Mauro Avila is a person of many interests and passions, including art, boxing, animation, videography, songwriting and religion.
His faith in God is so devout that he is about to begin his fourth pilgrimage. It will take him to Guadalupe Peak, the highest elevation in Texas, and “The Bible Mountain” in Juarez, Mexico.
He leaves April 13 and plans to return on April 29. Many people might have seen him making his way around town during Holy Week, carrying a wooden cross and a spirit cape with signatures of those who want to be a part of his journey but can’t physically make the trip.
Avila said a pilgrimage is most commonly defined as a journey for a religious purpose. He believes that life is a test and part of his journey includes these pilgrimages that take him on foot through desert wilderness and onto rocky terrain.
Susanna Steigerwald pulled out all the stops on her way to a $40,000 scholarship from Butler’s School of Music to study the organ. Steigerwald said there is only one word to describe how she felt after learning she had received the scholarship, and that word is “shocked.”
Regina Coleman of Crystal City announces the engagement of her daughter, Kallie Rae McCoy, to Hunter Lane Moffett. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Crystal City High School, and a 2014 graduate of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She is employed at Dimmit Regional Hospital. The prospective groom is the son of Jo Beth and Brazos Moffett of Uvalde. He is a 2009 graduate of Uvalde High School and is employed with Anadarko Petroleum.
Members of Batesville School’s Green Thumb Club met in January to brainstorm ideas for their spring project and decided that a little color would be great. Fifty members comprise the group, which consists of students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. The sponsor for the Green Thumb Club is Lynn Simpson.
Patricia Caldwell-Turner, El Progreso Memorial Library artist of the month, is well known for her pottery, but few people know that she is quite the “Pigasso” when it comes to painting.
Caldwell-Turner’s pig-themed work, aptly named “Hog Wild,” will be on display in the library for the duration of the month of April.
She has made a living using her artistic talents, working for just over 20 years with the Fine Arts Society of Kennesaw, Georgia. Over that time, she helped start an art program, taught pottery, and was the director of summer camps. She was also one of the founders of the clay department of Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department, where she instructed adults and children.
Many of her former students can be found at different arts and crafts fairs and several have had their work highlighted in various publications.
Members of the Uvalde-based band Fallout received one of the biggest breaks of their career on March 20 when the band was named a finalist in a battle of the bands competition that features some great prizes.
When Fallout took the stage at the 99.5 KISS Rocks San Antonio Bud Light Battle of the Bands last weekend, they hadn’t even been in the same room to rehearse the required cover song.
Picked as a semi-finalist out of dozens of bands based on online voting, Fallout – which features local talent Gabriel Mariscal, Miguel Chavez and Albert Torres – competed live against the bands Haze and Rain on the Aftermath for a chance to open on the 99.5 KISS Main Stage at the San Antonio Fiesta Oyster Bake April 18.
By finishing first at the battle, which was held at Papa Woody’s Roadhouse in San Antonio, Fallout secured a spot on the main stage during one of the largest music events in the area.
Anyone who has ever fallen or stumbled can find solace in the fact that not only have millions of people done the same over the course of history, but so has Jesus Christ. One good way to remember that – as well as celebrate Easter this year – might be by viewing the newly-finished Stations of the Cross at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District students Shelby Penney and Darlyn Sanchez, sixth-graders, finished in a tie and were selected as district scholars of the month for March. Each month, students from two different grade levels will be highlighted as the top scholars. This is made possible through a partnership between Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, IBC Bank and KVOU Radio, in an effort to promote and encourage scholastic excellence among students.