Saturday, August 1, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Found dachshund in Abrego Lake Estates on July 23rd. Call and describe Tracy 830 477 7779
Lost July 4th male Chihuahua white with brown spots walks slow older dog went missing in Poth last seen walking down FM541 call 8304009851 if you seen him snowball
Found: Charm with picture of couple, at Pecan Park, July 17. Call to identify and pick up, 830-393-6785.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Warning: While most advertisers are reputable, some are not. Unfortunately the Wilson County News cannot guarantee the products or services of those who buy advertising space in our pages. We urge our readers to use great care, and when in doubt, contact the San Antonio Better Business Bureau, 210-828-9441, BEFORE spending money. If you feel you have been the victim of fraud, contact the Consumer Protection Office of the Attorney General in Austin, 512-463-2070.
ON-CALL CRISIS POOL WORKERS NEEDED. Part-time positions are available for after hours “on-call” crisis workers to respond to mental health crisis for Wilson and Karnes Counties. Duties include crisis interventions, assessments, referrals to stabilization services, and referrals for involuntary treatment services according to the Texas Mental Health Laws. You must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, etc. On-call hours are from 5 p.m.-8 a.m. weekdays, weekends and holidays vary. If selected, you must attend required training and must be able to report to designated safe sites within 1 hour of request for assessment. Compensation is at a rate of $200 per week plus $100 per completed and submitted crisis assessment, and mileage. If interested call Camino Real Community Services, 210-357-0359.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

The 411: Youth


Robyn Reports: The Nutty Neighborhood Block Party




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
July 17, 2013 | 1,580 views | Post a comment

Story By Stacy Tornio
Illustrations By Roel Wielinga

Teacher guides available upon request.
Email nie@wcn-online.com.

Chapter 3: Missing in Action

The story so far: The neighborhood block party is in full swing. The staff of The Robyn Report newspaper is covering the story. Roxanne just told Robyn there’s an animal missing from the petting zoo.

“What do you mean there’s an animal missing?” I ask. “Where did it go?”

This is not good. An animal is missing from the petting zoo. This could be a disaster.

“I don’t know where it went,” she says. “It was there one minute, and then it disappeared.”

Roxanne looks like she might cry. If she does, I know she’s going to be loud. That’s the only way Roxanne could cry. I have to do something before that happens and disturbs everyone.

“It’s OK,” I tell her. “Let me just ...”

I think about the seed-spitting contest. There are three rounds. It will probably be a little while before the final round, so I could come back and still catch the contest. I look at Roxanne. She still looks like she might cry. I know I have to help her.

I sigh. “OK, let’s go.”

Roxanne jumps up and down in her orange shoes. “Thanks, Robyn. I knew you would know what to do.”

I follow Roxanne to the Petersons’ back yard. This is where the petting zoo is held.

The neighborhood petting zoo is one of the most popular events of the block party.
Anyone can bring a pet. I see J.P.’s little sister, Allison. She’s holding their cat, Buster. They are in Crazy Cat Corner. I look around the yard to see the other animals. There are dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, rabbits, two birds and even a ferret. I can see how an animal could go missing. This back yard is ... well ... it’s like a zoo!

“So which animal is missing?” I ask Roxanne.

“Shhhhhh! Not so loud,” she says.

I can’t believe it. Rowdy Roxanne telling me not to be so loud.

“No one knows it’s missing,” she whispers. “They don’t want anyone to get upset.”

“So are you going to tell me?”

Roxanne pulls me into a nearby shrub.

“It’s some kind of lizard,” she whispers.

“What?!” I ask.

I love animals, but I’m not good with lizards. They remind me of snakes, and I do not like snakes. I wonder if my sister ever had to do a story on lizards.

“Robyn, what are we going to do?” Roxanne asks.

I’d just like to forget about the lizard, but I can’t. This is an important story. The neighborhood deserves to know what happened to the missing lizard. We have to cover it.

“We’re going to find that lizard,” I say in a determined voice. “But I’m not going to touch it.”

It’s time to get down to business.

“Who knows that it’s missing?” I ask.

“Just Aidan,” she says. “It’s his lizard. But he doesn’t want anyone to know it’s missing. That’s why he came to me.”

I don’t blame him. I wouldn’t want anyone to know it’s missing, either. Lizards are creepy. I look around the yard.

“OK, here’s what we’re going to do,” I say to Roxanne. “You check the trees and shrubs. I’ll look around the flowers and in the grass. Lizards like natural environments.”

Roxanne and I go in different directions. I walk over to Mrs. Peterson’s flower bed. I will leave no petal unturned. Soon, a shadow towers over me. I look up and see Mrs. Peterson, glaring down.

“What exactly are you doing in my petunias?” she asks.

“I ... um ... I ...”

“I’m waiting,” Mrs. Peterson says, somewhat impatiently.

“You see, it’s for The Robyn Report,” I say, thinking almost as fast as I’m speaking. “We’re considering doing a story on your prize-winning petunias. They’re always the best in the neighborhood.” That part is true.

Mrs. Peterson smiles. “You’re doing a story on me?” she says. “Oh, I can’t wait. When is it going to be in The Report?”

“In a few weeks,” I say. “I’ll give you a call next week to schedule an interview.”

Mrs. Peterson is practically glowing. Note to self, I think: Must do a story on Mrs. Peterson’s petunias. Sometimes, you have to do things to keep readers happy.

“I do have a few gardening secrets,” she says. “If you’d like, I could show you my roses, too. They are just beautiful, especially during the summer. You see, the reason my blooms are so beautiful ...”

I can tell I could be here for a while.

“I’d like to Mrs. Peterson, but first I have to ...”

Suddenly, we hear a scream from the other side of the yard.

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

A Hot Topics Hot Serials Story. Copyright © 2006 Stacy Tornio

Watch for Chapter 4: “Leaping Lizards!”
next week.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

The 411: Youth Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Drama Kids summer camp (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FISD: registration of new students August 4-6 (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gov. Abbott addresses FFA state convention (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Local 4-H’er focuses on fiber (July 29, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Coastal Bend College sets new student orientation (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Dew makes Rensselaer dean’s list (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hernandez graduates from UIW (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register for August Empowerment Camp (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. River of Life VBS is July 27-31 (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. SFA names students to honors lists (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Woodward is an SFA grad (July 22, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Annual Boots ’N Shoot event is set (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Basketball tourney set (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Baylor awards Hill with scholarship (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Carpenter named to dean’s list (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Evergreen honors three area students (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fall registration under way at Coastal Bend (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free fishing clinics for youth (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kotzur attends youth conference (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. LV lifters find success at national event (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ROTC plans August orientation, drill camp (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stanley makes president’s list (July 15, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bell brothers conquer Aviation Challenge (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fish Camp, Prep Days coming soon for LVHS students (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville FFA district winners (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville FFA teams advance to area (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Kosub receives National FFA scholarship (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Staudt graduates from UTSA (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Lutheran University spring honors list (July 8, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. First Baptist La Vernia VBS (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville FFA members receive degrees (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville FFA Teams' State Roundup (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Grateful American Book Prize list of good reads (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia FFA members receive recognition (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia FFA members receive scholarships (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Leadership and friendship in action (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rocket Readers reign in 'Name That Book' competition (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TWU names spring grads (July 1, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. UMC Stockdale VBS (July 1, 2015)
NIE school
Triple R DC Expertsauto chooserDrama KidsVoncille Bielefeld homeHeavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.