Over 100 people were in attendance on Tuesday evening when incoming Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. and newly-elected council representatives were sworn into office at the Willie De Leon Civic Center. Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell administered the oath of office to McLaughlin and council representatives Margaret Palermo, District 1; Roy Muñoz, District 3; and Ernest “Chip” King III, District 5.
Summer school starts Monday for hundreds of UCISD students. Classes will be held Monday through Friday each week. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will attend summer school at Anthon Elementary from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. First- through fourthgrade students will be housed at Robb Elementary from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Following their annual meeting on May 17, Hill Country Rivers has elected new members to its board of directors. According to Melissa Bates, board president, Chase Roosa was elected as vice president and Patti Van Pelt was selected as secretary/treasurer. Other board members are Rob Fayle, Tim Hester, Ed Poole and Charlie Reagor.
They met as strangers, grew as classmates and leave as friends. This is the message of Uvalde High School’s Class of 2014, who officially graduated from high school Friday night. The UHS band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as 229 seniors filed from the field house to their seats on the 50-yard line at the Honey Bowl Stadium at 8 p.m.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Wanda Waters of the Utopia Ranch Rodeo planning team.
For the past 12 years, the citizens of Utopia and surrounding areas have enjoyed an actionpacked ranch rodeo on the Sunday evening of Memorial Day weekend in the Utopia City Park arena. But the 2014 Utopia Ranch Rodeo may be the most memorable one yet.
With hundreds of area graduates taking stock of their high school diplomas and setting out for higher education and/or the workforce, we invited school, city, and county officials to take a look back at their first jobs. Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell worked at a dry cleaner’s, Sheriff Charles Mendeke was a grocerystore bagger, Uvalde school district assistant superintendent Hal Harrell was a maintenance worker and district superintendent Jeanette Ball made and sold sno-cones.
Two local women will be heading out on a lifechanging experience next week as they deploy to the Middle East for the U.S. Army. Samantha Ives, a firstgrade teacher at Anthon Elementary, and SSgt. Margarita Guerra, mother of two Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District children, will be shipping out in 10 days to their respective locations for a nine-month tour of active duty.
The weekend floods in Uvalde County had residents leaving their homes, but the destination wasn’t higher ground. Instead, many rain revelers found themselves riverside, where they photographed and took video of formerly dry beds flush with fast-moving water. The Frio River rose dramatically on Sunday as Concan received up to a reported 8.8 inches of rain while Leakey followed closely with 7 inches.
To channel George Strait, the cowboys were looking for eight when they pulled that gate last weekend as they vied for bounties, buckles and bragging rights at the third annual Cactus Jack Bull Riding Competition. The competition is officially over and the cowboys are gone, but the effects of the fundraising efforts of the Cactus Jack Foundation will last for years to come.
Will Hurd came out on top with 59.46 percent of the vote in the runoff race with Francisco “Quico” Canseco to determine the Republican candidate for the District 23 U.S. representative post. Hurd, who received 8,558 votes to Canseco’s 5,883 tally, will face incumbent Democratic congressman Pete Gallego in next fall’s General Election.