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Law enforcement academy graduates 32 in Uvalde

Thirty-two cadets received certificates of completion during spring graduation ceremonies for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC. Commencement was held Dec. 5, 2014 in the Matthew’s Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. Charlie Class graduates include Rosemary Ballesteros, Charles Brown, Crystal Lee Cardona, Jessica Carmona, Luis Carmona, Christa Castellanos, John Cervantes, Manuel Cervantes, Daniel Garcia, Juan Garcia, Steve Garcia, Vincent Garcia, Viviana Gonzales, Luis Guevara and Jesse Gutierrez.
 
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Hospital stable after revenue spikes

by KIM EAGLE
 
Uvalde Memorial Hospital does a lot of good things for a lot of people each year, and in 2014 they did a good thing for themselves by turning $1,841,693 in excess expenditures in 2013 into $8,531,948 in excess revenue in 2014. Chief executive officer Tom Nordwick took over control of the hospital in January of 2014, replacing Jim Buckner. Nordwick’s financial team, led by chief financial officer Valerie Lopez, explained the hospital’s financial turnaround, noting that several factors contributed to the institution’s fiscal success. Although the number of patients admitted and cared for during 2014 looks much like the numbers from 2013, the hospital took advantage of incentives, settlements, and reimbursements that made a big difference.
 
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Don’t hesitate – vaccinate

by KIM EAGLE
 
The need for immunizations does not end with childhood – it remains important throughout adulthood as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that not only do vaccines received as a child wear off over time, adults are also at risk for new and different diseases based on age, health condition, lifestyle, job, and travel.
 
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Man runs over wife with ATV

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
The application of lip balm led one man to allegedly run down his wife with an all-terrain vehicle in what she described as an attempt to kill her. Stephen Scott Sutherland, 50, of 9720 U.S Highway 83, was arrested by Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office on charges of aggravated kidnapping; two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of assault causing impediment to breathing, family violence; and endangering a child.
 
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Stock show boasts 302 entries

by KIM EAGLE
 
The list of exhibitors has been released for the 2015 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, which will be held Jan. 22-24. This year’s show will feature 302 entries and includes a new category – baked foods. The show will be held at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex, starting Thursday, Jan. 22. The final schedule of events will be available later this week.
 
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First baby rings in 2015 at 9:11 p.m.

Michelle Alvarez and Gabriel Ramirez welcomed their first daughter and newest addition to their family, Ambrielle, on Thursday evening. Ambrielle Ramirez – though they are already calling her Bri for short – was the first baby born at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, arriving at 9:11 p.m. on New Year’s Day. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 18.5 inches long
 
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Even high school students answer to county judge

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell is back at work following a medical absence due to heart surgery. And he’s back to business as usual, dealing daily with issues involving teenagers at Uvalde High School and the community at large
 
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What does it mean to have attention deficit disorder?

How do you know if your child is showing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or just typical childhood behavior? That is a question that all parents probably ask themselves at one point or another during the child-rearing process. And for 9-10 percent of those parents, the diagnosis will be ADHD
 
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Firefighters recall tragedies

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
With over 100 years of experience between the four men, local firefighters Gene Ayala, Tom Brewer, Roy Joe Howard and Jimmy Joe Howard have fought all types of home fires ranging from minor to an incident involving four fatalities. This year alone, firefighters have responded to 21 house fires with five homes having been destroyed within the last few months.
 
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Shots fired: Police train for Columbine scenario

KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
In the event of an activeshooter situation, city residents can rest more easily now that eight members of the Uvalde Police Department and a reserve deputy from the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office have completed training to prepare for such a situation. Officers who took part in the class were Uvalde Police Lt. John Meyer; sergeants Amy Maldonado and Javier Martinez; Detective Leo Flores; and officers Chad Kretschmer, Hoshi Segura and Rudy Astran III.
 

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