The students in Uvalde High School’s construction trades class, taught by Ezequiel De La Fuente, are giving back to their school district by building a playground for Anthon Elementary. De La Fuente said that he received so many compliments from school officials about the playequipment constructed last year at Uvalde Memorial Park that it was decided that his classes can single-handedly put their stamp on every elementary school campus in the district over the next few years in the form of wooden play structures.
Jessica Castillo and Alicia Saldana of Uvalde High School will represent Uvalde County Pioneers Youth Leadership on Feb. 16, 2015, at the San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo. The duo earned the honor after competing last month in the Capital Farm Credit Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Competition on the University of Texas in San Antonio campus, and finishing in the top ten.
Peggy Bielfeldt of Knippa announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Dana Bielfeldt, to Robert Curb. The bride-elect is a 1998 graduate of Knippa High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003.
Lacie Anne Dunagan and Joel Ray Huddleston were united in holy matrimony on Oct. 11, 2014, at six o’clock in the evening at First United Methodist Church in Uvalde. The Rev. Scott Bradford of Dripping Springs United Methodist Church officiated the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jana Lynn Ruhmann of Uvalde. She graduated from Uvalde High School and received an associate degree in general studies at Southwest Texas Junior College. In August 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in marketing at Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Photographer Tiffany Garcia of Uvalde was recently featured in an online edition of Modern Teen Style magazine as one of the 25 most-influential teen photographers. Garcia is a 2004 graduate of Uvalde High School and the owner of Tiffany Photography, which she started in 2011. Garcia said her interest in photography developed after she worked as a photographer for her cousin’s 2011 quinceañera.
Community members who attended the eighthannual tamalada last week had several different varieties of tamales to choose from, including pork and red chili sauce, chicken and green chile sauce, cheese and jalapeño, spinach blend, and a coconut/raisin dessert tamale. The event, hosted annually by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, aims to feed the community a tamale dinner as a thank you for everything residents do for the local schools.
Once again astounding numbers of birds were counted during the Uvalde part of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. On Saturday, 14 birders scoured parks and roadsides in a 15-mile radius. More than 30,000 birds, comprising 106 different species, were counted. Huge swirling flocks of assorted blackbirds challenged the birders’ counting abilities. These flocks likely included the 11,000 great-tailed grackles counted at their roost in the center of town the night before. Seemingly endless lines of sandhill cranes were easier to count as they dropped down into a field behind the Southwest Livestock Exchange to form a flock of 4,000 birds.
Alice Rogers of Montell, and Paul and Rebecca Darden of Sundown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Anna-Marie Darden, to Juddson Baldwin. The bride-elect received an associate degree from Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
Uvalde and area churches have scheduled various Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services and special events to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ this year. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 408 Fort Clark Road, will hold a Mass Wednesday at 6 p.m. in English and a Christmas Midnight Mass also in English. On Thursday, Christmas Day, services will be at 9:30 a.m. in Spanish and noon in English.