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May

From taxidermy to firefighting, mother of two follows dream

By TINA RUIZ

Many children have at least one parent whose job requires a lot of hours away, but this mom of two has a job that is anything but ordinary. The 2003 Utopia graduate and current school board member, Eleanor Duke, has gone from being a taxidermist to a San Antonio firefighter.

This transition was not an easy task. She had to find a balance between her devotion to San Antonio Fire Department Academy and her two daughters, 6-year-old Lizzy and 10-year-old Nicole, but she was not alone. With the help of her husband, Bob Duke, and his parents, Jan and Bob, the children were in good care so that she could study at the academy.

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04
May

Woman jailed for assaulting son, deputy

Silvia Morales Garza, 37, of Knippa, was arrested Friday for allegedly injuring her son, assaulting a deputy, interfering with an emergency request for assistance and resisting arrest.

Just before 2 p.m., Garza’s young son phoned 911 to inform authorities that his parents were arguing and that his mother is known to become violent. The child locked himself inside a bathroom to make the call but could not give an exact address.

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04
May

Concan market season underway

Texas Hill Country Rivers Region Inc. is gearing up to host the second of several River Road Market Fests planned this year.

The first event is set Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Andy’s on River Road in Concan. Additional market fests are planned for Oct. 7 and Dec. 2.

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Thu
04
May

Election day is Saturday

The outcomes of one city and two school board races in Sabinal will be decided today, Saturday, May 6. Balloting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sabinal Public Library for the city of Sabinal’s Ward 1 alderman spot and two at-large trustee seats for the Sabinal Independent School District board.

Bernardo Garcia Jr. and Mike Hawkes, both six-year veterans of the Sabinal ISD board, are on the ballot for re-election. They are being challenged by Sharon Mechler, Cathy Peabody and Ricky Davis Rodriguez. The two people with the most votes will be elected.

For the Ward 1 alderman position, incumbent Nancy Alvarado is seeking re-election. She is being challenged by William “Bill” Cifranic and Louis A. “Mando” Landeros Jr.

 

Second polling site

For the school district’s races, election day voting will also take place at the Concan School House on Farm to Market Road 127 in Concan.

Thu
04
May

Reformers Unanimous offers help for addiction

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Reformers Unanimous Recovery Ministries, operated by Garner Field Road Baptist Church, aims to do more than assist addicts in their road to sobriety. Group leaders also aspire to bring addicts closer to God.

The newly-formed program is Bible-based and designed to deal with and defeat addiction problems.

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Thu
04
May

Cinco De Mayo celebration set

American Legion Post 479 and its auxiliary unit will host the annual Cinco De Mayo celebration tomorrow and Saturday at Jardin de Los Heroes Park. The event is free to the public. Musical entertainment will be provided by Victor Medina on Friday and Saturday.

El Barrio Band de Mingo Velazquez will perform on Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Band members include Alfredo Avila, Tomas Avila, Andy De Leon and Eddie Lara.

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Sun
30
Apr

Martinez awarded Carnegie fellowship

By CHARLEY ROBINSON

Uvalde High School 2002 graduate Monica Munoz Martinez was awarded a $200,000 fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which announced its first class of 32 fellows last Wednesday.

Scholars studying dying languages, nuclear weapons, the effects of “dark money” on politics, and the history of immigration, are among the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

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Sun
30
Apr

Rubio named assistant editor of Leader-News

Kimberly Rubio has been named assistant editor of the Uvalde Leader-News.

Rubio joined the editorial team as a staff writer in July of 2012, after previously working as Uvalde Leader-News receptionist beginning in December of 2010.

From 2012 until June of 2013, Rubio covered the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. During the summer of 2013, she took on the city, crime and court beats as well as a variety of feature stories.

Earlier this month, she won first place in the semi-weekly division for news writing and feature writing when the South Texas Press Association announced awards at the 91st annual convention and newspaper contest. She also placed second in the journalist of the year category, which encompasses semi-weekly and weekly publications in South Texas.

As assistant editor, Rubio will continue her present reporting duties in tandem with editing assignments from managing editor Meghann Garcia.

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30
Apr

Beer, wine election set Nov. 7

Utopia- and Concan-area voters will have the opportunity in the November general election to approve or deny an option to legalize the sale of beer and wine in Justice of the Peace Pct. 3.

The Uvalde County Elections Administrator received and forwarded to Uvalde County Commissioners a petition issued Jan. 17, 2017, containing well over 200 signatures primarily from residents of Utopia, Concan and Rio Frio.

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Sun
30
Apr

‘Big Give’ groups hoping for payoff

by Kimberly Rubio, assistant editor
Today, several area organizations are hoping locals log on TheBigGiveSA.org and make a secure contribution to one or more participating groups. The 24-hour event allows nonprofit organizations to encourage donors to give big and support their causes throughout the local community.

More than 600 organizations have signed up to participate in the Big Give S.A. 2017, including Uvalde County’s El Progreso Memorial Library, Kate Marmion Rides to Radiation, Community Health Development Inc., Keep Utopia Beautiful and Humane Society of Uvalde.

El Progreso Memorial Library is adding a little fun to the day by hosting a fundraising fiesta at the library, located at 301 W. Main St., from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

At 5:45 p.m., permanent tiles honoring several agencies and individuals will be unveiled in the library foyer.

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