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Photo Contest

Where do you read the newspaper? The Uvalde Leader-News is again accepting photo submissions from people reading the newspaper in far-flung or unique geographical locations. The newspaper first held the contest in 2013 and received dozens of entries, which appeared one at a time on the front page of each edition of the newspaper – for nearly one year.Simply e-mail, mail or bring your photos into us on or before Dec. 31, 2016, to be eligible for the contest. Pictures will be judged on location, originality and authenticity and should be accompanied by a brief description...
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21
Apr

Duo nabbed after off-duty DPS sergeant calls cops

 By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Two San Antonio teens were caught red-handed after stealing a goat from the Utopia property of a Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant. Benito Benavidez III, of 110 Summertime Drive, and Christopher Ryan Ramon, of 8319 Chivalry St., both 18, were arrested by Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office on charges of theft of livestock valued at less than $30,000.

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Thu
21
Apr

One dies in Friday rollover

 By KIMBERLY RUBIO

One man is dead and five people were hospitalized after a trio of vehicle accidents occurred over a four-day period. William Darrell Reagan, 58, of Knippa, was killed Friday night following a one-vehicle rollover on Farm-to-Market Road 1049, six miles north of Knippa. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Reagan, driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck, was traveling south on the roadway at an unsafe speed when he lost control and overcorrected..

Thu
21
Apr

Uvalde event raises $20K for cancer society

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Dozens of cancer survivors proved they have a lot of fight left as they walked the first lap of the 2016 Uvalde Relay for Life event to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” The celebration of life took place Friday at the Uvalde County Fairplex from 6 p.m. until midnight.

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Sun
17
Apr

Giving back to the game

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Family members of the late Oscar Castaneda Jr. donated $25,000 to the city of Uvalde to be used at the sports complex. The check was presented Tuesday evening during a City Council meeting at City Hall. Family members present included Castaneda’s wife, Carmen Castaneda; daughter, Araceli Castaneda; and nephew, Tito Vasquez.

 

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Sun
17
Apr

Williams resigning from UCISD

Arlene Williams, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has resigned from her position, effective last Friday. Williams began working for UCISD in June of 2014, filling a vacancy left by Angela Gutsch in December 2013. The assistant superintendent job application window will remain open until a  suitable replacement is found.

 

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Thu
14
Apr

‘Sharp, hot pain’ hit bite victim’s ankle

 

(Photo courtesy Karen Barnes: This 5-foot rattlesnake likely had better Mondays than the one this week, when its life ended at the home of Karen and John Barnes off U.S. Highway 83 South.)

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

The summer season is fast approaching and rattlesnakes, known to make appearances during the drier and warmer months, are on the move.

On April 7, a rattlesnake bit a 70-year-old Sabinal man outside the victim’s North Orange Street residence.

Juan Flores was in his backyard building a chicken coop when he moved to grab a piece of wood.

“I went into the tall grass and I felt a sharp, hot pain in my ankle,” Flores said. “I looked down and I saw a rattlesnake. I jumped back, but the snake stayed put so I called my wife and right away we got help.”

The incident occurred as the Sabinal Independent School District was hosting a health walk on North Center Street, so several roads were closed.

Thu
14
Apr

UPD-lauded Rhodes reflects on career, late wife

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Longtime Uvaldean Ray Rhodes was publicly recognized on Tuesday evening for his support of the local police department. Rhodes was given a plaque during a 6 p.m. meeting of Uvalde City Council, held at city hall. As president of the Uvalde Gun Club, Rhodes coordinated with Uvalde Police Department Chief Eric Herrera toward a yearly donation to the department’s officer of the year program.

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Thu
14
Apr

County moves forward with longtime auditor

By MEGHANN GARCIA

Despite one commissioner’s request to advertise for proposals in hopes of securing a new auditor to review the 2015-2016 Uvalde County budget, all four commissioners voted to approve a letter of engagement with Beyer and Company. Commissioner Raul Flores, who had made the request to secure a new independent auditor, voted in the affirmative .after Commissioner Randy Scheide motioned to approve the letter of engagement.

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Thu
14
Apr

New chief, same attorney

By LOGAN GARNETT

In order to fill the vacancy being left by current chief appraiser Albert Mireles, whose last day on the job is tomorrow, the Uvalde County Appraisal District’s board of directors .on Tuesday appointed .current agricultural appraiser Jesus Flores as interim chief appraiser. “I would first like to thank Albert for his years of dedication and for his help at the office here,” board chairman Federico Flores said of Mireles’ retirement. As one of his first responsibilities, interim chief appraiser Flores was tasked by the board with advertising for a qualified candidate to fill the chief appraiser position on a permanent basis. On that note, Chairman Flores asked Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball if she has any contacts in Austin that could assist in the candidate search.

 

Sun
10
Apr

Bridal Gala’s festive spirit is hit

Dresses, photo booths, center pieces, and catering services were the most popular vendors at the well-attended Bridal Gala held Tuesday at Uvalde Country Club. The expo was a joint effort between the country club and Uvalde Leader-News.
 

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