Garland W. Young is the El Progreso Memorial Library Artist of the Month for July 2014. During his 70-plus years of life, Young estimates that he has spent about 10 years of it painting and drawing. He was raised in a small town in western Maryland and joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17.
The McEwen family “takes it up a notch” with their innovative art made with unconventional materials that will be on display for the public to view and purchase this weekend. The family of Brenda Lee Gracia-McEwen, Armando Quiroz III and Robert McEwen will be hosting an art show tomorrow at Art Lab Gallery and Studio, located at 227 North Getty St.
Tony Rock never imagined his career would take him this far, but the University of Texas-San Antonio alum pinned on his third star June 19, right where his Air Force journey began 32 years ago. Rock is the husband of Kim Graves, a Uvalde native. The pair has been married for 34 years.
Dominique Lamontagne Harmon of Captivated Images in Lubbock was named Photographer of the Year for 2014 by the Texas Professional Photographers Association. She also won several individual awards in separate categories. Harmon is the daughter of Leo and Barbara Lamontagne of Leakey. She is a 1982 graduate of Uvalde High School.
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.