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05
Feb

Carpenter, Sosa are top Uvaldeans

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Wade Carpenter was named Uvaldean of the year and Eunice Sosa was recognized as Volunteer of the Year during the 97th annual Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and awards dinner, which was held Friday night at the Willie De Leon Civic Center.
 
“A leader has many attributes: engaged, a good listener, sympathy, awareness, persuasion...” said Jan Elliott, who introduced Carpenter. The pair previously hosted a morning radio show on KVOU. “The Uvaldean of the Year was born, reared and spent most of their life in Uvalde. Our honoree is invested here and has since their teen years. unselfishly contributed The love and devotion time and talent to Uvalde they have for their hometown is unquestionable.”
 
Sun
05
Feb

UPD warns of tax-season scams led by IRS agent impersonators

Although no reports have been filed so far this year, the Uvalde Police Department warns local residents against a popular phone scam targeting taxpayers during income tax season.
 
“The callers identify themselves as agents working with the IRS,” said UPD Lt. Mariano Pargas, referring to the Internal Revenue Service.
 
Sun
05
Feb

Facade grants available

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Uvalde Main Street and Uvalde Convention and Visitors Bureau hope business owners within the Uvalde Main Street district will take advantage of several facade grants that have recently been made available.
 
According to Uvalde Main Street manager Susan Rios, the organizations are seeking to improve the image of downtown Uvalde by stimulating historic preservation though the assistance of one $5,000 matching grant and two $2,500
 
Sun
05
Feb

Divers search for Batesville man

Eight divers with the Texas Department of Public Safety were in Batesville on Wednesday searching the Leona River for 27-year-old Anthony Galindo. The divers were on scene for approximately 3 hours.
 
Galindo has been missing since Jan. 17 when, according to his family, he was picked up from his Batesville residence by a cousin and two unidentified men.
 
Sun
05
Feb

The crescent moon

The crescent moon as pictured through a 6-inch homemade reflector telescope. The photo was taken Jan. 30 when the moon and the planets Venus and Mars made for striking combination after sunset, according to amateur astronomer and Leader-News advertising executive Michael Robinson.
 
Sun
05
Feb

Challenge completed

Challenge completed. For the past month, El Progreso Memorial Library staff and board members have been raising funds to meet a challenge from a contributor who offered up to $50,000 in a matching gift; the $451 that arrived in the day’s mail on Friday lifted the fundraising total to $73,415 – excluding the $50,000 gift.
 
Sun
05
Feb

Cooks Slough Nature Park closes for construction

Cooks Slough Nature Park, located at 572 County Road 106, will be closed to the public through Feb. 13 while construction workers rebuild the parks gazebo and walkways.
 
The project, which was a budgeted item for fiscal year 2016-17, will cost $30,000. The park closed on Jan. 25.
 
Thu
02
Feb

Eagle-eyed passersby spy stolen truck

A 30-year-old San Antonio man was arrested Friday after two Eagle Pass residents, who were passing through Uvalde, spotted him driving a Ford F-250 diesel truck they recognized as stolen from Eagle Pass.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m. when Uvalde Police Department officers Jose Rodriguez and Leeann Cantu were flagged down by a motorist in the 200 block of North Getty Street.

 

Thu
02
Feb

Barnes seeking promising stem cell treatment

by KIMBERLY RUBIO 

In 2005, longtime Uvaldean Dr. John Barnes was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder affecting the central nervous system. As his condition has worsened, Barnes is seeking donations that will allow him to attend a stem cell therapy program in San Diego, California.

Multiple sclerosis damages and disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of symptoms including physical, mental and psychiatric problems.

Symptoms can either occur in isolated attacks or attacks that build up over time. Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely.

 

Thu
02
Feb

Not old enough’ Speer named honorary event superintendent

by CHARLEY ROBINSON 

Jimmy Speer was honored Saturday at the awards ceremony for the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show as honorary superintendent, the highest award presented each year to a deserving volunteer worker.

Speer has been involved since 1991 as a committee member, superintendent, or volunteer wherever needed.

The award was presented to Speer by his two sons, Justin and Cline, who through the years have followed in their father’s footsteps.

 

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