Local News Stories
Council deals with another blocked alley dispute
The Eldorado City Council met Monday evening and found itself again dealing with a complaint of a blocked alleyway.
Albin, Espinosa win trip to Washington, D.C.
ELDORADO — Buff Whitten, Co-op Manager, announced this week the names of winners of an essay contest, sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative. Area youths whose winning essay qualified them for an expense-paid Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. are Madison Albin and Ryan Espinosa of Eldorado High School. This year’s essay topic was “Renewable Energy’s Role in Tomorrow’s Energy Supply. “
Madison is the daughter of Kim and Eddie Albin. She is a junior and participates in tennis and UIL Academics. She is also a member of the Mighty Eagle Band and the National Honor Society.
Ryan is the son of Raymond and Lavonne Espinosa. He is a senior at Eldorado High School. He participates in tennis, one-act play and is working part time. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council.
The idea for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour sprang from a suggestion by then-Senator and future President Lyndon Johnson that electric cooperatives send young people to the capital to “see what the flag stands for”.
Youth Tour participates will enjoy the best of Washington, D.C., touring the Smithsonian Institute, Mount Vernon, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Ford’s Theater, the FBI building, the White House, the Supreme Court and many other famous sites. They will also be visiting their Congressman’s office and the House of Representatives and the Senate.
They will be among 100 young people from all over Texas participating in the tour of the nation’s capital city, June 13th-21st. Almost 1500 young people from cooperatives across the U.S. are expected to participate in this year’s tour.
EHS ONE ACT "The Voice of the Praire"
EHS One-Act-Play actors and crew present ‘The Voice of the Prairie’
A traveling con artist with a microphone and a quick tongue convinces a shy farmer to tell stories of his youthful travels in “The Voice of the Prairie,” this year’s One-Act-Play offering from Eldorado High School.
The play invites its audience to relive the thrilling early days of radio through the touching tale of a search for lost love and a place in the world.
A dress rehearsal of “The Voice of the Prairie” is slated for Sunday, March 17th at 7pm in the EHS Auditorium.
Contest dates are Zone -March 21st in Miles and District-March 26th in Mertzon.
Cast members include: Ryan Espinosa - Leon Schwabb (con-artist); Austin Stapp - Davey, a shy farmer; Jacob Mettlen - Sheriff and watermelon man; Alex McMayon - Frankie, a blind girl; Aaron Santellano - school boy and news vendor; Whitney Perez - Susie; Amber Shipman - a passerby; Andrew Curtis - James; Rylea Self - a gossip monger; Kaitlyn Lindsey - schoolgirl; and Robin Hibbs - jailer.
Crew members include: Esme Ruezga - lighting; Stormi Rinehart - sound; Jessica Gonzalez -spotlight; Cody McCormack and Victoria Olivan.
Alternates include: Kaci Bales, T.J. Hudson and Megan Powell.
Luann Shipman directs the play with the help of assistant directors Layna Murr and Lindsey Parker.
Candidates vie for school, water boards
Filing for most of the positions ended last Friday. The filing period for two unexpired city council seats remains open until 5 p.m. on Monday March 11th.
Local TAFE chapter shines in San Antonio
The Eldorado High School chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE ) won the Outstanding Chapter Award at the Teach Tomorrow Summit held Feb. 17-19 in San Antonio by the Texas Association of Future Educators.
Robin Hibbs earned awards for being a 2013 TAFE Storybook Creation state finalist and a 2013 TAFE Keynote Speech state finalist. Hibbs’ support staff included Kaitlyn Lindsey, T.J. Hudson, Megan Powell and Kaci Bales. They assisted her as she dressed in costume and waited to perform at state.
Alexis Garcia served as the State Historian. She was on stage throughout the summit, making presentations in front of a crowd of 1,700 of her peers from across the state. During that time, she greeted San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, and Teach Like a Rock Star speaker Hal Bowman.
TAFE sponsor Mrs. Case notes that in the month of February Alexis had the opportunity to have her picture taken at the state capital with Governor Rick Perry and shake hands with San Antonio’s youngest mayor, Julian Castro.
Alexis also represented her peers at the TAFE state board or directors meeting. Afterward, board members; Jamie Kujawa, of Houston Eisenhower High School and Principal Bruce Cunningham of Smyer ISD, President of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, each told Mrs. Case how impressed they were with Alexis and the questions she posed at the meeting.
Other EHS students participating included Domingo Garcia who earned a ribbon for the “Learning to Read to Pre-K Students” project. Also, Hagen Porras received a ribbon for the local chapter’s Yearbook while Madison Albin kept everyone organized and on time. Meanwhile, Mrs. Susie McAlpine was in charge of transportation. Pete Case also accompanied the group.
Water board meets, issues new permits
The Plateau Underground Water Conservation & Supply District board of directors met Friday, March 1st at the Schleicher County Annex, with directors Ronnie Sauer, Ray Ballew, and Cindy Cawley in attendance. Three well permit applications were approved by the board including Gary Gibson’s application for an irrigation permit for a maximum annual production of 101 acre feet.