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‘I thought something exploded’

Texans from San Antonio to Pawnee feel ‘a whole lotta shaking’


“I thought something exploded or my teen driver ran into the garage,” Courtney Reininger said. “We heard it at F.M. 775 and Blue Creek Road, but didn’t feel anything,” commented Renee Scull. Donna Baertich, about a mile from New Berlin, said her house shook. Scarlett Crow heard it in St. Hedwig. Lucy Roser, close to Kicaster in the Country Acres […]

Zachary Balcar: Making rural intersections safer



Zachary Balcar of La Vernia is on a mission to save lives. Well, maybe it’s not quite a mission, but a project the recent University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) graduate worked on — the Rural Area Traffic Control Warning System — may help make rural intersections safer and could potentially save lives! The 2014 La Vernia High School alumnus […]

Remembering a healthy respect for boundaries



I heard her speaking softly from the kitchen. Of course, I knew it wasn’t to me, as I am not allowed in the kitchen when she’s cooking or pouring milk on a bowl of cereal. My ears perked up to this slight crescendo of clanging as the tranquility of my “retired” life was interrupted while she cooked. I lovingly, timidly […]

Margaret Strzelczyk Haecker

1935-2019 Margaret Strzelczyk Haecker, 83, of St. Hedwig, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Margaret was born in St. Hedwig on Nov. 28, 1935, to Julius and Margaret (Kalka) Strzelczyk. In September of 1957, Margaret married Nelson Henry Haecker, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Irene Woitena and […]

Winona H. Alder

1921-2019 Winona H. Alder, 98, passed away peacefully in her home in La Vernia, Texas, on Monday, July 8, 2019. Winona was born Winona Wilma Hunt on Jan. 25, 1921, in her family home in Battle Creek, Mich., to Donald and Gilla (Harris) Hunt. Winona was married to Lt. Col. Albert V. Alder Sr., who preceded her in death. She […]

Rufina Salinas Reno

1924-2019 Rufina Salinas Reno, born in Falfurrias, Texas, on July 18, 1924, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, after a sudden, brief decline in health. Known as “Ruth Ann” to most and then “Mamaw” (once grandkids arrived), she lived a blessed and cherished life. In her earlier years, Ruth enjoyed Las Vegas gambling on the one-arm bandits, Elvis, […]

2019-07-18 E-Edition

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