There might be two police departments in Uvalde this fall as Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees look into forming a law enforcement team to handle school discipline, truancy and other safety issues.
For the past several years, the Uvalde Police Department has provided a city-employed officer to serve as school resource officer. The school district has helped pay the position’s salary. At a regular school board meeting held Monday at Dalton Early Childhood Center, UCISD Superintendent Jeanette Ball said that she was informed that the city’s police department will not provide an officer after June of this year.
As staff looked into police department options, they discussed increasing the number of officers.
Trustees will be kept up to date with all decisions regarding the formation of the new department at future board meetings. No decisions were made as the topic was an item of information only.
The long-awaited Briscoe half of the Briscoe- Garner Museum is almost ready to be viewed by the public. The Dolph Briscoe exhibit, housed on the second floor of the museum located at 333 N. Park St., will be completed this week just in time for an open house set April 25. The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With a special curator’s tour set for 1 p.m. Light refreshments and family- friendly activities are planned for people as they explore the new exhibition.
When Anna Roman took the stage for the first time in over 20 years, it was like she’d never stepped off. The Tejano musician is once again taking the industry by storm, this time backed by her three biggest fans, her husband and two children.
The Uvalde native began her career when only 12 years old, ultimately signing her first recording contract with Sony at 15.
“When I was 12, I played in a group with my uncle, Enrique Castillon. He was my mentor. He taught me a lot, he was a very intelligent musician,” Roman said.
However, some major changes in the industry, mainly the death of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, changed Roman’s perspective on life.
“I wanted to get married and have some normalcy in my life,” Roman said. “So I took a break, got married to my husband Richard Villarreal, who was in my band,” Roman said.
It wasn’t long before the couple learned they were expecting.
Vacation season is right around the corner and for citizens planning an international getaway there are several items they need to check off their to-do lists prior to booking a flight, namely obtaining a passport. To apply, applicants must submit form DS-11. Completed forms may be submitted online at travel.state.gov or in person at a passport agency or application acceptance facility. Locally, the only acceptance facility is the District Clerk’s Office, located on the second floor of the Uvalde County Courthouse, 100 N. Getty St.
A standard passport book cost $110 and is valid for all international travel. The process for obtaining a passport can taken 4-6 weeks.
All seats were filled in Council Chambers when city manager Vince DiPiazza and two Uvalde Police Department officers were sworn into service Tuesday during a regular meeting of Uvalde City Council.
In addition to the trio, code enforcement officers Rick Lara and Jovita Maldonado were also sworn into office.
DiPiazza, who came to the city from Dumas where he was employed as city manager, was hired in December 2014. He began working here in February.
Uvalde Police Department officers Beco Diaz and Roberto Ruben Gutierrez Jr. were classmates when they attended the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College. They graduated in May 2014.
For Diaz, a Uvalde native and volunteer firefighter, UPD was always the plan. He was hired in August 2014.
“I am from here, grew up here, so I just wanted to give back to my community,” Diaz said.
Local skater Anthony Arceo grinds along the top of a quarter pipe at the long-awaited and almost-complete skate park at Uvalde Memorial Park. A grand opening for the park has been tentatively set for May 2.
Bone-chilling screams could be heard from a ditch near Uvalde High School as four studentswere trapped in a vehicle, with their friend laying motionless nearby after being ejected. The full-scale mock accident seen Thursday was part of the student council’s safety initiative that urges students to think twice before driving while intoxicated or distracted.
To celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18, El Progreso Memorial Library recently purchased $10,000 worth of technology upgrades – helping the facility expand beyond the time-honored role as a repository of books.
Mendell Morgan, library director, said it was a grant that enabled them to purchase a high speed multiple page scanner, three desktop computers, four Apple Air 2 iPads, two flat-screen televisions, one 12-inch roll laminator, one 24-inch poster printer and one 3-D MakerBot Replicator Desktop Printer. Special software on one computer will assist users with Adobe Premiere + Photoshop Elements.