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21
Nov
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MacBooks for teachers a go

by KIM EAGLE
 
A full house packed into the Batesville School cafeteria last Monday to hear about a new goal for the district, laid out in the strategic plan, that calls for new technology tools for every educator. The action item was part of the November regular school board meeting. This year, the meetings are being held at a different Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District campus each month.

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Thu
20
Nov
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Will cops confiscate phones?

Kimberly Rubio
Staff writer

How far will police go to enforce an ordinance banning texting while driving? One city councilman fears the answer is too far, as he believes police could confiscate phones as evidence against the accused.

Councilman Rogelio Muñoz conveyed his fears Tuesday when Uvalde City Council discussed creating an ordinance banning texting while driving within the city limits.

Council first discussed the topic on Oct. 28, when council members directed city staff to research the dangers of texting while driving and how other cities have dealt with the issue.

Citing information obtained from distraction.gov, director of city planning Susan Anderson said Tuesday that in 2012 there were 3,328 deaths in the United states caused by distracted drivers.

“Texting involves manual, visual and cognitive distraction simultaneously which increases your risk of crashing,” Anderson said.

Wed
19
Nov
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Officer rescues teen, family dog

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Uvalde Police Department Officer Chad Kretschmer ran into a burning home on Wednesday morning, in ursuit of a 15-year-old boy who rushed back inside to retrieve his pet dog. Both the dog and the boy are fine. Kretschmer, who was the first to arrive on scene, was on patrol in the 700 block of Old Carrizo Road when he noticed smoke. The source of the smoke was a house on fire at 235 Nicholas St.
 
Wed
19
Nov
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Missing war pilot memorialized

Though he has been listed as missing in action since 1951, it took over 60 years for First Lieutenant Edgar B. Gray to receive the official memorial service that was held for him Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde.
 
Wed
19
Nov
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Turkey meals set next week

Organizers for area Thanksgiving luncheonsare seeking volunteers to assist with meal time preparations. In Uvalde, the 31stannual Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving luncheon, which provides a holiday meal for the elderly and less fortunate, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Willie De Leon Civic Center.
 
Wed
19
Nov
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Tires slashed at 10 north-side homes

Tire-slashing vandals left 10 city residents nearly immobile Sunday morning. Uvalde Police began receiving reports of slashed tires early Sunday morning, and within a few hours they were dispatched to 10 separate incidents. On Tuesday, an additional incident was reported, however police believe it occurred Saturday night
 
Sun
16
Nov
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‘Ellen’ calls Uvaldean to California

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
A video clip of retired teacher Sandra Collier of Uvalde getting “into the groove” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show is making waves around the Internet after the famous talk show host called Collier – during the Nov. 11 episode – to invite her back to the studio. Collier originally appeared as an audience member during a Nov. 6 showing, when she sang “Into the Groove” by Madonna prior to the show. 
 
Sun
16
Nov
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Memory masters graduate

by KIM EAGLE
 
The 16 students who attended the final Master of Memory class Wednesday spent most of their time reviewing and then passing around beer bottle caps. No, they weren’t consuming in celebration but instead studying the brain teasers printed underneath the caps.
 
Sun
16
Nov
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Tax collections off to slow start

Since it mailed out property tax notices last month, Uvalde County Appraisal District has received only a tiny portion of its total tax levy of approximately $30 million. According to UCAD, $1,970,098 has been collected between Oct. 20 and Nov. 12 of this year, and the total tax levy is listed at $30,823,674.
 
Sun
09
Nov
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Less pain at the pump

by KIM EAGLE
 
If you noticed a few extra dollars lying around at the end of October, you might have falling gas prices to thank for it. According to AAA, on Nov. 1, the national average price of gas fell below $3 per gallon for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010. These lower prices will help save consumers at least $250 million per day on gasoline compared to early summer when the national average reached $3.68 per gallon.
 

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