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Humana Hosts Free Wellness Mobile Event

9:00am - 2:00pm / 7075 San Pedro, San Antonio, 78216

Humana invites San Antonio residents to participate in “Humana is Bringing Wellness to You,” a series of free mobile events open to Humana members and non-members throughout August. The event on August 26th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will take place at MCCI San Pedro and will feature preventive health screenings to check body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, height and weight. Additionally, there will be educational seminars taking place twice a day on diabetes, maintaining a healthy heart and caregiving. Humana members can also make an appointment for mammogram screenings and will have access to at-home test kits for kidney function, colorectal cancer and glucose control for diabetes. To learn more or to RSVP, call 1-800-296-9411, TTY: 711, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

For more information call 800-296-9411 or .
Contact Person: Ross McLerran
China Grove Community Blood Drive

9:00AM - 12:15PM / 7541 US Hwy 87 East

China Grove Community Blood Drive - Sponsored by Texas School of Phlebotomy, China Grove Fire Department and The Hair House. Blood drive will be held in the parking lot of Texas School of Phlebotomy. All donors will receive a T-Shirt!

For more information call 210-390-0551 or .
Contact Person: Amber Munson
Big Star Texas Night

6:30 p.m.-midnight / La Bahia Turn Verein dance hall

Car show, happy hour with DJ, dancing to the Texas Unlimited Band, barbecue, ice cold beer and wine.

For more information call 979-836-3696 or or visit www.visitbrenhamtexas.com.
Contact Person: Lu Hollander
Emergency Preparedness Fair

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 636 Oakhaven Road

Hands on family event to help prepare for emergencies. Free admission. Presenters, demonstrations and activities for the whole family.

For more information call 210-859-4292 or .
Contact Person: Katrina Sprague
Johnny Bush To Headline Roadshow

2:30 PM & 7:30 PM / Texas Theater

Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Bush will headline the Heart of Texas Roadshow on Saturday, August 27th, at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM at the Texas Theater in Seguin. Other special guests will include Frankie Miller, Landon Dodd and Dottsy. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and now on sale at the Seguin Chamber of Commerce, Cascades Gifts and Gourmet or by calling (830) 372-6168, (830) 401-1971 or online at www.ticketstothecity.com. The show benefits the continual restoration efforts of the Texas Theater. Johnny Bush began his career as a member of Ray Price’s Cherokee Cowboys. He then joined Willie Nelson as a drummer and member of his Record Men. Bush and Nelson remained close and would aid each other with a hit song. His recording career began to take off in the late 1960’s with songs like “My Cup Runneth Over” “There Stands The Glass” “Undo The Right” “Green Snakes On The Ceiling” “My Joy” and “You Gave Me A Mountian.” He received the Most Promising New Artist from Record World in 1968 and 1969. Music City News named Bush the Most Promising Male Vocalist in 1970. The credits continued to come in 1970 as BMI chose Bush for their BMI Songwriter Achievement Award. Bush rose to fame throughout the country music industry with his recording of “Whiskey River” in 1973. The Library of Congress now recognizes the song as one of the all time Top 20 country music standards. The National Council of Communicative Disorders and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association honored Bush with their 2001 Annie Glenn Award at the 20th Anniversary Communication Awards at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The Annie Glenn Award, first presented to James Earl Jones, is presented annually to an individual who has had a communication disorder and through his success, serves as an inspiration to others. Other recipients of the Annie Glenn Award have been Sen. John Glenn, President Bill Clinton, Jenny Craig, Sen. Bob Dole and Mark Herndon of Alabama. In August of 2003, Bush was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The award was presented to Bush for his major contributions to Texas Country Music in the annual ceremony in Carthage, Texas. Willie Nelson inducted Bush into the Hall of Fame along with Kris Kristofferson and Lefty Frizzell. Frankie Miller was born in Victoria, Texas. Miller landed time singing on local station KNAL and recorded for 4 Star Records at the beginning of the 1950s, but served from 1951-53 in the United States Military during the Korean War. In 1954 he signed with Columbia Records, releasing several singles. Through the latter portion of the decade, Miller performed primarily throughout the state of Texas. In 1959 he signed with Starday Records and released several singles which became hits on the country charts, including "Blackland Farmer", "Family Man", "Baby Rocked Her Dolly", and "A Little South of Memphis". He became a star on the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry, and was featured in Cashbox magazine as their “Most Promising Male Vocalist”. Miller signed with United Artists in 1965, but quit the music business soon after. After a very successful career in the automobile business, Miller returned to his passion of music. Heart of Texas Records released “The Family Man” in 2006 and then his current project “Back When Gas Was Thirty Cents A Gallon” in March. Landon Dodd grew up surrounded by the traditional country music sounds. After working for several years in the club circuit, Dodd started his own band the Dance Hall Drifters. The group began working in the North Texas area before stretching out throughout Texas and even working into Oklahoma. His first CD “Call of the Wine” garnered the attention of Sirius/XM and was featured on Willie’s Place. His follow up album, released in March of 2016, is titled “What Comes Natural To A Fool.” The new album is receiving great reviews and Dodd recently was featured on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville. Dottsy Brodt was born in Seguin, Texas. Her musical career began with the aid of a Texas theme park owner who had previously discovered Johnny Rodriguez. James T. “Happy” Shahan owned “Alamo Village” a tourist attraction that featured Wild West shows and concerts. Like Rodriguez, Shahan hired the former Junior Miss Pageant winner to sing at his shows. Dottsy was soon signed by RCA Records becoming the first country act to be officially known by just one name. Her first single, a song co-written by Jessi Colter, “Storms Never Last” landed at #17 in August 1975. Dottsy’s second single “I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose” climbed to #12 in early 1976. Three singles later her biggest hit “(After Sweet Memories) Play Born To Lose Again” went to #10 in August 1977. In early 1979 “Tryin’ To Get To You” featuring Waylon Jennings vocal peaked at #12. Dottsy released three more singles for Tanglewood label in 1981. She now records for Heart of Texas Records and he current project is titled “Texas Sensation.” “We are excited about returning to the Texas Theater in Seguin,” MC Tracy Pitcox said. “All of our shows at the theater have been great successes and we are so looking forward to having Johnny Bush, Landon Dodd, Frankie Miller and Dottsy with us.”

For more information call 325-597-1895 or or visit www.heartoftexascountry.com.
Contact Person: Tracy Pitcox
Wilson County Road Runners Group Run

8:00 AM / 101 Club Dr, Floresville, Tx 78114

Join us for a run or walk! Group runs are FREE and open to the public, with water provided on the route. Both novice and experienced runners & walkers are welcome!

For more information call 210-393-0714 or or visit www.facebook.com/WCRoadRunners.
Contact Person: Heather Smith
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Chopper
Chopper, one of the dogs up for adoption at God Bless Us Every One Rescue, loves to cuddle and watch TV. He was a contestant in this year’s Pet Parade.
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‘Quaranteen’ — only their music is contagious!

‘Quaranteen’ — only their music is contagious!

Just a few short weeks ago, five teenagers who were taking lessons at The Music Loft did not even know each other, yet now, they’re making amazing music together. Full Story »

Newspapers are this dog’s best friend

Newspapers are this dog’s best friend

One afternoon in early June, Ginger -- no last name necessary; this story is about a dog! -- picked up her phone as she headed out the door for a trip out of town. One last check for messages and Facebook posts changed her plans and brought her home a little sooner than intended. It also was part of a series of events that saved the life of one lucky puppy. Full Story »

Humility, love, and kindness

The gospel readings Aug. 14 may have made us uncomfortable, with Jesus telling us He came not to bring peace, but division. Following Him, being a true disciple, sets us apart -- perhaps even from our nearest and dearest. Full Story »

Lady Bears take second in tourney

Congratulations to the La Vernia volleyball team, which competed in the Aug. 11-13 Jason Landers Invitational Tournament in Austin and placed second out of 38 teams! Full Story »

Internet giveaway, media rhetoric

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Military family settles into small-town Texas life

Military family settles into small-town Texas life

The Bard family has come “home” to Texas, after their military life took them other places. Full Story »

A new alternative for education

A new alternative for education

SMILEY -- If you’ve had a child in school, you’ve probably heard the term “alternative school.” It’s a place where kids who don’t conform to school policies and rules are sent to learn to obey the rules and laws. Until this year, students from La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) have been bussed to the alternative education center in Floresville. Full Story »

Count to 10 ... blessings, that is

This past weekend I talked on the phone with my younger sister. She lives in Zachary, La., the area that has flooded. She and her husband are with one of her daughters, who lives near, but on higher ground. I didn’t know there was a flood threatening their area because I haven’t been paying much attention to the news. I saw a brief update on the television and immediately called her. I learned they just had time to put on their shoes and gather a few things they needed before friends of their grandson came to rescue them. Her husband is an amputee and has some health problems so this had to be extra tough for them. He uses a motorized chair most of the time but does have a prosthetic leg he uses also. They were able to take both of those things. Full Story »

Mighty Bear Band gears up for season

Mighty Bear Band gears up for season

The La Vernia High School Mighty Bear Band, under the direction of second-year Band Director Patrick Atkins, is just under a week away from wrapping up summer band practice in preparation for this year’s marching season. Full Story »

Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

AUSTIN -- Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the Nov. 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week. Full Story »

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