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.
Bear Cub Scout Pack 81, in conjunction with local businesses, recently made a $600 donation to the Uvalde Food Pantry. Cub Scouts contributed $150 while the Uvalde Recycling Center, First State Bank of Uvalde and an anonymous donor each matched the scouts’ donation for a grand total of $600.
There are many important components – some visible, others not – of a police agency. Working behind the scenes are dispatchers. On Tuesday, telecommunicators at Uvalde Police Department received a total of 24 emergency calls between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m, including one motor vehicle accident and several hang-up calls from unknown phone numbers.
On Friday, July 25, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center honored Uvalde Memorial Hospital employees for being multigallon blood donors. Fourteen employees were in attendance at a special appreciation party. They included Melissa Alejandro, Carolyn Scott, Susan Villasana, Yrma Fuentes, Rose Puente, Bennie Sanchez, Sandy Feller, Sharon Samples, Robert Papayanopolus, Elizabeth Montalvo, Regina Avila, Annabell Valdez, Abby Vela and Charla Carter.
Longtime librarian Olga Zamora embraces her husband after Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell (not pictured) and Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. (not pictured) proclaimed July 30 as Olga Cardona Zamora Day. Surrounded by family, friends, and story-hour attendees, she was honored yesterday for 50 years of service to El Progeso Memorial Library.
Supporters of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District worked diligently over the past three weeks to make improvements to two elementary campuses. Dalton Early Childhood Center and Anthon Elementary School were given new looks with the help of RKW Irrigation and Landscaping.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball received a new contract and a raise this week. The decision came during a closed-session meeting of UCISD trustees held Monday evening at Central Office. “Trustees unanimously approved extending Dr. Ball’s contract to June 30, 2018, and moved her salary from $150,000 to $157,500,” said Mickey Gerdes, school board president.
Recent complaints have surfaced regarding the amount of trash being left behind by summer river goers, and one concerned resident went so far as to document the litter she found during a visit to 19 Mile Crossing. “It is disgusting, I mean just absolutely horrible,” said Sabrina Rodriguez, who lives near 19 Mile Crossing, which is just northwest of Uvalde on the Nueces River. “And what’s worse is that people are actually adding to the pile rather than picking it up.”