Surrounded by the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Roadrunners and friends, Vela and Son Automotive owners David Vela Jr. (holding scissors) and father David Vela Sr. (center, right) cut the ribbon during a ceremony held Nov. 15 to celebrate the business' entry into the Chamber of Commerce. The business is located at 205 N. First St.
Sylvia and Joe DeLa Rosa (second from left and center) accept the award for Residential Yard of the Month, presented by Green Thumb Garden Club members Roberta Walden (far left), Shirley Grigg and Cheryl King (far right).
John F. Kennedy eloquently expressed the sentiment behind Thanksgiving when he said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Gratitude is the feeling people get when they are thankful for something, and this year the residents of Uvalde have a lot to be thankful for. Gathering with family and watching the Dallas Cowboys are two favorite activities people are looking forward to today as they each celebrate Thanksgiving.
Brush Country Republican Women and the Badlands Texas Rangers reenactment group participated in the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s 2013 Biennial Convention held Oct. 17-19 in San Antonio. The women’s group and their horse, George, along with the Rangers, received a lot of attention.
The society of St. Teresa of Jesus will be celebrating 100 years of service in Uvalde with a special church service and gettogether on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Teresian Sisters Angeles and Isabelle recounted their experiences in Uvalde and gave the history on how their congregation ended up here in 1913. “The congregation is from Spain originally. We came to this country as refugees from Mexico, actually,” Sister Angeles said. “In 1910, the revolution in Mexico got real problematic, so the superiors, the big honchos from Spain, came to see how the conditions were in Mexico.”
From the Galapagos Islands to the Frio and Nueces rivers of southcentral Texas, Ron Sprouse has seen and photographed it all. Sprouse is the El Progresso Library Artist of the Month for November and December, and his work can be seen on display in the library through the end of the year. Sprouse has photographed everything over the course of his avocation, but his favorite subject matter includes architecture, landscape and wildlife.
The Eta Beta Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 35 new members during ceremonies held Nov. 7 on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales, a past member of the Eta Beta Chapter, welcomed guests and congratulated this year’s inductees.
Three Uvalde High School cheerleaders and one Hi-Stepper will be spending the upcoming holidays in very special surroundings. Hanah Hoffman, Kasey Serna and Shae Bailey will head to New York next month to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Sarah Vasquez will head to London to perform in the London New Year’s Day parade. Kasey and Hanah were invited to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade because of their roles as ranking officers in the cheerleading squad. Both girls have served for three years on the varsity squad.
A new president was named and recipients of two Uvalde High School Alumni Association awards were announced Oct. 26 during the group’s annual meeting held at the First State Bank McNelly Room. The 2014 Leader of the Pack award was given to Virginia Davis, and the 2013 Distinguished Educator of the Year award was presented to retired educator Mary Helen Saiz.
Swimmer, golfer, boy scout, police explorer, and youth leader Matthew Ruiz, age 17, is set to graduate early. That is not a bad repertoire for any student, much less a special needs student. Ruiz comes from a long lineage of Uvalde residents. He was born and raised in Uvalde just like his parents and grandparents before him. As a child, Ruiz was classified by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District as special needs. It wasn’t until he was in the fifth grade that he actually understood what it meant to be classified as special needs.