Filing for the 2014 primary election began Saturday and will continue through Dec. 9. The primary election will be held March 4. Feb. 18 will mark the first day of early voting for the primary election, which will wrap up on Feb. 28. As of Wednesday morning, several locals had filed with Democrat Party chairman Pat Dodson for a place on the Democratic ticket.
THE FOLLOWING was written by Alex Castillo, son of Alejandro Castillo of Uvalde. It is part one of a two-part feature.
Alejandro “Role” Castillo was a combat rifleman during World War II who served with the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Regiment and witnessed what is believed to be the highest one-day loss of American lives during the war. Castillo was drafted while working in Bakersfield, Calif. where he was staying with two cousins, Tomas and Alejandro Mireles. It was during the Great Depression and one had to go wherever one could get a job.
There will be several Veterans Day celebrations around the city tomorrow as Uvalde honors people who have served, or are serving, in the military. American Legion Post 26 and the Ladies Auxiliary Unit will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Veterans’ Memorial Wall, located on the grounds of the Uvalde County Fairplex. In conjunction with the observance, members of American Legion Post 479 Ladies Auxiliary Unit will dedicate the Veterans’ Memorial Wall.
Uvalde Assistant Chief of Police Mark Busbee’s last day at the Uvalde Police Department will be Nov. 22, according to a city of Uvalde release announcing his resignation. Busbee, who has been with the department since Oct. 1, 2010, has taken a position with the Texas Municipal Police Association. “It has been my pleasure to work at the police department for over three years with a collection of dedicated people who do a difficult and often dangerous job,” Busbee said.
In an effort to make the annual Uvalde Leader-News Christmas Gift Guide a more interactive special section, the newspaper is calling on readers to offer their best holiday recipes and craft ideas for a new section, called Holiday Traditions. The recipes can feature main courses like turkey, ham or chicken, side dishes of any kind and, of course, desserts. And if there is a family tradition attached to the recipe, please include a short write-up about it and how it came to be.
The state of Texas approved, in many cases overwhelmingly, the nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that were up for decision on Tuesday. Uvalde County voters offered near-mirrored responses when compared with voters across the state. With a local turnout of 5.30 percent, or 835 of the 15,767 registered voters eligible to vote in the election, the county lagged behind the state turnout rate, which hovered around 8 percent.
Typically, when an event is so jam-packed that you find it difficult to easily move about, it’s a good indicator that it’s been well promoted. “I couldn’t even get through the aisles because it was so crammed,” Olivia Rish, Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said of this year’s Hunters’ Roundup, held Nov. 1 at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Though she did not give an exact estimate of the number of attendees, Rish said that the turnout was substantial given other entertainment options available.
Andriah S. Zamora and Mario A. Chacon are married by Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell on Thursday, which was Halloween, and the couple took full advantage of the holiday when they dressed as vampires.