Volunteers with Luv Ya Uvalde and Team FOCUS in Sabinal are gearing up for this week’s Thanksgiving luncheons, slated Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. In Uvalde, the 33rdannual Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving luncheon will be held Wednesday at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St. Doors will open at 11 a.m.
U.S. Border Patrol agents and two Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended a male subject who is believed to have been smuggling undocumented immigrants. Travis Dean Preston, 48, of Corpus Christi, was arrested by Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office on charges of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.
Throughout the area, offices, businesses and banking institutions will close their doors Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Others will be closed additional days as well. City offices in Uvalde and surrounding communities are scheduled to be closed Thursday and Friday. County offices will not be conducting any business on those days either.
Members of American Legion Post 479 donate $500 to Luv Ya Uvalde organizers to help provide the annual Thanksgiving luncheon for Uvalde residents. The check was handed over last Thursday, and the 33rd-annual event is slated Wednesday.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were dispatched 16 times over the last three weeks. On Wednesday at 2:23 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to 125 Zaragosa St. for an electrical wire that was reportedly emanating smoke. There was no fire and firefighters were back at the station at 2:46 p.m.
Pearsall resident Marisa Gonzales, a student at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, and (second from right to far left) Jon Torres, Bethany Nieto, and Israel Enriquez add to an existing mural on the north-side wall of the city of Uvalde swimming pool, which is located in the 300 block of East Nopal Street. Five students were assigned the community project by art professor Abel Ortiz. They started Sunday and completed the project Tuesday.
Despite rumors circulating around town, Uvalde Police Department Chief Eric Herrera said there is no evidence to substantiate allegations of an officer having threatened himself and a Walmart employee last week. The 3100 E. Main St. store was locked down Friday morning for roughly 20 minutes with multiple shoppers inside.
Uvalde Food Pantry board president Travis Kimble said that thanks to the generosity of many, the organization has received the necessary funds to distribute turkeys to 500 local families in need. However, now that residents have reached into their pockets and the turkeys have been purchased, Kimble said he is needing residents to reach into their hearts and volunteer to distribute the turkeys on Saturday from from 9-11 a.m.