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.”
In addition to cameras installed inside patrol units, Uvalde Police Officers will now carry a camera and audio device attached to their uniform or utility belt while on duty. The $7,665 purchase, which will provide 38 devices, was approved on Tuesday during a regular meeting of city council.
Uvalde Police Sgt. Eduardo“Eddie” Canales was named Officer of the Year for 2014 on Friday at Oasis Outback, where the Uvalde Gun Club presented him with a .40-caliber pistol. “This officer certainly sets the standard high and reflects the cornerstone of leadership, which is [to] lead by example,” said Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera.
Blair Hesse showed both the grand champion and reserve grand champion steers Friday evening during the 2015 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show, extending her winning streak to five consecutive years. The grand champion was an exotic breed weighing 1,325 pounds. The reserve grand champion was also an exotic breed. It weighed 1,320 pounds.
For the first time in the local program’s history, Newspapers In Education is sponsoring trips to Austin so that local students can meet their state representatives, tour the capitol building and become more familiar with the legislative process while also soaking up a bit of Texas history. According to Olga Charles, NIE director for Uvalde Leader-News, 11 children from Robb Elementary’s third- and fourth-grade student councils were at the state capitol on Jan. 21.