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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
If taken out right away a thorn does not cause a lot of harm, but if left to fester over time it becomes much more painful and harder to remove. The same can be said of grudges, according to the Rev. Tony Gruben, of Baptist Temple Church in Uvalde. “Reconciliation Uvalde” starts today in an effort to introduce the process of healing wounded communities.
The city of Uvalde will conduct a fall cleanup at Hillcrest Cemetery, located at 1300 W. Main St., on Oct. 14-15. All flowers, ornaments, decorations and other items must be removed from each grave no later than Monday, Oct. 13. Cemetery staff will remove and dispose of all items that are not removed by that date.