He doesn’t have a cape, but that doesn’t make Congressman Pete Gallego any less of hero to the National Association of Community Health Centers. Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, chief executive officer of Community Health Development Inc., presented Gallego with the Distinguished Community Health Defender Award on Monday during a luncheon held in the congressman’s honor.
Uvalde City Council members challenged supporters of the El Progreso Memorial Library to raise up to $50,000 by Sept. 30, which the city will match dollar per dollar, to go toward the library’s budget. The challenge was issued after 10 people addressed council regarding budget cuts to non-departmental organizations, including the library, on Tuesday night during a regular meeting at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, where over 100 people were in attendance.
The .43 inches of rainfall received in Uvalde County on Tuesday and Wednesday boosted the year-to-date precipitation to 12.83 inches. According to the National Weather Service, the rainfall was due to a weak frontal boundary that moved through South Texas.
Uvalde police on Thursday hauled three persons of interest into their department for questioning after the agency was hit with 16 reports of criminal mischief over just a few hours. City residents began calling in reports Thursday morning, and by 1 p.m. the officers were dispatched to 16 separate incidents where criminal mischief occurred.
Sabinal Independent School District is the fifth school district in a three-county area to explore the trend of offering school-choice to parents in surrounding communities. The United States Department of Education website says that school choice is an option offered as part of the No Child Left Behind program.
Posing as a member of a violent Mexican drug cartel, a man claimed he was holding a local physician’s daughter for ransom in what authorities are calling a virtual kidnapping scam. The incident occurred on July 28 at 10 a.m. Uvalde police were dispatched to the Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where a nurse said co-worker Dr. Isaac Sosa received a call from an unknown man who was claiming to have abducted Sosa’s adult daughter.
The 13th annual Community Wellness Fair is Friday. The event will run from 4-6 p.m. at the Uvalde High School cafeteria, 1 Coyote Trail. The theme will be “Carnival Wellness Fair – Where Wellness Can Be Fun.”
A Hondo man was airlifted early Saturday morning after he crashed his Ford F-150 pickup truck into a Union Pacific railway car. The accident occurred about three miles east of Knippa on U.S Highway 90. Uvalde and Knippa volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the scene around 4:15 a.m., where Uvalde firefighters extricated David Mata, 30, from the vehicle as Knippa firefighters secured the location.
City councilmen said Friday that they would not be, as John Flores announced, held hostage by opponents of their $10 million street improvement project. They voted to continue on-schedule with the planned issuance of certificate of obligations, despite a petition to block it. On July 22, several opponents expressed a willingness to do away with a petition – which as of yesterday afternoon had 450 of 480 needed signatures – if councilmen distributed funds equally among all five districts rather than repairing only primary streets. The proposal was initiated by Mayor Don McLaughlin.
He’s been gone for nearly five years, but Jose Benjamin Hernandez’s family is determined to find out what happened to the 68-year-old who worked for more than 30 years on a ranch in Knippa. Benjamin, as he is called, at the time of his disappearance was just days away from retiring and heading home to Mexico, permanently.