St. Henry de Osso's golf scramble has been rescheduled for Saturday. It will start at 8 a.m. at Uvalde Memorial Golf Course.
The 13th-annual two-man scramble, named Tee-off for Literacy, features a helicopter ball drop where participants can pay for a ball assigned with a specific number. A helicopter will then take all of those balls above the course and drop them out of a bucket onto one of the greens. A prize is given to the person whose ball ends up closest to the hole.
With a massive influx of troops moving into the area for the military’s much discussed Jade Helm 15 operation, many Texas residents are becoming somewhat anxious.
There are rumors circulating among certain conspiracy circles that the training exercises are really a cover for a more devious activity – namely conditioning the American public for the gradual implementation of martial law.
But according to Real County Judge Garry Merritt, the operations set to take place in the northern part of that county will occur over a two-day period in August. He also said it will involve around 20 participants.
“It’s so small compared to what’s happening in other places,” Merritt said, referring to other areas in Texas like Bastrop County. “It’s going to take place on some private property in the northern part of the county.”
A 59-year-old man nearly drowned Saturday at the Nueces River, but he’s now recovering thanks to the quick actions of bystanders and family members. According to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, Beaumont resident Fransisco Dorantes entered the Nueces River several miles west of Uvalde on Highway 90. He was trying to retrieve a child’s inner tube. Soon after, Dorantes’ legs began to cramp, at which point he was no longer capable of swimming.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District will hold registration for all new students on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Aug. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Registration will take place on individual campuses. All children 4 to 20 years old as of Sept. 1 and whose parents or legal guardians are residents of UCISD will be admitted free of tuition.
It was far from a picture-perfect day for bird watcher and photographer Bob Rasa when he was attacked by a swarm of bees while walking at Cooks Slough Nature Park on Thursday. Rasa estimated that 50-100 bees formed a large black cloud around him.
“They were really making a lot of noise. I heard them coming and as they came down on my head I ran off,” Rasa said. “It happened so quickly. I just ran and ran... All I could think was, ‘I am not going to make it through this.’”
Rasa said he ran for a quarter of a mile but the bees continued to follow him, stinging his head, neck, and arms.
Although he felt okay, Rasa drove himself to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
“They took out 27 stingers," Rasa said. "My head, ears, face and arms were pretty sore.”
Through the grace of God, the love of his family, and the support of his guardian angels, Joe Villarreal has turned his life around by losing 193 pounds in the last 29 months. He talked about his transformation and how he stays motivated, noting it took a health scare to get him to the doctor to hear the hard truth.
“Back then there were no workouts,” Villarreal said. “I would get up and eat and go to work. There was no exercise. There was a lot of thinking about exercise, but never doing it.”
One of his doctors said something that really hit home.
“He told me, ‘You’re lazy,’” Villarreal said. “‘When my family and I go out to eat we search for a place with fresh, seasonal ingredients. When you go out to eat you go to the closest place and get fast food. That’s lazy.’”
The El Progreso Memorial Library summer reading program has officially ended and all the prizes have been handed out. The final drawings were held Thursday afternoon. Winning a $25 iTunes gift card in the teen category for reading several hours over the summer were Jessica Dong, Rebekah Ramirez and Savannah Rangel.