If everything goes according to a plan that Jeff Cottrill, superintendent of Knippa Independent School District, has been working on for three years, students who graduate from Knippa High School could be graduating with an associate degree from Southwest Texas Junior College. College trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with Knippa ISD to partner with them in the endeavor.
“There is blood everywhere. Help me. They’re dead,” read a text sent by a distraught mother to her husband. That text, which later proved to be false, landed her in jail. Misty Zdonkewicez, 24, of 804 Airline Drive, Apt. 3, was arrested by the Uvalde Police Department for making a false report.
A 16-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed himself at the scene of a one-vehicle crash he perpetrated after leading local law enforcement on a high speed chase from a checkpoint several miles west of Uvalde to near Sabinal, where he crashed.
Diane Causey of Utopia reads the Uvalde Leader-News in a sea of 60,000 strong at the Future Farmers of America national convention held in October in Louisville, Ky. The picture is a submission to the Uvalde Leader-News photo contest. The deadline to enter the contest was Dec. 31, and winners will be announced Sunday.
Caitlin Williams, former Sabinal correspondent for the Uvalde Leader-News and current junior at Angelo State University, is now pursuing her career choice in journalism by producing for KSAN News, which is an NBC affiliate under Nexstar broadcasting in San Angelo. Williams, a 2012 graduate of Sabinal High School now attending Angelo State University, is currently producer of the 5 p.m. news and assists the weekday anchor produce the 6 p.m. news.
Texas Highway Patrol Sergeant Arlene Hernandez, who is in charge of the Uvalde DPS office, spoke to El Progreso Club members on Thursday about recent changes to Texas laws and women in uniform. Hernandez, who is originally from Crystal City, has been with the Texas Department of Public Safety for nearly 16 years. She has been with the Uvalde department since 2012.
Any students who think they are too cool for school are going to have to deal with Christa Dillard and Eddie Ortiz, disciplinarians of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. Ortiz is the lead drill instructor for the UCISD Bootcamp, implemented earlier this year by Dillard, Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP) and Excel Academy principal.
The Uvalde Police Department has seen quite a bit of change this past year with the exit of 19 employees, including both the chief of police and assistant chief of police. In August, then-police chief Robert Mac Donald resigned, announcing his second retirement. Following Mac Donald’s resignation, the city of Uvalde hired Max Westbrook of Austin to act as interim chief and head the search for a new chief of police.
Henry John Yeackle IV has formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Uvalde. Yeackle is a local businessman and a former Uvalde City Councilman who served two terms from 2004-2010. “I believe I possess the necessary skills and experience to successfully lead the city of Uvalde,” Yeackle said.