Although Uvalde saw a whopping 32.95 inches of rain in 2016, it still fell short of the 33.04 inches received in 2015, according to data compiled by the weather station monitored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Center in Uvalde. In January of 2016, .98 inches fell, while 2.13 inches was recorded the previous year. February had 1.73 inches and .59 fell in 2015.
Preliminary ratings released Friday morning left several local school districts with multiple Fs and few As, but they all have a year to bring up those grades before the Texas Education Agency officially switches from the current accountability system which labels campuses/districts as met standard or improvement required. The preliminary grades cover the same four categories districts are graded on currently. When the new accountability system goes into effect next year, schools will also be graded on a fifth category of student and community engagement.
Visitors to the Uvalde Police Department have probably encountered Martha Nicholas, the friendly face seated behind the window at the entrance of the West Main Street building. Nicholas has served as the department’s records clerk and receptionist since 2013. She previously served as a data entry clerk in San Antonio and, prior to that, a police clerk typist in Hondo.
Just over one-third of the 4,220 citations law enforcement agencies and the city of Uvalde code enforcement office submitted to Uvalde Municipal Court for calendar year 2016 have been resolved. Of the citations – all issued between Jan. 1 and Dec. 29, 2016 – 2,762 are pending.
Uvalde City Councilman Steve Balke shows off a plastic bag attainable at any of several dog waste stations at Uvalde Memorial Park. Uvalde City Council voted in September to erect signage and purchase bags to encourage park visitors to clean up after their pets.