There was no shortage of headline material in 2014, when the Uvalde community welcomed many new faces in leadership positions, raised money for good causes, and celebrated top residents. Intense storms caused trees to fall, and in some cases even overturned a plane, train and heavy farm equipment as well as decimating roofs.
The year 2014 was a busy and productive one for Southwest Texas Junior College. The college celebrated many firsts like “Conversations with the President,” Christmas at the College, and extending course offerings east to
Unlike what the movie Jurassic Park taught us in the 1990s, the Tyrannosaurus Rex actually had excellent vision, so the whole “be still and it won’t see you” survival technique is actually untrue. This is according to Dinosaur George, who was in town Friday and Saturday bringing with him a traveling display of fossils that was enjoyed by 2,000 local children and several dozen adult dinosaur enthusiasts.
With their oxygen tanks lasting 30 minutes at most and multiple levels to search for victims, several volunteer firefighters ran out of time while maneuvering through the burning Uvalde County Courthouse. One fireman was saved by his comrades as he reached the entrance with no oxygen left in his tank, but overall eight people perished. Luckily, the Monday night occurrence was not a real fire but instead a search-and-rescue training event organized by the leadership of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department.
Thirty-two cadets received certificates of completion during spring graduation ceremonies for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC. Commencement was held Dec. 5, 2014 in the Matthew’s Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. Charlie Class graduates include Rosemary Ballesteros, Charles Brown, Crystal Lee Cardona, Jessica Carmona, Luis Carmona, Christa Castellanos, John Cervantes, Manuel Cervantes, Daniel Garcia, Juan Garcia, Steve Garcia, Vincent Garcia, Viviana Gonzales, Luis Guevara and Jesse Gutierrez.
Uvalde Memorial Hospital does a lot of good things for a lot of people each year, and in 2014 they did a good thing for themselves by turning $1,841,693 in excess expenditures in 2013 into $8,531,948 in excess revenue in 2014. Chief executive officer Tom Nordwick took over control of the hospital in January of 2014, replacing Jim Buckner. Nordwick’s financial team, led by chief financial officer Valerie Lopez, explained the hospital’s financial turnaround, noting that several factors contributed to the institution’s fiscal success. Although the number of patients admitted and cared for during 2014 looks much like the numbers from 2013, the hospital took advantage of incentives, settlements, and reimbursements that made a big difference.
The need for immunizations does not end with childhood – it remains important throughout adulthood as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that not only do vaccines received as a child wear off over time, adults are also at risk for new and different diseases based on age, health condition, lifestyle, job, and travel.
The application of lip balm led one man to allegedly run down his wife with an all-terrain vehicle in what she described as an attempt to kill her. Stephen Scott Sutherland, 50, of 9720 U.S Highway 83, was arrested by Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office on charges of aggravated kidnapping; two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; two counts of assault causing impediment to breathing, family violence; and endangering a child.
The list of exhibitors has been released for the 2015 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show and Sale, which will be held Jan. 22-24. This year’s show will feature 302 entries and includes a new category – baked foods. The show will be held at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex, starting Thursday, Jan. 22. The final schedule of events will be available later this week.