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Mon
26
Oct

Austin native Ruelle taking over at opera house

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

After many months of thoughtful searching, Joseph Ruelle has been hired as the new manager of the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House.

Ruelle, who is originally from Austin, accepted the position last week. The position has been vacant since 2014.

Ruelle attended the University of Oklahoma, where he studied vocal performance through their opera program.

“I am a performer at heart, but I am really getting into the groove of arts management,” Ruelle said, adding that the new position is his dream job.

“There is a lot of expectation, but I think that the expectation is not as cumbersome as the opportunity that this job presents to me,” he said.

As to how he found himself in the small town of Uvalde, Ruelle said an acquaintance informed him of the position and encouraged him to reach out to assistant city manger Joe Cardenas.

Sun
25
Oct

Miller: Cancer doesn’t care who you are

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

Shannon Miller had an important message to attendees at the Women’s Health Expo held last Tuesday – to take control of their own health.

She challenged each and every person to come up with specific ways in which to do that.

“Make that doctor’s appointment,” Miller said. “Get another hour of sleep tonight. On my orders. Tell your boss, ‘Shannon told me to.’ Get the clothes off the treadmill; it is not a place to hang laundry.”

She talked about how it is important to have events like the Women’s Health Expo, organized by Uvalde Memorial Hospital with help from First State Bank. As an ovarian cancer survivor – she successfully had a baseball-sized tumor removed before experiencing nine weeks of chemotherapy – she uses her fame as an Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast to talk about cancer awareness around the nation.

Sun
25
Oct
Sun
25
Oct

Accused child sex offenders jailed

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Sun
25
Oct
Thu
22
Oct

Anthon students tackle engineering task

 
 
 
Students at Anthon Elementary examine different bridges erected by their peers. The science project aimed to teach students about how different materials are used to create and give stability to a large structure such as a bridge. Because students did such a good job, bridges were put on display in the cafeteria on last Tuesday.
 
Thu
22
Oct

Solar farm deal not as bright as forecast

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor
 
Whether or not representatives from OCI Solar were misleading when selling the idea of a solar farm to Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees was the topic of discussion Monday night.
 
Trustees felt many statements made to generate approval for a tax abatement agreement (Application for Appraised Value Limitation on Qualified Property, Texas Tax Code Chapter 313) have not been upheld.
 
By the end of the meeting, talk to turned to the feasibility of possibly ending that agreement.
 
The discussion began during an item of information regarding the district’s tax collections and property appraisals.
 
Thu
22
Oct

Early voting underway for seven propositions

Early voting is underway to decide the outcome of seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Balloting began Monday at the Willie De Leon Civic Center and will continue today, tomorrow, Saturday, and Monday through Friday of next week.
 
Thu
22
Oct

Two in hospital after quarry hammering

Two men were hospitalized on Tuesday morning following an altercation that involved a claw hammer and large wooden broom handle. The incident occurred at approximately 11:51 a.m. when Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to South Texas Aggregates, a quarry 
Sun
18
Oct

Jail sergeant arrested

Uvalde County Jail sergeant Wade Anson Sims, 28, found himself on the wrong side of a jail cell Friday night when he was arrested for allegedly engaging in improper sexual contact with a female inmate.
Sims was arrested by the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office on charges of violating the civil rights of a person in custody/improper sexual activity with a person in custody.
 
The offense is a state jail felony.
 
According to Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brandon McCutchen, an inmate brought the alleged misconduct to the attention of jail administrator Matthew Mitton on Friday at approximately 10 a.m.
 
Sheriff Charles Mendeke called in the Texas Rangers to review the claims. Ranger Wayne Matthews started an investigation.
 
Sims’s employment with the department was terminated immediately, and within 10 hours of the initial claim he was booked into the jail.

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