New rates for leasing facilities at the Uvalde County Fairplex will go into effect on Wednesday, after being approved by Uvalde County Commissioners who posed questions about decreases and increases in various rates. Although fairplex manager Wendy Speer was not present for the meeting, she submitted a detailed fee schedule, which was formulated by a committee that includes Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, auditor Alice Chapman, and treasurer Joni Deorsam.
With scarce rains and the price of some commodities fetching less than half of what they did several years ago, many growers have found that they can make good money by not planting crops and instead receive money for not irrigating. Started by Edwards Aquifer Authority as part of its Habitat Conservation Plan, the Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program Option, or VISPO, allows people who own Edwards Aquifer water permits to temporarily lease those rights to the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
With funding for health centers in Texas on the decline, Community Health Development, Inc. of Uvalde received a huge boost this week as they were promised $248,960 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In a press release from U.S. Rep. Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine), $1.3 million in federal funding was announced this week for community health care facilities in Uvalde, Cotulla, Crystal City, Eagle Pass, Fort Stockton, and Marfa.
With a mass shooting in the headlines seemingly every few weeks and the term “stand your ground” gaining more of a foothold in our daily conversations, carrying a weapon on one’s person is becoming an attractive option for those looking to protect themselves and others. Fortunately, for those seeking that added peace of mind, there are reasonable local options for obtaining a concealed handgun permit.
From Sept. 10, 2013, through Sept. 10 of this year, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District smart phone/tablet application, or app, has been downloaded by 1,298 people and updated 1,639 times. Anne Marie Espinoza, director of communications and marketing, said it is the goal of the district to have every parent download the app. She also encourages community members who have an interest in UCISD to also download the app to stay informed about what is going on around town.
The nine-month search is finally over as Mendell Morgan has been named director of El Progreso Memorial Library.Morgan will officially start his new position in early October. The post of library director has been vacant since former director Susan Anderson left the library to work as the director of planning and development for the city of Uvalde in January of this year.
With domestic violence making national headlines, local law enforcement officials say it is important to realize that the problem exists here in our small town. Domestic or family violence is an act, carried out by a member of a family or household against another member of the family or household, that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, sexual assault or a threat that places the fear of imminent physical harm.
There’s nothing left of a Batesville woman’s possessions after a fire on Tuesday afternoon ravaged her home and everything in it, even as firefighters from Uvalde, Batesville, and La Pryor fought to put out the blaze. That makes three area homes destroyed by fire in recent weeks.
Beginning Oct. 1, local pediatrician Dr. Roy Guerrero will be splitting his time between 4,000-plus patients in Uvalde and a new position as assistant professor of pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. “I will be doing inpatient care, which means any child that is admitted to the hospital will be taken care of by me on the floor, but it is also a teaching hospital, which is why I will be Baylor faculty,” Guerrero said. “I will be teaching residents.