on average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours, but fallen officers are more than a startling statistic. Men and women who die in the line of duty are someone’s child, parent, spouse. They’re also heroes of their communities. On Tuesday, 10 fallen officers who were tasked with policing Uvalde County were honored during the annual Fallen Officers Memorial ceremony held at the Uvalde County Fairplex.
Move over Cleopatra, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great, there is a new queen in town; her name is Alyandrah Alys Chavez. Alyandrah’s coronation as Cinco de Mayo queen occurred last weekend during festivities held at Jardin de los Heroes Park. She was crowned by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin in front of hundreds of people who took a break from the Cinco de Mayo fun to watch her moment
Joseph Cantu, a Uvalde High School student, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to St. Mary’s University for doing exactly what he loves most – playing the bass guitar. The great news came April 25 at the end of the Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert held at St. Mary’s University. A total of 480 students from 32 different bands competed, and only five students were chosen to receive a scholarship. A panel of judges listed the names of their favorite musiciansat the event, and Cantu’s name came up enough to earn him free money for college.
A record number of entries from Uvalde County are expected at the Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) event, coming to the SSgt. Willie De Leon Civic Center on June 20. TGBA is a hunter- and landowner-recognition program designed to promote big game hunting in Texas through the promotion of sound habitat and
Tomorrow will be thefirst day on the job for the city’s new finance director, Marty Coursey, who was hired two weeks ago. She was previously employed as the finance director in Fate, which is located in Rockwall County.
Some folks say they want to be just like Mike – Michael Jordan. For one Uvalde High School student, there may be a bit of truth to the saying. Senior Inez Guevara collects shoes – Nike athletic shoes. He has built up a collection of about
Some of the biggest names in professional bull riding will be in town Friday and Saturday for the fourth-annual Cactus Jack bull riding competition at Uvalde County Fairplex.
Traditionally, this event is held during Memorial Day weekend, but it was moved up this year in an effort to bring in popular talent. It 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, said the PBR came to him and said if the event was moved up a few weeks they would live-stream the event for the more than half a million PBR followers to watch and offer more points to bull-riders looking to add to their season totals. He believes this will bring 15 to 16 of the top 20 riders in the world to Uvalde for the event. Forty bull riders will compete on each night.
American Legion Tomas Valle Post 479 will host the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 1-2 at Jardin de Los Heroes Park.
The celebration will feature live music on both nights, including performances by the Morales Junior High School Mariachi and ballet folklorico. Live music will be provided by Lalo Mata, Anita Cuevas and Los Montemayores.
There will be several booths set up with a variety of goods, food and games. For more information about the types of booths that will be at the event, call Oscar Pena at 830-333-1395.
Legion members will also be selling tickets for a prize drawing for a handmade quilt sewn by Sandra Payne. Two tickets can be purchased for $5.
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 479 Cinco De Mayo Queen will be coronated on Saturday.
The three candidates for 2015 are Kimberly Muñoz, Anayeli Bravo, and Alyandrah Alys Chavez.
Uvalde and surrounding areas were hit with back-toback thunderstorms over the weekend, resulting in widespread power outages and damage.According to the National Weather Service, the thunderstorms were caused by upper-level disturbances that moved through the area early Saturday morning and late Sunday night. Although there were o confirmed tornados, wind speeds over 50 mph were recorded in Knippa and Sabinal. Those winds snapped tree limbs and destroyed roofs.