Snakes are out: Reduce encounters around the house

It’s summertime, and like it or not, snakes are out. Last year, several news organizations reported an increase in the number of venomous snake bites in Texas and other states like North Carolina and Georgia. Rapid urbanization and higher-than-normal amounts of rain were blamed for the spike in bites, especially since they were occurring more frequently in suburban areas. Maureen […]

Pastor’s Column: Sins of the past have lasting effects

Some time ago, the Uvalde Leader-News published an article that included an excerpt from a report originally published on June 1, 1923. The article explained that members of the Ku Klux Klan participated in a worship service at First Baptist and that the pastor of First Baptist was a member of the KKK. We were deeply grieved to learn these […]

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Five competitors earn two first-place finishes

The Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club will top off its 2020 summer season with a big week of competition. Tuesday night, the UYRC will host its final points night, while the UYRC’s 57th-annual youth rodeo will be conducted Friday and Saturday. The youth rodeo action will be staged in the Uvalde County Arena at the Fairplex. Five competitors won two events […]

Cost of human life: Weighing units of life, death

When I was in school, I spent a lot of time on my buddy John’s ranch between Castroville and Hondo. His family let people hunt there, but only with permission. One day his dad came across a strange car with out-of-state plates down by the tank. He wanted John to go with him to investigate. I went, too. I was […]

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Councilmen hear about glass pipe sales, fees for brush pickup

Two local residents addressed Uvalde City Council on Tuesday, one asking to modify an ordinance prohibiting certain sales of glass pipes and one asking for an explanation of city brush removal charges. The comments were delivered when council met at 6 p.m. at city hall. Eric Hill, proprietor of Smoking Hills Tobacco Inc., 524 W. Main St., spoke to council […]

Letter to the editor: Learn from history

I had the opportunity to read the Letters to the Editor section of the Uvalde Leader-News recently with an editorial titled, ‘Statue Brings Dishonor.’ I think after reading it and the Letters to the Editor section that Ms. Vicki Hagen said it best, “you cannot have freedom without history. One cannot view the past through the lenses of the present. […]

It’s a girl! Heard

Lacey and Colin Heard of Uvalde announce the birth of their daughter, Rebecca June Heard, on July 10, 2020, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 8.4 ounces, and measured 19 inches in length. Rebecca is welcomed by two siblings, 11-year-old Sarah Heard, and 4-year-old Calvert Heard. Paternal grandparents are Annell and Wyatt Heard of Uvalde. To submit a […]

Snakes seeking heat relief, too


With the heat index hitting 110 on multiple occasions last week, snakes and other animals are seeking shelter. Uvalde animal control officers Pete Alvarez and Sam Ibarra have been called out to deal with reptiles that include snakes on about 10 occasions over the past two weeks. Their subjects have included non-venomous indigo and bull snakes as well as the […]

Flights to Furever T-shirts help bring in funds

Those looking to show off their support of the Humane Society of Uvalde Flights to Furever program may now purchase a T-shirt for $25 to help raise money to transport unwanted Uvalde pooches to forever homes via New York-based animal rescue partners. The program, staffed by volunteers, has transported 1,395 dogs, over approximately seven years, to new homes. The official […]