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Thu
30
Mar

Free display boards available at library

El Progreso Memorial Library has a limited number of free tri-fold display boards available on a first come, first serve basis to any middle school or high school student who plans to participate in the Astronomy Day Poster Contest organized by the Uvalde Historical Commission, Inc., and the Fort Inge Stargazers.

In each contest, first place features a cash prize of $75; second place, $50; and third place, $25.

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Wed
29
Mar

Twelve killed in crash: Bus hit head-on near Garner State Park

According to initial reports at the scene, 12 people were killed Wednesday afternoon as a result of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 83 North, just south of Garner State Park.

An area resident was behind one of the vehicles involved and said she called law enforcement in Uvalde and Real counties to report reckless driving. Before help arrived, however, the crash happened. ​

The collision involved a Dodge Dually pickup truck and a small white travel bus, carrying a group of senior adults from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, but it happened at one of the highway’s major curves. ​​

Please see Thursday’s edition of the Uvalde Leader-News for more information.

Sun
26
Mar

Jaxson to be blood donor icon

 

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer

Jaxson Martinez, who in 2014 was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, is the new face of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

The organization was recently in Uvalde County to film a brief video about Jaxson and visit Knippa Independent School District, which coordinated a community blood drive to coincide with filming.

The organization set a goal of 41 units. That goal was surpassed when 45 donors showed up to the Vulcan Center on March 14 and gave 60 units.

“The last time a blood drive was held at Knippa was in 2011, so we didn’t know what to expect,” said Branndon Frail, donor recruitment consultant for South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. “The average blood unit draw was 25 there at Knippa in previous years.

However, I sensed the passion behind the drive and set a huge goal of 41 units to be collected...”

Sun
26
Mar

Grants may benefit local veterans

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Area veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their local providers may soon reap the benefits of grants awarded to University of Texas Health at San Antonio by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The agency awarded $10 million in grant funds to assist Texas veterans and their families struggling with mental health issues.

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Sun
26
Mar

Guns banned at parts of SWTJC

By CHARLEY ROBINSON

Following the law of the land, the Southwest Texas Junior College board of trustees adopted a concealed handgun policy Thursday evening during the regular monthly meeting.

College president Hector Gonzales recommended the board adopt committee recommendations.

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Sun
26
Mar

Burglars caught in the act

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

The Uvalde Police Department has arrested two 17-year-old juveniles and detained four younger subjects in connection with recent vehicle burglaries. Police are also investigating a seventh suspect.

Lazarus Alejandro Lara, 17, of 1510 Garner Field Road, Apt. 301, was arrested for burglary of a vehicle and a health and safety violation, while Marc Anthony Olivarez, 17, of 524 Perez St., was arrested for theft of a firearm. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

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Sun
26
Mar

Briscoe art sale begins April 2

The Briscoe Western Art Museum will present the 2017 Night of Artists art sale and exhibition from April 2 through May 14.

The exhibit is hosted in the Jack Guenther Pavilion at the museum, which is located at 210 W. Market St. in San Antonio.

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Sun
26
Mar

Live camels will be featured at Ft. Inge Days

Camels will again be seen at Fort Inge when the Texas Camel Corps join the annual 1850s Fort Inge Living History Days on April 7-8 at the Fort Inge Historical Park in Uvalde.

Regular hours for Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Sun
26
Mar

Thayer promoted to master sergeant

In February, former Uvalde resident Paul G. Thayer was promoted to master sergeant, E-8, in the U.S. Marines.

Thayer, a 1994 graduate of Uvalde High School, is the oldest son of Margaret and Albert Thayer. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1994.

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Thu
23
Mar

Old UPD identification cards discovered

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Uvalde Police Department Lt. Jerry Martinez made an unexpected discovery last week. While cleaning out an unused filing cabinet, he came across a box of police-issued identification cards from past and present officers.

Now, Martinez is hoping to return the identification cards to officers or their family members.

“They date back to the 1950s,” Martinez said. “I thought it would be good to give them back to family or the officer themselves. These officers laid the groundwork for Uvalde and certainly for the Uvalde Police Department.”

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