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Thu
12
May

Witt state-bound times three

By CHARLEY ROBINSON

Jonathan Witt knows the way to Austin; he’s been there twice before. This time the La Pryor Bulldog track star will have an added burden of competing in three events. The high school senior will also have the incentive of trying to nab the gold in his last high school athletic endeavor.  Witt punched his ticket to Austin two weeks ago in the Region IV Track and Field meet at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He was a busy young man, winning the 300-meter hurdles (38.8) finishing second in the long jump (21 feet, 8 inches) and – with brother Tristan Witt, Joe Adrian.

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Sun
08
May

Uvalde’s best? Nominate people, businesses and more

 
 
 
With all Uvalde County has to offer, it is only fitting that the Uvalde Leader-News launch its first-ever reader poll to determine which businesses are readers’ favorites. With categories ranging from “Best College” to “Best Grocery Store Clerk” to “Best Taco,” no stone is left unturned when seeking out the stores and employees that make shopping and dining here such a pleasure.
 
Before any winners can be declared, however, the newspaper is asking that readers write or call in with their nominations for each category.
 
Best in County
College, community event, county attraction, church, entertainment, service organization.
 
Best People
Sun
08
May

Child’s daycare death a homicide

 
Nearly one year after a 3-month-old boy died in her care, Mary Bejaran Garcia, 72, was arrested May 5 on an indictment for criminally negligent homicide. She is accused of providing unsafe sleeping conditions.
 
The incident was reported on May 21, 2015, when Uvalde EMS and Uvalde Police Department were dispatched to 721 Vanessa St. for an unresponsive 3-month-old child.
 
Camden Sanchez was taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
 
Garcia was not licensed to run a children’s daycare facility, but in addition to Sanchez several other children were also in the home that day.
 
The Bexar County Medical Examiner performed the autopsy; the infant’s cause of death was determined as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death with unsafe sleeping conditions.
 
Sun
08
May
Sun
08
May

The two rodeo clowns made the rounds at Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District campuses on Thursday

Encarnacion Guevara, kindergarten student in Delia Guevara’s dual language class at Dalton Early Childhood Center, earns himself a couple of tickets to the Cactus Jack Bull Riding event by yelling at the top of his lungs along with Leon Coffee (right) and Matt Merritt (center).
 
Thu
05
May

Suffolk-native Whisenant new opera house manager

 
 
 

by Logan Garnett, general manager

She’s visited the town many times over the past two decades, but it took an open position as manager at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House to finally convince Rosie

Whisenant to leave the more mild temperatures of England and relocate to Uvalde.

“My mom is actually originally from Uvalde,” Whisenant (pronounced wizzen-AHNT) said. “I went back and forth growing up but it was hard because I also have six siblings.”

Whisenant, 23, said that her mother, Katy, met her father, Steven, while both were studying architecture at Texas A&M University and the two were subsequently married in Uvalde, since Katy’s parents, Louis and Sue Capt, live here.

Thu
05
May

UHS athletes ousted for marijuana possession

Two Uvalde High School track and field regional qualifiers were caught in possession of marijuana and consequently were not allowed to compete during the Class 5A Region IV Track and Field Meet at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio last Friday. Anne Marie Espinoza, director of communications 
Tue
03
May

Library, other non-profits hoping for Big Give coup

 

 

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

Seven local organizations are hoping residents will open their wallets and empty their pockets for the third-annual Big Give S.A., which for the first time is expanding to include non-profits from Uvalde County.

The Big Give S.A., set for May 3, is part of a nationwide giving movement that brings together community members to support local non-profit organizations. This 24 hours of online giving unites donors with non-profits that make a difference in their community.

More than 1,000 organizations have signed up to participate in the Big Give S.A. 2016, including El Progreso Memorial Library, Community Health Development Inc., Elim Christian Fellowship, Keep Utopia Beautiful, Humane Society of Uvalde, Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation, and the Native Plant Society of Texas-Uvalde Chapter.

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