After nine years, Tru Hiatt has stepped down from her position as Uvalde Food Pantry board president and handed the reins over to board member Travis Kimble. Kimble joined the board in January. His wife, Kelley Kimble, also serves on the board as the organization’s treasurer.
The grandchildren of fallen Uvalde County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Wesley Haygood were present Monday for the unveiling of a plaque honoring their grandfather, who was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 28, 1935.
The reveal was held during the annual fallen officers’ ceremony at the Uvalde County Fairplex, where Haygood and nine others were memorialized.
Housing costs are the largest expenditure most Americans will have, and many low-income families often have difficulty finding housing they can afford. Public housing options in the area, overseen by the Uvalde Housing Authority (UHA), were established to provide decent and safe rental housing for low-income families, elderly residents, and persons with disabilities. Executive director Virginia Limon is in charge of UHA, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD administers federal aid to local housing agencies that manage homes for low-income residents at rents they can afford, usually 30 percent of income under a certain level.
When they took the business over two years ago, Brandon Laffere and Kincaid Light were hoping to continue the tradition of Casal’s Package Store being a Uvalde institution. “We wanted to give back to the community and keep people shopping local,” Laffere said of the venture. For his part, Light said that running the businesses is something he has wanted to do for more than a decade, but that former owner and founder Henry Charles Casal, who died in 2009, was not yet ready to part with it.
Three incumbents lost bids for re-election to their respective elected posts after all results were tallied on Saturday. Elections were held for three open seats on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees and Sabinal Independent School District board of trustees, as well as three council seats and the mayoral position for the city of Sabinal.
Jonathan Witt knows the way to Austin; he’s been there twice before. This time the La Pryor Bulldog track star will have an added burden of competing in three events. The high school senior will also have the incentive of trying to nab the gold in his last high school athletic endeavor. Witt punched his ticket to Austin two weeks ago in the Region IV Track and Field meet at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He was a busy young man, winning the 300-meter hurdles (38.8) finishing second in the long jump (21 feet, 8 inches) and – with brother Tristan Witt, Joe Adrian.
With all Uvalde County has to offer, it is only fitting that the Uvalde Leader-News launch its first-ever reader poll to determine which businesses are readers’ favorites. With categories ranging from “Best College” to “Best Grocery Store Clerk” to “Best Taco,” no stone is left unturned when seeking out the stores and employees that make shopping and dining here such a pleasure.
Before any winners can be declared, however, the newspaper is asking that readers write or call in with their nominations for each category.
Best in County
College, community event, county attraction, church, entertainment, service organization.