Billy Welch reads the Uvalde Leader-News in front of Big Bend National Park. Welch planned on camping in the park, but the government shutdown (Oct. 1-16, 2013) caused the park to close shortly before he arrived. The park closing didn’t keep him from relaxing on his trip.
First United Methodist Church of Uvalde youth have started a special mission project called “Bags of Blessings.” These bags are filled with non-perishable foods that can be kept in people’s vehicles. The idea is that when the driver sees someone hungry during their travels, they can pass the bag out their car window to the person in need.
The holiday season is a cheerful time intended for celebration, but it can be an especially difficult time of the year for victims of violent crime and their families. That is why 38th Judicial District Crime Victim Advocate Dalia Arteaga has made it her mission to offer support for victims of violent crime and victims’ families by holding the first Tree of Angels ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
On the last day of regular classes before the final examination, Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy cadets participated in doppler and stalker radar training around town. Robert Armstrong, academy instructor, took Frank Picazo, age 21 from Crystal City, and Christina Flores, age 30 from Eagle Pass, on a ride-along where they got some practical training in radar operation.
In an effort to beat the holiday rush, Santa Claus hopes to receive letters from area children by Friday. The generous benefactor recently announced his intentions to go digital this year and asked that teachers and parents submit wish lists via e-mail, as long as the children’s spelling remains in original form.
The average salary for a full-time superintendent in the state of Texas is $131,250, and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to the salary it pays Jeanette Ball. Ball, who is the current superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s approximately 5,000 students, is paid a salary of $144,000 a year.
The Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas is opening a major exhibit, Green Gold: Farming in the Winter Garden Region. This exhibit tells the story of farming from its beginning in Southwest Texas to 1960. Through photographs, artifacts and personal stories, the exhibit highlights the gritty tales of farming, crops, innovation, water and people.