“This is how God made him.” That is the response Jennifer Alvarez offers curious children when they question her young son’s appearance. Eighteen-month-old Adam Kenneth Bills is a happy, active toddler who enjoys spending time with his older brothers Anthony and Trey Lopez, ages 7 and 5. But Adam also suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder characterized by craniofacial deformities.
Community Health Development Inc. in Uvalde is one of 1,300 health centers around the country in danger of having to sharply curtail services – or close – if the U.S. Congress does not extend federal funding due to expire in October. According to a letter sent by community health center officials to congressional leaders, these centers care for more than 22 million patients, including nearly 7 million children and 268,000 veterans.
More than 60 years ago, young serviceman Charles “Buddy” Norman sneaked an engagement ring on the finger of Norma Jean “Jeanie” Buchanan, a Texas Tech co-ed whom he had met only months before. Jeanie says Buddywas always fiddling with her Uvalde High School class ring, sowhen he was doing just that one day before a party she didn’t give the action a second thought. When she walked into the house and reached for a serving of justbaked pie, however, one of her girlfriends saw a ring with a much larger stone than the one Jeanie usually wore. “When did you get that?” Jeanie remembers her friend Kay asking.
Uvalde volunteer firefighters were dispatched to Leakey on Monday night to help other fire departments extinguish a fire that destroyed an old gas station. Twelve Uvalde firefighters set off at 6:40 p.m., nearly two hours after the fire started. “We sent out eight guys, and then they called for four more,” said firefighter Jimmy Joe Howard. Firefighters believed the fire was a result of a stray welding spark. “It was an old gas station that they were remodeling,” Howard said. There were no injuries, but nearby residents wereevacuated due to large storage tanks that were located at the rear of the building. Firefighters were back in Uvalde by 10:45 p.m.
ROver 330 workers, 3 billion parts, and $250 million are needed to construct a 100-megawatt solar power project in just over one year’s time. That is exactly what OCI Solar Power is doing right here in Uvalde County with the Alamo 5 project. Construction of the array falls to Mortenson Construction and many local contracted professionals. The Uvalde County judge, commissioners, and other officials took a tour of the construction site on Monday. The tour was part of the commissioners’ regular meeting, which began at the courthouse. Matt Berry, project manager with Mortenson Construction, said work began back in August 2014. Construction should be complete and ready for testing by this August, becoming fully operational some time in February or March of 2016.
ob Fowler is the new parks and recreation coordinator for the city of Uvalde. Fowler, a speech communication instructor at SouthwestTexas Junior College, previously served as the city of Uvalde swimming pool manager. His new part-time position will include planning, developing and implementing recreation and athletic programs for the city. He will still oversee pool operations.
Three Uvalde residents – instead of the usual two – were fêted Friday night, as Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce members closed out 95 years of service by naming Nell Kothmann, L. Carper Capt, and Randy Klein as the city’s top contributors. The celebration occurred at the Staff Sgt. Willie De Leon Civic Center, where hundreds of chamber members turned out in the name of economic development and progress.
Retired registered nurse Mario Cruz has had a long and successful career in the health care industry, beginning with his hiring as a custodian for Uvalde Memorial Hospital and, years later, ending with time served on the hospital’s board of directors. Over the last few months, Cruz has been a resident of Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center after back surgery performed in October left him unable to walk.
For people without health insurance, or those shopping for a better plan, now is the time to join the 9.5 million people already enrolled in an Affordable Care Act Marketplace plan, or face a penalty totaling 2 percent of their annual income in 2015. This statistic comes from a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which notes that out of those 9.5 million people, 87 percent who selected plans in states using HealthCare.gov are getting financial assistance to lower monthly premiums. Just over 35 percent, or 2.5 million enrollees, were under 35 years of age.
The wines served at Lost Maples Winery in Vanderpool have legs that go on for days and are made from some of the finest Black Spanish/Lenoir grapes in the Texas Hill County. Lost Maples Winery is located on the Polvadeau Vineyards, overlooking the Sabinal River, and has been fully-operational as a winery for just a few months. It is the first commercial winery and vineyard in Bandera County.