South Texas Home & Garden Show

2020-01-30 E-Edition

Welcome trail rider royalty next week!

Texas seasons are as varied as the great state we inhabit. For some, it’s almost spring, with bluebonnet seedlings sprouting underfoot. For others, baseball and softball season is about to begin. And for others, the warmer weather can mean only one thing: It’s trail ride season! Trail riders from two major groups — the Old Chisholm Trail Drivers and the […]

La Vernia ISD considers paying off $1.4 million in debt

The La Vernia Independent School District will consider paying off $1.4 million in debt early. School board trustees heard information about the proposed early payment Jan. 21, during their first meeting of 2020. La Vernia ISD, said Chief Financial Officer Amy Cowley, has kept its interest and sinking — or debt — portion of its property tax rate “slightly higher […]


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Marilyn Fay Moore (Lewin) Lewing

1936-2020 Marilyn Fay Moore Lewing, 83, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Marilyn was born Sept. 3, 1936, in Beaumont, Texas, to Leroy and Mary Moore. Marilyn was a mother and a homemaker for her family. She was a member of the Austin Street Baptist Church, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary for Yoakum Community Hospital, and a member of the […]

Jacob Leroy Tafolla Sr.

1948-2020 Jacob Leroy Tafolla Sr. passed away in his home in La Vernia, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. He was more often referred to as “Leroy” by his family and many childhood friends. Jacob was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Uvalde to Judge Robert “Bobby” and Concepción “Connie” Venegas Tafolla. Leroy was raised in Uvalde. After graduating from Uvalde […]

Leo F. Zaiontz

1938-2020 Leo F. Zaiontz of St. Hedwig, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. He was born Oct. 10, 1938, in Falls City to Alois and Eleanor (Mutz) Zaiontz. Leo was a rancher and farmer throughout his life. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years. Leo’s prominent jobs were with Martin Linen (San Antonio), Frito […]

Richmond Borders

1939-2020 Richmond Borders of La Vernia, Texas, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Floresville at the age of 80. Richmond was born Dec. 14, 1939, in Barksdale, La., to Junie Adger and Annie Christine (Adams) Borders. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Jacqui Borders. Richmond is survived by his loving wife of 52 […]

Helen Elizabeth Knapke

1926-2020 Helen Elizabeth Knapke, 93, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Jan. 9, 2020. Helen was born on March 28, 1926, in Huntington Township, Ohio, to Wilbur and Minnie (Little) Pendergraft. Helen was the night supervisor at Earl Abel’s Restaurant at Broadway and Hildebrand for more than 40 years, until her retirement. She loved her customers and enjoyed working […]

How to stick to the budget — it’s all part of my plan to save

It’s getting to that time of year again. As the days of January drop like dead flies hitting that old bug zapper, some of us are already planning how we want things. Drive around, and you can see the signs everywhere you look. Purposeful planning or planned purpose is more evident this year than any I can recall. It seems […]