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18
Feb

Burning West Main house salvaged

The quick response by Uvalde volunteer firefighters likely saved a home in the 500 block of West Main Street after it caught fire late Friday night. Twenty-four firefighters responded to the call at around 11:02 p.m. for a report of smoke in the area.

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Wed
18
Feb

Is Nelson competent to stand trial for murder?

If Thomas Ray Nelson, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother-in-law and her friend, is found competent on Monday, the capital murder case against him will go to trial on Tuesday. The competency decision is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Uvalde County Justice Center.

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Fri
13
Feb

The trailer

The trailer of a vehicle remains lodged against a locomotive after the driver failed in his attempt to beat the train. Also pictured are two Uvalde volunteer firefighters. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon several miles west of Sabinal on U.S Highway 90 and Farm-to-Market Road 2730. Please see Page 3 for the story.

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Fri
13
Feb

Professional

Professional Disc Golf Association member Fernando Brown (left) and students of Uvalde Area Home School Co-op practice their disc throwing during a teaching seminar led by Brown. The event took place Tuesday at the First Baptist Church.

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Fri
13
Feb

Toddler’s syndrome brings frequent queries

by Kimberly Rubio
 
“This is how God made him.” That is the response Jennifer Alvarez offers curious children when they question her young son’s appearance. Eighteen-month-old Adam Kenneth Bills is a happy, active toddler who enjoys spending time with his older brothers Anthony and Trey Lopez, ages 7 and 5. But Adam also suffers from Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder characterized by craniofacial deformities.

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Fri
13
Feb

CHDI faces potential fiscal cliff

by Kim Eagle
 
Community Health Development Inc. in Uvalde is one of 1,300 health centers around the country in danger of having to sharply curtail services – or close – if the U.S. Congress does not extend federal funding due to expire in October. According to a letter sent by community health center officials to congressional leaders, these centers care for more than 22 million patients, including nearly 7 million children and 268,000 veterans.

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Wed
11
Feb

Normans share 60 years of ‘blessed’ experiences

More than 60 years ago, young serviceman Charles “Buddy” Norman sneaked an engagement ring on the finger of Norma Jean “Jeanie” Buchanan, a Texas Tech co-ed whom he had met only months before.  Jeanie says Buddywas always fiddling with her Uvalde High  School class ring, sowhen he was doing just that one day before a party she didn’t give the action a second thought. When she walked into the house and reached for a serving of justbaked pie, however, one of her girlfriends saw a ring with a much larger stone than the one Jeanie usually wore. “When did you get that?” Jeanie remembers her friend Kay asking.
 
Wed
11
Feb

Welder’s sparks cause major fire in Leakey

Uvalde volunteer firefighters were dispatched to Leakey on Monday night to help other fire departments extinguish a fire that destroyed an old gas station. Twelve Uvalde firefighters set off at 6:40 p.m., nearly two hours after the fire started. “We sent out eight guys, and then they called for four more,” said firefighter Jimmy Joe Howard. Firefighters believed the fire was a result of a stray welding spark. “It was an old gas station that they were remodeling,” Howard said. There were no injuries,  but nearby residents wereevacuated due to large storage tanks that were located at the rear of the building. Firefighters were back in Uvalde by 10:45 p.m.
 
Wed
11
Feb

Solar farm shines as grand undertaking

ROver 330 workers, 3 billion parts, and $250 million are needed to construct a 100-megawatt solar power project in just over one year’s time. That is exactly what OCI Solar Power is doing right here in Uvalde County with the Alamo 5 project. Construction of the array falls to Mortenson Construction and many local contracted professionals. The Uvalde County judge, commissioners, and other officials took a tour of the construction site on Monday. The tour was part of the commissioners’ regular meeting, which began at the courthouse. Matt Berry, project manager with Mortenson Construction, said work began back in August 2014. Construction should be complete and ready for testing by this August, becoming fully operational some time in February or March of 2016.
 

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