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Eighty-one percent of taxes paid

by Logan Garnett, general manager
 
The NCAA has its March Madness basketball tournament, retailers across the country both dread and anticipate Black Friday sales, and, more locally, Uvalde County Appraisal District staff can count on a level of frantic activity each year as taxpayers rush to remit their payments before February, when penalties and interest begin to accrue.
 
“We had a lot of people coming in to drop off their checks the last week of January,” Albert Mireles, UCAD chief appraiser, said of the flurry of payments his office received up until Feb. 1. Since Jan. 31 fell on a Sunday this year, Mireles said that property owners got a one-day extension and were able to pay their tax bills that Monday.
 
Sun
07
Feb

Williams, Ramon are tops in Uvalde

 
 
by Meghann Garcia, managing editor
 
God steered the way for Richard Williams and Linda Ramon to become the community-minded and volunteer-oriented Uvalde residents that earned them the titles of Uvaldean of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, respectively, at the 96th-annual Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce banquet held Friday night.
 
While long lists of accomplishments were given by presenters – including Williams’ son, Patrick, and Ramon’s fellow community volunteer Jan Elliott – both honorees said it was their Lord who guided them in life.
 
Before introducing his father as the year’s top Uvaldean, Patrick Williams read from a list that contained descriptions of Richard Williams given by nominators. The list included, “problem solver,” “no task too big,” “makes things happen,” and “community leader.”
 
Sun
07
Feb

Two people shot to death

At least two people–believed to be a man and a woman – and a dog were killed on Friday at a home off Farm to Market Road 140, where multiple law enforcement agencies remained yesterday and were still engaged in a tense standoff with an armed man.
 
Sun
07
Feb

Verstuyft seeking Republican nomination for tax assessor/collector

THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Rita Cordova Verstuyft, a candidate for Uvalde County Tax Assessor/Collector. 
 
Thu
04
Feb

Masked robber loots store

 
 
A ski-masked man dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt robbed a Sabinal convenience store and gas station at gunpoint early on the morning of Feb. 3.
 
The incident occurred at the Shell station, located at the intersection of Highway 90 and Center Street, around 4 a.m.
 
The thief made off with a little more than $100 in cash.
 
According to Sabinal Chief of Police Jesus “Chuy” Reyes, the man approached the business from the west side and left by walking east out of the store. Reyes said a witness saw someone matching his description walking north on Center Street.
 
Shell manager Martha Torres said only one employee was working during the incident. Torres said the employee was shaken up but otherwise OK. Torres said that, per company rules, she could not give a physical description of the suspect.
 
Sun
31
Jan

Students learn about pet ownership

 
 
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
They say you can’t truly understand a person’s experience until you have walked a mile in his shoes or – in this case – paws.
 
Flores Middle School students have the opportunity to write an essay from the first-person perspective of an abandoned pet.
 
The Life on the Street contest, facilitated by the Humane Society of Uvalde and Uvalde Leader-News, is open to Pre-AP students.
 
Participants are instructed to write an essay from the first-person perspective of a pet that has faced one or more of the following hardships: homelessness (living on the streets), abuse, neglect, or extensive time spent chained/tied. The essay should address how the pet eventually found its way to a caring and loving home or shelter.
 
Sun
31
Jan

Eighteen political signs lifted, placed in another yard

 
Nearly 20 political signs for Uvalde County candidates were discovered in a pile outside 632 Sunrise Avenue on Tuesday night.
 
The incident occurred at a 9:25 p.m. when Uvalde Police Department officers were dispatched to the home for a report of lost-and-found property.
 
Officers met with Susie Martinez, who told police that sometime between 6:30 and 9 p.m. an unknown (or multiple) subject(s) had placed 18 political signs in her front yard.
 
Police collected the signs, which were taken to the UPD, located at 964 W. Main St.
 
As of Friday, police said they had no suspects.
 
Removing or vandalizing campaign signs can lead to a charge of criminal mischief. Vandals can also face a fine of up to $500.
 

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