While Uvalde County elections administrator Melissa Jones gave county commissioners a lot to think about on Monday, the most enterprising suggestion was applying to become part of the Texas Legislature-approved countywide polling place program, which would allow any registered voter within Uvalde County to vote at any polling site, regardless of precinct, but require everyone to use electronic ballots.
Jones' other topics included a state inspector's visit to Uvalde on Nov. 8, changing a few polling sites, a demonstration of Hart voting systems, supporting implementation of online voter registration, and creating a new website for the county elections office.
City of Uvalde animal control officer Sammy Ibarra (hands pictured) holds a kitten freed from inside a wall behind Granada Apartment complex mailboxes, which are located near the front office. Uvalde Police, animal control officers, and apartment maintenance workers freed the animal, which was then taken to the city’s animal control facility. To adopt the kitten, check with the Humane Society of Uvalde.
Lower Colorado River Authority and Utopia Volunteer Emergency Medical Services Inc. will buy a new cardiac monitor/defibrillator with a $30,510 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative. The grant will enable the group to replace its 10-year-old defibrillator with one that has the newest life-saving technology.
Uvalde County game wardens recently charged 14 people with hunting dove, a migratory game bird, during closed season. The hunters bagged 156 doves, which were collected by game wardens and donated to area families in need. The incident occurred Friday, when game wardens observed the group of hunters on Farm-to-Market Road 1049 in Knippa.
Anthony “Lyno” Galindo, 27, has been missing since Jan. 17. According to his family, he was picked up from his Batesville residence by a cousin and two unidentified men between 9-10 p.m. that night and hasn’t been heard from since. Galindo has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet, 7 inches in height, and weighs just over 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing black shorts.
Finances and taxes highlighted the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District regular monthly board meeting held Monday night at Benson School. The board approved the 2015-2016 financial audit presented by Michael Del Toro and Jeremy Barbatto representing the San Antonio accounting firm ABIP. Concerning taxes, the board approved the resolution providing for a penalty to defray costs of collecting delinquent taxes, pursuant to Texas Property Tax Code Sections 33.07 and 33.08.
Following a 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting, Uvalde City Council designated the Uvalde Leader-News as the city’s official newspaper for legal notices and advertising. The city is required to designate an official newspaper for the publication of most ordinances adopted by city council and other official notices.
The Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show and Sale begins today and ends Saturday at the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. This year, 217 youngsters will present 634 exhibits. Last year, buyers spent a record-breaking $492,607 during the premium auction and commercial heifer sale.
As young parents, Janet Rodriguez and Donald “Mac” McLaughlin are faced with the difficult task of working full-time, attending college classes, and also co-parenting their 19-month-old son. Those burdens were amplified when their son was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute lymphoblastic leukemia last November. Since William Edward McLaughlin’s diagnosis, the child has undergone a spinal tap procedure and chemotherapy. He is receiving care at Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in San Antonio.
Employees with the city of Uvalde sanitation department flush sewer lines on West Main Street during a demonstration of the newly-purchased sewer truck. The $345,000 purchase was approved by council on Jan. 10, and the truck arrived in Uvalde on Wednesday.