City residents are invited to meet city manager Vince DiPiazza on April 9 at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 324 E. Main St., from 5-7 p.m.
DiPiazza was hired as city manager in December 2014 and began working in February.
He was previously employed as the city manager of Dumas.
His other work experience includes being assistant city manager in Garden City, Kansas, from October 1996 to November 2001. There, according to his resume, he served as a troubleshooter for the city manager, organized and oversaw an IT department, developed a groundwater protection plan and program, served as acting airport manager and worked with advisory boards and commissions.
From January 1991 to October 1996, DiPiazza was city manager of Sante Fe, Texas; June 1986 to December 1990, administrative assistant to the city manager in Kerrville; and November 1984 to June 1986, administrative intern in the city manager’s office in Hurst.
The Uvalde County Fairplex was not on the agenda as an official topic when Uvalde County Commissioners met Monday, but rental success stories kept the conversation going as director Wendy Speer noted that the event center is completely booked each Saturday throughout 2015.
While Speer is looking to book events on other days of the week, she said rentals of the event center and arena are booming.
The arena is booked for 16 consecutive Saturdays beginning this week. After that, as it stands now, Saturday bookings total two or three per month.
Speer said she is looking for a variety of activities to take place in the various facilities at the Fairplex, which includes an event center, rodeo arena, and pavilion.
She pointed to recent events like a monster truck show, midget wrestling entertainment, hunting and outdoor event, and car show as draws for multiple demographics.
Three men were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio after a distraught customer shot a local bar owner and patron early Friday morning. The gunman was also shot. Uvalde Police were dispatched to Big Al’s Sports Bar, which is located at 1104 W. Main St., at approximately 12:49 a.m. Friday for a report of shots fired. Witnesses say the gunman was Juan Alvarez, 70, who had allegedly been kicked out of the bar late Thursday night. Alvarez returned with a gun and shot Alonzo Garcia, 50, who owns the bar, and Pedro Treviño, 58. Neither police nor witnesses said who shot Alvarez.
Every other Thursday, one of Congressman Will Hurd’s staff members does a rain dance for the 23rd district of Texas. It is a fun way for his team to blow off steam and at the same time show support for the counties they represent.
The anecdote came during a speech Thursday at Southwest Livestock Exchange, as Hurd makes his way around south and west Texas, visiting the counties he represents.
Hurd represents the largest congressional district in Texas. It encompasses 29 counties, two time zones, and 825 miles of the Texas/Mexico border.
Hurd was born and raised in San Antonio and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in computer science.
It was time to see if the fish could swim Wednesday evening as incoming freshman students and their parents were invited to a course fair highlighting the different classes offered at Uvalde High School under the Foundation High School Plan for the 2015-2016 school year. The orientation process for the soon-to-be high schoolers began March 6 when Morales Junior High School students were given a tour of UHS by administrators. Registration is scheduled for April 6-10.
The Uvalde Food Pantry was has been nominated by the San Antonio Food Bank as Food Pantry of the Year. The local organization will be recognized at the Golden Apples Awards Banquet on March 26, in New Braunfels. Board president Tru Hiatt said, “We are really honored by this nomination but it is all due to the community support and our volunteers.”
Following a Tuesday meeting of Uvalde County Appraisal District’s board of directors, Alexander Canales Sr. and Graciela Garcia have been appointed to the district’s Appraisal Review Board, or ARB. They are filling two of three vacancies and a third candidate is being sought.
“They both have experience in real estate and they are willing to serve the two-year term,” Alber Mireles, chief appraiser, said of the new board members. “Plus the ARB hearings are about to start.”
The ARB is separate from UCAD’s office and exists to hear and resolve disputes over appraisal issues, mainly property valuations. The board consists of a panel of seven appointed citizens that mediate between the appraisal district and taxpayers.
With its bountiful rivers and abundant wildlife, Uvalde County presents multitudes of picturesque sights, and the Leader-News is seeking a special photograph to grace the cover of the annual Visitor’s Guide set for publication on May 3.
In addition to having his or her photograph on the cover of the glossy magazine, the person whose handiwork is chosen will receive a cash prize of $100.
Portrait-orientation photos should be submitted by April 6. There is a limit of three photographs per participant.
Images may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to P.O. Box 740, Uvalde, TX., 78802; or brought to the Leader-News office at 110 N. East St. in downtown Uvalde.
At least one person, who has not yet been identified, has been phoning Uvalde residents posing as an employee with the city’s accounting department and attempting to collect money.
Police have received 10 complaints of this happening in recent weeks.
According to the city of Uvalde, the department will not contact residents by telephone to collect a debt of any kind. Should a resident receive a phone call of this nature, police department officials say to hang up the phone and immediately report the incident.
Residents should never release personal information over the phone. For questions, call the city at 830-278-3315.