Koepp Chevrolet kicks off centennial year

Ewald Otto “E.O.” Koepp is pictured outside his business, the Koepp Garage, on Chihuahua Street in downtown La Vernia in the 1940s. Founded in 1923, the business was originally located where Pollos El Gallo is now. E.O. offered vehicle repairs, sold tires, and housed a full-service gas station with a single pump, according to his great-granddaughter, Elise Koepp. He also […]

La Vernia ISD board: Another public meeting needed before trustees vote on four-day week

Another public meeting is expected to be scheduled by the La Vernia Independent School District prior to the school board voting in February on a proposal to change to a four-day instructional week. “More stakeholders’ voices need to be heard,” said school board President Nancy Janysek during the regular school board meeting Jan. 23. This followed a presentation by district […]

Rolling with the Alamo A’s

It’s a scene from a bygone era Jan. 22, as Ford Model A cars crowd Chihuahua Street across from La Vernia City Hall. The Alamo A’s Ford Model A Club members enjoyed a monthly club drive through Wilson County, visiting sites in La Vernia and Floresville, said club President Isaiah Garcia; he and his wife own Studio 775 salon and […]

The last word on having the last word — or not

My pickup had to go to the repair shop for days-long repairs.  This required dependency upon the precious gift from God to assist me — the missus and her following me in her car. The day began earlier than usual for the missus. Oddly, her love for me, the Lord, and all that is sacred and holy seems to be […]

Find your ‘heart’s desire’ as folks declutter

While some folks resolve in the new year to eat better, work out, or lose a few pounds, others vow to save more money and do more thrifting and recycling. Tons of people also vow to “declutter” this time of year, and herein enters “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.” Thrift stores are chock full of so much stuff […]

Rev. Eric Miletti installed as Immanuel Lutheran pastor

LV debaters make history, claim State titles!

Congratulations to La Vernia High School’s John Taft, Joel Robertson, and Wyatt Hall, on bringing home three medals and a State Championship title, after competing in the State Congressional Debate in Austin early this month! After two intensive rounds of debate, both at the University of Texas at Austin and at the State Capitol, John was proclaimed as State Champion, […]

Hope Church plans 20th birthday celebration this weekend

Hope Church in La Vernia will celebrate its 20th birthday this weekend. The doors of the church opened in January 2003, with services held in the cafeteria of the La Vernia Primary School. A formal dedication of the church took place in March 2003. Pastors Bobby and Lisa Nixon established the church with 15 others in 2002, according to association […]

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Crystal Villanueva of La Vernia, the winner of our December WOW! photo contest. Her entry was selected at random from those correctly identifying the back of the Music Loft on U.S. 87 in La Vernia, from the close-up of the exterior of the second floor of the building, pictured in the Dec. 29 La Vernia News. Crystal’s prize […]

New year brings us gifts and surprises

(Note: Many realize that a couch is no longer necessary during counseling therapy. Some, like myself, may have been a professional counselor, but to paraphrase the old hair commercial, “I have been a client, too.” This became painfully obvious following my tour in Iraq as the Patient Administration Division officer at a combat support hospital. Or was it when I was […]

Celebrating with Elm Creek Baptist Church — ‘equipping saints’ for 140 years

It’s “the little church with a big heart” and this month, the Elm Creek Baptist Church near La Vernia will celebrate 140 years of sharing God’s Word. Nestled on a little rise on Sandy Elm Road off F.M. 539 about 6 miles east/northeast of La Vernia, the little white wood-frame church offers an image of times past. But don’t let […]

Medical issues spur dangerous wrong-way driver incident on U.S. 87

A gray Dodge Ram pickup truck with handicapped plates — weaving in and out of the southbound lanes and into the oncoming northbound traffic on U.S. 87 Jan. 6 — had other drivers swerving to get out of the way. The erratic, dangerous behavior continued from the Bexar County line, through La Vernia, and almost to Sutherland Springs. When law-enforcement personnel […]

Get your copy of The History of La Vernia Schools while supplies last

The La Vernia Historical Association’s new book, The History of La Vernia Schools, featuring Spirit & Sports, 1870-1999, is hot off the press and ready for purchase. But act quickly as supplies are limited! Books are $40 each and may be picked up on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 12-3 p.m. at the La Vernia Heritage Museum. Additional pick-up dates will […]

Patience and perfection

Patience and waiting aren’t our nature.  One might lay claim to having shown some level of waiting, but history reveals patiently waiting has its limits. Today we have so many labor-saving devices, that we get almost everything we want with less lag time from the moment we want it. Hungry? A prepackaged food entrée or whole meal can be ready […]

Happy New Year!

Fireworks light up the sky over the La Vernia City Park as midnight strikes Dec. 31, signaling the beginning of 2023. It was the first New Year’s pyrotechnical display held by the city of La Vernia. “From my family to yours and from all of us at the City of La Vernia, we wish you a happy, prosperous, and safe […]

Vaping investigation leads police to search vape shop

“The La Vernia Police Department is committed to keeping illegal vape products containing unlawful amounts of THC and tobacco products out of the hands of our youth.” Police Chief Donald Keil was emphatic about protecting La Vernia youth, after his department conducted a warrant search Dec. 28, resulting in the closure of the Planet 4/20 Vape & Smoke Shop, located […]

We’re part of a caring community

Happy New Year! Well, we made it through another year, and we made it through a very cold Christmas weekend. We had a few minor issues around town during the freeze, but overall, things went rather smoothly. I want to send a special thanks to Public Works, the La Vernia police officers that worked over Christmas, and staff who stayed […]

And they called it puppy love — some things never change

Welcome to 2023! This first week of 2023, y’all may be like us, as we have already found some things are gonna change and something that will never change. Here at La Grimm Ranchero Cat House with two Guard Dogs of Warm Blessings, we are enjoying life. The cats stay in the missus’ graces as the dogs and I snuggle. […]

McDonald’s opens in La Vernia!

S.S. Water Supply closes out ‘pretty rough year’ with well outages, equipment issues

“It’s been a pretty rough year.” S.S. Water Supply Corp. General Manager Carlos Febus was reviewing the status of equipment Dec. 27, as the La Vernia-area water utility continued efforts to restore two water wells in eastern Wilson County. On Dec. 23, as folks began gathering for the Christmas weekend, S.S. Water Supply contacted customers and asked them to limit […]

Celebrating thrifty finds by family, friends

It’s Christmas time and I’m in the giving spirit, so I wanted to share some of my friends’ and family’s thrifty finds. I get a lot of positive feedback every month after the column comes out and I also get a lot of photos and shared stories of cool, eclectic, and one-of-a-kind finds that others have made! People even approach […]


Cherishing old stuff — like my Ford 8N tractors

Now there might be a few of my readers who cherish old stuff. Here at La Grimm Ranchero we sure do. I love the missus, and as time dims my eyesight and my instant recall, I am pretty sure she loves me, too. But today, I want to talk about tractors, especially 8N Ford tractors, as these are my main focus. Ask […]

Merry Christmas!

Community invited to celebrate the Reason for the season

Take in the Reason for the season at your choice of churches, as several plan special Christmas and New Year’s services to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Following is a list of holiday services around the area, published as a service to our readers seeking a place to worship. La Vernia Elm Creek Baptist Church, 830-321-0934, welcomes the community […]

Sharing the light of Christmas

Tony Cook makes the season bright with 150,000 lights set to music

“Daddy, can we put up some lights?” The question from his then 4-year-old daughter, Alyssa, sent Tony Cook on a journey that’s led to decorating his home on Cibolo Ridge Drive near La Vernia with tens of thousands of lights illuminating dozens of figures, some that move, all set to music. If you’ve traveled from La Vernia on Highway 87 […]

Keep Christ in Christmas

The stockings are hung along the mantel with care With wide expectation they’ll be filled with some cheer. Yet they’re not really stockings or socks or remnants of such, But manufactured baggies big enough to hide a small truck. Each list is checked twice with thrilled expectation That the Fat Guy will spend the equivalent of funding this nation. We […]

Madison Layne Boutique becomes ‘The Christmas Store’

Showing Jesus to everyone

La Vernia shoppers will notice a difference at Madison Layne Boutique this weekend. The entire boutique has been transformed into “The Christmas Store,” filled with gifts and toys for families in need to “shop” for their children for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. Boutique owner Meredith Rauschuber was inspired to make the radical holiday transformation, […]

Heavy rains leave La Vernia-area roads under water

“Turn around, don’t drown.” Meteorologists use the phrase to urge caution for drivers when heavy rains are anticipated or received. But it’s a warning that many ignore. “We were out ’til 8:30 Sunday evening putting out barriers,” Tracie Pierdolla told the La Vernia News. The wife of Wilson County Pct. 3 Commissioner Jeffery Pierdolla said the heavy rains early Sunday […]

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Bunkie Shed of La Vernia, the winner of our November WOW! photo contest. Her entry was the sole entry to correctly identify Studio 775 on F.M. 775 near La Vernia from the close-up of the salon’s exterior, pictured in the Nov. 24 La Vernia News. Bunkie’s prize package includes a one-year subscription to the La Vernia News. Test […]

After all is said and done, I am quite alright

Here at La Grimm Ranchero we are focusing on perfecting our communication. Like many couples in our age bracket, we have endured too many battles, survived too many wars, invested too many years, and spent too much money on co-pays and deductibles to put up with anybody else’s medical or psychological unknowns. Familiarity might breed contempt, but it’s the familiarity […]

Christmastime is here!

Finding ourselves ‘at home’ here in Wilson County

“HOME.” Some of you have the luxury of still living close to where you were raised. You might be able to see an old classmate at a store or church. Cousins are still seen, while other relatives have moved on to glory, but are buried close by. Familiar spots bring up memories of youthful adventures about which your parents, to […]

Enjoy Christmas festivities, lighting contest, Santa visits

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, wie treu sind deine Blätter! Well, hello, folks; the branches are truly lovely here in La Vernia. (That first line is from “O Christmas Tree” in the original German.) The Municipal Development District (MDD) has been busy this year, making sure that La Vernia is properly decorated and prepared for the Christmas season. Hopefully, you’ve noticed […]

Kick off Christmas this Saturday in La Vernia!

La Vernia welcomes the holiday season in a big way this Saturday. Jingle and mingle at these great events, right here in the heart of your hometown! Shop at the seventh annual Immanuel Lutheran Church Christmas Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse vendor tables for unique finds; enjoy fresh baked goods, soup, wassail, and more; and take fun […]

La Vernia Historical Museum visitors share stories, learn local lore

The La Vernia Heritage Museum volunteers enjoy all the stories and questions from people who stop by the museum. Many of them share special memories of La Vernia. These stories help the La Vernia Historical Association in many ways, with research and connecting the dots. Recent visitors included the Cortez family, who brought in several family photos and toured the […]

To my wife, with all my love

To my wife, Debie Grimm: I remember the first time I saw you. My racing mind and heart saw, too. Something just clicked within me, Like hope that’s been set free. My confidence began to crack; I still don’t know where it went. My voice became kinda adolescent. My tongue became unresponsive, like it just ran out of words. My […]

La Vernia explores water shut-off options

In the wake of the water main break in mid-October, forcing the city to shut off the water supply citywide while repairs were made, the city of La Vernia is planning for similar emergencies in the future. Public Works Department employees Tyler Helgeson and Scott Rolff attended the Nov. 17 city council meeting, to outline the options available and costs […]

City selects Donald Keil as La Vernia police chief

There’s a new chief in town! The La Vernia City Council has chosen Donald Keil as the new chief of police of the La Vernia Police Department to succeed Bruce Ritchey, who retired at the end of September. Keil has served as interim chief while the city conducted a search for a new police chief. The city announced the appointment […]


What or where (WOW) is this? The first correct guess drawn Tuesday, Dec. 13, 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 reader@lavernianews.com, putting WOW […]

Yep, it’s a-comin’, folks!

If you’ve got any age on your calendar, or have had issues that allow you to forecast, you can feel it’s a-comin’, folks! Now, here at La Grimm Ranchero, we’ve done all we can to avoid the obvious, but the missus is married to me, and coupled with her own issues, we feed off each other like two lightning rods […]

Score more than great outfits when thrifting

Greetings fellow and future thrifters! I’ve spent the last few months on the hunt for unique clothing and items, so this month it’s going to be simple. I am going to recap some great “thriftful” outfits I have worn to various events in the past 12 months. Lately for my emceeing and hosting events, I have tried to tie outfits […]

La Vernia honors veterans

See more photos below and on page 12 of the Nov. 17 edition of the La Vernia News

La Vernia ISD considers four-day school week

The La Vernia Independent School District is exploring whether a four-day instructional week could aid with teacher retention. During their Nov. 14 meeting, district trustees heard many reasons why the district should consider potentially changing to a four-day school week. Dr. Helen Whisenhunt, chief instructional officer, and Dr. Michael Duffek, chief administrative officer, presented information gathered at the state level […]

New babies at La Grimm Ranchero

Here at La Grimm Ranchero, life has had a drastic change. Last week, someone abandoned, dumped, and forsook two puppies. (Our security cameras are on 24/7.) They are now adopted, bathed, de-flea-ed, fed, loved, spoiled, veterinary-appointment-scheduled, and warm.  However, the days blur from one to the next as Life with New Puppies continues. It’s been 40 years since three babies within […]

TxDOT continues La Vernia-area road improvements

Patience. It’s what road crews working on La Vernia-area roads are asking of drivers, as they continue a number of projects. Folks traversing F.M. 775 between La Vernia and Floresville have become accustomed to delays, as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) works to create a turn lane for access to subdivisions just outside La Vernia, including Deer Ridge, Country […]

Celebrate veterans

Community invited to La Vernia Veterans Day Ceremony Honor and celebrate those who have honorably served our country at a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the La Vernia City Park at 221 San Antonio Road. Guests can gather around the La Vernia Veterans Memorial in the park and hear live patriotic […]

LVISD: All employees to receive $1,500 stipend before Christmas

Every employee in the La Vernia Independent School District (ISD) will receive a $1,500 retention stipend before Christmas. The district’s board of trustees approved the measure Nov. 1 during a special meeting. Dr. Hensley Cone, district superintendent, said the stipends deliver on his commitment at the beginning of the year to take care of the district’s employees. (See “La Vernia […]

Can you feel it? Change is in the air

Change: It’s something we cannot avoid. A few days ago, we once again changed the time on our clocks by an hour, and changed the batteries in our smoke alarms and TV remotes. Some of us are already changing our wardrobes to reflect the approaching season of football and hunting, as well as changing the impact of summer’s pollen to […]

La Vernia FFA team places in top 12 in the nation!

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