Retired registered nurse Mario Cruz has had a long and successful career in the health care industry, beginning with his hiring as a custodian for Uvalde Memorial Hospital and, years later, ending with time served on the hospital’s board of directors. Over the last few months, Cruz has been a resident of Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center after back surgery performed in October left him unable to walk.
For people without health insurance, or those shopping for a better plan, now is the time to join the 9.5 million people already enrolled in an Affordable Care Act Marketplace plan, or face a penalty totaling 2 percent of their annual income in 2015. This statistic comes from a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which notes that out of those 9.5 million people, 87 percent who selected plans in states using HealthCare.gov are getting financial assistance to lower monthly premiums. Just over 35 percent, or 2.5 million enrollees, were under 35 years of age.
The wines served at Lost Maples Winery in Vanderpool have legs that go on for days and are made from some of the finest Black Spanish/Lenoir grapes in the Texas Hill County. Lost Maples Winery is located on the Polvadeau Vineyards, overlooking the Sabinal River, and has been fully-operational as a winery for just a few months. It is the first commercial winery and vineyard in Bandera County.
The Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet starts tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Willie De Leon CivicCenter. The chamber will celebrate 95 years of service with a dinner, auction and awards ceremony. The theme for the
event is “Strictly Business Since 1920,” as that year marks the year the chamber first opened its doors.
William Cassin was honored as the 2014 Uvalde Firefighter of the Year on Thursday night when the department held its annual banquet. This year’s event was held in honor of Roy Joe Howard, who has served the department for 50 years. “Since joining the fire department, this individual has volunteered many hours to our community. I have personally seen this fireman go to fire calls exhausted and sick, but he gets the job done,” said Juan Maldonado.
Beginning March 1, Texas residents will no longer be issued an inspection sticker for their vehicles. Instead, a registration sticker will serve as combined proof of registration and inspection. The change comes as a result of House Bill 2305, which was passed during the 83rd legislative session. Residents can renew their annual registration online, by mail or in person at the Uvalde County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office. At the time of registration, an inspection status will be verified electronically.
Southwest Texas Junior College not only gives students an opportunity to earn a degree close to home, but it has a total yearly economic impact of $156.9 million in the college’s service area. This area includes Uvalde and towns west to Del Rio and Eagle Pass, south to Crystal City and east to Hondo and Castroville.
An 11-year-old boy scrambled to safety Tuesday afternoon as the home he shares with his parents and two siblings caught fire. The 429 Juarez St. residence was completely destroyed as flames shot through the roof and windows, traveling throughout the home and also consuming the carport.
The 2015 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show honorary superintendent was given to behind-the-scenes organizer Jolene Williams. Williams was recognized by Roy Kothmann for 15 years of service that has lasted well beyond her children’s participation. “This award winner is a little bit different in my mind,” Kothmann started off by saying. “This person has really been behind the scenes for the last 15-plus years. This recipient is not in the show rings, not in the barns – although this recipient did have three children that went through the stock show program.”