The 13th-annual HUGS, Helping Uvalde’s Grieving Survivors, candle-lighting ceremony is slated Sunday. The event, which is held in remembrance of children who have died, will be held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom at Southwest Texas Junior College.
After being deployed in Turkey for nine months with the U.S. Air Force, Technical Sergeant Robert Quiñones returned home, surprising his oldest daughter, Abigail, at her Winter Wonderland Ball at Anthon Elementary. Abigail’s mother, Brittney, a member of the parent teacher organization at Anthon, worked to keep the reunion a surprise. Quiñones actually returned to Uvalde at 1 a.m. Thursday morning and stayed in a hotel for the day.
After hearing written comments from two area school districts, the Uvalde County Appraisal District’s (UCAD) board of directors voted to adopt their proposed budget for 2017. Two line items are at the heart of a $262,457 increase over last year’s total expenses of $806,815, leaving the district with a total budget of $1,069,272. The single largest hike in expenses comes in the form of salaries, which have gone from $375,662 in 2016 to $554,074 for the upcoming year – an increase of $178,412.
Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a string of vehicle burglaries that occurred Thursday night and Friday morning in Knippa and Sabinal. All burglarized vehicles were left unlocked. The first call came in at 2 a.m., when deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Avenue D in Knippa.