Preparations are underway for area toy drives to ensure local children in Uvalde County receive a gift for Christmas. The Uvalde Police Officers’ Association is now accepting applications for the annual Operation Blue Santa toy drive.
by Meghann Garcia, managing editor During the first two days of early voting, which is being held this week and next at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, more than 1,118 people stood in line to cast a ballot.
On Monday, voters numbered 576, and on Tuesday, 542. Additionally, six provisional ballots were also submitted by residents whose voter registration could not be confirmed at the polling site.
Tax assessor/collector Maggie Del Toro, who oversees elections for Uvalde County, said these numbers indicate a good turnout.
“We anticipated that,” Del Toro said, adding that presidential elections typically generate more excitement for voting.
From construction to traffic violations, streets were a hot topic Tuesday during a 6 p.m. Uvalde City Council meeting. In addition to a discussion by council members regarding entering into the second portion of the first phase of a $10 million street improvement project, two city residents were present to address speeding on roadways.
Three men face charges for vehicle burglary and engaging in organized criminal activity after they allegedly burglarized nine vehicles over the past two weeks. The Uvalde Police Department began receiving reports of vehicle burglaries on Oct. 10 but lawmen were unable to identify suspects until Sunday.
Camille Sanders, joined by Matt Visel on drums, Darrel Zimmerman on bass, and Mark Buchanan on guitar performed at the Fajita Fiesta for the El Progreso Memorial Library. The fundraiser and took place on Oct. 20 and raised approximately $7,000 for the library.
Uvalde residents are invited to buck cancer on Saturday, Nov. 5 during a bull riding event to raise money for Laura Jones, a local mother of two young children who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Gates at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Children 12 years old or younger get in free.
The city of Uvalde’s monthly clean-up effort will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the public parking lot near City Hall. The recycling center, located in the 100 block of East Garden Street, will be open during those same hours, and the landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The landfill is located at 3774 FM 481.