by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer In the past six months, San Antonio-based Family Endeavors has assisted four local veterans considered homeless find a stable residence. Now, the non-profit organization is looking into whether a homeless veterans’ shelter is warranted.
Family Endeavors was founded in 1969 to meet the needs of the San Antonio community but now services several states with an array of programs in support of children, families, veterans, and individuals struggling with mental illness or other disabilities.
According to organization representative Ben Estrada, who is stationed in Del Rio and oversees a service area of nine counties than includes Uvalde, the number of homeless veterans here is high for a rural area. He also noted that not all veterans he has assisted are without a temporarily living arrangement.
“Some are jumping around between friends and family,” he said.
by Cheyenne Mueller, staff writer Master Chief Calvin Lambert is on a roll. Uvalde High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor is one of six finalists for the 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year award.
Lambert received the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching in April and was awarded Region 20’s Texas Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators last month.
On Monday, at a back-to-school pep rally at the high school, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Jeanette Ball announced Lambert’s candidacy for the Texas Teacher of the Year award.
Uvalde Police Department Cpl. Ramon Morin takes notes as he speaks to a woman involved in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of North High and Leona streets. Also pictured is UPD Cpl. Greg Villa (far right) and officer Michael Wally (far left). The accident occurred Wednesday morning.
Uvalde Police Department Sgt. Daniel Coronado shines a flashlight on a damaged utility pole following a hit-and-run incident in the 400 block of North High Street. The one-vehicle accident occurred Monday night. Also pictured (facing away) is UPD Officer Anthony Gonzales.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded to four calls, including a gasoline spill, over the past 10 days. On Aug. 14, at 4:08 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to Mr. Cartender’s at 444 W. Main St., for a gasoline spill.
by Cheyenne Mueller, staff writer The 20th anniversary of Palomino Fest will take place at the Uvalde County Fairplex during Labor Day weekend. The three-day festival began in 1996, spearheaded by hometown band Los Palominos, which won a Grammy in 1999.
Over the years, the success of the Palomino Fest has culminated into a celebration of southwest Texas heritage. The festival offers live music concerts, a professional rodeo event, a parade, and a carnival. Each year, over 20,000 people – locals and visitors – traverse the gates to take advantage of the long weekend.
Pre-sale weekend mega passes are available at Oasis Outback or online for $15. Mega passes will be good for all three days.