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08
Feb

Sign up for health care coverage before next Sunday or face penalty

by Kim Eagle
 
For people without health insurance, or those shopping for a better plan, now is the time to join the 9.5 million people already enrolled in an Affordable Care Act Marketplace plan, or face a penalty totaling 2 percent of their annual income in 2015. This statistic comes from a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which notes that out of those 9.5 million people, 87 percent who selected plans in states using HealthCare.gov are getting financial assistance to lower monthly premiums. Just over 35 percent, or 2.5 million enrollees, were under 35 years of age.

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Wed
04
Feb

Lost Maples Winery uncorked near Utopia

The wines served at Lost Maples Winery in Vanderpool have legs that go on for days and  are made from some of the finest Black Spanish/Lenoir grapes in  the Texas Hill County. Lost Maples Winery is located on the Polvadeau Vineyards, overlooking the Sabinal River, and has been fully-operational as a winery for just a few months. It is the first commercial winery and vineyard in Bandera County.
 
Wed
04
Feb

Uvalde County Sheriff’s

Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy Marco Gonzales checks out wreckage brought by a two-vehicle crash on Highway 83, about 10 miles north of Uvalde. Firefighters performed a Jaws of Life rescue.
 
Wed
04
Feb

Uvaldean, volunteer of the year to be named tomorrow

The Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet starts tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the  Willie De Leon CivicCenter. The chamber will celebrate 95 years of service with a dinner, auction and awards ceremony. The theme for the
event is “Strictly Business Since 1920,” as that year marks the year the chamber first opened its  doors.
 
Sun
01
Feb

Cassin is UVFD’s top firefighter

by Kimberly Rubio

William Cassin was honored as the 2014 Uvalde Firefighter of the Year on Thursday night when the department held its annual banquet. This year’s event was held in honor of Roy Joe Howard, who has served the department for 50 years. “Since joining the fire department, this individual has volunteered many hours to our community. I have personally seen this fireman go to fire calls exhausted and sick, but he gets the job done,” said Juan Maldonado.

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Sun
01
Feb

Vehicle inspection – not sticker – still required

Beginning March 1, Texas residents will no longer be issued an inspection sticker for their vehicles. Instead, a registration sticker will serve as combined proof of registration and inspection. The change comes as a result of House Bill 2305, which was passed during the 83rd legislative session. Residents can renew their annual registration online, by mail or in person at the Uvalde County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office. At the time of registration, an inspection status will be verified electronically.

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Sun
01
Feb

SWTJC pumping $156.9 million into economy

by Kim Eagle

Southwest Texas Junior College not only gives students an opportunity to earn a degree close to home, but it has a total yearly economic impact of $156.9 million in the college’s service area. This area includes Uvalde and towns west to Del Rio and Eagle Pass, south to Crystal City and east to Hondo and Castroville.

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Wed
28
Jan

Fire destroys family’s home

An 11-year-old boy scrambled to safety Tuesday afternoon as the home he shares with his parents and two siblings caught fire. The 429 Juarez St. residence was completely destroyed as flames shot through the roof and windows, traveling throughout the home and also consuming the carport.

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Wed
28
Jan

Williams fêted for stock show service

by Kim Eagle

The 2015 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show honorary superintendent was given to behind-the-scenes organizer Jolene Williams. Williams was recognized by Roy Kothmann for 15 years of service that has lasted well beyond her children’s participation. “This award winner is a little bit different in my mind,” Kothmann started off by saying. “This person has really been behind the scenes for the last 15-plus years. This recipient is not in the show rings, not in the barns – although this recipient did have three children that went through the stock show program.”

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Wed
28
Jan

Cop cams focusing on crime

by Kimberly Rubio

In addition to cameras installed inside patrol units, Uvalde Police Officers will now carry a camera and audio device attached to their uniform or utility belt while on duty. The $7,665 purchase, which will provide 38 devices, was approved on Tuesday during a regular meeting of city council.

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