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Thu
15
Jun

Morgan wins FSB essay contest

First State Bank of Uvalde has given a nice boost to the savings accounts for three area students who won first through third place in an essay contest. The students each received $300 for a First State Bank of Uvalde Young Savers Account.

Students were prompted to write an essay on how to make wise purchase decisions when dealing with wants versus needs.

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Thu
15
Jun

SWTJC board meeting set today

Consideration of the 2017-2018 operating budget and salary recommendations highlight the Southwest Texas Junior College trustees’ agenda for today’s 7 p.m. meeting in Uvalde.

The board conducted a budget workshop last week and are expected to act on the item during this agenda. During the workshop, SWTJC President Hector Gonzales informed the board about a proposed slight salary increase for faculty and staff through two step increases in the pay scale. The board is also expected to approve a tuition increase.

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Tue
13
Jun

Griffin resigns as UHS athletic director

Uvalde High School athletic director/head football coach Gary Griffin has resigned from the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. 

 

The Brackettville Independent School Districted voted unanimously Monday night to hire Griffin to fill the vacant Brackett ISD athletic director position.

 

UCISD trustees approved Griffin’s most recent contract on June 1, and Griffin returned said contract on June 7. The school district issued a press release at the close of business on Tuesday to announced Griffin's resignation. 

 

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

Mon
12
Jun

Harris Ranch uses resin to suppress dust

Uvalde Leader-News photo by Lane Riggs: Workers with PennzSuppress spray a road at Harris Ranch on June 7 to demonstrate how the product locks in dust.

 

by Lane Riggs, staff writer

Australians, Colombians and Peruvians were at the Harris Ranch last week for a two-day demonstration on suppressing road dust via an application of eco-friendly paraffin resin.

John Sewell, who manages the Uvalde/Kinney county ranch, engaged PennzSuppress of Grand Prairie to demonstrate to 30 visitors on June 7-8 how to suppress the dust on unpaved roads. The company demonstrated on the main road, from the gate to the house.

The application will last roughly one year.

Sun
11
Jun

Leaving children in vehicle can be fatal

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

So far this year, the Uvalde Police Department has not received reports of children left unattended in a non-idling vehicle. It’s an improvement from last year when by July the department had received two reports.

According to the department, whether it is done accidentally or intentionally, the end result of leaving a child inside of a non-idling motor vehicle can be fatal and carry serious legal consequences.

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Sun
11
Jun

Harris Ranch receives prestigious conservation award

By LANE RIGGS

The 2017 Outstanding Lone Star Land Steward was given last month to the Harris Ranch, located in Uvalde and Kinney counties. The annual award recognizes and honors private landowners in Texas for their contributions to natural resource conservation and management. Out of 254 counties in Texas, 15 environmentallyfriendly ranches are nominated, and only eight win.

“Every day I wake up, I can’t believe I live this life,” ranch manager John Sewell said. “It’s just awesome.”

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Sun
11
Jun

Don’t text and drive

A statewide ban on texting while driving will go into effect Sept. 1.

According to the ban, under HB 62, a driver may not read, write or send an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is stopped. If a motorist is cited and found guilty, the offense is punishable by a fine of between $25 and $99 for a first offense and at least $100 and not more than $200 for repeat offenders.

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Sun
11
Jun

Deputy nabs naked, machete-wielding man near Garner Park

By KIMBERLY RUBIO

Early Thursday morning, a Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a rest area near Concan where a naked man was reportedly wielding a machete. When the deputy arrived, however, the 38-year-old suspect had set aside the machete for a sex toy.

Zachary Mauel, of 1310 Walter White Road in Leakey, was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

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Sun
11
Jun

Fowler is longtime star at UHS

By KAYLA DE LA CRUZ

Uvalde High School teacher Sharon Fowler is an icon at the school – a walking, talking history book, not just of the school but also of the community.

Fowler started teaching 35 years ago at Flores, which was the junior high school at the time. She was just 20 years old. This year, she completed 33 years of teaching at the high school.

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Sun
11
Jun

UCISD free meals will include salad, fruit

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, in partnership with Southwest Foodservice Excellence, will offer fullystocked salad and fruit bars as part of the free breakfasts and lunches throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

The program, which includes every student, is called the Community Eligibility Provision and UCISD qualified 100 percent for the service.

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