Thirty-five Uvalde Police Department employees, including officers, dispatchers and administrative staff, have undergone training to use three recently-purchased automated external defibrillators. As they are often the first to respond to incidents, including cardiac emergencies, UPD Lt. Daniel Rodriguez said whether the responding officer has the equipment
Dozens of volunteers gathered at the Willie De Leon Civic Center on Tuesday night to prepare for the 33rd-annual Luv Ya Uvalde Thanksgiving luncheon, and the following day hundreds people enjoyed the fruits of that labor. The holiday meal consisted of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, a beverage, and pumpkin pie.
At the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board meeting held Nov. 14, Medina Electric Cooperative donated $1,000 to the school district. Katie Haby, communications specialist at Medina Electric, presented the check. The cooperative serves 17 counties in Texas. Making the decision to donate to UCISD was an easy choice to make, said Haby, as the monetary donation fit within two of their principles: concern for community and education, training and information.
Volunteers with Luv Ya Uvalde, including members of the Uvalde High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, debone turkey in preparation for the 33rd-annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Preparations took place Tuesday and the luncheon was held Wednesday at the Willie De Leon Civic Center.
From pets to the opportunity for an education, Uvalde residents say they have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. Susan Rios, manger of the Willie De Leon Civic Center and Main Street Uvalde program, said she is thankful for God, her husband, family, health and cats.
After five years with the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce, executive director Olivia Rish has resigned from the position. Rish was hired in 2011. Under her direction, the chamber’s membership increased by 150 members. The organization also began utilizing the nationally- used MyChamber App with the intent of placing the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce on the map for tourism and economic development.
Jeffrey Gonzales, 27, of Uvalde, was arrested Thursday on an indictment for criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child. The charges come nearly five months after the July death of his 4-year-old son Azriel Gonzales. Gonzales was also charged with resisting arrest, search or transport. He was taken to the Uvalde County Jail, where as of Wednesday he remained.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board of trustees held an open forum during their Nov. 14 meeting, when, because a number of people wished to address the board on the same topic, a lone representative was chosen to speak for the group. “I am the parent of a kinder[garten] student and we’ve been hearing reports of daily aggressive behavior,” Myra Gonzales, the mother of a Batesville kindergarten student, told the board. Gonzales, who also works as a substitute teacher for UCISD, said that a letter from school administration went out campus-wide explaining that violent behavior should not be tolerated and noted that the board had been notified of the issue during an Oct. 17 meeting.
A trip to the grocery store led to an overnight stay in the Uvalde County Jail for four women who were involved in a physical altercation in the deli section at H-E-B. Sobeida Lara, 31, Maricruz Martinez, 28, Lucy Alvarez, 50, and Desire Vasquez, 26, were arrested for a public order crime. The incident occurred Sunday at approximately 4:05 p.m., when Uvalde Police Department Officers were dispatched to the East Main Street business for a report of a fight in progress.
The city of Uvalde Sports Complex will be open to the public today and tomorrow in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Park hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The complex is located off of Garner Field Road. For more information, call 830-278-3315.