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Setting the stage for performing arts

Setting the stage for performing arts
The “County Line Community Band” performs at the Army Residence Community in Windcrest. The band is seeking a permanent home.

The performing arts are flourishing in La Vernia. From the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts’ music events in the city park, to LV Shoestring Stage Productions’ plays and talent shows, to the upcoming “Night in Ol’ La Vernia” event planned by the La Vernia Education Foundation featuring “Shenandoah” in May, it’s apparent the community enjoys good music and performances.

Capitalizing on that interest, community members are working hard to bring more arts and entertainment to the city.

That’s one of the reasons for a presentation April 14 to the La Vernia City Council, urging the city to consider “adopting” the “County Line Community Band.”

Elaine Stephens, on behalf of a number of community members, highlighting the needs of the band and LV Shoestring Stage Productions, as well as spotlighting the enhancement such groups bring to a community. Both groups need space to rehearse and store items, Stephens said, adding that both also bring people to town.

People come from far and wide to enjoy the nonprofit groups’ performances; this enhances La Vernia’s reputation, Stephens said.

’County Line’

The “County Line Community Band” comprises approximately 30 members including several high school students from across South Texas. This nonprofit group cannot charge for performances but accepts donations. The band plays at festivals and fairs, patriotic and community events and venues, and more, and stores its music library of more than 300 titles in someone’s garage, since the band has no “home” in which to store materials or rehearse. The band could serve as an ambassador for La Vernia in parades and elsewhere, Stephens said.

LV Shoestring

Also attending were members of LV Shoestring Stage Productions Mayor Robert Gregory and the council thanked them for their recent stage play, “Heir to a Misfortune,” April 9-10 in the La Vernia High School auditorium. The group has staged “Wilson County’s Got Talent” for six years and has presented several plays. The organization rehearses in garages, church halls, and other spaces, and rents a storage unit to store props, scenery, and more. According to its website, the nonprofit group “é formed in 2010 to bring performing arts and stage productions to the Wilson County area.”

Stephens suggested perhaps the city could facilitate a space the two groups can share in La Vernia, such as the old Baumann’s store on U.S. 87.

The city also is seeking to be the home for a YMCA facility in the county, Stephens reminded the council. Such things are great for enhancing life in the community.

Gregory agreed. No action was taken, however; this was a presentation only.

Council actions

During the April 14 meeting, the council approved:

¢To award a contract for Well No. 7 to McKinley Drilling Co. for drilling and setting the well, and Travis Hobbs Construction for a waterline from Well No. 6 to Well No. 7, and provide electrical service

¢To enter a contract with Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, for warrant collection; outstanding warrants total approximately $275,000. Members of the La Vernia Police Department will perform warrant collection on duty, said police Chief Bruce Ritchey, but Linebarger will pursue long outstanding ones or out-of-area warrants.

¢A mid-year budget review to include street-maintenance work on Forest, Dry Hollow, Kyle, and King streets, and sidewalks on DL Vest

¢An ordinance to change the distance for fire hydrant spacing from 300 feet to 500 feet.

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