Generosity seemed to be the presiding spirit last week when Uvalde County Commissioners met three nights in a row for two-hour-plus workshops centered on the proposed 2015-2016 budget. While no decisions are official – the budget won’t be approved until early August – commissioners offered temporary acquiescence to most requests proffered by county department heads.
When you exit the restroom the last thing you probably expect is to find a strange man standing in your hallway, but that is what transpired on Sunday afternoon at a North High Street residence. The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m., when Uvalde Police were dispatched to 1238 N. High St., where homeowner Ricardo Perez reported an unknown male inside of his home.
The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m., when Uvalde Police were dispatched to 1238 N. High St., where homeowner Ricardo Perez reported an unknown male inside of his home.
According to police, Perez was inside the bathroom when he heard the front door to his home close. He assumed it was his sister entering the home; however, upon exiting the bathroom he discovered a man, later identified as Greg Puente, standing in his hallway.
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There are those who say millennials and members of Generation Z care only about themselves – that community service is a fading pastime. But the youth of Uvalde and surrounding communities are proving those people wrong by Helping out the Town (HOTT) this summer.
This is the second year that churches have come together to organize the city-wide cleanup event where acts of kindness are performed around town at no cost to the citizens.
Monday found over 20 HOTT members on South Park Street, scraping, power-washing and painting two houses in need of a facelift. The volunteers listened to music and got to know each other as they came together to volunteer in the south Texas heat.
After a nine-year engagement and more than 10 years in a committed relationship, Theresa Shaw and Dominique Garza applied for a marriage license on Monday. The action made them the first same-sex couple to do so in Uvalde County.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that all 50 states must allow same-sex marriage.
When Shaw and Garza heard the news, they were thrilled.
“My first thought was, ‘We finally get to get married. Let’s make it official,’” Shaw said.
Shaw, who is employed with Uvalde EMS, and Garza, who works for the office of the Uvalde County Clerk, first met on Dec. 20, 2004.
“At the time I was working at Lunkers,” Garza said. “I was just getting off work and she [Shaw] had just arrived with a group of friends.”
They started talking and the rest is history.
Shaw said she knew Garza was “the one” because of their shared love for musicals.
While it isn’t illegal to consume one or two beers, passing out on the street can land a person in jail. On any given day, local law enforcement officers are dispatched to a scene to deal with an unknown, unconscious, and – more often than not – intoxicated individual.
More than 30 entries from Uvalde County were recognized at the Texas Big Game Awards (for regions 4 and 8) held June 21 at the Staff Sgt. Willie De Leon Civic Center, where a crowd of nearly 400 people gathered. The big winner of the night was Double A Ranch, which not only won the regional Landowner of the Year Award but had more entries harvested on their ranch than any other in attendance. The ranch is owned and operated by Allyn and Susan Archer and is located just north of Uvalde on Hwy. 83.
Though not as well known as the mosquitos that transmit West Nile virus, Texas is rife with kissing bugs, which are capable of transmitting their own pernicious brand of sickness – Chagas disease.
Chagas disease can cause fever, swelling, headaches and, in rare cases, heart failure. It is spread when carrier kissing bugs (or triatominae, as they are scientifically known) feed on human or animal blood, thus passing the disease on to the host.
Little is known about the dispersal of the disease. In order to better understand the way that Chagas is spread, a research team came to Uvalde earlier this month to determine how kissing bugs behave at night and to monitor bug activity and movement.
Juan Hernandez holds up a rattlesnake he killed on a ranch about 3 miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 481. Hernandez spotted the snake, which measured 6 feet in length, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
The Uvalde Leader-News won seven awards in the 2015 Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Results were announced last Saturday during the annual TPA Leadership Retreat held at the Westin Austin at the Domain in Austin, Texas.
The Leader-News won first place in public service for a series of stories supporting city funding for El Progreso Memorial Library.
“The editorial board was proactive in support of the library, while acknowledging the challenges faced by the [city] council. Nicely done!” judges wrote of the award.
Second-place honors were awarded for editorial writing, news photography and sports photography.
Of the editorials, which dealt with the need to repair city streets and the cost to the county of seeking the death penalty in criminal cases, judges wrote:
“These editorials are persuasive and cover issues that everyone no doubt was talking about.”