Connie Armbruster of Uvalde has been named the El Progreso Library Artist of the Month for May. Kohni, as she signs all her work, will have her art on display at the library for the duration of the month. Armbruster has lived in Uvalde for the past 10 years.
Excel Academy students have become experts on gardening. They have refurbished Uvalde High School’s old greenhouse as not only a learning tool for environmental science but as an interdisciplinary study tool that also corresponds with their business foundations class. The students have been planting and growing all year and now have over 600 plants and vegetables.
In a rare performance, two nationally-acclaimed musicians will join the Uvalde High School Choir for its 2014 Spring Choir Concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the John Harrell Auditorium. The group will host Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and pianist Wally Minko and baritone Rick Taylor.
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.