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Harmon earns international photography recognition

Dominique Harmon of Captivated Images was named a silver medalist during the Professional Photographers of America’s 2014 International Photographic Competition. Harmon is the daughter of Leo and Barbara Lamontagne of Leakey. She is a 1982 graduate of Uvalde High School. A panel of 45 jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.

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El Progreso cuing up exhibit on famous women musicians

El Progreso Memorial Library is celebrating March as Women’s History Month.

This month, library display cases feature books on women in music. A sampling of the artists featured includes Whitney Houston, Peggy Lee, Diana Ross, Selena, Barbara Streisand and Dale Evans.  

In addition to biographies and items about women in music shown in the display cases, the library has eBooks, books in print, audio and video tapes, and discs available to check out.  

Mendell Morgan, library director, said the women who founded El Progreso in 1903 would be pleased to see how their forward vision for the establishment of a public library has grown into such an invaluable resource.

“These are historical women who made history,” Morgan said “If you haven’t been by lately, you are missing out – the library is adding new items in all formats frequently and updating technology available to serve the residents of the Uvalde area free of charge.”

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22
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Fourth-annual talent competition set Friday at UHS

The fourth-annual Uvalde’s Got Talent competition will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the John H. Harrell Auditorium at Uvalde High School. The proceeds from the event will go to the Class of 2015 for prom and senior farewell week.

This year’s competition started with 47 talented acts who auditioned in February. The first round of competition was competitive with many contestants putting forth their best effort to impress the show’s producer, John Juhasz.

Since the inception of the show in 2012, the number of people auditioning has increased greatly and the level of professionalism and hard work the producer has been seeing has improved.
“The final round of this year’s competition will be a testament to the musical instruction we have going on in this area, and to the competitive events like this that push them all to excel if they want to keep up,” said Juhasz.

Wed
18
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Johnson celebrates 100 years of life with family, friends

by Kimberly Rubio, Staff writer

Uvalde resident Eunice Johnson celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she resides.

The birthday celebration included sandwiches, refreshments and cake.

“They invited everyone to attend,” Johnson said.

During a sit-down interview with the Leader-News this week, Johnson said turning 100 was no big accomplishment; however, the rest of the world might disagree with her.

Johnson grew up on a farm in Karnes County with her mother, father and three siblings.

Recalling her childhood years, Johnson said her and her siblings all had a hand in running the farm.

“My dad would say, ‘When you finish hoeing that patch of cotton, we will take you swimming this evening.’ And that was the thing back then, to get to go to the swimming hole,” Johnson said.

Sun
15
Mar
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Curb

Dana Bielfeldt and Robert Curb were united in marriage on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Kindred Oaks in Georgetown. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jon Bielfeldt, uncle of the bride. The bride is the daughter of Peggy Bielfeldt of Knippa. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Curb of Salado. The bride was given in marriage by her family and escorted by her mother. The matron of honor was Courtney Friedman, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Pam Curb Stephens, sister of the groom, Isabel Necula, Heather Sams and Melissa Winn. The flower girls were Kurry and Reese Friedman, nieces of the bride.

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Chapman, Hernandez will present Los Oro at opera house

William Chapman and Jesus Daniel Hernandez, as part of “Noche De Musica,” will present Los Oro for one night only, March 27, at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House. 
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07
Mar
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Youth leaders explain gaining courage, experience at RYLA camp

by Logan Garnett

General Manager
Usually an adult who is highly accomplished in his or her profession is featured as the guest speaker at Uvalde Rotary Club luncheons, but on Feb. 19 three students spoke about their experiences at a recent leadership camp sponsored by Rotary. Uvalde High School students Joshua Laredo and Connor Zimmerman were selected by Rotary member Mark Lyon, UHS director of bands, to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) conference, held Jan. 16-19 at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels.

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Rotary Club of Uvalde chooses ‘stars’ for mentoring program

After a careful selection process, Rotary Club of Uvalde’s Reach For The Stars mentoring program has announced the names of six students who will be participating this year. Albert Acevedo, Gabriela Gonzalez, Bethany Hernandez, Joshua Laredo, Estrella De Luna and Merisa Maldonaldo, who are all students at Uvalde High School, were recently chosen by a committee of Reach For The Stars members based on their grades, conduct and positive attitudes. “This mentoring and scholarship program was created in Rotary Club of Uvalde three years ago as a project that could potentially help students to make right choices in life and provide them with opportunities that they would not have otherwise,” said Margaret Stypko, program coordinator.

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05
Mar
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Smart is teacher of the year

by Lane Riggs, correspondent

Third-grade teacher Dorothy Smart of Sabinal was named a Woolls Intermediate Teacher of the Year for 2015.  This award was presented Feb. 19 by the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce at their banquet for teachers and community members.
The award show was hosted at the South Texas Regional Training Center. Each campus at the school receives an award for their faculty.
Smart says that earning the award is a big honor since she has been working at the school for 17 years. This is the first year she has been named teacher of the year.
Smart wants to thank everybody for helping her to achieve this award.

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04
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Martinez, Ramos receive funds

Jaxson Martinez and Jocelyn Ramos were the beneficiaries of $6,000 following a Feb. 28 car show to raise money for their medical expenses. The car show was organizedby West Main Body Shop, Miguel Carreon and Carol Hernandez. Carreon said with the help of sponsors the event raised just over $6,000, which will be split equally between the two children. Last year, Jaxson was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma and Jocelyn was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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