The Billy Penland books by writer Marylou Stewart are dedicated to the soldiers of the world. Stewart, a long-time resident and former teacher/counselor in Uvalde, says her books are for every man, woman and child who has ever placed themselves in harm’s way for the purpose of protecting the innocent.
Mike and Tammy Connor (far right), of Houston, present a framed photograph of John Connor to the Archives of Southwest Texas at El Progreso Library. John Connor, the first Uvalde Police Chief, was Mike Connor’s grandfather and one of the people honored at the Memorial for Fallen Officers held May 6 at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Others pictured include (left to right) El Progreso Memorial Library employees Olga Zamora and Belia Romo, and library archivist Virginia Davis.
A group of eight healthand-wellness-minded students from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene will be making their way through Uvalde on Tuesday as part of their Bike Ride Across Texas. The ride begins Saturday, ends May 20, and will take the group 925 miles – from South Texas to South Kansas through Brownsville, Premont, Tilden, Uvalde, Eden, Abilene, Paducah, Wheeler, and Liberal, Kan.
Connie Armbruster of Uvalde has been named the El Progreso Library Artist of the Month for May. Kohni, as she signs all her work, will have her art on display at the library for the duration of the month. Armbruster has lived in Uvalde for the past 10 years.
Excel Academy students have become experts on gardening. They have refurbished Uvalde High School’s old greenhouse as not only a learning tool for environmental science but as an interdisciplinary study tool that also corresponds with their business foundations class. The students have been planting and growing all year and now have over 600 plants and vegetables.
In a rare performance, two nationally-acclaimed musicians will join the Uvalde High School Choir for its 2014 Spring Choir Concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the John Harrell Auditorium. The group will host Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and pianist Wally Minko and baritone Rick Taylor.
THE FOLLOWING column is an excerpt from the introduction to G.R. Williamson’s recently-published account of the late Willis Newton’s role in the Newton Gang. The book, “The Last Texas Outlaw,” is available for sale at major bookstores and online.
It was a damp, chilly morning in March of 1979 that I knocked on Willis Newton’s door in North Uvalde. A slight drizzle was falling on me while I waited for a response. I knocked again and called out his name. After a minute I heard a raspy growl, “It’s open. Come on in.”
Uvalde Mayor J Allen Carnes (back row, far right) Flores Middle School principal Josh King (back, third from right) students and others pose for a picture next to a tree planted Wednesday on the campus in observance of Arbor Day. The day was organized by the Uvalde Garden Club and the Green Thumb Garden Club.
Amanda Nicole Olivarez of Uvalde may as well be labeled a teenage nail art prodigy, for she has achieved more success in the cosmetology field this year than people twice her age. She was recently named the best cosmetology student in the state when it comes to nail care, as she competed against 19 students from 13 districts to place first in nail care at the recent State Skills Competition held in Corpus Christi.