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.
While it sounds like the kind of menu item that you might normally find at a high-end restaurant specializing in locally-sourced ingredients, a whole crop of hydroponically grown lettuce was recently donated to the Uvalde County Nutrition Center. And, according to the center, they are more than pleased to have it.
“It just looks so nutritious and pretty,” said center director Enedelia Mendoza. “We’ve been testing it in salads to see how people like it, and it’s been very popular. They say they like it more than just the heads of lettuce from the store.”
In all, the nutrition center received eight varieties of lettuce that were hydroponically grown at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center under the supervision of Daniel Leskovar, center director and professor of vegetable physiology.
In Del Rio last week, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against a Texas Syndicate member for various violations of federal racketeering offenses committed in Uvalde, San Antonio and the surrounding areas.
Jurors convicted 39-year-old George “Curious” Sanchez of Uvalde of conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute. He faces life in prison for each racketeering offense he has been found guilty of committing.
Gerardo Rodriguez is a candidate for parole. For the children of slain Deputy Clyde Hobbs it’s painful to think that while their father was never granted one, his murderer may receive a second chance at life.
Hobbs, 34, was employed with the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office when, on Aug. 10, 1982, he was left beaten 40 yards from his patrol car after conducting a traffic stop on a group of men suspected of carrying stolen merchandise.
He died from massive head wounds the next day at a San Antonio hospital.
Hobbs left behind a wife, Karen, and three young children: Katy, then 8, Gini, then 4, and Cody, an infant.
Following a massive manhunt across South Texas, Alberto Rodriguez, then 25, Gerardo Rodriguez, then 18, and Jose Luis Rodriguez, then 21, all of Eagle Pass, were captured four day’s after killing the deputy.
It has been over a decade since Dora Diaz stumbled upon an ordinary river rock that she transformed into artwork. Now, hundreds of rocks later, she has turned her passion for rock painting into a hobby.
An Uvalde native, Diaz said rock painting is an ideal way for people of all ages to explore their artistic talents.
“I have always had an interest in painting, but I didn’t realize how exciting and relaxing it is. It is therapeutic,” Diaz said.
Diaz travels to various rivers and collects rocks of all sizes. She then paints those rocks to resemble animals, flowers, butterflies and even cartoon characters.
“I enjoy going to the rivers and looking for rocks. When I see a rock I look at what makes it unique, and then I imagine what it should be painted as,” Diaz said.
Her passion of rock art even inspired her write a poem.