A two-vehicle accident sent John Martin Hidalgo, 20, of Sonora, to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo and eventually to the Tom Green County Jail after it was discovered that he was wanted on a Failure to Appear charge.

Hidalgo was injured Wednesday, April 2, 2014, after the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban he was driving collided with the back of a pickup truck and overturned about nine miles north of Eldorado on U.S. 277.

Hidalgo was taken by Schleicher County EMS ambulance to the Christoval High School football field where he was transferred to the AirMed-1 helicopter for transport to Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.





The Eldorado City Council on Monday night proposed sweeping changes to its garbage and utility rates, particularly as they apply to customers outside of the city limits. Changes to landfill tipping fees and other assorted fees were also proposed.

City Administrator Theo Melancon explained to the council that the city’s current rates for out-of-town customers are considerably lower than other towns in the area. He listed several examples including a comparison with base water rates which reveal that the City of Eldorado currently charges its out-of-town customers $23 for 3,000 gallons of water while Mertzon charges $31.75 and Junction charges $63.02.

If formally adopted, the base rate for out-of-city water customers would increase to




By Coach Jake Proffitt
The Eldorado High school golf teams finished up a successful season on Monday with their final round of district play.

Jaime Chancellor and Jackson O’Harrow will be representing Eldorado at the Regional Golf Tournament on April 14-15 at Lake Ridge Country Club in Lubbock.

The District golf tournaments are comprised of playing two rounds. The first one was played in Monahans, followed by playing a round at Bentwood Country Club in San Angelo.

This year was a success for many of our golfers, and has been a great learning experience for others.





The Eldorado Eagles baseball team notched up a 16-11 payback win over the Harper Longhorns on Friday, April 4th, and claimed the lead in the District 29-1A standings in the process.

Eldorado never trailed in the contest as they put away the only team to have beat them in loop play this season. Harper won the first meeting between the two teams on by a 16-7 margin. That game was played in Harper on March 14th.

Friday night’s contest was a much different affair as Bailey Espinosa and Michael Rios shared the pitching duty. Espinosa started the game and got the win. He went two and two-thirds innings allowing three runs but only one of them was earned. Espinosa gave up two hits while striking out three and walking four.





Buff Whitten, Co-op Manager, announced names of winners of an essay contest, sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative. Area youths whose winning essay qualified them for an expense-paid Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. are Rylea Self and Danielle Crowder of Eldorado High School.

Rylea is the daughter of Will and Shelly Self. She is a sophomore at Eldorado High School and participates in basketball, track, One-Act Play, UIL academics, and is a cheerleader.

Danielle is the daughter of Lou Ann Crowder. She is a sophomore at Eldorado High School. She participates in basketball, softball, 4-H, and UIL academics.




Some portions of Schleicher County received much needed rain Sunday and Monday, as a cold front pushed through the area triggering a series of thunderstorms. The storms crossed into the western edge of the county and moved rapidly to the southeast.

For awhile on Sunday, a tornado warning was issued for one of the storms. It packed a punch as it overturned a tank battery near Barnhart and dumped golf ball-sized hail in portions of northwest Schleicher County.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the southern Irion County, northeastern Crockett County and northwestern Schleicher County as NWS personnel observed rotation in the radar image of the rapidly developing storm.