Fort Clark is for everyone!

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight, very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday. — John Wayne

Dickman Hall, the officers’ club for the 5th U.S. Cavalry, Fort Clark, built in 1939, has since hosted several modern restaurants, as well as private parties, Rotary Club meetings, and holiday celebrations. Now Dickman Hall is silent and empty. According to historian Bill Haenn, officers were not provided rations, so would commonly “pool their resources and form a ‘mess’ so that they might eat regularly,” hence the adopted term “officer clubs.”

Visitors, guests and residents of Fort Clark Springs, Brackettville, live for today and the soft promise of tomorrow. But all are surrounded by the century-old skeletal remains of “yesterday.”
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City of Del Rio finance director steps up to the plate as interim city manager

City of Del Rio Finance Director Frances F. Rodriguez was asked Thursday afternoon to allow her name to be placed in nomination to serve as interim city manager. Rodriguez accepted, swiftly plunging into turbulent waters still roiling around the firing of city manager, Rafael Castillo Jr.

A consortium of Mayor Efrain Valdez, City Councilwoman Lisa Cadena Craig, and Councilman Mike Wrob recommended Rodriguez for the job. Valdez urged Rodriguez to take the position at 3:30 p.m., Thursday (Jan. 25). Chuckling, Rodriguez recalled, “I asked him if I could think about it for a little while.” By Friday morning, Rodriguez committed to take up the reins of managing the city, with help and support from Del Rio City Council. “I’m really honored to get the position, and I’ll certainly do my best,” Rodriguez told LIVE! A special city council meeting will convene Tuesday (Jan. 30) for members to discuss and act on an ordinance that would formally ensconce Rodriguez in the interim position.

She began her second career with the City of Del Rio in 1999, after 32 ½ years with the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District, beginning at age 19 and retiring as assistant superintendent for budget and finance. Rodriguez was chief accountant in her first position with the city, and quickly – within six weeks – rose to accept an interim position as chief of finance.

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Castillo Canned

Del Rio City Council fired city manager Rafael Castillo Tuesday evening in a highly-charged atmosphere. Castillo didn’t go quietly, either. More coming tonight (with pictures). Stay tuned.