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12
Apr

Fatal crash at UHS

Kimberly Rubio
Leader-News
Bone-chilling screams could be heard from a ditch near Uvalde High School as four studentswere trapped in a vehicle, with their friend laying motionless nearby after being ejected. The full-scale mock accident seen Thursday was part of the student council’s safety initiative that urges students to think twice before driving while intoxicated or distracted.

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Sun
12
Apr

Library amps up technology with iPads, 3D printer

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

To celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18, El Progreso Memorial Library recently purchased $10,000 worth of technology upgrades – helping the facility expand beyond the time-honored role as a repository of books.

Mendell Morgan, library director, said it was a grant that enabled them to purchase a high speed multiple page scanner, three desktop computers, four Apple Air 2 iPads, two flat-screen televisions, one 12-inch roll laminator, one 24-inch poster printer and one 3-D MakerBot Replicator Desktop Printer. Special software on one computer will assist users with Adobe Premiere + Photoshop Elements.

Sun
12
Apr

Students clean graffiti at park

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

Uvalde High School Pioneers Youth Leadership students have hit the ground coat running as they work to paint over graffiti at Memorial Park.

Pioneers Youth Leadership is a learning-through-action high school leadership program that aims to develop the next generation of community leaders.

Under the direction of teacher M’Liss Graham, UHS students are given leadership experience with a focus on helping their own community.

In addition to creating good leaders, the program engages youth to make positive changes in their towns.

The class needed a spring community service project and decided to cover up graffiti around town.

After visiting with assistant city manager Joe Cardenas, the decision was made to begin with the Memorial Park walking trail.

Since the beginning of April, the Pioneers have spent several afternoons from 5 to 6:30 p.m. painting the large pillars under the bridge.

Thu
09
Apr

Nutrition center gets bounty of hydroponic lettuce

by Logan Garnett, general manager

While it sounds like the kind of menu item that you might normally find at a high-end restaurant specializing in locally-sourced ingredients, a whole crop of hydroponically grown lettuce was recently donated to the Uvalde County Nutrition Center. And, according to the center, they are more than pleased to have it.

“It just looks so nutritious and pretty,” said center director Enedelia Mendoza. “We’ve been testing it in salads to see how people like it, and it’s been very popular. They say they like it more than just the heads of lettuce from the store.”

In all, the nutrition center received eight varieties of lettuce that were hydroponically grown at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center under the supervision of Daniel Leskovar, center director and professor of vegetable physiology.

Wed
08
Apr

Power play: Linemen on duty 24/7

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

For most people, turning on a light is as easy as flipping a switch. April 13, however, is a day to recognize the men and women who work daily to ensure neighborhoods have electricity.

To give linemen the credit they deserve, America’s Electric Cooperatives designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

Last week, Uvalde Leader-News was on site with four local linemen, Raymond Sendejo, Ben Garcia, Jason Gomez and Serapio Guzman, who are all employed with Medina Electric Cooperative.

As a veteran lineman Sendejo has worked in the field for 11 years, while Gomez has worked for six. Both Garcia and Guzman have worked in the profession for three and a half years.

The four men install, repair and maintain electrical power lines.

“We build and maintain power lines within a 70 mile radius of Uvalde,” said Sendejo, crew foreman. “Mostly rural areas.”

Wed
08
Apr

Uvalde resident convicted on racketeering charges

In Del Rio last week, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against a Texas Syndicate member for various violations of federal racketeering offenses committed in Uvalde, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

Jurors convicted 39-year-old George “Curious” Sanchez of Uvalde of conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute. He faces life in prison for each racketeering offense he has been found guilty of committing.

Sun
05
Apr

Parole for deputy’s murderer?

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Gerardo Rodriguez is a candidate for parole. For the children of slain Deputy Clyde Hobbs it’s painful to think that while their father was never granted one, his murderer may receive a second chance at life.

Hobbs, 34, was employed with the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office when, on Aug. 10, 1982, he was left beaten 40 yards from his patrol car after conducting a traffic stop on a group of men suspected of carrying stolen merchandise.

He died from massive head wounds the next day at a San Antonio hospital.

Hobbs left behind a wife, Karen, and three young children: Katy, then 8, Gini, then 4, and Cody, an infant.

Following a massive manhunt across South Texas, Alberto Rodriguez, then 25, Gerardo Rodriguez, then 18, and Jose Luis Rodriguez, then 21, all of Eagle Pass, were captured four day’s after killing the deputy.

They were indicted on capital murder charges.

Sun
05
Apr

Diaz turns river rocks into works of art

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

It has been over a decade since Dora Diaz stumbled upon an ordinary river rock that she transformed into artwork. Now, hundreds of rocks later, she has turned her passion for rock painting into a hobby.

An Uvalde native, Diaz said rock painting is an ideal way for people of all ages to explore their artistic talents.

“I have always had an interest in painting, but I didn’t realize how exciting and relaxing it is. It is therapeutic,” Diaz said.

Diaz travels to various rivers and collects rocks of all sizes. She then paints those rocks to resemble animals, flowers, butterflies and even cartoon characters.

“I enjoy going to the rivers and looking for rocks. When I see a rock I look at what makes it unique, and then I imagine what it should be painted as,” Diaz said.

Her passion of rock art even inspired her write a poem.

Sun
05
Apr

Easter Sunday: Jesus is risen

This is the time that Christians all over the world commemorate, contemplate, and celebrate the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior. Ultimately, the person who accepts Jesus as his or her personal savior has just cause to celebrate. While there is still time, those lost in trespasses and sin can have a right relationship with God the Father through God the Son. Believe the gospel.

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Sun
05
Apr

Inspection, registration process causes confusion

Last month, legislation changing the inspection/registration process for Texas vehicles took effect and, as a result, sparked much confusion for vehicle owners.

Inspection stickers are a thing of the past, although vehicles must still be inspected. The change, which comes as a result of House Bill 2305, allows a registration sticker to serve as combined proof of registration and inspection.

Residents can renew their annual registration online, by mail or in person at the Uvalde County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office. At the time of registration, an inspection status will be verified electronically.

A current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal.

According to Uvalde County Tax Assessor Maggie Del Toro, many residents have arrived to renew their registration only to be turned away because their vehicle has not passed an inspection.

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