Taking rodeo to a whole new level

Garrett Oates signs on with Sam Houston University

Name: Garrett Oates High School: La Vernia High School University: Sam Houston State University Proposed major/career field: Agricultural Business Sports: Rodeo Rodeo events: Tie Down Roping and Steer Wrestling Favorite rodeo event: Steer Wrestling 2017 top placings: •2017 Texas High School Rodeo Association (THSRA) Finals Reserve Champion Steer Wrestler •2017 THSRA Year End Reserve Champion Steer Wrestler •2017 THSRA National […]

Cayetano Villas: part of the community



Cayetano Villas of La Vernia had two of its 48 units available at the beginning of April. Manager Jeffrey Seabourn didn’t expect them to stay vacant long. He said he had a list of applicants who may have to wait two to three years for a three-bedroom unit, more than a year for a two-bedroom unit, and almost a year […]

Welcome, spring!

Finding the feeder too crowded with males April 9, this little female black-chinned hummingbird discovers sustenance among the salvias instead. There’s still time for community members to enter the La Vernia News/Wilson County News “Springtime in South Texas” photo contest! Entry deadline is Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. All entries will be judged on the theme, “Deep in the […]

Clifford Ray Campbell

1949-2018 Clifford Ray Camp-bell, 68, of St. Hedwig, Texas, departed this life on Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born on Sept. 11, 1949, in Wheeling, W.Va., to Charles R. and Rosa Lashhorn Campbell. Clifford served his country for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, and it was when he was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base that he […]

Robert Cardenas

1958-2018 Robert Cardenas passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018, in La Vernia, Texas, at the age of 60 years, 2 months, and 21 days. Robert was born Jan. 10, 1958, in Jourdanton to Jesus and Margaret Valles Cardenas. Robert was a resident of La Vernia for 13 years and a former resident of Sutherland Springs. He was preceded in […]

Clifton S. ‘Cliff’ Recker Jr.

1937-2018 Clifton S. “Cliff” Recker Jr., born June 2, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas, to Agnes E. (Tudyk) and Clifton S. Recker Sr. died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Cliff served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, Cliff worked as a long-haul truck driver. In […]

Ret. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ira Glenn Smith

1932-2018 Ira Glenn Smith was born on July 10, 1932, to Calvin and Ila McDonald Smith in Llano, Texas, and passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at the age of 85. Glenn joined the Texas Air National Guard (ANG) at the age of 17. His unit was activated during the Korean War and after he returned home, he […]

R.E. ‘Gene’ Gray

1931-2018 Reuben Eugene Gray was born on June 24, 1931, in Hill County, Texas, to mother and father Audra Mae Lewis and Reuben Samuel Gray. He departed this life on Monday, April 9, 2018, in the Dignity Senior Care in San Antonio. Reuben always said he married at a young age to the most beautiful woman in the world, Vara […]

We all need someone



It is always great to have someone who shares life with you. It helps wonderfully when that someone has a clue what you’re trying to do and works with you. Sometimes, we all need someone. We need people who are supportive without questioning our every suggestion. We need someone who is on the same page with us — someone who […]

2018-04-12 E-Edition

South Texas Area Farm & Ranch Club Monthly Meeting

Steven Gonzales, Executive Director of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, will be the May speaker for the South Texas Farm & Ranch Club. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail was originally established to connect a series of missions and posts between Mexico City, Mexico and Los Adaes, the first capital of […]

Firearm Safety Fellowship -The Rock UMC

Haven For Hope Project- The Rock UMC

The Rock UMC -Meeting for Haven For Hope Project

Floresville Opry

FLORESVILLE –If you are looking for a fun evening of live classic country dance music, plan on attending the Floresville Opry, Thursday, May 3, 2018, Wilson County Show Barn Ball Room, 435 St. Hwy. 97 East out of Floresville, Texas. Doors open at 5:00 P.M. Music from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Featured headliners: Ray Sczepanik & the Texas Top Hands […]

Homeowner-Taxpayer Association Meeting

The Homeowner-Taxpayer Association of Bexar County’s spring meeting will feature presentations by George Rodriguez (El Conservador), San Antonio Firefighters Association President Chris Steele, San Antonio City Councilman Greg Brockhouse, and Bexar County Assistant Chief Appraiser Rogelio Sandoval at Luby’s Cafeteria Fiesta Room.