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09
Apr

Obtain free legal advice Wednesday at library

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

During National Library Week, April 9-15, Uvalde residents can access free legal advice through a legal remote clinic hosted by El Progreso Memorial Library or attend a short story program with published author Ire’ne Lara Silva.

The library is also celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week, and a small display has been set up in the library’s foyer to highlight the library’s collection.

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Sun
09
Apr

Investigator advises direct questions for abuse calls

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

When attendees of the third-annual child abuse prevention summit took a seat at the Uvalde County Fairplex on Thursday, they were met with a Cardboard Kid – table centerpieces decorated by local children that have been abused or neglected.

The centerpieces were available for purchase by making a donation to Hank, Inc. or Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center. The annual summit is designed to inspire and equip participants to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and develop innovative strategies to improve outcomes for at-risk children and families.

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Sun
09
Apr

College seminars set Thursday

Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College will host two human resource seminars on Thursday, with the first aimed at teaching small business owners and managers about dealing with difficult people in the workplace and the second focused on cybersecurity.

The morning seminar, set from 9 a.m. to noon, is titled, “Dealing with difficult people/ generational differences in the workplace.”

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Sun
09
Apr

Uvaldean takes oath of enlistment during Spurs game

Former Uvaldean Michaela Ruiz, along with dozens of military men and women, took the oath of enlistment during halftime of the San Antonio Spurs military appreciation night on March 23.

The event was hosted by USAA Bank, which bought tickets for military applicants to attend the National Basketball Association game. USAA also honored the future military applicants with souvenirs consisting of a camouflage gym bag and a camouflage Spurs flag.

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Sun
09
Apr

Agents seize $1.7 million of meth

U.S. Border Patrol agents working checkpoint operations in Uvalde uncovered more than $1.7 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle.

On April 3, a driver pulled up to the primary inspection lane of a Border Patrol checkpoint west of Uvalde. A thorough inspection of the vehicle revealed 34 packages of crystal methamphetamine, worth $1,747,200. The driver, a Del Rio resident, was subsequently arrested and the methamphetamine and vehicle were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

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Thu
06
Apr

Sabinal resident Jason Meyer

Sabinal resident Jason Meyer wrestles the wild hog he captured during one of five contests featured during the 26th-annual Wild Hog Festival organized by the Sabinal Lions Club. The event was held last weekend at Veterans Memorial Live Oak Park in Sabinal.

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Thu
06
Apr

NTSB gives final crash update

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Toxicology samples, as well as cell phone records and data, have been collected from both drivers involved in a two-vehicle collision that left 13 dead and two others injured – according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which launched an investigation last week.

That information was provided Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Uvalde. The press conference was the second and final to be held in Uvalde.

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Thu
06
Apr

Weekend storm drops 1.22 inches of rain

An upper-level disturbance that moved through the area early Sunday morning deposited 1.22 inches of rain in Uvalde. The precipitation brings the year-to-date total to 5.84 inches.

That measurement was taken from the Uvalde Research Center weather station, monitored by Texas A&M AgriLife on Garner Field Road. The rain gauge at the Uvalde Leader-News in downtown Uvalde measured 1.50 inches.

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Thu
06
Apr

More than 500 dogs, cats euthanized last year in Uvalde

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Two hundred and sixty-four dogs and 302 cats were euthanized at the city of Uvalde animal control facility in 2016. Those numbers represent an increase of 23 dogs and decrease of 10 cats from calendar year 2015 operations.

For 2016, the euthanized animals represent nearly half of the 1,240 animals handled last year by animal control officers Pete Alvarez and Sammy Ibarra.

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Thu
06
Apr

Penalty groups vary by drug

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Readers of the Uvalde Leader-News crime report may have wondered about the various penalty groups listed among charges for people arrested for possessing controlled substances.

In the state of Texas, controlled substances – which are illegal without a medical prescription – are divided into four penalty groups and two sub groups.

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