Youngsters earn $679K at sale

Livestock show sale breaks last year’s record Melissa Federspill Staff writer This year, the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show and Sale celebrated two milestones: 80 years of supporting youth in agriculture and a record-breaking sale total of $679,625. This year’s stock show was the accomplishment of countless volunteers, students, and families. The three-day event ended Saturday with the auction. Parents […]

Pre-teen accused of murder to be confined for another 10 days

Kimberly Rubio Assistant editor Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell ruled in favor of a 10-day detainment of the 12-year-old Uvalde resident accused of killing 24-year-old professional boxer John Van Meter in the doorway of his home last week. Mitchell made the ruling Monday afternoon. At the end of the 10 days, the boy will be the subject of another hearing […]

Coyotes place second in powerlift

For the second Saturday in a row, the Uvalde Coyotes placed second in powerlifting competition in Uvalde High School’s Harvey Kinchlow Gym. Coach Frank Gonzales’ Coyotes racked up 32 points to place second behind the Somerset Bulldogs, who totaled 65 points in the team points rankings. Carrizo Springs finished a distant third with 19 points. Two Uvaldeans, Gavin Vara and […]

Uvalde girls place fifth in powerlift

The Uvalde Lobos had only five athletes competing in the Uvalde High School powerlifting meet last Saturday, but they finished in fifth place with 15 team points. Avery Contreras had the highest individual finish for the Lobos. She placed second in the girls’ 165-pound weight class with a total lift of 815 pounds. She lifted 345 pounds in the squat, […]

UHS mariachi musicians pack in crowds

Gabriela Gomez UHS Journalism The Uvalde community has long embraced mariachi music. The high school auditorium is always packed for mariachi concerts.  Uvalde High School mariachi director Veronica Ramirez has an opinion as to why this form of music is so popular in the community. “I think mariachi is unique because it has a more personal sound, in a different […]

Johnny Buentello

Johnny Buentello Johnny Buentello, 50, of Uvalde died on Jan. 29, 2019, in Uvalde. He was born on Nov. 28, 1968, in Del Rio to Martha Alicia Buentello and Juan Jose Rivera. He was preceded in death by his father, and brother, David Ibarra III. Buentello is survived by his mother; two brothers, Josue Ibarra and wife, Claudia, and Sammy […]

Cruz A. Gutierrez

Cruz A. Gutierrez Cruz Arturo (Chacho) Gutierrez, 75, of Uvalde died on Jan. 25, 2019, at his residence. He was born on May 3, 1943, in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, to Guadalupe (Gutierrez) and Arturo Gutierrez. He married Inocencia Ruiz on Feb. 9, 1963, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 55 years; son, Oscar Arturo Gutierrez and wife, […]

Jeanette H. Hunter

Jeanette H. Hunter Jeanette Holsomback Hunter, 90, of Austin, Texas, passed away on Nov. 28, 2018. She was born on Jan. 20, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas. She was raised in Crystal City, Texas, and is predeceased by her father Bruce Holsomback, her mother Eva Holsomback, and sister Mary Jo Harper. She was valedictorian of her high school class. She […]

Victoriana Padilla

Victoriana Padilla Victoriana Padilla, 88, of Uvalde died on Jan. 30, 2019, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

John D. Van Meter 

John D. Van Meter  John Duane Van Meter, 24, of Uvalde died on Jan. 23, 2019, in Uvalde. He was born on Dec. 20, 1994, in Fountain Valley, California, to Rebecca (Cardona) and John Van Meter. The family says his greatest joy in life was boxing. Starting at the age of 10, he brought home two gold medals in the […]