Crude oil tanker overturns on U.S. 87 in Stockdale

STOCKDALE — According to Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office Coordinator Edwin Baker, a tractor-trailer hauling a load of crude oil overturned near the intersection of U.S. 87 & Main Street sometime after 4 a.m. Baker, who is at the scene, said the impact caused the trailer’s tank to split, spilling most of its contents. Though there is a […]

Floresville South awards top spellers

Contributed Floresville South Elementary School held its sixth annual School Spelling Bee on Jan. 9 with three separate exciting bees! Each kindergarten class sent two representatives to participate. The kindergarten champion was Haven Smolka, who spelled the word “off” to capture the trophy! The second spelling bee of the day was between first and second grades. The first-grade champion and […]

Editorial: It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

By Lee Hamilton It didn’t get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate. Voters also added to the ranks of people on both sides of Capitol Hill who believe members of Congress should serve a limited number of terms. Americans are frustrated with the federal government […]

Meeting Watch: Wilson County Commissioners Court

Meeting: Regular meeting, Jan. 26. From 9-9:26 a.m. Actions: •Approved the annual “State of the ESD” report presented by Wilson County Emergency Services District No. 2 board President Bill Kenney •Approved contract for Phase 2A, interior finish of the Wilson County Courthouse in Floresville, for a cost not to exceed $845,609. •Approved the purchase of a new Volvo SD75D smooth-drum […]

Letter: Get a degree or learn a trade

Editor: Re: “Higher education is still a good thing,” Jan. 21 I thoroughly enjoyed and relished Mr. Gonzales’ highly erudite letter concerning the ultimate value of attaining a college education. He indicated that he had worked in the area of human resources, which I assume meant that he was involved in the hiring, training, and evaluating of employees. He certainly […]

Rainfall report

Unofficial rainfall report for Jan. 22-23: Adkins •Jupe Mills 1.5” Bandera •George Barnett 3.25” Black Hill Comm. •George Zidek 0.3” Denhawken •Triple K Farm 1.1” Elmendorf •Frank Marquez 0.75” •Will Waclawczyk 2.3” Floresville •Erwin Wahl 0.75” •Jim Helmke 2.18” •Juan Gauna 0.5” Goliad •Brian Yanta 1.6″ Harmony •Joe Dragon 2.4” Karnes City •Milton Kopecki 0.6” Labatt •Bennie Roemer 0.6” McCoy […]

Letter: Pick and choose what you tell the VA

Editor: All contact with the VA is confidential. Is it? There have been multiple instances where veterans seeking treatment with the VA had their guns confiscated without due process, and with no evidence that they were a danger to anyone. They simply got a letter out of the blue informing them that the VA had “decided” and poof, the feds […]

Meeting Watch: La Vernia ISD

Meeting: La Vernia Independent School District board of trustees special meeting, Jan. 21; including executive session regarding personnel matters Actions: •Approved a budget amendment, moving funds budgeted for maintenance to utilize for staff resources •Approved the hire of a new human resources director •Tabled action on a demographics study of the district, pending further meetings with additional vendors •Announced a […]

Editorial: Early presidential prospects

With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. Among the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is honing her message to appeal to the mindset of the left wing of her party, whose support she will need in her second attempt to get […]

Physicians promote plan for healthy Texas

If you don’t know where you’re going, the old saying goes, you don’t need a map. Any road will take you there. But if you have a crystal clear vision of your destination, you need an equally detailed roadmap. The physicians of this great state are committed to improving the health of all Texans. To get there, we must enhance […]