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Annual Rummage Sale

8 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Red Building next to SS Velero, Hwy 87 near FM 539

The Sutherland Springs Community Assoc., Inc. hosts annual rummage sale fundraiser. Donations accepted 210-289-2583.

For more information call 210-289-3583 or or visit
Contact Person: T. Read
Beaver Comeback

4 p.m. (and other times, see below) / Falls City Community Hall

The 22nd Annual Beaver Roundup will begin with registration at 4 p.m., and will include a silent auction, Bar-B-Q and sausage with all the trimmings, a program to recognize members of the Honor Classes, and a dance at night. FCHS Cheerleaders, Color Guard, and Dance Team will perform during the program. Prior to registration, the Falls City High School Building will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., for anyone interested in visiting the school one last time before FCISD moves into new facilities next summer. A Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Falls City will begin at 3:00 p.m. This year’s Honor Classes will be those classes with graduation years ending in 0 or 5. Every year the Beaver Roundup Committee updates the addresses of graduates and former students of Falls City High School, dating back to 1950. Please keep us informed of address changes or corrections. Reservation forms with checks and/or updates should be mailed by July 24, to Beaver Roundup, PO Box 34, Falls City, TX 78113. The Beaver Roundup is held every year on the first Saturday in August for graduates, former students, current and former staff and administrators, and the families and friends of those connected with Falls City High School.

For more information call 830-299-5230 or .
Contact Person: Ronnie Jendrusch
Denim & Diamonds Casino Night

doors open at 5:30 pm / Floresville Event Center, SH 97

Consolata Healthcare Foundation presents its 9th annual Casino Night. Event proceeds will enhance Connally Memorial Medical Center's services to the community. There will be a live auction, Gaming by Casino Fun, a steak dinner, and a high roller tournament

For more information call 830-393-1311 or .
Contact Person: Lori Marroquin
Farmers Market

9-sold out / Old Verdi School across from church

Local farmers congregate for a home-grown market on the first & third Saturdays with everything from eggs and honey to pies and preserves as well as veggies.

For more information call 830-391-4739.
Contact Person: Frances Raabe
Moondance Concert: Lost Mule Band

7:30 - 10:30 pm / 140 City Park Rd., Boerne, TX 78006

The Lost Mule Band performs classic rock, Texas swing and country music at the outdoor Moondance Concert series at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm in Boerne, Texas. Kids under 12 are free at this family-friendly concert at the nonprofit nature center’s outdoor stage. Bring your own lawn chairs, or spread out a blanket under the moonlight. The Kitchen Cabin food truck will be on site. The gates open at 7 p.m. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. The Moondance concert series takes place each month through September on a Saturday night closest to a full moon. Concerts benefit the nature center’s education programs and outreach. Visit for this year’s complete lineup.

For more information call 830-249-4616 or or visit
Contact Person: Cindy Glass
Spear Family Reunion

9:30 a.m. / Union Valley Baptist Church

The annual Spear Family Reunion will beheld in Union Valley Baptist Church recreation room, across the street from the Historical Tabernacle in Union Valley, Texas. The first Spear Family Reunion was held in Stockale on Oct. 24, 1976, in the Community Center. In a newspaper article written about that gathering, it said that the reason for the reunion was: “Five brothers, Byrd, Jim, Mac, Woodley and Scott Spear came from Georgia to Texas shortly after the Civil War. The descendants were to get better acquainted and draw families closer together.” Estelle Moore, a family descendent, wrote a long poem with the title; “The Spear Reunion.” I am not sure but I think it was written about the same time. A few lines from that poem read: "Twas after the war 'tween the gray and the blue. Five brothers came this land to view From Georgia they came by mule or by horse, With very little aid to map their course. Byrd, Jim, Mack, Woodley and Scott, all Spears, With Scott a mere lad of fourteen years, The five brothers settled on Texas land. A pot luck lunch will be shared at noon. Everyone attending will bring their favorite dishes. Utensils will be supplied.

For more information call 210-865-1678 or .
Contact Person: Mr. Jim or Miss Lou
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School board taps Pruitt as vice principal

School board taps Pruitt as vice principal

The La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees, following a closed session at its July 27 meeting, has chosen Wendy Pruitt as the new assistant principal of the La Vernia Primary School. Full Story »

LV Stuff the Bus is Aug. 1

The La Vernia Lions Club wants your help to Stuff the Bus on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the H-E-B parking lot at 14414 U.S. 87 W. in La Vernia. Full Story »

Through grace, there is enough

(Revised 7/30/15) Mass this past Sunday at 9:30 a.m. was full. It’s probably the service the most attended of our weekend services, but all services dwindle in the summer months, as folks go on vacation -- or, heaven forfend I say it -- give up their regular “routine,” which also includes church. Full Story »

Jerk pork fires up the grill

Jerk pork fires up the grill

Caribbean dishes reflect the influence of a wide variety of cultures and cuisines, including British, Dutch, French, Spanish, East Indian, West African, Portuguese and Chinese. The cooking technique that made Jamaica famous is the spicy jerk marinade that’s used for both meats and vegetables. The name is derived from the way the meat is poked or “jerked” with a sharp object to create the holes where spices are inserted. Full Story »

Texas team wins Little League regional

Texas team wins Little League regional

In an exciting Little League tournament held last week in La Vernia, the Big League division baseball team from South Garland knocked off the team from South Lake Charles, La., to advance to the 2015 Big League Baseball World Series. Full Story »

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‘Live oaks and friendly folks’ Find both in the ‘Birthplace of the Cowboy’

“Live Oaks and Friendly Folks” -- that’s the motto of Pleasanton, Texas, also known as the Birthplace of the Cowboy. You have to go back over five centuries to understand the how and the why of this title. Full Story »

China Grove chase ends in La Vernia

China Grove chase ends in La Vernia

James Edward Cheatham, 33, of San Antonio is free on bond awaiting consideration of his case by a grand jury following his July 18 arrest in La Vernia, according to Wilson County Jail records. According to Officer Anthony Martinez of the China Grove Police Department, Cheatham is charged with evading arrest or detention, criminal mischief, and a host of traffic violations. Full Story »

Historical goat ranch beckons  interest in Wilson County history

Historical goat ranch beckons interest in Wilson County history

When San Antonio’s historical Spanish missions received recognition July 5 as a World Heritage Site, so did a landmark in Wilson County. Full Story »

Remember the golden rule

As a child, I remember being told that we should treat others the way we would want them to treat us. As a child it is hard to understand that because a child really doesn’t stop to think, they just react to eminent threat. It became a truth when we had to memorize the verse in Sunday school. Luke 6:31 NLT says: “Do unto others as you would like them to do to you.” We recited it several times and the more times we recited it, I started to understand what I was saying. It wasn’t the memorization of it that made it truth; it was that God Himself, through His Word was speaking to my heart. Full Story »

Judo fighters excel in Corpus Christi tourney

Judo fighters excel in Corpus Christi tourney

During the Bushido Judo Tournament held June 18 in Corpus Christi, John Gill, a judo black belt, represented the Ronin Dojo of La Vernia quite well. Full Story »

America needs another ‘Great Awakening’

The “Great Awakening” was a powerful 25-year-long Christian revival that swept across the American colonies from Maine to Georgia between about 1725 and 1750. Historians and theologians often credit this awakening and its four important leaders, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and John and Charles Wesley, with having had a strong positive influence on America’s early historical foundation. Full Story »

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