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Lynette Gray triumphs in National Senior Games

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 18, 2022

Lynette Gray of La Vernia (second from right) is triumphant, claiming the gold-medal place during the National Senior Games May 10-11 in Florida. Gray passed the reigning champion from Louisiana in the age 50-54 1500-meter powerwalk to claim first place and the gold medal; also pictured are competitors representing (from left) Barbados, Ohio, Louisiana (second place), and Delaware (third). Gray […]

Help La Vernia police locate burglary suspects

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 18, 2022

The La Vernia Police Department invites help from the public to locate two people, “La Vernia’s most wanted,” in relation to a burglary April 8 at a thrift ministry in La Vernia. Police are looking for Ashley Ann Silici, 26, of San Antonio, a white female, and an unidentified male suspect. The two are suspected of breaking into the Twice […]

From new mayor to McDonald’s

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 18, 2022

City council takes oaths, OKs annexation, addresses growth The city of La Vernia, though its footprint is small, continues to grow. And it grew a bit larger May 12, as the La Vernia City Council approved the annexation of two properties on Bluebonnet Road (F.M. 775), and tackled new business issues, street maintenance, and more. Before they delved into the […]

We have a winner!

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 18, 2022

Congratulations to Kathy Kruciak of La Vernia, the winner of our April WOW! photo contest. Her entry was selected at random from those correctly identifying the La Vernia Christian Food Pantry on Chihuahua Street, from the close-up photo of the pantry’s sign pictured in the April 28 La Vernia News. Kathy’s prize package includes a one-year subscription to the La […]

Stephen Fuller Austin 1926-2022

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 18, 2022

Stephen Fuller Austin, 96, born Jan. 10, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas, returned to God on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in La Vernia. He was a distant cousin of Stephen Fuller Austin, “The Father of Texas.” Stephen served in the U.S. Army, 36th Coast Artillery, Panama Canal Zone in World War II. He was a real estate developer, rancher, and […]

Walter H. Keller 1932-2022

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 18, 2022

Walter H. Keller went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the age of 90. Walter was born in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 12, 1932, to Walter and Clara (Priess) Keller. After Walter was drafted and served his time in the U.S. Army, he joined the family-owned automotive, electrical, and battery […]

La Vernia Heritage Museum welcomes LV Alumni Association to new exhibit

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 11, 2022

The La Vernia Heritage Museum was the venue May 4 for the La Vernia Alumni Association’s sponsor packet pick-up evening, prior to the organization’s May 7 Casino Night fundraiser. It was also the soft opening for the museum’s new exhibit, “The History of La Vernia Schools, featuring Spirit & Sports from 1870 to 1999.” The alumni association teamed up with […]

Mayor Robert Gregory — ‘What a ride the last 10 years have been’

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 11, 2022

Hello, La Vernia Citizens! Well dang, here we are, the last mayor’s article for me, and all I can say is, “What a ride the last 10 years have been!” Despite all the obstacles presented in front of us, I believe we have moved our city forward and continued to make La Vernia a fantastic place to raise a family! […]

Republican, Democratic primary runoff election is set for May 24

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 11, 2022

Area voters have another chance to determine the Republican and Democratic candidates on the ballot in November. Several races in the party primary elections March 1 resulted in runoffs. Voting in the primary runoff elections will take place Tuesday, May 24. This includes candidates for federal, state, and local offices. Early voting will be May 16-20 on weekdays from 8 […]

Lady Bear golfers head to State!

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 11, 2022

Good luck to La Vernia’s Lady Bear golfers, who will compete May 16-17 in the State tournament in Kingsland! In addition, three seniors have been selected to the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Academic All-State Team — Ashlynn Zimmerle earned Second Team honors, while Jordan Hennette and Cesilee Mokry earned Honorable Mention. “We are extremely proud of their efforts both […]

Mothers — a sweet refrain

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 11, 2022

Mother’s Day is now past, but Mother still lives clearly within my being. She died in 1985, but my mother made me go to church with her and my sister, taught me about Christ, read Bible stories to me at bedtime, prayed and taught me to pray, instilled in me some God-given sense, planted the seeds of my “delightful” sense of […]

Joyce ‘Olene’ West Hartgrove

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 11, 2022

Joyce “Olene” West was born in Leesville, Texas, to a farming family that included father Franklin “Pat” Lafette West and mother Nancy Ida “Ivey” West. She married Edward Leo Hartgrove in England on April 3, 1977. Joyce and Ed were the owners and operators of Joyce’s Country Store in Stockdale that opened for business in September of 1985. She was […]

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Continuing a family tradition

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

Fifth-generation La Vernian operates La Vernia Auto Center As the doors closed Jan. 31, an era ended and another began for one La Vernia business. La Vernia Auto Center opened Feb. 1, picking up where Snow’s Vehicle Center left off the previous day, as the business transferred from one La Vernia family to another. But it’s not a new venture. […]

Lynette Gray is off to National Senior Games!

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

And … she’s off! Lynette Gray of La Vernia is headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to represent La Vernia and the state of Texas in the National Senior Games! The local businesswoman and parade announcer will compete in the age 50-54 group 1500-meter racewalk and powerwalk; her events take place May 10-11. “I’d love to bring home the gold for […]

La Vernia track athletes are headed to State!

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

Several La Vernia High School track and field athletes will compete in the State meet May 12-14 at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin! Congratulations to the following student-athletes, who placed in the Regional meet and will travel to Austin next week: •Jada Green — first place, 100-meter dash; second place, 200-meter dash •Tyler Miles — second place, 400-meter dash •Ashlynn Recknagel […]

LV Heritage Museum to unveil new exhibit May 15

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

The La Vernia Historical Association invites the public to the Grand Opening of the new exhibit at the La Vernia Heritage Museum, “The History of La Vernia Schools featuring Spirit & Sports from 1870 to 1999.” On display will be hundreds of photos, memorabilia, and historical artifacts covering a span of 120 years. The exhibit, the first in a series […]

Ballot proposals could affect property tax bills

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

Texas voters have two proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the ballot May 7. Some folks have expressed confusion about what the amendments are for, and Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), who filed the proposed amendments, has offered some explanations of each proposition, to help voters understand them “The Secretary of State has been sending calls to my office about […]

Musing on how the war began

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

What’s that you say? The war began on a day much like any other day. We were all busy going about our daily lives. Each of us had responsibilities that kept us preoccupied, but we ourselves did have plans to purposefully make time for a relaxed supper, and just reconnect. As our time drew closer, we were being open, transparent, […]

Harold E. Friederick

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

1938-2022 Harold E. Friederick, 83, of La Vernia, Texas, passed to his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in La Vernia. Harold was born June 8, 1938, in La Vernia to Edwin “Boogie” and Julia (Lattka) Friederick. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of more than 52 years, Sudie Wahl Friederick; daughter Kim Friederick; parents Edwin […]

James William Urban

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

1950-2022 James William Urban entered eternal rest on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at the age of 72. James was born April 25, 1950, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Wilbert and Mildred L. (Wolff) Urban. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, William James Urban; and granddaughter Kyley Brooke Wootan. James is survived by his wife of 47 years, […]

Manuel Naranjo Aguilar

By tsmith@wcn-online.com | May 04, 2022

1946-2022 Manuel Naranjo Aguilar, 75, entered eternal rest on Monday, May 2, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. Manuel was born Oct. 6, 1946, to Rafael and Maria (Naranjo) Aguilar. He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 41 years, Rosalinda (Miramontez) Aguilar; and sisters Amelia Mendoza, Marina Chavez, and Gracie Aguilar. Manuel is survived by his daughters, […]