Uvalde High School Career and Technical Education teacher Carol Brewer is setting the stage for students who may want to pursue a career in the health care field. Brewer teaches Medical Terminology and Principles of Health Science at UHS. While she is a first-year teacher, she has 20 years of experience in many aspects of nursing care.
If you were limited to one word to describe Coach Cindy Griffin, it would be competitor. That’s the trait she portrayed when she competed in high school athletics, and it carried over into her coaching career. She demanded athletes train hard, make the most of their ability and remember her battle cry, “Don’t waste any steps.” Translated, that means you go all out, all the time.
Twenty years ago this month, seven Uvalde High School athletes made history as they captured the 1996 Class 4-A UIL State Cross Country championship. It was just the third state title in Uvalde High School history. The other two were football (1972) and baseball (1977). Cross-country is definitely a team effort although run by individuals. Seven runners compete in the meet with points being decided by the finish of the top five. Uvalde had four finishers in the top 20 that propelled them to the gold medal.
Coulter’s Grocery and Market has long stood abandoned at the corner of Mesquite and Camp streets. From the 1940s to the 1970s the small mom-and-pop store served the families of the area, but it is probably most memorable to the children who frequented the store, often cashing in soda or milk bottles for a prized candy bar, popsicle, or Dixie Cup. Clem Beard, a 1960 Uvalde High School graduate, recalls moving to 509 E. Mesquite St. after eighth grade.
San Antonio-based Mexican-American author and teacher Guadalupe Garcia McCall visited the Uvalde High School library on Oct. 27 to talk with students at their annual literacy night. McCall spoke about her book, “Shame the Stars,” which is her third published young adult novel.
A week away from turning 90 years old, World War II veteran and media journalist Charles Wiley stood in front of over 25 individuals who had gathered in the McNelly room at the First State Bank of Uvalde to present a lecture over WWII. The majority of people in the lecture were students from psychology professor Wesley Wynne’s Sul Ross State University Rio Grand College class, though there was the occasional history buff and two members of the media.
El Progreso Memorial Library’s Artist of the Month for November is Dorothy Redland of Uvalde. Formerly from Wyoming, Redland and her family moved to Uvalde in 1978. She and her husband were in the cattle business. They would purchase Mexican steers and run them in Texas during the winters. During the summer months, the couple would haul the steers up to Wyoming and run them there.