It’s been two years since Thomas Ray Nelson was arrested for the shooting death of his motherin- law and her friend, but Nelson said there are two sides to every story – and his account is filled with tales straight out of a made-for-television drama.
Sammye Smallwood was an only child for the first 60-plus years of her life, but in the span of three days in August her family tree blossomed to include a dozen brothers and sisters. After the only parents she knew died over 30 years ago, Smallwood’s aunt confirmed what she almost always believed to be true – Clara and Roland Blair, while wonderful people who devoted their lives to her, were not her biological parents.
Warren D. Neill is proof that hard work and loyalty pay off. Over the past 50 years he has worked as a janitor, filer, and teller, eventually working his way up to vice president of First State Bank Uvalde. Neill started out at FSB as a filer in a room “no bigger than the smallest bathroom you can imagine” on Nov. 23, 1964. The bank wasn’t even in its current location on East Nopal. It was downtown where the El Progreso Memorial Library once stood.
The charred remains of two 18-wheelers and a cargo truck caused a section of U.S Highway 90 East to shut down for over five hours on Wednesday morning following the fatal three-vehicle accident that left the road littered with debris. The wreck, which occurred 6 miles east of Uvalde, left one man dead and another hospitalized.
Thanksgiving, celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November, evokes feelings of family and eventually fullness after the seemingly day-long feast subsides. The national holiday was started in honor of early settlers and their first harvest meal – later to be labeled as the first Thanksgiving.
The Uvalde County Jail exceeded the budgeted amount for inmate medical expenses by more than $115,000 during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2013. Correctional facilities must provide health care to all inmates, as specified in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke says this can take a toll on the budget.
In order to help fill numerous positions in the Del Rio and Hondo areas, Southwest Texas Junior College is adding a Level 1 aviation maintenance certification program, beginning next year. The program is for those who desire to gain knowledge and skills in aviation maintenance. The certificate will pave the way for entry-level employment in aviation-related fields. All students entering the program will be admitted through regular college admission procedures.
Batesville Elementary students in Veronica Granato’s pre-kindergarten class were treated to a special Thanksgiving lunch last week. The meal was just one part of their lesson about the holiday that taught them why it is important to celebrate each year.
Chief Deputy Doug Postert started his career in law enforcement at the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office in 1976, and although there were a few stops along the way it’s also where he will retire after 38 years in the field.
A full house packed into the Batesville School cafeteria last Monday to hear about a new goal for the district, laid out in the strategic plan, that calls for new technology tools for every educator. The action item was part of the November regular school board meeting. This year, the meetings are being held at a different Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District campus each month.