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Congressman Will Hurd talks politics

by Kim Eagle, staff writer

Every other Thursday, one of Congressman Will Hurd’s staff members does a rain dance for the 23rd district of Texas. It is a fun way for his team to blow off steam and at the same time show support for the counties they represent.

The anecdote came during a speech Thursday at Southwest Livestock Exchange, as Hurd makes his way around south and west Texas, visiting the counties he represents.

Hurd represents the largest congressional district in Texas. It encompasses 29 counties, two time zones, and 825 miles of the Texas/Mexico border.

Hurd was born and raised in San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in computer science.

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Eighth-graders get glimpse of UHS courses

by KIM EAGLE

STAFF WRITER
It was time to see if the fish could swim Wednesday evening as incoming freshman students and their parents were invited to a course fair highlighting the different classes offered at Uvalde High School under the Foundation High School Plan for the 2015-2016 school year. The orientation process for the soon-to-be high schoolers began March 6 when Morales Junior High School students were given a tour of UHS by administrators. Registration is scheduled for April 6-10.

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Is Uvalde home to Food Pantry of the Year?

The Uvalde Food Pantry was has been nominated by the San Antonio Food Bank as Food Pantry of the Year. The local organization will be recognized at the Golden Apples Awards Banquet on March 26, in New Braunfels. Board president Tru Hiatt said, “We are really honored by this nomination but it is all due to the community support and our volunteers.”

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Canales, Garcia join appraisal district ARB

Following a Tuesday meeting of Uvalde County Appraisal District’s board of directors, Alexander Canales Sr. and Graciela Garcia have been appointed to the district’s Appraisal Review Board, or ARB. They are filling two of three vacancies and a third candidate is being sought.

“They both have experience in real estate and they are willing to serve the two-year term,” Alber Mireles, chief appraiser, said of the new board members. “Plus the ARB hearings are about to start.”

The ARB is separate from UCAD’s office and exists to hear and resolve disputes over appraisal issues, mainly property valuations. The board consists of a panel of seven appointed citizens that mediate between the appraisal district and taxpayers.

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Submit locally-taken photos for $100 prize

With its bountiful rivers and abundant wildlife, Uvalde County presents multitudes of picturesque sights, and the Leader-News is seeking a special photograph to grace the cover of the annual Visitor’s Guide set for publication on May 3.

In addition to having his or her photograph on the cover of the glossy magazine, the person whose handiwork is chosen will receive a cash prize of $100.

Portrait-orientation photos should be submitted by April 6. There is a limit of three photographs per participant.

Images may be emailed to mgarcia@uvaldeleadernews.com; mailed to P.O. Box 740, Uvalde, TX., 78802; or brought to the Leader-News office at 110 N. East St. in downtown Uvalde.

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Scam making rounds in town

At least one person, who has not yet been identified, has been phoning Uvalde residents posing as an employee with the city’s accounting department and attempting to collect money.

Police have received 10 complaints of this happening in recent weeks.

According to the city of Uvalde, the department will not contact residents by telephone to collect a debt of any kind. Should a resident receive a phone call of this nature, police department officials say to hang up the phone and immediately report the incident.

Residents should never release personal information over the phone. For questions, call the city at 830-278-3315.

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Anna Roman, eZtilo to take stage at Tejano fan fair

Uvalde’s own Anna Roman and eZtilo will be performing at this year’s Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2015, which begins today and will conclude Sunday at the Historic Market Square in Downtown San Antonio.

The four-day event  runs from noon to 11 p.m. each night and will showcase over 125 bands from across the U.S.

Anna Roman will hit the stage Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at the San Saba South Stage.

Tejano band eZtilo will be performing tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the San Saba North Stage. Members of eZtilo include Matt Padilla, vocalist; Javier “Chon” Rangel on bass; David Lopez, accordion; Miguel Acosta, drummer; Adelso Contreras, bajo/electric guitar; Omar Avila, keyboard; and Alfredo Avila, congas/percussion.

The TMA Fan Fair is a family-oriented event.

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Hurd to speak on agricultural issues

U.S. Congressman Will Hurd will be in Uvalde today (Thursday, March 12) to speak about agricultural issues in his district. Hurd represents the 23rd congressional district of Texas.

Beginning at 11:15 a.m., Hurd will speak at the Southwest Livestock Exchange, which is located on Highway 90, about 5 miles west of downtown Uvalde.

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Wild Hog Festival set in two weeks

The 2015 Wild Hog Festival will kick off Friday, March 27, with a dance at the Veterans Memorial Live Oak Park in Sabinal.

The dance begins at 8 p.m. and will last until midnight. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, and children 5 years old and younger are admitted for free. Royal DJ Productions will deejay the event.

The festival is organized by the Sabinal Lions Club. During the weekend, there will be four hog catching sessions, a barbecue cook-off, five kilometer fun-run/walk and a one mile run for children.

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Methamphetamine: It’s in the dictionary

Methamphetamine and other contraband was discovered in a locked safe disguised as a dictionary when Deputy Marco Gonzalez conducted a traffic stop Tuesday in Knippa. Gonzalez, employed

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