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Fri
21
Aug

Knippa man ordered to life in prison

 

 

Jurors in Bexar County handed down three life sentences to a Knippa man earlier this month. Bo Jett Littleton, 35, was convicted Aug. 24 on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of burglary of a habitation, and one count of aggravated sexual assault.

The charges stem from an October 2014 incident. Littleton broke into an Avalon Place apartment, which is located near the University of Texas at San Antonio, and bound and gagged two women. He was found guilty on charges of raping one of the victims.

He was arrested after one of the victims managed to escape and alert authorities.

Police arrived and observed Littleton barricading the entrance of the the apartment with furniture.

As officers prepared for an emergency entry, Littleton came to the balcony and agreed to surrender.

The second victim was located in the apartment’s bathroom.

Fri
21
Aug

Utopiafest set Labor Day weekend

 

 

 

by Diane Causey, correspondent

As a family of retired school teachers contemplated ways to maintain and support their century-old family ranch in western Bandera County, one of the young folks suggested a music festival.

This initial suggestion was met with great skepticism from the elders but – after attending some festivals around the Hill Country such as the folk festival at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville – the idea began to take shape. Seven years ago, the first Utopiafest was held in a unique amphitheater surrounded by hills on the Four Sisters Ranch. This year’s event, set for Labor Day weekend, promises to be the best one yet.

The festival has grown from a few hundred participants to a capped audience of 2,000. Twenty-five bands, playing various styles of music from bluegrass to soul, are on the schedule this year performing from two stages with no overlap.

Wed
19
Aug

First responders steer clear of diseases

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

In their role as first responders, local law enforcement officers are often exposed to communicable diseases through contact with infected individuals.

Law enforcement officials cannot refuse to handle a victim, complainant or suspect infected with a communicable disease; however, the departments do have policies in place to reduce the risk of transmission.

Examples of communicable diseases include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Tuberculosis (TB), and Hepatitis B.

 

General responsibility

Adequate supplies are readily available for communicable disease control within each of the departments, including disposable latex gloves, liquid household bleach, disposable towels or towelettes, and cleaning supplies.

Wed
19
Aug

Pool repair bid exceeds budget

 
 
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
Déjà vu? For the second time recently, a large project received only one bid and Uvalde City Council moved to think on the matter instead of making an immediate decision.
 
In February, council voted to accept a $73,675 recreational grant and, as a result, move forward with a $168,500 project to repair the municipal swimming pool.
 
Bids for the project were scheduled to be opened on July 20. Council received only one bid. It was from Shannon-Monk Inc in the amount of $196,066, nearly $30,000 over the city’s anticipated cost to repair.
 
City manager Vince DiPiazza said city staff has identified some possible reductions in their repair plan and requested more time to negotiate with the company.
 
Ultimately, council voted to table awarding a contract pending further negotiations between city staff and the company.
Wed
19
Aug

Intercepted!

Uvalde defensive back Ernest Ortiz goes airborne to pick off a Del Rio pass during the Uvalde Coyote’s scrimmage against Del Rio. Ortiz’s interception last Saturday in the Honey Bowl denied the Rams a touchdown.
 
Fri
14
Aug

Rural hospitals facing crisis

KIM EAGLE
There is a rural hospital crisis in Texas as many remain in financial distress, and 13 have closed in  the last two years. While Uvalde Memorial Hospital has avoided having to cut services or dramatically reduce workforce size, its  operating budget has been running in the red for several  years, according to  Tom Nordwick, UMH chief executive officer.  Historically, rural hospitals have struggled  because of different operating dynamics such as  caring for a higher percentage of elderly and  poor patients, as well as operating with a near negative  financial margin due  to lower patient volumes, dramatic swings in patient numbers from day to day,  medical staff recruitment challenges which in turn  drive up payroll costs, anda general lack of economies  of scale that can be derived through high-volume purchasing.
Fri
14
Aug

City tightening spigot on past-due utility bills

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

The city of Uvalde is cracking down on past-due utility bills in an effort to encourage residents to make timely payments. Currently, the city is  owed more than $700,00  in past-due utility payments.

“Our utility aging receivables show a large number of utility accounts that are over  60 days delinquent,” said Marty Coursey, finance  director for the city of Uvalde. “This is mainly  due to customers that have not had their services disconnected for nonpayment in a timely manner.”

Coursey noted that disconnection should take place 35 days from the resident’s due date. Instead, services have been allowed to remain active for up to four months.

Coursey said many customers have also been given extended credit and allowed to make $5 to $20 payments on bills due to hardships or – when contesting the bill accuracy – choose not to pay the current bill until an adjustment is determined.

 

 

Wed
12
Aug

Anthrax kills Uvalde-area horses

Anthrax has been confirmed as the cause of death of several Uvalde County horses, state officials said Tuesday in a message to health care workers.The newspaper has not been able to learn the
number or location of horses affected. 
 
Wed
12
Aug

Back-to-school community wellness fair set tomorrow

As a part of the National Health Center Week celebration,CommunityHealth Development Inc. (CHDI) and Uvalde Consolidated   ndependent School District will once again host a community wellness
fair.
 
Wed
12
Aug

Overturned barbecue pit ignites Edwards County

 
 
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
 
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members are assisting with a raging brush fire that has already scorched 12,000 acres of ranch land in Edwards County, destroying numerous homesteads and vehicles.
 
The fire began off Farm-to-Market Road 674 approximately 15 miles southwest of Rocksprings on Monday afternoon.
 
According to the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office, three campers were barbecuing in the area when their pit overturned. The fire ignited and quickly spread.
 
Fire departments from Uvalde, Edwards, Kinney and Sutton counties as well as the Divide department have been dispatched to assist the Texas Forestry Service in containing the fire.
 

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