Mr. Justin Meyer, of Jourdanton, and Ms. Summer Woodson, of Natalia, are happy to announce they are engaged. This past Sunday, January 15th, Meyer pulled off the romantic flyover proposal of Summer’s dreams, with the help of his bride-to-be’s little sister Abigayle of course. Ms. Woodson thought she was going on a lunch date before her little sister left for college, so with help from both families and their friends, they ran with it! After getting her all dolled up for the lunch date, Justin (who is a helicopter pilot) told Summer that they needed to do an aerial check on animals at the ranch. At this point, she still had no idea what’s going on and no clue that her family and friends were waiting and holding the letters with the big question standing in the field. As the couple flew over the trees, she asked why her dad’s truck was in that field…? As she looked closer she sees the big question on signs of friends and family members holding the posters spelling out: WILL YOU MARRY ME? They land and he went down on one knee with a ring, asking will you marry me? She said yes! Summer Woodson, the bride-to-be, is a 2015 graduate of Natalia, Tx and 2019 graduate of Texas A&M International (TAMIU). She is the daughter of Dana and Willa Woodson of Natalia, TX and works for Natalia ISD. Justin Meyer, fiancé, is a 2015 graduate of Jourdanton High School and graduated from flight school in 2017. He works as a helicopter pilot for the family-owned company Flying J Services out of Jourdanton, TX. The groom-to-be is the son Joe and Monica Meyer of Jourdanton, Tx. Congratulations to the happy couple….And let the wedding plans begin!
Claude “Butch” Morgan and his wife and friend celebrated Eddie Hutzler’s 84th Birthday with a personal concert in front of the historic Stroud’s Blacksmith Shop where Eddie spent many years. He now resides at a nursing home in Devine, but enjoys getting out and riding around town with Claude. Photo by Butch Cook.
Devine will celebrate homecoming this Friday and Saturday, and nobody has more school spirit than Devine High School Custodian Troy Tuttle! Tuttle has worked for Devine Independent School District for more than 23 years and counting! We wanted to honor Troy during Nataional Custodians Week, and we did a short interview about why he loves working at Devine ISD so much. “I like working to get a pay check, watching the football games, and helping other people,” Tuttle said. His colleagues and students are always happy to see Troy’s smiling face come around the corner. “Troy is a joy to have around because he always comes in with something on his mind…and he’s going to share it with you!” Athletic Director Jim Sessions stated, “He’s always enthusiastic and happy about it as well. He loves to joke around and he really cares how the kids did in their sporting events! Of course, Troy will do anything you ask of him as well! He’s a great help around campus and in the office. I’m blessed to work with him, but I’m even more blessed to call him my friend!!” Head Football Coach Paul Gomez added, “Troy is awesome around the team. On Thursdays when we watch film at the school Troy always comes in and gives them a peptalk! He always tells the boys to win and play hard!” Coach Sessions also shared one of his favorite stories about Troy and how great he is. “Well one great story with Troy and I was back when I was coaching softball 20 years ago…Troy always helped us set up the field and batting cages for practice…So one day, Coach Navarro could not get the key to open a lock on the building that had the pitching machine in. After a short time of Coach Navarro trying, and not being successful, and of course Troy and I giving him some grief, I said I would open it….Well I tried and tried to open the lock and couldn’t get it to work either. At that time, Troy stepped up, looked at the lock, walked off and came back and sprayed the lock with some WD-40 (where he got it, I have no idea), and Troy opened the lock right up! And, of course, he kept joking with us for the rest of the season about the day he opened the lock when we couldn’t!”
The Current Events Club met in the lovely home of Judy Eaddy on September 13th for their first meeting of a new season. After delicious refreshments, Kathleen Calame, publisher of the Devine News, presented the program entitled, “125 Years of the Devine News”. The newspaper is not only the official newspaper of Devine, but also the official newspaper of Natalia, Lytle, and LaCoste. The Devine News was first published by George B. Holcombe for three months before W.L. DuBose purchased the paper in 1897 (traded a brand new horse and buggy) and the newspaper remains in the DuBose family to this day. K.K. DuBose Calame’s parents (Pat and Kitty DuBose) turned the paper over to her in 1999. KK’s daughter Kayleen Holder is the current editor of the paper, and fifth generation. KK shared many memories about the newspaper and brought some antiques from publishing past. The upcoming drawing was discussed by club members. Tickets will be available at Walmart on September 17 and 24th, and in October on the first and 22nd. Items for the drawing are: 1,000 pounds of deer corn, 500 pounds of deer corn, and a $300 gift card. Ticket cost is $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20. Tickets will be available and the drawing held at the Fall Festival on November 5th. Funds raised from the drawing will go to local causes, charities, and organizations and for two Devine High School scholarships. Another item of business was the National Wreaths Across America Day. One may sponsor a wreath for $15 to be placed on a veteran’s grave this December 17th at the Devine Evergreen and St. Joseph Catholic Cemeteries. A ceremony will be held at cemeteries from Arlington, Virginia across the nation and then wreaths places on the graves of veterans. To sponsor a wreath honoring a veteran, you may go online to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/TX1147P. Posters across town have QR codes so donations may be made online. Current Events Club members will be at the October 1st Market Day in Devine to assist with orders. The next club meeting on October 11th will be lunch and a trip to the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Antonio.
Local boy competes on NCS World Series 9u championship. Hunter Alston, of Devine, played in the National Championship Sports World Series in Florida this past weekend with his team Alamo City WolfPack. Hunter also competed in the skills challenge against 48 kids from Texas, Alabama, and Florida, winning the Home Run Derby with 4 total homeruns.
Case Finto (on right) and her mom Candy after getting Case fitted for a new wheelchair and special crutches. Case was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis this year, and the family appreciates anything you can do to help. Her daddy, Waylon, is also battling MS and was diagnosed just one year before her. You can drop off a donation at The Devine News. Please make out any checks directly to Candy Finto. If you would be interested in hosting a benefit or plate sale for the Finto family, please let us know. There is also a Go Fund Me which can be found on Candy Finto’s facebook page.