A smoke detector likely saved a local World War II veteran’s life on Thursday afternoon as the highpitched beeps woke the napping man, alerting him to a fire beginning in the attic of his home. The fire broke out around 12:40 p.m. Thursday in the 700 block of Brook Street. “I went to take a nap in my bedroom and no sooner had I fallen asleep when the smoke alarms went off,” said homeowner Robert Ballard. “I came out and the smoke was just pouring out of the vents.”
After admitting to having a sexual relationship with a student, a Uvalde High School substitute teacher has been relieved of his employment with the school district and arrested on multiple charges. John Rodriguez, 24, of 1510 Garner Field Road, Apt. 108, was arrested by Uvalde Police Department on a warrant for sexual assault of a child. Additional charges are pending.
After several attempts at traditional gyms, Uvalde native Stephanie Castro decided to take her battle with weight loss to the boxing ring. In a nine-month period, she lost more than 70 pounds.
Castro joined the Tree City Boxing Club, located at 329 E. Garden St., in June of 2014.
“I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore. I was always tired and with the risks associated with being overweight, like diabetes and heart issues, I realized I didn’t want my kids to have to worry about my health either,” Castro said.
Castro said her lifestyle change began with cleaning up her eating habits.
“There was no more soda, bread, rice and pasta,” Castro explained. “Just clean eating.”
Castro said she makes the decision to eat healthy every day.
It has been one year since Eric Herrera was sworn in as chief of police for the Uvalde Police Department and he says he couldn’t be prouder of his officers andthe direction the department is heading.“During the first six to eight months that I was on the job I was mainly just evaluating the department... It has only been within the last three to four months that I started to do some pro-active things within the department,” Herrera said.
Uvalde firefighters work to extinguish a fire that started in the attic of a Dunbar Lane home. Homeowner Jama Brown believes the Wednesday morning fire was caused by electrical issues. Please see Page 3 for more information
Daylight-saving time will officially clock in at 2 a.m. Sunday. The old adage “spring forward, fall back” applies to the semi-annual time change from Central Standard Time that takes effect the second Sunday in March. Residents who do not want to stay up until the time change takes effect at 2 a.m. Sunday might want to set their clocks forward one hour before retiring Saturday night.
The Uvalde Leader-News is preparing to publish its annual Wedding Planner section on Sunday, March 22.
The publication includes tips for those planning a wedding and advice for a happy marriage. In keeping with tradition, photos of couples married for 25 years or more will be included, along with those couples' advice for a joyous marriage.
Stories, advice and photos may be brought to the newspaper office at 110 N. East St. or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 5 p.m.
To purchase advertising in the publication, contact Steve Balke, Michael Robinson, or Mark Espinoza by calling the Leader-News office at 278-3335.
One of two head-on collisions occurring Thursday left a young child and four adults dead, while all three people involved in the other incident walked away unscathed.
The fatal crash occurred around 5:30 p.m., 8 miles east of Batesville on U.S. Highway 57, between Farm-to-Market roads 140 and 117. The roadway remained closed for four hours following the crash.
There was also a head-on-collision at 3:11 a.m. Thursday, involving an 18-wheeler and pickup truck, The crash occurred on Texas Highway 55, 14 miles north of Uvalde. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck fled on foot before first responders arrived.
It is the stuff that keeps democracy strong, and more than one speaker addressing the group said so to members of the approximately 160-person delegation in Austin Wednesday for Uvalde Day at the Capitol.
The group included Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, Mayor Don McLaughlin, Uvalde City Manager Vince DiPiazza, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball, Uvalde Memorial Hospital administrator and CEO Tom Nordwick, Community Health Development Inc. CEO Rachel Gonzales Hanson, area residents and students from Uvalde and Sabinal public schools and Sacred Heart Catholic School.
Activities began with recognition of the group in the House of Representatives Gallery during presentation of a House Chamber Resolution by State Rep. Tracy King. The Uvalde delegation was next honored in the Senate Gallery, where a resolution was read by Sen. Carlos Uresti.
What do Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Concan resident Camille Sanders, and Meghan Trainor have in common? They represent numbers 35-39, respectively, on this week’s adult contemporary music charts.