Spanish is the second most widely used language in the United States, and the ability to speak more than one language is an asset in today’s global society. It is for this reason that Thomas Treviño, director of secondary curriculum, has been working closely with Jeanette Ball, superintendent, to bring a two-way bilingual program to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District next year. Treviño gave trustees an update on the program at
the regular board meeting held Monday at Uvalde High School.
Interim police chief Mike Hernandez has experienced 11 changes in leadership at the Uvalde Police Department during his 19-year tenure and has also seen crime trends evolve. As the Uvalde Police Department anticipates the arrival of new chief Eric Herrera, Hernandez – whose third term as interim chief ends Friday – weighed in on the changes he’s seen.
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.