The Uvalde Post Office kicked off the holiday shipping season last week by announcing that daily package delivery – even on Sunday – begins today and continues through Christmas Day in response to volume growth in packages. “The Postal Service ships more packages to more places than anyone else,”
The deadline to register for a special-use permit that allows truck operators to park on residential streets has been extended to Jan. 1, 2016. So far, city staff has received 70 applications and 63 permits have been issued.
A group of dads who call themselves Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are on guard at Flores Middle School.
The all-male parent volunteer group was implemented two years ago and revived this year with help of volunteer coordinator Danny Garza. So far they have more than a dozen fathers who take time out of their day to visit campus, monitor the halls, attend special school activities, and serve as strong male role models when male teachers are far from ubiquitous.
“They are given a schedule and they could just be monitoring the hall, helping out in the cafeteria, or in the gym,” said Carolina Barboza, president of Flores Parent/Teacher Organization. “The purpose is for the kids who don’t have dads at home to have a male role model on campus.”
Garza explained that Watch D.O.G.S. is a national movement found in 46 of the 50 states and in Canada and Mexico.
The Luv Ya Uvalde organizers know all about giving back on Thanksgiving, for they have been doing it for more than 30 years.
Planning is well underway for the 32nd-annual Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving dinner, and according to event organizer Leticia Cobarrubia, volunteers, door prizes, and pumpkin pies are still needed to make the event successful.
Each year around 200 people volunteer to cook, clean, deliver food, and serve a free Thanksgiving dinner to between 1,000 and 2,000 people. The event originally started as a way to feed the elderly and less fortunate, but over the years it has morphed into a general community dinner. Everyone is invited.
The meal is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and food will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Door prizes will given away periodically throughout the event. Music and other entertainment are also planned.
Uvalde City Council recently discussed settling an ongoing lawsuit – related to unpaid taxes of $67,537 – against the Uvalde Hotel Corporation.
The discussion took place on Tuesday night behind closed doors, and no action was taken when council reconvened in open session.
Last year, the city filed a lawsuit to collect money from the Uvalde Hotel Corporation, owner of Quality Inn at 920 E. Main St., for failing to pay hotel occupancy taxes.
According to documents filed in the 38th Judicial District Clerk’s Office, the corporation failed to adequately report and/or fully pay applicable hotel occupancy taxes owed to the city of Uvalde for the third quarter of 2014 (July through September ; fourth quarter of 2013 (October through December); and the first and second quarters of 2014 (January through June).