This time last year Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had 208 high school students sent to its disciplinary program, with 67 percent coming back at least once. “This year at the same time, we have had 133 students come through DAEP and bootcamp and only 8 percent have come back,” said Principal Christa Dillard, referring to the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
Although a victim of sexual assault may feel hesitant to report such a crime, according to Uvalde Police Lt. Mike Hernandez detectives with the department have the victim’s safety and privacy as their number one priority. Hernandez said the department is well equipped to handle sexual assault cases and officers have investigated a total of 16 between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.
Donald McLaughlin Jr. clinched the race for mayor of Uvalde by 77 votes in a contest with Henry John Yeackle IV that was decided last Saturday. McLaughlin received 822 votes of the 1,569 cast, leaving 745 for Yeackle. The 1,569 ballots represent 16.4 percent of the 9,566 registered voters in the city. Of those ballots, 295 were cast by mail; 892 by personal appearance; and 382 were recorded on election day, which was Saturday.
While many might assume a career in law enforcement is mostly routine, according to retired U.S Border Patrol Agent Kenneth LaMascus, the other side of it is “heart-thumping, adrenaline-pumping activity.” That is the part he hoped to share with the world when he sat down to write “Whatever it Took.” The book, which was released April 21 and is available on Amazon.com, is an account of LaMascus’ 30-year career in law enforcement and investigations. At over 62,000 words, it spans from 1957 through 1987.
With plans finalized and all approval being given, work is scheduled to begin this summer on what will be the largest solar farm in Texas – a 2,500-acre expanse filled with 450,000 motorized panels capable of powering tens of thousands of homes. Spearheading the project is OCI Solar, a San Antonio-based energy company that is investing over $250 million to construct the array, which is expected to produce 110 megawatts of power annually. That amount of energy, according to David Pressman, OCI development manager, is enough to power 25,000 homes.
“Just wait until your father gets home,” and “As long as you live under my roof you will do what I say,” or the always effective, “If you don’t stop crying I will give you something to cry about,” have been heard by all children at one point or another. These “mom-isms” as they have become affectionately known are just one of the many ways moms stay on top of the never-ending challenges associated with the world’s hardest and most thankless job: being a mom.
Metal roofing wrapped around a power pole while other sheets fell to the ground, twisted and destroyed, after Friday’s storm ripped the roof off a building at Continental Tire Proving Grounds south of Uvalde.
In the midst of trying to hire a new library director, it looks like the El Progreso Memorial Library has another issue brewing, this one in the form of a staggering lawsuit. According to court documents, Newport Construction Services Inc., is suing the library for $43,426 in unpaid roof repair fees and over $100,000 in monetary relief including attorney fees.
A quick-hitting storm that developed Friday morning over the mountains of Mexico and marched across southwest Texas delivered a drenching rain, high winds and a smattering of hail to the Uvalde area. The lunchtime downpour dropped up to 2 inches of rain on the south side with .5 of an inch reported just west of town.