Fees collected by the city of Uvalde building permit department for the 2013 year totaled $51,040. Those fees represent commercial, residential and utility construction of $6,787,090. Permits were issued for projects including electrical, mechanical and plumbing. Data released by the city on Jan. 24 shows the city issued 1,555 building permits between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is offering up to $150,000 in incentives on a first come, first serve basis to employees who give early notification of their resignation from the district. The early notification would have to be given by Feb. 28 to give the district ample time to plan and make personnel decisions for next year. The resolution was approved Thursday night by trustees at a special board meeting held in the Uvalde High School Library.
A record-breaking sale of $427,780 was recorded Saturday as the 2014 Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show came to a close at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. A total of 456 entries were shown by 197 exhibitors, and 174 projects were sold during the sale. That number includes three farm projects, which was a category added to the sale this year. This year’s sale total exceeded the 2013 amount of $372,888 by an impressive $54,891.
Ashley Mumme reads the Uvalde Leader-News during a family vacation on June 28 at the Magnificent Northern California Redwood National Park in Humboldt County. The family drove through California, Oregon, Washington and Victoria British Columbia.
We’ve probably all got one: that closet or drawer full of discarded keyboards, mouses (mice?), cell phones, monitors, etc. Generally a wild tangle of wires and plastic, it sits there in the dark collecting dust and taking up space. But before you condemn one more piece of obsolete technology to the digital graveyard or simply throw the whole mess out, consider recycling your electronics. Known as e-cycling, handing over your used, broken or outdated devices to to be disposed of properly is a concern that looms larger and larger as our collections of electronics balloon.
How will the city fund a $24 million street improvement project? That is the question pondered by city councilmen on Tuesday when they met in regular session. Earlier in the month, the city heard from Mark McLiney of Southwest Securities regarding the tax effects of borrowing the full $24 million to fund street improvements. McLiney suggested breaking the amount into two installments – $12 million in 2014 and another $12 million in 2017. To do that, he said the tax rate would have to increase by 17 cents the first time and 19 cents for the second.
Blair Hesse showed the grand champion steer Friday during the 2014 Uvalde County Livestock Show held at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. Hesse’s exotic steer weighed 1,260 pounds. She also received senior showmanship honors. This is the fourth year Hesse’s steer has taken top honors at the Uvalde County show.
On a recent trip back to her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., LouAnn Olson visited the gravesite of John Chapman (1744-1845). Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of the midwest and planted orchards to feed settlers moving west. Every September a festival is held in his honor in Fort Wayne.
Both Mickey Gerdes and Willie Edwards have announced plans to seek re-election as trustees with the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. They currently hold the two seats from the East zone, which they have represented for the past four years. “It has been a privilege to serve the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board for the past four years,” said Edwards.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Phillip A. Martinez, a candidate for Uvalde County Commissioner, Precinct 4.
I, Phillip A. Martinez, would like to formally announce my candidacy for Uvalde County Commissioner, Precinct 4. I was born and raised in Uvalde, where I attended public schools and graduated from high school in 1991. I then joined the United States military and proudly served with the U.S. Marine Corps. My years of service with the Marine Corps allowed me to gain knowledge, discipline, and life experiences to persevere and to maintain a vision for establishing goals and a purpose for service.