Thursday, September 3, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


VideoStill missing: Long hair Chihuahua, near 3rd and Hwy. 97, Floresville, she is very missed. If you see her please call Jeri, 409-781-3191.
Lost: Small black/white tortoise shell cat, 1-1/2 years old, Aug. 8, Country Hills area, La Vernia, friendly, "Cinnamon" but responds to "Kitty," rhinestone collar w/bell, shots, spayed. Reward! 210-725-8082.

VideoLost: Shih Tzu, male, golden brown, from C.R. 320 in Floresville. If you have any information call 210-452-1829 or 832-292-3305.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Help wanted, skills needed: cement, plasterer, welder, fence construction. Call 210-771-5255.
*Fair Housing notice. All help wanted advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference limitation or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for help wanted ads, which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
TNMCRE/MAX homeRichardson Chevrolet home
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Section A: General News


Editorial: Looking back over 30 years: It is a family affair


Editorial: Looking back over 30 years: It is a family affair
In this Wilson County News Jan. 16, 1985, issue, Publisher Elaine Kolodziej writes about getting the paper out on Jan. 2 during a record snow storm.


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

About politics and other things
January 29, 2014
3,075 views
7 comments

As we look back over the last 30 years, I am reminded of another January. The weather was cold, much like this year, but even colder and wetter.

It was Jan. 2, 1985.

That morning, my husband, Al, made his usual 6 a.m. trip up to Richards Printing in San Antonio before making his way to work at City Public Service. He delivered the paste-up sheets to the printer each week, as this was before the days of computers and digital printing. In those days, stories had to be printed out in columns on bond paper. The columns then were cut out in strips to be waxed and laid out in straight columns on the large paste-up sheets. The rest was up to the pressmen.

I would go later and pick up the freshly printed newspapers. By the time I was ready to go pick up the newspapers from the printer on Frio Street that day, the weather had gotten much worse.

Even before the official announcement came that school was canceled, my oldest son, Karl, decided to skip school in order to help us get the papers delivered. He would use his trusty old three-quarter-ton farm truck to maneuver the icy streets to make the drive in to San Antonio.

For me, this newspaper has always been a family affair. I also called on the assistance of my sister Nancy and her husband, Kenneth Walpole, to help. Kenneth rode along with Karl to help navigate. They had to fight the wind, cold, sleet, and snow in order to negotiate the hazardous conditions of the streets and roads brought on by the unusual weather.

Thankfully they made it back to Elmendorf without incident. We met up at E-Z Stop on Highway 181 to begin the arduous task of loading and unloading the 5,000-plus papers to be delivered around the county and to the post offices. Nancy helped by “keeping the home fires burning” by staying behind and keeping an eye on things, including keeping Keith and Kristen up to date as we accomplished the task at hand.

It was a job that usually took me less than half a day, but under those circumstances, it took all of us the better part of the day. This is only one of the many fond memories as we look back.

I say “fond,” because once we determined that we could accomplish this without missing a deadline, we knew that the rest of the deadlines would only get easier.

At times, it does seem like forever that I have been publishing the Wilson County News.

On good days, however, it seems like it was only yesterday. To be sure, it can be frustrating, but more often than not, it is fun, and it is rewarding.

Always, it is interesting.

The news never stops.

We struggled that day to deliver the 5,000-plus copies of the newspaper. It was awkward working with gloved hands, wearing heavy coats and hats and fighting the wind and slick streets.

We wanted to be out with the rest of South Texas watching the rare snowfall as it slowly embraced the landscape. But this was our test and we passed, just as we have every week now for more than 30 years.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
February 3, 2014 6:04pm
 
T-Bone......Thanks for the laugh....I'm sure she is kind to the aggies also.....:)

 
T-Bone Pickens  
Poth  
February 3, 2014 2:47pm
 
I think your kindness towards squirrels and pigeons is a breath of fresh air.

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
February 2, 2014 5:58pm
 
Why, thank you, Patrick L. Meyer, and James Branum. Spoken like true gentlemen!

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
February 2, 2014 5:27pm
 
The job doesn't get easier, you just get better. :)

 
Patrick L Meyer  
La Vernia, TX  
February 2, 2014 4:40pm
 
Thanks for all of your hard work and determination. You did it the old fashioned way, steadily building a better product day after day after day. All who played a constructive role should be very proud of what has been accomplished. ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
February 1, 2014 4:38pm
 
Thank you, Ken. As director of operations, Kristen Kolodziej Weaver certainly hopes to continue our tradition of community involvement amidst rapidly changing dynamics. Under her leadership, we are ever updating and expanding ... More ›

 
Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
February 1, 2014 2:19pm
 
Have enjoyed reading your paper for those 30 years. Good work. Hope you are around for at least 30 more.

Share your comment or opinion on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




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

Section A: General News Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Brownlow: Little chance ‘fracking’ could hurt water (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. City’s proposed budget, property taxes raise questions (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. County Commisioners ‘buckle up’ on $24M budget (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Court Update (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. De Leon family sells Olivia’s San Antonio location (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Distracted driving program new requirement for teens (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Coca-Cola to obese people: Hey, exercise more! (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: How will voters sort through all the candidates? (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Editorial: Libs: Symbols mean something — unless we disagree (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville awards contract for event center repairs (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville elections take twists (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville struggles to ‘play ball’ (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free webinar series for small businesses (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. From student job to interim manager (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Karnes airport gets $2.1M in funding (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Labor Day office closures (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Karnes County officials continue spending (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Urgent: Nix Iran deal (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letter: Voter ID thumbprint (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Make your way to Feather Fest (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. MedDropSA is Sept. 5 (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meeting Watch: East Central ISD (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Oscar Mayer issues recall (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Paid firefighters could aid La Vernia volunteers (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Police Blotter (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register to compete in Adult Literacy challenge (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Relay committee to meet Sept. 8 (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. SARA approves study of Floresville’s River Park (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sponsors needed for Conversation with Constitution event (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale council approves $2.07M 2015-16 budget (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Substitute teacher training dates set (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TEA lauds Falls City, Poth (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The best medicine (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. VA cuts backlog (September 2, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Welcome back! (September 2, 2015)