No one was harmed, but a bathroom in a residential home was destroyed Tuesday morning when a fire – that took firefighters almost an hour to extinguish – started for as-yet unknown reasons. Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members were dispatched to 317 S. Bates St. at 6:52 a.m. on a report of a significant amount of smoke coming from the residence.
Taking over the job of running a hospital can be very stressful, but for Tom Nordwick the transition wasn’t so bad thanks to the good leadership team already in place at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. “Sometimes when you come on board in a new organization, everything is saved up for the new individual,” said Nordwick. “They [the leadership team] made decisions, they made changes to ensure that the organization was going to continue to move forward.
No ifs, ands, or barks about it, beginning Monday Uvalde and surrounding area pets can receive low cost vaccinations when local veterinary clinics host their annual rabies drives. Rabies vaccines will be available for $10 each from Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center and Uvalde Veterinary Clinic. Uvalde Veterinary Clinic will be at Tractor Supply on Saturday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With college tuition costs rising each year, the goal in education is to send students to college knowing exactly what they want to study, armed with as many college credits as possible. The State Board of Education recently gave final approval to the state’s new high school graduation program, a requirement of House Bill 5, which gives students added flexibility to follow their academic interests. To embody this trend, a variety of new courses will be available to students of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District next year.
Barrett Blick lost his home to a fire, went through three hours of brain surgery completely awake, recovered from paralysis, almost died from chemotherapy treatment, and is now fighting for his life against an aggressive brain cancer that his doctors tell him will most likely take his life within the next 18 months. His outward appearance belies this. A stranger could never tell he is sick by his energy and good spirits – the only sign is a rather large scar on the top of his head and one tiny scar on his forehead.
Louis Capt (far left) looks on as workers plant a tree at the Herby Ham Activity Center. About 40-50 trees, including live oak, magnolias, Eagleston hollies and cedar elms, were donated by John Sewell and Louis Capt.
Local business owner Don McLaughlin Jr. has filed to run in the municipal election as a candidate for mayor of Uvalde. The election is set for May 10, 2014. “I am running for mayor of Uvalde because we have a lot of work to do as a city, and I know I can bring the positive changes that we need in our community,” McLaughlin said. “We are facing tough decisions on issues such as water rights, street conditions, education and economic growth, just to name a few, and I plan to work together with our city and county leaders, our schools and our citizens to represent the best interest of Uvalde as a whole.
The city of Uvalde has tapped a new conservation coordinator to increase water awareness among city residents. Allie Anderson was named the conservation coordinator for the city of Uvalde on Oct. 21. The part-time position, which is contracted for three years, is funded with grant money from Edwards Aquifer Authority. Anderson comes to the job with a degree in recreational parks and tourism from Texas A&M University.
City of Uvalde employee Eugenio Arellano works Monday to erect a four-way stop sign at the intersection of East Wood Street and East Nopal Street. Citing numerous accidents at the location, Uvalde City Council recently approved the addition of a four-way stop intersection.
Sammye and Steve Smallwood abate homesickness by reading the Uvalde Leader-News during their stay at Hemloch Inn in Bryson City, N. C. The trip was spurred after they read about the inn in “Bryson City Tales” by Dr. Walt Larimore. The book is the doctor’s account of his early years of practice in this Appalachian Mountain Village.