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.
NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-Day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore. By the time we got here the beaches had been taken and the fighting had moved a couple of miles inland. All that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire, and the occasional startling blast of a mine geysering brown sand into the air. That plus a gigantic and pitiful litter of wreckage along miles of shoreline.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Stephanie A. Finleon, chief development and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Three Uvalde Girl Scouts received faith awards from the national organization on March 16 at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. Nadia Gonzales and Rebekah Ramirez from Girl Scout Troop 4199 received the Marian Medal, which requires more than 16 hours of coursework, volunteer time and a witness project.
With two new musicians and three founding members, Uvalde’s Rough River Band is tuning up for a 20-gig summer. With decades of cumulative experience behind them, the men who hail from Uvalde, Sabinal, D’Hanis, Leakey and Eagle Pass are more than ready to see people dancing to and enjoying their music.
A lot of people exercise their bodies to stay in good physical shape, but Michael Ortiz of Uvalde exercises both sides of his brain daily as he finds a balance between his day job – being a math professor, and his night job – painting small, incredibly detailed works of art. Ortiz has taught math to students at Sul Ross University– Rio Grande College for the last five years. Originally from Castroville, Ortiz moved to Uvalde not long after finishing his doctorate at the University of Texas.