After carefully reviewing 45 wonderful entries, Leader-News staff picked the top three winners of this year’s Santa’s Christmas Coloring Contest. First place went to Morgan Dreyer, 11, who received $50 for her masterfully colored picture of Saint Nick.
Area students are daring Santa to check his list twice, even three times, because they are that confident that they have been good this year. Many students took the time to remind Santa of that fact before requesting the most elusive toys in their letters this year. “Dear Santa … I help my mommy make food. I help my mommy make some cupcakes. I was good and behave at my house. I want motorcycle for little kids so I can ride it. I want you to bring me a gingerbread man so he can play with me. I want a car – the fire one – for I can drive… Love, Luis Cervantes – Sabinal.”
If a Texas congressman has his way, the punishment for individuals caught with an ounce or less of marijuana could be reduced to a $100 fine. The bill was proposed Monday by State Rep. Joe Moody, who represents District 78. Moody, a Democrat, is from El Paso. Under Texas law, individuals found in possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana can be arrested and face a punishment of up to six months in jail with a fine of up to $2,000. If Moody’s bill were passed, the state would treat minor possessions as civil – rather than criminal – offenses, and individuals would be subject to a fine not to exceed $100.
Ernest Servantes, formerly of Uvalde, burned the competition – but not his meat – during the seventh-annual Briscoe Barbecue Cook-off at the Crossroads. The competition was held last weekend at Uvalde County Fairplex, and over $5,000 in cash was handed out to a field of 34 competitors from all over Texas and New Mexico.
Competition was fierce, especially in the business category of this year’s City of Lights Contest, and first-time entrant Southwest Texas Junior College ended up earning top honors. The best decorated downtown business this year was Amy’s Attic. Country Gardens and Seed and Julien’s received runner-up recognition in the business and downtown business categories respectively.
Due to a massive amount of holiday parcels this year, local postal carriers are, for the first time ever, making Sunday delivery runs. “We started last Sunday and we will continue up through this Sunday,” said Rudy Garcia, postmaster at the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Post Office in Uvalde. “In my 15 years this is the first time that we’ve ever done this. We’re trying to deliver everything that we possibly can.”
Time Warner Cable has added popular sports programming including NFL Network, Longhorn Network, and SEC Network to lineups in Uvalde, Del Rio, Dilley, Crystal City and Eagle Pass.
The additional programming became effective Tuesday, Dec. 9.
“We know our customers in South Texas are enthusiastic sports fans and these channels will be welcomed with excitement,” said Brad Wakely, area vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable in South Texas. “These new channels will bring the most competitive teams in collegiate and professional sports to the homes of our customers.”
Uvalde was on Vince DiPiazza’s radar decades ago when the city manager position was open, and now with considerable experience and enthusiasm the current Dumas resident will make the move a reality after being officially hired as city manager. After discussion during a closed session on Tuesday evening, Uvalde City Council voted unanimously to hire DiPiazza, who was present for the public meeting held at city hall.
Although a motion for continuance was denied, trial dates for Thomas Ray Nelson, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother-in-law and her friend, have been moved to February pending a competency evaluation. Judge Thomas F. Lee, who is assigned to the case, also placed a gag order on anyone involved in the case. This is to prevent them from speaking to the media until the case is resolved. This decision came Tuesday during a hearing at the Uvalde County Justice Center.