Third-grade teacher Dorothy Smart of Sabinal was named a Woolls Intermediate Teacher of the Year for 2015. This award was presented Feb. 19 by the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce at their banquet for teachers and community members. The award show was hosted at the South Texas Regional Training Center. Each campus at the school receives an award for their faculty. Smart says that earning the award is a big honor since she has been working at the school for 17 years. This is the first year she has been named teacher of the year. Smart wants to thank everybody for helping her to achieve this award.
Jaxson Martinez and Jocelyn Ramos were the beneficiaries of $6,000 following a Feb. 28 car show to raise money for their medical expenses. The car show was organizedby West Main Body Shop, Miguel Carreon and Carol Hernandez. Carreon said with the help of sponsors the event raised just over $6,000, which will be split equally between the two children. Last year, Jaxson was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma and Jocelyn was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Lari Alejandro, illustrator and fine artist from Uvalde, is the El Progreso Memorial Library artist of the month for March. Alejandro’s body of work focuses on multimedia art. Her illustrations represent figurative, wildlife, anatomical, urban and landscape subject matters. Since graduating from college, Alejandro has been working as a freelance artist and designer. She even moved to Los Angeles where she worked on a project with animation company Reel FX. She created prop illustrations for the animated movie, “The Book of Life.”
Green Thumb Garden Club has announced residential and business Yard of the Month honorees for February. The residential Yard of the Month is 117 Weeping Willow, the residence of Leslie and Leah Dungo. “Their yard has beautiful beds of geraniums around their trees, making for a pleasing front yard,” said Sylvia Lent, Green Thumb Garden Club president..
The 13th-biennial quilt show hosted by the Uvalde Piecemakers Quilt Guild will be held Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Herby Ham Activity Center, located at 248 Farm-to-Market Road 3447. Admission is $5 per
Nine local wrestlers hope to take down competitors on Saturday when they travel to Round Rock to compete in a state wrestling tournament. Wrestlers participating are Diego Barrera, Stefany “Nini” Barrera, Adelyhda “Lala” Perez, Rafael Perez, Reynaldo Perez, Rogelio Perez, Alejandro Rodriguez, Carlos Rodriguez and George Rodriguez.
Local salon owner Kim Honakr and stylist Hailey Walsh recently traveled to Las Vegas for the 2015 Redken Symposium after Walsh was chosen as a Redken reporter for the event. In October 2014, Walsh entered an online contest by submitting a 30-secondvideo to American Salon. The video documented a humorous story that occurred in the salon (it involves voguing down the hallway) why Walsh loves the industry (improving customers’ self esteem), and her dream client (any redheads.)
El Progreso Memorial Library’s Music on Main series will feature a Gospel Sing on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. The event is coordinated by Toni Hull, and a variety of talented performers will be featured. Acts include local talent Tom Dubose, Jimmy and Jackie Rutherford, Ken Rutherford, Darrell Zimmerman, Dusty Huddleston, Nathan and Anna Lafrenz, Jordan Burns, and Darren and Karen McCarty. Another group of performers will include Linda Hester, Roy and LaVayne Johnston, and Les Johnston. The Rev. Daryl Colvin and his wife, Rene Colvin, will also perform together. In addition, Jim Jackson, John Barnes, Paul Kimble and Steve Cox will round out the group of performers invited.
There are organizations, including the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, who strive to uplift, support, and demonstrate the importance of America through their patriotism. This chapter voted unanimously, at their January meeting, to place a display in the local libraries which would rotate from Brackettville, Camp Wood, Del Rio, Pearsall, Sabinal, Utopia, and Uvalde, and any other towns represented by DAR members.
Rio Frio resident Susan Allen Lynch will read excerpts from “Down And Dirty, Life As A French Peasant,” her novel in progress at the Saturday opening of Gemini Ink’s new offices in San Antonio. Lynch, editor of the Real County American at Leakey in the early 1980s, wrote media releases several years for non-profit organizations in the area.