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08
Oct
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What should you do if a fire starts?

by KIM EAGLE
 
Uvalde students were treated to fire safety tips this week as volunteer firefighters made the rounds and extinguished any chance that students won’t know what to do if a fire engulfs their home or school.
 
Wed
08
Oct
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Hundreds gather for National Night Out

Local and area residents celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, when events were held in Uvalde and Sabinal. The event, which was held to bring awareness about various law enforcement agencies, was deemed a success by organizers, which included the Uvalde Police Department, Sabinal Police Department, and Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Sat
04
Oct
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Pedal-powered patrol?

No, the sheriff’s department isn’t going green in its patrol efforts. Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke (center) and his deputies (left to right) Robert Gutierrez, Brandon McCutchen, Max Dorflinger and Marco Gonzales display some of the bicycles that will be given away via drawings during National Night Out, which is slated Tuesday. The bicycles are five of 25 donated by local businesses.
 
Sat
04
Oct
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Oct. 5-11 is Fire Prevention Week

by KIM EAGLE
 
“Stop, drop and roll,” is life-saving advice in the event that a person is caught on fire, and while it is good to know what to do once the disaster strikes, one of the best fire safety practices is the first one – prevention. In 2014 alone, three homes have been completely destroyed by fires in the Uvalde area. While some fires are unavoidable, a large percentage of them are preventable, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
 
Sat
04
Oct
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Capital murder cases clog docket

by KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Three capital murder cases are set to be tried in Uvalde County within the next two years. The cases mark the first tried in Uvalde since 1983, and the first in the city’s history in which the prosecution is seeking the death penalty. Thomas Ray Nelson, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the shooting death of his mother-in-law and her friend, will go on trial this coming January. That proceeding will be followed in 2016 with trials for Sabrina Vielma and Cel’ves Cook.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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Fire department, others plan benefits for 2-year-old boy

Members of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department auxiliary pose for a picture with trophies they received for having the best overall time in several competitions at the Uvalde County Fairplex on Sunday. The ladies displayed a sign created for 2-year-old Jaxson Martinez, son of Judy Martinez and volunteer firefighter Juan Martinez, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. (Photo by Pete Luna|Leader-News)

It's been one week since 2-year-old Jaxson Martinez's parents learned his body was harboring a cancerous tumor, but as they've worked to process that information their friends have been hard at work organizing fundraisers and a blood drive to help the young family.

Members of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department – of which Jaxson's father is a member – will be at the intersection of Main and Getty streets throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday for a fill-the-boot campaign. Any donations given to firefighters will directly benefit the Martinez family.

Thu
02
Oct
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Preparing for disaster

KIMBERLY RUBIO STAFF WRITER
 
How Uvalde Memorial Hospital is prepared to operate unaffected in the event of a major disaster – and how community members can plan at home – were focus points of an open house held Monday in observance of National Preparedness month. During the event, Uvalde Memorial Hospital staff demonstrated its decontamination procedure, necessary in the event of a hazardous materials exposure or other natural disaster.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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Where’s the fire?

Uvalde firefighters show they are more than prepared to deal with emergencies as they claim first place in timed competitions held Sunday at the Uvalde County Fairplex.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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Repair old wounds today

KIM EAGLE STAFF WRITER
 
If taken out right away a thorn does not cause a lot of harm, but if left to fester over time it becomes much more painful and harder to remove. The same can be said of grudges, according to the Rev. Tony Gruben, of Baptist Temple Church in Uvalde. “Reconciliation Uvalde” starts today in an effort to introduce the process of healing wounded communities.
 
Thu
02
Oct
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Cemetery clean-up event set

The city of Uvalde will conduct a fall cleanup at Hillcrest Cemetery, located at 1300 W. Main St., on Oct. 14-15. All flowers, ornaments, decorations and other items must be removed from each grave no later than Monday, Oct. 13. Cemetery staff will remove and dispose of all items that are not removed by that date.
 

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