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23
Apr

Don’t let this be you

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

The sounds of sirens from local law enforcement and emergency responders could be heard early Wednesday morning as they made their way to the scene of a full-scale mock accident near the Uvalde High School.

There, four students remained trapped in an overturned vehicle, with their friend lying motionless nearby after being ejected.

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23
Apr

ULN named best semi-weekly in South Texas

For the second year in a row, the Uvalde Leader-News has been named the best semi-weekly newspaper in South Texas. The award was made Friday in Laredo during the 91st annual South Texas Press Association conference held at the La Posada Hotel.

The Leader-News racked up 825 points to win the Sweepstakes honor, including seven first-place awards for news writing, feature writing, serious column writing, advertising, sports coverage, editorial writing and page design. The paper also garnered second place for headline writing, third in general excellence and honorable mention for Lifestyles pages. In addition, staff writer Kimberly Rubio won second in the Journalist of the Year category and Pete Luna received honorable mention for Photographer of the Year.

Sun
23
Apr

National Volunteer Week begins today

By CHARLEY ROBINSON

How may I contribute to society? Let me count the ways!

This is National Volunteer Week and without volunteers our society would crumble. There are countless ways each individual can help and not only would you be donating time and effort to a worthwhile service but the satisfaction received would be good for the soul.

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Sun
23
Apr

Library tapped for block grant

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

El Progreso Memorial Library is the recipient of a $2,500 Texas Book Festival Collections Enhancement Grant. Funds will go toward updating the library’s English and Spanish non-fiction collection.

The announcement was made Friday during the 2017 Annual Texas Library Association Conference. Held last week in San Antonio, the conference is the largest statewide library conference in the nation.

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Sun
23
Apr

Astronomy expo slated Saturday

On Saturday, April 29, the Uvalde Historical Commission, Inc., and Fort Inge Stargazers are hosting an Astronomy Day-themed expo at El Progreso Memorial library. It will be followed later in the day by a public stargazing event from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Fort Inge Historical Park.

The Astronomy Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Expo’s tentative schedule will take place from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The morning events will include free face painting, and space demonstrations and displays. Deyanira Salazar will present a program on how to safely observe the total solar eclipse that will take place in August. That program is set to begin at 10 a.m.

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Thu
20
Apr

So you wanna be a bullfighter?

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Attendees of the Cactus Jack Foundation’s sixthannual Professional Bull Riding event, set May 4-6 in Uvalde, will have the opportunity to witness American freestyle bullfighters go one-on-one with Spanish fighting bulls. Not to be confused with PBR bullfighters or rodeo clowns, whose job is to protect a rider from a bucking bull, freestyle fighting is a 40-second competition in which the bullfighter is judged on how well he maneuvers around a fighting bull while attempting deathdefying feats such as jumping over the animal.

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Thu
20
Apr

Relay for Life is tomorrow at fairplex

The 2017 Relay for Life of Uvalde County will be held tomorrow at the Uvalde County Fairplex. It will start at 7 p.m. and end at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The official event page shows that 20 teams and 156 participants have raised $14,186 so far. As of Monday, the top individual participants were Andrea Perez, raising $238; and Josie Morales, $130. Top teams included La Esperanza de Uvalde – City of Uvalde, $1,970; Jesse’s Angels, $1,480; and Team Jaxson, $862.

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Thu
20
Apr

CHDI attains rare designation

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Community Health Development, Inc., recently achieved Gold Advocacy Center of Excellence status. The center is the first in the state of Texas to reach gold status, and one of only nine gold-level centers in the United States. The designation, given by the National Association of Community Health Centers, is reached by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to advocacy. Centers can achieve this by including operationalizing advocacy practices and creating supporting infrastructure.

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Thu
20
Apr

Two queen candidates headline Cinco de Mayo celebration

The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration organized by the American Legion Post 479 will be held May 5-6 at the Jardin de Los Heroes Park on West Main Street. The event is free to the public. Musical entertainment will be provided by Victor Medina on Friday and Saturday.

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Thu
20
Apr

Wrongful death suit filed against Jack, Joseph Young

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Although he has not been criminally charged, a wrongful death suit has been filed against Jack D. Young – the driver of the 2006 Dodge Dually pickup truck that collided headon with the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels bus – and his father, the owner of the pickup. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the 38th Judicial District Court by Ross Allen, the son of Howard Bryan Allen, one of the 13 senior members killed in the fatal March 29 wreck.

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