King: Officials committed to solving border crisis

Last Thursday, along with many other local elected officials, I attended Governor Abbott’s Border Security Summit in Del Rio. The Summit consisted of three consecutive meetings. At 3 p.m. he met with law enforcement, at 4 p.m., he met with elected county officials, and at 5 p.m., with landowners. I was at all three meetings. In an earlier meeting yesterday […]

Tax value of single-family homes jumps by $31 million

The preliminary market value of single family homes in Uvalde County increased 10.65 percent or $96.1 million, up to $998.7 million in 2021 as compared to 2020, while the preliminary taxable value rose to $889.3 million, up 3.61 percent or $31 million. There is also more housing stock this year, with Uvalde County Appraisal District reporting 9,029 single family residence […]

County looking to renew immigrant transport contract

Tomorrow, Uvalde County Commissioners will discuss renewing an ongoing interlocal agreement with Southwest Area Regional Transit District to provide transportation services to undocumented immigrants should the U.S. Border Patrol again begin releasing them in Uvalde. Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell said no immigrants are currently being released in Uvalde, but groups are being released in other border towns and he […]

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Local COVID-19 cases decrease by half in recent months

Uvalde County cases of COVID-19 have been falling by about 50 percent each month since April, and  Uvalde Health Authority official Dr. Jared Reading expects the trend to continue, stating there is an high level of immunity in the county largely due to vaccination efforts. “Between the natural infections and the vaccinations in the county we have an excellent level […]

Children need you to step up

All too often, we hear tragic stories involving abused or neglected children. The news bulletins aren’t isolated to big cities or other states, but often these cases happen right here in Uvalde County. If you have ever wished you could speak up for those children, the opportunity is here. Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer coordinator Ramona Southward is busy […]

Soccer Camp this week

Soccer will be the featured sport for a youth sports camp sponsored by the Consolidated Independent School District this week. Camp will begin Tuesday and will run through Thursday at the the Uvalde High School soccer field. The event, for boys and girls who are incoming fourth-graders up to ninth-graders, will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each […]

Doing what is right isn’t always assured

On a dusty, dangerous road three men are given a test. Two of them fail; one passes. The test is a test of compassion. Are tests being given to us today? We read stories in the media of people having medical emergencies or being attacked, and someone comes to their aid; others, casting a blind eye, walk right on by. […]

Burkes Outlet opening soon

The grand opening of the Burkes Outlet Uvalde store is set June 24, and the business will be giving away a $100 gift card via prize drawing that day. The outlet store, which also has two San Antonio locations, sells toys, clothing, shoes, handbags, home accessories, beauty products and more. Located at 2326 E. Main St., occupying the former Bealls […]

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Thanks given Many thanks to Jaden Shimp who coordinated the “Clean up Knippa” event on Saturday, June 5, and to the large group of volunteers who assisted with the project. Their efforts helped people in Knippa dispose of a huge amount of trash. Thanks also to Uvalde County for providing the large trash containers. The operation was very well organized […]