Dryin’ time again as region bakes
Katetlin DupnikA small amount of water remains in the Seco Creek which runs through a 90-acre ranch located between Tarpley and Utopia, where at least on rancher is having to truck water in to water livestock. The picture was taken in mid-June. This is the third-driest year on record for Uvalde County in nearly 100uvaldeleadernews.com
In Uvalde, closeness complicates accountability for shooting
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‘I have nothing to hide’: Uvalde County sheriff will testify in school shooting investigation after receiving notice of deposition
The Uvalde County sheriff has agreed to testify in front of a Texas House committee in the Robb Elementary School shooting investigation after officials filed a notice of deposition Wednesday.
Sheriff Nolasco says he will testify for state House committee
Sheriff Ruben Nolasco Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco said he has cooperated with Texas Rangers in their investigation into the Robb Elementary School shooting. Nolasco's statement, made Thursday morning, follows a press release from Texas state Rep. Dustin Burrows, chairman of a special committee formed to also investigate the shooting, issued Wednesday, stating the first-termuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde celebrates Independence Day, sans fireworks
Despite sweltering heat and high humidity, hundreds of people ventured outdoors Monday to take part in the multiple Fourth of July festivities held around town. The Family Fest at the Uvalde County Fairplex kicked off at 10 a.m., and offered a car show which included Corvettes, pickup trucks, and vintage models. There was also vendoruvaldeleadernews.com
Sony sending noise canceling earphones for families Robb shooting
The Sony Corporation has donated noise canceling headphones, which are set to be distributed July 2 at the Uvalde County Fairplex to assist in shielding those traumatized by loud noises after the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School. Though most fireworks are banned in the area, it is likely that noise-makers, sometimes sounding likeuvaldeleadernews.com
“Nobody’s giving us any answers”: Uvalde families demand details of shooting investigation at City Council meeting
Uvalde’s mayor said city officials could be prosecuted for releasing details of the investigation. Pete Arredondo, the City Council member and school district police chief, was absent for the second straight meeting.
Fourth of July celebration planned
There will be a free family-themed festival at the Uvalde County Fairplex on July 4 in celebration of Independence Day, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the Little Miss and Mister Firecracker Pageant. This year’s event will also feature a car show by Defiant Racing at 11 a.m., a Uvalde Cornhole Tournament which begins at noon,uvaldeleadernews.com
U.S. senators reach deal on gun legislation in aftermath of Uvalde shooting
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was one of the lead negotiators for the proposal, which would expand background checks for people under 21 and encourage states to enact “red flag” laws. President Joe Biden and House Democrats had wanted to go further.
Robb Elementary students will be relocated to two other schools this fall, superintendent says
At a news conference Thursday, Superintendent Hal Harrell outlined the plan to move students but would not take any questions regarding school police Chief Pete Arredondo or investigations into the shooting.
Donations surpass $9 million
Donations for victims of the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School total over $9 million, according to tabulations from organizations participating in fundraising. Uvalde County Attorney John Dodson said Wednesday morning the Robb School Memorial Fund at First State Bank of Uvalde had accrued over $3 million, and donations were still coming in. TXNuvaldeleadernews.com
Federal investigation into law enforcement’s response to Uvalde shooting won’t be criminal, DOJ says
Authorities have been criticized for waiting over an hour to enter the school and confront the shooter. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said law enforcement agencies have promised to cooperate with the federal inquiry.
Governor plans long-term ‘resiliency center’
Julye Keeble|Leader-NewsThe Red Cross booth set up in the Event Center at the Uvalde County Fairplex. The Red Cross, and numerous others were open at the fairplex to serve students, staff, faculty, and families of victims after the May 24 Robb Elementary School shooting through June 3. The Uvalde Together Resiliency Center, offering a hubuvaldeleadernews.com
Marcos Witt at Fairplex tonight
Marcos Witt, a five-time Latin Grammy Award winner who is often referred to as one of the most influential Spanish speaking figures of Christian music, will perform a free concert today, June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Uvalde County Fairplex. The event is being presented in partnership with the Billy Graham and América Orauvaldeleadernews.com
Some Texas GOP donors urge Congress to act on gun control measures like “red flag” laws, expanded background checks
More than 250 self-declared gun enthusiasts, including donors who have contributed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaigns, have signed on to an open letter supporting Sen. John Cornyn’s efforts at bipartisan gun reform legislation.
Police chief who led the response to the school shooting in Uvalde had no radio at the scene, reports say
The revelation is the latest to point to deficiencies and missteps in authorities’ response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School. Police opted to wait for reinforcements and tactical gear, taking more than an hour to confront and take down the shooter.
Uvalde school district’s police chief didn’t know about 911 calls coming from inside the school, lawmaker says
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, said the commanding officer at the scene of the shooting was not informed about the calls that Uvalde police were receiving, calling the lack of coordination a “system failure.”
Gun ownership is ingrained in Uvalde’s culture. Some here are rethinking how it should be regulated.
Longtime Uvalde residents say the city is a hunting mecca and the love for guns goes right along with it. But some would now support measures like raising the age limit to buy AR-style weapons or monitoring high-volume ammunition purchases.
U.S. Justice Department will review Uvalde response as furor mounts over law enforcement actions
The Texas Department of Public Safety previously said local police made key errors. A specialized team of federal officers didn’t enter the school until more than an hour after the shooter arrived at the school.
A gun and a prayer: How the far right took control of Texas’ response to mass shootings
The “God-given right” to self-defense has become a rallying cry in Texas politics, further cementing gun ownership as a holy cause and political identity. The state’s Republican leadership has spent decades carrying the banner.
Officials announce opening of Family Assistance Center for Uvalde residents affected by school shooting
Gov. Greg Abbott joined local and state officials on Friday to announce the opening of a Family Assistance Center that will provide information, support, and resources to residents directly affected by the Robb Elementary School shooting.
Watch: Grief shattered Uvalde; it has united it, too
Uvalde is grieving the loss of 19 students and two teachers after Tuesday’s devastating shooting at a local elementary school. In this video, residents say their town will never be the same, but they will help each other through the healing process.
American Legion hosting Memorial Day observance
The American Legion Post 479 Auxiliary is organizing a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, near the Veterans Memorial Wall at the Uvalde County Fairplex. The public is invited to attend the ceremony which will be held outdoors if weather permits. Uvalde County Veterans Service Officer Everardo “Lalo” Zamora said, in the eventuvaldeleadernews.com
A day after school shooting, Uvalde’s tight-knit community prays, donates blood and grieves
Many in this small South Texas town of about 15,000 residents had ties to Robb Elementary, where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers on Tuesday. A day later, residents sought to help and begin healing their community.
USBP agent arrested on charges of allegedly assaulting a juvenile
Texas Rangers arrested U.S. Border Patrol agent Gustavo Sanchez, 45, last week on charges of allegedly assaulting and mistreating a juvenile on Oct. 4, 2021, in Uvalde County. The arrest came after a 38th Judicial District grand jury indicted the Del Rio Sector agent in April. Sanchez, a San Antonio resident, allegedly grabbed the juvenileuvaldeleadernews.com
Inmates headed to Zavala jail
Julye Keeble|Leader-NewsUvalde County sheriff Ruben Nolasco speaks to county commissioners regarding a proposal to house some female inmates at the Zavala County Jail. Commissioners approved the agreement at their April 25 meeting, held at the Uvalde County Courthouse. Uvalde County Commissioners authorized an interlocal agreement to house prisoners at the Zavala County Jail, as welluvaldeleadernews.com
Sabinal ISD proposes $4.5 million bond
Sabinal Indepedent School DistrictThis chart created and furnished by the Sabinal Independent School District shows an overview of previous and proposed school tax rates. After approving a $6.9 million bond in 2021 for a new event center at Sabinal Independent School District, voters are tasked on May 7 with a second $4.5 million bond foruvaldeleadernews.com
Abbott pledges help with immigration
Courtesy photoUvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. (seated, just right of the United States flag) listens as Texas Governor Greg Abbott (center, wearing a white shirt, between United States and Texas flags) talks about illegal immigration. Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott on Wednesday told a gathering of border-area mayors and officials at the Event Center at theuvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde Leader News
Melissa Federspill|Leader-NewsThirty-eighth Judicial District Attorney Christina M. Busbee, Border Prosecution Unit project director Nelson Barnes, Texas Department of Public Safety Captain Joel Betancourt and 452nd Judicial District Attorney Tonya Ahlschwede. Many area farmers, ranchers, and residents with first-hand accounts of trespassers abusing their properties gathered on Thursday to learn more about how Uvalde County’s participationuvaldeleadernews.com
UCAD plans 20-percent appraisal hike amid soaring sale values
Uvalde County homeowners can expect to see, on average, about a 20-percent increase in their home values this year, according to projections by Uvalde County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Roberto Valdez. He said the forecast was determined through this year’s reappraisal program, which included 19,000 properties countywide. UCAD is still finalizing appraisals and the target mail-out date is April 29. […]uvaldeleadernews.com
County’s reporting in top shape
Uvalde County recently received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting, marking the 25th consecutive year the county has received the accolade. The award was issued by the Government Finance Officers Association based in Chicago, Illinois, which serves both the U.S. and Canada. This year’s award is based on comprehensive financial reporting for the fiscal year ending Sept. […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Prayer service set downtown at 6 p.m.
Uvalde County representatives are set to host a prayer service today at 6 p.m. in the downtown plaza to show support for Ukraine residents. Precinct 4 Commissioner Ronald Garza organized the event, which was conceived by Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell. The event is open to the public, and Garza said all individuals and families wishing to attend are welcome. […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Support health care workers
The decision by the Uvalde County Hospital Authority on Tuesday to reward hospital employees for their continued dedication during the relentless pandemic is a decision we should all stand by. From the first case of coronavirus reported in Uvalde County, the medical workers in our community have risen to the challenge. They did not shrink from performing their jobs, no […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Commissioners distributing $1.5 million
Uvalde County employees as well as some local non-profits will soon have several thousand dollars more after county commissioners agreed last Monday to distribute over $1.5 million in coronavirus relief funds. The distribution includes $945,000 to local service organizations, including fire departments, EMS, and libraries, and about $600,000 in recognition pay to eligible county employees. Alice Chapman, county auditor, said […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Tomorrow is final day to file for city council, school board
Tomorrow is the last day to file as a candidate for the May 7 municipal election, with positions open in Uvalde, Sabinal, and Camp Wood. Candidate filing opened on Jan. 19, and up for election on the Uvalde City Council are the positions of District 1, 3 and 5 Uvalde City Council members. District 1 incumbent Everardo “Lalo” Zamora, who […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Five UPD officers benched
Shift partners sidelined due to possible exposureJulye KeebleStaff writerCoronavirus cases have been mounting in neighboring counties, and last week found five Uvalde Police Department officers in quarantine as they awaited test results. UPD Chief Daniel Rodriguez noted that the quarantine was being enacted as a precaution and there were no positive test results as of Thursday in Uvalde officers, according to the Uvalde Health Authority Dr. Jared Reading. As of Thursday morning, the Uvalde County total remained the same, with six known cases and all six patients having been classified as recovered. One of those officers was possibly exposed to someone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and that is why these officers are in quarantine, Rodriguez said. email@example.com, 830-278-3335- Advertisement -- Advertisement -- Advertisement - - Advertisement -uvaldeleadernews.com
Medina County virus count grows to 50, Zavala up to 10
Uvalde County has not had a new known case of COVID-19 since April 8, and all six cases in the county have recovered. The first known case of coronavirus was reported in Medina County on March 17. There are currently 10 reported cases, with nine active and one listed as recovered. City and county officials have approved the resumption of service, which will be held at the central kitchen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first known case of COVID-19 in Zavala County was reported on April 15, and that patient has now recovered.uvaldeleadernews.com
Courthouse opens tomorrow
Julye KeebleStaff writerUvalde County officials have updated the local disaster declaration due to COVID-19 and will reopen the courthouse to the public on Monday, albeit with certain restrictions. Despite the opening, many court cases will continue to be adjudicated via teleconference. County staff asks that no more than two people utilize the elevator at one time, and that social distancing be practiced in the restrooms, preferably limiting the facilities to one person at a time. Disaster declarationMitchell issued the original declaration of local disaster for a public health emergency on March 17. All Uvalde County offices closed to the public on March 24, at 8 a.m. Employees still reported to work, and county offices have been staffed.uvaldeleadernews.com
Governor orders two weeks of early voting
Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Monday doubling the early voting period for the July 14 runoff election due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early voting for the July 14 runoffs will begin on June 29 per Abbott, who suspended Sections 85.001(a) and 85.001(b) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to allow for the extra time for early voting. Abbotts proclamation states the early voting period will end on the fourth day before election day, excluding any legal state or federal holidays. Uvalde County elections administrator Melissa Jones Bradham said she is working on coronavirus voting protocols, and those will be made known to the public before early voting opens. The winning candidate will face Republican incumbent John Cornyn in November.uvaldeleadernews.com
COVID-19 patient being treated here
Woman, 82, not a county residentJulye KeebleStaff writerFriday morning Uvalde Health Authority Dr. Jared Reading announced an 82-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 was being treated at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. The woman does not live in Uvalde County, though at this time officials declined to say what county she resides in. Reading said she will not be counted in the Uvalde County coronavirus case count. As of Thursday morning the Uvalde Health Authority website, www.uvaldehealthauthority.org, stated 304 total tests have been conducted in Uvalde County. Uvalde County has had a total of six identified coronavirus cases since March 26, all of which recovered.uvaldeleadernews.com
Woman, 82, being treated in Uvalde for COVID-19
Uvalde Health Authority has announced that an 82-year-old female, who does not reside in Uvalde County, is being treated for COVID-19 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Because the individual resides in another county, she will not be counted in the Uvalde County case count. Sentinel testing of UMH hospital personnel who have had contact with the patient is being performed out of an abundance of caution, according to Karla Radicke, marketing manager for Uvalde Memorial Hospital, in a press release issued Friday morning. Uvalde County has had six positive COVID-19 cases since March 26, all of which have recovered. No new positive cases have been confirmed since April 8.uvaldeleadernews.com
Fans flock to the Frio
Julye KeebleStaff writerAfter weeks of cancelations things are turning around for businesses in the Uvalde County river region. McNew said one lodge owner remarked the resurgence of river visitors was so widespread, it was as though the summer season started early. Melissa Bates with Happy Hollow Frio River Outfitters said guests who came to float the river in a tube were happy and plentiful. Garner State Park representative Brett Rimkus said the park is open for day use. For more information or to book lodging or activities see the Texas Hill Country River Region website at www.VisitUvaldeCounty.com.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
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
Swifter justice served via iPad
Uvalde justices work in conjunction with the Uvalde County Sheriffs Office. The tablet system was studied for months by Precinct 4 Judge Lalo Diaz and deployed late last year. Uvalde County auditor Alice Chapman, a strong proponent of the new system, said the funding for the iPad system comes from the justice court technology fund, generated by fees collected through the court. Deputies have to return to the Uvalde County Justice Center to fill out required reports, often from incidents in outlying areas like Concan, which decreases efficiency. A digital system could potentially decrease hours used traveling and filling out paperwork, and increase time spent patrolling Uvalde County.uvaldeleadernews.com
City wants to reopen salons, more
Julye KeebleStaff writerUvalde County qualifies to allow certain establishments to reopen tomorrow at 50-percent capacity under Executive Order GA-18 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, but in seeming noncompliance with the order, the city council also plans to allow salons, gyms, and barber shops to reopen as well. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. made it clear at the Tuesday evening city council meeting that the decision to include salons, gyms, and barber shops in Uvalde reopenings tomorrow was made solely by council members. Paraphrasing an argument he said was made by a county judge in Montgomery County, McLaughlin explained the decision to allow gyms and salons to reopen. A memo issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation dated April 28 states, Under Executive Order GA-18 issued by Gov.uvaldeleadernews.com
Medina County caseload increases
Antibody testing underway hereJulye KeebleStaff writerWith a population roughly double that of Uvalde County, Medina County has now reported its 19th case of COVID-19, while Uvalde County remains stable, with no new known cases since April 8. Medina County officials report 11 patients as recovered, with six active cases and two deaths from coronavirus in the county. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 2019 Uvalde County population to be 26,741; and the Medina County population at approximately 51,584 residents. On Thursday, Medina County reported its 18th and 19th cases of COVID-19, believed to be acquired through community spread. On April 21, Medina County issued a press release regarding the 16th and 17th cases of coronavirus.uvaldeleadernews.com
Approximately one-quarter of local households have responded to Census
As of Friday, approximately 24.9 percent of households in Uvalde County have responded to the 2020 census online, by mail, or by phone, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall in the state of Texas, approximately 45.1 percent of households have responded. Uvalde County residents should have received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20, and responses can be filed through the mail, online, or via telephone. During the last census, held in 2010, 72.1 percent of Uvalde County households returned questionnaires. The remaining 27.9 required in-person follow-up, according to data from the census hard to count map for 2020.uvaldeleadernews.com
Looking back at census taking in Uvalde County
The first Uvalde County census was taken in 1860. Reading Black didnt live to see the 1870 census taken as he was shot by his good friend G. W. Tom Wall in 1867. On the 1880 Uvalde County census, consisting of 16 pages, Benson is listed as a land agent. 1940 Uvalde County enumerators, who were listed at the top of each census page, included Florence Fenley, Bernice E. Soyars, Mrs. Florence E. McKinney, A. Because there is a 72-year privacy act on census information, the 1950 census will not be available until April 2022.uvaldeleadernews.com
Medina County caseload vaults to 14
Health authority says all six Uvalde County patients have recoveredJulye KeebleStaff writerAll six cases of COVID-19 in Uvalde County are now listed as recovered on the health authority website, and Medina County has reported their 14th case and two deaths from coronavirus. Uvalde Health Authority Dr. Jared Reading explained what recovered means, and how that determination is made. The COVID-19 virus has been so successful in spreading because it is most contagious during the initial few days after exposure, even without signs of illness. The health authority website, www.uvaldehealthauthority.org, is updated at least daily, and lists the number of cases in Uvalde County. Medina CountyOn Tuesday Medina County reported the 14th case of COVID-19, in the 78861, Hondo area zip code.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
501 Ranch donates $250,000 for health care workers, law enforcement protection during pandemic
The 501 Ranch has donated $250,000 to the City of Uvalde and Uvalde County to be used to provide equipment to community health providers and first responders dealing with the public to help protect them from COVID-19. This is a great example of the spirit of the people of Uvalde County. 501 RanchLocated on the southern cusp of the Hill Country River Region where it intersects Texass legendary Golden Triangle, the 501 Ranch and Lodge straddle two hospitable landscapes that attract a multitude of wildlife. The 501 Ranch has a rustic, ranch charm with modern touches throughout and is perfect for any type of event- weddings, corporate events or meetings, private parties, hunting excursions, or shooting sports. Visit www.501Ranch.com or call 830-278-3939 for more info about 501 Ranch.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
Third, fourth COVID-19 cases announced for Uvalde County
Two more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Uvalde County, as per statistics reported on the website maintained by Uvalde health authority Dr. Jared Reading. The two additional cases, who have been in self quarantine for approximately a week, involve of a woman from Knippa who is believed to have traveled to Austin, and a male correctional officer who had contact with the second case of coronavirus diagnosed in Uvalde, also a correctional officer at the Uvalde County Jail. No press conference will be held to avoid endangering people, said Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell. Sheriff Charles Mendeke said the jail is still open, and his main focus is on protecting community members, his employees and the inmates. We are going to protect our community, Mendeke said, adding that the jail is a clean facility that is being sanitized regularly.uvaldeleadernews.com
Uvalde County offices close to public, staff will still report to work
Beginning today, Tuesday, March 24, at 8 a.m., all Uvalde County offices are closed to the public. The county of Uvalde issued a press release which states members of the public needing to do business with county officials should call and email the appropriate person. The Uvalde County Jail has been closed to visitors since Friday, March 13. Tax officeUvalde County Appraisal District has also closed to the public, but staff will still be on hand to collect payments. People may also call to request reports, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, case number, a contact number and a brief statement about the request.uvaldeleadernews.com
Court cases delayed, sheriff screening staff, inmates for fever
Julye KeebleStaff writerThe city of Uvalde and Uvalde County are working with area law enforcement officials and postponing court dates, implementing social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Uvalde Police Department officers and Uvalde County Sheriffs Office deputies are not currently certifying warrants for non-locals, and the citys warrant round up has been postponed. On March 13, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for all counties in Texas due to the threat of COVID-19. The Uvalde County Justice Center, which include the Uvalde County Jail, is enforcing a decree by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards prohibiting visitors.uvaldeleadernews.com
City, county call virus contingency planning session
Julye KeebleStaff writerThough no known cases of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, have been reported in Uvalde, city and county staff, law enforcement and representatives from Uvalde Memorial Hospital are making preparations if the illness reaches Uvalde. Yesterday, approximately 80 people representing more than 15 agencies attended a meeting directed by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. and Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell. Those present included representatives from local health care facilities, area first responders, including game wardens, representatives of local schools and the tourism industry, and Uvalde County and city staff. This decision was not necessarily due to the seriousness of the illness itself, but rather because of how quickly it has spread, UMH CEO Tom Nordwick said. Take precautions but dont necessarily change your daily life, said Mitchell.uvaldeleadernews.com
Commissioners delay tax relief action
Julye KeebleStaff writerThough several residents attended the Monday meeting of the Commissioners Court with the intent to speak about a potential tax abatement for OCI Solar Power in Knippa, no one did after commissioners tabled the adoption of new guidelines for designating tax abatement eligible reinvestment zones. Commissioners, with the help of Uvalde County attorney John Dodson, considered changes to criteria the county uses for granting tax abatements in reinvestment zones, including defining the taxable value of the project, adding a possible $1,000 application fee and allowing up to 60 days to consider an application. After discussing several potential changes, Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell asked Dodson if he would recommend adopting the guidelines. I do, judge. I dont have a problem with that, but I think were supposed to have a public hearing regarding the proposed adoption, Dodson said.uvaldeleadernews.com
Runoff in play for Republicans
I appreciate all of those who took time out of their busy life to pray, support and vote for me in the primary race, Nolasco said. Precinct 3 constable is decided by residents of Uvalde County voting precincts 3 and 4. The Democratic Party did not field a candidate for the position, so the runoff victor will assume the office come January 2021. Yeackle did not have an opponent in the Democratic Party primary. 3 Uvalde County Commissioner Jerry Bates defeated challenger Morris Killough, a Utopia real estate agent, 693 to 407, with 63 percent of the vote.uvaldeleadernews.com