On May 22, six students from Uvalde High School graduated from the Pioneers Youth Leadership Program and on May 30, nine students from Knippa High School graduated. These students went through an entire year of exercises for leadership and community and professional development while demonstrating their ability to be Uvalde’s next community leaders. They consistently exceeded expectations and set the bar high for students in Uvalde County. “The Uvalde County Pioneers are next community leaders that we need in local business and government,” said Travis Helm, Pioneers Program director.
The O.G. Traditions Car Club in Uvalde is ready and revving to go this weekend as the sixth-annual Dia de los Lowriders event will be held Saturday. The non-profit event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jardin de los Heroes Park, located at S. Farrar St. and Highway 90 West.
Dale Rudinger Davis, formerly of Uvalde, has published a compilation of her life’s work in the form of a book titled “Destiny Waited and Courage Roared.” During her life, Davis traveled extensively, reaching over 20 different countries around the world – a feat she likens in her book’s opening poem to a collection of memories kept on a shelf.
J.P. Ruiz and Frank W. Jones III, both of Utopia, are men of God who recently wrote books that reflect their varying upbringings and relationships with the Lord. Ruiz, a children’s book author, decided to start his own publishing company, Angel Canyon Publishing House in Utopia.
Rusty and Caroline Bess Jones of Uvalde celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday. The couple were blessed with three children, Jarret Jones and Jae Thompson, both of Uvalde and Jody Jones of Boerne; three grandchildren, Madisyn Jones, Gavyn Jones and Kennedy Thompson; one daughter-inlaw, Kimberley Jones; and one son-in-law, Ross Thompson. Caroline has been a real estate broker and owner of Caroline Jones Real Estate for over 35 years while Rusty has been a salesman and distributor for Moorman’s Feed. The couple are active in the community through their work with 4-H and their membership in the First Presbyterian Church of Uvalde. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were married on June 13, 1964, in Lola.
The cast has officially been set for this year’s Youth Players on the Plaza’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The production is under the direction of 2014 Uvalde High School graduate A.J. Hernandez, who is excited about the level of talent that came out to audition. He believes it is going to be a great production. He says that YouPOP strives to exemplify the message that “With a little elbow grease, the youth of Uvalde can put forward a great show that will go above and beyond any expectations people may have.”
Bill Draker is the El Progreso Memorial Library Artist of the Month for June 2014. Draker, a photographer with over 30 years of experience, has set up dozens of photos on display in the library for the duration of the month. He has been a photographer for so long, it is sometimes hard for him to remember life prephotography.
Uvalde High School will be the beneficiary of 11 Californian rabbits that have been donated by the Mize family of Uvalde. Allen and Julie Mize, at the request of their daughters Madelynn and Laurynn, thought it would be nice to donate their rabbits to students who might like to show animals but don’t necessarily have the resources to get started. The issue was brought before trustees at the May school board meeting. Trustees expressed how much they will miss the Mize family when they move out of state in a few weeks.