News

Wed
19
Aug

Intercepted!

Uvalde defensive back Ernest Ortiz goes airborne to pick off a Del Rio pass during the Uvalde Coyote’s scrimmage against Del Rio. Ortiz’s interception last Saturday in the Honey Bowl denied the Rams a touchdown.
 
Fri
14
Aug

Rural hospitals facing crisis

KIM EAGLE
There is a rural hospital crisis in Texas as many remain in financial distress, and 13 have closed in  the last two years. While Uvalde Memorial Hospital has avoided having to cut services or dramatically reduce workforce size, its  operating budget has been running in the red for several  years, according to  Tom Nordwick, UMH chief executive officer.  Historically, rural hospitals have struggled  because of different operating dynamics such as  caring for a higher percentage of elderly and  poor patients, as well as operating with a near negative  financial margin due  to lower patient volumes, dramatic swings in patient numbers from day to day,  medical staff recruitment challenges which in turn  drive up payroll costs, anda general lack of economies  of scale that can be derived through high-volume purchasing.
Fri
14
Aug

City tightening spigot on past-due utility bills

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

The city of Uvalde is cracking down on past-due utility bills in an effort to encourage residents to make timely payments. Currently, the city is  owed more than $700,00  in past-due utility payments.

“Our utility aging receivables show a large number of utility accounts that are over  60 days delinquent,” said Marty Coursey, finance  director for the city of Uvalde. “This is mainly  due to customers that have not had their services disconnected for nonpayment in a timely manner.”

Coursey noted that disconnection should take place 35 days from the resident’s due date. Instead, services have been allowed to remain active for up to four months.

Coursey said many customers have also been given extended credit and allowed to make $5 to $20 payments on bills due to hardships or – when contesting the bill accuracy – choose not to pay the current bill until an adjustment is determined.

 

 

Wed
12
Aug

Anthrax kills Uvalde-area horses

Anthrax has been confirmed as the cause of death of several Uvalde County horses, state officials said Tuesday in a message to health care workers.The newspaper has not been able to learn the
number or location of horses affected. 
 
Wed
12
Aug

Back-to-school community wellness fair set tomorrow

As a part of the National Health Center Week celebration,CommunityHealth Development Inc. (CHDI) and Uvalde Consolidated   ndependent School District will once again host a community wellness
fair.
 
Wed
12
Aug

Overturned barbecue pit ignites Edwards County

 
 
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
 
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members are assisting with a raging brush fire that has already scorched 12,000 acres of ranch land in Edwards County, destroying numerous homesteads and vehicles.
 
The fire began off Farm-to-Market Road 674 approximately 15 miles southwest of Rocksprings on Monday afternoon.
 
According to the Edwards County Sheriff’s Office, three campers were barbecuing in the area when their pit overturned. The fire ignited and quickly spread.
 
Fire departments from Uvalde, Edwards, Kinney and Sutton counties as well as the Divide department have been dispatched to assist the Texas Forestry Service in containing the fire.
 
Fri
07
Aug

Ticket to jail comes with check-in process

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

After committing a crime, a person might wind up in the back seat of a patrol car with a one-way ticket to jail, but what happens once he or she arrives?

In Uvalde, after being arrested, a suspect is taken to the Uvalde County Jail by the arresting agency. The first stop is the facility’s sally port, a secure and controlled entry.

The 214-bed Uvalde County Jail facility, located at 339 King Fisher Lane, is under constant surveillance.

“From the moment you come in, there are cameras on you,” said Cpl. Ramon Sandoval.

Once inside, jail staff confiscates all personal property, including cellular phones, wallets and jewelry. Items are cataloged for safekeeping and stored in a property room.

The inmate is screened for suicidal tendencies and medical or mental impairments. To do this, jail staff uses a questionnaire mandated by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Fri
07
Aug

Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department

As Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members (right and background) douse what's left of a Batesville home, smoke engulfs the crumpled tin and other household items. The fire occurred Thursday on Old Loma Vista Road. UVFD was dispatched to assist firefighters on the scene.

 
Fri
07
Aug

Gifting a kidney: Alderson saves life of near stranger

 

 

 

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

The 21 collective members of the Alderson and Moore families will forever be linked by an unselfish act of kindness – and a kidney – donated by one family to save another.
Debbie Alderson agreed to give her kidney to a person she had never met – a complete stranger by the name of Jason Moore. Alderson is the wife of Bo and mother of 12 children, 10 of whom are adopted. The family owns a local business and has lived in Uvalde for many years.

Moore, father of five children and husband of Audra, moved to Uvalde from Odessa at the end of last year.

The two families have grown to be fast friends, and after seeing them interact for just a few minutes, it is unbelievable to think they only met a few months prior.

“Between us we have enough children for a football team,” Alderson joked of their large clans.

“With substitutes,” Moore added.

Fri
07
Aug

EAA lifts pumping restrictions

The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) has lifted Stage 2 restrictions for Edwards Aquifer users within the Uvalde Pool. The change is now effective, but the EAA cautioned that a return to Stage 2 is likely without rainfall in the near future.

The lifting of Stage 2 means that Uvalde County is under no mandatory pumping reductions. Despite this change in EAA policy, the city of Uvalde has not revised or lifted local water restrictions. As it stands now, city utility customers are still expected to follow Stage 5 water restrictions as ordered by Uvalde City Council.

The pool has been under some form of pumping reductions since March 28, 2013.

The EAA was able to lift Stage 2 based on the 10-day rolling average water level at the J27 index well in Uvalde rising to more than 850 feet above mean sea level. Stage 2 required Edwards groundwater permit holders to reduce pumping by 5 percent off their authorized amounts.

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