El Progreso Memorial Library’s bilingual story hour held Monday was one of the most well-attended story times in recent history; it served as a great way to kick off the summer reading program. The unique story hour was conducted by special guest Sue Young, a bilingual storyteller and singer-songwriter who aims to get children excited about reading. Her presentation of songs and storieson Monday was titled “Heroes and She-roes – Héroes y Heroínas.”
El Progreso Memorial Library will celebrate Flag Day on Sunday with a special ceremony at 2 p.m., recreating an iconic time in the town’s rich history. Mendell Morgan, library director, said that the flagpole on the library grounds has stood silent at the busy intersection of Park and West Main Street for many years.
Uvalde Police Department Officer Greg Villa takes note of vehicle information after the driver of the car fled on foot while being pursued by law enforcement. The incident happened Monday night in the 800 block of Maple Street.
The 2015 Uvalde High School graduates promise to inspire, transform and build legacies; they believe they are the change we all want to see in the world. This message of hope was prevalent Friday night as the Class of 2015 said goodbye to UHS and officially graduated at the Honey Bowl. The UHS band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as seniors filed from the field house to their seats on the 50-yard line. Each high school graduate was escorted by a kindergarten graduate so the younger students could experience the joy of finishing school.
Just as temperatures in Texas begin to climb, it looks as though a group of dogs from Camp Wood will be traveling to the cooler climes of New York to meet their new foster families. It’s all thanks to help from organizations in both states after what authorities determined to be a case of pet hoarding was discovered in Camp Wood.
Former Uvaldean Matt Balke was featured in the June 2015 edition of Texas Monthly for his contribution to an outdoor potluck hosted by chef Tim Byres, co-owner of SMOKE. Balke is a Uvalde native who graduated from Uvalde High School in 2000. He is the son of Ellen and Steve Balke of Uvalde. He went on to gain a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Texas Tech University, and he earned another degree from the Culinary Institute of American in New York. He now serves as the chef de cuisine at SMOKE in Plano.
Though people have been rejoicing about the many inches of rain that have rejuvenated scorched lawns and dry rivers, the storms were bittersweet for many growers who suffered heavy losses of their wheat and oat crops. “It was kind of a slap of irony,” said Austin Kirmer, Texas AgriLife extension agent for Uvalde County. “You had all of these producers planting wheat, a low-water crop, because of the drought and then it just rains and rains. It’s hard to prepare for something like that.”
Tree City Boxing Club member John Vanmeter celebrates after winning the main event against Luis Carrasco, of Crystal City, in the Final Mayhem boxing event that took place Saturday at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. Vanmeter, who now plans on turning professional, won by unanimous decision.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Tristan of Sabinal drowned Tuesday evening after being stuck in a flume for an estimated 12-13 minutes. Despite the best efforts of rescuers and medical staff, who worked on him for about two hours after the incident, Tristan was pronounced dead at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night kept the participants of Relay for Life from completing their task on Saturday. All teams were present as the celebration of life took place at the Uvalde County Pavilion at the Fairplex, and tens of thousands of dollars were raised for the American Cancer Society. The event went on without a hitch, which was surprising to organizers considering more than 1 inch of rain fell over a two-hour period just prior to the 6 p.m. start time.