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06
Apr

UCISD’s new district status allows calendar changes

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees adopted the 2017-2018 school calendar at the monthly meeting held Monday. For 2017-2018, classes will begin Monday, Aug. 21, and conclude Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 25, 2018.

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Thu
06
Apr

Argument leads to vehicle crash

A physical disturbance between three individuals at Walmart landed two people in jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. A third person was cited for disorderly conduct.

Angel Guadalupe Hernandez, 24, of 2807 Casey Road, Bulverde, was arrested by Uvalde Police Department on charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

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Sun
02
Apr

UCISD plans earlier start to school year

by Charley Robinson, staff writer
When Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees approved the District of Innovation Plan during their March monthly meeting, they immediately put the plan in motion by approving the 2017-2018 school calendar.

“The rationale for applying for a District of Innovation was it allows some local control,” said Beth Reavis, UCISD’s executive director of federal and state compliance. “Perhaps the desire to adopt a calendar that would allow you to start school at an earlier date was the major reason.”

Superintendent Jeanette Ball indicated to the board that starting school at an earlier date enabled the district to complete the first semester prior to Christmas break.

House Bill 1842, passed during the 84th Legislative Session, permits Texas public school districts to obtain exemption from certain provisions of the Texas Education Code.

Sun
02
Apr

NTSB sets up week-long investigation

Friday was the first full day of what the National Transportation Safety Board believes will be a week-long investigation into why and how the Wednesday collision that killed 13 people occurred.

The investigative agency held a 5 p.m. press conference at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 2801 E. Main St.

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02
Apr

‘He didn’t even hit the brakes’

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

“... He is going to hit somebody head-on or he is going to kill his own damn self. Somebody needs to get this guy off the road.”

Those were the words spoken by Leakey resident Jody Kuchler to Real County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers just minutes before he witnessed a two-vehicle collision that left 13 people dead and two others injured.

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02
Apr

Former UCISD substitute, now law student, working as mediator

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Frank Cyprian has come a long way since his days substitute teaching with Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and instructing GED hopefuls at Southwest Texas Junior College. He now attends University of Oklahoma College of Law, while also working with a mediation program.

Cyprian is the son of Azannette and Frank Silva Cyprian of San Antonio. He is the grandson of Carmella Gonzalez and the late Frank Ortiz Cyprian, and Alicia “Licha” Reyes and the late Lupe T. Reyes all of Uvalde.

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Sun
02
Apr

SWART earns federal recognition

The Southwest Area Regional Transit District was recognized by the Federal Transit Administration for excellence in program management for rural systems in Texas.

Gail Lyssy of the Federal Transit Administration Region 6 presented SWART employees with the award on March 22 at the 2017 Texas Transit Administration Spring Transit University in Lubbock.

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Sun
02
Apr

Vietnam veterans honored during luncheon

When Glyn Haynie wrote “When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam Veteran Memoir,” he referenced Uvaldean Juan M. Ramos, his brother in arms, who was killed during the Vietnam War.

On Wednesday, in observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day, the book was donated to El Progreso Memorial Library by American Legion Post 479.

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Sun
02
Apr

Pizza delivery man found with drugs

When Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Max Dorflinger performed a traffic stop on a Pizza Hut delivery man accused of nearly rear-ending another motorist, the deputy found more than just pizza in his vehicle.

Benjamin Edwin Bliss, 19, of 160 W. Evelyn St., La Pryor, was arrested on charges of possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana.

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Sun
02
Apr

Uvalde City Council discusses traffic woes

Uvalde City Council on Tuesday voted to decrease the posted speed limit on Brice Lane to 20 mph from 30 mph following complaints by area residents who complained of speeding on the narrow roadway.

After discussing whether or not recentlyerected stop signs on Oppenheimer Street present a traffic hazard, council directed staff to place the topic on the next agenda for consideration.

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