The children at various schools around Uvalde were not channeling the grinch this Christmas, as they gave numerous food items and money to the needy this holiday season.
St. Philip’s Episcopal School 3K students in Dorothy Jimenez’s class decided to donate their Christmas gift book exchange to the Uvalde Sheriff’s Department. Joy Watkins, principal, said the students, while planning for their Christmas party, talked about children who might not have a book to read. “They thought it would be a good thing to donate their books to those children instead of exchanging books among themselves,” said Watkins. “Deputy Robert Gutierrez came to St. Philip’s and talked to the students and accepted the books on behalf of the Sheriff’s Dept.”
Once someone has been diagnosed with cancer, the ensuing battle with the disease is often a long and difficult affair, especially if a course of chemotherapy or surgery is involved. The mental and physical toll can be extreme, often relegating patients to their beds for weeks on end. Yet for Rose Garza, her epic struggle with cancer over the years has not prevented her from working full time, raising a family and attaining her doctorate degree.
During the 59th Annual Texas Vital Statistics Conference, held Dec. 11-13 in Austin, Uvalde Memorial Hospital received three prestigious state awards. Norma Castro, birth registrar in Uvalde Memorial Hospital’s medical records or health information management department, accepted the Five Star Service Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ vital statistics unit, the Office of Attorney General Award for Acknowledgement of Paternity, and the ImmTrac Award for Excellence in 2013.
The power of technology was shown Monday, when Uvalde Police located machinery, reported stolen in San Antonio, on San Jacinto Street. Police were in the area because GPS technology indidcated the equipment was in Uvalde. Detectives are still investigating the case, and no one has been arrested.
Rainbow trout Family Fishing will continue through March at Garner State Park, where a total of 2,200 catchable Rainbow trout will be released into the Frio River. The first release was scheduled Monday, and the second release is set for Jan. 22, 2014, as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) annual trout stocking program.
Many children in Uvalde County are sure to have a merry Christmas this year as over 600 gifts were donated to youngsters in need thanks to the Uvalde Police Department, Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and Sabinal Police Department. This holiday season, the departments each organized Operation Blue Santa to supply toys.
The search for a missing Leakey teen ended Sunday when she was found in Concan. Prior to Sunday, Mearrett “Parker”Afton Thomas, 15, was last seen by her mother on Dec. 7. Suspicions – on the part of law enforcement – that the teen had run away were confirmed when Mearrett’s mother, Amber Thomas, received a phone call from her daughter.
Santa might do well to take the next few days to work out a peace agreement among members of the animal kingdom, because packing up the wish lists compiled by area children could otherwise prove to be problematic. Some of the requests are simple enough – puppies and kittens would probably make the trip from the North Pole to Uvalde County peaceably, but throw in the crocodile, tiger, snake, turkeys, pig, pony, turtle, giant bull, monkey, rabbits, fish, octps (octopus?), birds, bear and hamsters requested and it’s a sleigh-wreck waiting to happen.
Uvalde Garden Club president Ann Fleming, Green Thumb Garden Club president Sylvia Lent and Texas Garden Clubs trustee Ruby Brigman (left to right) read the Uvalde Leader-News while attending the Texas Garden Clubs convention in Houston.