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La Vernia’s Lea Battke earns Western Art honor

La Vernia High School junior Lea Battke is among the winners in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s Western Art Competition! Lea’s prismacolor artwork, “Saddleday Blues,” ranked in the top 17 of the annual competition which featured work from young artists in 94 South Texas school districts. Her efforts have earned her a $4,000 scholarship. In addition, her artwork […]

Happy birthday, Elsie Ferry!

“Give me four more years!” Elsie (Witte) Ferry celebrates her 96th birthday Jan. 24 at Witte’s Barbeque in La Vernia, with a lovely cake and well-wishes from friends and family. Ms. Elsie’s smile and good cheer are as iconic as Witte’s is in La Vernia. We’ll happily campaign for you to have another four years! Happy birthday, Ms. Elsie!

Rural recycling now available

Recyclops has launched its rural recycling collection service in Wilson County. Collections began Jan. 26 in rural areas near Floresville and La Vernia, and the unincorporated Adkins area, bringing curbside recycling to area residents who currently have limited options. Residents can subscribe to have recyclable materials picked up from their homes twice per month by local drivers. For every 60 […]


What or where (WOW) is this? The first correct guess drawn Tuesday, Feb. 16, will win a prize package that includes a one-year subscription to the La Vernia News. Send entries — including your name, hometown, and a daytime telephone number — to WOW!, La Vernia News, 112 E. Chihuahua St., La Vernia, TX 78121, or email, putting WOW […]

Judith ‘Judee’ A. Vanden Busch

1939-2021 Judith “Judee” A. Vanden Busch, 81, went to her eternal home with our Lord on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Judee was born Sept. 28, 1939, in Green Bay, Wis., to William “Bill” and Arabel “Tootie” Smith. On July 6, 1957, Judee married the love of her life, Ronald H. Vanden Busch. They raised three beautiful children together: Steven, Susan, […]

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Wayne Scrimpsher

1946-2021 Thomas “Tommy” Wayne Scrimpsher of La Vernia, Texas, left this earth on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, to join his eternal sweetheart and love of his life, Linda Lee Scrimpsher, who preceded him in death in 2016. Thomas was born Jan. 13, 1946, to Alfred Riley and Melba Tomlin Scrimpsher. Tommy worked at Merchants Fast Motor Lines for 35 years, […]

Joseph Anthony Korba, USAF

•3-24-2001 — 1-21-2020 •Son of John A. and Peggy A. (Martin) Korba; brother of William H. Korba and Kristen E. Korba; grandson of Antoinette Korba and the late Paul A. Korba and Ruthie M. Martin •Visitation: Monday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m., Grace Bible Church, La Vernia •Funeral service: Monday, noon, in the church •Interment: Private, following the funeral, Fort Sam […]

Joe Wilton Blackburn

1931-2021 Joe Wilton Blackburn, lovingly known as “Wilton,” 89, passed away in Floresville, Texas, on Friday, July 22, 2021. Wilton was born March 15, 1931, in San Antonio to Joseph Wellington Edison and Lillian E. (Williams) Blackburn. He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years prior to working at CPS Energy. Wilton was preceded in death by […]

Accepting my place in life

Here at La Grimm Ranchero Center of Personal Growth and Boundary Settings, we are doing our best to live it — not just talk about it. We help each other in so many ways to accomplish this goal. This means to avoid enabling, cease creating and accepting excuses, utilize our inner strengths to suck it up, set proper boundaries, and […]

2021-01-28 E-Edition

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