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Canceled: John William Helton Park Ded.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. / John William Helton - San Antonio River Nature Park, 15662 FM 775

The San Antonio River Authority park dedication ceremony of John William Helton - San Antonio River Nature Park has been canceled due to recent rains and flooding. ***EVENT CANCELLATION REMINDER*** Tomorrow's dedication of John William Helton - San Antonio River Nature Park has been cancelled due to weather conditions. There are currently no plans to reschedule this event but please visit the events page at for upcoming events at this location.

For more information call 210-302-3267 or or visit
Contact Person: Angela Camarillo
Teen Dance

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm / Wilson County Showbarn (435 SH 97E)

Dancing, Food, Door Prizes - Music by DJ: MoMusic. Admission $5.00. Parents welcome. Teen Dance for 18 and under only. No alcohol allowed.

For more information call 830-391-4344.
Highland Social Club Casino Night

6:00pm-12:00pm / 2929 S W W White Rd

Highland Social Club will be hosting a Casino Night on May 30, 2015. Cost to attend is 15.00 a person or two for 25.00. We will have blackjack, 3 card poker, craps and various other gaming events. Event is open to the public and the proceeds benefit the club. Please come out and support our club that has been in business for over 100 years. Contact Monica or the club at 210.333.4567 for more information.

For more information call 210-833-3264 or .
Contact Person: Monica Wagoner
Summer Family Fun Festival

10 am - 2 pm / 33 Herff Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

The Summer Family Fun Festival is free fun for everyone. Make and fly kites, and join the sack races, watermelon-eating contests and more events at the historic Herff Farm at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. While you're here, visit the free farmers markets on the farm's grounds.

For more information call 830-249-4616 or or visit
Contact Person: Cindy Glass
Texas Ranger Cross dedication

10 a.m. / King Cemetery

In commemoration of the service rendered and the sacrifices made by Robert Hall, the Former Texas Rangers Association has given a special grave marker. The Texas Rangers Memorial Cross will be placed on Hall’s grave by his descendants in the King Cemetery between Belmont and Gonzales on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. Members of the public are welcome. The cemetery is located on U.S. 90 Alternate, approximately 6 miles east of Belmont. With the help of local historical societies and Ranger descendants, the Texas Ranger Memorial Cross program researches, identifies, and documents the burial sites of Texas Rangers statewide and places a memorial cross at the resting place of each honored Ranger. The cross is furnished to members of the Former Texas Rangers Association at no cost; the program is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation, the Henderson family, Dale Williamson, and others. For information about the Former Texas Rangers Association, call 830-990-1192; email; or mail FTRA, P.O. Box 3195, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

For more information call 830-990-1192.
Contact Person: UNK

10:00am-2:00pm / Tractor Supply

$1 Concession Fund Raiser & K-9 Event

For more information call 210-573-4519 or or visit
Contact Person: Ellen Swetman
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New state law may increase graduating class

The La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) is quickly moving to implement a new Texas law that affects this year’s graduating class. Full Story »

Libraries receive grant to support summer literacy

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded the Wilson County Public Libraries a $2,000 grant to support summer literacy. Full Story »

Unconditional love, not unconditional surrender

We are a nation fond of building stone monuments to the past, and the past we are most quick to memorialize is our history of war. An index of major U.S. monuments reads like a catalogue of conquest. Our most iconic memorial of stone is Arlington National Cemetery. Hundreds of thousands have been buried there, and in a few short decades, it will reach capacity. Full Story »

Corn: summer’s sweet gift

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Weightlifting club advances to Nationals

Weightlifting club advances to Nationals

The La Vernia Weightlifting Club will be making another trip to the USA Weightlifting Youth Nationals with six lifters qualifying for the event. Full Story »

Visiting the national park on the Pedernales River

Visiting the national park on the Pedernales River

In 1879, at a good ol’ Texas barbecue on the banks of Town Creek, locals met to choose a site for a new town. The winner was a 320-acre plot of land on the Pedernales River offered by James Polk Johnson, a distant relative of our 36th president. A good place to start exploring both the town and the man it produced is at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park Visitor Center at the Intersection of Ladybird Lane and Avenue G in Johnson City. Full Story »

Wilson County cities vie to be YMCA site

The market study to determine whether a new YMCA will be in La Vernia or Floresville may soon have the funds to begin. Full Story »

Precipitation prompts postponements

Precipitation prompts postponements

April showers might bring May flowers, but May downpours meant the postponement of the city’s Bluebonnet Festival and parade that was set for May 16. Those events have been rescheduled to Saturday, June 13. Full Story »

Baptist service focuses on outreach

Sunday was an interesting and different kind of day at First Baptist. We heard a great report on the recent prison ministry our team attended. Stories of children having a day with their dads who are in prison, a day of talking, playing games, and having a meal with them, hugging them, some for the first time. There were very few eyes that didn’t well up with tears as we listened. You couldn’t help but realize that this was a very special time that the children, as well as their fathers, would remember all their lives. As will the workers who made it possible. They were definitely an extension of the hands of Christ that day at prison. Full Story »

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Because it's June

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Olivia Hinojosa competes at state meet

Olivia Hinojosa competes at state meet

La Vernia senior Olivia Hinojosa closed out a stellar high school running career at Mike Meyers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin last weekend. She ran a season-best time in the 3,200-meter run and finished fifth in state. Full Story »

The life of Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln, the first child of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, was born in 1843 in Springfield, Ill., and named for his maternal grandfather. He studied law, became a lawyer, and later served as Secretary of War under Presidents James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur. Full Story »

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