It has been four months since the city of Uvalde hired a new police chief, and Eric Herrera said he has several plans in motion to improve the department. On Tuesday, Herrera presented an overview of his department to City Council during a regular meeting. He also discussed department goals, projects and a five-year vision plan.
Ten percent of Uvalde County residents have diabetes, a disease that kills more people in America each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The number of diabetes cases in Uvalde County is higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. In 2011, the latest statistical year available, there were 1,878 diagnosed cases of diabetes in Uvalde County, which affected 10.4 percent of the population.
Library enthusiasts picket City Hall in opposition to a proposed $50,000 budget cut to El Progreso Memorial Library. Protesting Tuesday outside City Hall were (left to right) Caroline Bevis, Sharon Colwell, Kathy Voss and Norma Stegann.
Uvalde was the talk of New York City on Monday when local graduate Daren Redfearn visited the set of Good Morning America with a sign showing everyone where he was from and where he’s headed. Redfearn, of Uvalde High School’s Class of 2014, received the graduation present of a lifetime from his grandparents – a surprise trip with grandma and grandpa to New York City.
Opponents of a $10 million city street improvement project are willing to take the petition off the table if city fathers distribute funds equally among all five districts rather than repairing only primary streets. The announcement was made during a regular meeting of Uvalde City Council at City Hall, after it was brought up for discussion by Mayor Don McLaughlin.
Excel Academy might no longer have a Texas Education Agency identification number, but the ideas that the school represent and the programs offered will live on through the students at Uvalde High School. On Monday night at the regular school board meeting of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees unanimously approved closing down Excel Academy, and have all current Excel students attend Uvalde High School. Trustees Carlos Fernandez and Brent Rutledge were not present.
As far back as most can remember, Uvalde has been known as Tree City USA, thanks mainly to the thousands of pecan and oak trees that blanket the town. But that designation has been suspended – at least temporarily – until further approval is granted by the Texas A&M Forest Service. “They are the ones that will grant us the recertification once everything is said and done,” said Joe Cardenas, assistant city manager. “We’re supposed to renew it every year, but we just dropped the ball this time.”
The future of Excel Academy will be decided tomorrow when Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees meet for a regular school board meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Uvalde High School library.
City officials say citizens should not be too quick to sign the petition to block the borrowing of $10 million to fund street repairs. The petition, which was generated just one week after the city announced intent to borrow the money, went into circulation on Friday.