Springtime is here which means wet weather, new growth, warmer days, and several new naturalist programs at Garner State Park. Interpretive ranger Cara Bierschwale invites the public to take a fresh look at the park and what its scenic nature and history have to offer.
Police say it is an ageold scam: A criminal phones an elderly person and, using one of several scamming tactics, hustles hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars from the unsuspecting individual. Locally, police have investigated 24 reports of such scams so far this year. It’s a significant increase from last year, when only 17 reports were made all year. In 2013, however, 26 scam attempts were reported.
A 75-year-old man lost his hand on Saturday following n accident involving a combine, a machine used to harvest grain crops. The incident occurred on a farm off County Road 301. Jerry Aaron, of Rising Star, was working on the machinery’s gear system when the system activated and caught his hand between a rubber belt and metal gear.
Uvalde County was hit with one-two punch torms over the past few days, which deposited much-needed rainfall and resulted in flooding and numerous road closures. Eric Platt with the National Weather Service said, “We had an upperlevel system approach from the west and a lot of moisture moving in ahead of that system. We also had a weak cold front in the area.”
Kaique Pacheco proved why he is one of the best bull riders in the world Saturday night. He was the only cowboy to cover three bovine at the fourthannual professional bull riding event organized by the Cactus Jack Foundation. Pacheco, a 20-year-oldrookie from Brazil, is the third-ranked bull rider in the world, the top-ranked rookie, leader in the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, and leader in the Touring Pro Division. This win earned him $15,000 and 80 points toward the world standings, where the top rider at the end of the season wins $1 million.
There wasn’t a vacant seat in Council Chambers on Tuesday when, during a regular meeting, Uvalde City Council discussed two draft ordinances proposed to regulate truck traffic and parking within the city limits. The proposed truck routes and parking permit plan are being entertained in advance of work beginning on the $9.7 million street improvement project. A second discussion will be held on May 26, also a regular meeting of city council, and a decision is expected to be reached next month.
Deputy Sarah Faith with Uvalde County Sheriff's Office shows students at Dalton Early Childhood Center what a Taser looks like and how it works to take down suspected criminals. The presentation was one of many made by local businesses and law enforcement agencies during Dalton's annual career day.
The long wait is finally over as some of the biggest names in professional bull riding will be in town today and Saturday for the fourth-annual Cactus Jack bull riding competition at Uvalde County Fairplex. The event is sanctioned by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour and will be live-streamed online for the entire country to see as bull riders vie for over $60,000 in added prizes. Randy Klein, co-founder of Cactus Jack Foundation, expects 15 of the top 20 riders in the world to be in Uvalde for the event. Forty bull riders will compete on each night.