The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will soon offer a free overview of the requirements for filing 2016 returns. Anyone able to use a computer is invited to training sessions scheduled Jan. 9- 10 in Room 1 of the Wagner Building on the Southwest Texas Junior College campus.
Every New Year’s Day all across the United States, many state parks host America’s First Day Hikes. The hikes are free events to encourage everyone to start the new year healthfully and enjoy many outdoor public treasures. This New Year’s Day, Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area in Rocksprings will host a leisurely 3-mile course.
With each passing year, the entries for the Uvalde Leader-News coloring contest get better and better – contestants go all out with glitter and think outside of the box to make their entries pop. With numerous entries for 2016, there were three stand-out winners of this year’s Santa’s Workshop Christmas Coloring contest. Children were asked to decorate an image of Santa’s elves wrapping presents for Christmas, which appeared in the Nov. 24 special section and Dec. 4 edition of the newspaper.
Uvalde Police Officers’ Association, which comprises Uvalde Police Department employees and their families, organized the annual Operation Blue Santa toy drive; and the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office – in conjunction with the U.S Marshals, U.S Border Patrol, Sabinal Police Department and Lantana Realty – held its Santa Patrol toy drive. The police department’s drive benefits children who live in Uvalde while the sheriff’s office drive benefits children who live outside of the city but within Uvalde County.
The 2017 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show and Sale is right around the corner and will be held at the Uvalde County Fairplex. This year’s show and sale is set for Jan. 26-28 and will feature 217 exhibitors through 4-H and Future Farmers of America organizations from around the county; 634 entries are listed.
With the exception of pricey video game consoles, smartphones, tablets, laptops and various pets, area children made some changes to their wish lists compared to recent years, so Santa best have checked his list twice. Missing were the onceubiquitous requests for pop-star and/or Disney star memorabilia as well as Power Rangers in every color.
Uvalde County elected officials will be sworn into office in ceremonies to be held at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the district courtroom of the Uvalde County Courthouse. Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell will administer the oath of office to the elected officials.
Staff members of many businesses and offices will be home for Christmas this year. The Uvalde Leader-News office will be closed tomorrow. The Uvalde County Courthouse, Uvalde City Hall and other county and city offices will also be closed tomorrow. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Dustin, a 35-pound retriever mix who is about 2 years old, is waiting for a home from his spot on the Humane Society of Uvalde’s rescue row. He was rescued from the city of Uvalde’s animal control facility in October.
Mike Jackson, formerly of Uvalde, recently graduated from the Lone Star College Law Enforcement Academy. The commencement ceremony was held Tuesday in Spring. Jackson resides in Harris County with his wife, Frankie, and two children.