Uvalde’s Vann McElroy kicked off half-time activities of the Uvalde-Somerset football game held Oct. 23 in the Honey Bowl with the presentation of the National Football League’s Wilson Golden Football.
McElroy, a four-sport letterman at Uvalde High School, was the starting free safety for the 1983 Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Raiders football team.
In commemoration of Super Bowl 50 celebration this season, the NFL is honoring players and coaches who were members of an active Super Bowl team with the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Initiative.
As part of the initiative, the high schools of former Super Bowl players have the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 in grants from the NFL.
“It is my great pleasure and honor to be able to place Uvalde High School on the Super Bowl Honor Roll through my being an ex-player here and in the National Football League,” said McElroy.
Southwest Texas Junior College is setting the standard when it comes to post-secondary education in the southern United States – evidenced on Oct. 21 when the college was found in compliance with every category during a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation and accreditation visit.
“We are over-the-moon about this,” said Anne Tarski, vice president of finance, of the process that started over two years ago and involved every single department. “It’s very rare for a college to have a perfect score.”
The chairman of the On-Site Committee, who said he has been doing this for so long and been on so many committees that he couldn’t count them anymore, said he has never personally seen a school in complete compliance, according to Tarski.
The Uvalde Police Department on Oct. 16 announced that Lt. Daniel Rodriguez has been promoted to the rank of captain. Rodriguez will officially begin the captain’s duties on Oct. 25.
This is a new position for Uvalde Police Department.
Rodriguez, a native Uvaldean, has been in law enforcement for 18 years. During that time he has served in patrol and investigative operations.
He has served in many aspects of the police department. He has been an officer, corporal, detective, sergeant and lieutenant.
Rodriguez graduated from Sul Ross State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Yesterday evening, Rodriguez was officially sworn into his new role during a special ceremony held in conjunction with the regularly-scheduled meeting of Uvalde City Council. See Thursday's Leader-News for more information.
Shannon Miller had an important message to attendees at the Women’s Health Expo held last Tuesday – to take control of their own health.
She challenged each and every person to come up with specific ways in which to do that.
“Make that doctor’s appointment,” Miller said. “Get another hour of sleep tonight. On my orders. Tell your boss, ‘Shannon told me to.’ Get the clothes off the treadmill; it is not a place to hang laundry.”
She talked about how it is important to have events like the Women’s Health Expo, organized by Uvalde Memorial Hospital with help from First State Bank. As an ovarian cancer survivor – she successfully had a baseball-sized tumor removed before experiencing nine weeks of chemotherapy – she uses her fame as an Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast to talk about cancer awareness around the nation.