An average of 451 individuals, representing households with an average size of three, receive assistance from the Uvalde Food Pantry on a monthly basis. The figures are a dramatic increase from the reported 200 families serviced in April 2007, when the pantry first opened its doors.
Uvalde, Knippa, and Sabinal school districts met standards as set by the Texas Education Agency, but the Utopia school district requires improvement. TEA scores school districts across the state to determine how campuses are performing academically.
Southwest Texas Junior College will host a meet-the-campaigns event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fountain Courtyard on the Uvalde campus. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend and meet with candidates and their campaigns.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded to three calls, including an ATV accident, over the past 10 days. On Tuesday at 3:10 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 100 block of McGlasson Street for a report of a home fire.
(This story originally appeared in the Sept. 15 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.)
by Logan Garnett, general manager
Though a few numbers have yet to be officially adopted by their governing bodies, most of the taxing entities in Uvalde County have decided upon their new tax rates, thus giving county residents a general idea of what they can expect their tax bill to look like come October.
Depending on which city within the county one resides, the combination of the 11 entities for which Uvalde County Appraisal District collects taxes will vary.
The 11 entities and their either proposed or adopted tax rates are as follows:
(This story originally appeared in the Sept. 15 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News)
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer Uvalde Police Department Officer Brandon Smith, who was recently appointed to the position of K-9 officer, brings three years of experience in law enforcement, while his partner Zibo contributes an infallible sense of smell, making the duo a force to be reckoned with.
Smith took over the canine-handler responsibilities previously carried out by Officer Felipe Ramon, who is still employed with the department. Max, who was paired with Ramon, remains on standby until a second K-9 officer is appointed.
Smith joined the department in December of 2013. He was previously employed with the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office. The Eagle Pass native said he has spent most of his adult life in Uvalde.
(The following originally appeared in the Sept. 15 edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.)
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer Due to DNA testing for nearly 100 items of evidence in the nearly five-year-old case against Sabrina Vielma for the death of her young son, the capital murder trial has been delayed.
The trial date is tentatively scheduled for March 6, 2017. It was previously announced that the trial would begin in January of 2017; however, DNA testing for dozens of items of evidence is ongoing and not expected to wrap up until early January.
Vielma is set to stand trial for the 2011 death of her 4-year-old son Davaughn Rodriguez.
The announcement was made Monday by presiding Judge Stephen Ables of the Sixth Administrative Judicial Region during a status hearing held at the Uvalde County Justice Center and Jail. A second status hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the same location.