Not all charitable causes are as squeaky clean as they purport themselves to be, especially when a charity’s donations begin to be hijacked.
And so it appears to be the case with Children Charities, an organization whose collection containers still appear on the counters of local businesses despite its founder’s assertions that all fundraising efforts were shut down more than one year ago.
“We’ve been disbanded for a while now,” said Ricardo Gracia, former coordinator of Children Charities. “There was just too much theft going on, and we weren’t getting any help on a local level.”
Gracia said that all Children Charities donation containers should have since been recalled. He was surprised to hear on Wednesday that regular collections were still being made in the name of the organization.
“To be able to offer bigcity medicine in a small town hospital means so much to me,” said Dr Andrzej Stypko. The doctor’s comment came just after an antibiotic called Orbactiv was given to Uvalde Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center patient Gloria Iruegas. This antibiotic and wound care treatment stands out – compared to the countless other wounds Dr. Stypko and his team are a part of healing on a daily basis – because it’s new.
Despite the efforts of policy experts around the state, only 8 percent of Texas farmers and producers have updated the necessary information in the Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool. Farmers have until Friday to update crop yield history and/or reallocate base acres under The Agricultural Act of 2014, according to Joe Outlaw, Ag policy specialist with Farm Service Agency.
It wasn’t Friday the Thirteenth, however local and area law enforcement officials responded to a number of bizarre calls on Thursday, including a report of someone dismembering body parts. That incident was reported to Sabinal Police Department and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 4 p.m.
District clerk Christina Ovalle updated Uvalde County Commissioners on efforts to digitize old civil and criminal files during a meeting held Monday morning. Her office has 10 books scanned so far and will try to preserve four more before the end of the year. “We have them stored on a CD and on our server,” said Ovalle. “It’s also saved off-site.”
The quick response by Uvalde volunteer firefighters likely saved a home in the 500 block of West Main Street after it caught fire late Friday night. Twenty-four firefighters responded to the call at around 11:02 p.m. for a report of smoke in the area.
If Thomas Ray Nelson, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother-in-law and her friend, is found competent on Monday, the capital murder case against him will go to trial on Tuesday. The competency decision is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Uvalde County Justice Center.
The trailer of a vehicle remains lodged against a locomotive after the driver failed in his attempt to beat the train. Also pictured are two Uvalde volunteer firefighters. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon several miles west of Sabinal on U.S Highway 90 and Farm-to-Market Road 2730. Please see Page 3 for the story.
Professional Disc Golf Association member Fernando Brown (left) and students of Uvalde Area Home School Co-op practice their disc throwing during a teaching seminar led by Brown. The event took place Tuesday at the First Baptist Church.