Pioneers Youth Leadership members, made up of high school students from Hill Country area schools, attended the Pioneers State Leadership Forum in Austin recently. Over two days, the studentsworked with state agencies and elected officials to address the challenges faced by rural Texas communities regarding water conservation, youth leadership education, and economic development..
Books were signed, stories shared and old friends reacquainted during El Progreso Memorial Library’s recent meet-theauthor event. “Despite the weather, it appeared we had a success on every measure,” said Mendell Morgan, library director. He said nearly 50 attended the event, held Jan. 22, and enjoyed meeting the past Uvalde residents who were so successful in the field of literature.
Herby Ham Activity Center will host the 10th-annual “Love those Winter Texans” party for all Winter Texans on Feb. 13. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch, which will be followed by entertainment from Nathan and Anna Lafrenz starting at 12:30 p.m. Over 250 people from over 20 states as well as Canada are expected to attend, said Kay Brieden, center director. “These ‘seasonal citizens’ add so much to our community – they volunteer, they attend church, and they shop,” Brieden said. “This event hopefully shows them how much we appreciate their presence in our area.”
Twila J. Harville loves flowers but finds them very hard to grow in the soils of South Texas, so she plants her garden on different canvasses and hangs them up on her walls. For her talent, Harville has been named the El rogreso
Memorial Library artist of the month for February. She began painting in 1980 under the guidance of Lucille Perryman, an artist from Quemado, which is a small community between Eagle Pass and Del Rio.
At their meeting in the McNelly Room of the First State Bank in Uvalde on Jan. 8, members of the Caddel-Smith Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas were entertained with stories about the life and times of Charles Pinckney Spangler. Known as “Pink” to Uvalde County citizens and as “Granddad Spangler” to presenter Sharon Hubble, he served as county judge during the 1930s and was a prominent and successful businessman in his day.
Sylvia and Johnny Muñoz of Uvalde announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Erica Michelle Muñoz, to Brandon James Garrett. The bride-elect graduated from Texas State University, where she received a degree in fashion merchandising. She is a supervisor for Kate Spade New York and visual merchandiser for True Vineyard Ministries, a non-profit based out of San Marcos and Rwanda.
The Uvalde High School NJROTC unit will come under the microscope as the U.S. Navy conducts the Annual Military Inspection of the unit on Feb. 6. Capt. Charles Mulroy, U.S. Navy retired, will serve as inspecting officer. Captain Mulroy is a 1965 graduate of UHS. UHS NJROTC instructor, Master Chief Calvin Lambert, will assist in the inspection process.
Pete Conrad, longtime regional sales manager at Sierra Industries Ltd. in Uvalde, has retired, according to company officials. Conrad joined the aviation company in February of 1987 as its first full-time sales associate and at the time of his retirement was the second most tenured employee in the company of 150 people. Over his 28 years of service to Sierra, Conrad developed many friends in the aviation industry and both sold and flew the aircraft Sierra worked on. Conrad’s extensive experience with Sierra’s products and services were well recognized with Pete being a “go-to” guy for aircraft owners and operators wanting technical service, according to company officials.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ham of Uvalde announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Karalee Ann Ham, to Cody Ryan Stripling. The bride-elect graduated from Uvalde High School in 2006. In 2010, she received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is currently teaching in San Antonio.