It was far from a picture-perfect day for bird watcher and photographer Bob Rasa when he was attacked by a swarm of bees while walking at Cooks Slough Nature Park on Thursday. Rasa estimated that 50-100 bees formed a large black cloud around him.
“They were really making a lot of noise. I heard them coming and as they came down on my head I ran off,” Rasa said. “It happened so quickly. I just ran and ran... All I could think was, ‘I am not going to make it through this.’”
Rasa said he ran for a quarter of a mile but the bees continued to follow him, stinging his head, neck, and arms.
Although he felt okay, Rasa drove himself to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
“They took out 27 stingers," Rasa said. "My head, ears, face and arms were pretty sore.”
Through the grace of God, the love of his family, and the support of his guardian angels, Joe Villarreal has turned his life around by losing 193 pounds in the last 29 months. He talked about his transformation and how he stays motivated, noting it took a health scare to get him to the doctor to hear the hard truth.
“Back then there were no workouts,” Villarreal said. “I would get up and eat and go to work. There was no exercise. There was a lot of thinking about exercise, but never doing it.”
One of his doctors said something that really hit home.
“He told me, ‘You’re lazy,’” Villarreal said. “‘When my family and I go out to eat we search for a place with fresh, seasonal ingredients. When you go out to eat you go to the closest place and get fast food. That’s lazy.’”
The El Progreso Memorial Library summer reading program has officially ended and all the prizes have been handed out. The final drawings were held Thursday afternoon. Winning a $25 iTunes gift card in the teen category for reading several hours over the summer were Jessica Dong, Rebekah Ramirez and Savannah Rangel.
Thousands of people turned their heads toward the sky Saturday night as the third-annual Fourth of July fireworks show got popping at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Blooms of color painted the night sky and thunderous booms echoed over the grounds as the pyrotechnics were set off. One issue, however, was the brevity of the show – which was cosponsored by the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and Uvalde Leader-News – as it went on for only half of the expected time.
Uvalde resident Andy Martinez was recently named volunteer of the year for the Uvalde Food Pantry.
According to Uvalde Food Pantry board president Tru Hiatt, Martinez has been volunteering his services for nearly four years.
“I saw they didn’t have enough help so I decided I wanted to help, and I have been here ever since,” Martinez said.
Martinez assists with the packaging and distribution of food while also maintaining the building.
Volunteers sack food each Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Distribution is each Saturday from 9-11 a.m.
“He is absolutely one of the most dependable volunteers we have,” Hiatt said. “Every Tuesday and Saturday he is there, and he mops floors on Friday to prepare for Saturday. I can call him at the drop of a hat and he’ll be there.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the deployment of United States ground troops in the Vietnam War (1954-1975).
It was a two-decade long conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam (known as the Viet Cong) against the government of South Vietnam and its ally, the United States.
The Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have erected a traveling monument to honor the 3,417 Texan Vietnam War heroes and 222 Uvalde County Vietnam War heroes who participated in this long engagement.
The display, which includes replica weapons, military vehicles, and various documents and pictures, will be on display at El Progreso Memorial Library for the remainder of July.
Hundreds of items are available to view in different parts of the library.
Popular for mimicking a marijuana high, synthetic cannabis is a growing trend among Uvalde residents oblivious to the dangers associated with the drug’s unpredictable side effects. The so-called designer drug commonly referred to as K2, Klimax, and Purple Haze is made of herbs or incense and sprayed with liquid chemicals.
Braden Chambers carries an American flag across the lawn of the Uvalde County Courthouse. Chambers and his twin brother Blaine were part of a team of three Boy Scouts and four adults who placed more than 00 flags outside the courthouse, Uvalde City Hall, downtown plaza, and Dolph Briscoe Jr. Post Office on Thursday morning. Please see Page 3 for more information.