The 13th-annual HUGS, Helping Uvalde’s Grieving Survivors, candle-lighting ceremony is slated Sunday. The event, which is held in remembrance of children who have died, will be held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom at Southwest Texas Junior College.
After being deployed in Turkey for nine months with the U.S. Air Force, Technical Sergeant Robert Quiñones returned home, surprising his oldest daughter, Abigail, at her Winter Wonderland Ball at Anthon Elementary.
Abigail’s mother, Brittney, a member of the parent teacher organization at Anthon, worked to keep the reunion a surprise. Quiñones actually returned to Uvalde at 1 a.m. on Dec. 1, the day of the ball, and stayed in a hotel for the day.
Abigail, dressed in a black and gold dress – her blonde hair pulled up with a bow – was unaware of her father who was waiting just outside the cafeteria doors.
Quiñones was announced over the DJ microphone and Abigail came running through the crowd to hug her father.
After hearing written comments from two area school districts, the Uvalde County Appraisal District’s (UCAD) board of directors voted to adopt their proposed budget for 2017. Two line items are at the heart of a $262,457 increase over last year’s total expenses of $806,815, leaving the district with a total budget of $1,069,272. The single largest hike in expenses comes in the form of salaries, which have gone from $375,662 in 2016 to $554,074 for the upcoming year – an increase of $178,412.
Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred Thursday night and Friday morning in Knippa and Sabinal. All burglarized vehicles were left unlocked. The first call came in at 2 a.m., when deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Avenue D in Knippa.
Uvalde Leader-News publisher Craig Garnett will be the keynote speaker at the special Pearl Harbor Day Observance to be held at the Uvalde County Courthouse on Wednesday.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the west lawn of the courthouse building. The ceremony will mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into World War II.
Garnett, who has won numerous regional and state journalism awards for his columns and editorials, is a fierce advocate for the nation’s veterans.
As first responders survey the scene, a Dodge Ram 1500 (front) sits damaged in front of the second vehicle involved in two-vehicle crash on Highway 90 east of Uvalde. The collision occurred Friday afternoon.
Sentencing has been reset to Jan. 13, 2017, at 9 a.m. for Joshua David Luna, 25, of Uvalde, who last year was arrested on numerous counts of sexual conduct with a child under the age of 14, possessing child pornography, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. The hearing will be held at the Uvalde County Justice Center and Jail. Luna faces up to 40 years in prison plus a $5,000 fine.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were dispatched twice over the past 10 days. One of the calls was for a vehicle crash that turned into two as fire department members arrived. On Thursday at 10:41 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a business at 421 E. Main St. for a broken sprinkler head on a fire suppression system. The equipment was repaired and firefighters were back at the station at 11:25 a.m.