Maria M. Servantes
Maria Magdalena “Maggie” Servantes, 72, of Uvalde died on Jan. 19, 2022, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Visitation will begin today at 5 p.m., and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A celebration of life Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Alfredo M. Urbina Jr.
Alfredo Mauricio Urbina Jr., 51, of Uvalde died on Jan. 24, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles […]uvaldeleadernews.com
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Leonor Severa Lucio Padilla, 91, of Uvalde died on Jan. 20, 2022, surrounded by family at St. David’s Hospital in Austin. Visitation began yesterday at 5 p.m. and a rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated today at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Nancy M. Caballero
Nancy Martinez Caballero, 59, passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones on Jan. 19, 2022, at Methodist Hospital San Antonio, after a courageous battle with Lupus and kidney disease. Nancy was born to Larry and Linda Martinez on July 20, 1962, in Uvalde, Texas. Her high school years were spent in both Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Uvalde, Texas. She […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Edwin W. Brannum
Edwin Wayne Brannum of Gilmer, Texas, formerly of Uvalde, passed away Jan. 17, 2022, in Longview, Texas, at the age of 58. He was born July 20, 1963, in McKinney, Texas, to Edward and Jo Helen Brannum. Edwin was employed by Sky Lin Services LLC in Keithville, Louisiana. He always loved hunting and fishing, and he also enjoyed gardening and […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirms first pediatric admission for COVID-19
The <a href="https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/07/23/how-worried-should-we-be-about-the-delta-variant-university-health-expert-has-answers-to-latest-faqs/" target="_blank">COVID-19 delta variant surge</a> continues to severely impact children across the state of Texas, including in Uvalde County.
Uvalde County health officials push vaccine education as infections rise
Uvalde Health officials are taking steps to increase the vaccination rates as an increase in cases continues. Health officials say they're working with area health providers, schools and other community members to make the vaccines more readily available.
Uvalde residents voice concerns about increase in migrant border crossings
UVALDE, Texas – Like the rest of the southern border, the U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector is also seeing an increase of migrants crossing the border. Some Uvalde residents are voicing concerns and say migrants have caused property damage. Think about the guys that are on the border,” Sewell said. “I have some encounter with either the Border Patrol or illegal traffic at least four times a week, if not 10 times a week,” Sewell said. In the last fiscal year, which ended in February, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended 6,438 families and 2,410 unaccompanied children.
Human smuggling cases on the rise in Uvalde, law enforcement says
In Uvalde, which is less than two hours away from San Antonio, law enforcement is reporting an increase of human smuggling cases. We’ve dealt with 35 (human) smuggling cases,” said Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco. The Uvalde Police Department and the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office have been working closely with the U.S. Border Patrol. It’s not leaving them with anything or the county,” Rodriguez said. Uvalde County measures 40 miles by 40 miles.
H-E-B stores remove limits on bread, milk, meat items following winter storm crisis
H-E-B partner confirmed positive for COVID-19, store officials saySAN ANTONIO – All H-E-B stores have returned to normal operating hours and product purchasing limits have been reduced following the dangerous wintry conditions that spread across the region just weeks ago. Items such as bakery bread, tortillas, milk, and all meat items are no longer being limited for customers, according to the grocery chain’s website. Listed below are H-E-B’s current product purchasing limits:Food items (all H-E-B stores, does not apply to Joe V’s Smart Shop stores in Houston)Water Gallons – Limit 2Water multipack – Limit 2Baby Water Gallons – Limit 2Baby Water multipack – Limit 2Ice – Limit 2Food items (only for H-E-B stores in the Border area)Eggs (smaller than 30 count) – Limit 2Eggs (count 30 or larger) – Limit 1Non-food items (all H-E-B stores)Paper towels – Limit 2 (does not apply to Joe V’s Smart Shop stores in Houston)Propane Tanks – Limit 2Aerosol disinfectant sprays – 2 items(Isopropyl) Alcohol swabs – 2 itemsFirst Aid and Cleaning Gloves – 2 itemsTrial & Travel Size Disinfectant Wipes/Sprays – Limit 2Charcoal – Limit 2Real-time updates to store hours and operations can be found on H-E-B Newsroom at heb.com/newsroom. This article will be continuously updated. Check back for the latest information.
Alright, alright, alright: Matthew McConaughey chats with Jen Tobias-Struski about new book, growing up in South Texas
SAN ANTONIO – You know the name and most of us know his Texas ties. “Born in Uvalde, raised in Longview, and went to school in Austin,” Academy Award-winning actor, Matthew McConaughey said, recalling his youth in South Texas during a chat with SA Live’s Jen Tobias-Struski. Ad“So I would have to get them pulled, and that was the road trip to San Antonio from Uvalde when I was a young kid,” McConaughey said. So I’d cry, but I’d get a yogurt on the way home.”McConaughey said he had tubes in his ears seven times. During the interview, McConaughey also talked about trying to get acting roles in San Antonio, and he recalled the story of what led to one of his most famous lines, “Alright, alright, alright,” from the movie “Dazed and Confused.”That story and the extended interview are in the video above.
San Antonio-area Rep. Tony Gonzales upsets some with photos of maskless Uvalde livestock show
San Antonio-area Rep. Tony Gonzales left many folks upset after posting photos of a maskless livestock show in Uvalde. The Texas Republican uploaded the images to his Facebook page on Saturday, writing "Great time at the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show." The photos showed crowds of people standing and talking to each other with no masks on, including Gonzales himself. Richard Williams, President of the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show, told MySA.com masks were not required due to them keeping the doors open at the Uvalde County Fairplex Building, which is 171,00 square feet. Mayor of Uvalde Don McLaughlin told MySA.com he was told by livestock show officials that social distancing was enforced.mysanantonio.com
Suspect considered armed, dangerous arrested after leading deputies on pursuit, sheriff says
UVALDE, Texas – Update:A suspect that was considered armed and dangerous is now in custody after leading sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit, according to the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said the suspect was apprehended one mile west of Ranch Creek. The suspect is accused of leading deputies on a pursuit and firing gunshots toward them. Original:Seven people were arrested and a suspect that is considered armed and dangerous is still at large following a pursuit with Uvalde County sheriff’s deputies, the sheriff’s office said. Related: Woman killed, 3 Harris County deputies injured in shooting outside nightclub, officials say
San Antonio, surrounding areas are getting thousands of COVID-19 vaccines this week. Here’s where they’re going.
Dozens of hospitals, urgent care clinics and H-E-B pharmacies in Bexar County are slated to receive 30,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week. Made by Moderna, the vaccine requires two doses like the already approved Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna vaccine was endorsed by a government advisory panel on Thursday in a 20-0 vote. Some rural areas that had been waiting for word on when they would receive shipments will be included in week 2, data shows. Last week, nearly 30,000 doses of the Pfizer-made vaccine were shipped to San Antonio-area hospitals and military bases.
Resident shot, injured at Uvalde apartment complex, police say
UVALDE, Texas – An investigation is underway in Uvalde after police said a resident was shot and injured at an apartment complex. The incident happened Friday afternoon in the 2200 block of East Main at the Brown Stone Apartments. One resident was shot and taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital for further medical evaluation, according to officials. This is a developing story and we’ll bring more details as they become available. RELATED: SAPD officer hit in crash on Highway 281; 2 hospitalized
‘Exceptional drought’ underway for parts of South Texas
SAN ANTONIO – A lack of rainfall in 2020 has allowed drought conditions to worsen in South Texas, culminating this week. The latest Drought Monitor, which was released on Thursday and takes into account drought conditions through November 10th, has placed parts of Uvalde, Zavala, and Dimmit counties within an “exceptional drought," the highest drought level. What is Exceptional Drought? So, what does it mean to be within the “exceptional drought” category? Many other cities around South Texas are in the same situation.
LIVE COVERAGE: Congressional debate hosted by KSAT in Uvalde
Follow along with our live coverage of the debate between Republican Tony Gonzales and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones from the heart of Congressional District 23, at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Read more about the race:The hour-long debate will air live on KSAT, KSAT.com and all of KSAT’s free streaming platforms starting at 7 p.m. Southwest Texas Junior College and Sul Ross State University are the hosts, and KSAT’s Steve Spriester will be the moderator. We want our viewers to weigh in on the issues they want to hear about from the candidates. In a race where the margin is usually razor-thin, debates can make the difference. And, for more election news and key races, visit KSAT’s Vote 2020 page or sign up for our free election newsletter.
Blue indigo snake found in Uvalde County bedroom
On Saturday, the Uvalde County Sheriff's Office shared a photo of a deputy holding a large snake. "Relocating a rattlesnake-eating blue indigo from someone’s bedroom in Uvalde Estates," officials said. READ ALSO: The weather's perfect for drinking in a San Antonio park. Blue indigos, also known as eastern indigo snakes, are not venomous and seldom bite people, according to the U.S. It's not the first time residents at the Uvalde Estates, about 90 miles west of San Antonio, have found slithering new neighbors.mysanantonio.com
Silver Alert for missing Iowa man discontinued
UVALDE, Texas – UPDATE: This Silver Alert has been discontinued. (Previously)A Silver Alert has been issued for an 80-year-old man last seen driving in Uvalde, authorities said Wednesday. Ripley is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 215 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes. The Sheriff’s Office in Page County, Iowa, is looking for Ripley. The Texas Silver Alert Network issued the alert.
Former Uvalde police officer sentenced to probation in child sex assault case, report says
A former Uvalde police officer will serve 10 years of probation after he was charged with six counts of sexual assault of a child, according to the Uvalde Leader-News. Laurence Anthony Martinez accepted a plea deal involving 10 years deferred adjudication, a fine, sex offender registration and the surrender of his peace officer license, according to the newspaper. Martinez was arrested on the child sex crime charges in September 2018, according to a news release from the police department. Uvalde police said the investigation began when the county’s school district police notified them of allegations involving Martinez a few days prior to his arrest. The former officer was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Uvalde High School student, according to the Leader-News.
Far West Side boutique puts a South Texas twist on fashion
SAN ANTONIO Its described as a mini downtown San Antonio located on the Far West Side, near SeaWorld, One&Only Boutique is quickly gaining popularity with their pops of colorful fashion. We both love fashion, co-owner of One&Only Boutique Jordan Lugo said. Its all in the name, too, thats why we chose One and Only because I dont think our boutique is like any other, Canales said. You can shop at One&Only Boutique Wednesdays and Saturdays as curbside pickups or order online and have it shipped to your home. If you order through their website and use promo code SALIVE you can get 15% off your entire order.
Animal carcasses hung from bridge at Uvalde County swimming hole under investigation
UVALDE, Texas – Animal carcasses were tied down in the Nueces River and then hung from a bridge in separate instances earlier this week in a swimming area off County Road 414 in Uvalde County. Authorities are investigating the case as illegal dumping. “He said I could contact the county commissioner.”KSAT reached out Henry Lutz, a Texas Game Warden in Uvalde County who took the woman’s report. “I understand it’s an unusual situation but all it is, is an illegal dumping of a carcass,” Lutz said. Illegal dumping of animals in Uvalde County (KSAT)Wilson County trio released on bond following arrest in connection to donkey theftArrest warrants issued for Floresville ISD board member accused of donkey theft
Uvalde records first COVID-19-related death
UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde has recorded its first COVID-19-related death. “It’s a sad day for our county today ... so sad for the family that this has happened,” Mayor Don McLaughlin said on Facebook live Wednesday. The mayor blamed an increase in cases in Uvalde to “younger people going to San Antonio and going out and visiting friends that may be sick, whatever. They’re coming back to Uvalde and infecting their family.”San Antonio ranks third for major cities with fastest growing COVID-19 cases, report findsMcLaughlin said as of Tuesday, there are 44 cases of COVID-19 in Uvalde with 33 recoveries. COVID-19 death toll passes grim milestone in San Antonio, Bexar CountyHe said the city will post a statement on its Facebook page later Wednesday about the death, the increase in cases and urged what he called common-sense protection from the virus.
Rattlesnake caught on camera swallowing rabbit whole on Texas road
SAN ANTONIO – It’s something that happens often in nature, but it’s not often caught on camera. Two men happened upon a rattlesnake eating a rabbit near Country Road 405 in Uvalde Saturday and they captured it on video. We got out and watched as the snake dragged the rabbit out of the road and under some low brush, where I was able to take the still photo,” one of the men told KSAT. If you encounter a rattlesnake, or any other kind of venomous snake, in a populated area. If you’re not squeamish, you can watch the men’s encounter with the snake in the video player above.
Storms pelt city with rain, tree branches
Julye KeebleStaff writerA stormy Memorial Day weekend brought more falling tree branches and an additional 2.47 inches of rain to Uvalde, as measured by the Texas A&M Uvalde AgriLife Research and Extension Center. Though 3.51 inches of rain have fallen this month, the aquifer reading is lower than the 876.9-foot level recorded on May 1. City of Uvalde cleanup crews worked with law enforcement officers to clear the multiple fallen tree branches and render the roads safe through the holiday weekend. John Simpson of Batesville reported 1.5 inches of rainfall with high winds and a many small tree branches down; but no major damage. J. Hardie, 4.5 miles northeast of Knippa, reported 0.43 inches of rain Sunday, 0.50 Monday and 0.58 for Tuesday.uvaldeleadernews.com
Donald B. Diaz
Donald B. DiazDonald Benito Diaz, 49, of Uvalde died on May 24, 2020, at his residence in Uvalde. Diaz was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, on April 13, 1971, to Elida (Medrano) and Benito Diaz. He is survived by both parents, of Uvalde; son, Alex Diaz of Uvalde; daughter, April Diaz Cruz and husband, John, of Uvalde; five brothers; Leslie Diaz and wife, Kathie Castro, and Jacky Diaz and wife, Audrey, both of Uvalde, Benito Medina and wife, Margie, of San Antonio, Andy Diaz and wife, Veronica, of Fort Worth, and Edward Medrano and wife, Pepa, of Mexico; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday from noon to 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m. Cremation is under the direction of Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home.uvaldeleadernews.com
Carnes talks food supply on Fox News
The program, called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, is being headed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and is intended to help maintain the integrity of the food supply chain, and ensure Americans have access to food. The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with Americas farmers and ranchers, Purdue stated. Carnes said the Farmers to Families Food Box program, which pays farmers to provide food for food banks, is a great program, and noted they had been directly involved with it for weeks. Were learning a little bit about our supply chain, Carnes said. Carnes said he hopes that government officials will realize how vital farmers and farm laborers are to the food supply chain in the United States.uvaldeleadernews.com
Amalia G. Gutierrez
Amalia G. GutierrezAmalia Gonzalez Gutierrez, 96, of Uvalde died on May 14, 2020, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Gutierrez was born in Mexico on Feb. 14, 1924, to Maria Del Refugio (Campos) and Rafael Gonzalez. She was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Santiago Gutierrez; and three sons, Santiago Gonzalez Gutierrez Jr., Francisco Gutierrez and Jorge Alberto Gutierrez. Pallbearers were Evaristo Uriegas, Manuel Gutierrez Jr., Diego Ovalle, Antonio Ovalle, Efren Alba Ortiz, Julio Cesar Gutierrez and Evaristo Uriegas II, all of Uvalde, Rafael Gutierrez Jr. of Eagle Pass, and Otoniel Gonzalez Ortiz of Mexico. Honorary pallbearers were Julio Ceser Gutierrez and Evaristo Uriegas II both of Uvalde.uvaldeleadernews.com
Raul L. Rodriguez Sr.
Raul L. Rodriguez Sr.Raul Lopez Papo Rodriguez Sr., 88, of Uvalde died on May 16, 2020, at his residence in Uvalde. He was born in Hondo on June 14, 1931, to Maria (Lopez) and Donicio Rodriguez. He is survived by daughter, Marisela Ortiz and husband, Jose Luis, of Uvalde; two sons, Raul Rodriguez Jr. and wife, Linda, of Mont Belvieu, and Ben Rodriguez and wife, Cheryl, of Burleson; sister, Noemi Hernandez of Lubbock; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Rodriguez, Jeremy Rodriguez, Morgan Rodriguez, John Rodriguez, Delilah Ortiz, Jose Luis Ortiz Jr., and Julian Ortiz; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; both parents; son, Juan Alberto Rodriguez; three brothers, Benito Rodriguez, Rodolfo Rodriguez, and Reynaldo Rodriguez; and one sister, Pauline Zamora. Pallbearers were Jose Luis Ortiz Jr., John Rodriguez, Julian Ortiz, Dionicio Granado III, Leroy Chapa Sr., and Abraham Garza.uvaldeleadernews.com
Several Uvalde police officers possibly exposed to coronavirus
UVALDE, Texas – Several Uvalde police officers who may have possibly been exposed to the coronavirus are under quarantine. According to the Uvalde Police Department Facebook page, the department is taking precautionary measures by having the officers quarantined. Test results are pending. According the Facebook post, the department is following and practicing CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of the public and staff. Currently, the city of Uvalde has no confirmed positive cases.
World returning to Uvalde
City hosting gliding event for third timeJulye KeebleStaff writerFor an unprecedented third time Uvalde will host the World Gliding Championships, and the Uvalde Soaring Association expects visitors traveling to Uvalde for the contests to inject more than $10 million into the local economy over the next five years. According to the Uvalde Soaring Association, the world championship event is scheduled to start on Aug. 25, 2024, and end on Sept. 9, 2024. Were very excited about it.Initially we were awarded the competition for 2023, but because of COVID-19, all the soaring events were pushed back a year. Mark Huffstutler Uvalde Soaring AssociationDespite competing bids from other locations, the International Gliding Commission unanimously chose Uvalde. For the world championships were expecting between 100 and 125 competitors, similar to what we saw in the last two contests, Huffstutler said. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. thanked Huffstutler for his work in bringing the contest back to Uvalde.uvaldeleadernews.com
Robert W. Jackson
Robert W. JacksonRobert Wayne Jackson, born in Uvalde, Texas, on Jan. 24th, 1956, and a graduate of Uvalde High School in 1974, passed away on April 28th, 2020, in the Arlington Memorial Hospital, in Arlington, Texas, at age of 64, due to complications from diabetes. He loved camping, hunting and fishing, and off-road four-wheeling. I think in another life he was a Mountain Man. In later life, he took to writing and performing songs for the other residents of the nursing home with his guitar. He was cremated, and his remains will be resting with his parents in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gean Sidney Jackson, and Joyce Evelyn Jackson.uvaldeleadernews.com
Maggie E. Shindle
Maggie E. ShindleMaggie Elizabeth Shindle, 45, went to heaven on the wings of an angel on March 21, 2020, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on Feb. 27, 1975, in Uvalde, Texas, to Dr. Richard and Patsy Shindle. Maggie grew up in Uvalde and attended elementary, middle school and high school there. Maggie leaves behind three sons, Jeremy Shindle of Kerrville, Texas, Zack Huron of San Antonio, Texas, and Arthur of Cotulla, Texas. She is also survived by four brothers, Corby Allbright of Buda, Texas, David Shindle of Naples, Florida, Jeffrey Shindle of Helotes, Texas, and Michael Shindle of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.uvaldeleadernews.com
Fourth of July golf tourney not happening this year
There will be no Uvalde Fourth of July golf tournament in 2020. The 73rd-annual Uvalde Fourth of July tournament was scheduled for July 3-5 at Uvalde Memorial Golf Course, but because of the health threat caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been canceled. At this time, we are canceling this years Fourth of July tournament, said June Ybarra, the golf course director. The cancellation of the tournament is a right step in reducing the rate of spread and transmission. Under the new operating schedule, Uvalde Memorial Golf Course is open for play from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.uvaldeleadernews.com
SA Food Bank returning Saturday
The San Antonio Food Bank will be returning to Uvalde for another mobile food fair on Saturday, with food distribution beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Uvalde County includes Knippa, Concan, Sabinal, Utopia, Uvalde and outlying areas. The previous distribution held at the Willie De Leon Civic Center on April 11 served 537 families, and each distribution consisted of more than 50 pounds of food. At that event Uvalde Food Pantry representatives brought bread products from local stores to add to the food trucked in from San Antonio. Call the food bank Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 210-431-8326 or visit their website at www.safoodbank.org for more information.uvaldeleadernews.com
Another WWII veteran sets sail for new shores
The young men who 80 years ago put their busy lives on hold and embarked on a mission to save the world. They were proud of their service, never boastful but filled with memories often painful of events that left an indelible impression. U.S. Navy veteran Garland Armstrong, who died this week at 93, was one of those storytellers, as was another Uvalde sailor Milton Woolf who passed away last January, also at the ever-spry age of 93. Both men were frequent visitors to our offices, often armed with scrapbooks, flags and other mementos from a war-torn past. The first night we slept on the grass waiting to sign up the next day, Woolf said seven years ago.uvaldeleadernews.com
Remember When: Horners sells 250,000 pounds of area mohair
The approval by the UCISD board of trustees at a special board meeting was unanimous minus board member Bob Lester who was not in attendance. Assistant City Manager Joe Cardenas told council that city staff is not comfortable with the requirement. Maggie Del Toro, Uvalde County tax assessor and collector and election official, said early voting has been incredibly slow. Del Toro said through Thursday only 19 people had voted in the school election with 24 people voting in the beer and wine election. Sunday, May 3, 1970Horners sells 250,000 pounds of area mohair Announcement was released this week by Horners Wool and Mohair of Uvalde of recent sales of mohair totaling about 250,000 pounds.uvaldeleadernews.com
Letter to the editor
The following is a shortened letter distributed to Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, and Uvalde city manager Vince DiPiazza. The original letter exceeded 1,000 words and was reduced to fit the 500-word limit for letters to the editor. In the United States, there are 956,375 confirmed cases: 800,107 are active cases, 102,340 are recovered cases and 53,928 are fatal cases. In Texas there are 23,773 confirmed cases: 13,164 are active, 9,986 recovered and 623 are fatal cases. I also believe there is one power who handled the coronavirus: God.uvaldeleadernews.com
Garland A. Armstrong
Garland A. ArmstrongGarland Ansel Armstrong, 93, of Uvalde died on April 28, 2020, at his residence in Uvalde. Armstrong served in the United States Navy during World War II as an internal communications seaman aboard the USS Okaloosa. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Floyd Keeney; two sons, Billy Armstrong and Cliff Armstrong; and three brothers, Cloyce Keeney, Norman Keeney and Donald Keeney. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mailed to Garner Field Road Baptist Church, 1220 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, Texas, 78801 or Uvalde Memorial Hospice Attn. Sheri Rutledge, 1025 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, Texas, 78801.uvaldeleadernews.com
Oscar Y. Ortiz
Oscar Y. OrtizOscar Ybarra Ortiz, 78, of Uvalde died on April 24, 2020, in Fort Worth. Ortiz was born on March 23, 1942, in Uvalde to Wenceslada (Ybarra) and Jose Ortiz. Chene Ortiz, of Uvalde; three sons, Lorenzo Villafranco and wife, Monica, of California, Oscar Ortiz and Joey Ortiz, both of Twins Falls, Idaho; four daughters, Diana Ortiz of Uvalde, Viola Rojas and husband, Reymundo, of San Antonio, Anita Ortiz and Teresa Ortiz both of Twin Falls, Idaho; four sisters, Lydia O. Carrasco, of Uvalde, Celia O. Salazar, Blanca R. Munoz and Irma R. Sanchez, all of Kerrville; two brothers, Leocadio Ybarra Reyes and wife, Mary, of Kerrville, and Natividad Ybarra Reyes, of Minnesota; 26 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Ruben Ybarra Reyes and Raul Ybarra Reyes; and two grandmothers, Ladislada Lita Uriegas Ortiz and Carlota Lopez Martinez. Pallbearers will be Calletano E. Sanchez, Rene Lara Jr., Isiah Ortiz, Reymundo Rojas, Richard Carrasco and Joey Ortiz.uvaldeleadernews.com
Raymond B. Whitley
Raymond B. WhitleyRaymond B. Whitley of Uvalde, Texas, died peacefully in his home the morning of Friday, April 3rd, after a valiant battle with acute myeloid leukemia. After separating from the Air Force, Raymond found his way back to Leakey, where he met his wife, Anita. After graduation, Raymond moved his family to Uvalde, Texas, where he lived for the remainder of his life. Raymond was fiercely independent and always did things his way all the way up to the minutes before his passing. Raymond is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anita Whitley, of Uvalde, Texas, his daughter Amy Whitley, his son Tod Whitley, and grandchildren Georgia Bass and Wyatt Whitley.uvaldeleadernews.com
Elida D. Diaz
Elida D. DiazElida DeLeon Diaz, 72, of Uvalde died on April 23, 2020, in Uvalde. Diaz was born on Oct. 26, 1947, to Amanda (DeLeon) and Carlos Diaz Sr.She is survived by son, Vicente G. Diaz of Uvalde; daughter, Ave Maria Diaz of Uvalde; sister-in-law, Rosario Diaz of Uvalde; four nieces, Lydia Diaz Martinez and husband, Elias, of Uvalde, Annabelia Diaz Llanes and husband, Roy, of Sabinal, Erica Diaz Campuzano and husband, Jesse, of Crosbyton, and Fatima Diaz Cervantez and husband, Jorge, of San Antonio; and four nephews, Roger Diaz and wife, Irma, of San Antonio, Carlos Diaz III and wife, Michelle, of Sabinal, Jesse De La Rosa and wife, Angie, of Whitehall, Michigan, and Paul De La Rosa and companion, Vicki Anderson, of Muskegon, Michigan. She was preceded in death by both parents; and brother, Carlos Diaz Jr.Visitation took place on Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home with a rosary recitation at 7 p.m.A mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary Magdalen Church in Camp Wood with interment following at Garden of Memories in Camp Wood. Pallbearers were Andres Martinez, Matthew Rios, Theron DeLeon, Xavier Alvarez, Carlos Diaz IV and Gabriel Diaz, all of Uvalde.uvaldeleadernews.com
Remember When Series: 50 years ago: Hospital building to start in May
Juan Zamora, who heads the citys waste management department, said the landfill took in 29,000 tons of waste in 2009. 50 years agoThursday, April 23, 1970Hospital building to start in May Word has been received from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C. that Uvalde County Hospital Authoritys construction project for a new hospital has been given final approval. School attendance upgrades School attendance had improved yesterday but the walkout of students in the public school continued. The meeting was called by striking students for parents, both of those in school and out of school. Oscar Castro, UHS senior who is one of the student leaders in the walkout, presided at the meeting.uvaldeleadernews.com
Mary E. Hernandez
Mary E. HernandezMary Elizabeth Hernandez, 66, of Dallas, formerly of Uvalde, died on April 17, 2020, in Uvalde. Hernandez was born on Aug. 2, 1953, in Austin to Louisa (Tijerina) and Victor Hernandez. Hernandez authored a childrens book titled The Parade Goes On. She is survived by her mother of Uvalde; three sisters, Suzanne DiPiazza and husband, Vincent, of Uvalde, Carmen del Rosario Hernandez of Ferris, and Rosalba Moreno and husband, Ben, of Dallas; brother, Victor Hernandez and wife, DeAnna, of Garland; two uncles, Leon Hernandez of Austin and Alvino Tijerina of San Antonio; four nephews, Philip DiPiazza of San Antonio, James DiPiazza of Kerrville, Michael Hernandez of Garland, and Anthony DiPiazza of Rochelle, New York; niece Amber Hernandez of Garland; five grandnephews; one grandniece; friend, Josie DeLuna; and numerous other good friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Big Thought 1409 S. Lamar St #1015, Dallas, Texas 75215 or Trinity River Mission 2060 Singleton #104, Dallas, Texas 75212Condolences may be left online at www.rekfunerals.com.uvaldeleadernews.com
Officials: Cover face in public
In Uvalde, the notice is not mandatory, but rather was made as a public health advisory intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The officials noted that Uvaldeans have done a good job limiting COVID-19 spread, and the numbers that reflect this situation may be viewed on the Uvalde Health Authority website, uvaldehealthauthority.org. The CDC website posted a simple technique for crafting a face covering, as demonstrated by U.S. Last week an edict signed by Val Verde County Judge Lewis G. Owens Jr. went into effect, ordering county residents to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while in public or face a citation for violating the order. In Laredo, violating the order is a Class C misdemeanor, but the violation does not apply if wearing a face covering poses a health and safety or security risk to the individual.uvaldeleadernews.com
Sandra V. Garcia
Sandra V. GarciaSandra Verdusco Garcia, 57, of Uvalde died on April 16, 2020, in Uvalde. Garcia was born on May 5, 1962, to Belia (Torralva) and Alfredo Verdusco Sr.She is survived by son, Juan Garcia Jr. and wife, Kristina, of Uvalde; three brothers, Richard Diaz and wife, Irene, Alfredo Verdusco Jr. and wife, Rosemary, and Arnold Verdusco, all of Uvalde; two sisters, Sulema Bermea and husband, Gilbert, and Linda Martinez and husband, Jesse, all of Uvalde; six grandchildren, Khameran Garcia, Kelsey Garcia, Janel Garcia, Saige Garcia, Karly Garcia and Christian Garcia; and one great-grandchild, Alivia Alejandro. She was preceded in death by both parents; son, Joe Rubio Jr.; spouse, Joe Rubio; and brother, Albert Verdusco. Graveside services were held on April 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with interment following. Pallbearers were Paul Verdusco, Arnold Verdusco, Joey Verdusco and Juan M. Garcia Jr., all of Uvalde, Alberto Verdusco Jr., Cameron Holland and Josie Verdusco, all of San Antonio.uvaldeleadernews.com
Wanda ClaytonWanda Clayton, 96, of Uvalde died on April 13, 2020, at Veranda Senior Living in Uvalde. In 1945 the family moved to Big Spring for several years and then to ODonnell where they settled in the mid 1950s. In 2010, Clayton moved to Uvalde where she lived for six years with her daughter Janice and late husband, Bill McWhorter, before moving to the Veranda in 2016. While in Uvalde, she attended The First Baptist Church of Uvalde and was a member of the Agape Sunday School class where, according to the family, she formed many lasting friendships while studying Gods word. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Clyde Winans and Wayne Clayton; and daughter, Sue Winans Bessire.uvaldeleadernews.com
Guadalupe M. Urbina
Guadalupe M. UrbinaGuadalupe Mauricio Urbina, 85, of Uvalde died on April 19, 2020, at her residence in Uvalde. Urbina was born on Oct. 12, 1934, in Eagle Pass to Luisa (Puente) and Jose Mauricio. She married Alfredo Urbina on Feb. 6, 1965, in Villa de Fuentes, Coahuila, Mexico. She was preceded in death by both parents; son, Jose Luis Castillo; and three sisters, Amalia Mauricio, Trinidad Ortiz and Maria de Refugio Roque. Serving as pallbearers will be Alfredo Urbina, Alex Urbina, Juan Castillo, Eduardo Castillo, Flavio Castillo and Luis Castillo.uvaldeleadernews.com
Sherry F. Raney
Sherry F. RaneySherry Fay Raney, 50, of Uvalde died on April 4, 2020, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital from multiple sclerosis. As per her wishes, her ashes will be spread at the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Raney was born Jan. 17, 1969, in Uvalde to Diana (Bullough) and Jesse Raney. She is survived by brother, George Raney of California; half sister, Susan Stone and husband, Jack, of Uvalde; and numerous cousins. According to the family, she said the best job she ever had was with the highway department in the Big Bend area.uvaldeleadernews.com
Martinez attends church conference
Jose Rene Martinez, retired orthodontist and pastor at La Divina Trinidad Methodist Church in Uvalde, was recently a guest at the Rio Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Martinez was invited to join a team focused on understanding the history and importance of the church within the Native American community. The five-day immersion experience was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was hosted by the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Martinez has preached at Native American churches within the Western Michigan Area United Methodist Church Conference. His future plans include integrating area Native American groups within an inclusive church, offering them a place to celebrate weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies.uvaldeleadernews.com
Matthew McConaughey Tweets DIY Facemask How-To in Role of Texas Outlaw Bobby Bandito
click image Twitter / McConaugheyYesterday, Matthew McConaughey posted an important erm, excuse me, let me check my notes.Ahem. Yesterday,posted an important announcement on Twitter Bandito, who possesses an uncanny resemblance to the Uvalde-born actor, took to the social media platform to share a DIY mask tutorial for all cowboys and cowgirls who lack face coverings. To follow it, all you need to do is raid the junk drawer for a bandana, a coffee filter and two rubber bands. "It's time for us to band together and see who can make the most badass bandito bandana, so we can beat the corona v, Bobby B. style," Bandito said in a self-assured drawl.Bobby B. You do you, just so long as you're playing it safe.sacurrent.com
Webinars to replace Birding the Border event
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services Birding with Extension seminar series will replace the Birding the Border 2020 live event. Registration for the seminar will be $10, which will go to support AgriLife Extension youth birding programs. Maureen Frank, Ph.D., wildlife specialist, Uvalde, said the seminar will feature the same experts and topics slated for Birding the Border. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wildlife and working lands panel discussion and Q&A John Tomecek, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Thrall; Bryan Calk, NatureScape Tours professional birder and guide, Albuquerque; and Romey Swanson, Audubon Texas wildlife biologist, Austin. In a very difficult time, we are saddened to announce that Birding the Border 2020 has been canceled, said Emily Grant, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Val Verde County.uvaldeleadernews.com
Food distribution set Saturday morning for Uvalde County residents
The San Antonio Food Bank is going to have a drive up food distribution station at 10 a.m. at the Willie De Leon Civic Center Saturday morning, April 11. This a drive up distribution, and well be lining cars up on Nopal to First Street to bring them into the civic center from the north. The distribution is intended to assist Uvalde County residents, and participants are asked to bring identification. Uvalde County includes Sabinal, Knippa, Utopia, Concan and Uvalde. You may call the San Antonio Food Bank Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 210-431-8326 or visit their website at www.safoodbank.org for more information on ways to obtain food assistance.uvaldeleadernews.com
Weekend rainfall doubles YTD total
The precipitation more than doubles the year-to-date total, bringing it from 2.13 inches, measured from Jan. 1 to April 2, to 4.59 inches, which is higher than the 116-year-average of 4.30 inches. According to the National Weather Service, over the weekend areas from the Southern Plains and Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard saw scattered showers and thunderstorms flare up. Rain accumulations taken by area weather observers varied from 0.67 in the Reagan Wells area to 2.70 on South Getty Street. Jo Ann Fisher of Leakey reported 1 inch of rain all together, most of it received in a slow drizzle. In Montell, Russel Ellingers weather station recorded 0.39 inches of precipitation on Saturday.uvaldeleadernews.com
Thomas Mason Sr.
Thomas Mason Sr.Thomas Robert Mason Sr., 53, of Uvalde died on March 30, 2020, in San Antonio. He was born on Oct. 24, 1966, in Compton, California, to Evangelina (Prado) and Edwin Paul Mason. He married Naomi Sanchez in Uvalde on June 23, 1994. He was preceded in death by his father. Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.uvaldeleadernews.com
Fifth confirmed case is caregiver
Reading said several children within households of known cases are presumed to have the virus, though testing, due to scant resources, had not been performed upon them. This case joins four others, the first of which was announced on Thursday, March 26, when Uvalde Memorial Hospital disclosed that a patient had tested positive. The second case was announced Saturday, March 28, and Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke said the man is a correctional officer employed with the Uvalde County Jail. The man and woman were both seen in Uvalde Memorial Hospitals emergency room outdoor patient screening lane. Reading stated all known Uvalde County coronavirus cases can be traced to travel, as in the first case and case of the woman from Knippa, or, as in the other three cases, contact with a known positive person.uvaldeleadernews.com
Joey R. Maldonado
Joey R. MaldonadoJoey Rodrigues Maldonado, 54, of Batesville died on March 30, 2020, in Uvalde. He was born April 11, 1965, to Rosa (Rodrigues) and Guadalupe Maldonado. He is survived by his wife, with whom he has shared 45 years of his life, Maria Garza Maldonado of Batesville; mother; two sons, Anthony Maldonado and wife, Yomi, of Batesville and Nathan Maldonado and wife, Sole Aguirre, of Uvalde; daughter, Vivian Maldonado of Batesville; brother, Ernie Maldonado and wife, Letty Vasquez, of Batesville; eight grandchildren, Jomaih Flores, Jerren Maldonado, Ashton Maldonado, Kallen Maldonado, Miken Maldonado, all of Batesville, and Jacelyn Ortegon, Angel Rios and Jorden Rios, all of Uvalde; and numerous nieces & nephews. Pallbearers were Ismael Maldonado, Danny Alejandro, Johnny Garza, Larry Garza, Louis Martinez, Jerry Rodrigues, Margarito Rios and Juan Garza, all of Batesville. Hillcrest Memorial, www.hillcrestmemorialfuneralhome.comuvaldeleadernews.com
Shirley L. Cooper
Shirley L. CooperShirley Lee Cooper, 82, of Uvalde died in her sleep on March 19, 2020, at The Veranda Senior Living Center in Uvalde. She met and married Philip Cooper in 1963 and moved to Uvalde in 1970. She was an active member of the Lutheran Church and worked as a teacher at Trinity Lutheran daycare. Friends and family will remember Cooper and her fondness of the color red, especially her red lipstick. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa on a date to be determined.uvaldeleadernews.com
Fifth case of COVID-19 confirmed for Uvalde County
by Julye Keeble, staff writerA fifth case of COVID-19 has been identified in Uvalde, and the affected person resides with another patient who was diagnosed with the coronavirus. The case was announced this morning, and Uvalde County Judge Willam R. Mitchell, Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr., and Uvalde health authority Dr. Jared Reading have scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today to give an update. The second case was announced Saturday, March 28, and Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke said the man is a correctional officer employed with the Uvalde County Jail. The cases include a woman from Knippa who is believed to have traveled to Austin, and a second county employee, another male Uvalde County Jail correctional officer. Reading stated all known Uvalde County coronavirus cases can be traced to travel, as in the first case and case of the woman from Knippa, or, as in the other three cases, contact with a known positive person.uvaldeleadernews.com
Do you have stimulus cash coming?
The IRS says the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Money will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed, if possible, or a check will be mailed to the address on file. In the coming weeks, the treasury department plans to develop an online portal where individuals may provide information if they wish to receive a direct deposit and need to add or update banking information. For those who need more time to file, these payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020. Some individuals who typically dont file a tax return may need to file an informational return to receive a payment.uvaldeleadernews.com
Four cases and counting
Two COVID-19 cases said to be travel related, others direct contactJulye KeebleStaff writerYesterday morning the Uvalde Health Authority website reported there are now four identified cases of COVID-19 in Uvalde, with three considered active and one listed as recovered. Local and state health teams are working on contact tracing to reduce risk of further infection within our area, and Uvalde health authority Dr. Jared Reading is monitoring cases. The patients in the two additional cases identified Wednesday have been in self quarantine for approximately one week. The cases include a woman from Knippa who is believed to have traveled to Austin, and a male Uvalde County Jail correctional officer. Uvalde County Sheriff Charles Mendeke said the affected person is a correctional officer employed with the Uvalde County Jail.uvaldeleadernews.com
Martha M. Weidman
Martha M. WeidmanMartha Mehnaz Weidman, 61, of Houston died on March 30, 2020, in Uvalde. A private funeral service will be live-streamed today at 10:30 a.m. on the Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home Facebook page. Weidman was born June 4, 1958 to Frances (Reyes) and Zenon Cabrales. She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Reyes Cabrales; and brother, Daniel Cabrales. Visitation took place yesterday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home, and a prayer service was held at 7 p.m.Hillcrest Memorial, www.hillcrestmemorialfuneralhome.comuvaldeleadernews.com
Alice B. Lopez
Alice B. LopezAlice B. Lopez, 74, of Uvalde died on March 24, 2020, at Main Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on Nov. 8, 1945, in Uvalde to Guadalupe (Ibarra) and Rodolfo V. Lopez. She was a member of the Guadalupanas, was a money counter at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, and volunteered at St. Henry de Osso. She retired from Southwest Texas Junior College where she was a secretary for many years. She is survived by two sisters, Alida Lopez of Uvalde and Ana L. Martinez of San Antonio; two brothers, Rudy Lopez and wife, Adelaida, of Houston, and Bobby Lopez and wife, MaryAnn, of Houston; six nephews, Ernest Martinez, Daniel Martinez, Samuel Martinez, Johnny Lopez, Joseph Lopez and Matthew Lopez; three nieces, Kristy McInnis, Kathy Wilson and Caroline Lopez; and numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.uvaldeleadernews.com
Inmates joyride ends in new arrest
A truck driven by a fleeing inmate from the Zavala County Jail roared through Uvalde Thursday afternoon, pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies. The incident started in La Pryor, when a trusty on work duty stole the Ford, which belongs to Zavala County and is utilized by the Zavala County Sheriffs Office, and fled, initiating the chase. The inmate then attempted to flee on foot, and Zavala County Sheriff Eusevio Salinas apprehended him. After being taken into custody, the inmate was transported back to the Zavala County Jail. Salinas and Zavala County Constable John Simpson of Batesville remained in Uvalde to arrange transport of the damaged vehicle.uvaldeleadernews.com
City moves to allow dove hunting on golf course
In an unprecedented move, the city of Uvalde has chosen to open the Uvalde Memorial Golf Course to dove hunting this fall. According to city officials, sportsmen will pay $100 per hunt, either in the morning or afternoon, for the privilege of firing at the thousands of white-wing dove that pass directly over the course each day. Hunting will be restricted to the first two weekends of September during the special white-wing dove season, which occurs south of Highway 90. The golf course will be closed to golfers during those two weekends, although hunters will have the option of playing while hunting. That money would represent almost half of the income that the golf course generates in an entire year, McLaughlin said.uvaldeleadernews.com