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County’s fallen mourned, remembered

by Meghann Garcia, managing editor

In 1927, the city oversaw the dedication of a war memorial to honor county residents who died in service during World War I. Thirty-five names were etched into the memorial  situated at Uvalde Memorial Park, and since then the number has grown to 140.

Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell solemnly listed the conflicts and corresponding number of Uvalde County casualties during a Memorial Day ceremony held Monday at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

In World War I, 35 county residents died in service; WWII, 90; Korea, two; Vietnam, 11; Afghanistan, one; and Iraq, one.

Those servicemen were remembered during a moment of silence incorporated into a wreath laying ceremony held in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputies Patrick Swanner and Felix Rubio as well as patrol Sgt. Gil Valdez participated in a 21-gun salute. They were led in the salute by Deputy Kevin Carr, who served in the U.S. Army.

Wed
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Revamped Relay for Life is Saturday

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

The 2015 Uvalde County Relay for Life is scheduled Saturday at Uvalde County Fairplex.

This year, the race will be a little different. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. and end at midnight, instead of lasting through the night like in years past.

Organizers hope that moving the event to a Saturday and ending it at midnight will encourage more people to participate, especially teenagers and young adults.

So far, 14 teams and 153 participants have officially raised $16,835, according to the online tally.

Jennifer Longoria and Jennifer Potter are this year’s Uvalde County Relay for Life co-chairmen. For more information call 830-591-3634.

Relay representatives say they would love to see a big turnout for the Relay to ensure that the American Cancer Society gets a good donation from Uvalde County. The highest money raisers are recognized throughout the Relay for Life event.

Fri
22
May
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Get the buzz on mosquito threats

Though the recent rains have been wonderful for the area, one downside is  a potential explosion in mosquito populations. Since the insects require pools of standing water to hatch their young, steady showers make for perfect breeding grounds.
 
Fri
22
May
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High school, detective lauded at Teens in the Driver Seat summit

Uvalde High School was recently named a topperforming Teens in the  Driver Seat school, receiving third-place out of 74  participating campuses in the state. In addition, Uvalde Police Detective Shayne  Gilland, who spearheaded the Teens in the Driver Seat program in  Uvalde, received a Spon-Star award for his efforts.
 
Fri
22
May
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Uvalde Police Department

Uvalde Police Department Detective Donald Page (right) and Officer Greg Villa look for evidence inside a wrecked Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver was hospitalized  and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia Thursday after colliding with a trailer attached to another vehicle on Hacienda Road.
 
Fri
22
May
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Remember the fallen

Everyone knows a hero. You might call him grandpa or abuelo, or  dad, or maybe he – or she – is a neighbor instead of a relative. Maybe he was drafted into the armed forces, or  maybe he heard the call of duty and enlisted. Maybe he was killed defending his country or maybe he came home with scars – some visible, others hidden inside.
 
Wed
20
May
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Zamora takes new job at city

Longtime city of Uvalde   employee Juan Zamorahas been promoted to the position of director of public works. The announcement was made Tuesday. Zamora will fill the position left vacant following the resignationof Joe Jarosek in April.Jarosek was recently hired as city manager in Vernon.

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Wed
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Utopia Ranch Rodeo kicks off Sunday

The 13th-annual Utopia Ranch Rodeo, set this Sunday, is a different kind of rodeo where cowboys never quit and  he excitement is contagious. Starting at 7 p.m. onSunday at the Utopia Park Arena, 10 of the top area ranches will send their best cowboys to compete in branding, wild cow milking, penning and mugging, and bronc riding.  

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Wed
20
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Students complete DARE

Forty fifth-grade students at Sabinal Elementary School graduated from the Drug Abuse ResistanceEducation program on Tuesday. Students received certificates from DARE Deputy Robert Gutierrez of the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office. During the ceremony, Gutierrez recognized Paul Hernandez for writing an exemplary essay that incorporated elements of DARE programcontent.  

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Wed
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Firefighters move woman to safety

Uvalde volunteer firefighter Gene Ayala ventured into 7-foot flooding waters on Sunday morning to rescue a woman whose vehicle was swept away at a river crossing. The incident occurredabout 12 miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 428.  

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