Lorraine and Howard Ponish (dressed in white), celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii, with a luau on Thanksgiving Day 2013. The couple married in 1963, two days after Kennedy was assassinated and 1.5 hours after Oswald was shot. Family that helped them celebrate 50 years of marriage include (left to right) Lori, Trey, Matthew (holding the paper), Stephen, Shannon and Steve.
Although some might want to believe it doesn’t happen in a small town, monsters are real and child abuse is on the rise in Uvalde County. In reporting year 2013, Child Protective Services investigated 206 cases in Uvalde County, finding 72 confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect: in two of those cases, children died as a result of neglect, and 19 others were removed from their homes.
What questions would should be asked of the future mayor of Uvalde? Both candidates – Don McLaughlin Jr. and Henry John Yeackle IV – have agreed to a question-and-answer session with the Uvalde Leader-News. Questions will be generated by the newspaper staff and the Uvalde community. Queries for the candidates can be submitted by mail or in person at 110 N. East St. in Uvalde.
They say April showers bring May flowers, and this year April came through with an overnight thunderstorm complete with high winds and hail. The events sparked rumors of a tornado in Batesville. Meteorologist Cory Van Pelt with the National Weather Service said the area’s rainfall was due to a dry line that came from West Texas. This is a common occurrence during the spring months.
Keep Utopia Beautiful, the non-profit organization that operates Utopia Recycles, teamed up with an intrepid GeoFORCE crew of university and high school students to take a deep dive into what guests throw away at Garner State Park. What they uncovered is remarkable and shows significant opportunity.
They are here to serve and protect, but like all things it takes money to run a successful law enforcement agency. While both Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke and Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera said their departments are not underfunded, each outlined areas in their respective departments that could use some extra help.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has undergone many changes in the past year, due in large part to a new superintendent and passing of the tax ratification election that netted the school district an additional $2.4 million. Roughly half of the money, $1.2 million, was allocated for teacher pay raises. Thirty-three percent of the money, or $797,793, was allocated for repairs to facilities and 17 percent, or $408,000, was earmarked for new technology.
Since it was decommissioned in 2012, the fate of the old Uvalde County Jail has been a topic of some discussion for county officials. Plans ranged from selling the building outright to merely stripping it of its bars and selling them as scrap metal. Now, however, sections of the jail are being made over to house the county’s juvenile probation program.