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Citizens Forum on Islam and Terrorism

Dinner 6 p.m.; Forum 7-9:30 / Lew's Patio & Grill

Citizens Forum on Islam and Terrorism This is the second in a series of educational forums sponsored by Wilson County Patriots and the Wilson County News. Lt. Col. Roy White and Dr. Jeffrey Addicott, terrorism expert from St. Mary's School of Law, will present in-depth information about Radical Islam and Terrorism. There will be some opportunity for audience participation and questions. (Dinner, which is being subsidized by several supporters, is $10 and includes tax and gratuity. Reservations needed. Menu consists of grilled chicken, rice pilaf, and grilled mixed vegetables with a beverage bar that includes coffee, ice tea, water ) The Forum at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public (Seating for dinner is limited to first 117 people) We just learned that the forum will be recorded and broadcast by

For more information call 734-652-6186 or .
Contact Person: JoAnn Juhasz
CMMC Stroke Support Group

2:00pm - 3:00pm / CMMC large conference room

A newly formed support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Guest speakers to include doctors, nurses, therapists.

For more information call 830-393-1584 or or visit
Contact Person: Martha Buford
Owlers & Growlers

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. / 140 City Park Rd.

It's Hoot Hour at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm on May 28. Enjoy beer, lemonade and light snacks while you enjoy a talk about the nature of owls. Then go on a guided "owl prowl" along Cibolo Creek at the nature center in Boerne. Admission is $10 for adults, and free for kids under 16.

For more information call 830-249-4616 or or visit
Contact Person: Cindy Glass
The Business Plan

9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. / 207 W. Chihuahua, Suite 102

Ben Garza, UTSA SBDC Business Advisor, will teach the components of a business plan. Participants will walk away from this workshop with the start of a business plan written specifically for their own business, a template and resources folder. Topics discussed in this workshop include: business plan basics, feasibility process, business plan structure, and financial analysis.

For more information call 210-458-2746 or or visit
Contact Person: Yanet Byrom
THE ROCK Adult-Kids Bible Study

6:00PM / 2210 E FM 1518 S #20

Dinner Adult/Children Bible Study Everyone is Welcome FREE OF CHARGE

For more information call 210-573-4519 or or visit
Contact Person: Ellen Swetman
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.

For more information call 210-302-3267 or or visit
Contact Person: Angela Camarillo
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Be sure and check out the adorable pets as well as many others in our Pet Parade Pet Photo Contest. Cast your vote for your favorite in the La Vernia News office. Votes are $1 each and benefit the Wilson County, TX Lost & Found Animals, Inc. Voting ends June 27.
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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 »

Because it's June

Because it's June

The Kitchen Diva by Angela Shelf Medearis & Gina Harlow Full Story »

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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