Ever since Uvalde County took over operations for its elderly nutrition program, meals that were once prepared inhouse are now being supplied by the kitchen at the county jail. Since Nov. 1, when the county took over day-to-
day operations from Middle Rio Grande Development Council, around 80 meals are now prepared at the jail and delivered to the centers in Uvalde and Sabinal. The meals, which are lunches, are then either served at the centers or are delivered to eligible homebound seniors.
Thomas Steigerwald plans to make a career out of tickling the ivories, and he is headlining a local recital set Sunday. The recital, which will take place in the Uvalde United Methodist Church sanctuary at 2:30 p.m., precedes his participation in the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition. The first half of the recital will be Steigerwald performing solo piano works and the second half will consist of a duet with violinist, and Steigerwald’s fiancée, Shannon Reilly.
A family received the ultimate scare on Wednesday morning when a drunk driver crashed into a bedroom where their toddler was sleeping, but in a Christmas miracle the young boy was not injured. According to Lt. Mariano Pargas of the Uvalde Police Department, the incident occurred at 12:34 a.m. when Antonio Hernandez, 31, of 724 Hardin St., ran a stop sign and drove his 1999 Ford Mustang into the home, located at 124 Mayhew St.
The children at various schools around Uvalde were not channeling the grinch this Christmas, as they gave numerous food items and money to the needy this holiday season.
St. Philip’s Episcopal School 3K students in Dorothy Jimenez’s class decided to donate their Christmas gift book exchange to the Uvalde Sheriff’s Department. Joy Watkins, principal, said the students, while planning for their Christmas party, talked about children who might not have a book to read. “They thought it would be a good thing to donate their books to those children instead of exchanging books among themselves,” said Watkins. “Deputy Robert Gutierrez came to St. Philip’s and talked to the students and accepted the books on behalf of the Sheriff’s Dept.”
Once someone has been diagnosed with cancer, the ensuing battle with the disease is often a long and difficult affair, especially if a course of chemotherapy or surgery is involved. The mental and physical toll can be extreme, often relegating patients to their beds for weeks on end. Yet for Rose Garza, her epic struggle with cancer over the years has not prevented her from working full time, raising a family and attaining her doctorate degree.
During the 59th Annual Texas Vital Statistics Conference, held Dec. 11-13 in Austin, Uvalde Memorial Hospital received three prestigious state awards. Norma Castro, birth registrar in Uvalde Memorial Hospital’s medical records or health information management department, accepted the Five Star Service Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ vital statistics unit, the Office of Attorney General Award for Acknowledgement of Paternity, and the ImmTrac Award for Excellence in 2013.
The power of technology was shown Monday, when Uvalde Police located machinery, reported stolen in San Antonio, on San Jacinto Street. Police were in the area because GPS technology indidcated the equipment was in Uvalde. Detectives are still investigating the case, and no one has been arrested.
Rainbow trout Family Fishing will continue through March at Garner State Park, where a total of 2,200 catchable Rainbow trout will be released into the Frio River. The first release was scheduled Monday, and the second release is set for Jan. 22, 2014, as part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) annual trout stocking program.
Many children in Uvalde County are sure to have a merry Christmas this year as over 600 gifts were donated to youngsters in need thanks to the Uvalde Police Department, Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and Sabinal Police Department. This holiday season, the departments each organized Operation Blue Santa to supply toys.