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Tue
03
Mar
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Happy couples' tales sought for special section

The Uvalde Leader-News is preparing to publish its annual Wedding Planner section on Sunday, March 22.

The publication includes tips for those planning a wedding and advice for a happy marriage. In keeping with tradition, photos of couples married for 25 years or more will be included, along with those couples' advice for a joyous marriage.

Stories, advice and photos may be brought to the newspaper office at 110 N. East St. or e-mailed to jchavez@uvaldeleadernews.com by Friday at 5 p.m.

To purchase advertising in the publication, contact Steve Balke, Michael Robinson, or Mark Espinoza by calling the Leader-News office at 278-3335.

Sat
28
Feb
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Five die in head-on collision

One of two head-on collisions occurring Thursday left a young child and four adults dead, while all three people involved in the other incident walked away unscathed.
 
The fatal crash occurred around 5:30 p.m., 8 miles east of Batesville on U.S. Highway 57, between Farm-to-Market roads 140 and 117. The roadway remained closed for four hours following the crash.

There was also a head-on-collision at 3:11 a.m. Thursday, involving an 18-wheeler and pickup truck, The crash occurred on Texas Highway 55, 14 miles north of Uvalde. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck fled on foot before first responders arrived.
 
Sat
28
Feb
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Uvaldeans see democracy in action

by Carol Kothmann, Contributing writer

It is the stuff that keeps democracy strong, and more than one speaker addressing the group said so to members of the approximately 160-person delegation in Austin Wednesday for Uvalde Day at the Capitol.

The group included Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, Mayor Don McLaughlin, Uvalde City Manager Vince DiPiazza, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball, Uvalde Memorial Hospital administrator and CEO Tom Nordwick, Community Health Development Inc. CEO Rachel Gonzales Hanson, area residents and students from Uvalde and Sabinal public schools and Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Activities began with recognition of the group in the House of Representatives Gallery during presentation of a House Chamber Resolution by State Rep. Tracy King. The Uvalde delegation was next honored in the Senate Gallery, where a resolution was read by Sen. Carlos Uresti.

Sat
28
Feb
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Sanders vying with Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor on top music chart

What do Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Concan resident Camille Sanders, and Meghan Trainor have in common? They represent numbers 35-39, respectively, on this week’s adult contemporary music charts.
 
Fri
27
Feb
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Complaints rising over stray animals

by Kimberly Rubio, Staff writer

Emotions ran high and opinions were not held back on Tuesday night when the Uvalde City Council discussed proposed changes to the animal, parade and yard sale ordinances.
City Councilman John Flores requested to have the city’s animal control ordinance brought up for discussion due to an issue with stray animals roaming the city.

“The reason I bring it up is because I get so many complaints about animal complaints,” Flores said. "If you look in the newspaper, in a two-week span the police department answered over 30 animal complaints.”

“We do answer a significant amount of animal complaints,” said Uvalde Police Chief Eric Herrera, noting that department has only two animal control officers.

“We do try to give dogs or animals to the Humane Society for possible adoption but unfortunately we do euthanize quite a bit of animals,” he said.

Fri
27
Feb
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Nelson outburst leads to trial delay

by Meghann Garcia, Managing editor

Before a trial to explore Thomas R. Nelson’s competency even began, deputies hauled the defendant out of the district courtroom as he yelled racial epithets and claimed powers-that-be were conspiring against him and the jurors.

Nelson is accused of murdering his mother-in-law and her friend on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The two women were shot to death on property owned by Nelson’s mother-in-law, Marcelina Tweedy, and where Nelson and his wife also lived.

Wed
25
Feb
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Cómo se dice: Dual language a hit at Dalton

ómo se dice en Español... that the dual language program at Dalton  Early Childhood Center is enjoying early success and is considered a  rewarding experience by teachers involved? Many of the students in the program will soon know the answer to that  question if they don’talready. “It is going to be a huge  asset for these children,especially in the workforce,” pre-kindergarten teacher Angelica Gomez said of being bilingual and bi-literate by the third grade. “Bilingual students show more cognitive flexibility and it affects more than just their ability to get a good job.” 
 
 
Wed
25
Feb
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Man hospitalized after fire

A 64-year-old man required hospital care for smoke inhalation and minor burn injuries he suffered in a house fire that occurred Sunday night in Uvalde. Exactly 21 Uvalde volunteer firefighters responded to the 527 W. Garden St. fire, which was reported just after 10 p.m
 
 
Wed
25
Feb
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Commissioners taken to jail

Their stay was much, much shorter than that of the average inmate’s, but  Uvalde County Commissioners on Monday spent the better part of an hour touring the county’s jail. The visit came after the commissioners’ regular morning meeting and was facilitated by Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke, who began by explaining that the jail has taken in approximately $3.9 million over the last three years from temporarily housing federal inmates. “We currently have 68 federal prisoners right now, and we can house up to a maximum of 96,” Mendeke said.

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Sat
21
Feb
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Donations to ‘disbanded’ charity still being collected locally

Not all charitable causes are as squeaky clean as they purport themselves to be, especially when a charity’s donations begin to be hijacked.
And so it appears to be the case with Children Charities, an organization whose collection containers still appear on the counters of local businesses despite its founder’s assertions that all fundraising efforts were shut down more than one year ago.
“We’ve been disbanded for a while now,” said Ricardo Gracia, former coordinator of Children Charities. “There was just too much theft going on, and we weren’t getting any help on a local level.”
Gracia said that all Children Charities donation containers should have since been recalled. He was surprised to hear on Wednesday that regular collections were still being made in the name of the organization.

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