The holiday season is a cheerful time intended for celebration, but it can be an especially difficult time of the year for victims of violent crime and their families. That is why 38th Judicial District Crime Victim Advocate Dalia Arteaga has made it her mission to offer support for victims of violent crime and victims’ families by holding the first Tree of Angels ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
On the last day of regular classes before the final examination, Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy cadets participated in doppler and stalker radar training around town. Robert Armstrong, academy instructor, took Frank Picazo, age 21 from Crystal City, and Christina Flores, age 30 from Eagle Pass, on a ride-along where they got some practical training in radar operation.
In an effort to beat the holiday rush, Santa Claus hopes to receive letters from area children by Friday. The generous benefactor recently announced his intentions to go digital this year and asked that teachers and parents submit wish lists via e-mail, as long as the children’s spelling remains in original form.
The average salary for a full-time superintendent in the state of Texas is $131,250, and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is slightly ahead of the curve when it comes to the salary it pays Jeanette Ball. Ball, who is the current superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s approximately 5,000 students, is paid a salary of $144,000 a year.
The Weisman Museum of Southwest Texas is opening a major exhibit, Green Gold: Farming in the Winter Garden Region. This exhibit tells the story of farming from its beginning in Southwest Texas to 1960. Through photographs, artifacts and personal stories, the exhibit highlights the gritty tales of farming, crops, innovation, water and people.
The misuse of the center turn lane is a common occurrence around town, and to some drivers it is a major pet peeve while others are in the dark about its proper use. The turn lane is the lane in the center of many streets and highways that both directions of traffic can use to make left turns. In Uvalde, there is a center turn lane on Main and Getty streets. The Texas Driver’s Handbook regards the turning lane as a way for drivers to safely make left turns from the roadway. “The center lane should never be used for passing or as a through-traffic lane,” it reads.
Uvalde and area residents have multiple opportunities to give back this holiday season. Food, clothing and toy donations are being collected by different businesses and agencies to help provide some holiday cheer to those less fortunate.
Uvalde Consolidated School District is proving they have officially accepted the role of technology and social media in education with the implementation of their new district application, or app. The UCISD app, which is now available for free download from any app store, is compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems. Find it by entering “Uvalde CISD” into the search field.