Fifteen cadets received certificates of completion in basic peace officer training during the spring 2015 graduation ceremony for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC. The ceremony was held May 29 in the Tate Auditorium on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. Class president Manuel Avalos spoke at this year’s ceremony.
Southwest Texas Junior College will host the District 12 4-H Leadership Lab this week, beginning tomorrow and ending Friday, in Uvalde. The weeklong camp is an overnight camping experience for youth ages 12-19. The focus of the event is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn valuable leadership and life skills by participating in a variety of educationalactivities, team-building exercises, and learning sessions.
Green Thumb Garden Club has announced residential and business Yard of the Month honorees for June. The residential Yard of the Month is 146 Acacia Drive South, the residence of Carl Rasor and Patricia Rasor.
Dr. and Mrs. Bill Holloway of Uvalde announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Christine Holloway, to Daniel Vinson Younts II. The bride-elect is a 1997 Uvalde High School graduate. In 2002, she graduated from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Holloway has taught math for 12 years in the Amarillo Independent School District. She is currently teaching Algebra II at New Tech Odessa.The prospective groom is the son of Mr. Daniel V. Younts of Odessa and the late Wendy Younts. He is a 1999 graduate of Permian High School. In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Communication degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. By 2010, he received a Master of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Karalee Ann Ham andCody Ryan Stripling exchanged wedding vowson March 20, 2015, at six o’clock in the evening at Boulder Springs in New Braunfels. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the bride’s uncle, Roy Joe Ham of Oklahoma. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ham of Uvalde. She is the granddaughter of the late Roy Lee and Alpha Ham, and Russell and Gloria Bookout. Karalee graduated from Uvalde High School in 2006. In 2010, she received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. She is an elementary teacher in San Antonio.
Sylvia and Johnny Muñoz of Uvalde celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Friday. The couple was blessed with three children, Michael ohn Muñoz and wife, Kathleen Tarbox Muñoz, of Dallas, John Eric Muñoz of Denton and Erica Michelle Muñoz and fiancé, Brandon James Garrett of San Marcos.Their children surprised them yesterday with a family dinner. Although the honorees don’t have any biological grandchildren, they do consider dogs Gizmo, Trixie and Nixon, as their honorary grandchildren. Sylvia is a second-grade teacher and has taught for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for 41 years
Kennedy Thompson and Hannah Faith Smith won Best of Show at the 2015 District 10 4-H Photography Contest while Rebekah Ramirez was designated a category winner. The Texas 4-H Photography Contest is held each year and encourages elf-expression while allowing youth to demonstrate skills learned in the area of photography, including he use of photographic equipment and processing of photographs.
Rain certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the 200-plus people who attended the Knippa All- Class Reunion on Saturday, May 23. Superintendent Jeff Cottrill was assisted in the planning of the reunion by Ted Sanderlin, Carolyn Niemeyer Reagan, Elda and Lee Alejandro, Joe Cordova, Shirley Werth Brice, Judy Sanderlin Newman, and Donna Ede Jones.
Patti and Mark Kruciak of Uvalde announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth Kruciak, to Mišo Kezunovic. The bride-elect graduated from Texas A&M University, where she received a Bachelor of Accounting and Master of Accounting degrees. She is employed with Hugo Stolte and Associates in San Antonio as a certified public accountant.
A record-breaking 397 children attended the Uvalde National Fish Hatchery’s annual fishing derby last Saturday. Hatchery employee Mark Dietrich estimates that once family members and friends who helped the young fisherman were counted, 800 people came through the hatchery gates last weekend. He said drizzling rain started the day but that things quickly cleared by mid morning. “We opened the gates at 8 a.m. and the line of vehicles was nearly a half-mile long,” Dietrich said. “Record numbers of excited fishermen arrived. We actually registered 176 percent more fishermen than in previous years.”