The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Uvalde for its comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR. The award is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, or GFOA. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
Wayne Seiple of the Uvalde Police Department was appointed last week to the board of directors of the Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians. The appointment to the state board came during the 2013 TAPEIT conference, held in Austin from Oct. 22-25. Seiple will serve a two-year term. He also brought back to Uvalde a $298 grant to update equipment in the Uvalde Police Department evidence room.
District court proceedings began and wrapped up yesterday in the prosecution of Refugio Quijano Jr., of Uvalde, who was charged with the September 2010 murder of Luis Melchor. Quijano, 44, was on trial for first degree murder after being indicted by a Uvalde County grand jury on Feb. 7, 2011. According to local attorney Rogelio Muñoz, who was representing Quijano, a plea agreement was made early in the trial and a six-year sentence was handed down.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District received a ranking of “superior achievement” and a perfect score of 70 for managing the district’s finances. Trustees were given the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, or FIRST, presentation by UCISD chief financial officer Becky Robinson on Oct. 21 at a special board meeting. The Texas Education Agency website states that “the purpose of the financial accountability rating system is to ensure that school districts...are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources.
Johnny Arreola of Los Palominos gifted CDs and took along his Grammy Award when he visited Sandra Vasquez’s first-grade bilingual class on Friday at Anthon Elementary School. Vasquez said Arreola is a great Hispanic role model in the community and that children can relate to him. Arreola attended Anthon Elementary, and on Friday he talked to students about the importance of staying in school and believing in themselves.
Tony Arce Jr. reads the Uvalde Leader-News on the banks of the Clark Fork River in Thompson Falls, Mont. on Aug. 6. The Clark Fork is the largest river by volume in Montana and was named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
By KIM EAGLE. Uvalde High School has issued 130 parking permits this year, nearly three times as many permits as the 46 issued last year. Trustees of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District were given an update on the parking changes recently implemented at UHS by principal Victor Baron.
Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell has announced his candidacy for re-election and is seeking his eighth four-year term. He first took office as county judge on Jan. 1, 1987. Prior to that, Mitchell served four years as Uvalde County justice of the peace and eight years as a member of Uvalde City Council. “It has been an honor.
By KIM EAGLE. One in eight women will get breast cancer during their lifetime and of those diagnosed, one in 36 will lose the battle. Those figures come from www.cancer.org, and according to the website, the chances of surviving cancer get higher and higher each year. A focused increase in awareness, improvements in early detection, and advances in medication, have contributed to the increased survival rate. Two local women were gracious enough to share their cancer stories with the public in an effort to continue increased awareness and early detection.
Addison Brewster is the 2013 Uvalde High School homecoming queen. She was crowned during a halftime ceremony during the Uvalde Coyote’s homecoming football game on Friday night. Happy tears were plentiful as her name was announced and her classmates celebrated the honor with her. Brewster is the daughter of Lori and Neal Brewster, of Uvalde. Brewster represented the office assistants and she was escorted by Coleman Klein.