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Locals asking Oasis Outback to halt some gun sales

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition urging Oasis Outback LLC to halt the sale of any semi-automatic rifles and ammunition after the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting that resulted in 21 deaths. The 18-year-old gunman legally obtained two assault-style rifles, including the Daniel Defense gun he used at the school, by purchasing them and picking them […]

ABC project focuses on impact, healing from Robb tragedy

The usual trajectory for mass shooting coverage involves an invasion by the national media, followed by a hasty retreat. ABC News has a different concept for Uvalde. With a project called “Uvalde: 365,” the company plans to remain for a year, reporting on the community’s “struggles” and “triumphs” in the wake of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary. […]

Rec center in works

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

Plans to raise $25 million to build a community center in Uvalde are underway, and Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. said about $1.6 million of the total has already been raised. McLaughlin said actual construction of the center may run about $15 million, but organizers hope to create an operations endowment, ensuring that it will be community-based and funded for the […]

Robb staff refuting mother’s rescue claims

FREE Melissa Federspill
Staff Writer

 Multiple Robb Elementary School employees are speaking out against claims made by Angeli Rose Gomez, the non-custodial mother of two campus students, regarding alleged heroics during the May 24, 2022, mass shooting. Gomez has been featured on television news stations saying that a U.S. Marshal at the school that day detained her, even handcuffing her, before she was able to […]

Romero announces reelection bid

Announcing her candidacy for reelection, Uvalde County Clerk Valerie Del Toro Romero says that over the past six months, her staff has indexed, scanned, and digitized 7,582 records, including military discharge forms, birth and death certificates dating back to the early 1900s. In August of 2020, a new case management system converted 135 years of data, including property records recorded […]

Dryin’ time again as region bakes

Melissa Federspill
Staff Writer

This is the third-driest year on record for Uvalde County in nearly 100 years, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which tracks drought conditions back to 1928. The majority of the county is considered “exceptional” or “extreme,” per the Texas Water Development Board, and less than 3 percent of the state remains drought-free. During an exceptional drought, there is widespread […]

Mayah Zamora leaves hospital

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

Nine weeks after the Robb Elementary school shooting, the last patient hospitalized, Mayah Nicole Zamora, 10, was released on July 29. She departed University Health Hospital in San Antonio with much fanfare, including a victory lap where she handed roses to hospital staff. Mayah posed briefly for photos in front of a stretch limousine before she and her family were […]

No date yet for Arredondo job hearing

Ten days and counting after Uvalde school district officials canceled a special meeting called to terminate school police chief Pete Arredondo’s employment with cause, his lawyer is requesting a termination hearing, but a date has not been set. The initial hearing request was for it to occur within two weeks of July 23. “The district proposed to reschedule the termination […]

Reyes refutes assertion that door lock was working properly

Craig Garnett
Editor/Publisher

An attorney representing Robb Elementary teacher Arnulfo Reyes has refuted assertions that there was nothing preventing the teacher’s classroom door from locking properly on the day of the May 24 mass shooting. Robb principal Mandy Gutierrez was placed on administrative leave effective July 25 as a result of security lapses spelled out in a Texas House investigative committee report. Among […]

Uvalde in Stage 3 water restrictions

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

About six weeks after implementing drought-based conservation measures, the Edwards Aquifer Authority declared Stage 3 water restrictions for Uvalde on July 27, requiring the city to reduce pumping by 20 percent. The stages, which range up to Stage 5, are based on the 10-day average reading of the Uvalde Pool, as measured by the J-27 index well in Uvalde. For […]


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