They say April showers bring May flowers, and this year April came through with an overnight thunderstorm complete with high winds and hail. The events sparked rumors of a tornado in Batesville. Meteorologist Cory Van Pelt with the National Weather Service said the area’s rainfall was due to a dry line that came from West Texas. This is a common occurrence during the spring months.
Keep Utopia Beautiful, the non-profit organization that operates Utopia Recycles, teamed up with an intrepid GeoFORCE crew of university and high school students to take a deep dive into what guests throw away at Garner State Park. What they uncovered is remarkable and shows significant opportunity.
They are here to serve and protect, but like all things it takes money to run a successful law enforcement agency. While both Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke and Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera said their departments are not underfunded, each outlined areas in their respective departments that could use some extra help.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has undergone many changes in the past year, due in large part to a new superintendent and passing of the tax ratification election that netted the school district an additional $2.4 million. Roughly half of the money, $1.2 million, was allocated for teacher pay raises. Thirty-three percent of the money, or $797,793, was allocated for repairs to facilities and 17 percent, or $408,000, was earmarked for new technology.
Since it was decommissioned in 2012, the fate of the old Uvalde County Jail has been a topic of some discussion for county officials. Plans ranged from selling the building outright to merely stripping it of its bars and selling them as scrap metal. Now, however, sections of the jail are being made over to house the county’s juvenile probation program.
Students and their parents join faculty and staff at Knippa Independent School District on Thursday afternoon for a balloon release memorializing late principal Merlyn Schneider. The ceremony was held at the same time as the Glen Rose funeral service for Schneider, who was killed one week ago today when a suspected drunk driver crashed into her car in San Antonio.
Uvalde police experienced the shock of a lifetime Tuesday when they were shot with the Taser device during a certification course. A total of 16 officers completed the eight-hour Taser certification course. The roster of now-certified law enforcement officers includes Lt. Mike Hernandez, Sgt. Eduardo Canales, Cpl. Detective Adrian Gonzales, Cpl. Louis Landry, Cpl. Bobby Ruiz, K-9 Officer Felipe Ramon and officers Jose Rodriguez, Rudy Astran III, Ramon Morin, Hoshi Segura, Colton Valenzuela, Fred De La Cruz, Brandon Smith, Chad Kretschmer and Derek Reagan.
Drivers have been warned, and beginning tomorrow Uvalde police will start issuing citations for traffic violations at Robb Elementary. This year, due to enrollment increases and subsequent traffic congestion, Uvalde City Council designated the block of Old Carrizo Road in front of the school as a one-way street from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. on school days.