50 years ago: The Horseshoe Tournament takes center stage

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Manager assesses first year of Main Street project – Olga Charles, initially Main Street Uvalde manager, was excited about the prospect of revitalizing the city’s downtown district. Today, a little over a year later, she is satisfied with what has been accomplished. “I just knew it was my community,” Charles said Thursday of his reason for choosing to lead the program. “It’s everyone’s community and we had to do something…to bring more people downtown.” Charles’ first goal was to learn more about what other cities were doing to revitalize downtowns. The answer was monthly community events, and that’s how Uvalde’s Four Square Friday was born. On the second Friday of each month, downtown businesses extend store hours to provide shopping and often snacks and other entertainment for people of all ages who stop by to socialize and browse unique collections. . “We’re starting slowly,” said Charles, adding that word of mouth has been a great tool in increasing the popularity of the event.

Haby celebrates 20th anniversary of transplant – Twenty years ago this week, Dan Haby literally got a second chance at life when, after a heart attack that devastated 95% of his heart, a miracle happened in the form from an organ donor. As they greeted friends Tuesday at the Southwest Livestock Exchange, a place the Uvaldean has frequented for decades, Haby, his wife, Pat, and sons spoke about the miracle that was sent to them over the Easter weekend he 20 years ago. The family was preparing to celebrate the birthday of their son Joe Tom. The barbecue was being prepared when Dan Sr. said he was not feeling well. His boys urged him to go home while Dan Jr. took care of the birthday party. With Joe Tom at the wheel, the duo takes off. Dan Sr., who boasted of going 51 years without seeing a doctor, suffered a massive heart attack and ended up in hospital. … “The doctor said nothing could be done,” said Dan Jr. Luckily, three hours after being placed on a transplant list, a heart from a 24-year-old biker was available. “We had a 20-year blessing,” Joe Tom said. “We didn’t even think we had 20 minutes.”

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fairplex Structure Honors Veterans – Located near the entrance to the Uvalde County Fairplex, bricks are now in place on the Veterans Memorial Wall designed to honor living and deceased veterans of the nation’s armed forces . American Legion Post 479 and its auxiliary unit are still selling bricks to place on the wall. Each side of the four walls can display around 250 bricks. Memorial bricks cost $50 each and can be engraved with the veteran’s name, rank, branch of service and years of service. If space permits, a notation may be made to denote service in a specific war. … There are three lines on each brick with a maximum of 14 characters per line, and a space counts as one character. A star will be placed on bricks purchased for a veteran killed in action. Proceeds from the sale of bricks will be used to offset the construction of the wall and to purchase bricks for deceased veterans with no living family. Any remaining money will be used to provide college scholarships.

Community teams up to improve baseball park – A variety of improvements have been made to the Marvin Kolinek field this season, all thanks to a group of dedicated local volunteers who have contributed time, money and labor to the field project baseball. Improvements range from new asphalt under the bleachers to a new protective screen with an unobstructed view. Project costs were between $30 and $40,000. Joe Jarosek, Director of Public Works for the Town of Uvalde, said the project would not have been possible without the benevolence of Steve Cargil, Gary Eagle and Vulcan Materials, Kelly Faglie and Faglie Construction. He also mentioned that Vann McElroy, Terry Raley, Kevin Ermis and Marvin Kolinek have been the champions of keeping the pitch in prime condition over the years. “The city played a minor role in that,” Jarosek said. “Thanks to these people, this project could be realized.”

50 years ago

Thursday, April 20, 1972: Arturo Rodriquez and Tony Moreno, students at Anthon Elementary School, have been as busy as bees making Uvalde honey. They participate in the preparations for the big Cabrito barbecue dinner this Thursday evening at school. The plates cost $1.25 and will be sold at school. Everyone is invited to come have fun and have a good dinner.

Thursday, April 20, 1972

Senator Connally’s Visit Here – Wayne W. Connally, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas, will be in Uvalde for a visit with people from Uvalde and the surrounding area. Connally’s arrival will be at 3 p.m. at the airport in the town of Uvalde on Friday. The Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Carpet Committee will be on hand to greet the senator. Senator Connally served as Chairman of the Wilson County Farm Commission and State Director of the South Texas and Texas Hereford Associations before being elected State Representative in 1964. In 1966 he was elected to the Senate of Texas in the 21st Senatorial District of South Texas. He was re-elected to his Senate seat in 1968 for a four-year term and is currently Chairman of the Senate Parks and Wildlife Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and serves on nine other committees.

Horseshoe Throwing Set for Rama – Seeking to revive the ancient sport of horseshoe throwing, the Uvalde A-Rama has announced the first annual Wintergarden Uvalde Horseshoe Tournament scheduled for 3 and June 4 in Uvalde, Texas. “There will be no entry fee,” said Manley E. Johnson, event chairman, “and everyone is welcome to participate.” All that is required to enter is to send a card or letter to Johnson at 114 East North St. indicating his availability to play. A suitable trophy will be awarded to the winner.

Sunday, April 23, 1972

Carnes praises agricultural producers – Agricultural producers should be praised, not blamed, in the national food price controversy, JR Carnes of Uvalde, chairman of the Uvalde County Farm Bureau, said Friday. “Productivity in agriculture has increased about twice as fast as in industry,” said the local farm manager. “This incredible efficiency is the basis of our high standard of living.” Carnes said if consumers paid the same proportion of their take-home pay for food today as they did 20 years ago, the food bill for American consumers would be about $50 billion more per year than it did today. is actually the case. ”Farmers and ranchers take pride in the fact that, in part because of their record performance, the American consumer today only has to spend about 16 percent of their after-tax dollars on food – the most small proportion of income ever made here or anywhere in the world,” said the president of the local Farm Bureau.

COMPILED BY JULYE KEEBLE

from Leader-News files