The County-Wide Market and Family Fun Day was such a success that one young girl proved she didn’t want to leave. She competed in a hula hoop contest for one hour and 39 minutes straight. Sophia Medina’s resolve never wavered, even as competitors tried to distract her from her goal on Saturday at Uvalde County Fairplex Event Center and Pavilion.
Rudy Perez (left) and Richard Najera hold the Uvalde Leader-News while standing at one of the end zones of the AT&T Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Also pictured is Perez's son, Alex, who wanted to be a “newspaper boy.”
A plan to fund a street repair project was set in motion last week when Uvalde City Councilmen authorized advertising their intent to borrow up to $10 million; however, several city residents are already voicing their opposition. The notice of intent to borrow money, which outlines the plan to issue certificates of obligation, was published in this newspaper on July 10 and again today.
Students being sent to the principal’s office at Uvalde High School this upcoming school year will be met by a new face. On Monday, Jose Hernandez began his first official day as principal of UHS. He replaces Victor Baron, who still works for the district as assistant director of special education.
The Uvalde Police Department recently welcomed another crime-fighter to the agency: four-legged officer Max. The 3-year-old German Shepard joined the department on June 30. He is paired with K-9 officer Felipe Ramon and has taken the place of Kevin, the department’s previous police dog who developed a health issue.
Dora Cook reads the Uvalde Leader-News while on a tour of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum in Hutchinson, which is a combination museum and working salt mine located 650 feet below ground. The mine is home to vaults and storage where original movies such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind” are stored along with valuable documents and artifacts from all over the world.
The future of the city of Uvalde swimming pool isn’t looking so bright, as council members were told on Tuesday that a revamp of the entire pool could total $143,500. That estimate was presented to council by Gabriel Garner, a representative of Interpool Inc. of San Antonio.
The start of the 2014-2015 school year is still over a month away but new faces behind the scenes are working hard to prepare for it. Flores Middle School principal Laura Cooper and Dalton Early Childhood Center principal Norma Carranza recently took some time to discuss plans for next year.
It has been 10 years since the city first started discussing the need for a skate park, and on Tuesday, council voted to accept a proposal to finally build one. The skate park, which will be built by Spohn Ranch Skateparks at an estimated cost of $175,000, will be located near the volleyball courts at the Uvalde Memorial Park.
Passionate, committed, leader, mentor – all are words that can be used on any given day to describe Anne Marie Espinoza. And to that point, Espinoza was recognized by U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, last Thursday for good works done during her first year at Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District when she was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Appreciation and Gratitude.