State Representative-Elect Diana Arevalo Swears In

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Join us tomorrow at Wonderland Mall for a Community Swearing-In Ceremony for State Representative-Elect Diana Arevalo at 10 AM! A free breakfast will be provided.

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Shirley Gonzales Will Run for Re-Election

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Join us TOMORROW at Sabinas Coffee House at 11:30 AM to support District 5-Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales as she announces her run for re-election! Visit for website for more information at: www.electshirley.com.

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7 Texas Officers Killed in the Line of Duty in 2016

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According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, at least 64 law enforcement officers were killed across the country this year. This year’s total is higher than the number of firearm-related law enforcement deaths in 2015. It also surpasses the annual average of police deaths by shooting over the last 10 years, which is 53. Still, the highest total came in 2011, when a total of 73 officers were killed.

In Texas, a total of seven police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty.

Detective Benjamin Marconi, EOW: November 20. Marconi was shot in his patrol car at a traffic stop just outside of San Antonio Police Headquarters.

Officer David Hofer, EOW: March 1. Officer Hofer was fatally shot in a park in Euless while responding to a call of a suspicious person.

Five law enforcement officers of the Dallas Police Department were shot and killed during a protest on July 7, 2016.

Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens

Officer Michael Krol

Sergeant Michael Smith

Officer Brent Thompson

Officer Patrick Zamarripa

Our hearts go out to the families of these fallen officers, the San Antonio Police Department, and everyone else affected by this year’s tragic deaths.

8 Ways to Prevent Home Burglary during Christmas

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According to a report created by CNN, home burglaries increase across the nation during the holiday season. They illustrated that nationally, burglaries peak in the summer but also trend high in December. They also discovered that some cities experienced their greatest number of burglaries in the two weeks following Christmas. This is a time when more people go on vacation than normal. More items come into the house and burglars target your homes for the holidays as a profitable time of the year.

Here are eight ways to keep your house secure during the holidays:

  1. Make sure gifts aren’t visible from the outside. Refrain from placing your Christmas tree by the window where your gifts are right below.
  2. Watch what you post on social media about the gifts you just purchased or when you plan to leave your home.
  3. Be careful about disposing of packaging, allowing it to pile up in your garbage can for your neighbors to see that you’ve just received something new and possibly valuable.
  4. Don’t run external lights through a window leaving a wedge that can be easily pried open.
  5. Put lights on timers so they can go on and off during the day and evening, but always be sure your home is well-lit and motion sensors trip when detecting movement.
  6. Be wary of door salesman or donation seekers. Do not give out personal information or give out money without double-checking their credentials.
  7. Secure your home by keeping your doors and windows locked and investing in a home security system.
  8. Have someone look after your home while you are out of town. This should include checking your mailbox.

Christmas time is a happy and busy time for us all. It’s also a busy time for burglars who try to spoil everyone else’s fun. Take the right steps in ensuring your home is safe. Even if your neighborhood has been safe lately, that could change this year. Be safe and have a happy holiday!

Don’t Drink and Drive!

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Holiday parties become more frequent in December. You have family planning Christmas and New Year’s get-togethers, as well as your friends and coworkers. It may become simple to ignore all safety precautions when it comes to drinking and driving after the first party you attend. Just because you had one drink, you will think you haven’t been affected by the alcohol you consumed. Still, you must remain knowledgeable on the effects alcohol has on you and the negative implications it will have on others if you choose to drive after a few drinks.

Alcohol is a depressant drug that slows down the activity of the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The effects alcohol has on your driving ability are many. It impairs your vision, reduces your reaction time and concentration, boosts confidence which may lead to risk-taking and disobeying road rules, and may cause the driver to fall asleep behind the wheel. Alcohol also affects a person’s personality causing them to act and respond differently than one normally would.

If you’d like to know how to stay safe behind the wheel, the safest option is to not drink. If you decide to drink, you can monitor the number of drinks you have each hour. This may be difficult to monitor if you change drinks frequently. Different drinks have different amounts of alcohol. You may have to drink less to keep your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) under .05%. Even though the legal limit is .08%, you don’t want to match it since your BAC can continue to rise three hours after your last drink.

Other options you have to limit your drinking include drinking non-alcoholic beers, avoid topping off your glass as it difficult to track your drinks accurately, avoid mixed drinks and drink low-alcohol drinks, and sip on your drinks instead of “chugging” or taking shots.

You should wait at least an hour for each drink you’ve had before driving. Waiting is the only way to remove alcohol from your system no matter how much coffee and water you have after. If you have had too much to drink, make other arrangements so you don’t have to drive to get home. Be safe and Happy Holidays!