During the fall of 2016, El Progreso Memorial Library received a proposal from an anonymous donor – if the library could raise at least $50,000, the donor would match $50,000. Their deadline was set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Time is drawing nearer, but Mendell Moran, library director, isn’t giving up hope. Quite the opposite, he’s buckling down to send out letters to previous donors, library borrowers and property owners in the area. So far, the library has already received $10,000 in donations.
Johnna and Luis Beltran of Uvalde announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Beltran, to Alex Ray, son of Cameron and Jim Ray of Nashville, Tennessee. The bride-elect graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently employed by the University of Texas Child Development Center in Austin. The prospective groom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He is self-employed as a realtor and owner of Austin Residence. The wedding is planned for Feb. 26, 2017, at Rancho Mirando in Fischer.
Uvalde has been the home of numerous military veterans, and one of the more decorated individuals was Joe Puccini. Puccini graduated from Uvalde High School in 1943. Following graduation, he attended Texas A&M University in College Station for one semester before joining the Navy.
Uvalde celebrated the birth of two New Year’s babies on Sunday – though the ages between them span 80 years. Bill Dillahunty turned 80 years old on Sunday, and in addition to the day being declared Bill Dillahunty Day across Uvalde County, a celebration was held at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Uvalde.
Instead of being drafted into gunfire and war, Jimmie Stewart was drafted to serve in the United States Public Health Service to work for the Indian Public Health Service in 1969. That kind of forcedopportunity eventually instilled a sense of passion in working with Native Americans for Stewart, who moved to North Carolina in 1988 to work with Cherokee tribes after serving as a general practitioner in Uvalde for 17 years.
Christmas is a time to show those you love how much they mean to you. And what better way than by pranking them, which is exactly what former Uvaldean Kathryn Fitzpatrick’s family does each year. Fitzpatrick, the daughter of Kelly Kimble, moved to San Antonio in 2011. Each year she travels home to maintain her family’s Christmas Eve tradition – pranking their great-grandmother.
Rolando Garza, a 22-year-old senior at the University of Texas in San Antonio, will be attending a post-baccalaureate program studying immunology the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution. Garza is a graduate of Uvalde High School and was the class of 2013 valedictorian; he notably gave his speech in both English and Spanish.