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Newspaper hosts carving contest

Sharpen those knives, grab your gourd of choice and get to slicing, because the Uvalde Leader- News is holding its first-ever pumpkin carving contest. To enter, send in a photo of the carver with their creepy, cute or clever creation by noon on Oct. 28. Once judged by newspaper staff, the winner’s picture, along with his or her pumpkin, will appear on the front page of the Oct. 30 edition of the Leader-News – just in time for Halloween.
 
Wed
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Oct
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Driver smashes into cemetery

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Two Uvalde men were arrested Friday night after leading police on a pursuit through the Old Uvalde City Cemetery, causing significant damage and narrowly missing a head-on collision with a patrol unit. The driver, C.J. Sandoval Martinez, 23, of 534 Brice Lane, was arrested for aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, criminal mischief with damages totaling between $1,500 and $20,000, driving while intoxicated, possessing less than or equal to 2 ounces of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2A, and violating probation or parole.
 
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Oct
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Young reporters eager for stories in Batesville

by KIM EAGLE
 
Batesville School students are showcasing the value of print as they work three days a week after school to publish a school newspaper – The Bobcat News. In an age where information is readily available and most children are experts when it comes to navigating computers, tablets and smart phones, these students are finding the value in what some would say is old-fashioned information distribution.
 
Wed
08
Oct
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What should you do if a fire starts?

by KIM EAGLE
 
Uvalde students were treated to fire safety tips this week as volunteer firefighters made the rounds and extinguished any chance that students won’t know what to do if a fire engulfs their home or school.
 
Wed
08
Oct
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Hundreds gather for National Night Out

Local and area residents celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, when events were held in Uvalde and Sabinal. The event, which was held to bring awareness about various law enforcement agencies, was deemed a success by organizers, which included the Uvalde Police Department, Sabinal Police Department, and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Sat
04
Oct
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Pedal-powered patrol?

No, the sheriff’s department isn’t going green in its patrol efforts. Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke (center) and his deputies (left to right) Robert Gutierrez, Brandon McCutchen, Max Dorflinger and Marco Gonzales display some of the bicycles that will be given away via drawings during National Night Out, which is slated Tuesday. The bicycles are five of 25 donated by local businesses.
 
Sat
04
Oct
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Oct. 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week

by KIM EAGLE
 
“Stop, drop and roll,” is life-saving advice in the event that a person is caught on fire, and while it is good to know what to do once the disaster strikes, one of the best fire safety practices is the first one – prevention. In 2014 alone, three homes have been completely destroyed by fires in the Uvalde area. While some fires are unavoidable, a large percentage of them are preventable, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
 
Sat
04
Oct
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Capital murder cases clog docket

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Three capital murder cases are set to be tried in Uvalde County within the next two years. The cases mark the first tried in Uvalde since 1983, and the first in the city’s history in which the prosecution is seeking the death penalty. Thomas Ray Nelson, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother-in-law and her friend, will go on trial this coming January. That proceeding will be followed in 2016 with trials for Sabrina Vielma and Cel’ves Cook.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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Fire department, others plan benefits for 2-year-old boy

Members of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department auxiliary pose for a picture with trophies they received for having the best overall time in several competitions at the Uvalde County Fairplex on Sunday. The ladies displayed a sign created for 2-year-old Jaxson Martinez, son of Judy Martinez and volunteer firefighter Juan Martinez, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. (Photo by Pete Luna|Leader-News)

It's been one week since 2-year-old Jaxson Martinez's parents learned his body was harboring a cancerous tumor, but as they've worked to process that information their friends have been hard at work organizing fundraisers and a blood drive to help the young family.

Members of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department – of which Jaxson's father is a member – will be at the intersection of Main and Getty streets throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday for a fill-the-boot campaign. Any donations given to firefighters will directly benefit the Martinez family.

Thu
02
Oct
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Preparing for disaster

KIMBERLY RUBIO STAFF WRITER
 
How Uvalde Memorial Hospital is prepared to operate unaffected in the event of a major disaster – and how community members can plan at home – were focus points of an open house held Monday in observance of National Preparedness month. During the event, Uvalde Memorial Hospital staff demonstrated its decontamination procedure, necessary in the event of a hazardous materials exposure or other natural disaster.
 

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