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Bomb squad called to Natalia; neighborhood evacuated

Medina County officials are waiting on the SA bomb squad to investigate a suspicious device found in Natalia this evening.
“A suspicious electronic device was found along the side of the road,” said Medina County Emergency Manager Keith Lutz, said at 7:40 pm this Monday April 16. “We don’t think it is really a bomb, but we are just being cautious right now. I am hoping we will have an answer soon.”
Natalia PD Chief Gilbert Rodriguez adds, “We evacuated homes on both sides of the 500th block of Aubrey St. We are waiting on SAPD bomb squad.”
Check back for updates on the situation.

UPDATE- At 8:45 pm, we were notified that SAPD Bomb Squad made location.
“They checked it out, and we were given the all clear,” said Natalia PD Chief Rodriguez.

Christmas Gift Assembly & Wrapping Services

As we approach the Christmas season, Devine First United Methodist Church will be offering Christmas gift assembly and gift wrapping to the community. You may leave your gift(s) with us or ask for same-day service. We will be available on the following days and times for you to drop off your gift(s). 

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Inflation may slam brakes on Devine water improvement project

By Anton Riecher
Inflation has driven costs skyward to the point that Devine’s $9.9 million water distribution improvement project is now strapped for funds to complete anything beyond the first of three proposed phases, city engineer Raul Garcia Jr. reported to the city council.
“The amount of money budgeted back in 2016-2017 is just not going to get you very far post-COVID,” Garcia said.
He told council members during a Nov. 21 meeting that the cost to complete all three phases has ballooned to…


A special experience at the “Empty Cross” at Kerrville

This 77 ft tall cross sculpture tops a beautiful hill and prayer garden along the highway in Kerrville and is the site of many miraculous events.

By Kayleen Holder
I finally got a chance to visit “the cross at Kerrville.” Despite its awesomeness, I only heard of it a couple months ago. This 77 ft tall cross sculpture tops a beautiful hill and prayer garden along the highway in Kerrville and is the site of many miraculous events.
While I did not personally get adorned by the miraculous “golden dust” that so many have experienced at the cross, I did have a special experience on that hill.
Local man, Tim Dimmick of Devine, did report leaving that hill with “golden dust” on his shoulder. It was his words that first inspired me to go to the cross.
The “empty” cross…


Sheriff gives report on use of Golf Course Water

By Anton Riecher
Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown urged the Devine City Council at the November 21 council meeting to review its original management contract with SG Golf Management regarding any issues with water being diverted outside the city golf course for private use.
“The only thing I can come back to, that the city may want to look at or not, is the contract. But as far as David Grego stealing water, never happened,” said Sheriff Randy Brown.
“Depending on how you interpret…


Lytle council rejects proposed 25 mph speed limit in town

By Anton Riecher
The Lytle City Council voted Monday to reject a proposal to lower the speed limit throughout the city to 25 mph after mostly negative comments during a public hearing on the issue.
On a motion by District 4 Alderman Michael Rodriguez the council voted 4-0 to leave the speed at its present limit.
One response during the public hearing came…


Santa’s Silo….40 Acres of Christmas CountryFest Fun

is going on at Devine Acres this Christmas Season. Santa’s Silo is just one of the many additions to the new experience you are sure to fall in love with. They have tons of pre-cut trees for sale, lots of Christmas photo ops, reindeer face painting, Candycane Lane, Tinsel House, fresh wreaths, fire pits and s’mores roasting, shopping, apple cider donuts, adult beverages, live music, and even Texas Snow! Lots and Lots of lights and decorations all to make for Magical Christmas Memories. Go to for hours and prices. Select dates Nov. 24 to Dec. 17.

Devine debates mowing Little League Park and adding to Parks & Rec System

By Anton Riecher
The Devine City Council voted to cast its 81 votes for former county commissioners Jerry Beck to represent the city as a member of the Medina County Appraisal District board of directors. The action made official the council’s previously announced decision to back Beck.
Add Little League to city parks
The council discussed at length a proposal by Cook for the city to take charge of mowing the city’s Little League Park in the off season as part of the city’s renewed contract with local Little League.
“I personally would like the Little League Park to be part of our parks and rec system because we do own it,” Cook said.
However, Ritchey…


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…


Rebecca Saathoff Monroe continues to serve in new roles

Rebecca and Danny at Rebecca’s Promotion to Major at the Alamo. Photography by Erika Michelle Photography (On Instagram @erikamichelle_photography)

As told by Major Rebecca Saathoff Monroe
Rebecca Saathoff Monroe is a 2010 graduate of Devine High School. Growing up, her father, Maj (ret.) Gary Saathoff, served as a C-5 pilot in the Air Force Reserves. In addition, Rebecca’s family has a long history of military service, with generations of service members in her ancestry, to include both her grandfathers, Arthur Ehlinger and Hugo Saathoff. It instilled in her a deep appreciation for service, and the military. After graduating from Texas State University in 2013 and the University of Texas School of Law in 2016, Rebecca earned her law license and joined the…