Medina Electric Cooperative linemen return from International Electrification Mission in Guatemala

In early November, two dedicated linemen from Medina Electric Cooperative, Edward Varnador and David Hernandez, successfully participated in an electrification mission to the rural village of Matasano, Zacapa, in the Republic of Guatemala. The project aimed to bring the transformative power of electricity to a community still living without this essential resource.
Situated in a mountainous region, Matasano villagers adhere…


Creative uses for pumpkins beyond Halloween

Popular gourd can be used for seasonal recipes, fall décor, bird food and more

By Paul Schattenberg
Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to dump your pumpkin.
From pumpkin spice lattes to harvest-themed front porches, pumpkins are an iconic part of fall. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts offer some tips on ways to use these popular gourds in and around your home beyond Oct. 31.
Pumpkins that were not carved for jack-o-lanterns can be…


Natalia ISD’s new superintendent says love of teaching started early

Natalia ISD superintendent, Dr. Lana Collavo

By Victoria Arredondo
Freelance Writer
Growing up in South Texas in a small town called Taft, Dr. Lana Collavo aspired to be a teacher.
As a little girl, she would pretend to teach her sister, along with their stuffed animals.
“It was just my…


Brett Lorraine feels honored to take care of Devine’s veterans

For over 20 years, Brett Lorraine has been working at the Devine Evergreen Cemetery, ensuring that it is looking well groomed and taken care of. His duties include clearing grave sites of any trash or dead flowers, mowing, weed-eating, trimming, and removing dead limbs. The cemetery has a board, and it is to these members that Brett reports if he notices any complications or damage. Brett says that he takes pride in his work and loves hearing…


Cortez brothers, soldiers to lead Lytle’s Homecoming parade November 3 & 4

Pictured L to R Twin brothers SSGT Richardo B. Cortez and SFC Henry B. Cortez 1990 at Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia/Iraq). These two local veterans are honored to be the Grand Marshall’s of the Parade this year.

The Lytle Ex-Student Association invites you to join the celebration of Homecoming 2023 on November 3 & 4. There are several exciting activities planned.
Local veterans Staff Sgt (SSG) Ricardo B. Cortez and Sgt First Class (SFC) Henry B. Cortez will be appearing as 2023 Grand Marshalls for the Class of 1966…


Devine kids compete in Region VII Texas Rodeos, Hall takes top spots

Standout cowboy Enoch Hall, an 8th grader from Devine took one of the top spots in 11 Texas Jr. High School Rodeo events. Courtesy photos.

Standout cowboy Enoch Hall, an 8th grader from Devine took one of the top spots in 11 Texas Jr. High School Rodeo events including: Bull riding, Boys breakaway, Team Roping, Chute Dogging, Ribbon Roping, Bareback riding, Tie down and Calf Roping. He placed as follows:….


Rhonda Edwards Korczynski has a love for grave walking

Wes and Rhonda Korchynski with their grands Berkley, Khloe and Trey.

Rhonda has been a member of both the Evergreen and Saint Joseph Cemetery boards; however, because of work duties, she is having to step back and not be as active for a time. But as a “grave-walker,” Rhonda states that she has officially been photographing and documenting graves for about 12 years on Find-A-Grave…


Current List of Veterans buried in Devine

*Please NOTE there are 2 LISTS depending on which cemetery your loved one is buried in.

Please contact Martha Wall at 210-213-5620 or Linda Kreinhop at 713-562-7504 or reach out to them on Facebook to add your loved one to the list of veterans who will receive a wreath on their grave in honor of their service as part of the Wreaths of America Program. There is NO COST.

However, if you would like to SPONSOR a wreath, the cost is $17 and you can do so at

The 2 Cemetery Lists for Devine are below:

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Devine Garden Club opened first meeting making stepping stones

The Devine Garden Club held their first meeting for the new season on September 28th, 2023 at the home of Sondra Rackley. She along with her co-host, Susan Wisenbaker, had a beautiful array of delicious foods for the 21 members that attended.
After the club meeting was held, a presentation was coordinated by Denise Unger, guest speaker, demonstrating the technique for making cement stepping stones, using a variety of items such as broken plates, glass, marbles, etc.
Each member displayed their imagination on their stepping stones, each one unique and beautiful. After the presentation, a few of the members went to the four corners and posted the new signs at each corner reflecting the club’s project since 1947.