by Meghann Garcia, managing editor Community volunteer extraordinaire Javier Flores is only 37, but he’s packed a lifetime's worth of volunteerism in his three-plus decades in Sabinal; on Thursday, that community mindedness was recognized by U.S. Congressman Will Hurd, representative for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.
Hurd presented Flores with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition during a brief ceremony held at 1 p.m. at Sabinal City Hall.
“This is for what you do when you work officially and all the volunteer work that you do,” Hurd said to Flores before handing over the commemorative certificate. “This is a great opportunity for me to say thank you and to highlight an awesome citizen of this district.”
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer He’s not quite 2 years old, but Elijah Gonzalez is poised to receive the second gift of a lifetime via El Progreso Memorial Library’s 3-D printer.
In June of 2015, when Elijah was 7 months old, his occupational therapist partnered with El Progreso Memorial Library to create a prosthesis for the boy’s left arm by utilizing the library’s newly purchased 3-D printer and thermoplastic.
Having outgrown his first prosthesis and still too small for a bionic arm – which Elijah is set to receive after he turns 4 – it’s time for a new one.
The appendage is estimated to take 18 hours to construct as it is slightly larger than the first, which took 15 hours to assemble.
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer The average cost to house an inmate in the Uvalde County Jail is $20 per day and, according to Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke, former inmate Cel’ves Cook was no different. Using that formula, the estimated cost for Cook – who was confined in the jail for 967 days – is $19,340 for his nearly three-year stay.
On Sept. 23, Cook was released from the jail on a personal recognizance bond. Prior to Cook’s release, Mendeke said he had no previous outstanding medical costs. However, during his time as an inmate, Cook – who was indicted on capital murder charges for the 2011 death of 4-year-old Davaughn Rodriguez – was diagnosed with an unspecified medical condition that will require long-term medical care.
Uvalde High School instructor Calvin Lambert is one of three Texas educators being considered as the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. The final determination will be made Friday in the Austin Room on the third floor of the Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.
Two Uvalde teens were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio Thursday following a two-car collision on U.S. Highway 83 South. The crash happened just before 6 p.m. A preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, indicates that a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling south on the roadway as a 2002 Ford Escort
Don Laffere, (right) chairman of the Uvalde County Republican Party, greets Uvalde County Precinct One Justice of the Peace Steven T. Kennedy (left) at the grand opening of the Uvalde County Republican Party headquarters in the former Bank of America building, located at 220 E. Main St. The grand opening took place on Thursday.
U.S. Congressman Will Hurd, who represents the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, will be at Sabinal City Hall today at 1 p.m. to present Sabinal resident Javier Flores with a certificate of appreciation. Flores, who has served as a city councilman in Sabinal since May 2015, is an EMT and director of Sabinal Emergency Medical Services.
Flores began volunteering with Sabinal EMS while still in high school.
He is a member of the Sabinal Lions Club and of Team FOCUS (Follow Our Christ Unto Salvation), which hosts an annual community Thanksgiving dinner free to the public. He is also a referee for the Sabinal Flag Football League.
Flores is past president of the Sabinal Chamber of Commerce and also volunteers with the annual National Night Out event. He is a member of the community’s Neighborhood Watch program and was recently appointed to the campus improvement team at Sabinal Elementary School.