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Sat
28
Mar

Drone is newest UPD member

By now we’re all familiar with drones – those remote control flying gizmos you can buy off Amazon and strap a camera to – but Uvaldeans are soon going to get to know one drone in particular as the latest addition to the Uvalde Police Department. Ladies and gentlemen, meet TED.

Short for Tactical Enforcement Drone, TED is new to the force and represents the latest trend in municipal law enforcement measures. By employing units like TED, police departments are hoping that they can patrol a greater area while reducing the number of officers out on the street, thus saving man power and money.

“We are very excited and pleased to have TED joining our team,” said Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera. “This is going to mean less work for my officers and hopefully a reduction in crime.”

Sat
28
Mar

Food pantry is top shelf

The Uvalde Food Pantry serves more than 500 families each week, and on Thursday that effort was recognized when the organization was chosen as the top food pantry out of 525 in the area. The local organization was nominated by the San Antonio Food Bank and 
Thu
26
Mar

Zamora indicted for child porn stash

An 18-year-old Uvalde man was arrested on Friday morning and charged with receipt of child pornography. According to court documents, Andrew Zamora was indicted by a federal grand jury in Del Rio on March 18. On Friday, he was arrested without incident by the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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Thu
26
Mar

Hurd: Legislation needed to fix health care funding

by Kim Eagle

Staff writer
While cyber security may be his area of expertise having spent many years as a CIA spy, Congressman Will Hurd got a crash course in agriculture during a recent visit to Uvalde. On March 12, Hurd visited Southwest Livestock Exchange where he received a tour of the facilities and talked to several well-established farmers and ranchers about their legislative concerns.

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Thu
26
Mar

Skate park could be complete next week

Due to recent rainfall, the completion date for the city of Uvalde skate park has been pushed back to next week.

The skate park will be located near the volleyball courts at 337 E. Main St., Uvalde Memorial Park. Construction was to be complete by the end of February, but workers faced several delays due to the weather.

“If the weather holds up, they should be done pouring [cement] this week, so they should be done by the end of next week,” said assistant city manager Joe Cardenas.

Last year, the city of Uvalde allocated $125,000 of a tax note for the project. In July 2014, the city of Uvalde approved a bid proposal of $175,000 from Spohn Ranch Skateparks – $50,0000 over budget.

Funds needed to complete the project were provided through donations from local residents and businesses.

Thu
26
Mar

Junque dynasty: ‘Weekend after Warrenton’ event set downtown

by Kim Eagle, Staff writer

Main Street Uvalde's spring junque show, featuring high-end antiques, vintage items, and crafts is just around the corner.

The junque show is scheduled April 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Uvalde's downtown square. Booth spaces are almost completely gone as local artists, crafters, pickers and trophy antique hunters have been signing up in droves to sell their wares.

Sun
22
Mar

Women outnumbered but no less effective in enforcement, corrections

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice, but occasionally they grow up to be gun-toting heroines.
 
Of the 53 police officers and deputies in Uvalde, three are female. They incude Uvalde Police Department's Sgt. Amy Maldonado and Officer Hoshi Segura, and Uvalde County Sheriff's Deputy Sarah Faith. In addition, nine women are employed with the Uvalde County Jail, including classification officer Linda De Leon.
 
Despite being the minority sex in their professions, these women say they are not at all fazed by their employment in a male-dominated workplace.
 
Sun
22
Mar

Students will fill city positions

Dates have been set for 25th National Youth Week: City Government, in which top Uvalde High School students are elected and appointed to mock city posts. The April 14-16 event is being sponsored by the Uvalde Lions Club in cooperation with the City of Uvalde and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. All students must maintain at least a “B” average and have no pending disciplinary actions.

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Sun
22
Mar

Four UHS girls heading to state cosmetology competition

by KIM EAGLE
STAFF WRITER
Laura Rodriguez hopes to hit the nail on the head March 26-28 when she competes in a Skills U.S.A. State Competition in Corpus Christi. Rodriguez, a senior at Uvalde High School, qualified for state by winning first place in the nail care category at the district competition held Feb. 6 in San Antonio. Other UHS classmates heading to state include Thayiss Vasquez, a sophomore who received second place in nail art; Sarai Puente, a junior who received third place in nail art; and Keyla Martinez, a senior who won second place in men’s haircutting.

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Sun
22
Mar

Man dies after assault; sister’s boyfriend jailed on charges of manslaughter

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

 

A Uvalde man was jailed Thursday when his girlfriend's brother suddenly died after the two were involved in an altercation.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, after a late night party took place Wednesday in the 400 block of West Oak Street.

Jesus Noel Vara, 36, and his girlfriend, Stephanie Arredondo, 27, were at the get-together along with her brother, Miguel Arredondo, who is 35.

According to the Uvalde Police Department, a verbal confrontation broke out between Vara and Arredondo shortly after midnight.

Arredondo’s aunt, Dolores Zacarias, who was not at the party, said the argument was over a bottle of beer salt.

Police say the disagreement escalated into a physical altercation and Vara struck Miguel Arredondo several times, causing the victim to fall back and hit his head on concrete.

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