Housing costs are the largest expenditure most Americans will have, and many low-income families often have difficulty finding housing they can afford. Public housing options in the area, overseen by the Uvalde Housing Authority (UHA), were established to provide decent and safe rental housing for low-income families, elderly residents, and persons with disabilities. Executive director Virginia Limon is in charge of UHA, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD administers federal aid to local housing agencies that manage homes for low-income residents at rents they can afford, usually 30 percent of income under a certain level.
When they took the business over two years ago, Brandon Laffere and Kincaid Light were hoping to continue the tradition of Casal’s Package Store being a Uvalde institution. “We wanted to give back to the community and keep people shopping local,” Laffere said of the venture. For his part, Light said that running the businesses is something he has wanted to do for more than a decade, but that former owner and founder Henry Charles Casal, who died in 2009, was not yet ready to part with it.
Three incumbents lost bids for re-election to their respective elected posts after all results were tallied on Saturday. Elections were held for three open seats on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees and Sabinal Independent School District board of trustees, as well as three council seats and the mayoral position for the city of Sabinal.
Jonathan Witt knows the way to Austin; he’s been there twice before. This time the La Pryor Bulldog track star will have an added burden of competing in three events. The high school senior will also have the incentive of trying to nab the gold in his last high school athletic endeavor. Witt punched his ticket to Austin two weeks ago in the Region IV Track and Field meet at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He was a busy young man, winning the 300-meter hurdles (38.8) finishing second in the long jump (21 feet, 8 inches) and – with brother Tristan Witt, Joe Adrian.
With all Uvalde County has to offer, it is only fitting that the Uvalde Leader-News launch its first-ever reader poll to determine which businesses are readers’ favorites. With categories ranging from “Best College” to “Best Grocery Store Clerk” to “Best Taco,” no stone is left unturned when seeking out the stores and employees that make shopping and dining here such a pleasure.
Before any winners can be declared, however, the newspaper is asking that readers write or call in with their nominations for each category.
Best in County
College, community event, county attraction, church, entertainment, service organization.
Nearly one year after a 3-month-old boy died in her care, Mary Bejaran Garcia, 72, was arrested May 5 on an indictment for criminally negligent homicide. She is accused of providing unsafe sleeping conditions.
The incident was reported on May 21, 2015, when Uvalde EMS and Uvalde Police Department were dispatched to 721 Vanessa St. for an unresponsive 3-month-old child.
Camden Sanchez was taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Garcia was not licensed to run a children’s daycare facility, but in addition to Sanchez several other children were also in the home that day.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner performed the autopsy; the infant’s cause of death was determined as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death with unsafe sleeping conditions.
Encarnacion Guevara, kindergarten student in Delia Guevara’s dual language class at Dalton Early Childhood Center, earns himself a couple of tickets to the Cactus Jack Bull Riding event by yelling at the top of his lungs along with Leon Coffee (right) and Matt Merritt (center).
She’s visited the town many times over the past two decades, but it took an open position as manager at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House to finally convince Rosie
Whisenant to leave the more mild temperatures of England and relocate to Uvalde.
“My mom is actually originally from Uvalde,” Whisenant (pronounced wizzen-AHNT) said. “I went back and forth growing up but it was hard because I also have six siblings.”
Whisenant, 23, said that her mother, Katy, met her father, Steven, while both were studying architecture at Texas A&M University and the two were subsequently married in Uvalde, since Katy’s parents, Louis and Sue Capt, live here.