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Thu
19
Jan

Fire and Rain

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
When an upper-level disturbance moved through the area on Sunday night, it brought strong winds that caused a controlled burn to get out of hand. The fire, which was ignited on Saturday in Concan, became unruly Sunday at around 6:30 p.m., and Concan and Reagan Wells fire departments were dispatched to Big Spring Ranch – located 4 miles off County Road 349.
 
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Thu
19
Jan

Nearly 2,000 inmates booked into jail last year

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
Uvalde County Jail staff booked in 1,981 inmates last year at the 339 King Fisher Lane facility. Those inmates consisted of 1,806 state and county inmates and 175 federal inmates. The facility is paid to house federal inmates; from October 2015 through September 2016, the federal government paid $1,714,569 to the county to house federal prisoners.
 
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Thu
19
Jan

Rutledge earns Bachelor of Arts degree

Garrison Belle Rutledge of Uvalde graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, during recent commencement exercises. Rutledge earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard College of Arts and Sciences. She was also named to the university’s dean’s list for the fall semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework.
 
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Mon
16
Jan

Vote for favorite people, businesses by Jan. 19

Kimberly Rubio

Staff writer

The deadline for residents to cast their vote for the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 People’s Choice Awards is nearing. The awards will be handed out at the 97th-annual chamber banquet, slated Feb. 3.

Business of the Year nominees are Wintergarden Produce, St. Henry de Osso, Thompson Helicopters, Mauve Salon and Briscoe-Garner Museum. The selected businesses were chosen from the pool of businesses that were honored with a Business of the Month designation in 2016. 

Other awards include Small Business of the Year, Rookie Business of the Year and Best in Customer Service.

Sun
15
Jan

Rangel is firefighter of the year

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

For the second time in recent years Mario Rangel was honored as the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department’s firefighter of the year. Rangel was recognized Thursday night when the department hosted its annual banquet, which was held in honor of the late Warren Fulcher. “The fireman of the year award is for the firefighter that puts the most effort, time and devotion to the fire department. Tonight we are able to present this award to the fireman that has met all those requirements and then some,” said Will Dalrymple.

Sun
15
Jan

Vote for favorite people, businesses by Jan. 19

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

The deadline for residents to cast their vote for the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 People’s Choice Awards is nearing. The awards will be handed out at the 97thannual chamber banquet, slated Feb. 3. Business of the Year nominees are Wintergarden Produce, St. Henry de Osso, Thompson Helicopters, Mauve Salon and Briscoe-Garner Museum. The selected businesses were chosen from the pool of businesses that were honored with a Business of the Month designation in 2016.

Sun
15
Jan

Vielma arrested for violating pre-trial release

Sabrina Vielma, who was indicted on capital murder charges for the December 2011 death of her 4-year-old son, is once again behind bars. She was picked up Wednesday night on a warrant for violating the terms of her pre-trial release program. Since being indicted in August of 2013 and turning herself in to law enforcement, Vielma has remained free after posting a $400,000 bond.

Sun
15
Jan

Luna guilty in child porn case

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

For some, video images of 25-year-old Uvalde resident Joshua David Luna sexually assaulting his then 8-year-old cousin were too graphic to watch. At least three individuals exited the courtroom, where on Friday 38th Judicial District Court Judge Camile DuBose sentenced Luna, who pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of child pornography, to 20 years in prison plus a $5,000 fine. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state of Texas dismissed one count of committing two or more acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 14 years old.

Sun
15
Jan

King begins new term in Texas House of Representatives

On the first day of Texas’ 85th legislative session, which was Tuesday, State Rep. Tracy O. King, a Uvalde Democrat, was sworn in to continue serving the people of Texas House District 80. “I am humbled to be given the opportunity to represent House District 80 in the Texas House of Representatives,” King said. “The trust and responsibility given to me by my constituents is one I take extremely seriously and I am honored to get to work on their behalf.”

Sun
15
Jan

County commissioners approve budget

By MEGHANN GARCIA

During the county budget workshops and ensuing budget approval, commissioners allocated $250,000 for the Uvalde County Appraisal District, which collects taxes on the county’s behalf. Through a second-issued budget, compiled because the first was rejected, UCAD is instead requesting $329,082 from the county. During their regularlyscheduled meeting held Monday, Uvalde County Commissioners Court considered the funding increase request, which was presented as a quarterly bill to the county.

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