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Parent and Student Meeting

The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Probation Office will host a special meeting from 6 p.m.  Wednesday, August 21 at the Frank Newman Middle School for all parents and students of the Cotulla middle and high schools. Topics for discussion include bullying, truancy, coping with stress and peer pressure, disciplinary consequences, and resources for assistance. All parents and students should attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Also, for students who are interested in applying for community service opportunity after school  you can contact CHS counselor Mrs. Maldonado for information. This will help students list this service on their applications for scholarships and college applications.


Gardendale Rail Map

Gardendale Rail Location



Worldwide Energy Consortium is planning a refinery in La Salle County near Gardendale. Significant volumes of oil pass through the Gardendale Rail system and through Plains All American Pipeline’s gathering system.

The Whitetail Refinery will be built to take advantage of growing Eagle Ford production in the area. The refinery is in the permitting and engineering phase, but the company expects it will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2014. That’s fast moving for a refinery.

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Eagle Ford housing is being addressed by yet another creative solution. Local developer David Monnich is using shipping containers to construct three story apartments in South Texas.

The demand for housing has simply outstripped supply.  Modular homes can be deployed very quickly and we’ve seen several modular developments across the region. Mr. Monnich’s development is different in that he is constructing modular apartments using common shipping containers.

“They were insulated, framed and prewired before we brought them down here and put them together,” Monnich said.
Rent will run from $800-1,200 per month for the shipping container based units. The concept is popular in Europe and leasing will begin in July at the Encinal, TX, location.
The upside to using shipping containers is that they can be easily moved as permanent housing is developed.
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Cotulla Chamber of Commerce