On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell proclaimed the week of Oct. 17-21 as Native Plant Week in Uvalde County. The Native Plant Society was created with the vision of emphasizing the role of native plants in conservation efforts, as well as teaching school children about the importance of native plants.
Though having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, the Candle Shop on North Getty is a humble building that doesn’t attract much attention. The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District operation was originally named the Janey Briscoe Sheltered Workshop at its inception on April 13, 1975. It was later renamed the Cluster V Candle Shop.
by Cheyenne Mueller, staff writer Halloween is approaching, though it might be appropriate to consider Halloween a month-long affair. Uvalde is gearing up with the events for the holiday, with one event kicking off tomorrow.
This year, there will be ghost stories and lantern tours, fall festivals, haunted houses, a zombie fun run, and the annual Halloween parade and carnival.
El Progreso Memorial Library will be hosting the Tales from the Wagon Yard Ghost Tour. The lantern ghost tour will take place at the downtown plaza on Friday from 8 to 10 p.m. during Four Square Friday.
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer Da Krazy Pimpz, a band with Uvalde ties, has been nominated for four Tejano Music Awards and will be performing at the award ceremony at the Tobin Center in San Antonio on Saturday, Nov. 12. To win, the band needs supporters' votes, which can be submitted online.
The band has been nominated for Conjunto Album of the Year for “Se Termino Lo Nuestro;” song of the year, “La Cachetona;” and vocal duo of the year, Eddie Jimenez and Matthew Luna for “Falsa Traicion.”
The band's lead vocalist and accordion player Eddie Jimenez was also nominated for vocalist of the year. Other band members include Sonny Galindo, drummer, Cody Briseño, guitar and Jaime Jimenez, bass and second vocalist.
Galindo and Briseño, brothers, are Uvalde residents, while the Jimenez brothers are from Eagle Pass.
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer The late Jesus G. “Jesse” Salazar, who was awarded a Silver Star medal for heroism during the Vietnam War, was passed over for promotion to platoon sergeant due to a lack of education, according to a fellow U.S. Army Ranger.
“He told me once at a reunion that he was passed over as a platoon sergeant. He had went to the company clerk, and the company clerk told him the reason was because he didn’t have enough education,” said Ray Armstrong, a Dallas resident who served under Salazar’s command in the Vietnam War. “And he told me right then and there, he said, ‘That will never happen to my kids.’”
Armstrong said Rusty and Jesse Salazar III are proof of that promise.
by Cheyenne Mueller, staff writer National “Do Something Nice Day” will be observed on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Though the holiday doesn’t warrant a day off work or school, making a conscious effort to do something nice for other people may improve your day.
“People who engage in kind acts become happier over time,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, who has been studying happiness for more than 20 years.
“When you’re kind to others, you feel good as a person; you feel more moral, optimistic, and positive.”
In an effort to understand the benefits of happiness, volunteers from Carol Kirkham’s kindergarten class at Dalton Early Childhood Center and Erika Esquivel’s Pioneer Leadership class at Uvalde High School were asked about what they could do for “Do Something Nice Day.”