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Pennsylvania bakers sending thousands of cookies

A group with ties to Monongahela, Pennsylvania, located about 17 miles southeast of Pittsburg, will be in Uvalde June 26-27 to give away thousands of cookies, stuffed animals, handwritten notes and 150 copies of the book “Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss.” The group will set up in the banquet hall at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sunday […]

‘Cowboy’ consoles community

Melissa Federspill
Staff Writer

The cowboy, as he is known, came to Uvalde shortly after learning about the May 24 tragedy at Robb Elementary, to lend an ear to those in need. He was here about 22 days before leaving on June 20, sitting outdoors day and night, exposed to the elements at the corner of Main and Grove streets.  His given name is […]

Eight locals to help decide course of $13M distribution

Ten people, including eight local residents, have been named to the steering committee that will oversee distribution of what is so far more than $13 million collected for victims of the Robb Elementary School mass shooting on May 24, 2022. The steering committee’s first working session took place Wednesday, June 22. Members plan to receive public input via town hall […]

City rejects Arredondo’s request for council leave

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

Uvalde City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a leave of absence to newly-elected District 3 councilman Pete Arredondo. In a meeting held at the Willie De Leon Civic Center instead of city hall, due to public interest, Councilman Ernest W. “Chip” King III made the motion to deny the leave, and Councilman Everardo “Lalo” Zamora offered the second.  […]

Mayor lambasts DPS, others

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

Visibly frustrated, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. said on Tuesday that Texas Department of Public Safety has not briefed local authorities on ongoing investigations into the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting, and he feels that DPS director Col. Steven McCraw is manipulating information. Asked what he felt McCraw’s agenda might be, McLaughlin replied, “That’s what I’d like to know. […]

UCISD fields outrage

Melissa Federspill
Staff Writer

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees did not levy disciplinary action against school police chief Pete Arredondo or act on school safety initiatives Monday despite hearing nearly 45 minutes of scathing testimony from people who lost children and parents in the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of marketing and communications for UCISD, […]

McCraw: Delay put officers’ lives before children

Craig Garnett
Editor/Publisher

The 77-minute delay in entering the Robb classrooms where 19 students and two teachers were murdered on May 24 represented a textbook example of command breakdown, according to testimony delivered Tuesday by state police director Steven McCraw. “We have compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything […]

Writer Don Piper to speak in Uvalde this week

Baptist Temple Church of Uvalde will host Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven,” Wednesday, June 22, at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public and styled as a “Hope for Uvalde Recovery Rally.” Piper will give away 110 copies of his book, 60 in Spanish and 50 in English. According to promotional materials released to the […]

Garcia, Mireles recognized on fallen educators’ monument

On Friday, Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, the two Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District fourth-grade co-teachers who died on May 24 when a gunman opened fire in their Robb Elementary School classroom, were honored in a ceremony memorializing fallen educators. The ceremony was held at the National Memorial to Fallen Educators, located at Emporia State University in Kansas. Their names […]

UCISD receiving $1.5M federal grant

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the district’s immediate needs following the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary. The grant funding, from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Project SERV, or School Emergency Response to Violence, may be used for activities that help restore a sense of […]


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