THE FOLLOWING was submitted by staff of the Southwest Texas Junior College public information office.
Southwest Texas Junior College has said goodbye to history professors Harry Lawrence Jr. and Barbara Blair, who each retired before classes started this fall. Lawrence retired in May, ending a 53-year career at SWTJC, while Blair continued through the summer, giving the institution she attended 43 years of service.
History books focus on the big picture: wars, battles won and lost, victors and reconstruction. While presidents and decorated generals are touted, left out of those reviews are most individual members of the armed forces. The American Legion Post 479 and its auxiliary unit want to honor the men and women who served – and those who are serving now – the United States with a brick, emblazoned with the serviceman’s name, rank, and branch of service.
Uvalde City Council has appointed Kerry Sweatt of Leakey as interim city manager. Sweatt holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from West Texas State University in Canyon. He has served as a city manger for over 30 years in various municipalities across Texas. Sweatt is originally from Westbrook, Texas, but he moved to Leakey, where he owned property, when he retired.
For the second time this year, the head of the public works department in Sabinal is accused of misap-propriating city-owned property. Rodolfo “Rudy” Tristan’s employment with the city of Sabinal ended Tuesday when he opted to resign. Voting Monday night, Sabinal City Council chose to give Tristan the option of resigning by 5 p.m. Tuesday or have his employment terminated.
At a time when the actions of police officers are under scrutiny, local law enforcement officials are using every resource available to them to document their interactions with the public.
Cameras are installed inside all Uvalde Police Department patrol vehicles and a device to record audio is carried by each officer. The audio and video footage is downloaded and reviewed by lieutenants every other day and stored for at least six months.
A Uvalde man who police believe may be mentally unstable is accused of attacking a man with a shovel while trying to break into a South Bates Street home. The incident occurred just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, when Jose Manuel Luna, 49, of 233 S. Bates St., allegedly broke into an older-model Ford F-250 that was parked at E.T’s Auto Repair shop at 703 W. Main St.
Like it or not, taxes make the world go around. They pay for our roads and schools and, in Uvalde County’s case, the protection of our local aquifers. But with several different entities levying their own specific tax rates, it can become confusing determining just how much is being paid to whom.
The teaching kitchen at Community Health Development Inc. is a happy kitchen once again thanks to a $10,000 donation from Security Service Federal Credit Union Credit union representatives were at the Aug. 28 CHDI board meeting to present a $10,000 check to ensure the program receives funding it needs to stay in operation.
The dust has barely settled after the 18th annual Palomino Fest, but the memories made there by the estimated 20,000 weekend attendees will last a lifetime. Event organizer Wade Carpenter said that the event was a great success and raised a lot of money for Southwest Texas Junior College scholarships.