Uvalde County Appraisal District on Wednesday mailed out over 5,000 notices showing proposed 2014 property appraised values, and owners now have 30 days to file an appeal regarding any disagreement they may have with information on the notice. Chief Appraiser Albert Mireles reminds property owners that the notice of appraised value is not a tax bill, but rather an opportunity for them to make sure that the appraisal district has all taxable property listed on the appraisal roll. Actual tax statements will be mailed in October.
A group of Robb Elementary students has offered to get knee deep in dirt in an effort to help maintain the Uvalde Memorial Park. Students of Sairi Casares’ fourth-grade class recently wrote letters to the city of Uvalde asking for permission to spend a Saturday cleaning the park and possibly planting a tree.
Uvalde firefighter Will Dalrymple looks into a vehicle that was struck Tuesday morning. The accident happened when the driver of a forklift, used in loading a commercial tractor-trailer parked on the roadway, emerged from the parking lot and into traffic in the 300 block of East Leona Street.
Extra, extra, read all about it: Students at Excel Academy utilize Newspapers in Education to work on writing, especially how to best introduce topics and write a strong lead. Teacher Yolanda Jones has been using issues of the Uvalde Leader-News as a teaching tool in her high school English class at Excel.
Professional bull riders will be bucking into Uvalde this weekend – hoping to last eight seconds before getting thrown – on their quests to earn $65,000 in cash and prizes. The third annual Cactus Jack Bull Riding competition starts Friday and will continue through Sunday at the Uvalde County Fairplex.
A three-vehicle accident that occurred at an intersection in front of the Knippa Independent School District on Monday morning has members of the small community questioning whether it could have been prevented. For district Superintendent Jeff Cottrill, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.
Sulema Bermea reads the Uvalde Leader-News at the world-famous 102nd floor observatory of the Empire State Building during a recent trip to New York City. The observatory offers a magnificent view of the city and the Hudson River.
This time last year Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had 208 high school students sent to its disciplinary program, with 67 percent coming back at least once. “This year at the same time, we have had 133 students come through DAEP and bootcamp and only 8 percent have come back,” said Principal Christa Dillard, referring to the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
Although a victim of sexual assault may feel hesitant to report such a crime, according to Uvalde Police Lt. Mike Hernandez detectives with the department have the victim’s safety and privacy as their number one priority. Hernandez said the department is well equipped to handle sexual assault cases and officers have investigated a total of 16 between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.
Donald McLaughlin Jr. clinched the race for mayor of Uvalde by 77 votes in a contest with Henry John Yeackle IV that was decided last Saturday. McLaughlin received 822 votes of the 1,569 cast, leaving 745 for Yeackle. The 1,569 ballots represent 16.4 percent of the 9,566 registered voters in the city. Of those ballots, 295 were cast by mail; 892 by personal appearance; and 382 were recorded on election day, which was Saturday.