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Wed
08
Jul

Thousands turn up for fireworks

Thousands of people turned their heads toward the sky Saturday night as the third-annual Fourth of July fireworks show got popping at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Blooms of color painted the night sky and thunderous booms echoed over the grounds as the pyrotechnics were set off. One issue, however, was the brevity of the show – which was cosponsored by the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and Uvalde Leader-News – as it went on for only half of the expected time.   
Wed
08
Jul

Religious iconography is first topic for library’s Saturday school

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor
 
El Progreso Memorial Library is starting a Saturday school program this weekend, with the first topic being religious iconography.
 
The lesson starts at 10 a.m. in the El Progreso Club meeting room. This week’s featured presenter is Vasilios Aivaliotis.
 
According to Mendell Morgan, library director, religious iconography is a mystical theological approach to connecting believers to God.
 
“This presentation will focus on Byzantine iconography, which in the life of the eastern church is simultaneously the language of the Bible and the church’s liturgical life,” Morgan said.
 
Aivaliotis is a native of Athens, Greece and will guide participants through the world of icons using color images with commentaries to illustrate the most representative characters. 
 
Wed
08
Jul

Selfless Martinez is appreciated helper

Uvalde resident Andy Martinez was recently named volunteer of the year for the Uvalde Food Pantry.
 
According to Uvalde Food Pantry board president Tru Hiatt, Martinez has been volunteering his services for nearly four years.
 
“I saw they didn’t have enough help so I decided I wanted to help, and I have been here ever since,” Martinez said.
 
Martinez assists with the packaging and distribution of food while also maintaining the building.
 
Volunteers sack food each Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
 
Distribution is each Saturday from 9-11 a.m.
 
“He is absolutely one of the most dependable volunteers we have,” Hiatt said. “Every Tuesday and Saturday he is there, and he mops floors on Friday to prepare for Saturday. I can call him at the drop of a hat and he’ll be there.”
 
Wed
08
Jul

Vietnam War vets get overdue tribute

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the deployment of United States ground troops in the Vietnam War (1954-1975).

It was a two-decade long conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam (known as the Viet Cong) against the government of South Vietnam and its ally, the United States.

The Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have erected a traveling monument to honor the 3,417 Texan Vietnam War heroes and 222 Uvalde County Vietnam War heroes who participated in this long engagement.

The display, which includes replica weapons, military vehicles, and various documents and pictures, will be on display at El Progreso Memorial Library for the remainder of July.

Hundreds of items are available to view in different parts of the library.

Fri
03
Jul

Fake drug is real problem

BY KIMBERLY RUBIO
Popular for mimicking a marijuana high, synthetic cannabis is a growing trend among Uvalde residents oblivious to the dangers associated with the drug’s unpredictable side effects. The so-called designer drug commonly referred to as K2, Klimax, and Purple Haze is made of herbs or incense and sprayed with liquid chemicals.  
Fri
03
Jul

Braden Chambers carries an American

Braden Chambers carries an American flag across the lawn of the Uvalde County Courthouse. Chambers and his twin brother Blaine were part of a team of three Boy Scouts and four adults who placed more than  00 flags outside the courthouse, Uvalde City Hall, downtown plaza, and Dolph Briscoe Jr. Post Office on Thursday morning. Please see Page 3 for more information.
Fri
03
Jul

Driver cited, transported to local hospital

8 P.M. – Sandra Freitag was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign after her 2013 Ford C-Max was struck by a 2007 Chrysler 300 driven by Dannitra Reyna. The accident occurred at the intersection of Camp and Garden streets.
Fri
03
Jul

Commissioners consider county’s budget

BY MEGHANN GARCIA
Generosity seemed to be the presiding spirit last week when Uvalde County Commissioners met three nights in a row for two-hour-plus workshops centered on the proposed 2015-2016 budget. While no decisions are official – the budget won’t be approved until early August – commissioners offered temporary acquiescence to most requests proffered by county department heads.  
Wed
01
Jul

Man finds stranger in home

When you exit the restroom the last thing you probably expect is to find a strange man standing in your hallway, but that is what transpired on Sunday afternoon at a North High Street residence. The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m., when Uvalde Police were dispatched to 1238 N. High St., where homeowner Ricardo Perez reported an unknown male inside of his home.    
 
The incident occurred at approximately 1 p.m., when Uvalde Police were dispatched to 1238 N. High St., where homeowner Ricardo Perez reported an unknown male inside of his home.
According to police, Perez was inside the bathroom when he heard the front door to his home close. He assumed it was his sister entering the home; however, upon exiting the bathroom he discovered a man, later identified as Greg Puente, standing in his hallway.
 
To read more, see the front page of Thursday's Uvalde Leader-News or log in to the e-edition.
 
Wed
01
Jul

Youngsters fired up about HOTT project

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

There are those who say millennials and members of Generation Z care only about themselves – that community service is a fading pastime. But the youth of Uvalde and surrounding communities are proving those people wrong by Helping out the Town (HOTT) this summer.

This is the second year that churches have come together to organize the city-wide cleanup event where acts of kindness are performed around town at no cost to the citizens.

Monday found over 20 HOTT members on South Park Street, scraping, power-washing and painting two houses in need of a facelift. The volunteers listened to music and got to know each other as they came together to volunteer in the south Texas heat.

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