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Thu
18
May

Father, daughter graduate with college degrees

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Saturday was a big day for Knippa Independent School District senior Kloe Martinez. Not only did she receive an Associate of Arts degree from Southwest Texas Junior College, just days before collecting her high school diploma, her father – Uvalde Police Department Lt. Jerry Martinez – graduated from Tarleton University with a bachelor’s degree.

Jerry Martinez is a 1986 graduate of Uvalde High School. Kloe transferred to Knippa ISD prior to the start of her eighthgrade school year and has remained with the district ever since.

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Thu
18
May

Area high schools kick off graduation season

By MEGHANN GARCIA

While half of the area high schools will host graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 26, Knippa’s commencement is set tomorrow while Uvalde’s will not take place until June 3.

Leakey, Nueces Canyon, Sabinal and La Pryor schools will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 26, and Utopia’s event is set Saturday, May 27.

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Thu
18
May

$5,000 needed for fireworks show

Another $5,000 toward the goal of $15,000 is needed to fund this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show, co-organized by the Uvalde Leader-News and Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department.

The approximately 30-minute show is set Tuesday, July 4. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show will get underway at 9:30 p.m.

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Thu
18
May

Healthy Minds Matter event planned Tuesday at civic center

THE FOLLOWING was submitted by Karla Radicke, communications officer for Uvalde Memorial Hospital.

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. A topic that often carries a heavy stigma, mental health is neither a character flaw nor a weakness. Mental illness does not discriminate by age, race, religion or socio-economic status. It impacts a large number of people in communities across the globe and it is important that members of a community work together to overcome the stigma and educate people regarding mental illness. An educated community is a healthy community.

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Sun
14
May

Uvalde Memorial Hospital

Uvalde Memorial Hospital registered nurse Silvia Arias reviews brain functions with a group of students during the hospital’s HealthQuest event. The exhibit taught visitors about the brain stem, lobes and cerebellum, areas of the brain related to movement, hearing, touch, and personality; tumors and brain cancer; Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases; concussion; brain blood fl ow; aneurysm; epilepsy; meningitis; headaches; and ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

 

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Sun
14
May

Memories of late mothers etched in daughters’ minds

by KIMBERLY RUBIO

Army recruit Post wasn’t told of matriarch’s illness 

When former Uvalde resident Roxanne Post joined the United States Army in 2008 she had no idea her mother, Corina Ortega, was losing a battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Now, as Post prepares for her first Mother’s Day as an honoree, she reflects on her relationship with her mother and how their relationship has influenced her bond with 8-month-old son Kaleiali’i.

Post is the daughter of Salome Ortega and the late Corina Ortega. She has six siblings, including a fraternal twin. 

 

Tuberculosis claimed Noble’s mother, sister 

“My sisters and I would stand in the doorway, but we couldn’t go into her room. Mother could see us, but she wasn’t allowed to hug us.” Those were the words of 98-year-old Uvalde resident Jo Stevenson Noble as she poignantly recalled her family’s trips to Laws Sanitarium to visit her mother who had tuberculosis.

Sun
14
May

Proposed budget off target

County budget workshops set in July 

 

by MEGHANN GARCIA 

Whittling down the proposed general fund expenditures will be the goal when Uvalde County Commissioners meet this summer for a series of 2017-2018 budget workshops.

The proposed budget released last Monday includes requested general fund expenses of $15,106,801 and income that falls just under $1 million less. With proposed income of $14,182,328, commissioners will call on county department heads to justify their requests during the workshops, which are set July 10-12 at 6 p.m. each day.

 

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Sun
14
May

Delinquent taxpayers put on notice

Uvalde County Appraisal District will mail out approximately 3,800 tax notices on Wednesday in a final attempt to collect delinquent tax revenue. Any accounts not paid by July 1 will be turned over to a collection attorney who will begin foreclosure and seizure procedures by filing lawsuits.

Also on July 1, any unpaid accounts will be subject to an additional 15-percent fee, on top of penalties that began accruing after Jan. 31.

 

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Thu
11
May

Brazilian wins top prize at PBR event

By CHARLEY ROBINSON

Many of the top bull riders in the world competed in the sixthannual Cactus Jack Foundation PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour last weekend at the Uvalde County Fairplex Arena.

There were seven of the top 10 and 17 of the top 20 bull riders participating in the local event, which is becoming more popular each year in Uvalde. Attendance for the two-night event eclipsed the 5,000 mark.

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Thu
11
May

Convenience store confi scates funny money

When a woman attempted to pay for her merchandise with a fake $100 bill at Peter Rabbit’s, 638 S. Getty St., she was turned down and the faux bill was confiscated by the cashier.

The $100 bill replica and a copy of the store’s surveillance video was turned over to the Uvalde Police Department on April 13.

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