Among the many students filing into classes at Southwest Texas Junior College last week – for the first classes of the spring semester – was Chance Garcia, the first recipient of a $500 scholarship from Uvalde Walk for Autism. Garcia, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old, loves to sing and dance. His favorite colors are red, blue, and green, and he is determined to end the semester with an “A.”
The first of several historical workshops set at Fort Inge Historical Site is planned for Saturday, Jan. 25 at Fort Inge located three miles south of Uvalde just off FM140. The workshop will feature the preparation of meals, building the fire and proper care for cooking equipment and tools.
Andy Carr proves that it is never too late to dominate in a field usually monopolized by men half his age. Carr, a 48-year-old men's physique competitor who graduated from Uvalde High School in 1983, is preparing to go pro. He hopes to complete his goal by his 50th birthday.
Uvalde County has a rich history that is well-known to its citizens, and with the help of technological advances that knowledge is more far-reaching than ever. There is now an app for smartphones and tablets that will tell people exactly where any and all historical markers in Texas are located. The app, which is available only on Android operating systems, is called TX Markers and was released by Clownfeet Apps Solutions. It is available for download at no cost from the Google App Store.
The ninth annual Winter Texan event will be held at the Herby Ham Activity Center on Feb. 14. Over 250 people from at least 20 states, as well as Canada, are expected to attend, according to Kay Brieden, director at Herby Ham Activity Center. Brieden said the Uvalde community responds above and beyond all expectations to host this event.
Raising a child is undoubtedly the hardest job bestowed upon parents, and this is especially true for parents of children with special educational, behavioral or medical issues. New to Uvalde, where she is preparing to launch a new school program, is Lorraine Register, owner of Lorraine’s Learning Center for Children with Special Needs.
A blast from the past awaits visitors to the Briscoe-Garner Museum located at 333 N. Park St. The first floor is full of exhibits devoted to the political career and personal interests of John Nance Garner. John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner was born in 1868 in the horse-and-buggy era and died in 1967 in the space age.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital employees worked together to donate an array of toys, clothes, food and more for more than 60 children and a total of 26 families as part of the hospital’s annual Adopt-a-Family Christmas project.
A brother and sister duo brought the world of television and film to Uvalde High School broadcasting students in presentations held Dec. 19. They followed up with a hands-on filming experience for members of the broadcasting classes and for current students in the “Reach for the Stars” program. The siblings’ role at UHS was orchestrated by their mother, Margret Stypko, who coordinates the local Reach for the Stars program.
The Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas met Nov. 14 in the McNelly Room at the First State Bank of Uvalde. The meeting was called to order by President Judy Burleson, who also gave the invocation and led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags. Second vice president Jane Van Hoozer read the DRT Objectives.