While the winter months are typically regarded as cheerful times because of the holiday season, cold weather can be difficult on individuals and families who are struggling financially. Country Gardens and Seed employees and volunteers have channeled the gift-giving spirit for 17 years through the Santa’s Elves program.
For the third year in a row, Anthon Elementary is the first-place winner of Texas Home Furnishings sixth-annual Trim-a-Tree contest. Nearly 6,000 cans – 5,924 to be exact – of food were generated by local nonprofit organizations and will be donated to the Uvalde Food Pantry.
Fathers often serve as role models for growing boys, and for Kent and Thiess Cunningham the statement could not be more true as Thiess followed in his father’s footsteps to become a pilot. The duo flies for ExpressJet Airlines, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and owned by the SkyWest organization.
Uvalde City Council approved creating an economic development plan to stimulate business and commercial activity and create new jobs, per a suggestion from city manager Vince DiPiazza. The resolution was approved Tuesday, when city council met for a regular meeting on the second floor of Uvalde City Hall.
Zagat Magazine recently named Matt Balke, a Uvalde High School class of 2000 graduate, one of 11 under-the-radar chefs to know in Dallas-Fort Worth. Balke, the son of Uvalde residents Ellen and Steve Balke, graduated from Texas Tech University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in restaurant and hotel management. Balke then enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He had an externship in Florida during his two years in the program, and returned to Texas in 2007 following graduation.
The Uvalde County Appraisal District (UCAD) could soon be flying high, as the district is in the process of securing both technology and equipment to perform aerial surveys of properties in order to achieve faster and more accurate appraisals. Speaking during Tuesday’s meeting of the UCAD board of directors, Roberto Valdez, chief appraiser, explained that using aerial photographic surveys allows access to parts of the county that are otherwise difficult to reach due to overgrown brush, uneven terrain or gated parcels of property.
The holidays are a time for giving, but for burglars and scam artists alike it is prime time to take from unsuspecting individuals. Just last week, thieves made off with all of an elderly Uvalde resident’s money as well as tools and bank cards belonging to others.
Last Monday, a woman pretending to seek rental information made off with an elderly man’s monthly budget after she convinced him to allow her to ward off the “mal de ojo” (evil eye) that she claimed to see on him.
Elementary students from Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District line up to pose for pictures with Santa during First State Bank of Uvalde’s Christmas open house. The open house took place on Thursday.