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Sun
01
Nov

Captain position eliminated

 
 
Due to an overlooked city policy, Uvalde Police Department Lt. Daniel Rodriguez was not sworn in as the department’s captain on Oct. 27 as previously planned.

City manager Vince DiPiazza cited the city’s employee handbook, which states, “Under no circumstances will an applicant be employed in a department in which the employee may directly or indirectly supervise or be supervised by a member of the employee’s immediate family.”

Immediate family is specified as spouses, parents, children, brothers or sisters.

Lt. Rodriguez’s brother, Ronald Rodriguez, is a detective at the Uvalde Police Department.

Ronald Rodriguez serves under the command of Lt. Mike Hernandez, who oversees the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Sun
01
Nov

Journalist, WWII vet will share world views

 

 

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

A public lecture on WWII – “When All Americans Went to War” – will be given by Charles Wiley on Friday at First State Bank.

Wiley will be speaking from 11 a.m. to noon in the McNelly Room of the bank located at 200 E. Nopal St.

Wiley is a WWII veteran (he spent two years in the U.S. Navy toward the end of the war) and international reporter who has lectured in all 50 states and on six of the seven continents throughout his 90 years of life. He hasn’t made it to Antarctica yet.

“Those damn penguins are so formal,” Wiley said. “If I saw a penguin in a sports jacket, then I would go. But they are probably a stuffy bunch.”

At the age of 5, Wiley started acting. As a young child he had a breakout role in the broadway musical, “Our Town.”

Sun
01
Nov

Kiwanis Halloween Parade

Dalton Early Childhood Center pre-K students watch and point as their friends in kindergarten walk the circular driveway during the annual Dalton Halloween Parade. The parade was split into two groups and held on Friday morning.
 
Thu
29
Oct

McElroy brings gift, inspiring message

 

 

by James Volz, sports editor

Uvalde’s Vann McElroy kicked off half-time activities of the Uvalde-Somerset football game held Oct. 23 in the Honey Bowl with the presentation of the National Football League’s Wilson Golden Football.

McElroy, a four-sport letterman at Uvalde High School, was the starting free safety for the 1983 Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Raiders football team.

In commemoration of Super Bowl 50 celebration this season, the NFL is honoring players and coaches who were members of an active Super Bowl team with the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Initiative.

As part of the initiative, the high schools of former Super Bowl players have the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 in grants from the NFL.

“It is my great pleasure and honor to be able to place Uvalde High School on the Super Bowl Honor Roll through my being an ex-player here and in the National Football League,” said McElroy.

Thu
29
Oct

SWTJC sets high standard

 
 
by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

Southwest Texas Junior College is setting the standard when it comes to post-secondary education in the southern United States – evidenced on Oct. 21 when the college was found in compliance with every category during a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation and accreditation visit.

“We are over-the-moon about this,” said Anne Tarski, vice president of finance, of the process that started over two years ago and involved every single department. “It’s very rare for a college to have a perfect score.”

The chairman of the On-Site Committee, who said he has been doing this for so long and been on so many committees that he couldn’t count them anymore, said he has never personally seen a school in complete compliance, according to Tarski.

Thu
29
Oct

Main Street program will stay

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Mon
26
Oct

Lt. Daniel Rodriguez named UPD captain

 

 

The Uvalde Police Department on Oct. 16 announced that Lt. Daniel Rodriguez has been promoted to the rank of captain. Rodriguez will officially begin the captain’s duties on Oct. 25.

This is a new position for Uvalde Police Department.

Rodriguez, a native Uvaldean, has been in law enforcement for 18 years. During that time he has served in patrol and investigative operations.

He has served in many aspects of the police department. He has been an officer, corporal, detective, sergeant and lieutenant.

Rodriguez graduated from Sul Ross State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Yesterday evening, Rodriguez was officially sworn into his new role during a special ceremony held in conjunction with the regularly-scheduled meeting of Uvalde City Council. See Thursday's Leader-News for more information.

Mon
26
Oct

Austin native Ruelle taking over at opera house

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

After many months of thoughtful searching, Joseph Ruelle has been hired as the new manager of the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House.

Ruelle, who is originally from Austin, accepted the position last week. The position has been vacant since 2014.

Ruelle attended the University of Oklahoma, where he studied vocal performance through their opera program.

“I am a performer at heart, but I am really getting into the groove of arts management,” Ruelle said, adding that the new position is his dream job.

“There is a lot of expectation, but I think that the expectation is not as cumbersome as the opportunity that this job presents to me,” he said.

As to how he found himself in the small town of Uvalde, Ruelle said an acquaintance informed him of the position and encouraged him to reach out to assistant city manger Joe Cardenas.

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