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Smallwood finds birth mother 68 years later

by MEGHANN GARCIA
 
Sammye Smallwood was an only child for the first 60-plus years of her life, but in the span of three days in August her family tree blossomed to include a dozen brothers and sisters. After the only parents she knew died over 30 years ago, Smallwood’s aunt confirmed what she almost always believed to be true – Clara and Roland Blair, while wonderful people who devoted their lives to her, were not her biological parents.
 
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Neill: From janitor’s closet to VP’s office

Warren D. Neill is proof that hard work and loyalty pay off. Over the past 50 years he has worked as a janitor, filer, and teller, eventually working his way up to vice president of First State Bank Uvalde. Neill started out at FSB as a filer in a room “no bigger than the smallest bathroom you can imagine” on Nov. 23, 1964. The bank wasn’t even in its current location on East Nopal. It was downtown where the El Progreso Memorial Library once stood.
 
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Major accident leaves one dead

by KIMBERLY RUBIO

The charred remains of two 18-wheelers and a cargo truck caused a section of U.S Highway 90 East to shut down for over five hours on Wednesday morning following the fatal three-vehicle accident that left the road littered with debris. The wreck, which occurred 6 miles east of Uvalde, left one man dead and another hospitalized.

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Uvaldeans exude thanks for blessings

by KIM EAGLE

Thanksgiving, celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November, evokes feelings of family and eventually fullness after the seemingly day-long feast subsides. The national holiday was started in honor of early settlers and their first harvest meal – later to be labeled as the first Thanksgiving.

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Prisoners max out sheriff’s medical fund

by MEGHANN GARCIA

The Uvalde County Jail exceeded the budgeted amount for inmate medical expenses by more than $115,000 during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2013. Correctional facilities must provide health care to all inmates, as specified in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke says this can take a toll on the budget.

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Flying high: Big payday for grads

by KIM EAGLE
 
In order to help fill numerous positions in the Del Rio and Hondo areas, Southwest Texas Junior College is adding a Level 1 aviation maintenance certification program, beginning next year. The program is for those who desire to gain knowledge and skills in aviation maintenance. The certificate will pave the way for entry-level employment in aviation-related fields. All students entering the program will be admitted through regular college admission procedures.

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Youngsters celebrate first Thanksgiving

Batesville Elementary students in Veronica Granato’s pre-kindergarten class were treated to a special Thanksgiving lunch last week. The meal was just one part of their lesson about the holiday that taught them why it is important to celebrate each year.

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Postert’s party commemorates 38 years in enforcement

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Chief Deputy Doug Postert started his career in law enforcement at the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office in 1976, and although there were a few stops along the way it’s also where he will retire after 38 years in the field.

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MacBooks for teachers a go

by KIM EAGLE
 
A full house packed into the Batesville School cafeteria last Monday to hear about a new goal for the district, laid out in the strategic plan, that calls for new technology tools for every educator. The action item was part of the November regular school board meeting. This year, the meetings are being held at a different Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District campus each month.

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Will cops confiscate phones?

Kimberly Rubio
Staff writer

How far will police go to enforce an ordinance banning texting while driving? One city councilman fears the answer is too far, as he believes police could confiscate phones as evidence against the accused.

Councilman Rogelio Muñoz conveyed his fears Tuesday when Uvalde City Council discussed creating an ordinance banning texting while driving within the city limits.

Council first discussed the topic on Oct. 28, when council members directed city staff to research the dangers of texting while driving and how other cities have dealt with the issue.

Citing information obtained from distraction.gov, director of city planning Susan Anderson said Tuesday that in 2012 there were 3,328 deaths in the United states caused by distracted drivers.

“Texting involves manual, visual and cognitive distraction simultaneously which increases your risk of crashing,” Anderson said.

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