Uvalde Boy Scout Michael Zamarripa has earned the rank of Eagle, the ultimate achievement in Scouting. Zamarripa, 18, is the son of Esperanza and Jose Zamarripa of Uvalde and a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 277, which is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will soon offer a free overview of the requirements for filing 2016 returns. Anyone able to use a computer is invited to training sessions scheduled Jan. 9- 10 in Room 1 of the Wagner Building on the Southwest Texas Junior College campus.
Every New Year’s Day all across the United States, many state parks host America’s First Day Hikes. The hikes are free events to encourage everyone to start the new year healthfully and enjoy many outdoor public treasures. This New Year’s Day, Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area in Rocksprings will host a leisurely 3-mile course.
With each passing year, the entries for the Uvalde Leader-News coloring contest get better and better – contestants go all out with glitter and think outside of the box to make their entries pop. With numerous entries for 2016, there were three stand-out winners of this year’s Santa’s Workshop Christmas Coloring contest. Children were asked to decorate an image of Santa’s elves wrapping presents for Christmas, which appeared in the Nov. 24 special section and Dec. 4 edition of the newspaper.
Uvalde Police Officers’ Association, which comprises Uvalde Police Department employees and their families, organized the annual Operation Blue Santa toy drive; and the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office – in conjunction with the U.S Marshals, U.S Border Patrol, Sabinal Police Department and Lantana Realty – held its Santa Patrol toy drive. The police department’s drive benefits children who live in Uvalde while the sheriff’s office drive benefits children who live outside of the city but within Uvalde County.