The search for a missing Leakey teen ended Sunday when she was found in Concan. Prior to Sunday, Mearrett “Parker”Afton Thomas, 15, was last seen by her mother on Dec. 7. Suspicions – on the part of law enforcement – that the teen had run away were confirmed when Mearrett’s mother, Amber Thomas, received a phone call from her daughter.
Santa might do well to take the next few days to work out a peace agreement among members of the animal kingdom, because packing up the wish lists compiled by area children could otherwise prove to be problematic. Some of the requests are simple enough – puppies and kittens would probably make the trip from the North Pole to Uvalde County peaceably, but throw in the crocodile, tiger, snake, turkeys, pig, pony, turtle, giant bull, monkey, rabbits, fish, octps (octopus?), birds, bear and hamsters requested and it’s a sleigh-wreck waiting to happen.
Uvalde Garden Club president Ann Fleming, Green Thumb Garden Club president Sylvia Lent and Texas Garden Clubs trustee Ruby Brigman (left to right) read the Uvalde Leader-News while attending the Texas Garden Clubs convention in Houston.
With the number of flulike cases on the rise, perhaps folks should scratch the expensive gifts and start asking Santa for a flu vaccine – there are 19 confirmed cases of flu in Uvalde. According to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services, “The level of flu-like illness is currently classified as ‘high’ in Texas, and medical providers are seeing an increase in flu in multiple parts of the state.”
In addition to the search for a new chief of police, the Uvalde Police Department has hired five new police officers and promoted nine others from within the department. Interim chief of police Max Westbrook left the department Friday, fulfilling his original contract with the city. A new chief could be selected as early as tomorrow, when Uvalde City Council will meet at noon for a discussion at City Hall.
The Uvalde Service Organization, USO, is once again planning its annual appreciation dinner for the elderly and less fortunate in the community. This year marks the 26th year the organization has hosted the dinner and dance.
“If I have Medicare do I need to sign up for the Affordable Care Act?” and “Can I get insurance if I have diabetes?” were just two of the questions answered during a special forum held Wednesday and hosted by Community Health Development Inc. and Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Entitled the “Health Insurance Information and Enrollment Forum,” the event aimed to answer questions posed during several one-hour sessions at the Willie De Leon Civic Center. The event was organized so members of the community could gather the information they need to sign up for an insurance plan, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.