Students at Flores Middle School peruse lists to find their teachers before the first day of school officially begins. While students knew which academy they belonged to ahead of time, they did not know their homeroom until Monday when classes began at all Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District campuses.
Addressing around two dozen attendees at Uvalde’s Dairy Queen on Monday morning, Congressman Will Hurd touched on a number of issues, one of them being a potential nuclear proliferation agreement with Iran, a country that Hurd claims has a track record of being dishonest about its intentions.
The Uvalde Leader-News is pleased to announce that it will provide its first-ever live stream of a sporting event during this evening’s freshman Coyotes football games against the San Antonio McCollum Cowboys at the Honey Bowl. Online coverage of the back-to-back games will begin at 5:30 p.m. and viewers can follow the action by visiting www.citylinktv.com/channel/uvalde-uln-live/ on their phone, tablet or desktop computer. The video player on that page will remain dark until streaming goes live at the start of sports contests.
Nearly 200 free backpacks were provided and given away by the office of state Senator Carlos Uresti during the first hour of the Community Wellness Fair.
The fair was held Aug. 14 at the Uvalde High School cafeteria as a part of National Health Center Week celebration.
Community Health Development Inc. (CHDI) and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District teamed up for the event that was made possible through the support of local businesses and community members.
The wellness fair theme was, “Wellness Fair Carnival – where wellness can be fun.” Not only did the fair present booths on health and wellness, all children in attendance left with several bags of swag.
In addition to free backpacks, they received healthy snacks, balloons, toys, school supplies, tote bags and children’s books.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s convocation theme for 2015 was Renew, Re-energize, and Re-engage, which they did with the help of special guest speaker, Bertice Berry. Berry has a Ph.D in sociology. She was the first in her family to go to college and earned her doctorate by the age of 26. She had employees laughing throughout her motivational speech on Monday – a speech she said that the educators in Uvalde really don’t need – because she feels they are already some of the most motivated people around.
Last week, the Uvalde County Emergency Operations Center facilitated a health emergency exercise to assess how local first responders and public health agencies would manage a weapons-grade anthrax pandemic. In the event of an actual health emergency, Uvalde’s emergency preparedness plan calls for the establishment of a point of distribution site, where antibiotics, vaccinations and antivirals would be dispersed to the public.
Jurors in Bexar County handed down three life sentences to a Knippa man earlier this month. Bo Jett Littleton, 35, was convicted Aug. 24 on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of burglary of a habitation, and one count of aggravated sexual assault.
The charges stem from an October 2014 incident. Littleton broke into an Avalon Place apartment, which is located near the University of Texas at San Antonio, and bound and gagged two women. He was found guilty on charges of raping one of the victims.
He was arrested after one of the victims managed to escape and alert authorities.
Police arrived and observed Littleton barricading the entrance of the the apartment with furniture.
As officers prepared for an emergency entry, Littleton came to the balcony and agreed to surrender.
The second victim was located in the apartment’s bathroom.
As a family of retired school teachers contemplated ways to maintain and support their century-old family ranch in western Bandera County, one of the young folks suggested a music festival.
This initial suggestion was met with great skepticism from the elders but – after attending some festivals around the Hill Country such as the folk festival at Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville – the idea began to take shape. Seven years ago, the first Utopiafest was held in a unique amphitheater surrounded by hills on the Four Sisters Ranch. This year’s event, set for Labor Day weekend, promises to be the best one yet.
The festival has grown from a few hundred participants to a capped audience of 2,000. Twenty-five bands, playing various styles of music from bluegrass to soul, are on the schedule this year performing from two stages with no overlap.