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2010 brings growth


The La Vernia community continues to buck national trends, fostering business opportunities and growth throughout 2010.

The La Vernia Independent School District is bringing bond construction to an end. This includes a brand-new, state-of-the-art auditorium between the junior high and high school campuses; an increased number of tennis courts; a revamped football stadium; and new athletic complex. Along with the new construction have come new learning and technology opportunities, and some community classes, too.

The city, too, accepted the challenge municipal well No. 5’s failure presented, and has sourced a new well site and some federal funds to help offset the costs, as well as discovered an opportunity to drill a replacement well near the current site. The city continues to work to encourage new businesses and to work with existing ones to foster growth in the community. Through careful fiscal management, the council was able to present a balanced budget for the coming year and offer a one-time employee incentive payment for city workers. Street repairs and water system maintenance were successfully carried out, also.

The city’s parks foundation’s fund-raisers were again successful, drawing record crowds and contributing to the continued beautification and improvements in the park, to the benefit of all.

The city’s economy has gone from strength to strength, with new businesses being attracted to the growing community.

Among the highlights this year was the grand opening of a full-service H-E-B store at the intersection of U.S. 87 and F.M. 1346, complete with pharmacy and floral departments, and a service station. The latest addition to the store is a carwash adjacent to the service station. Shoppers continue to flock to the store from across the area.

The H-E-B construction provided opportunities for other businesses. Soon Cowboy Liquors and Fantastic Sams opened in the grocery store’s plaza and are thriving. Inside H-E-B, a First Convenience Bank and Nail Studio are doing brisk trade.

Across U.S. 87 from H-E-B, a new business development, La Vernia Crossing, is under way.

Dr. David Fleitas is completing a new dental clinic on F.M. 1346 across from the intermediate school, and Grandma’s House Child Care Center opened just along F.M. 1346, next to the Dollar General Store.

Other growth included Always and Forever, which changed hands and now offers a range of quilting and sewing supplies, along with flowers and gifts. Roeber’s Insurance recently moved to a nearby location on Chihuahua Street, adding to the complement of downtown merchants. Adding to the Chihuahua Street bustle is the new Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce office, next to City Hall. Just down the road is the new home of The La Vernia News, in the building formerly occupied by the Music Loft, which is moving to a location on U.S. 87 near the Nixon State Bank.

Legacy 316, next door to the Busy Bear restaurant on U.S. 87, opened in February, offering a range of Christian gifts and home décor.

Also opening in February was La Vernia Chinese Cuisine, offering a new taste sensation for La Vernia diners.

Frontier Self Storage opened on U.S. 87 near the county line in the spring, offering a fully automated service. Recently, Fulmer Realty held a grand opening on C.R. 319, near the intersection of F.M. 3432 and F.M. 775, at Center Point Station.

It’s been a year of “hello” for new businesses, and a year of farewells, also. Longtime hometown grocers Baumann’s closed its doors in June, after many years of serving and supporting the local community. Pruski’s Market is processing game in the old Baumann’s building at the moment. Also closing its doors was the La Vernia Steak House.

The most recent farewell is to Bullfrog Books, as Lilli Pursley turns the page to begin a new chapter in her life.

Who knows what 2011 has in store? For La Vernia, the coming year seems to hold much promise!

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