Drugs are a growing problem among school aged children, but the problem is not just an after-school activity; younger students are now bringing prescription and illicit drugs on campus. Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District reported 21 incidents for which students have been found in possession of drugs on campus since 2012. This number includes part of the 2011-2012 school year and the 2012-2013 school year to present.
Election day is Tuesday for the Democratic and Republican primaries, which will determine each party’s candidates in the November general election for local, state and national offices. Early voting ended Friday, and as of the close of voting on Thursday the total tally for in-person votes cast was 768 for the Democratic ticket and 457 on the Republican ticket. County elections official Maggie Del Toro said voters must present a photo identification card at the polling place on Tuesday.
Four Uvalde men were arrested this month after law enforcement officials recovered cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and over $25,000 during authorized searches. On Feb. 17, a consent search was conducted at 300 E. Brazos St. as part of an ongoing investigation by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
One Uvalde High School senior is literally willing to put his life on the line for his community. Donald “Mac” McLaughlin serves as a member of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department, racing to fire and accident calls before and after school. He’s been serving in this role since October. This is really unusual because he started with the fire department while he was playing football this season, and he hopes to play college football.
Uvalde County Commissioners on Monday enacted a countywide burn ban, citing continually arid conditions and an increased risk of fires. “It’s dry out and it looks like it’s going to continue to be dry,” said County Judge Bill Mitchell, noting that the ban will be in place for a 90-day period, unless adequate rainfall occurs.
Filing for Uvalde and surrounding area municipal and school elections ends tomorrow. Election day is May 10. Early voting will begin April 28 and continue through May 6. Candidate packets can be picked up from the city hall or school administrative office in question.
As of Friday at noon a total of 558 Uvalde County residents have turned out to vote early in the Democratic and Republican primaries, which will determine each party’s candidates in the November general election for local, state and national offices. Early voting began Tuesday, when 126 people voted on the Democrat Party ticket and 52 on the Republican Party ticket. By Thursday those numbers increased by 86 and 40, respectively, to total 338 for the Democrat Party ticket and 144 on the Republican Party ticket.
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the United States, and the ability to speak more than one language is an asset in today’s global society. It is for this reason that Thomas Treviño, director of secondary curriculum, has been working closely with Jeanette Ball, superintendent, to bring a two-way bilingual program to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District next year. Treviño gave trustees an update on the program at
the regular board meeting held Monday at Uvalde High School.
Interim police chief Mike Hernandez has experienced 11 changes in leadership at the Uvalde Police Department during his 19-year tenure and has also seen crime trends evolve. As the Uvalde Police Department anticipates the arrival of new chief Eric Herrera, Hernandez – whose third term as interim chief ends Friday – weighed in on the changes he’s seen.