We often receive phone calls here at the department asking whether or not you can perform an outdoor burn.
If there is not a county imposed burn ban, then you’re allowed to perform an outdoor burn. Just be responsible about it; have a water source handy, prepare your pile with a clearing or berm, and never leave your burn unattended. Be mindful of the current weather conditions, especially wind. If the humidity has been low for a few days and there is a light but sustained wind, it would be better to hold off. Remember there is no burning after dark, even if you’ve notified county and/or the fire department.
If you don’t want the fire department to show up while everything is under control, you should call the Wilson County Sheriff’s non-emergency number, (830) 393-2535 and notify them that you’re planning an outdoor burn, then call your local fire department and give them a heads up as well.
For a complete list of rules, regulations, and definitions on outdoor burning, visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website.
The La Vernia Bears are soccer champs! The Bears routed the La Feria Lions, 3-1, during their first playoff match April 1, after receiving a bye for the bi-district game.
La Vernia took control early in the game, repeatedly feeding Miguel De La Torre the ball up the side, who sent or dribbled it into the Lions’ domain.
Ten minutes into the half, Saul De La Torre was taken out from behind in the box, resulting in a penalty kick, which Miguel De La Torre sent in to bring the score to 1-0, La Vernia.
The cheer squad began throwing candy to the audience. Miguel De La Torre decided he was going to give a treat to the audience, as well, and took the ball into La Feria’s box by himself, sending it to the back of the net to bring the audience to their feet and the score to 2-0. Despite limping from a hard tackle, he still managed to send a couple more passes inside before being subbed out.
La Feria began to pick up its game at this point as the Lions adjusted to the Bears’ physically aggressive playing style. They managed to send a few shots at the goal, which keeper Shane Thrailkill handled and then, to vent his disapproval, punted the ball nearly all the way back into the Lions’ box!
Thrailkill was taking over for keeper Bryce Crane, who suffered a concussion earlier in the season. “The doctors said it was the worst one they’d seen,” he said. “I just started walking eight weeks ago. Next week I’ll be lifting weights.”
The La Vernia Education Foundation reminds the community to save the date for Night in Ole La Vernia set for Saturday, May 14, in the La Vernia City Park. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
The family friendly event will feature musical artists “Shenandoah,” belting out some of their classic hits like “Two Dozen Roses” and “The Moon Over Georgia,” and country sensations Jason Boland and Gabe Garcia, best known for his appearance on “Nashville Star.” The foundation will recognize the 2016 Innovative Teaching Grant recipients and present the winner with a grant.
General admission pre-sale tickets are $35 plus handling and VIP tickets start at $250. Sponsorship packages are available. Kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds will go toward the La Vernia Education Foundation for future grants and other educational enhancements. To purchase tickets, visit www.laverniaeducationfoundation.org.
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