2020-12-17

UCISD reorganizing some schools

Anthon designated as new dual language campus


Starting in August, Anthon Elementary will be transformed into a dual language academy, housing pre-K through sixth-grade dual language students. It will be led by Abraham Contreras, who is currently the principal at Robb Elementary. “Abraham Contreras will take his creativity, his planning, his vision and goal-setting experience in opening the dual language academy,” said UCISD Superintendent Hal Harrell, who […]

Shirley I. Hughes

Shirley I. Hughes Shirley Irma Hughes, 73, of Uvalde died on Dec. 12, 2020, at University Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on Oct. 4, 1947, in San Diego, California, to Christina C. (Lasarenza) and Ira Loyd Robinson. She married Donald Hughes in Uvalde on Aug. 4, 1970. She is survived by her husband of 50 years of Uvalde; […]

Manuel G. Vara Jr.

Manuel G. Vara Jr. Manuel Gonzalez Vara Jr., 85, of Uvalde died on Dec. 8, 2020, at his residence in Uvalde. Vara Jr. was born in Uvalde, on May 10, 1935, to Ramona Gonzalez and Manuel Vara Sr. He is survived by wife, Felice Vara of Uvalde; four sons, Mark Vara and wife, Christine, and Raymond Vara and wife, Kimberly, […]

Sheriff lauds deputy with Bronze Star for bravery



Uvalde County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Gonzales on Tuesday was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and bravery in the line of duty, as well as a commemorative plaque, at an awards ceremony hosted by Sheriff Charles Mendeke. Deputy Kevin Carr spoke of the Feb. 22, 2020, incident where Gonzales pursued and then exchanged gunfire with a subject, who turned out […]

Joe A. Lopez

Joe A. Lopez Joe Anthony Lopez, 51, of Lake Hills, formerly of Uvalde, went to rest in peace with God on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Lake Hills. Joe Anthony Lopez was born in Uvalde, on Jan. 27, 1969, to Rodolfo Saucedo Lopez and Leticia Cuellar Lopez. He was preceded in death by his father, Rodolfo Saucedo Lopez; and brother, […]

Patricia Sturm

Patricia Sturm Patricia Sturm, 70, of Indiana died on Dec. 15, 2020, in Indiana. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Dec. 29, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment following at La Pryor Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.

Reading encourages COVID-19 vaccinations



Uvalde Health Authority Dr. Jared Reading is advocating anyone offered the chance to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so. With the first vaccine, created by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, approved for emergency use on Dec. 11, initial shipments are being made across the nation. “The vaccine will first be given to those most at risk […]

Commissioners select UCISD trustee Sanchez as Pct. 6 JP



Uvalde County Commissioners have appointed Roland Sanchez to fill an unexpired two-year term as Precinct 6 Justice of the Peace. The announcement came shortly before noon on Monday after commissioners held an hour-long closed session to discuss the matter. Other candidates considered for the office included Robert Moss, Diego Ovalle and Mario A. Valdez. Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell said […]

Governor rescinds vehicle registration waiver

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s temporary waiver for vehicle registrations will end April 14, 2021, with Texans having through the end of that day to complete overdue transactions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Abbott issued orders on March 16 granting a temporary extension to obtain initial or renewal of vehicle registration or titling, and renewal of a permanent disabled parking placard. […]

Ismael Sosa

Ismael Sosa Ismael Sosa, 75, of Uvalde died on Dec. 15, 2020, in San Antonio. Visitation will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral arrangements are pending, and a complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.