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Wed
22
Jul

Forgotten fountain may flow again

by KIMBERLY RUBIO

STAFF WRITER
Uvalde City Council is looking into revamping the downtown plaza by restoring the water fountain while looking into the cost to build a replica of the original 1961 fountain. The proposal, which was up for discussion during a recent meeting, was brought to city staff by Councilman Chip King.

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Wed
22
Jul

Robb principal, music director resign from UCISD

With the most recent round of resignations accepted this week, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District lost two prominent educators in Robb Elementary School Principal Christa Dillard and music director Mark Lyon. The spouses of both Dillard and Lyon – Flores Middle School assistant principal Ivory Dillard and Uvalde High School choir teacher Suvanna Lyon – have also resigned.

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Fri
17
Jul

Absence of numbers halts contract renewal

BY KIMBERLY RUBIO
Although a contract with collections law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson was up for consideration Tuesday during a Uvalde City Council meeting, council members voted to table the agenda item because numbers regarding successful collections were not provided In 2010, the city of Uvalde contracted with  the firm, which was tasked with collecting delinquent municipal court fines. As of April of 2015, 3,400 citations had been resolved. That number represented $262,000 collected  and $588,000 in canceled citations.
Councilman Rogelio Muñoz requested updated figures, and Councilwoman Margaret Palermo seconded the request.

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Fri
17
Jul

More meth? Traffic stop leads to discovery

BY KIMBERLY RUBIO
In just three days last week, Uvalde law enforcement arrested two men and one woman involved in the alleged production, use, or distribution  of methamphetamine in Uvalde. On Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m., the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, United States Marshals Service and Uvalde Police Department, along with the United States Department of Homeland Security and a Del Rio Task Force agent conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Roach and Shook streets.

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Fri
17
Jul

Everett’s expertise sought for magazine

BY KIMBERLY RUBIO
Uvalde resident and former road administrator for the Uvalde County Road Department Wayne Everett is the proud author of columns published in Texas County Progress Magazine. His work has appeared not just once, but twice. Everett served as Uvalde County road administrator for more than a decade, retiring in 2006. He was responsible for the construction and maintenance of all county roads and bridges.

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Fri
17
Jul

Vast tunnel system said to underlie city

by Craig Garnett, publisher
 
What if you could descend beneath the city of Uvalde on a ladder and walk or crawl through a vast labyrinth of tunnels and caverns and exit on the other side? The truth is that what is known as the Cargyle cave is as real as the Honey Bowl, albeit not nearly as accessible. The original entrance to the subterranean system is located at a house on South High Street, a location where a man named Cargyle (or Cargile depending on the source) once attempted to hand dig a well but hit open air instead.
 
The truth is that what is known as the Cargyle cave is as real as the Honey Bowl, albeit not nearly as accessible. The original entrance to the subterranean system is located at a house on South High Street, a location where a man named Cargyle (or Cargile depending on the source) once attempted to hand dig a well but hit open air instead.
 
Thu
16
Jul

Group plans to tee-off for literacy on Saturday

St. Henry de Osso's golf scramble has been rescheduled for Saturday. It will start at 8 a.m. at Uvalde Memorial Golf Course.

The 13th-annual two-man scramble, named Tee-off for Literacy, features a helicopter ball drop where participants can pay for a ball assigned with a specific number. A helicopter will then take all of those balls above the course and drop them out of a bucket onto one of the greens. A prize is given to the person whose ball ends up closest to the hole.

Wed
15
Jul

Leakey aspect of Jade Helm begins next month

by Logan Garnett, general manager

With a massive influx of troops moving into the area for the military’s much discussed Jade Helm 15 operation, many Texas residents are becoming somewhat anxious.

There are rumors circulating among certain conspiracy circles that the training exercises are really a cover for a more devious activity – namely conditioning the American public for the gradual implementation of martial law.

But according to Real County Judge Garry Merritt, the operations set to take place in the northern part of that county will occur over a two-day period in August. He also said it will involve around 20 participants.

“It’s so small compared to what’s happening in other places,” Merritt said, referring to other areas in Texas like Bastrop County. “It’s going to take place on some private property in the northern part of the county.”
 

Wed
15
Jul

Man saved after near drowning

BY KIMBERLY RUBIO
A 59-year-old man nearly drowned Saturday at the Nueces River, but he’s now recovering thanks to the quick actions of bystanders and family members. According to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont resident Fransisco Dorantes entered the Nueces River several  miles west of Uvalde on Highway 90. He was trying to retrieve a child’s inner tube. Soon after, Dorantes’ legs began to cramp, at which point he was no longer capable of swimming.
 

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Wed
15
Jul

501 Ranch train chugging along

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

All aboard the newest source of entertainment and revenue at the 501 Ranch – two brand new trains complete with a 2-mile track around the property.

The project is being fast-tracked over the summer and fall, and the goal is to give new incentive for people to get their cabooses out to 501 Ranch by the end of the year.

Nan Ede, 501 representative, said the smaller of the two trains arrived in late June and the tracks have been laid. The smaller train is being used to spread gravel during the construction process.

 

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