Some of the biggest names in professional bull riding will be in town Friday and Saturday for the fourth-annual Cactus Jack bull riding competition at Uvalde County Fairplex.
Traditionally, this event is held during Memorial Day weekend, but it was moved up this year in an effort to bring in popular talent. It is sanctioned by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour and will be live-streamed online for the entire country to see as bull riders vie for over $60,000 in added prizes.
Randy Klein, co-founder of Cactus Jack Foundation, said the PBR came to him and said if the event was moved up a few weeks they would live-stream the event for the more than half a million PBR followers to watch and offer more points to bull-riders looking to add to their season totals. He believes this will bring 15 to 16 of the top 20 riders in the world to Uvalde for the event. Forty bull riders will compete on each night.
American Legion Tomas Valle Post 479 will host the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 1-2 at Jardin de Los Heroes Park.
The celebration will feature live music on both nights, including performances by the Morales Junior High School Mariachi and ballet folklorico. Live music will be provided by Lalo Mata, Anita Cuevas and Los Montemayores.
There will be several booths set up with a variety of goods, food and games. For more information about the types of booths that will be at the event, call Oscar Pena at 830-333-1395.
Legion members will also be selling tickets for a prize drawing for a handmade quilt sewn by Sandra Payne. Two tickets can be purchased for $5.
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 479 Cinco De Mayo Queen will be coronated on Saturday.
The three candidates for 2015 are Kimberly Muñoz, Anayeli Bravo, and Alyandrah Alys Chavez.
Uvalde and surrounding areas were hit with back-toback thunderstorms over the weekend, resulting in widespread power outages and damage.According to the National Weather Service, the thunderstorms were caused by upper-level disturbances that moved through the area early Saturday morning and late Sunday night. Although there were o confirmed tornados, wind speeds over 50 mph were recorded in Knippa and Sabinal. Those winds snapped tree limbs and destroyed roofs.
With the legislative session winding down, the Texas House and Senate both have one big item left on their plates: tax cuts. How to goabout lowering taxes remains a divided issue, with House members arguing for a reduction in sales tax and Senate leaders opting for a lower property tax rate. Introduced by House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen,R-Angleton, the House bill would effectively reduce the state’s sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent. If approved, it would be the first such cut in Texas history.
Southern Living magazine recently featured an article listing the 10 essential experiences of Texas Hill Country, one of which includes dining at The Laurel Tree in Utopia. In a section of the article titled, “Discover a Food Lover’s Paradise,” The Laurel Tree, which opened in 2004, is mentioned for having four-course lunches and five-course dinners made by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef aurel Waters.
Samuel Luis Gonzalez, 43, of Uvalde was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2011 murder of his brother Reynaldo Gonzalez, who was 41 at the time of his death.
The sentence was handed down Thursday by 38th Judicial District Court Judge Camile DuBose at the Uvalde County Justice Center. Gonzalez previously entered a guilty plea.
The 2011 incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on May 28, when Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Uvalde Estates where they discovered Reynaldo Gonzalez with a stab wound on the left side of his upper torso.
He was transported to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where he was interviewed by a sheriff’s deputy. During the interview he identified Samuel as the offender. He was later airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he succumbed to his injury.
The Uvalde Leader-News won two second-place and three third-place awards last Friday when the South Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest results were announced in Port Aransas.
Leader-News photographer Pete Luna’s photograph of Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers amid magazines and other debris littering U.S. Highway 90, won second-place honors in the news photo category.
The photo, which was published Nov. 27 following a major wreck involving three commercial trucks, spanned the width of the front page. It received the following comment from a member of the Louisiana Press Association judging team: “Nice composition, good shot of the moment, nice framing.”
Luna also won third place in the Photographer of the Year category.