Uvalde Volunteer Firefighters worked feverishly on Saturday to extinguish a a fire that tore through a mobile home. Local firefighters were dispatched to Milam Street at approximately 12:20 p.m. According to the department, two pumper trucks were utilized and 14 firefighters made the scene.
Flaco Jiménez of the Texas Tornados (seated, left) signs a boot for an excited young fan as concert attendee Carolyn Lampe (center) looks on. The Texas Tornados, composed of several new members as well as original members Jiménez and Augie Meyers, were in Uvalde on Saturday night for a performance at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House.
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer Uvalde City Council on Monday rejected an $8.7 million bid proposal for construction on the first phase of the city’s street repair project. Council opted to seek new bids, which will delay construction by more than 30 days. Work was scheduled to begin this month. Last week, during a public meeting, council members opened the sole base bid of $8,755,016 submitted by Anderson Columbia of Weslaco. John Rothe, vice president of engineering operations at CDS Muery, previously estimated a base bid of $5 million. After the budget-busting bid was opened, he advised council to rebid the project.
AEP Texas crews will be working today, Aug. 4, to change a transformer located at the Leona service center in Uvalde. Rolling outages may be implemented if demand exceeds equipment capabilities, but AEP's local community affairs manager Rita Parrish is optimistic that outages can be avoided.
Uvalde EMS checks out a man’s arm after he and his family were involved in a one-vehicle rollover. The family of four was traveling from Arizona to Mission when they suffered a blow out on Thursday, which caused the driver to over correct. All four occupants were transported to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members recently spent a few days at the Nueces River, but the excursion was not for relaxation. Seventeen members of the department, with one firefighter accompanied by his daughter, participated in swiftwater rescue training.
One week after the filing of a civil lawsuit against himself as well as the county of Uvalde, Sheriff Charles Mendeke said on Tuesday that the claims made by former investigator Armando Garcia are slanderous.
“These remarks are totally false,” Mendeke said of the lawsuit that claims he fired Garcia for investigating another deputy for alleged drug use and other inappropriate activities. The sheriff issued a written statement following a request for comment made by this newspaper.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Del Rio, also calls out, by name, other deputies in the sheriff’s employ. In it, Garcia says he was fired after involving the 38th Judicial District Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mendeke refutes that claim.
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Two individuals tried to take advantage of a Wednesday night power outage – one that left more than 5,000 Uvalde households and businesses without power – when they forced their way into a convenience store. As law enforcement and local firefighters directedtraffic at the major intersections due to non-functioning traffic lights, would-be intruders were at work on South Getty Street. The incident occurred at the Minit-Mart at 638 S. Getty St. just after 11 p.m., approximately one hour after 5,200 utility customers in Uvalde lost electricity. According to store manager Liliana Silva, after the lights went out two individuals broke the glass on the front door and entered the business.