They met as strangers, grew as classmates and leave as friends. This is the message of Uvalde High School’s Class of 2014, who officially graduated from high school Friday night. The UHS band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as 229 seniors filed from the field house to their seats on the 50-yard line at the Honey Bowl Stadium at 8 p.m.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Wanda Waters of the Utopia Ranch Rodeo planning team.
For the past 12 years, the citizens of Utopia and surrounding areas have enjoyed an actionpacked ranch rodeo on the Sunday evening of Memorial Day weekend in the Utopia City Park arena. But the 2014 Utopia Ranch Rodeo may be the most memorable one yet.
With hundreds of area graduates taking stock of their high school diplomas and setting out for higher education and/or the workforce, we invited school, city, and county officials to take a look back at their first jobs. Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell worked at a dry cleaner’s, Sheriff Charles Mendeke was a grocerystore bagger, Uvalde school district assistant superintendent Hal Harrell was a maintenance worker and district superintendent Jeanette Ball made and sold sno-cones.
Two local women will be heading out on a lifechanging experience next week as they deploy to the Middle East for the U.S. Army. Samantha Ives, a firstgrade teacher at Anthon Elementary, and SSgt. Margarita Guerra, mother of two Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District children, will be shipping out in 10 days to their respective locations for a nine-month tour of active duty.
The weekend floods in Uvalde County had residents leaving their homes, but the destination wasn’t higher ground. Instead, many rain revelers found themselves riverside, where they photographed and took video of formerly dry beds flush with fast-moving water. The Frio River rose dramatically on Sunday as Concan received up to a reported 8.8 inches of rain while Leakey followed closely with 7 inches.
To channel George Strait, the cowboys were looking for eight when they pulled that gate last weekend as they vied for bounties, buckles and bragging rights at the third annual Cactus Jack Bull Riding Competition. The competition is officially over and the cowboys are gone, but the effects of the fundraising efforts of the Cactus Jack Foundation will last for years to come.
Will Hurd came out on top with 59.46 percent of the vote in the runoff race with Francisco “Quico” Canseco to determine the Republican candidate for the District 23 U.S. representative post. Hurd, who received 8,558 votes to Canseco’s 5,883 tally, will face incumbent Democratic congressman Pete Gallego in next fall’s General Election.
Whether it is done accidentally or intentionally, the end result of leaving a child inside of a non-idling motor vehicle can be fatal and carry serious legal consequences. According to a press release by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, two vehicle heat-related deaths have occurred so far this year in the United States, with one of those deaths in Texas. In 2013, five deaths were reported in Texas and 44 in the United States.
It’s the kind of ordeal that no human being would ever want to undergo, yet being held as a prisoner of war in an enemy camp does admittedly make for a great story. According to Danny Parker of Uvalde, his late father, Jack, was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Corp during World War II flying a mission over Austria when his B-17 Flying Fortress went down.
Take one part foul weather, one part disease, and one part cartel violence, shake, and what do you get? A very expensive margarita, apparently. In what can be called a perfect storm of perfectly bad luck, several factors have combined recently to drive up the price of limes coming into the U.S. from Mexico to almost three times the usual cost.