With over 100 years of experience between the four men, local firefighters Gene Ayala, Tom Brewer, Roy Joe Howard and Jimmy Joe Howard have fought all types of home fires ranging from minor to an incident involving four fatalities. This year alone, firefighters have responded to 21 house fires with five homes having been destroyed within the last few months.
In the event of an activeshooter situation, city residents can rest more easily now that eight members of the Uvalde Police Department and a reserve deputy from the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office have completed training to prepare for such a situation. Officers who took part in the class were Uvalde Police Lt. John Meyer; sergeants Amy Maldonado and Javier Martinez; Detective Leo Flores; and officers Chad Kretschmer, Hoshi Segura and Rudy Astran III.
Uvalde Food Pantry volunteers gathered Saturday to distributed 615 holiday meal bags to Uvalde families experiencing economic hardship. The meal program is a traditional event in Uvalde, but this year Eagle Scout-hopeful Carlos Koehl stepped up to administer the program.
Uvalde County elected officials will be sworn into office in ceremonies to be held at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the district courtroom of the Uvalde County Courthouse. Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell will take the oath of office first as it is administered by notary public Valerie Del Toro Romero. Once Mitchell is sworn-in, he will then administer the oath to the other officials.
More than 100 Uvalde High School students experienced what it is like to drive while drowsy or under the influence of alcohol or marijuana when they drove through an obstacle course wearing vision-distorting goggles.
After carefully reviewing 45 wonderful entries, Leader-News staff picked the top three winners of this year’s Santa’s Christmas Coloring Contest. First place went to Morgan Dreyer, 11, who received $50 for her masterfully colored picture of Saint Nick.
Area students are daring Santa to check his list twice, even three times, because they are that confident that they have been good this year. Many students took the time to remind Santa of that fact before requesting the most elusive toys in their letters this year. “Dear Santa … I help my mommy make food. I help my mommy make some cupcakes. I was good and behave at my house. I want motorcycle for little kids so I can ride it. I want you to bring me a gingerbread man so he can play with me. I want a car – the fire one – for I can drive… Love, Luis Cervantes – Sabinal.”
If a Texas congressman has his way, the punishment for individuals caught with an ounce or less of marijuana could be reduced to a $100 fine. The bill was proposed Monday by State Rep. Joe Moody, who represents District 78. Moody, a Democrat, is from El Paso. Under Texas law, individuals found in possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana can be arrested and face a punishment of up to six months in jail with a fine of up to $2,000. If Moody’s bill were passed, the state would treat minor possessions as civil – rather than criminal – offenses, and individuals would be subject to a fine not to exceed $100.
Ernest Servantes, formerly of Uvalde, burned the competition – but not his meat – during the seventh-annual Briscoe Barbecue Cook-off at the Crossroads. The competition was held last weekend at Uvalde County Fairplex, and over $5,000 in cash was handed out to a field of 34 competitors from all over Texas and New Mexico.