A pint can save four lives

Few people think about donating blood until they or their loved ones need it, but this small sacrifice on a donor’s part has the potential to save lives. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center bloodmobile parked at Floresville’s Connally Memorial Medical Center Nov. 7 looking for donors, and found numerous residents happy to help. Community effort La Vernia resident […]


As wind whips the flags all around him, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steve Aguirre stands still and solemn Nov. 10, during the opening ceremony for the Field of Honor in Nixon. Veterans, their families, businesses, and community members purchased flags to fly on the field to honor those who have served or are serving in our nation’s military. The display, […]

Ximenez, Martinez take Floresville council seats

Marissa Ximenez may be the youngest Hispanic female to serve on the Floresville City Council. Ximenez, 34, who currently serves on the Floresville Economic Development Corp. board, secured a narrow victory — by fewer than 60 votes, unofficially — over incumbent Councilman David Johns Nov. 6. A licensed school psychologist who works in the East Central Independent School District, she […]

Wilson County voters ‘go red’ in Nov. 6 elections

Wilson County voters echoed trends across Texas, with a huge turnout at the polls in the Nov. 6 midterm election. This saw Lynn Ellison elected as 81st Judicial District judge, and incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz returned by voters to represent Texas in Washington, D.C. “I’m humbled by the trust people have placed in me, and continue to place in […]

Mayor recognizes soon-to-be centenarian

A veteran of three wars approaching his 100th birthday received recognition Nov. 8 at Floresville City Hall. Edward Conrad, who served his country’s air service in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, looks forward to celebrating his centennial Nov. 19. Floresville Mayor Cissy Gonzalez-Dippel expected to issue a proclamation declaring the date Edward Pershing Conrad Day in […]

Safety planning

Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Stephen Moore lectures on safety and escape routes in the event of an active shooter situation with Floresville Electric Light & Power System employees Nov. 2 at the utility’s warehouse location on U.S. 181.

Anti-bullying community event

Peanut Festival seeks gown designer

The Floresville Peanut Festival Association is currently seeking those who are interested in submitting designs for the festival court of 2020. Those interested must submit design work to the association at the January meeting, planned for Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Wilson County Justice Center at 800 10th St. (U.S. 181) in Floresville. To sign up to […]

Radio issues put first responders, citizens in jeopardy

“Our radio system is aging and failing,” District 1 Fire & Rescue Chief Chris Thompson told the Wilson County News. He wasn’t describing his department’s radios, but the infrastructure that serves all first responders in Wilson County. Currently, firefighters and emergency medical personnel serving the La Vernia, Kicaster, Eagle Creek, Cañada Verde, and Sutherland Springs areas are relying on a […]