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Sun
15
Jan

City approves purchase of sewer truck, police radios

Uvalde City Council approved the purchase of a combination sewer truck for $345,000 and nine hand-held police radios for $36,000 during a regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall. The sewer truck will not replace the city’s current 1998 model but will instead serve as a backup vehicle.

Thu
12
Jan

Can the mayor see the future?

McLaughlin called Cowboy’s 13-3 season

by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer
The Dallas Cowboys are 13-3 and two wins away from the opportunity to play in Super Bowl LI. While most football fans find that surprising, at least one Uvaldean exactly predicted their 2016-17 season record.

During a pre-season football prediction show hosted by the Uvalde Leader-News at The Huddle, special guest and Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin predicted Dallas would win 13 games and lose three in the season that was then still to come. He also said the Cowboys would play the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl LI – set Feb. 5, 2017, at the Houston Texans’ home stadium.

“I lost Oakland because the Texans beat them the other day, but I still think Dallas has a real, real strong chance. They’ve got two games to win to go the Super Bowl,” McLaughlin said.

Thu
12
Jan

City takes possession of Sierra Industries hangars

Sierra Industries, the aircraft modification business that transformed Uvalde’s Garner Field Airport into an international destination for the repair, painting and refurbishment of airplanes, is officially closed. According to assistant city manager Joe Cardenas, the city has taken possession of the five Sierra Industries hangars located on the airport that were being o
Thu
12
Jan
Thu
12
Jan

Former hospital CEO killed in crash

Former Uvalde Memorial Hospital chief executive officer Jim Buckner died Monday after he was struck by a passing vehicle while attempting to change a tire on the side of the road in Corpus Christi. He was 62 years old. Buckner was taken to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. As of Wednesday, no charges had been filed against the driver, who stopped to render aid following the incident, which reportedly occurred at about 5 a.m.

Thu
12
Jan

Public improvement district on county agenda

By MEGHANN GARCIA

The possible creation of a public improvement district near Concan was on the agenda Monday morning when Uvalde County Commissioners met for their first regularly-scheduled meeting of 2017. The topic was the subject of a public hearing, while people attached to the project, including attorneys and developers, spoke about its scope. Well over a dozen visitors were present for the meeting, but the public hearing drew only one comment.

Thu
12
Jan

Alleged reckless driver found with marijuana, LSD

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Uvalde Police Department officers recovered LSD and less than 2 ounces of marijuana from inside a vehicle after apprehending its 23-year-old operator for reckless driving. The arrest occurred Sunday morning at approximately 1:28 a.m., as Cpl. Ramon Morin was patrolling the 100 block of North Getty Street.

Sun
08
Jan

La Pryor boy’s condition worsens

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
While most parents were settling back into their school routines this week following Christmas break, Marcus Galindo Sr. was boarding a plane to Pennsylvania, where his 7-year-old son is in critical condition at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Marcus Galindo Jr. and his 5-year-old sister, Mariah, each have Krabbe disease, a rare and often fatal degenerative disorder that affects the myelin sheath of the nervous system.
 
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Sun
08
Jan

Library needs another $50K

Just as it did a few years ago when the city of Uvalde cut funding, El Progreso Memorial Library will be trying to raise $50,000 for a matching donation. This one will be a little different, however, as instead of trying to match city funds the library has been approached by a prospective donor. The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted library director Mendell Morgan with a $50,000 challenge: the potential donor will match up to $50,000 in donations by Jan. 31.
 
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Sun
08
Jan

What is sexting, and whom does it get in trouble?

By KIMBERLY RUBIO
 
In the digital age, it isn’t uncommon to find children as young as 10 with cell phones, but adult devices come with adult capabilities – including a relatively new phenomenon known as “sexting.” To “sext” is to send someone nude or sexually explicit messages or photographs via text.
 
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