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Wed
15
Jul

Alleged meth lab axed

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Allegedly high on methamphetamine, 47-year-old parolee Jackie Dale Roberts called 9-1-1 early Monday morning and inadvertently summoned police to what they believe was a makeshift meth lab.

He was arrested, and the incident is one of two local cases involving meth this week.

The alleged laboratory was discovered Monday at approximately 3:11 a.m., when Uvalde dispatchers received a report of a disturbance at 1920 Bowie St., Apt. B.

According to Lt. Mike Hernandez, dispatchers could hear yelling in the background during the call from Roberts’ phone. The caller did not converse directly with dispatchers.

Once officers arrived at the residence, Roberts, the apartment tenant, said he did not recall phoning police.

“He asked what we were doing there,” said Sgt. Eduardo Canales. “We told him [we were there] because he called  9-1-1.”

Fri
10
Jul

UCISD sets new student registration

KIM EAGLE
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District will hold registration for all new students on Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Aug. 11  from noon to 6 p.m. Registration will take place on individual campuses. All children 4 to 20 years old as of Sept. 1 and whose  parents or legal guardians are residents of UCISD will be admitted free of tuition.

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Fri
10
Jul

Aggressive bees – Cook’s Slough incident won’t deter Rasa

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
 
It was far from a picture-perfect day for bird watcher and photographer Bob Rasa when he was attacked by a swarm of bees while walking at Cooks Slough Nature Park on Thursday.
Rasa estimated that 50-100 bees formed a large black cloud around him.
 
“They were really making a lot of noise. I heard them coming and as they came down on my head I ran off,” Rasa said. “It happened so quickly. I just ran and ran... All I could think was, ‘I am not going to make it through this.’”
 
Rasa said he ran for a quarter of a mile but the bees continued to follow him, stinging his head, neck, and arms.
 
Although he felt okay, Rasa drove himself to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.

“They took out 27 stingers," Rasa said. "My head, ears, face and arms were pretty sore.”

Fri
10
Jul

Villarreal finds inspiration, loses 193 pounds

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor
 
Through the grace of God, the love of his family, and the support of his guardian angels, Joe Villarreal has turned his life around by losing 193 pounds in the last 29 months.  He talked about his transformation and how he stays motivated, noting it took a health scare to get him to the doctor to hear the hard truth.
 
“Back then there were no workouts,” Villarreal said. “I would get up and eat and go to work. There was no exercise. There was a lot of thinking about exercise, but never doing it.”
 
One of his doctors said something that really hit home.
 
“He told me, ‘You’re lazy,’” Villarreal said. “‘When my family and I go out to eat we search for a place with fresh, seasonal ingredients. When you go out to eat you go to the closest place and get fast food. That’s lazy.’”
 
Fri
10
Jul

Library announces winners of teen, adult reading contests

The El Progreso Memorial Library summer reading program has officially ended and all the prizes have been handed out. The final drawings were held  Thursday afternoon. Winning a $25 iTunes gift card in the teen category for reading several hours  over the summer were Jessica Dong, Rebekah Ramirez and Savannah  Rangel.

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Thu
09
Jul

Frio floater sustains head injury

A Frio River floater was taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital on the Fourth of July after striking his head multiple times during a fall.

The incident occurred Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Members of the Concan Volunteer Fire Department and Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Frio River, in the area of 1532 County Road 348 River Road.
 

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Wed
08
Jul

Thousands turn up for fireworks

Thousands of people turned their heads toward the sky Saturday night as the third-annual Fourth of July fireworks show got popping at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Blooms of color painted the night sky and thunderous booms echoed over the grounds as the pyrotechnics were set off. One issue, however, was the brevity of the show – which was cosponsored by the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and Uvalde Leader-News – as it went on for only half of the expected time.   
Wed
08
Jul

Religious iconography is first topic for library’s Saturday school

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor
 
El Progreso Memorial Library is starting a Saturday school program this weekend, with the first topic being religious iconography.
 
The lesson starts at 10 a.m. in the El Progreso Club meeting room. This week’s featured presenter is Vasilios Aivaliotis.
 
According to Mendell Morgan, library director, religious iconography is a mystical theological approach to connecting believers to God.
 
“This presentation will focus on Byzantine iconography, which in the life of the eastern church is simultaneously the language of the Bible and the church’s liturgical life,” Morgan said.
 
Aivaliotis is a native of Athens, Greece and will guide participants through the world of icons using color images with commentaries to illustrate the most representative characters. 
 
Wed
08
Jul

Selfless Martinez is appreciated helper

Uvalde resident Andy Martinez was recently named volunteer of the year for the Uvalde Food Pantry.
 
According to Uvalde Food Pantry board president Tru Hiatt, Martinez has been volunteering his services for nearly four years.
 
“I saw they didn’t have enough help so I decided I wanted to help, and I have been here ever since,” Martinez said.
 
Martinez assists with the packaging and distribution of food while also maintaining the building.
 
Volunteers sack food each Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
 
Distribution is each Saturday from 9-11 a.m.
 
“He is absolutely one of the most dependable volunteers we have,” Hiatt said. “Every Tuesday and Saturday he is there, and he mops floors on Friday to prepare for Saturday. I can call him at the drop of a hat and he’ll be there.”
 
Wed
08
Jul

Vietnam War vets get overdue tribute

by Kim Eagle, lifestyles editor

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the deployment of United States ground troops in the Vietnam War (1954-1975).

It was a two-decade long conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam (known as the Viet Cong) against the government of South Vietnam and its ally, the United States.

The Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have erected a traveling monument to honor the 3,417 Texan Vietnam War heroes and 222 Uvalde County Vietnam War heroes who participated in this long engagement.

The display, which includes replica weapons, military vehicles, and various documents and pictures, will be on display at El Progreso Memorial Library for the remainder of July.

Hundreds of items are available to view in different parts of the library.

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