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01
Jun

Road rage: Man, 74, dragged from truck and beaten

A 74-year-old man was brutally assaulted on Wednesday night following a minor two-vehicle accident that occurred three miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 481.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy Marco Gonzalez was dispatched to the incident at approximately 7 p.m., after a passerby reported a male lying on the side of the road. The unidentified caller believed the man had just been assaulted.

According to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzalez met with the injured man, who the deputy observed to have a laceration on his head and multiple scratch marks on his wrists.

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Fri
29
May

Council detours on truck route

Although Uvalde City Council was prepared to regulate truck traffic and parking within the city limits, action was delayed after several issues were brought to light Tuesday during the most recent
council meeting. 
 
Fri
29
May

Kothmann teaches valuable lesson

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

Nell Kothmann taught the Good Eggs that as women they can have it all – family, career and faith – without giving up who they are or how much they can accomplish in life.

To say thanks, the group surprised Kothmann with the Honorary Good Egg award during the Baubles and Bags fundraiser held May 15 at the Uvalde Country Club. She received a jeweled egg pendant, just like the ones the Good Eggs wear.

The Honorary Good Egg award is given to a longtime Uvalde resident (40-plus years of residence) who has consistently supported local performing arts.

Last year’s recipient was Jo Noble. According to several Good Eggs, Noble and Kothmann are still the first to call for tickets when community performances are announced.

Good Egg and Kothmann’s longtime neighbor, Susan Austin, surprised Kothmann with the honor during the luncheon earlier this month.

Wed
27
May

Woman dies over holiday weekend

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

One person is dead and three others narrowly missed tragedy following a weekend storm that caused surging water to inundate even dry rivers and covered roadways in Uvalde County and surrounding areas.

According to the weather station monitored by Texas A&M AgriLife, Uvalde received 4.02 inches of rain over the weekend, with the majority deposited on Saturday during a heavy downpour.

Rain accumulations caused numerous road closures throughout Uvalde County.

In Concan, where 9.2 inches of rain was recorded, 39-year-old Claudine Yvette Garcia of Corpus Christi drowned while tubing down the Frio River.

The incident occurred Saturday at 4:30 p.m., when Garcia and six others ventured into the Frio River ‘s Seven Bluffs Crossing on County Road 348.

Wed
27
May

Concan hit with 9.2 inch deluge

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Area residents looking to celebrate Memorial Day weekend outdoors were forced to take a rain check after back-to-back storms dropped a deluge on Uvalde County and surrounding areas.

Meteorologist Cory Van Pelt with the National Weather Service said weekend storms were brought on by an upper-level low that developed in west Texas.

“Combined with moisture from the Pacific, and we just keep getting rain over and over again,” VanPelt said.

According to the weather station monitored by Texas A&M AgriLife, precipitation on Saturday, Sunday and Monday deposited 2.19, 1.78 and 0.05 inches, respectively. The three-day total of 4.02 inches brings the year-to-date total to 17.23 inches. The 111-year-to-date average for Uvalde is 8.73 inches.

The J-27 index well of the Edwards Aquifer measured Wednesday at 837.3, up significantly from Friday when it was 831.0 feet above mean sea level.

Wed
27
May

County’s fallen mourned, remembered

by Meghann Garcia, managing editor

In 1927, the city oversaw the dedication of a war memorial to honor county residents who died in service during World War I. Thirty-five names were etched into the memorial  situated at Uvalde Memorial Park, and since then the number has grown to 140.

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell solemnly listed the conflicts and corresponding number of Uvalde County casualties during a Memorial Day ceremony held Monday at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

In World War I, 35 county residents died in service; WWII, 90; Korea, two; Vietnam, 11; Afghanistan, one; and Iraq, one.

Those servicemen were remembered during a moment of silence incorporated into a wreath laying ceremony held in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputies Patrick Swanner and Felix Rubio as well as patrol Sgt. Gil Valdez participated in a 21-gun salute. They were led in the salute by Deputy Kevin Carr, who served in the U.S. Army.

Wed
27
May

Revamped Relay for Life is Saturday

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

The 2015 Uvalde County Relay for Life is scheduled Saturday at Uvalde County Fairplex.

This year, the race will be a little different. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. and end at midnight, instead of lasting through the night like in years past.

Organizers hope that moving the event to a Saturday and ending it at midnight will encourage more people to participate, especially teenagers and young adults.

So far, 14 teams and 153 participants have officially raised $16,835, according to the online tally.

Jennifer Longoria and Jennifer Potter are this year’s Uvalde County Relay for Life co-chairmen. For more information call 830-591-3634.

Relay representatives say they would love to see a big turnout for the Relay to ensure that the American Cancer Society gets a good donation from Uvalde County. The highest money raisers are recognized throughout the Relay for Life event.

Fri
22
May

Get the buzz on mosquito threats

Though the recent rains have been wonderful for the area, one downside is  a potential explosion in mosquito populations. Since the insects require pools of standing water to hatch their young, steady showers make for perfect breeding grounds.
 
Fri
22
May

High school, detective lauded at Teens in the Driver Seat summit

Uvalde High School was recently named a topperforming Teens in the  Driver Seat school, receiving third-place out of 74  participating campuses in the state. In addition, Uvalde Police Detective Shayne  Gilland, who spearheaded the Teens in the Driver Seat program in  Uvalde, received a Spon-Star award for his efforts.
 
Fri
22
May

Uvalde Police Department

Uvalde Police Department Detective Donald Page (right) and Officer Greg Villa look for evidence inside a wrecked Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver was hospitalized  and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia Thursday after colliding with a trailer attached to another vehicle on Hacienda Road.
 

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