the Nueces County Jail, several were distributed to surrounding jails, including one federal inmate to the Jim Wells County Jail facility.

June 23

n Charles C. Forbes donated $125,000 to AISD to go towards a new video scoreboard for Memorial Stadium.

June 25

n After serious consideration, Coastal Bend College decided against supporting a nursing school for the CBC-Alice campus.

June 26

n The AENJ was named the second best newspaper in the state in its curculation division by the Texas Press Association. The newspaper won eight awards in the 2006 Better Newspaper Contest. This was the highest finish in the newspaper's history, and the newspaper won more awards in its division than any other newspaper.

n Alice native Raul Salinas was elected mayor of Laredo in a runoff race, winning 53 percent of the votes over incumbent John Galo.

June 27

n Alice City Councl members decided to rename a portion of Old Falfurrias Highway to Ferrell Avenue in honor of Rev. J.N. Ferrell Jr.

n St. Elizabeth School's Lone Star Challenge Academic Team finished the year ranked first in the state of Texas. The Challenge is modeled after the Academic Decathalon competion, with participants facing off aginst other teams in four subject areas and a Super Quiz.

June 30

n Alejandro Garza Jr., 33, was arrested in Laredo by U.S. Marshals in connection with the January murder of Javier Sanchez.

July

July 2

Coastal Bend College officials said the decision to not partner with a nursing school in Alice doesn't mean they don't support it or that the plans have been suspended. Instead, the college's own plan for expanding its tax base into Jim Wells, Duval and Brooks counties has been pushed back, making it hard for the college to guarantee it can offer specific coursework and programs.

n A protest organized against District Attorney Joe Frank Garza ended, but the protest's organizer said the work to remove Garza from office will continue. Although the scheduled three-day protest was reduced to two days, and only an estimated 20 people attended, organizer Louis Garcia said he was pleased with the results. Two weeks prior Garcia forwarded to the State Bar of Texas his complaints against Garza concerning the DA's decision to not prosecute a man who allegedly attacked Garcia's son in 2001.

July 4

n A fatal accident claimed the lives of three Mathis residents travelling south of Alfred on Highway 359, DPS officials said. The accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. July 4 when a 1991 Honda Accord overcorrected across Hwy. 359 and into oncoming traffic.

July 5

n A 44-year-old Alice man remained in a Corpus Christi hospital in critical condition, after he was injured in a motorcycle accident near Alice Wednesday. According to Department of Public Safety reports, the accident occurred when Alfredo Robledo, 44, was driving his Honda CX500 motorcycle westbound on Farm-to-Market Road 665 just east of Alice shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

n A 68-year-old Lagarto man was killed in a single vehicle accident just north of Orange Grove July 5, according to Department of Public Safety Reports. The accident reportedly occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Farm-to-Market Road 534 just over five miles northwest of Orange Grove.

July 8

n A special grand jury was convened and returned an indictment for murder against Alejandro Garza Jr., who was recently arrested in Laredo by U.S. Marshals. According to court documents, the indictment alleges Garza "intentionally and knowingly caused the death of an individual, namely, Javier Sanchez, by shooting him with a deadly weapon, to-wit: a firearm." Garza, 33, was transported to the Jim Wells County jail on July 3, after U.S. Marshals arrested him in Laredo on June 29. A murder warrant issued by Justice of the Peace Elois Barham June 13 set a $1 million bond for Garza.

July 10

n Jim Wells County Commissioners decided to lift the burn ban in place for the area north of County Road 2044. Because of the low read-out on the drought index, county officials determined that JWC had seen significant rainfall in recent weeks and was no longer considered to be experiencing drought conditions.

July 11

n Calling the expenditures "abusive," some San Diego Independent School District board of trustees members protest travel costs by other members of the board in recent months. Board members Javier Solis, Pete Guerra and Rene Valerio have all expressed concerns about what they believe to be excessive expenditures for board travel in recent weeks, and have asked the school board to review its travel policies. The disagreement began in June, when Valerio attempted unsuccessfully to reduce the per diem allowed for board members for out-of-state travel from $150 a day to $50 per day. Since that recommendation was voted down, all three members have begun questioning total travel expenditures by the board.

July 12

n A single-vehicle rollover on a rural Duval County road left two people dead Wednesday and sent 12 others to area hospitals. The accident occurred on FM 339, one mile north of Highway 285, just four miles from the small community of Ramirez. According to Department of Public Safety reports, the white late model Chevrolet Suburban was traveling southbound on Highway 285 when the right rear tire of the vehicle blew out, causing the vehicle to roll over.

July 13

n Jim Wells County vector officials received word from the state that mosquitoes caught across Jim Wells County tested negative for the West Nile Virus. As an integral part of the vector control program, Precinct 3 vector officials Carlos Sanchez and Gilbert Perez are at the forefront of the war against local mosquito populations.

n H-E-B issued a precautionary recall for all H-E-B brand and Mi Tradic’on brand corn tortillas purchased at H-E-B. The voluntary recall is the result of an equipment malfunction. The recall is specific only to the white and yellow corn tortillas sold under the H-E-B brand and Mi Tradic’on brand.

July 14

n A 46-year-old Alice man was struck by a vehicle and killed late Friday night on Main Street, Alice Police Department officials said. According to Alice Police Department reports the accident occurred in the 1700 block of E. Main Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. July 14.

July 21

n Three law enforcement entities continued to look for two armed masked suspects after they robbed Ralph's grocery store and fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money. Alice police said no injuries were reported. According to Alice police, two armed men entered Ralph's grocery store located in the 400 block of South Reynolds Street. Several customers and employees were in the store at the time of the robbery. After the suspects acquired some money, they fled on foot, police said.

July 24

n An early morning shooting that left two people dead was being investigated as a potential murder-suicide, Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department officials said. According to sheriff's department reports, dispatchers received a call of shots fired in the Trejo Trailer Park off County Road 156. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 35-year-old Hispanic man and a 30-year-old Hispanic woman lying in front of a trailer, both with single gunshot wounds to their heads.

n A San Diego man was arrested after he allegedly raped a 40-year-old woman and kidnapped and raped her 16-year-old daughter, according to San Diego Police Department reports. Abel Morin Jr., 24, was arrested Sunday afternoon after police, who had been looking for him for nearly a day, received a tip on his whereabouts.

July 27

n A 36-year-old man added eight more crimes to his rap sheet of more than 30 charges and arrests since August 2002, police said. Valentin Bueno was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, theft over $500, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault to a public servant, escaping from custody and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

July 29

n A 22-year-old San Diego man was reportedly killed in a single-vehicle rollover south of San Diego. According to Department of Public Safety Records, the accident occurred about two miles south of San Diego on Highway. Reports indicate a 2005 Pontiac GTO, driven by Marco Antonio Olvera, 22, of San Diego, was traveling southbound on the highway at a high rate of speed when Olvera lost control of the vehicle. The car reportedly crossed the northbound lane of the highway, entered a ditch and rolled over several times before coming to a stop in a field.

July 30

n A Duval County inmate who was being held in connection with a homicide and reportedly an MS-13 gang member escaped, but was captured a short time later just a few blocks from the courthouse. Miguel Sevilla-Bautista, 25, escaped from a recreation area on the roof of the Duval County.

AUGUST

Aug. 2

An undocumented immigrant died of possible heat exhaustion in a ditch on a long stretch of a rural road at the intersection of FM Road 716 and County Road 415, northwest of Premont, Jim Wells County sheriff's officials said.

n U.S. Marshals, Jim Wells County Sheriff's Deputies and officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department executed a search warrant on a home near Orange Grove and arrested a Corpus Christi man wanted for murder. Sgt. Ralph Lee, an investigator with the Corpus Christi Police Department, said the warrant was executed at a home on County Road 3032 near Orange Grove. Inside the home, officers located and arrested Gabriel Rios Barboza, 24, a Corpus Christi man wanted in connection with a murder that occurred in Corpus Christi on May 13.

Aug. 7

n An Alice patrol officer was released from the hospital with bruising to his legs and abdomen after almost being pinned between two cars at the Chevron Food Mart on Highway 281, police said. Officer Daniel Elizondo, a seven-year policeman, was transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice with injuries to his legs and abdomen after being hit by a Toyota Corolla being driven by 45-year-old Lanell Pruneda, police said.

Aug. 8

n It was back to the drawing board for Alice ISD officials after the Board of Trustees unanimously approved proceeding with construction of the new middle school at a board meeting. The new facility will be constructed behind the current site.

Aug. 9

n A Jim Wells County Sheriff's Deputy was fired from the department, one day after a grand jury indicted him for an alleged assault on a 17-year-old Alice man. According to court records, Carlo Tanguma was indicted Tuesday for aggravated assault by a public servant, in connection with a May 9 incident in which he allegedly assaulted Elias Flores Jr.

Aug. 15

n The Jim Wells County abatement officer along with the county attorney brought up 16 cases of illegal dumping in county court. Of the cases before the court, seven individuals pleaded not guilty to their charge. Five alleged dumpers did not show up, and Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz issued warrants for their arrest, along with $500 cash bonds. Two individuals pleaded guilty, and will have to pay a $200 fine along with court costs. Two other individuals, who were sent notices by the court, had their notices returned.

Aug. 19

n The Alice Police Department searched the west side of Alice for more than an hour, in search of a suspect who was allegedly running through the streets with a gun. The incident began when a Green Chrysler Sebring Lxi collided with another car on Highway 44 near Business 281. Witnesses at the scene reportedly told police a man in one of the vehicles exited the car with a gun in his hand and ran away from the accident.

Aug. 23

n Melchor Hawkins, an Orange Grove man found guilty by a Jim Wells County jury of six separate charges related to a sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl, was scheduled to be sentenced this day. District court officials said Hawkins faced five to 99 years in a state penitentiary for each of the six counts on which he was convicted. A Jim Wells County jury took 20 minutes to deliberate before finding Hawkins guilty of six related sexual assault charges of a 12-year-old girl that occurred in December 2005.

Aug. 24

n A Jim Wells County jury sentenced Melchor Hawkins Jr., an Orange Grove man convicted of aggravated assault of a child, to life in prison. The jury's sentence followed a day of testimony in the punishment phase of the trial, including testimony from Hawkins. Hawkins initially told the jury his conviction on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, one count of sexual performance by a child and one count of possession of child pornography was due to "political enemies" he had made in the area.

Aug. 26

n A suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in Houston, and his female companion, an Alice woman, were reportedly arrested near Robstown. According to Nueces County Constable reports, Stevdrick Jackson, 25, of Rolling Fork, Miss., with a local address of 244 County Road 135, and Vanessa Esparza, 18, 244 County Road 135, were arrested in Robstown when a constable recognized the vehicle they were in as one wanted in connection with a Houston murder.

Sept. 4

n Two men were shot, one in the foot and one in the arm, during a drive-by shooting in the 700 block of Jefferson Street that also left damage to some vehicles and a home, according to police reports. The suspect or suspects drove off heading south on North Cameron Street and fled the scene, police said.

Sept. 5

n The Alice City Council approved a $23 million budget for the 2007 fiscal year that included a number of capital improvement items totalling nearly $1 million.

Sept. 6

n Sputnik, a rookie K-9 dog recently purchased by the police department, discovered almost $100,000 hidden in a truck, said Sgt. Albert Martinez, the dog's handler with the county task force. A traffic stop south of Ben Bolt led to the discovery of nearly $100,000 in cash hidden in a truck heading north from Mexico, law enforcement officials said.

Set. 13

n This year the Alice Independent School District received a Superior Achievement rating under the Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas. The Schools FIRST program is a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency.

Sept. 15

n Mosquitoes captured for testing by Jim Wells County Health and Safety officials have come up clear of the West Nile Virus, officials said. The sample collected from Loma Street on the city's south side, showed no presence of the arbovirus, which is the indicator for the presence of West Nile.

Sept. 17

n Alice ISD Superintendent Henry Herrera rolled out a preliminary plan for the new William Adams Middle School designed by architects LaMarr Womack and Associates.

Sept. 18

n Heavy rains and thunderstorms pounded the city overnight and produced 2.57 inches of rainfall, said Meteorologist Mike Gittinger with the Corpus Christi National Weather Service.

Sept. 19

n A Jim Wells County grand jury indicted a third man in the January murder of Alice resident Javier Sanchez, according to court records. Alfred "Casper" Gonzales, 25, was indicted by the grand jury in the murder case.

Sept. 20

n A 49-year-old Alice woman was killed when the motorcycle she was driving was struck by another vehicle on Flournoy Road. According to Alice Police Department reports, the accident occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Flournoy Road and Sain Drive.

Sept. 23

n A 61-year-old man was stung by thousands of bees that took his life as he was mowing high grass on Farm to Market Road 1554, sheriff's officials said. Reymundo Ramirez Jr. was attacked by bees that were nesting in a shed on 199 FM 1554 at 11:37 a.m. when the bees became agitated by the tractor's noise, officials said.

Sept. 28

n Alice Chief of Police Danny Bueno confirmed Chance Brandt, a 17-year-old Alice Coyote football player, was found dead in his home on Jefferson Street of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

OCTOBER

Oct. 1

n Alice Coyotes' defensive player Chance Brandt, a senior who took his life with a shotgun wound, was mourned on the football field.

Oct. 4

n Murder charges were upgraded to capital murder charges against Alonzo "Lowrider" Gonzalez, Alejandro Carbajal Garza Jr. and Alfred "Casper" Gonzales, all of who have been indicted with the Jan. 2 death of Javier Sanchez.

Oct. 6

n Abel Morin Jr., 24, was indicted by the Duval County Grand Jury on 12 separate charges in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman and her daughter in their home in July.

Oct. 9

n Zambrano Roofing Company was cited for allegedly illegally dumping more than 500 pounds of roofing debris on a property off County Road 440.

Oct. 10

n According to police, 20-year-old Wanda Youpee gave birth to a baby. She put the baby in her closet and didn't seek medical care until after two days. Youpee was never charged with any crime, police said.

Oct. 11

n Alice City Council voted to enter into negotiations to hire the firm Halff Associates, Inc. to create a parks master plan for the city.

Oct. 11

n Representatives with LaMarr Womack and Associates met with Alice school board trustees to review two possible options for the construction of the new middle school.

Oct. 13

n Adan Trevino, 54, was stung more than 200 times on his head and body after bees attacked him when he was mowing the grass around his mobile home at Trejo's Trailer Park, off County Road 156.

n Alice ISD Superintendent Henry Herrera reported to the school board on a possible swimming complex project that could cost the district $5.1 million.

Oct. 15

n CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice held a special ceremony to welcome home Sgt. George Underwood, who recently returned to Texas after serving a year in Iraq.

Oct. 16

n Staff Sgt. Hugo Almaraz was presented a flag during the Walk of Honor ceremony with family and friends in attendance. Almaraz returned back from Iraq in his second tour of duty on March 2005.

Oct. 17

n Mosquito tests conducted by the Jim Wells County Health and Safety officers in Orange Grove and the eastern part of the county were negative for West Nile virus.

Oct. 22

n City Manager Pete Anaya confirmed that he had accepted a position with another company and would be stepping down as city manager.

Oct. 24

n City Manager Pete Anaya officially announced his resignation to the city council, effective Jan. 31, 2007.

Oct. 26

n Jim Wells County Fair Queen's contest was won by Carla Winterbottom from Orange Grove. She also was presented Miss Congeniality and Most Photogenic and she received the Talent award.

Oct. 26

n CHRISTUS Spohn Health System announced it would be forced to lay off about 100 employees system-wide.

Oct. 27

n R. David Guerrero, pageant coordinator for the Jim Wells County Queen's contest for 18 years, stepped down as coordinator.

Oct. 31

n After more than seven years of waiting, the Alice City Council was presented with a draft copy of the Comprehensive Master Plan for the city.

Oct. 31

n A lawsuit against a Noonan teacher, Omar Vidaurri, for allegedly inappropriately touching a student was settled by the student's family and the Alice school district after more than three years in litigation.

NOVEMBER

Nov. 1

n San Diego Police Chief Rogelio Mendez resigned, citing low pay as one of his primary reasons for leaving the city.

Nov. 2

n Kassey Parisher made history by selling her champion steer for $10,000 at the Jim Wells County Fair.

Nov. 7

n Jim Wells County Democratic candidate Ventura Garcia Jr. defeated incumbent Republican Lawrence Cornelius by a margin of 82 votes. Also Democrat incumbent State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles beat out Republican Michael Esparza by more than 3,000 votes.

Nov. 12

n The Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame Noche de Gala inducted 25 music industry legends, including two from Alice, Juan Cadena and David Rodriguez.

Nov. 15

n Nearly 20 staff members from William Adams Middle School attended the AISD school board meeting to voice their concerns about the new middle school.

Nov. 16

n Sara Wilson, the new assistant city manager began work with the city, ending a seven-month vacancy for that position.

Nov. 17

n Appraisal District board of directors approved the lease agreement with First Community Bank, after five years of searching for a location.

n A Duval County jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" in the trial of Ruben Silva, a former Freer police officer and Duval County sheriff's deputy who had been charged with sexually assaulting his niece.

Nov. 28

n The Jim Wells County Commissioner's Court voted 2-1 to increase fees for municipal inmates brought in by local police departments.

Nov. 29

n A 19-year-old man was transported by HALO-Flight to a Corpus Christi hospital with severe head injuries after he was allegedly assaulted outside of Coastal Bend College by another student.

Nov. 30

n Two suspects, Bobby Alan Benavides and Anselmo Benavides, surrendered to police and were charged with stealing more than $10,000 from a local hotel.

DECEMBER

Dec. 3

n The City of Alice settled for $30,000 with Alice police officer, Maria Muniz, who claimed she was discriminated and retaliated against by the city in 2001.

Dec. 7

n A settlement of nearly $4 million was reached in a lawsuit filed by Duval County against companies responsible for faulty construction of the 1998 addition to the county jail and courthouse.

Dec. 8

n A jailer who exchanged romantic letters with a female inmate at the Jim Wells County jail was fired, and a second jailer was placed on administrative leave pending results of a polygraph test.

n A Ben Bolt High School student, Jose Alaniz IV, who had been under house arrest for a February stabbing of another student, was sentenced to probation.

Dec. 12

n In a split vote, the Alice City Council voted 3-1 to hire Alice native Joe Torres III as the city attorney with a salary of $100,000. Torres replaced Juan Reyna, who had resigned.

Dec. 13

n The Alice school board approved the schematic design by LaMarr Womack and Associates for the new middle school.

Dec. 17

n A Duval County deliberated for less than three hours and returned a not-guilty verdict in the murder trial of Armando Andres Salaiz, who was charged with the June 2005 stabbing death of Ruben Cantu in San Diego.

Dec. 19

n Clarissa Garza, a third-gene