Most of the city of Alice was left in the dark this afternoon after a transmission line went down knocking out power to more than eight thousand homes and buildings. But Alice ISD leaders decided to continue on with the district’s Veterans Day Luncheon anyway.
“Our veteran luncheon was a great success,” school district spokesperson Ofelia Hunter said in an email. “And even though our elementary students sang in the dark, the program to our local veterans went as planned.”
The kids’ songs were accompanied by a presentation of the colors and a speech from Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno. It was a touching ceremony for the people who attended and even some who didn’t.
Alice ISD custodian Lulu Casarez wasn’t able to make the ceremony. But after hearing that a blackout did not cancel it, the daughter, niece, and mother-in-law to veterans smiled.
“It makes me happy that everybody thinks about the veterans, especially when they’re out there at war,” Casarez said.
Power was restored to Alice and some surrounding communities just before 5:00 p.m. Power company AEP says it’s possible Friday’s bad weather caused the transmission line failure, but investigators are still looking for the exact cause.