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Power play: Linemen on duty 24/7

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

For most people, turning on a light is as easy as flipping a switch. April 13, however, is a day to recognize the men and women who work daily to ensure neighborhoods have electricity.

To give linemen the credit they deserve, America’s Electric Cooperatives designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

Last week, Uvalde Leader-News was on site with four local linemen, Raymond Sendejo, Ben Garcia, Jason Gomez and Serapio Guzman, who are all employed with Medina Electric Cooperative.

As a veteran lineman Sendejo has worked in the field for 11 years, while Gomez has worked for six. Both Garcia and Guzman have worked in the profession for three and a half years.

The four men install, repair and maintain electrical power lines.

“We build and maintain power lines within a 70 mile radius of Uvalde,” said Sendejo, crew foreman. “Mostly rural areas.”

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Uvalde resident convicted on racketeering charges

In Del Rio last week, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against a Texas Syndicate member for various violations of federal racketeering offenses committed in Uvalde, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

Jurors convicted 39-year-old George “Curious” Sanchez of Uvalde of conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute. He faces life in prison for each racketeering offense he has been found guilty of committing.

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Parole for deputy’s murderer?

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Gerardo Rodriguez is a candidate for parole. For the children of slain Deputy Clyde Hobbs it’s painful to think that while their father was never granted one, his murderer may receive a second chance at life.

Hobbs, 34, was employed with the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office when, on Aug. 10, 1982, he was left beaten 40 yards from his patrol car after conducting a traffic stop on a group of men suspected of carrying stolen merchandise.

He died from massive head wounds the next day at a San Antonio hospital.

Hobbs left behind a wife, Karen, and three young children: Katy, then 8, Gini, then 4, and Cody, an infant.

Following a massive manhunt across South Texas, Alberto Rodriguez, then 25, Gerardo Rodriguez, then 18, and Jose Luis Rodriguez, then 21, all of Eagle Pass, were captured four day’s after killing the deputy.

They were indicted on capital murder charges.

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Diaz turns river rocks into works of art

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

It has been over a decade since Dora Diaz stumbled upon an ordinary river rock that she transformed into artwork. Now, hundreds of rocks later, she has turned her passion for rock painting into a hobby.

An Uvalde native, Diaz said rock painting is an ideal way for people of all ages to explore their artistic talents.

“I have always had an interest in painting, but I didn’t realize how exciting and relaxing it is. It is therapeutic,” Diaz said.

Diaz travels to various rivers and collects rocks of all sizes. She then paints those rocks to resemble animals, flowers, butterflies and even cartoon characters.

“I enjoy going to the rivers and looking for rocks. When I see a rock I look at what makes it unique, and then I imagine what it should be painted as,” Diaz said.

Her passion of rock art even inspired her write a poem.

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Easter Sunday: Jesus is risen

This is the time that Christians all over the world commemorate, contemplate, and celebrate the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior. Ultimately, the person who accepts Jesus as his or her personal savior has just cause to celebrate. While there is still time, those lost in trespasses and sin can have a right relationship with God the Father through God the Son. Believe the gospel.

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Inspection, registration process causes confusion

Last month, legislation changing the inspection/registration process for Texas vehicles took effect and, as a result, sparked much confusion for vehicle owners.

Inspection stickers are a thing of the past, although vehicles must still be inspected. The change, which comes as a result of House Bill 2305, allows a registration sticker to serve as combined proof of registration and inspection.

Residents can renew their annual registration online, by mail or in person at the Uvalde County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office. At the time of registration, an inspection status will be verified electronically.

A current, passing inspection is required for registration renewal.

According to Uvalde County Tax Assessor Maggie Del Toro, many residents have arrived to renew their registration only to be turned away because their vehicle has not passed an inspection.

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Taxpayers should beware of IRS scams

A national phone scam targeting taxpayers has made its way to Uvalde, with at least two individuals receiving the aggressive calls. One such case was reported to the Uvalde Police Department, while another person notified the newspaper office.

So far, no Uvaldean has reported losing money to the scam.

“It is critical that all taxpayers continue to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls from individuals claiming to be IRS employees,” said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for the Taxpayer Administration.

“This scam, which is international in nature, has proven to be the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless.”

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Madam ambassador...

The Uvalde Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ambassadors on Wednesday took a tour of city government offices and services. Leadership ambassadors are Kim Jones from Mauve Salon; Anita Cardona, Cardona’s Automotive; Kaity Kelsey, Briscoe-Garner Museum; Karla Radicke, Uvalde Memorial Hospital; and Danene Cook, Uvalco.

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Batter up!

Jon Flores concentrates on the ball as he begins to swing the bat during his first t-ball game of the season. The game took place Saturday at the city of Uvalde baseball complex.

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Students prepping for 2016

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

Administrators at Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District are disappointed – but not defeated – by spring benchmark testing results that missed higher goals set by district decision-makers.

Arlene Williams, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction gave district trustees a report on benchmark testing Monday night during a regular meeting at Flores Middle School. The district gave two benchmark tests this year – one in the fall, and one in the spring.

Benchmark assessments are practice tests that give teachers immediate feedback on how students are meeting academic standards. It allows administrators to compare student performance with extensive reporting systems in order to break down test results by different categories.

Williams said the fall benchmark pertained to curriculum and the spring benchmark to STAAR testing.

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