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COVID-19 cases hit triple digits in Kleberg

Total positive cases of COVID-19 have eclipsed triple digits as of Tuesday, as more free testing has wrapped up in the county.

From June 30 to July 6, a total of 39 new cases have been added to the total count of Kleberg County positive COVID-19 cases, which is now 105.

A total number of 27 previous cases have now been removed from isolation over the past week, making the total number 45 in Kleberg County.

From July 4 to July 6, the Texas Military Department administered a total of 824 tests to residents and other individuals out-of-county at the J.K. Northway Exposition Center.

On Monday, officials said some residents had already begun to receive test results from Saturday's testing samples.

Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid issued an order placing Kleberg County beaches under curfew effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight, due to concerns with COVID-19.

North Padre Island Beach will be under curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day until July 11 "unless extended, modified, amended, rescinded or superseded" by Madrid, according to the order.

Over the week, due to concerns with the novel coronavirus, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in public spaces, with a few exceptions, according to release last week.

In counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, all individuals must wear face coverings effective July 3 at 12:01 p.m.

The order affects both Nueces and Kleberg Counties because their numbers are over the 20 case mark.

"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19," Abbott said in the release. "We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—

and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces."

According to the order, these are exceptions to the order:

- Any person younger than 10 years of age;

- any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;

- any person who is eating or drinking, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;

- any person exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors, and maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;

- any person driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;

- any person obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or a need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal-care service involving the face, but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal;

- any person while the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;

- any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poli watcher, or actively administering an election, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged;

- any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged; or

- any person giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience.

A person not excepted from wearing a face covering, according to the order "is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from other people not in the same household."

Any violations of the order, following a verbal or written warning for the first offense, is subject to a fine not to exceed $250, according to the order. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.

The order does, however, prohibit jail time as a punishment for those who violate the order.

According to the release, the Gov. also issued a proclomation giving mayors and county judges the "ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others."

Abbott said "large gatherings are a clear contributor" to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

"Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas' ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe," Abbott said. "We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans."


Early voting numbers low; runoff elections set for July 14

The Kleberg County Primary Runoff election is set for July 14, as early voting has begun in the county.

On Monday, Kleberg County Clerk Stephanie Garza said early voting results only saw 218 individuals in the county cast their ballots, which was "very low."

She said she is hopeful that numbers rise when election day comes around.

Earlier this year, the primary election for the Republican spot for Pct. 3 County Commissioner on the Nov. 3 General Election Ballot was up for grabs for three potential candidates.

Jerry Martinez was the lead vote getter in the race with 317 votes (49.38 percent), compared to the 199 votes (30.99 percent) received for Jacob Moseley Sr. and 126 votes (19.63 percent) for Ricardo Perez.

Because Martinez was unable to receive more than 50 percent of the vote, this Tuesday's primary election will decide who earns their place in November, as Martinez and Moseley square off for the spot.

The winner will face Democratic nominee Arturo "Artie" De La Rosa in November for the commissioner seat. De La Rosa defeated incumbent Roy Cantu and challenger Pablo Soliz in the March Primary, receiving 53 percent of the vote.

Polling locations for the elections are as follows:

- Pct. 11, 12, 13 and 14 – Coastal Bend Fellowship Church Hall (1500 E. Caesar Ave.)

-Pct. 21, 22, 23 and 24 - University Baptist Church, Rear Building (1324 N. Armstrong Ave.)

- Pct. 31 and 32 – Knights of Columbus Hall Council 3389 (320 Gen. Cavazos Blvd.)

- Pct. 33 and 34 – Riviera County Building (103 N. 7th St., Riviera)

- Pct. 35 – Ricardo Community Senior Center (109 N. Nix St.)

- Pct. 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 - Kleberg County Early Voting Annex Office

In Nueces County, the primary runoff will include two races on the Republican side.

The first is for County Constable Pct. 2 between Jason McCahan and Mitchell Clark. The second is for County Constable Pct. 4 between Monty Allen and Robert W. Sherwood.

Officials with the Nueces County Elections department said polling locations for the primary runoff are still to be determined as of press time.

In the race for District 27 State Senator, Incumbent Eddie Lucio Jr. will face challenger Sara Stapleton Barrera in the primary runoff.

In the March primary, Lucio had 30,849 votes, but they weren't enough to secure his seat in November with only 49.8 percent of the vote.

Barrera had 22,062 votes (35.6 percent) and Ruben Cortez had 9,059 votes (14.6 percent), putting Barrera in the upcoming runoff election with Lucio.

Also on the democratic ballot will be the runoff for U.S. Senator between nominees Mary "M.J." Hegar and Royce West, with the winner facing incumbent John Cornyn in November. Another Democratic race will be the Railroad Commissioner race between Roberto R. "Beto" Alonzo and Chrysta Casteneda to see who will face Republican candidate James Wright.


4th of July Parade Winners

The City of Kingsville 4th of July Virtual Parade had submissions from individuals across the Kingsville community for this year's celebration.

Each year, the parade includes participants on bikes, with pets and general entrants who sport their best decorations and costumes for the celebration.

This year, the Rotary Club of Kingsville also donated $50 gift cards to be given to 12 military members at random.

Winner's in each category can still pick up their

prizes, if they have not done so yet, at the Kingsville Train Depot Museum.

The following are this year's winners:

Military Members Recognized

• Eddie Hernandez submitted by Ester Rocha

• Vando Gonzalez submitted by Esther Sanchez

• Anne Hernandez submitted by Jerry Woitas

• Gonzalo (Bucho) Ruiz submitted by Sylvia Martinez

• Julie Chancellor submitted by Julie Chancellor

• Tito Rocha submitted by Ester Rocha

• Abel Garza submitted by Belinda Hernnadez-Garza

• Jose Flores submitted by Esther Sanchez

• David Guerra submitted by Venisa Fernandez

• Rodolfo Ramos submitted Elizabeth Ramos

• Anthony Wells submitted by Kimberly Wells

• Gabriel Quinones, Jr. submitted by Gabriel Quinones

PET PARADE WINNERS

• Judges Choice 1st Place – Sofie (Crystal De La Garza)

• Judges Choice 2nd Place – Mojo (Mckenzie Gottschalk)

• Judges Choice 3rd Place – Bailey Boo (Amanda Hynes)

• Most Original 1st Place – Reggie (Kristen Franklin)

• Most Original 2nd Place – Molly Jane (Amber Perez)

• Most Original 3rd Place - Xena & Poppy (Irene Ramos)

• Most Patriotic 1st Place – Mojo (McKenzie Gottschalk)

• Most Patriotic 2nd Place – Lala (Niki Tijerina)

• Most Patriotic 3rd Place – Ash (Librado Iturbe)

• Best Look Alike 1st Place – Crystal De La Garza & Ferier

• Best Look Alike 2nd Place Annie Coufal & Odie

• Best Look Alike 3rd Place – Anayeli Ruiz & Zoe

• Best Family Entry – Sarah Stapleton-Barrera with her family

• Best Kitty 1st Place – McKenzie Gottschalk

BIKE/WAGON PARADE WINNERS

• Most Patriotic Boy – Ace Galindo

• Most Patriotic Boy 2nd Place – Jaxon Hynes

• Most Patriotic Girl 1st Place – Anayeli Luna

• Most Patriotic Girl 2nd Place – Meagan Galindo

• Best Wagon – Bella Jimenez

• Best Family 1st Place – Logan & Jaxon Hynes

GENERAL PARADE WINNERS

• Most

Most Spirited – KFTX Radio 97.5

• Best Decorated Home – Carlos De La Garza

• Most Patriotic Home – Diana Ochoa

• Best Vehicle – Diva's Organization

• Mayor's Award – John E. Conner Museum

STORE FRONT WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST

• Best Store Front – Honey Hush Boutique

MASK DECORATING CONTEST

• Best Decorated Mask – Andrea Garcia

• Best Decorated Mask 2nd Place – Bray's Smokehouse

• Best Decorated Mask 3rd Place – Niki Tijerina


KPD makes arrest in shooting of 17-year-old

A Kingsville man has been arrested after shooting a teen in the chest, according to a press release from the Kingsville Police Department. Last week, Patrol officers from the KPD were dispatched to 304 Senator Carlos Truan Blvd. apartment C, in reference to multiple shots fired at about 11:05 p.m.

According to the release, bystanders rushed a 17-year-old to Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg after he suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Patrol officers were able to detain the alleged shooter, Preston Garza, 17.

Garza was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Kleberg County Jail.

The victim is being treated for his injuries at Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline after being transported from Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg by Halo Flight.

The release states that the case is still under investigation.

The KPD is asking residents with any information to contact Det. Cyndi Flores at (361) 593-8849 with the Kingsville Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau.

If an individual has any information and would like to remain anonymous, they may call Crime Stoppers at (361) 592-4636 or submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers portal at www.p3tips.com.