Fundraiser for baby Ledger and the English family

Ledger James English was born on January 21st and flown to a larger hospital with a NICU. He weighed in at 5lbs. 4oz.

The English family was on vacation out of state when an emergency sent them to the hospital. Mrs. Brittany (Word) English delivered her baby prematurely and he was airlifted to another hospital to the Newborn Intensive Intensive Care Unit. Friends and family have launched a fundraising page to support the family in this trying time.
Brittany and Garret English welcomed their new baby boy, Ledger James English, in Colorado on January 21st. He weighed 5lbs. 4oz.
Baby Ledger is being kept in the NICU in Colorado while he continues to develop and grow strong enough to get back home to Wheeler, TX but with this comes many expenses including lodging, gas, food, etc.
Brittany (Word) English is Devine graduate Class of 2010, and resides in Wheeler, Texas with her husband Garret. Proud grandparents are Darla and Jimmy Word of Devine, and Sam and Kim English, great-grandmas Dee Jenkins of Devine, Joyce Word of Victoria, and great-grandparents Charles and Barbara Gautney and Billy Joe and Faye Chancey.
If you would like to help this sweet family you can donate on the Go Fund Me Page or drop off donations at The Devine News office on Monday or Tuesday or weekday afternoons. Please make checks to Brittany and Garrett English.

Link to the Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/garrett-and-brittany-english?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=sms&utm_source=customer

Laredo Trail Ride celebrates…
61 Years of Cowboy Tradition Feb 4-10, riding through Devine

In 1962 Archie Paige along with the help of the Medina County Trail Riders, decided to make another leg of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Trail Rides that promote and advertise the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Original members included Rodney Mangold, Marvin Hause, Babe Gilliam, and others. They originally began their trek at the international bridge between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. At that time, the ride was approximately 210 miles long.
Through the years, because of tick bans, and various other logistics, the trail ride now starts 10 miles south of Artesia Wells at the Oscar Moreno’s ranch. Current Trail Boss Jerry Chessher follows a long line of trail bosses. His father Jerry Chessher Sr, and his grandfather Jimmie Chessher were all trail bosses through the years, past trail bosses also included Missy Sultenfuss, Floyd McOsker, Roy Jarvis and Archie Page.
This February the Laredo Trail Ride will celebrate 61 years of this grand tradition. We will be starting from Oscar Moreno’s Ranch once again with a kick-off party on Friday evening February 3rd and leaving Saturday morning Feb. 4th for our 1st night stop in Cotulla, TX; where there will be a dinner and dance at the American Legion grounds. The public is invited. The dance is from 7pm to 11pm and a $5 cover charge for the public. Music provided by DJ Rooster Rick Chavez. We will leave Sunday morning the 5th for our Dilley night stop, at the Dilley Lions Club. Monday night the 6th we will stop at the A&D Ballroom in Pearsall, TX for a dinner and dance, the public is invited. The dance is from 7pm to 11pm and a $5 cover charge for the public. Music provided by DJ Rooster Rick Chavez. Tuesday the 7th, we will stop at the N6 Farms outside of Lytle, Texas. Wednesday the 8th we will depart Lytle for our night stop at Country Gold Dance Hall for a dinner and dance with Paul Sanchez & Wrangler Country the public is invited. The dance is from 7:30pm to 11:30pm and a $10 cover charge for the public. Thursday the 9th we will be at the Morlandt Electric Co, and Friday we will be meeting South Texas Trail Riders for our final leg into the official Stock Show Grounds. Any young single cowgirls between 16 to 20 years old is invited to participate in our Laredo Trail Ride Queen Contest. We look forward to promoting the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo throughout South Texas and hope that community will come out to greet the Trail Riders and join us at our dinners and dances. For more information look us up on Facebook under Laredo Tail Ride.

Chamber election of officers January 16

The Devine Chamber of Commerce will elect its officers on Monday, January16, 2023 for the year at the annual meeting of the members.
All offices are re-elected each year for a one year term.
Chamber members who would like to get more involved are invited to run for an office by emailing their intent and the office being sought to devinechamberofcommerce@gmail.com by Wednesday, January 11 to be placed on the ballot.
Current President Bonnie Manning encourages chamber members to come to the meeting and run for an office if they want to become more involved in helping the business community thrive in 2023 and our community.

Weather service: “Bitter cold” ahead, 4 nights below freezing
As low as 3 degrees with windchill

Make sure to get your pipes wrapped, and bring the animals indoors. As of this Tuesday, the National Weather Service forecast is showing a low of 19 degrees Thursday night, 18 Friday night, and 23 degrees Saturday night, and 29 Sunday night. It could feel like 3-10 degrees with the windchill Thursday night going into the early hours of Friday morning according to NWS warnings.

The National Weather Service is predicting four nights of below freezing temperatures for our area starting this Thursday and continuing through Sunday night. Thankfully, it is expected to warm up during the daytime, so there will be a little relief in that, officials hope.
Thursday night, the forecast is projecting lows of 19 degrees along with winds up to 15-35MPH. With the wind chill, this could create temperatures coming into Friday morning that feel more like 3 to 10 degrees according to a NWS.
Friday night, the forecast shows a low of 18 degrees, with winds 5 MPH.
Saturday lows of 23 degrees, and Sunday (Christmas night) lows of 29 degrees.
Local officials urge residents to be prepared. The Red Cross recommends having one gallon of water per person, per day, on hand. They also recommend having easy to prepare food that does not require electricity to cook such as bread, peanut butter and jelly, or canned meat.
If you do experience an outage, don’t panic, officials say. They would like to remind residents that if you experience an outage, it’s not always the grid overloading. High winds, for example, are also a big cause of outages.
NWS Forecast as of Tuesday night:
Wednesday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday-Sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a light and variable wind becoming north 20 to 25 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night-Clear, with a low around 19. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
Friday-Sunny, with a high near 37. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday-Sunny, with a high near 42. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Christmas Day-Sunny, with a high near 50.
Sunday NightMostly clear, with a low around 29.
Monday-Sunny, with a high near 59.
Monday NightMostly clear, with a low around 35.
TuesdaySunny, with a high near 61.

Devine Tractor Supply Store to host photos with Santa
Holiday-themed event takes place Dec. 18

Tractor Supply Company will spread Christmas cheer this year with their Photos with Santa event. Held Dec. 18 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Tractor Supply customers are invited to bring their children and pets to the store for photos with Santa and other Christmas activities.
A local photographer will be on site during the event taking Christmas photos of Santa’s Little Helpers and their owners. The first 25 customers to take their photo with Santa will also receive a free magnetic picture frame.
“At Tractor Supply, we welcome families with open arms,” said Lori Lynn, manager of Devine Tractor Supply store. “This is one of many children and pet-friendly events held throughout the year to show our appreciation for our loyal customers and their loved ones.”
This event is open to the public and will take place at 300 State Hwy 132 N. For more information, please contact the Devine Tractor Supply at 830-663-9777.

Moore Christmas Potluck and Toy Drive Dec. 17

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our MOORE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK and TOY DRIVE event sponsored by The Moore Community Improvement Club on Saturday, December 17th at the Moore Community Center from 5pm to 9pm! Doors open at 4pm and we will begin serving at 5pm. Bring an unwrapped toy or children’s book and your favorite dish to share a meal with your neighbors. There will be a photo backdrop to take festive pictures, and I hear Santa may be making appearance as well. We will also be offering a hayride around town to see the lights. The hayrides will be starting at dark and all kiddos must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We hope to see everyone there!
Everyone is also invited to start their day with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Moore Volunteer Fire Station! Santa and Mrs. Claus have lots of fun things planned for the kids between 10am and 1pm. There will be a reading of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at 10:30am, photos with Santa by his lead elf helper, prize bingo for the kids and young at heart, some DIY ornaments and of course cookies with the man in red.
A friendly reminder that the deadline to enter the 3rd Annual “Moore: Be the Light Holiday Decorating Contest” is quickly approaching! Sign up begins December 1st and runs through December 15th. There will be a $10 fee per entry. There will be cash prizes for top winner as well as a people’s choice winner this year. Judging will be held between Dec 17th and December 22nd. Sign up forms are available from every Moore Community Improvement Club officer/member. See our official Facebook Community group, Moore Community News, for more details.
Senior food boxes will be distributed December 19th and commodities will be distributed December 22nd. Watch Facebook for announcement of time of distribution the day off.
If you are looking to rent the Community Center this holiday season, we still have few weekends open. Give our Treasurer, Claudia a call at 830-267-0322 to reserve your date now and put your deposit down!

Golf Tournament and Holiday Extravaganza to benefit Natalia Band and FFA programs Dec. 17

The Natalia ISD Mustang Band and FFA programs are joining forces to raise funds. The funds raised will support program needs, enrich experiences, and provide scholarships for students.
Information: Join us on December 17th at 1:00 pm for golf, games, shopping, Santa, and more!
Golf Tournament: 4-person scramble with cash prizes for the top three teams. Location: Devine Golf Course 1:00 pm shot gun start. You can sign up your team by calling Devine Golf Course (830) 665-9943. $100 per person, includes cart, meal, and drink. 1st place team payout: $800, 2nd place team payout: $600, 3rd place team payout: $400
Shopping: Come shop local vendors and small businesses. Great time to find those special gifts for the holidays!
Santa & Hot Chocolate: Santa will make a very special visit to take pictures with kids of all ages. Enjoy some hot chocolate and goodies with Santa.
There will be music entertainment and games as well!
Stop by on December 17th starting at 1:00 pm to support amazing programs at Natalia ISD!
To support the fundraising efforts, you can reach out to Jenny Wolff at jkztanner@yahoo.com or Lori Robinson at responsiveleading@gmail.com

Annual Christmas Light Decorating Contest for Hank’s Kids is underway, enter today to win $500 or $250

Deadline is Thursday, drop entry by News Office. Judging is Friday, December 16
& Saturday December 17

The annual Christmas Light Decorating Contest for Hank’s kids is underway. Register by December 12th, even if your lights aren’t up yet. Displays won’t be judged til Dec 16-17th.
There will be a 1st place prize of $500 gift card donated by DJ Carlson Bust n Burn, and $250 gift card donated by Medina Electric Coop.
Winners may choose to keep the gift card or donate it to the charity of their choice as many past winners have done, making it all the more fun!
Please make sure your lights are on both of those nights.
This contest which benefits Medina County foster children is held in memory of Pat & Kitty DuBose each year.
Register by making any small donation to Hank and submitting your address on www.devinenewsmembers.com or in person at Devine News, Charlie’s Daughter or Bon Cafe.
It isn’t about winning, it’s about Hank. For every home that enters, Medina Electric donates an extra $50 to Hank, up to $1,250.

Shoppers at local stores this Saturday will have chance of winning $1,000 in gift certificates, open late this Saturday Dec. 17 “Shop at Home MARKDOWN MANIA”

Businesses participating for sure are: A Bushel and A Peck, Mag’s Place, Country Gal’s Market, WOG, and Bon Cafe. Others will be open as well, just look around town.

This shopping event of the year is being hosted in Devine by small town locally owned businesses all day this Saturday, December 17 as a way to say “Thank You” to customers for “Shopping at Home” and helping small businesses, while keeping safe and close to home while shopping for Christmas gifts.
The businesses will be open normal hours Saturday as usual plus staying open late until 9:00 p.m. to celebrate the Markdown Mania event with specials and refreshments.
Also known as a Sip and Shop style event some of the businesses will offer cider, or hot chocolate, or other beverages of their choice as well as door prizes and special savings during this Markdown Mania Shop at Home and Save opportunity!
Spearheading the event are Cindy Morales, Owner of A Bushel and a Peck, Margaret Greehey , Owner of Mag’s Place & Boutique, and Kathy Jaworowski, Owner of Country Gal’s Market and K.K. Calame, Owner of The Devine News.
All businesses are invited to join in on the event by hosting their own markdowns, special offers, door prizes, or drawings and late hours this Saturday, December 17. The more the merrier!
$1,000 in giveaways- Four lucky people will win a $250 gift card during the event, one at Bushel and a Peck, one at Meg’s Place & Boutique, one at Country Gals, and one at WOG (open to 8 pm) by registering at those locations during their Shop at Home Markdown Mania event all day this Saturday!
Also participating this year is Bon Cafe, 200 S Commercial, Devine until 7:00 pm with drink specials!
Other businesses may offer specials and stay open late so be sure to check out businesses around town. Each business will host their own offers and rules and drawing dates and times.
When people shop local it truly makes a difference. Many of our small town businesses were forced to close their doors during the pandemic for months and are trying to just survive and make a living. These same businesses are the many of the ones who support our schools, our stock show kids, and various non profits in our community and surrounding communities.
This event will help small business and their customers at the same time.
Our community has always opened their hearts and pocketbooks to help others in need. We are so fortunate to live in the great place we call home, Devine.
“Shop at Home MARKDOWN MANIA” event is this Saturday. Enjoy the shopping opportunities it offers, the savings, and drawings!