(Photo courtesy Karen Barnes: This 5-foot rattlesnake likely had better Mondays than the one this week, when its life ended at the home of Karen and John Barnes off U.S. Highway 83 South.)
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
The summer season is fast approaching and rattlesnakes, known to make appearances during the drier and warmer months, are on the move.
On April 7, a rattlesnake bit a 70-year-old Sabinal man outside the victim’s North Orange Street residence.
Juan Flores was in his backyard building a chicken coop when he moved to grab a piece of wood.
“I went into the tall grass and I felt a sharp, hot pain in my ankle,” Flores said. “I looked down and I saw a rattlesnake. I jumped back, but the snake stayed put so I called my wife and right away we got help.”
The incident occurred as the Sabinal Independent School District was hosting a health walk on North Center Street, so several roads were closed.
Longtime Uvaldean Ray Rhodes was publicly recognized on Tuesday evening for his support of the local police department. Rhodes was given a plaque during a 6 p.m. meeting of Uvalde City Council, held at city hall. As president of the Uvalde Gun Club, Rhodes coordinated with Uvalde Police Department Chief Eric Herrera toward a yearly donation to the department’s officer of the year program.
Despite one commissioner’s request to advertise for proposals in hopes of securing a new auditor to review the 2015-2016 Uvalde County budget, all four commissioners voted to approve a letter of engagement with Beyer and Company. Commissioner Raul Flores, who had made the request to secure a new independent auditor, voted in the affirmative .after Commissioner Randy Scheide motioned to approve the letter of engagement.
In order to fill the vacancy being left by current chief appraiser Albert Mireles, whose last day on the job is tomorrow, the Uvalde County Appraisal District’s board of directors .on Tuesday appointed .current agricultural appraiser Jesus Flores as interim chief appraiser. “I would first like to thank Albert for his years of dedication and for his help at the office here,” board chairman Federico Flores said of Mireles’ retirement. As one of his first responsibilities, interim chief appraiser Flores was tasked by the board with advertising for a qualified candidate to fill the chief appraiser position on a permanent basis. On that note, Chairman Flores asked Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball if she has any contacts in Austin that could assist in the candidate search.
Dresses, photo booths, center pieces, and catering services were the most popular vendors at the well-attended Bridal Gala held Tuesday at Uvalde Country Club. The expo was a joint effort between the country club and Uvalde Leader-News.
A rattlesnake bit a 70-year-old Sabinal man on Thursday afternoon outside the victim’s residence on North Orange Street. The incident occurred right before 5 p.m., as the Sabinal Independent School District was hosting a health walk on North Center Street.
Failing to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles can result in serious accidents or delays in the response times of emergency service staff.
According to the Texas Transportation Code, vehicles must yield the right of way for approaching emergency vehicles using audible and visual signals.
Drivers are supposed to get as close to the curb or sidewalk as possible, then stop and remain stopped until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
Emergency vehicles include law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire vehicles.
Drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles that have lights activated are also required to either slow down or change lanes. The law states a driver must either vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction or slow down 20 mph below the speed limit.
Despite rolling over and landing in the parking lot of Uvalde Memorial Hospital, no one involved in a two-vehicle crash directly in front of the facility had to be treated in the emergency room. As Uvalde Police Department officers, Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members and Uvalde EMS paramedics were dispatched and began the process of clearing the crash scene, additional firefighters and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies headed to Knippa where a vehicle was engulfed in flames.