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Thu
26
Mar

Skate park could be complete next week

Due to recent rainfall, the completion date for the city of Uvalde skate park has been pushed back to next week.

The skate park will be located near the volleyball courts at 337 E. Main St., Uvalde Memorial Park. Construction was to be complete by the end of February, but workers faced several delays due to the weather.

“If the weather holds up, they should be done pouring [cement] this week, so they should be done by the end of next week,” said assistant city manager Joe Cardenas.

Last year, the city of Uvalde allocated $125,000 of a tax note for the project. In July 2014, the city of Uvalde approved a bid proposal of $175,000 from Spohn Ranch Skateparks – $50,0000 over budget.

Funds needed to complete the project were provided through donations from local residents and businesses.

Thu
26
Mar

Junque dynasty: ‘Weekend after Warrenton’ event set downtown

by Kim Eagle, Staff writer

Main Street Uvalde's spring junque show, featuring high-end antiques, vintage items, and crafts is just around the corner.

The junque show is scheduled April 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Uvalde's downtown square. Booth spaces are almost completely gone as local artists, crafters, pickers and trophy antique hunters have been signing up in droves to sell their wares.

Sun
22
Mar

Women outnumbered but no less effective in enforcement, corrections

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice, but occasionally they grow up to be gun-toting heroines.
 
Of the 53 police officers and deputies in Uvalde, three are female. They incude Uvalde Police Department's Sgt. Amy Maldonado and Officer Hoshi Segura, and Uvalde County Sheriff's Deputy Sarah Faith. In addition, nine women are employed with the Uvalde County Jail, including classification officer Linda De Leon.
 
Despite being the minority sex in their professions, these women say they are not at all fazed by their employment in a male-dominated workplace.
 
Sun
22
Mar

Students will fill city positions

Dates have been set for 25th National Youth Week: City Government, in which top Uvalde High School students are elected and appointed to mock city posts. The April 14-16 event is being sponsored by the Uvalde Lions Club in cooperation with the City of Uvalde and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. All students must maintain at least a “B” average and have no pending disciplinary actions.

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Sun
22
Mar

Four UHS girls heading to state cosmetology competition

by KIM EAGLE
STAFF WRITER
Laura Rodriguez hopes to hit the nail on the head March 26-28 when she competes in a Skills U.S.A. State Competition in Corpus Christi. Rodriguez, a senior at Uvalde High School, qualified for state by winning first place in the nail care category at the district competition held Feb. 6 in San Antonio. Other UHS classmates heading to state include Thayiss Vasquez, a sophomore who received second place in nail art; Sarai Puente, a junior who received third place in nail art; and Keyla Martinez, a senior who won second place in men’s haircutting.

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Sun
22
Mar

Man dies after assault; sister’s boyfriend jailed on charges of manslaughter

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

 

A Uvalde man was jailed Thursday when his girlfriend's brother suddenly died after the two were involved in an altercation.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday, after a late night party took place Wednesday in the 400 block of West Oak Street.

Jesus Noel Vara, 36, and his girlfriend, Stephanie Arredondo, 27, were at the get-together along with her brother, Miguel Arredondo, who is 35.

According to the Uvalde Police Department, a verbal confrontation broke out between Vara and Arredondo shortly after midnight.

Arredondo’s aunt, Dolores Zacarias, who was not at the party, said the argument was over a bottle of beer salt.

Police say the disagreement escalated into a physical altercation and Vara struck Miguel Arredondo several times, causing the victim to fall back and hit his head on concrete.

Thu
19
Mar

$3.6 million owed to city court

Police arrest 49 people for unpaid fines

Local law enforcement officials made nearly 50 arrests during this year’s state-wide warrant round-up, which ended this week. The amount of fines, fees and court costs still owed totals $3,647,420.

That figure represents all outstanding money owed to the court for years as far back as 1998, according to Andrew Hagen, municipal judge. Uvalde Municipal Court – in conjunction with the Uvalde Police Department – participated in the annual event to clear longstanding warrants from the city court’s books. One hundred and twenty-eight warrants were issued.

The round-up focused on city residents who have past due fines levied by the municipal court or who have failed to appear in municipal court for tickets. It also targeted of-age students or parents of underage students who have excessive absences from school.

Wed
18
Mar

Additional trails opening at Garner

by Kim Eagle, Staff writer

Garner State Park, best known for its iconic dances and access to cool, clear waters of the Frio River, is also home to dozens of walking, biking and hiking trails.

“We have a vast trail system with vista views that are awe inspiring,” said Steve Killian, Garner State Park superintendent. “It is a great place to spend time with family and get in shape.”

The park has revamped its trail map to highlight 10 of the most talked about hikes in the park, promising something for people of all ages and physical ability. While a couple of the trails are still under construction, they should be completed in May.

Killian said the trails range from easy half-mile trails that are flat to those that are several miles long and take hikers up to the top of mountains.

“It is well worth the trip,” he said.

Challenging Hike

Wed
18
Mar

Herrera: Crime decreased by 21.94 percent

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
Wed
18
Mar

Two deputies assaulted

Federal agents took custody of a fugitive while the suspect’s mother and three friends were hauled to the county jail Monday night after they allegedly assaulted two deputies and aided in the fugitive’s escape from custody. A three-hour manhunt led to the appreh

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