Four Uvalde men were arrested this month after law enforcement officials recovered cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana and over $25,000 during authorized searches. On Feb. 17, a consent search was conducted at 300 E. Brazos St. as part of an ongoing investigation by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
One Uvalde High School senior is literally willing to put his life on the line for his community. Donald “Mac” McLaughlin serves as a member of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department, racing to fire and accident calls before and after school. He’s been serving in this role since October. This is really unusual because he started with the fire department while he was playing football this season, and he hopes to play college football.
Uvalde County Commissioners on Monday enacted a countywide burn ban, citing continually arid conditions and an increased risk of fires. “It’s dry out and it looks like it’s going to continue to be dry,” said County Judge Bill Mitchell, noting that the ban will be in place for a 90-day period, unless adequate rainfall occurs.
Filing for Uvalde and surrounding area municipal and school elections ends tomorrow. Election day is May 10. Early voting will begin April 28 and continue through May 6. Candidate packets can be picked up from the city hall or school administrative office in question.
As of Friday at noon a total of 558 Uvalde County residents have turned out to vote early in the Democratic and Republican primaries, which will determine each party’s candidates in the November general election for local, state and national offices. Early voting began Tuesday, when 126 people voted on the Democrat Party ticket and 52 on the Republican Party ticket. By Thursday those numbers increased by 86 and 40, respectively, to total 338 for the Democrat Party ticket and 144 on the Republican Party ticket.
Spanish is the second most widely used language in the United States, and the ability to speak more than one language is an asset in today’s global society. It is for this reason that Thomas Treviño, director of secondary curriculum, has been working closely with Jeanette Ball, superintendent, to bring a two-way bilingual program to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District next year. Treviño gave trustees an update on the program at
the regular board meeting held Monday at Uvalde High School.
Interim police chief Mike Hernandez has experienced 11 changes in leadership at the Uvalde Police Department during his 19-year tenure and has also seen crime trends evolve. As the Uvalde Police Department anticipates the arrival of new chief Eric Herrera, Hernandez – whose third term as interim chief ends Friday – weighed in on the changes he’s seen.
No one was harmed, but a bathroom in a residential home was destroyed Tuesday morning when a fire – that took firefighters almost an hour to extinguish – started for as-yet unknown reasons. Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members were dispatched to 317 S. Bates St. at 6:52 a.m. on a report of a significant amount of smoke coming from the residence.
Taking over the job of running a hospital can be very stressful, but for Tom Nordwick the transition wasn’t so bad thanks to the good leadership team already in place at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. “Sometimes when you come on board in a new organization, everything is saved up for the new individual,” said Nordwick. “They [the leadership team] made decisions, they made changes to ensure that the organization was going to continue to move forward.