With the exception of Poteet, which hosts an annual strawberry festival, Texas is known more for produce like cantaloupe, spinach and pecans than strawberries. However, researchers in Uvalde and around the state are trying to change that by carrying out a study to determine exactly which varieties of the fruit will grow most favorably here.
Two people are dead and another narrowly missed tragedy Friday night after a near head-on collision just outside Knippa. The driver who caused the accident was suspected to have fled from the scene of another crash in Medina County before the fatal wreck that took his life. The collision occurred one mile west of Knippa, on U.S Highway 90 East, at approximately 8:37 p.m. According to information provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Manuel Martinez, driving a 2005 Honda Civic, was traveling west on the wrong side of the road.
Uvalde Volunteer Firefighters help with traffic control and cleanup on East Hacienda Street after a commercial tractor-trailer, carrying pipes, flipped over on Friday afternoon. The driver was not injured.
Burglaries in Uvalde have doubled over the past 30 days compared to previous months, and police say over half of the crimes are related. A total of 50 burglaries were reported to the department between Feb. 14 and March 14. That number includes burglaries of 24 motor vehicles, 20 businesses and six homes.
Over the last week, Uvalde Police have received multiple reports of telephone scams in the area, resulting in the loss of $3,266. Lt. Mariano Pargas said the department has investigated five reports of telephone scams over the past seven days. “Scammers are hitting the Uvalde area, and I want to let the public know to be careful,” Pargas said.
Two children were airlifted Thursday morning to University Hospital in San Antonio following a one-vehicle rollover. The accident occurred on Farm-to-Market Road 481, approximately 10 miles southwest of Uvalde.
The Uvalde Coyotes will travel to Floresville Tuesday to take on the Floresville Tigers in District 29-4A baseball competition. Play will get under way at 6:30 p.m. Coach Jason Pfluger’s Tigers, 2-1 in district and 8-5 for the season, will come into action Tuesday following a 13-5 road win over the San Antonio Memorial Minutemen Thursday afternoon.
The Uvalde Lobos will face their longest District 29-4A softball road trip of the season Tuesday night when they travel to Floresville to take on the Floresville Jaguars. Action will get under way at 7:15 p.m. Coach Rebecca Clements’ Jaguars, 3-1 in district and 9-9 for the season, trounced the San Antonio Memorial Lady Minutemen, 17-0, in district action Thursday. Floresville’s only district loss, thus far, has been a 3-2 loss to San Antonio McCollum.
James Ortiz has been named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Coach of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. He is on his fifth season as head coach for mens’s cross-country and track and field programs at Colby Community College in Kansas. In 2002 Ortiz graduated from Uvalde High School, where he enjoyed a successful cross-country career.