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1/21: H-E-Buddy gets a hug from chef Kyle Workman Sunday during the health fair at the grocery store.
1/14: Drama Kids Academy students have fun presenting improvisation skits for parents and family members Jan. 6 in the La Vernia News office.
1/7: Emily Kolodziejcyk (from left), Dorothy Moy, and Helen Kolodziej Marlow take a commemorative photo at the Father Leopold Moczygemba Foundation Gala.
12/31: Miranda Rose, Sarah Jo Nichols, and Samantha Rose cuddle some puppies at a pet adoption event Dec. 13 at the La Vernia Country Store.
12/24: Loyce McCarter gets a hug from Iraq veteran and wounded warrior Shilo Harris Dec. 13 at the Floresville H-E-B, during a book-signing event.
12/17: Folks enjoy the second annual Chihuahua Trail Wassail Walk Dec. 12 at M.A.C. (Medical Aesthetic Consulting) and Be Beautiful Boutique.
12/11: Betty (Barrera) Stasny admires her family’s story in the Nov. 27 La Vernia News, with Crystal (Stasny) Kiolbassa, Madison (left) and Carley.
12/3: Lion Patrice Broderick lends her help to prepare Thanksgiving food baskets Nov. 23 at the La Vernia Christian Food Pantry.
11/26: Bryson Reese Andruss enjoys time with alpaca Ranger during the 2013 Christmas with the Llamas at Leslie Lane Farms.
11/19: Eulalia Wiatrek (left), a resident at Country Care Manor, horses around Nov. 9 during a visit with this miniature horse, held by Deana Phillips.
11/12: Avery Douglas and her biggest fans, her sisters and brother, celebrate her appearance in the talent show.
11/5: These John Deere tractors are ready to burn rubber for some trick-or-treating in their unique and creative costumes.
10/29: Jim Henderson and his wife, Shelley, relax in the shade during the music and art event Sunday, sponsored by the La Vernia Foundation for the Arts.
10/22: A well-coordinated crew serves up plates of turkey and dressing Oct. 19 in the American Legion Hall in St. Hedwig.
10/15: Neighbors in the Westover Hills subdivision gather Oct. 7 at the home of Harold and Lucy Schott to celebrate National Night Out with a potluck dinner.
10/8: NANNETTE KILBEY-SMITH — Corryn Cavazos patiently waits while Isabel Smith embellishes her visage with face paint during the St. Ann Fall Festival.
10/1: Roger Betschler displays one of his “Heart Armor” wall sculptures Sunday during the “Music and Art in the Park” event.
9/24: With a look of sheer determination on her face, a student at La Vernia Primary School stays on course during the first-ever Bike Rodeo.
9/18: Olaf, the goat, gets some attention from buccaneers and bicyclists at the Sutherland Springs rest stop during the Wild West Hammerfest.
9/10: Members of the Wilson County 4-H Llama Project group soap up for a service project Sept. 6 at Leslie Lane Farms near La Vernia.
9/4: Emilia Perez’ pooch, Frankie, “smiles” at Clydell Witte Aug. 26 during the dog show at Country Care Manor.
8/28: Noe Popham (third grade), Sean Wheland (second grade), Madeline Popham (fifth grade), and Wayne Popham (ninth grade) are ready to go back to school.
8/21: A whisker away from perfection... Haleigh Johnson is transformed with a bit of make-up to take on the persona of the “Cat in the Hat.”
8/14: Jessica Squires and her dad, Todd, catch a wave at the La Vernia News/Wilson County News Summer Luau booth Aug. 9 at the La Vernia BBQ Cook-off.
8/7: Kristy Allen and Charlene Bridges enjoy the grand opening Aug. 1 at the La Vernia Oaks Spa.
7/30: Marie Ortiz of La Vernia and her grandson, Jeffrey Jaramillo, make a toast to their family while enjoying a meal at Chez Alexandre in Paris.
7/23: Austin Mahone, who got his musical start in La Vernia, visits July 22 with Braden Kaitner at Sammy’s Mexican Restaurant.
7/17: “Everyday Journeys” authors Harry and Linda Kaye Perez visit Carhenge in Nebraska.
7/9: Ansley Rios enjoys a horseback ride, courtesy of Rodeo 4 Jesus, during the family camp at River Oaks Church in June.
7/3: Miss La Vernia 2013 Haleigh Johnson, serving as Lions Disrict Queen 2014-15, waves to parade-goers June 21 during the Watermelon Jubilee parade.
6/25: Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. wishes Lily Bloom a happy 100th birthday.
6/18: Royce and Lynette Gray are all smiles during the La Vernia News Open House and Greater La Vernia Chamber mixer June 11.
6/4: La Vernia News' Julie Dahlberg takes votes for their Pet Parade May 17 during the Bluebonnet Festival. Winners will be announced June 11!
5/29: Wounded service members relax and enjoy some activities May 24 during an appreciation event, hosted by Jon Wayne Heating and Air Conditioning.
5/23: Miss La Vernia 2014 Mikayla Garza and her court make their first public appearance in this year’s Bluebonnet Festival parade May 17.
5/16: LVN correspondent Pascalle Bippert May 3 during her high school reunion talent showcase in Carmi, Ill. with “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”
5/8: La Vernia Historical Association Historian Winona Alder sifts soil with other volunteers searching for Suttles pottery artifacts.
4/30: Natl. Soc. Daughters of the Am. Revolution, Susanna Dickinson Chapter members commemorate their pilgrimage to the Alamo, a Fiesta San Antonio event.
4/23: The actors portraying Roman soldiers and a disciple take a break from their roles to ham it up a bit for the camera after the St. Ann Passion play.
4/16: LV News design crew member Marco Aluia takes his parents, Dallas and Vito Aluia of Chelmsford, Mass., to enjoy a taste of TX at Witte’s in LV
4/9: Kathy Balcar and Sandra Ingle spot a purse they both like April 3 at Hyde’s Hen House Boutique in La Vernia.
4/2: Showing off their classic vehicle during “A Trip Down Memory Lane Classic Car & Bike Show” March 28 at the Blue Bird Café on U.S. 87.
3/26: La Vernia Garden Club members and their guests enjoy a luncheon March 20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club, established March 2, 1964.
3/19: Miss LV Haleigh Johnson and Miss LV First Runner-Up Jordan Bailey visit with twin sisters Heather Grace Cooper and Holly Linea Cooper.
3/12: Isabel Smith and Gulf Stream pause between obstacles during the Wilson County 4-H Llama and Alpaca Show.
3/5: Savana Kupper, Mackenzie Doty, and Annalee Powers sell cookies at their Girl Scout Troop No. 1165 booth during the La Vernia stock show.
2/26: Mando Juarez (right) is just in time to buy cookies as Girl Scout Troop 865 pack up their wares Feb. 23 at H-E-B in La Vernia.
2/19: Robert Perez, John Hartz, J. Worthington, and Neal Breault prepare to feed hungry community members during the LV VFD annual pancake breakfast.
2/12: The Mesquite Traildrivers present a plaque of appreciation Feb. 5 to LV H-E-B Manager Susan Holdman.
2/5: Cross Country Trail Ride Queen Madelyn Yovanovitch of Fort Worth joins the Old Chisholm Trail Drivers.
1/29: Mary Bordner and Shelley Henderson rehearse their roles in “Faith County.” Performances are Feb. 14-16 in La Vernia and Floresville. PASCALLE BIPPERT
1/22: Jonathan and Jared Kirkpatrick visit with Dusty Buckley and his mother, Trudi, during the Jan. 18 Benefit.
1/15: LV High School Culinary Arts students (L-R) Kyle O’Neal, Justin Sandoval, and Emilie Downey.
1/8: Mary Bordner snapped this pic Jan. 5 outside the LV Whataburger restaurant.
1/2: Altar servers light the way for the proclamation of the Christmas story Dec. 24, during the children’s Christmas Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church.
12/26: St. Ann Catholic Church youth ministry’s “Rock the Night Ministry” presentation of the Christmas story.
12/18: The Breithaupts family decked out in their pajamas and ready for Christmas storytelling Dec. 8 at Grace Bible Church.
12/11: Santa Claus visits children during the “Spirit of Christmas” tree lighting in the La Vernia City Park.
12/4: Kayleigh and Shannon Wolfe prepare to cheer on the Bears in Calallen Nov. 29.
11/27: Owner John Turner waits for the signal to cut the ribbon Nov. 20 for the Blue Bird Café.
11/20: Always and Forever Boutique owner Tina Herbold (right) and Billie Cantu visit during the Fido Fling benefit.
11/13: Family-friendly fun includes this tire-rolling contest at the Demolition derby.
11/6: Hamming it up for Halloween at Buffalo Joe’s Oct. 31 are (from left) Krista Horton, Christin Snyder, owner Lisa Snyder, and Carlie Apostolo.
10/30: Cheryl Harrington tries the Austin Powers chair for size at “Cool and Eclectic” Oct. 23 with the Aging Gracefully crowd from La Vernia.
10/23: Koepp Chevrolet celebrates their grand re-opening after an extensive remodeling program.
10/16: Miss LV court members participate in the 69th Annual Floresville Peanut Festival Parade Oct. 12 in downtown Floresville.
10/9: Darlene Koehler and Lucille & Greg Neuner check meal ticket sales Oct. 6 during the St. Ann Fall Festival, the church’s annual fund-raiser.
10/2: Dale and Norma Vickers in the malt shop replica at Dick’s Classic Cars in San Marcos during their Aging Gracefully outing Sept. 25.
9/25: Always & Forever owner Tina Herbold holds up her favorite Homecoming mum in her shop.
9/18: Benefit Sept. 14 at Taste of Chicago Deli & Grill in LV to help the De La Cruz family. Photo credit Wilson County News, La Vernia News.
9/11: Kathy Klein and Saundra Queen Schultz at the opening of the “100 Angels Project.
9/4: Members of the LV Volunteer Fire Dept. enjoying the sausage plates in New Berlin Sunday afternoon.
8/28: Country Care Manor Dog Show on Aug 22.
8/21: Dumpster Picking Divas grand opening on Aug 17, located at 13620 U.S. 87 W. in La Vernia.
8/14: Country Care Manor resident enjoys music from Bubba Buckley, on Aug 9.
8/7: Wes Ashburn along with the community, city officials join for the ribbon-cutting event on July 31.
7/31: Garrett Mutz and Mikey Gonzales cool off in the water at Calaveras Lake July 27.
7/24: The Gulley family taking a break in the shade during the Sophia's Light Benefit.
7/17: Kids at the Grandma’s House Child Care Ctr. in LV after a field trip July 12 to the LV City Park.
7/10: Members of the Miss LV Court 2013 are decked out in patriotic colors for the Seguin parade.
7/3: Young ladies offer cold lemonade and cookies June 29 at the Strey Insurance Agency in LV.
6/26: Crafts, games, storytime, and snacks were part of the fun June 17-21.
6/19: Members of the 2013 Miss La Vernia Court visit with Adeline Pierdolla June 15 before the parade.
6/12: LVHS salutatorian Jacqueline “J.P.” Montgomery, with classmate Tyler Breon at Graduation, June 7.
6/6: LV News Office Manager Tracye Kaitner and her husband, Billy, at the farewell reception May 30.
5/30: Julia and Bobby Stautzenberger with South Texas Gunfighters at the La Vernia Bluebonnet Fest.
5/22: Kathy Markgraf and her granddaughter, Lillly, enjoy the spectacle of the parade May 18 in La Vernia.
5/15: Jesse Rung and Bonnie Spacek get a hug from longtime Country Care Manor resident Maggie Brown.
5/8: Wayne Popham entertains during the La Vernia Junior HS PTO’s 7th-grader talent show.
5/1: Lions Janie Garza and Mary Ann Mays ham for the camera April 27 at the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.
4/24: Always and Forever owner Lisa Herbold is surrounded by blooms April 22.
4/17: Swing dancer Gloria Primera April 13 during the La Vernia Music Fest in the La Vernia City Park.
4/11: Members of La Vernia Girl Scout Troop 3013 plant and clean garden at St. Ann Catholic Church.
4/3: LV youth take a turn bearing the weight of the cross during the annual cross walk March 29.
3/27: Crosses they fashioned from the palm fronds distributed March 24 at a Palm Sunday service.
3/20: Keith Kolodziej joins his wife Kellie at the private viewing of The Ark at Cornerstone Church.
3/13: “The Wranglers” entertain folks attending the Aging Gracefully gathering in the family life center.
3/6: Haley Cone at the 56th annual La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Show held last week.
2/28: Linda Kaye and Harry Perez enjoy the Sacred Heart School Wine & Art Festival Feb. 23.
2/20: Wilson County seniors Loyce McCarter and Sherry Rice take a break outside the Capitol in Austin.
2/15: Matthew Haight and his younger brother, Presley, Feb. 9 after filling up on pancakes.
2/6: Fellow Sam Houston State University BearKats Cody Box and Courtney Laskowski Jan. 31.
1/31: Carrol Sammons on lead guitar during a jam session at Witte’s.
1/24: Winona Rider, Terri & Randy Leonard, & artist Martin Salas visit at an artist reception Jan. 19.
1/16: Carrol Sammons adds some depth with his bass guitar.
1/9: Participants in the 2012 “Rise Up for Jesus” hayride and bonfire enjoy each other’s company.
1/2: Julie Smith with her children Kiana and Kevin Smith enjoy the weather at LV Park.
12/26: First Baptist Church of La Vernia congregation gathers to give thanks for their new electronic sign.
12/20: La Vernia ISD bands present their Christmas concert Dec. 8.
12/13: Bryce and Landon Bode visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 6 at State Farm Insurance.
12/5: Students of the Erin Jones School of Dance entertain the crowd in the La Vernia City Park Dec. 1.
11/28: Courtney Laskowski unravels lights for Gary Pursley as he decorates the La Vernia News office.
11/21: Ballerinas with Erin Jones School of Dance practice for the LV ShoeString Stage Productions show.
11/14: Richard McCombs of La Vernia plays and sings as his wife, Charlotte, holds the microphone Nov. 7.
11/7: Cameron and Bailey Clark, and Justin Pierce have fun on Halloween.
10/31: Miss La Vernia, her court, and friends during Old Town Day celebrations in Sutherland Springs.
10/24: LV Primary School teachers Kristi Childs, Julie McCracken, Mindi Scogin, and Julie Rodriguez.
10/17: Junior Duchess Taylor Ford, escorted by Blake Burns, during Homecoming festivities.
10/12: Claudette Osborne of Osborne Stables Equine Rescue visits with a Girl Scout Oct. 6.
10/3: La Vernia High School students meet at the flagpole outside the school as dawn breaks Sept. 26.
9/27: Contractor Ralph Fulton and his team works on the historic Brahan Masonic Lodge in La Vernia.
9/20: Marlin Tanneberger takes his granddaughter Kelly Kosub out for a spin around the neighborhood.
9/12: First day of school for Sean Wheland (from left),Wayne Popham,and Noe Popham.
9/5: LVHS 2011 graduate Nick Appling wears a different uniform these days.
8/29: Traffic builds during the afternoon Aug. 27, following the first day of classes in La Vernia.
8/22: LV Junior High cheerleaders pause after their afternoon practice Aug. 20, for a quick snapshot.
8/15: This little nipper cooling off in the horse trough enjoys the 11th annual La Vernia BBQ Cook-off.
8/8: This little shopper grabs a cookie during the grand opening of Piddlin Pooh’s in its new location.
8/1: Arthur Salinas, 85, unloading coastal hay at the Big Bear Home Center in La Vernia.
7/25: Rick Kramer and Pat Leushner display parts for Ford Model A and Model T cars
7/18: David Nowotny and his granddaughters Rainey and Cecily bow their heads in prayer
7/11: Clouds illuminated by lightning during July 9th storms
7/3: J. Earl Bridges and his wife, Charlene
6/27: Participants in the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce mixer June 21 enjoy the evening event.
6/20: The Miss La Vernia Court 2012 and La Vernia Lions Club members
6/13: The LVHS Wind Ensemble advanced to Area.
5/31: La Vernia 2012 Senior Class Officers
5/23: La Vernia Mighty Bear Band
5/16: Members of the 2012 Miss La Vernia court
5/10: Members of the community gather at La Vernia Heritage Museum May 5 during the classic cruise.
5/3: 1st graders Kailey Kotara and Mikalah Campbell display their art work at the LVPS annual art show.
4/25: 3 teams from La Vernia secured places in the world Odyssey finals by placing in state competition.
4/18: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven includes selections by Melissa Wootan of La Vernia.
4/11: One of the Easter parade entries sponsored by the Sunshine Ministry at St. Ann Catholic Church.
4/4: Deer graze in a field of bluebonnets. Photo by Ronnie Stephens.
3/28: Mary Lee Brietzke sent in this photo of Red Bonnets and Bluebonnets.
3/22: Members of the La Vernia Historical Assoc. admire a hand-dug well at the O.W. Linne house.
3/14: LV Heritage Museum accepts three family heirlooms donated by Doris Ann Adams.
3/8: Tracy Kaitner of La Vernia News visits with NIE mascot, Wilson, at the Wilson County Gardening Day.
3/1: Mario Garcia of Floresville entertain residents of Country Care Manor Feb. 14.
2/23: A few of County Line 4-H members making over 17 dozen cookies for Wilson Co. Meals for Wheels.
2/9: La Vernia Heritage Museum exhibits "Historical Valentines," La Vernia couples married 50+ years.
2/3: A rainbow appears over Chihuahua Street in La Vernia Feb. 2.
2/2: Women from St. Ann's Catholic Church In LV release a rosary made of balloons on Dec. 10.
1/26: Time for toe-tappin’ fun, Floresville Opry Feb. 2, featuring house band "Playin to Win."
1/19: The La Vernia Garden Club tour the "Shipwreck" exhibit at the Witte Museum Jan. 5.
1/6: Monsignor Franciszek Kurzaj honor Al & Elaine Kolodziej for helping promote Polish heritage.
12/29: City officials join Roger Rockowitz, during the grand opening of The Bear’s Den.
12/22: “The Nine,” a choral group from Lublin, Poland, sing during Mass Dec. 18 in St. Ann Catholic Church.
12/15: Local author Melissa Wootan signs
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Books at LVN open house Dec. 9.
12/9: Making snow angels Dec. 3 at the "Spirit of Christmas" tree-lighting event in the LV city park.
12/1: Drama Kids International La Vernia students prepare for their SA Rampage performance Dec. 3.
11/30: The LV Lions Club helping sort and prepare food boxes at the food pantry to help families in need.
11/23: LMS student send packages filled with Christmas cards and letters to our soilders serving overseas.
11/18: The Daily Grind celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 11.
11/10: Shelley Henderson paints an ornament for the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree in Austin.
11/4: Members of Team Marilyn fund-raise for pancreatic cancer at Grandma’s House Child Care in La Vernia.
10/27: LV kicker Alec Dews kicks the winning field-goal. The winning kick is sailing through the uprights.
10/21: Sutherland Springs VFD members douse a grass fire Oct. 14 near the historic Polley Mansion.
10/14: Grand Champion out-of-town float honors in the Floresville Peanut Festival Parade.
10/6: La Vernia ISD students, participate in "see you at the pole" to pray for the community.
9/29: La Vernia Intermediate School celebrates Grandparents Day.
9/22: La Vernia ISD students celebrate Homecoming, kicking off with the “Lighting of the LV” Sept. 19.
9/15: St. Ann’s CYO flag football team give chase to an opposing ball carrier during a recent game.
9/8: La Vernia senior Dan Stevenson (44) gives chase toward a Canyon Lake ball carrier.
9/1: Kids take refuge from the scorching heat on the waterslide at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Festival.
8/18: Teams from all over competed in the La Vernia Parks Foundation's 10th Annual BBQ Cook-off.
8/10: The La Vernia Grizzlies cheerleaders practice Aug. 3 under the bleachers at Wiseman Field.
7/27: La Vernia Farmer's Market
7/20: Maggie Brown and Earl Bly exchange a hug during a music performance at Country Care Manor.
7/13: Rain clouds roll into La Vernia, bringing a most-welcome brief downpour.
7/6: Dusty Jonas of La Vernia wins silver at 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
6/29: Cody Doege and Teressa Cope Robles during the anniversary celebration.
6/23: Family gathers to celebrate her 90th birthday June 18 with Clydell Witte (seated).
6/15: Suzanne Moczygemba Sheppard and her granddaughter, Jordan Sheppard at the Texas Folklife Festival.
6/8: Graduates prepare to enter Bear Stadium June 3. (Photo by MARK WALTON/waltonpics.smugmug.com)
6/2: Sydney Martin delivers gifts and smiles to Country Care Manor Nursing Home residents.
5/25: A rodeo clown visits with a young spectator.
5/18: Sarah Wright (left), Miss La Vernia First Runner-Up, and Taylor Penshorn, Miss La Vernia 2011
5/12: Amber Lively (from left), and Adriane Runkle greet customers at the new AT&T store on Hwy. 87.
5/4: One Relay For Life participant takes a quiet moment, to remember a loved one.
4/28: Grace Burg, Katie Cavazos, and Nena Burg during the 5K run benefit for Sophie Sparks April 23.
4/20: Doug Dillingham and his grandson, Brayden, enjoy the Ride for the Cure April 16.
4/13: La Vernia ISD Band Director Stacy Clark and Wilson County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette
4/6: The La Vernia Lions Club participated in the "Don't Mess With Texas Trash-off" April 2.
3/30: Students at LaVernia Intermediate participate in the Triarco “Keep Your Eye on the Arts!” contest.
3/24: These kids enjoy a good story during reading time in class.
3/16: Children enrolled in Grandma’s House Day Care Center in La Vernia dress up to celebrate Mardi Gras.
3/9: A young stock show contestant relaxes after competing in the La Vernia Junior Livestock Show.
3/2: Korbin Snow enjoys a cold beverage as he watches the auction at the La Vernia Junior Livestock Show.
2/23: The La Vernia News staff waves to the camera during an open house Feb. 24.
2/16: Youngsters get a little crazy on the moon bounce.
2/9: Greek theater comes to the primary school
2/3: Fifth-grade students from the La Vernia Intermediate School after their UIL award ceremony.
1/28: A La Vernia culinary arts student serves dinner to Junior High Principal Maria Wildenstein.
1/21: Elia Feibelman is the first WOW! winner. Watch for the next WOW! (what or where) contest Jan. 27.
1/13: Kathi Posey and Sarah Posey welcome customers to the new Subway restaurant in La Vernia.
1/6: Cutter & Co. Hair and Nail Salon is now located next to Rye’s Flowers and Gifts on U.S. 87.
12/27: La Vernia receives some much-needed rain Christmas day.
12/23: Santa cradles an infant in his arms Dec. 18, during his visit to the La Vernia Food Pantry.
11/17: The Chihuahua Art Trail was held Nov. 6 in La Vernia.
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