The Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce raised $38,000 for annual operating expenses at the 35th-annual Hunter’s Roundup. According to Olivia Rish, executive director, nearly 4,500 people were in attendance during the Friday night event, which took place 5 p.m to 11 p.m. at the Uvalde County Stardust Pavilion at the Fairplex.
Veterans Day is an annual American holiday honoring all military veterans. It was originally observed to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I when major hostilities of that war were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. American Legion Post 26 and the Ladies Auxiliary Unit will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Uvalde County Event Center at the Fairplex.
From model to bookkeeper for the U.S. Marines Corps to operator of the Two Oaks Cafe in Uvalde, Marge Motes has lived nothing short of an extraordinary life. Motes, who is originally from Hammond, Indiana, grew up the oldest of six children.
As they have consistently done for the last 48 years, Uvalde County voters supported the Republican Party’s candidate for president, with 4,828 of registered voters choosing Donald J. Trump for president over Democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 3,863 votes. Trump captured 53.93 percent of Uvalde County votes to Clinton’s 43.15 percent. This year, Uvalde County had a record-breaking voter turnout, with 9,095 of the 16,611 registered voters casting a ballot for a turnout of 54.75 percent.
For Uvalde County tax assessor/collector, Republican Rita Cordova Verstuyft won with 4,576 votes over Democrat Diana Uriegas Flores, who had 4,330. The margin of victory was 246. Verstuyft will replace longtime tax assessor/collector Maggie Del Toro, who lost to Flores in the Democratic Party primary held March 1.
Local and area residents have the opportunity to participate in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to children who are living in the midst of poverty, war, disease or natural disaster. Prospective donors should begin with finding a standard-size cardboard or plastic shoebox. If desired, donors may wrap the box and lid separately in Christmas wrapping paper. The box should be wrapped separately so that it may be opened.
Recent showers accounted for .79 inches of rainfall in Uvalde, bringing the year-to-date precipitation to 28.49 inches. The weather station monitored by Texas A&M AgriLife recorded .78 and 0.01 inches, respectively, on Tuesday and Monday with rain expected to continue today. Totals for yesterday’s rainfall were not available when the newspaper was printed.
Times for the Thanksgiving luncheons at Benson Elementary and Uvalde High School were not available for the Nov. 6 edition of the Leader-News. Plates are $6 each and can be paid for the day-of in the cafeteria. No outside food or drinks are allowed.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. Voters in Uvalde County will have their final opportunity to officially support candidates on the local level – Uvalde County tax assessor/collector – to state and national races, including the presidency.