Shoppers familiar with Dickies brand clothing know the durable, attractive and affordable garments wear well for work and leisure activities, but what many may not know is that the only Williamson-Dickie manufacturing facility in the United States has been right here in Uvalde for 63 years.
To celebrate that commitment to the community, the Uvalde Area Development Foundation hosted a reception for Dickies representatives at 3P Ranch on June 3. The Uvalde manufacturing plant employs approximately 200 people, runs 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and produces enough fabric pattern pieces each week to make 500,000 garments. While cutting pattern pieces is its main focus, the Uvalde center also sews specialty garments and brands those with a “Made in the USA” label.
Tuition will increase next fall for Southwest Texas Junior College students, but the amount of the increase depends on student residency. The college is proposing a $4 per semester credit hour increase for in-district (also referred to as general use) fees, an $8 per semester credit hour increase for out-ofdistrict fees, and a $15 per semester credit hour increase for non-resident fees.
When Elijah Gonzalez got his new prosthetic arm, he did what any 7-month-old boy would do – tried it out on his mother and siblings by swatting at them and then laughing at their reactions.
This recently-discovered trick was made possible because of a partnership between Elijah’s occupational therapist, Adrian Vega, and the El Progreso Memorial Library, which aims to enrich lives by providing access to books and technology and – in Elijah’s case – access to a prosthesis for his left arm.
Customers sip coffee as Alan Carmichael (standing) reflects on 44 years of memories of operating what was formerly a pharmacy and soda fountain. He sold the 201 N. Getty St. business in 2007 to Bruce Gingrich. In 2012, Gingrich sold the pharmacy portion to Walgreens, but the lunch counter remained open. Carmichael was on hand Friday morning to celebrate the last gathering of the morning coffee crowd, as the store officially closed its doors that afternoon.
Young entrepreneurs (left to right) Kennedy Thompson, Victoria Phillips, Peyton Phillips, and Kayleigh Griffin man a lemonade stand on North Park Street. The girls old cups of lemonade for 25 cents (small) to 50 cents(large) on Wednesday to raise money for the Uvalde Humane Society; they ended the day with $36 and are already planning their next business day.
It seemed an impossibility just last summer, as levels in the Edwards Aquifer continued a steady downward spiral, but the massive amount of rain that fell over the area last month has been enough topull Uvalde County out of Stage 5 restrictions for the first time in over two years. On Thursday, the EAA declared that Uvalde County is now in Stage 3, thanks to a steady rise in the Edwards Aquifer. Less than one week prior, the EAA announced the move into Stage 4 conditions for the Uvalde Pool of the aquifer was a result of levels in the Edwards rising to above 840 feet. It is a reading that had not been reached since March 28, 2013, when Uvalde County first entered Stage 5 restrictions.
Many 2015 Uvalde High School graduates will be able to breathe a little easier next year after receiving numerous scholarships and free-moneyopportunities for college. The Admiral Jack Darby Scholarship was awarded to Myda Medrano; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 479 scholarship, Ashlyn Velasquez and Angela Limones; and an AT&T scholarship, Otilio Carranza III. The Brackettville Border Patrol Welfare & Recreation Association Scholarship went to Ashlyn Velasquez, while Corbin Cargil received a scholarship to play football at the Colorado School of Mines.