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Photo Contest

Where do you read the newspaper? The Uvalde Leader-News is again accepting photo submissions from people reading the newspaper in far-flung or unique geographical locations. The newspaper first held the contest in 2013 and received dozens of entries, which appeared one at a time on the front page of each edition of the newspaper – for nearly one year.Simply e-mail, mail or bring your photos into us on or before Dec. 31, 2016, to be eligible for the contest. Pictures will be judged on location, originality and authenticity and should be accompanied by a brief description...
Thu
14
Jan

Incarcerated stray animals have friends

 
 
 
 
While Facebook is used by many to catch up with old friends, a Humane Society of Uvalde member has set up a page with the intent of reuniting lost pets with their owners.
 
Called “Friends of Uvalde, TX Animal Control,” the site features pictures of dogs and cats that have been picked up by the city’s animal control officers, thus making it easier for those missing an animal to determine if and when their pet was picked up.
 
“Our mission is to rescue animals and place them back in their owner’s hands,” said UPD Lieutenant Daniel Rodriguez. “The site has only been up for two weeks so we’re still waiting to see how effective it is.”
 
Thu
14
Jan

Watch for fires

KIMBERLY RUBIO
STAFF WRITER
 
Sun
10
Jan

Coronado is ‘Johnny Dependable’

 
 
by Charley Robinson, contributing writer
 
One defining characteristic of an individual is knowing you can depend on them. They will overcome all obstacles to show up on time and perform assigned duties.
 
If it’s an athlete you just pencil their name in the lineup and feel confident you’re going to get a maximum performance. At any sporting event there are the support staff and just knowing they will be in place relieves the burden on the person that has the responsibility of organizing the event.
 
Uvalde is lucky to have such individuals. One in particular – Johnny Coronado – is someone you can count on to be there usually an hour before game time.
 
Sun
10
Jan

UVFD names Schmidt top firefighter for 2015

 
by Kimberly Rubio, Staff writer
 
Justin Schmidt was honored as the 2015 Firefighter of the Year on Thursday night when the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department held its annual banquet.
 
The award was presented by Roy Joe Howard and Juan Maldonado.
 
“This individual wears many hats. He is always on the go and he loves his family,” Maldonado said. “He goes above and beyond for this department... He is a perfect example of our motto: ‘Deeds, not words.’”
 
Schmidt is a 12-year veteran of the department. In addition to being on staff of the Uvalde Fire Department, he is also a volunteer for Sabinal VFD.
 
Speaking Friday, Schmidt said the award was unexpected.
 
“I am very humbled to be honored like that amongst such fine and outstanding individuals that have done so many great things for this community,” he said.
 
Sun
10
Jan

Two days, $2 million

As 2015 came to a close, Uvalde County Appraisal District saw an avalanche of money come in as property owners hurried to pay their tax bills before any penalties or interest begin to accrue. “I know that over two days we collected over $2 million,” said Albert Mireles, UCAD chief 
Thu
07
Jan

Primary elections set March 1

 

by Meghann Garcia, managing editor
The Democratic Party primary ballot features four contested races on the local level, with two or more candidates seeking to be the party’s nomination for sheriff, tax assessor/collector, and constables for precincts one and four.

Uvalde County candidates are otherwise unopposed for Republican and Democratic party races. The primary election will take place on March 1.

For the Democratic Party’s nomination for sheriff, incumbent Charles Mendeke is facing challengers Armando M. Garcia and Otto E. Arnim. All three candidates are Uvalde residents.

The Republican Party is not fielding a candidate for sheriff.

Incumbent tax assessor/collector Margarita “Maggie” Del Toro” is facing challenger Diana Uriegas Flores, both of Uvalde, for the Democratic Party’s nomination. On the Republican Party ticket, Knippa resident Rita Cordova Verstuyft is unopposed for the party’s nomination.

Thu
07
Jan

Mireles jailed for child sex crime

Former Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District employee Steven Mireles was arrested Jan. 3 on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.


On Jan. 2 at approximately 10:48 p.m., Uvalde Police were dispatched to Uvalde Memorial Hospital regarding a child, under the age of 13, who was allegedly sexually assaulted.

Hours later, Mireles, 41, of 831 E. Garden St., was arrested by Uvalde Police Department and transferred to Uvalde County Jail. Mireles' bond is set at $1 million. 


Thu
07
Jan

Boy is first baby of 2016 at UMH

 
 
 
 
Claudia and Marius Pistin of Uvalde welcome their son, Nehemiah Marius Pistin, born on Jan. 1, 2016, at 4:07 a.m. at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. That makes Nehemiah the first birth of 2016 and the official New Year’s baby for Uvalde County.
 
Nehemiah weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches in length.
 
The name Nehemiah, meaning comforted by God, has biblical roots. Claudia said both parents fell in love with it the second they considered it as a name for their son.
 
The couple had no idea about how the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce and UMH partner to give the first baby born each year a gift basket.
 
“We didn’t know about it until all of the nurses told us,” Claudia said.
 

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