Former Uvaldean Matt Balke was featured in the June 2015 edition of Texas Monthly for his contribution to an outdoor potluck hosted by chef Tim Byres, co-owner of SMOKE. Balke is a Uvalde native who graduated from Uvalde High School in 2000. He is the son of Ellen and Steve Balke of Uvalde. He went on to gain a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Texas Tech University, and he earned another degree from the Culinary Institute of American in New York. He now serves as the chef de cuisine at SMOKE in Plano.
Though people have been rejoicing about the many inches of rain that have rejuvenated scorched lawns and dry rivers, the storms were bittersweet for many growers who suffered heavy losses of their wheat and oat crops. “It was kind of a slap of irony,” said Austin Kirmer, Texas AgriLife extension agent for Uvalde County. “You had all of these producers planting wheat, a low-water crop, because of the drought and then it just rains and rains. It’s hard to prepare for something like that.”
Tree City Boxing Club member John Vanmeter celebrates after winning the main event against Luis Carrasco, of Crystal City, in the Final Mayhem boxing event that took place Saturday at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. Vanmeter, who now plans on turning professional, won by unanimous decision.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Tristan of Sabinal drowned Tuesday evening after being stuck in a flume for an estimated 12-13 minutes. Despite the best efforts of rescuers and medical staff, who worked on him for about two hours after the incident, Tristan was pronounced dead at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night kept the participants of Relay for Life from completing their task on Saturday. All teams were present as the celebration of life took place at the Uvalde County Pavilion at the Fairplex, and tens of thousands of dollars were raised for the American Cancer Society. The event went on without a hitch, which was surprising to organizers considering more than 1 inch of rain fell over a two-hour period just prior to the 6 p.m. start time.
The first of four budget workshops for Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District was held Monday at the Uvalde High School library. Trustees were given a preliminary budget to look over at the special meeting. Administrators emphasized that the numbers are nowhere close to being finalized and many expendituresare estimates.
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo board elected Concan resident Cody Davenport as its president during a directors' meeting held last week.
After serving as vice president/secretary on the executive committee, Davenport has been elected president of the organization.
Davenport, a lifelong rodeo fan, officially joined the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo family in 1993 as a volunteer for the auction committee.
During Davenport’s tenure, he helped develop two instrumental and successful events: a barbecue cook-off and ranch rodeo, which are still in existence today.
His strong sense of dedication to the mission of the organization was recognized when he became a life member in 1996 and director in 2001. He became an assistant vice president in 2005 and joined the executive committee in 2009.
A 74-year-old man was brutally assaulted on Wednesday night following a minor two-vehicle accident that occurred three miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 481.
Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy Marco Gonzalez was dispatched to the incident at approximately 7 p.m., after a passerby reported a male lying on the side of the road. The unidentified caller believed the man had just been assaulted.
According to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzalez met with the injured man, who the deputy observed to have a laceration on his head and multiple scratch marks on his wrists.
Nell Kothmann taught the Good Eggs that as women they can have it all – family, career and faith – without giving up who they are or how much they can accomplish in life.
To say thanks, the group surprised Kothmann with the Honorary Good Egg award during the Baubles and Bags fundraiser held May 15 at the Uvalde Country Club. She received a jeweled egg pendant, just like the ones the Good Eggs wear.
The Honorary Good Egg award is given to a longtime Uvalde resident (40-plus years of residence) who has consistently supported local performing arts.
Last year’s recipient was Jo Noble. According to several Good Eggs, Noble and Kothmann are still the first to call for tickets when community performances are announced.
Good Egg and Kothmann’s longtime neighbor, Susan Austin, surprised Kothmann with the honor during the luncheon earlier this month.