Thanksgiving, celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November, evokes feelings of family and eventually fullness after the seemingly day-long feast subsides. The national holiday was started in honor of early settlers and their first harvest meal – later to be labeled as the first Thanksgiving.
The Uvalde County Jail exceeded the budgeted amount for inmate medical expenses by more than $115,000 during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2013. Correctional facilities must provide health care to all inmates, as specified in the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke says this can take a toll on the budget.
In order to help fill numerous positions in the Del Rio and Hondo areas, Southwest Texas Junior College is adding a Level 1 aviation maintenance certification program, beginning next year. The program is for those who desire to gain knowledge and skills in aviation maintenance. The certificate will pave the way for entry-level employment in aviation-related fields. All students entering the program will be admitted through regular college admission procedures.
Batesville Elementary students in Veronica Granato’s pre-kindergarten class were treated to a special Thanksgiving lunch last week. The meal was just one part of their lesson about the holiday that taught them why it is important to celebrate each year.
Chief Deputy Doug Postert started his career in law enforcement at the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office in 1976, and although there were a few stops along the way it’s also where he will retire after 38 years in the field.
A full house packed into the Batesville School cafeteria last Monday to hear about a new goal for the district, laid out in the strategic plan, that calls for new technology tools for every educator. The action item was part of the November regular school board meeting. This year, the meetings are being held at a different Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District campus each month.
How far will police go to enforce an ordinance banning texting while driving? One city councilman fears the answer is too far, as he believes police could confiscate phones as evidence against the accused.
Councilman Rogelio Muñoz conveyed his fears Tuesday when Uvalde City Council discussed creating an ordinance banning texting while driving within the city limits.
Council first discussed the topic on Oct. 28, when council members directed city staff to research the dangers of texting while driving and how other cities have dealt with the issue.
Citing information obtained from distraction.gov, director of city planning Susan Anderson said Tuesday that in 2012 there were 3,328 deaths in the United states caused by distracted drivers.
“Texting involves manual, visual and cognitive distraction simultaneously which increases your risk of crashing,” Anderson said.
Uvalde Police Department Officer Chad Kretschmer ran into a burning home on Wednesday morning, in ursuit of a 15-year-old boy who rushed back inside to retrieve his pet dog. Both the dog and the boy are fine. Kretschmer, who was the first to arrive on scene, was on patrol in the 700 block of Old Carrizo Road when he noticed smoke. The source of the smoke was a house on fire at 235 Nicholas St.
Though he has been listed as missing in action since 1951, it took over 60 years for First Lieutenant Edgar B. Gray to receive the official memorial service that was held for him Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde.
Organizers for area Thanksgiving luncheonsare seeking volunteers to assist with meal time preparations. In Uvalde, the 31stannual Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving luncheon, which provides a holiday meal for the elderly and less fortunate, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Willie De Leon Civic Center.