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08
May

ULN Today – Friday, May 8, 2015

  • The long wait is finally over as some of the biggest names in professional bull riding will be in town today and Saturday for the fourth-annual Cactus Jack bull riding competition at Uvalde County Fairplex. The event is sanctioned by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour and will be live-streamed online for the entire country to see as bull riders vie for over $60,000 in added prizes. Randy Klein, co-founder of Cactus Jack Foundation, expects 15 of the top 20 riders in the world to be in Uvalde for the event. Forty bull riders will compete on each night.

Wed
06
May

Ten fallen lawmen

on average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours, but fallen officers are more than a startling statistic. Men and women who die in the line of duty are someone’s child, parent, spouse. They’re also heroes of their communities. On Tuesday, 10 fallen officers who were tasked with policing Uvalde County were honored during the annual Fallen Officers  Memorial ceremony held at the Uvalde County Fairplex.     

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Wed
06
May

Chavez is Cinco de Mayo queen

Move over Cleopatra, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great, there is a new queen in town; her name is Alyandrah Alys Chavez. Alyandrah’s coronation as Cinco de Mayo queen occurred last weekend during festivities held at Jardin de los Heroes Park. She was crowned by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin in front of hundreds of people who took a break from the Cinco de Mayo fun to watch her moment    

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Wed
06
May

Cantu’s performance nets musician $20,000 scholarship

Joseph Cantu, a Uvalde High School student, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to St. Mary’s University for doing exactly what he loves most – playing the bass guitar. The great news came April 25 at the end of the Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert held at St. Mary’s University. A total of 480 students from 32 different bands competed, and only five students were chosen to receive a scholarship. A panel of judges  listed the names of their favorite musiciansat the event, and Cantu’s name came up enough to earn him free money for college. 

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Wed
06
May

Record entries expected for Big Game Awards

A record number of entries from Uvalde County are expected at the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) event, coming to the SSgt. Willie De Leon Civic Center on June 20. TGBA is a hunter- and landowner-recognition program designed to promote big game hunting in Texas through the promotion of sound habitat and
wildlife management

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Fri
01
May

Coursey tapped as city’s finance head

Tomorrow will be thefirst day on the job for  the city’s new finance director, Marty Coursey, who was hired two weeks ago. She was previously employed as the finance director in Fate, which is located in Rockwall County.
Fri
01
May

UHS student has footwear cache

Some folks say they want to be just like Mike – Michael Jordan. For one Uvalde High School student, there may be a bit of truth to the saying. Senior Inez Guevara collects shoes – Nike athletic shoes. He has built up a collection of about
Fri
01
May

Bull-riding, concerts this week: Fourth-annual Cactus Jack Foundation fundraiser begins Friday

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

Some of the biggest names in professional bull riding will be in town Friday and Saturday for the fourth-annual Cactus Jack bull riding competition at Uvalde County Fairplex.

Traditionally, this event is held during Memorial Day weekend, but it was moved up this year in an effort to bring in popular talent. It is sanctioned by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour and will be live-streamed online for the entire country to see as bull riders vie for over $60,000 in added prizes.

Randy Klein, co-founder of Cactus Jack Foundation, said the PBR came to him and said if the event was moved up a few weeks they would live-stream the event for the more than half a million PBR followers to watch and offer more points to bull-riders looking to add to their season totals. He believes this will bring 15 to 16 of the top 20 riders in the world to Uvalde for the event. Forty bull riders will compete on each night.

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