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Students will fill city positions

Dates have been set for 25th National Youth Week: City Government, in which top Uvalde High School students are elected and appointed to mock city posts. The April 14-16 event is being sponsored by the Uvalde Lions Club in cooperation with the City of Uvalde and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. All students must maintain at least a “B” average and have no pending disciplinary actions.

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Four UHS girls heading to state cosmetology competition

by KIM EAGLE
STAFF WRITER
Laura Rodriguez hopes to hit the nail on the head March 26-28 when she competes in a Skills U.S.A. State Competition in Corpus Christi. Rodriguez, a senior at Uvalde High School, qualified for state by winning first place in the nail care category at the district competition held Feb. 6 in San Antonio. Other UHS classmates heading to state include Thayiss Vasquez, a sophomore who received second place in nail art; Sarai Puente, a junior who received third place in nail art; and Keyla Martinez, a senior who won second place in men’s haircutting.

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Man dies after assault; sister’s boyfriend jailed on charges of manslaughter

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

 

A Uvalde man was jailed Thursday when his girlfriend's brother suddenly died after the two were involved in an altercation.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, after a late night party took place Wednesday in the 400 block of West Oak Street.

Jesus Noel Vara, 36, and his girlfriend, Stephanie Arredondo, 27, were at the get-together along with her brother, Miguel Arredondo, who is 35.

According to the Uvalde Police Department, a verbal confrontation broke out between Vara and Arredondo shortly after midnight.

Arredondo’s aunt, Dolores Zacarias, who was not at the party, said the argument was over a bottle of beer salt.

Police say the disagreement escalated into a physical altercation and Vara struck Miguel Arredondo several times, causing the victim to fall back and hit his head on concrete.

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$3.6 million owed to city court

Police arrest 49 people for unpaid fines

Local law enforcement officials made nearly 50 arrests during this year’s state-wide warrant round-up, which ended this week. The amount of fines, fees and court costs still owed totals $3,647,420.

That figure represents all outstanding money owed to the court for years as far back as 1998, according to Andrew Hagen, municipal judge. Uvalde Municipal Court – in conjunction with the Uvalde Police Department – participated in the annual event to clear longstanding warrants from the city court’s books. One hundred and twenty-eight warrants were issued.

The round-up focused on city residents who have past due fines levied by the municipal court or who have failed to appear in municipal court for tickets. It also targeted of-age students or parents of underage students who have excessive absences from school.

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Additional trails opening at Garner

by Kim Eagle, Staff writer

Garner State Park, best known for its iconic dances and access to cool, clear waters of the Frio River, is also home to dozens of walking, biking and hiking trails.

“We have a vast trail system with vista views that are awe inspiring,” said Steve Killian, Garner State Park superintendent. “It is a great place to spend time with family and get in shape.”

The park has revamped its trail map to highlight 10 of the most talked about hikes in the park, promising something for people of all ages and physical ability. While a couple of the trails are still under construction, they should be completed in May.

Killian said the trails range from easy half-mile trails that are flat to those that are several miles long and take hikers up to the top of mountains.

“It is well worth the trip,” he said.

Challenging Hike

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Herrera: Crime decreased by 21.94 percent

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
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Two deputies assaulted

Federal agents took custody of a fugitive while the suspect’s mother and three friends were hauled to the county jail Monday night after they allegedly assaulted two deputies and aided in the fugitive’s escape from custody. A three-hour manhunt led to the appreh
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Public invited to meet new city manager

City residents are invited to meet city manager Vince DiPiazza on April 9 at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 324 E. Main St., from 5-7 p.m.

DiPiazza was hired as city manager in December 2014 and began working in February.

He was previously employed as the city manager of Dumas.

His other work experience includes being assistant city manager in Garden City, Kansas, from October 1996 to November 2001. There, according to his resume, he served as a troubleshooter for the city manager, organized and oversaw an IT department, developed a groundwater protection plan and program, served as acting airport manager and worked with advisory boards and commissions.

From January 1991 to October 1996, DiPiazza was city manager of Sante Fe, Texas; June 1986 to December 1990, administrative assistant to the city manager in Kerrville; and November 1984 to June 1986, administrative intern in the city manager’s office in Hurst.

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Yard sale restriction can be waived

The city manager has been authorized to waive the permit restriction limiting yard sales in the event a city residence has a special circumstance, such as a death in the family.

The authorization was extended by Uvalde City Council on March 10 after much discussion. The ordinance on the books now limits residents to one yard sale every three months.

At a previous meeting, Councilwoman Margaret Palermo indicated she disagrees with the yard sale ordinance, citing special circumstances, including the need for an estate sale or moving sale.

“The city manager or his designee will have the authority, upon a determination of good cause, to extend the duration of a yard sale not more than eight days,” said city planner Susan Anderson.

Anderson noted that good cause would mean either an estate sale or moving sale.
 

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Speer: Saturdays at Fairplex event center booked through 2015

by Meghann Garcia, Managing editor

The Uvalde County Fairplex was not on the agenda as an official topic when Uvalde County Commissioners met Monday, but rental success stories kept the conversation going as director Wendy Speer noted that the event center is completely booked each Saturday throughout 2015.

While Speer is looking to book events on other days of the week, she said rentals of the event center and arena are booming.

The arena is booked for 16 consecutive Saturdays beginning this week. After that, as it stands now, Saturday bookings total two or three per month.

Speer said she is looking for a variety of activities to take place in the various facilities at the Fairplex, which includes an event center, rodeo arena, and pavilion.

She pointed to recent events like a monster truck show, midget wrestling entertainment, hunting and outdoor event, and car show as draws for multiple demographics.

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