The state of Texas approved, in many cases overwhelmingly, the nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that were up for decision on Tuesday. Uvalde County voters offered near-mirrored responses when compared with voters across the state. With a local turnout of 5.30 percent, or 835 of the 15,767 registered voters eligible to vote in the election, the county lagged behind the state turnout rate, which hovered around 8 percent.
Typically, when an event is so jam-packed that you find it difficult to easily move about, it’s a good indicator that it’s been well promoted. “I couldn’t even get through the aisles because it was so crammed,” Olivia Rish, Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said of this year’s Hunters’ Roundup, held Nov. 1 at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Though she did not give an exact estimate of the number of attendees, Rish said that the turnout was substantial given other entertainment options available.
Andriah S. Zamora and Mario A. Chacon are married by Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell on Thursday, which was Halloween, and the couple took full advantage of the holiday when they dressed as vampires.
Liana “Lily” Dehoyos of Uvalde has been without her oxygen tank for just under a month now and would win the award for toughest baby born in 2012, if such an award existed. Her parents, Joshua and Angelica Dehoyos, were gracious enough to share the story of their daughter’s premature birth in hopes of raising awareness about preeclampsia and the dangers associated with it.
Veteran’s Day is an annual American holiday honoring all military veterans. It was originally observed to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I when major hostilities of that war were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. American Legion Post 26 and the Ladies Auxiliary Unit will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Veteran’s Memorial Wall located on the grounds of the Uvalde County Fairplex.
A firefighter that knows his personal limits is much more helpful in an emergency than an overconfident firefighter who thinks he can do more than he actually can. The Uvalde Fire Department held a consumption test on Monday to see just how far their roster could go under severe stress. Juan Martinez, the athletic director for Uvalde Fire Department, who is also on their training committee and an Emergency Medical Technician, said that a total of 17 of the 36 firefighters on the roster participated in the consumption test.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Uvalde for its comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR. The award is presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, or GFOA. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
Wayne Seiple of the Uvalde Police Department was appointed last week to the board of directors of the Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians. The appointment to the state board came during the 2013 TAPEIT conference, held in Austin from Oct. 22-25. Seiple will serve a two-year term. He also brought back to Uvalde a $298 grant to update equipment in the Uvalde Police Department evidence room.
District court proceedings began and wrapped up yesterday in the prosecution of Refugio Quijano Jr., of Uvalde, who was charged with the September 2010 murder of Luis Melchor. Quijano, 44, was on trial for first degree murder after being indicted by a Uvalde County grand jury on Feb. 7, 2011. According to local attorney Rogelio Muñoz, who was representing Quijano, a plea agreement was made early in the trial and a six-year sentence was handed down.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District received a ranking of “superior achievement” and a perfect score of 70 for managing the district’s finances. Trustees were given the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, or FIRST, presentation by UCISD chief financial officer Becky Robinson on Oct. 21 at a special board meeting. The Texas Education Agency website states that “the purpose of the financial accountability rating system is to ensure that school districts...are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and achieve improved performance in the management of their financial resources.