Working fervently and tirelessly with the best interests of Uvalde in mind are things that Donald McLaughlin Jr. and Johnny Guzman have in common, and the two men were lauded Friday night when they were named Uvaldean of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, respectively. During the 94th annual Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, Derek Sandoval and Dudley Ilse took the floor to talk about how Uvalde is better off because of this year’s honorees.
Cynthia Martinez (right) and longtime friend Meghan Villarreal recently celebrated Cynthia’s 30th birthday in the Bahamas. They took time off from a day of sun bathing and snorkeling to read the Uvalde Leader-News.
A Uvalde woman has died as a result of injuries she allegedly sustained during a violent attack by her boyfriend, who was arrested on Tuesday. Esperanza Chavez, 58, of Uvalde died Monday at University Hospital in San Antonio. Her death came just over a week after she was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend, Felipe Najera, 58, of Uvalde. Chavez was taken Jan. 25, by relatives, to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Due to the degree of her injuries she was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Allie Anderson, conservation coordinator for the city of Uvalde.
The city of Uvalde has received funding from the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) to conduct a water conservation program and will make 3,000 ultra high-efficiency Caroma brand toilets available for city water customers. Customers will be able to replace up to two pre-1992 high-water use toilets through the program. The new Caroma toilets have two levels of flush and average about 0.9 gallons of water per flush – that’s compared to the 3.5 to 5.6 gallons per flush of old fixtures. Despite their efficiency, the Caroma toilets have been very successful in performance competitions worldwide.
They endured the Great Depression, preserved our freedoms and helped rebuild a shattered world after WWII. They are known by many as the “greatest generation,” and it is the purpose of the “Keep the Spirit of ‘45 Alive” campaign to invigorate the legacy and spirit of the World War II generation. On Feb. 10, the Spirit of ‘45 Tour will be making a pit stop in Utopia to honor Col. James Edward McCormick Pittman, M.D., and other veterans of foreign and domestic wars in the area.
A Denver Broncos fan for over 30 years, it wasn’t easy for Uvaldean June Ybarra to watch his team lose to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but seeing the game from a stadium seat was still an unforgettable experience. Ybarra, funeral director at Rushing Estes Knowles Mortuary, attended Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford N.J. Ybarra said he has been a fan of the Denver Broncos since he was a child.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees showed confidence in Superintendent Jeanette Ball this week, when they unanimously approved upping her pay and extending her contract. Trustees met in closed session Monday to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation and opted to extend Balls contract through June 30, 2017.
Everyone talks about wanting to make a difference in a child’s life, but many don’t know how they can accomplish that goal when it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to take care of their own needs, much less change the life of a complete stranger. The U Mentoring Program, which was implemented this school year by Jeanette Ball, superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, gives community members the opportunity to mentor students without having to give up increasingly rare – and much needed – personal time.