Free Petland puppy enjoying new home

Linda and David Murray with their Petland Puppy

Christmas came a few days early for Linda and David Murray, winners of StoneOakInfo’s recent contest for a free puppy from Petland at Sonterra.  The mother and son were awarded the 18-week-old cocker spaniel on Saturday, Dec. 22, and are quickly adjusting to their new addition to the family.

Ronald Rittimann named Johnson athletic coach

Coach Ron Rittiman, new Johnson HS Athletic Coordinator

December 20, 2007– This afternoon, the North East ISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of the Band Director and Athletic Coordinator for Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School. Alan Sharps will lead the Johnson band, and Ronald Rittimann will coach the Johnson Jaguars.

More people drawn to church at Christmas

Churches draw in families

 Christmas has a magnetic pull drawing people not only closer to their credit card limit, but towards loved ones, family traditions and the Christian faith. Area churches are once again preparing for an onslaught of visitors at their Christmas Eve services, with many expecting to double their normal attendance records.

Tick-tock. Time to mail presents almost up

 By mid-afternoon on Monday, the line within the Sigma Road post office was wrapped along two walls and appeared so daunting some customers took one look at it and decided to come back another time.

StoneOakInfo mixer a family affair

Santa visits Volare Pizza

Offering a needed reprieve from the Christmas shopping frenzy, business owners within the Creek in Stone Oak plaza held a relaxing open house on Sunday, offering free gift bags, tours of their facilities and a little holiday cheer.

Drive-thru nativities the latest trend

Drive-Thru Nativity Scene at Concordia Lutheran Church

 Since the first drive-thru window opened for business roughly 60 years ago, motorists have reveled in the ability to buy a Big Mac or a cup of coffee without leaving the comforts of their car. Over time, the “on-the-go” service has surfaced at pharmacies, liquor stores, the bank, the post office, a few wedding chapels in Vegas and, most recently, churches. More and more drive-thru nativities are popping up throughout the country every Christmas and some local churches are going along for the ride.

Retail development raises traffic concerns

Stone Oak representatives have hired a consultant to analyze what impact the future retail center northwest of Hwy 281 and Evans Road will have on area traffic. Already under construction, the nearly 50-acre Stone Ridge Market will house the largest H.E.B. Plus store in San Antonio, along with a Sports Authority, Circuit City, PetsMart and other retailers.

TXDOT gets earful at toll project hearing

 Although the purpose of Monday’s hearing was to receive public input on a proposed transfer of nearly 8 miles of U.S. Hwy 281 to the Regional Mobility Authority, many residents used the availability of an open mic to again vent their frustration with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Banking business booming

Compass Bank

More than 30 banks currently exist within just three miles of Stone Oak Parkway and Huebner Road and more are planned. Lured by the booming residential and commercial growth in the area, the influx of new banks brings convenience to its customers, many options for newcomers, but few worries to the established financial institutions in the area.

Reagan’s Marcus Wright to play in All-American Bowl

Marcus Wright named to Army All-American Team

Reagan High School senior Marcus Wright received his latest and grandest accolade Tuesday -- an invitation to play in the 2008 U.S Army All-American Bowl. The record-breaking running back will be among 90 players nationwide chosen to participate in the premier high school football game scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Alamodome.