Though not as well known as the mosquitos that transmit West Nile virus, Texas is rife with kissing bugs, which are capable of transmitting their own pernicious brand of sickness – Chagas disease.
Chagas disease can cause fever, swelling, headaches and, in rare cases, heart failure. It is spread when carrier kissing bugs (or triatominae, as they are scientifically known) feed on human or animal blood, thus passing the disease on to the host.
Little is known about the dispersal of the disease. In order to better understand the way that Chagas is spread, a research team came to Uvalde earlier this month to determine how kissing bugs behave at night and to monitor bug activity and movement.
Juan Hernandez holds up a rattlesnake he killed on a ranch about 3 miles out of Uvalde on Farm-to-Market Road 481. Hernandez spotted the snake, which measured 6 feet in length, at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.
The Uvalde Leader-News won seven awards in the 2015 Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Results were announced last Saturday during the annual TPA Leadership Retreat held at the Westin Austin at the Domain in Austin, Texas.
The Leader-News won first place in public service for a series of stories supporting city funding for El Progreso Memorial Library.
“The editorial board was proactive in support of the library, while acknowledging the challenges faced by the [city] council. Nicely done!” judges wrote of the award.
Second-place honors were awarded for editorial writing, news photography and sports photography.
Of the editorials, which dealt with the need to repair city streets and the cost to the county of seeking the death penalty in criminal cases, judges wrote:
“These editorials are persuasive and cover issues that everyone no doubt was talking about.”
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Gene Ayala places a young girl in the care of two Uvalde EMS employees after she was involved in a one-vehicle accident. The incident occurred Wednesday morning on Anderson Loop, after the girl's mother, Angelica Campos, collided with a fence. Neither the child nor her mother sustained serious injuries, according to first responders.
It is said that a father is his daughter’s first love and his son’s first hero – but in Uvalde, and across the world, there are fathers who juggle chasing away bedtime monsters and wiping away tears with saving lives. Several volunteers with the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department also hold paying jobs as first responders, including Juan Maldonado, Adrian Ruiz and Beco Diaz. Commissioned firefighter Justin Schmidt, in addition to being on staff of the Uvalde Fire Department, is a volunteer for Sabinal VFD.
Shoppers familiar with Dickies brand clothing know the durable, attractive and affordable garments wear well for work and leisure activities, but what many may not know is that the only Williamson-Dickie manufacturing facility in the United States has been right here in Uvalde for 63 years.
To celebrate that commitment to the community, the Uvalde Area Development Foundation hosted a reception for Dickies representatives at 3P Ranch on June 3. The Uvalde manufacturing plant employs approximately 200 people, runs 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and produces enough fabric pattern pieces each week to make 500,000 garments. While cutting pattern pieces is its main focus, the Uvalde center also sews specialty garments and brands those with a “Made in the USA” label.
Tuition will increase next fall for Southwest Texas Junior College students, but the amount of the increase depends on student residency. The college is proposing a $4 per semester credit hour increase for in-district (also referred to as general use) fees, an $8 per semester credit hour increase for out-ofdistrict fees, and a $15 per semester credit hour increase for non-resident fees.