While it isn’t illegal to consume one or two beers, passing out on the street can land a person in jail. On any given day, local law enforcement officers are dispatched to a scene to deal with an unknown, unconscious, and – more often than not – intoxicated individual.
More than 30 entries from Uvalde County were recognized at the Texas Big Game Awards (for regions 4 and 8) held June 21 at the Staff Sgt. Willie De Leon Civic Center, where a crowd of nearly 400 people gathered. The big winner of the night was Double A Ranch, which not only won the regional Landowner of the Year Award but had more entries harvested on their ranch than any other in attendance. The ranch is owned and operated by Allyn and Susan Archer and is located just north of Uvalde on Hwy. 83.
Though not as well known as the mosquitos that transmit West Nile virus, Texas is rife with kissing bugs, which are capable of transmitting their own pernicious brand of sickness – Chagas disease.
Chagas disease can cause fever, swelling, headaches and, in rare cases, heart failure. It is spread when carrier kissing bugs (or triatominae, as they are scientifically known) feed on human or animal blood, thus passing the disease on to the host.
Little is known about the dispersal of the disease. In order to better understand the way that Chagas is spread, a research team came to Uvalde earlier this month to determine how kissing bugs behave at night and to monitor bug activity and movement.
Juan Hernandez holds up a rattlesnake he killed on a ranch about 3 miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 481. Hernandez spotted the snake, which measured 6 feet in length, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
The Uvalde Leader-News won seven awards in the 2015 Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Results were announced last Saturday during the annual TPA Leadership Retreat held at the Westin Austin at the Domain in Austin, Texas.
The Leader-News won first place in public service for a series of stories supporting city funding for El Progreso Memorial Library.
“The editorial board was proactive in support of the library, while acknowledging the challenges faced by the [city] council. Nicely done!” judges wrote of the award.
Second-place honors were awarded for editorial writing, news photography and sports photography.
Of the editorials, which dealt with the need to repair city streets and the cost to the county of seeking the death penalty in criminal cases, judges wrote:
“These editorials are persuasive and cover issues that everyone no doubt was talking about.”
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Gene Ayala places a young girl in the care of two Uvalde EMS employees after she was involved in a one-vehicle accident. The incident occurred Wednesday morning on Anderson Loop, after the girl's mother, Angelica Campos, collided with a fence. Neither the child nor her mother sustained serious injuries, according to first responders.
It is said that a father is his daughter’s first love and his son’s first hero – but in Uvalde, and across the world, there are fathers who juggle chasing away bedtime monsters and wiping away tears with saving lives. Several volunteers with the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department also hold paying jobs as first responders, including Juan Maldonado, Adrian Ruiz and Beco Diaz. Commissioned firefighter Justin Schmidt, in addition to being on staff of the Uvalde Fire Department, is a volunteer for Sabinal VFD.