New Windows Let Light Shine on Jailhouse Museum Restoration

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

“We do it the way they used to do it.”

Doug Fehse was referring to having to separately rebuild and reframe each window in the front of the Wilson County Jailhouse Museum — the part of the building that once provided living quarters for the county sheriff and his family.

The work is part of ongoing efforts to restore the historical building in downtown Floresville.

The windows and areas around them have suffered from decades of water seepage. The old window frames and their casings were not only rotting and in generally bad shape, but all of them also were slightly different sizes.

Consequently, all the window frames have to be custom-made, according to Fehse, owner of Avanna’s, the Floresville business tackling the restoration work on the windows.

However, Fehse told the Wilson County News Oct. 27 that he found it more fun to “remake the old stuff’ than simply to install new windows. “Besides, making everything is faster than ordering,” he said. “We’re also doing all the work — windows, masonry, and painting — not having to wait for separate contractors to do different things.”

Fehse added that he has been donating personal time on weekends and in the evenings to get the window project completed. He plans to begin work on the historical building’s front door next….

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77th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival Preps Underway

by Erin Rodriguez, KENS 5 San Antonio

Poteet has its celebration of all things strawberries – and over in Wilson County, it’s all about the peanuts. And the coronation gowns. And a parade. And a carnival. And the beer garden and so on.

But back to the peanuts. The event promises “delicious peanut brittle and roasted peanuts” among the tasty treats available to satisfy all peanut cravings.

The Floresville Peanut Festival is a three-day event held each year in the second full weekend of October. It officially kicks off this Thursday, October 7.

There is free parking and free admission to the grounds on the Courthouse Square in historic downtown Floresville.

Goober Games kicked off the festivities on Tuesday afternoon at the Floresville Event Center, offering games and activities for the younger crowd. A carnival also offers thrilling rides on Thursday night through Saturday night. And don’t miss the kiddie parade on Friday afternoon for the little ones to show off their miniature floats and costumes….

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Shannon Galvanizing Breaks Ground in Floresville

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

“Thank you for coming and picking our community.”

Those were the words of Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) Executive Director Ben Reed at the March 30 groundbreaking for the Shannon Galvanizing plant. A number of local officials and civic leaders echoed his message at the event.

The 50,000-square-foot plant — to be constructed at 804 F.M. 537 in the Rancho Grande Industrial Park — is expected to provide as many as 60 jobs for people in the local area.

“After the year everyone has had, it’s great to come out here for this,” Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel said. “Thank you, every organization that made this happen.”

Leading the effort to bring Shannon Galvanizing to the area was the FEDC, and Reed said he had been talking with the Shannon brothers for about a year and a half before their plans materialized….

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Floresville to Host Future Generations Powwow

by Nanette Kilbey-Smith, Wilson County News

It’s an event such as Wilson County hasn’t seen, and it’s coming to Floresville on Saturday.

Plan now to attend the Future Generations Powwow on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Floresville Event Center. It’s hosted by the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe, based in Wilson County.

Admission is free to the daylong event, which will include a Floresville Community Market, a school supply drive, dancing, live music, and more.

“What we hope to achieve with such events is to develop cultural respect,” said Tim Tallchief of the Osage, master of ceremonies for Saturday’s powwow. “Each tribe has its own language and traditions — is its own nation. We respect each other’s ways and appreciate each other’s uniqueness.”

“We, as participants, appreciate Juan Mancias and the city of Floresville for bringing us together for this wonderful event,” Tallchief said.

And the city is thrilled to host the powwow….

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Floresville Plans City and Park Improvements

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Looking ahead to next year, Floresville City Council members gave the green light to applying for a $350,000 grant to build new sidewalks and curbs. The council members approved a resolution at their April 8 meeting to submit an application for a Texas Community Development Block Grant to the Texas Department of Agriculture. The city must provide $52,500 in matching funds. The grant, plus the city’s $52,500 match, will fund a second phase of the city’s downtown revitalization program….

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Council OKs Relief for Floresville Water Customers

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Floresville water customers will get a break with their next water bill. Floresville City Council members approved a measure at their Feb. 25 meeting to provide relief for residents and businesses whose water use increased — due to either bursting pipes or allowing water to run to prevent pipes from freezing during the recent severe winter weather. Under the council action, the city will compare each customer’s water use charges for the period covering Feb. 13- 21 to the actual charges in the previous billing cycle and then bill the customer for the lower amount of the two. City Councilman Marissa Ximenez, who suggested the billing adjustment, said the idea follows the plan announced by the San Antonio Water System….

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How One Small South Texas Energy Company Kept Power on to Customers Through Historic Winter Storm

by Erica Hernandez,

Floresville Electric Light and Power System or FELPS serve about 17,000 customers in Wilson County. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 14 until Thursday, Feb. 18. the company has had a total of three brief outages, the longest outage lasting about three hours. Those outages were due to downed lines because of trees or ice. “As of right now, we have no outages,” FELPS CEO, Winston Low said. So how was a small electric company that is fed energy from CPS in San Antonio able to stay on? Low said there were several factors that led to them not having to do rolling outages….

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New Payment Kiosk Now Open at Floresville City Hall

UPDATE: The new bill payment kiosk is now open!

The City of Floresville will be installing a new utility bill payment kiosk in late October 2020 at City Hall. The kiosk will accept credit cards, checks, and cash and will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

City Council stated, “This is one additional step the City of Floresville is taking to provide new solutions and ensure all services are made available to the citizens of Floresville, Texas.”

The Mayor and City Council are excited to offer this kiosk solution to enable customers other options to pay without entering City Hall. The new kiosk will not only protect the public health by providing a way to reduce direct contact of customers with city employees but also other members of the general public when completing any payment transactions with the City.


Starbucks Store Now Open in Floresville

UPDATE: Starbucks is now open!

The City of Floresville is proud to announce the addition of Starbucks to our community, in partnership with the Floresville Economic Development Corporation and keeping Floresville Strong.

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:00 am, marks a ground breaking celebration for a  Starbucks Store  for the Community, currently under construction on Hwy 181, Floresville, Texas. This project will create local jobs and support economic development.

The new location will include a team of new Starbucks partners (employees), many of whom will be from the Floresville, Wilson County area! Starbucks will utilize local community groups and civic leaders to provide a pathway to opportunity for its local partners through training and development, career options, and industry-leading benefits, which include comprehensive health-care. This new business will be an economic boost to the City of Floresville! The first year of the stores performance will translate to tens of thousands of dollars in added sales tax revenue and other increased tax revenue. Benjamin T. Reed, Floresville Economic Development Executive Director, states, “This is one of the many projects that are in the works, as we continue the partnership with the City of Floresville. With the addition of Starbucks to the area, this allows us to better compete with a different type of retailer. I wish to thank the developer and all the folks behind the scenes that made this happen.”


Governor Orders Reopening Selected Businesses May 8

Effective Friday, May 8, 2020, the following will be allowed to reopen:

  • Cosmetology salons
  • Hair salons
  • Nail salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Barbershops

Rules to reopen:

  • 25% maximum occupancy.
  • Six feet of separation between workers and or workstations. If that’s not possible, add plexiglass between workstations.
  • Staggered workforce so workers are not in the same space at the same time.
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available to employees and the public.
  • One customer per stylist or station, unless they are waiting for service.
  • Appointment system is encouraged; however, if allowing walk-ins, social distancing is required for people waiting for service.
  • Strongly recommends customers and stylists to wear masks.
  • Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, restrooms and equipment used on customers.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with the public and or customer.
  • Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.

COVID-19 Updates and Reopening of Selected City Services

The following is an overview of the changes that will be made in City of Floresville buildings and facilities in response to Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to open Texas in response to COVID-19 disaster.

  • City offices, lobbies, and drive-thru, including the Police Station lobby will re-open to the public with normal business hours on Monday, May 4.  Staff will continue to follow health protocols recommended by the Texas Department of State Health Services and will continue practicing social distancing.
  • Event Center will remain closed to the public, but employees will resume regular work schedule.
  • All City parks and playgrounds will be open and available for the public to visit on Friday, May 1.
  • As outlined in Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-18, individuals may engage in outdoor sports, provided that the sports do not include contact with other participants, and no more than four participants play the sport at any time.
  • The Floresville sports complex, Beer Warehouse, City Park pavilions and City Pool will not be open at this time.

Floresville Suspends Water Shutoffs and Late Fees

AUGUST 8, 2020 UPDATE: The City of Floresville has lifted the suspension of late fees and water shutoffs.

In an effort to protect our community, the City of Floresville is temporarily discontinuing water shutoffs for nonpayment. Late fees will also be suspended. During these unsettling times, water is a critical resource and no Floresville resident will be left without access to clean water.


Closure of City of Floresville Lobbies

As a precaution to COVID-19, the City of Floresville will be closing the lobby to its city buildings effective immediately. We encourage customers to conduct business over the phone or online, the drive thru at City Hall and the night drop box are also available. Please see a listing of contacts below for city offices. We will post any updates on our city website or the City of Floresville Facebook page. We appreciate your understanding during this time.

City Hall
(830) 393-3105

Police Department
(830) 393-4055

Event Center
(830) 393-7070
(830) 581-1134
(830) 581-1022

(830) 393-3965
(830) 581-9998


Garbage & Recycling Holiday Schedule

Just a friendly reminder that 2019 garbage and recycling pickup will not occur on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Therefore, surrounding service days will be delayed one day. Regular service pickup will resume on the week of January 6, 2020.

Christmas Garbage & Recycling Service

  • Monday, December 23, 2019: no change
  • Tuesday, December 24: no change
  • Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) collection will be moved to Thursday, December 26
  • Thursday, December 26 collection will be moved to Friday, December 27
  • Friday, December 27 collection will be moved to Saturday, December 28

New Year’s Garbage & Recycling Service

  • Monday, December 30, 2019: no change
  • Tuesday, December 31: no change
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (New Year’s Day) collection will be moved to Thursday, January 2
  • Thursday, January 2 collection will be moved to Friday, January 3
  • Friday, January 3 collection will be moved to Saturday, January 4

Congressman Henry Cuellar to Announce Groundbreaking of Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

On Wednesday, November 6, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar will announce the groundbreaking of Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

The City of Floresville, in partnership with the Floresville Economic Development Corporation, is proud to announce the groundbreaking of the new Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership at 1531 U. S. Highway 181 North, Floresville, Texas, at the corner of 181 North and Price Way. This new Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership will create 45 new jobs for sales associates, along with parts and service departments for Floresville. Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will increase the economic sales tax growth to the City of Floresville from the sales of parts, accessories, and services. The new dealership will have a ten million dollar inventory of 200 new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles.


U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (Texas District 28)
Floresville Mayor and City Council
Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner
FEDC Executive Director Benjamin T. Reed
FEDC Board of Directors


Congressman Cuellar to announce groundbreaking of Price Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. The public is invited to attend.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:00 am


1531 U. S. Highway 181 North (at the corner of 181 North and Price Way), Floresville, Texas


Congressman Henry Cuellar to Announce Floresville USDA Water System Improvements

On Wednesday, November 6, U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar will announce City of Floresville 2019 USDA water system improvements.

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), Rural Development Division to Improve City’s Water System

The City has secured $2,465,000 in loans from the USDA Rural Development Division to fund improvements to the City of Floresville water system. The projects in this effort consist of source, treatment, storage, and distribution upgrades. A new Carrizo Aquifer well will be constructed at the existing Plaza Water Plant site to replace the existing, out-of-service well. A permanent interconnect with Oak Hills Water Supply Corporation will be established. The existing “B” Street well will be rehabilitated to provide a reliable source of water for years to come. A new aerator will be constructed and the ground storage tank at the Hospital Water Plant site will be rehabilitated and repainted.


U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar (Texas District 28)
Floresville Mayor and City Council
Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner
USDA representatives


Congressman Cuellar to Announce USDA United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development water system improvements. The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10:30 am


Floresville City Hall, 1120 D Street, Floresville, Texas