“If I have Medicare do I need to sign up for the Affordable Care Act?” and “Can I get insurance if I have diabetes?” were just two of the questions answered during a special forum held Wednesday and hosted by Community Health Development Inc. and Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Entitled the “Health Insurance Information and Enrollment Forum,” the event aimed to answer questions posed during several one-hour sessions at the Willie De Leon Civic Center. The event was organized so members of the community could gather the information they need to sign up for an insurance plan, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
Interim chief of police Max Westbrook will read aloud questions, written and presented from the public, to the three finalists for the top job at Uvalde Police Department during a forum set Wednesday at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Uvalde High School auditorium. Attendees will be able to put questions in writing at that time.
In between calls for assaults, burglaries and vehicle crashes, the Uvalde Police Department responds to about 25 civil complaints each month. These cases range from neighbors disputing property lines to separating couples bickering over belongings or children. “We get about 25 calls a month and about half of those are regarding child custody,” Martinez said. “That is probably what we deal with the most.”
Patients who come to Uvalde Memorial Hospital showing signs of a possible stroke will now be met by one of seven neurologists who will conduct their assessment from hundreds of miles away. Uvalde Memorial Hospital is partnering with Methodist Healthcare and the South Texas Tele-Stroke Network to bring advanced medical care to stroke patients in Uvalde.
To some people, the calendar turning to December reminds them that they only have couple of weeks left to shop for Christmas presents, and to others it is a reminder that the Audubon Christmas Bird Count is fast approaching. The 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will run from Saturday to Jan. 5. According to Susan Cooper, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology with Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, the Uvalde count will be on Saturday.
While many fields remain uncontested after filing for the 2014 primary election ended Monday, some local races have multiple candidates. Two people are competing for the Democratic nomination for county commissioner, precinct 4. Those candidates are incumbent Raul Flores and challenger Philip A. Martinez. The winner will face Republican candidate Danny Welch next November.
Angela Gutsch, who has been the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and an employee of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District since May 2012, has announced that she will be leaving the district for a new position. Gutsch has accepted the position of superintendent of Queen City Independent School District. She became the lone finalist for the job at Queen City on Dec. 2. and will start her new job in January.
The Briscoe-Garner Museum will host an open house on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting will start off the festivities at noon and visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy light refreshments as they tour the newly renovated museum and exhibit galleries, located at 333 N. Park St.
Lucy Olvedo reads the Uvalde Leader-News during her vacation trip to Cancun, Mexico from Sept. 3-7. Olvedo, her husband Richard, and his daughter Heather visited the Mayan Ruins in Tulum and later visited Xel-Há. The site of Xel-Há is located south of Playa del Carmen, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.