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.
Benson Elementary School principal Becky Reinhardt and student council sponsor Tracey Dalrymple pose for a picture with student council officers (third from left to right) Christopher Hernandez, Enrique Morales, Cory Davenport and Peyton Carnes. The group was recognized recently by UCISD Superintendent Jeanette Ball (far right) for selecting themes for Texas Public Schools Week, organizing the upcoming campus beautification project and various fundraising events.
Next week is National Library Week, and Uvalde County residents are very fortunate to have the El Progreso Memorial Library and all its resources at their disposal free of charge. Next week, El Progreso Memorial Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of everything library.
The El Progreso Library Artist of the Month is no small designation, as the level of artistic talent in Uvalde is highly competitive. Elizabeth M. Gibbs, née Troy, aka Betty, is the latest artist to be given the distinct honor. Her work will be on display during the month of April.
Intrigued by the idea of a message in a bottle but with no suitable bodies of water around, Michael Robinson sought out another way of communicating with friends he hadn’t yet met. In 2011, Robinson read a story online about a man in Canada who sent bottles containing message for others into the ocean. Queue an Internet search, and Robinson found Postcrossing.com, which serves as a medium for people who want to exchange postcards with fellow world residents.
Today, Uvalde’s own female wrestling star, Adelyhda Perez, is in Oklahoma City competing at the Girls Folkstyle Wrestling Nationals. The 13-year-old wrestler has been practicing in the sport since she was just 4 years old. She has aspirations to become an Olympic wrestler one day and is a three-time USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle National Champion.
Softball and baseball enthusiasts were on hand Saturday for opening ceremonies when children, from 4 years old to 12 years old, kicked off the Uvalde Little League season. The event was staged at the City of Uvalde Baseball Complex located at 1509 Garner Field Road.
Tree City Boxing will have five club members competing in the Cinco De Mayo Mayhem event, which will be held May 3 at The Pavilion at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Juan Villanueva III, John Vanmeter Jr., Zachary Rodriguez, Mauro Avila, and Valerie Garcia will be representing Tree City in that event, as well as several warm-up events planned between now and then.