El Progreso Memorial Library director Mendell Morgan (right) accepts a $1,000 donation from South Texas Electric Cooperative representative Jose Ramirez. Ramirez and fellow STEC representative Justin Casas visited the library on Jan. 26. Although the official fundraising total for January has not yet been released, library director Mendell Morgan said Monday it surpassed the $50,000 goal
Martin High School catcher Jenica Kevil of Arlington, the granddaughter of Uvalde residents Valjean and Dale Fountain, has signed a letter of intent to play National Junior College Athletic Association softball for Otero Junior College in Colorado. Kevil will be a threetime high school varsity letterman. During her sophomore year, Kevil earned All District first team honors while finishing in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Top 10 for batting average. She was also All Area honorable mention. She also obtained All Academic recognition in 2015 and 2016.
Uvalde’s Got Talent: While that’s a true statement, it’s also the name of the community-wide talent show staged Jan. 13 at Uvalde High School’s John H. Harrell Auditorium. In front of about 200 spectators, karate-enthusiast Janelle Aguilera and songstress Thayiss Vasquez wowed judges to claim first place in their respective divisions.
THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Barbara Hogan of the El Progreso Club.
Kay Jungerman called the El Progreso Club’s meeting to order Jan. 12, and author and photographer Russell Smith told of the interviews and investigations and travels to write and publish his book “The Gun That wasn’t There.” Smith graduated from Uvalde High School and after college worked up to police chief in San Angelo. His interest in crime led to writing six books, which can all be checked out at El Progreso Memorial Library. He had many interesting stories of how people act when interviewed about a crime.
During the fall of 2016, El Progreso Memorial Library received a proposal from an anonymous donor – if the library could raise at least $50,000, the donor would match $50,000. Their deadline was set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Time is drawing nearer, but Mendell Moran, library director, isn’t giving up hope. Quite the opposite, he’s buckling down to send out letters to previous donors, library borrowers and property owners in the area. So far, the library has already received $10,000 in donations.
Johnna and Luis Beltran of Uvalde announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Beltran, to Alex Ray, son of Cameron and Jim Ray of Nashville, Tennessee. The bride-elect graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently employed by the University of Texas Child Development Center in Austin. The prospective groom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He is self-employed as a realtor and owner of Austin Residence. The wedding is planned for Feb. 26, 2017, at Rancho Mirando in Fischer.