On Friday, July 25, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center honored Uvalde Memorial Hospital employees for being multigallon blood donors. Fourteen employees were in attendance at a special appreciation party. They included Melissa Alejandro, Carolyn Scott, Susan Villasana, Yrma Fuentes, Rose Puente, Bennie Sanchez, Sandy Feller, Sharon Samples, Robert Papayanopolus, Elizabeth Montalvo, Regina Avila, Annabell Valdez, Abby Vela and Charla Carter.
Longtime librarian Olga Zamora embraces her husband after Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell (not pictured) and Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. (not pictured) proclaimed July 30 as Olga Cardona Zamora Day. Surrounded by family, friends, and story-hour attendees, she was honored yesterday for 50 years of service to El Progeso Memorial Library.
Supporters of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District worked diligently over the past three weeks to make improvements to two elementary campuses. Dalton Early Childhood Center and Anthon Elementary School were given new looks with the help of RKW Irrigation and Landscaping.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball received a new contract and a raise this week. The decision came during a closed-session meeting of UCISD trustees held Monday evening at Central Office. “Trustees unanimously approved extending Dr. Ball’s contract to June 30, 2018, and moved her salary from $150,000 to $157,500,” said Mickey Gerdes, school board president.
Recent complaints have surfaced regarding the amount of trash being left behind by summer river goers, and one concerned resident went so far as to document the litter she found during a visit to 19 Mile Crossing. “It is disgusting, I mean just absolutely horrible,” said Sabrina Rodriguez, who lives near 19 Mile Crossing, which is just northwest of Uvalde on the Nueces River. “And what’s worse is that people are actually adding to the pile rather than picking it up.”
A round of applause echoed across Uvalde Memorial Park on Thursday night after Continental Tire presented a $20,000 check to the city of Uvalde to go toward the $175,000 skate park project. The check, which was given at the start of the public meeting, was presented by Continental Tire representatives, Christian Brielmaier, Thomas Conklin, Angelo Perez and Annette LeMay.
Uvalde EMS staff help place Christina Rivera onto a stretcher as a Uvalde Police officer speaks to Omega Delgado following a two-vehicle accident that occurred Thursday night. According to a police report, Rivera struck Delgado after running a stop sign at the intersection of East Canales Street and South Camp Street.
It has been four months since the city of Uvalde hired a new police chief, and Eric Herrera said he has several plans in motion to improve the department. On Tuesday, Herrera presented an overview of his department to City Council during a regular meeting. He also discussed department goals, projects and a five-year vision plan.
Ten percent of Uvalde County residents have diabetes, a disease that kills more people in America each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The number of diabetes cases in Uvalde County is higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. In 2011, the latest statistical year available, there were 1,878 diagnosed cases of diabetes in Uvalde County, which affected 10.4 percent of the population.
Library enthusiasts picket City Hall in opposition to a proposed $50,000 budget cut to El Progreso Memorial Library. Protesting Tuesday outside City Hall were (left to right) Caroline Bevis, Sharon Colwell, Kathy Voss and Norma Stegann.