A group of dads who call themselves Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) are on guard at Flores Middle School.
The all-male parent volunteer group was implemented two years ago and revived this year with help of volunteer coordinator Danny Garza. So far they have more than a dozen fathers who take time out of their day to visit campus, monitor the halls, attend special school activities, and serve as strong male role models when male teachers are far from ubiquitous.
“They are given a schedule and they could just be monitoring the hall, helping out in the cafeteria, or in the gym,” said Carolina Barboza, president of Flores Parent/Teacher Organization. “The purpose is for the kids who don’t have dads at home to have a male role model on campus.”
Garza explained that Watch D.O.G.S. is a national movement found in 46 of the 50 states and in Canada and Mexico.
The Luv Ya Uvalde organizers know all about giving back on Thanksgiving, for they have been doing it for more than 30 years.
Planning is well underway for the 32nd-annual Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving dinner, and according to event organizer Leticia Cobarrubia, volunteers, door prizes, and pumpkin pies are still needed to make the event successful.
Each year around 200 people volunteer to cook, clean, deliver food, and serve a free Thanksgiving dinner to between 1,000 and 2,000 people. The event originally started as a way to feed the elderly and less fortunate, but over the years it has morphed into a general community dinner. Everyone is invited.
The meal is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and food will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Door prizes will given away periodically throughout the event. Music and other entertainment are also planned.
Uvalde City Council recently discussed settling an ongoing lawsuit – related to unpaid taxes of $67,537 – against the Uvalde Hotel Corporation.
The discussion took place on Tuesday night behind closed doors, and no action was taken when council reconvened in open session.
Last year, the city filed a lawsuit to collect money from the Uvalde Hotel Corporation, owner of Quality Inn at 920 E. Main St., for failing to pay hotel occupancy taxes.
According to documents filed in the 38th Judicial District Clerk’s Office, the corporation failed to adequately report and/or fully pay applicable hotel occupancy taxes owed to the city of Uvalde for the third quarter of 2014 (July through September ; fourth quarter of 2013 (October through December); and the first and second quarters of 2014 (January through June).
Twenty-eight roping calves worth between $18,000 and $20,000, total, were taken from the Southwest Texas Junior College campus on Nov. 5.
Ranger Robin Clark with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is conducting an investigation.
The college is offering a $1,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft.
Roping calves are used in timed rodeo events where a mounted rider chases and lassos a calf, dismounts, and throws the calf to the ground before tying three of the animal’s legs with a short length of rope.
To provide information, call SWTJC rodeo coach Roy Angermiller at 830-591-6386.
Multiple charges are expected for a driver – suspected of being intoxicated – who crashed into a parked vehicle and ran from the scene with a gun in the early morning hours of Nov. 7.
The incident began in the 700 block of North Camp Street just after midnight.
When police arrived, they discovered a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck had struck a parked 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver of the 2004 pickup truck left the scene on foot prior to the arrival of officers.
After nearly 30 minutes of searching, police found Travis Jay Penney, 27, of Knippa, at the Uvalde High School soccer fields, located across from the crash scene. He was found in possession of a handgun.
He was treated by Uvalde EMS for injuries he sustained to his face during the crash and transported to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.