Encountering fallen power lines can be a scary situation, but knowledge and respect for electricity is vital according to Medina Electric Cooperative staff who recently hosted a live line demonstration for area first responders. The purpose of the demonstration was to train emergency personnel on how to react quickly and safely to incidents involving electricity.
The Uvalde Police Department has hired three new officers to fill positions left vacant by three former patrol officers. Ruby Gonzalez graduated from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College in December of 2015. She was employed by the Junction Police Department from December of 2015 until April of 2016.
Whether it is becoming a certified emergency medical technician, engaging in a vigorous fitness routine or vowing to increase funding for non-profit organizations, area residents have high hopes for the new year. Many changes are in store for Uvalde resident Victoria Dühring, who recently accepted a position with the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce as the organization’s executive director.
Although Severo Cuellar is charged with inflicting the massive internal injuries that led to the 2015 death of 2-year-old Ismael Gonzalez, the 38th Judicial District attorney’s office believes the suspect’s mother and victim’s mother are also at fault for allowing the toddler to come in contact with the convicted felon. Sarah Gonzalez, 25, and Guadalupe Rosas Cuellar, 65, have been indicted on charges of injury to a child by omission and abandoning or endangering a child.
The city of Uvalde’s monthly clean-up effort will be held Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the public parking lot near City Hall. The recycling center, located in the 100 block of East Garden Street, will be open during those same hours, and the landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The landfill is located at 3774 FM 481.
As always Utopia was a busy little town in 2016. Some wonderful soaking rains relieved the long drought, and the rivers and springs throughout the canyon began to flow. This brought smiles to the locals and tourists alike. Perhaps the next biggest change to our town was the erection of the wall along San Jacinto Square facing Main Street. This installation was funded by the Texas Department of Transportation as a reward to the Keep Utopia Beautiful organization for its work in recycling and beautification; it definitely changed the landscape along Main Street.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will soon offer a free overview of the requirements for filing 2016 returns. Anyone able to use a computer is invited to training sessions scheduled Jan. 9- 10 in Room 1 of the Wagner Building on the Southwest Texas Junior College campus. Training will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
Uvalde Boy Scout Michael Zamarripa has earned the rank of Eagle, the ultimate achievement in Scouting. Zamarripa, 18, is the son of Esperanza and Jose Zamarripa of Uvalde and a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 277, which is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.