The 13th-annual Utopia Ranch Rodeo, set this Sunday, is a different kind of rodeo where cowboys never quit and he excitement is contagious. Starting at 7 p.m. onSunday at the Utopia Park Arena, 10 of the top area ranches will send their best cowboys to compete in branding, wild cow milking, penning and mugging, and bronc riding.
Forty fifth-grade students at Sabinal Elementary School graduated from the Drug Abuse ResistanceEducation program on Tuesday. Students received certificates from DARE Deputy Robert Gutierrez of the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office. During the ceremony, Gutierrez recognized Paul Hernandez for writing an exemplary essay that incorporated elements of DARE programcontent.
Uvalde volunteer firefighter Gene Ayala ventured into 7-foot flooding waters on Sunday morning to rescue a woman whose vehicle was swept away at a river crossing. The incident occurredabout 12 miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 428.
A Thursday night storm dropped a deluge on Uvalde County causing flooding, numerous road closures and delayed school start times. According to Meteorologist eve Smart with the National Weather Station, a potent upperlevel disturbance was responsible for the heavy rainfall.
Springtime is here which means wet weather, new growth, warmer days, and several new naturalist programs at Garner State Park. Interpretive ranger Cara Bierschwale invites the public to take a fresh look at the park and what its scenic nature and history have to offer.
Police say it is an ageold scam: A criminal phones an elderly person and, using one of several scamming tactics, hustles hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars from the unsuspecting individual. Locally, police have investigated 24 reports of such scams so far this year. It’s a significant increase from last year, when only 17 reports were made all year. In 2013, however, 26 scam attempts were reported.
A 75-year-old man lost his hand on Saturday following n accident involving a combine, a machine used to harvest grain crops. The incident occurred on a farm off County Road 301. Jerry Aaron, of Rising Star, was working on the machinery’s gear system when the system activated and caught his hand between a rubber belt and metal gear.
Uvalde County was hit with one-two punch torms over the past few days, which deposited much-needed rainfall and resulted in flooding and numerous road closures. Eric Platt with the National Weather Service said, “We had an upperlevel system approach from the west and a lot of moisture moving in ahead of that system. We also had a weak cold front in the area.”
Kaique Pacheco proved why he is one of the best bull riders in the world Saturday night. He was the only cowboy to cover three bovine at the fourthannual professional bull riding event organized by the Cactus Jack Foundation. Pacheco, a 20-year-oldrookie from Brazil, is the third-ranked bull rider in the world, the top-ranked rookie, leader in the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, and leader in the Touring Pro Division. This win earned him $15,000 and 80 points toward the world standings, where the top rider at the end of the season wins $1 million.