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22
Apr

Rescue Row dogs, cats on prowl for homes

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Sixty-one dogs and 96 cats have been euthanized at the city of Uvalde animal control facility since the start of the year. Limited by a maximum capacity of 14 dogs, the facility relies heavily on the Humane Society of Uvalde foster system to keep the euthanization list from expanding.

The Humane Society of Uvalde maintains a shelter at 127 S. Camp St., adjacent to the city’s holding facility. As of Tuesday, the organization had 14 dogs and two cats on Rescue Row.

Every week, HSU meets with animal control officials to save as many animals as possible – putting them on Rescue Row or in a foster home – but for every animal chosen there are even more left behind.

“Unfortunately, because we are limited on the number of animals we can take, and because we don’t have a lot of foster families, we are always faced with a difficult choice,” said Heather Stunkel, who serves on HSU’s adoption committee.

Wed
22
Apr

Houston homicide investigator at UCSO

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Wed
22
Apr

Fireworks fundraiser shooting for $15,000

Donations are needed for the third-annual Uvalde Fourth of July fireworks show.

The show, which is being organized by the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and the Uvalde Leader-News, drew more than 5,000 spectators last year and is being held again this July 4 at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

This year’s goal is $15,000. This amount, if achieved, will allow for a 30-minute show.

To find out more about the show or to make a donation, contact the Leader-News office at 830-278-3335 or drop in at 110 N. East Street.  A GoFundMe account has also been set up so that online donations can be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/UvaldeFireworks. To date, $160 has been raised on the site.

In addition to fireworks funds, vendors are also being sought and booth spaces are available.

Wed
22
Apr

UCISD PD newest force in town?

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

There might be two police departments in Uvalde this fall as Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees look into forming a law enforcement team to handle school discipline, truancy and other safety issues.

For the past several years, the Uvalde Police Department has provided a city-employed officer to serve as school resource officer. The school district has helped pay the position’s salary. At a regular school board meeting held Monday at Dalton Early Childhood Center, UCISD Superintendent Jeanette Ball said that she was informed that the city’s police department will not provide an officer after June of this year.

As staff looked into police department options, they discussed increasing the number of officers.

Trustees will be kept up to date with all decisions regarding the formation of the new department at future board meetings. No decisions were made as the topic was an item of information only.

Sun
19
Apr

Briscoe exhibit opens

The long-awaited Briscoe half of the Briscoe- Garner Museum is almost ready to be viewed by the public. The Dolph Briscoe exhibit, housed on the second floor of the museum located at 333 N. Park St., will be completed this week just in time for an open house set April 25. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With a special curator’s tour set for 1 p.m. Light refreshments and family- friendly activities are planned for people as they explore the new exhibition.
 
Sun
19
Apr

Music a family affair for Roman

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

When Anna Roman took the stage for the first time in over 20 years, it was like she’d never stepped off. The Tejano musician is once again taking the industry by storm, this time backed by her three biggest fans, her husband and two children.

The Uvalde native began her career when only 12 years old, ultimately signing her first recording contract with Sony at 15.

“When I was 12, I played in a group with my uncle, Enrique Castillon. He was my mentor. He taught me a lot, he was a very intelligent musician,” Roman said.

However, some major changes in the industry, mainly the death of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, changed Roman’s perspective on life.

“I wanted to get married and have some normalcy in my life,” Roman said. “So I took a break, got married to my husband Richard Villarreal, who was in my band,” Roman said.

It wasn’t long before the couple learned they were expecting.

Sun
19
Apr

Papers, please... Passports a must for traveling

Vacation season is right around the corner and for citizens planning an international getaway there are several items they need to check off their to-do lists prior to booking a flight, namely obtaining a passport. To apply, applicants must submit form DS-11. Completed forms may be submitted online at travel.state.gov or in person at a passport agency or application acceptance facility. Locally, the only acceptance facility is the District Clerk’s Office, located on the second floor of the Uvalde County Courthouse, 100 N. Getty St.
 
A standard passport book cost $110 and is valid for all international travel. The process for obtaining a passport can taken 4-6 weeks.
 
Wed
15
Apr

Army: Texas soon turning ‘hostile’

by Logan Garnett, General manager

Leakey is one of 17 Texas cities that will play host to a series of military exercises this summer as part of an operation dubbed Jade Helm 15. Between July and September, members of U.S.
Wed
15
Apr

City swears in six, including city manager

All seats were filled in Council Chambers when city manager Vince DiPiazza and two Uvalde Police Department officers were sworn into service Tuesday during a regular meeting of Uvalde City Council.

In addition to the trio, code enforcement officers Rick Lara and Jovita Maldonado were also sworn into office.

DiPiazza, who came to the city from Dumas where he was employed as city manager, was hired in December 2014. He began working here in February.

Uvalde Police Department officers Beco Diaz and Roberto Ruben Gutierrez Jr. were classmates when they attended the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College. They graduated in May 2014.

For Diaz, a Uvalde native and volunteer firefighter, UPD was always the plan. He was hired in August 2014.

“I am from here, grew up here, so I just wanted to give back to my community,” Diaz said.

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