While many fields remain uncontested after filing for the 2014 primary election ended Monday, some local races have multiple candidates. Two people are competing for the Democratic nomination for county commissioner, precinct 4. Those candidates are incumbent Raul Flores and challenger Philip A. Martinez. The winner will face Republican candidate Danny Welch next November.
Angela Gutsch, who has been the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and an employee of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District since May 2012, has announced that she will be leaving the district for a new position. Gutsch has accepted the position of superintendent of Queen City Independent School District. She became the lone finalist for the job at Queen City on Dec. 2. and will start her new job in January.
The Briscoe-Garner Museum will host an open house on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting will start off the festivities at noon and visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy light refreshments as they tour the newly renovated museum and exhibit galleries, located at 333 N. Park St.
Lucy Olvedo reads the Uvalde Leader-News during her vacation trip to Cancun, Mexico from Sept. 3-7. Olvedo, her husband Richard, and his daughter Heather visited the Mayan Ruins in Tulum and later visited Xel-Há. The site of Xel-Há is located south of Playa del Carmen, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The board of directors of Uvalde Memorial Hospital has announced that Thomas J. Nordwick will join the hospital as chief executive officer on Jan. 27, 2014. Nordwick was unanimously selected by the Uvalde County Hospital Authority board of directors following interviews that took place in November.
By the time Milton Woolf docked at Pearl Harbor as a young sailor in 1943, the damage wrought by the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941, had been largely repaired, but much work still lay ahead for the U.S. military. Woolf, a long-time Uvalde electrician who is now retired at 88, was destined to learn the trade that would carry him through life during on-the-job training in places like the Philippines, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Billy Welch reads the Uvalde Leader-News in front of Big Bend National Park. Welch planned on camping in the park, but the government shutdown (Oct. 1-16, 2013) caused the park to close shortly before he arrived. The park closing didn’t keep him from relaxing on his trip.
First United Methodist Church of Uvalde youth have started a special mission project called “Bags of Blessings.” These bags are filled with non-perishable foods that can be kept in people’s vehicles. The idea is that when the driver sees someone hungry during their travels, they can pass the bag out their car window to the person in need.
The holiday season is a cheerful time intended for celebration, but it can be an especially difficult time of the year for victims of violent crime and their families. That is why 38th Judicial District Crime Victim Advocate Dalia Arteaga has made it her mission to offer support for victims of violent crime and victims’ families by holding the first Tree of Angels ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.