Barrett Blick lost his home to a fire, went through three hours of brain surgery completely awake, recovered from paralysis, almost died from chemotherapy treatment, and is now fighting for his life against an aggressive brain cancer that his doctors tell him will most likely take his life within the next 18 months. His outward appearance belies this. A stranger could never tell he is sick by his energy and good spirits – the only sign is a rather large scar on the top of his head and one tiny scar on his forehead.
Louis Capt (far left) looks on as workers plant a tree at the Herby Ham Activity Center. About 40-50 trees, including live oak, magnolias, Eagleston hollies and cedar elms, were donated by John Sewell and Louis Capt.
Local business owner Don McLaughlin Jr. has filed to run in the municipal election as a candidate for mayor of Uvalde. The election is set for May 10, 2014. “I am running for mayor of Uvalde because we have a lot of work to do as a city, and I know I can bring the positive changes that we need in our community,” McLaughlin said. “We are facing tough decisions on issues such as water rights, street conditions, education and economic growth, just to name a few, and I plan to work together with our city and county leaders, our schools and our citizens to represent the best interest of Uvalde as a whole.
The city of Uvalde has tapped a new conservation coordinator to increase water awareness among city residents. Allie Anderson was named the conservation coordinator for the city of Uvalde on Oct. 21. The part-time position, which is contracted for three years, is funded with grant money from Edwards Aquifer Authority. Anderson comes to the job with a degree in recreational parks and tourism from Texas A&M University.
City of Uvalde employee Eugenio Arellano works Monday to erect a four-way stop sign at the intersection of East Wood Street and East Nopal Street. Citing numerous accidents at the location, Uvalde City Council recently approved the addition of a four-way stop intersection.
Sammye and Steve Smallwood abate homesickness by reading the Uvalde Leader-News during their stay at Hemloch Inn in Bryson City, N. C. The trip was spurred after they read about the inn in “Bryson City Tales” by Dr. Walt Larimore. The book is the doctor’s account of his early years of practice in this Appalachian Mountain Village.
Following an extensive search, Eric Herrera has been named chief of police in the city of Uvalde. The decision came following a closed discussion on Tuesday evening between city council members. Herrera is joining the Uvalde Police Department from Pecos, where he is employed as a deputy with Reeves County Sheriff’s Office. He has been in law enforcement since 1983.
Don’t argue, instead have a discussion. Never go to bed angry at one another. Always say, “I love you.” These are just a few pieces of advice that Noe and Teresa Saldaña offer to younger couples looking to achieve the longevity and happiness in a marriage that they have enjoyed for the past 60 years. The couple met in 1948 when Noe was 15 and Teresa was 13.
Working fervently and tirelessly with the best interests of Uvalde in mind are things that Donald McLaughlin Jr. and Johnny Guzman have in common, and the two men were lauded Friday night when they were named Uvaldean of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, respectively. During the 94th annual Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, Derek Sandoval and Dudley Ilse took the floor to talk about how Uvalde is better off because of this year’s honorees.
Cynthia Martinez (right) and longtime friend Meghan Villarreal recently celebrated Cynthia’s 30th birthday in the Bahamas. They took time off from a day of sun bathing and snorkeling to read the Uvalde Leader-News.