A FINALIST ON THE HIT NBC SHOW “THE VOICE” MADE A RECENT STOP IN SAN ANTONIO to visit youngsters at North Central Baptist Hospital. Award-winning singer and Waco resident Holly Tucker crooned her most popular songs to children in the pediatrics department. Tucker, honored in September by the Texas Country Music Association as Female Vocalist of the Year, appeared on the series’ fourth season in 2013.

A STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE NORTH SIDE announced in October the relocation of his constituency office to new digs. The local headquarters for Lyle Larson, a Republican holding the Texas House District 122 seat, is now 16607 Blanco Road, Suite 1405. For more, call 210-405-5402 or email lyle.larson@house.state.tx.us.

THE NORTH CENTRAL ROTARY CLUB DONATED SUPPLIES OCT. 18 TO North East Independent School District students in the School-Age Parenting Program. Members of the international civic organization visited NEISD’s Family Support Services Department to contribute several Safety 1st 11-piece health care kits. The packages, known individually as a Baby Box, are available for pupils or community members to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome. Educators said the program’s purpose is to keep schoolchildren from dropping out or missing classes due to pregnancy or parenthood.

SEVERAL LOCAL PLAYERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 SAN ANTONIO SPORTS ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAME, set for Jan. 6 in the Alamodome. Presented by H-E-B, this 40th rendition showcases top local talent in an East vs. West format. Held following the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the game kicks off at 5 p.m. and will air on KMYS-TV. Area players selected on the East team include: defensive tackle Alex Brown, wide receiver/kick returner Brandon McDuffie, and linebacker Tanner Reed from Johnson High School; and wide receiver Andrew Ureste, offensive guard Brandon Smith, and safety Spencer Gilliam from Reagan High School. Tickets, $20 per person, are available at the Alamodome box office.

A STONE OAK-AREA GIRL RECENTLY EARNED THE TITLE OF 2017 National American Miss Texas Junior Pre-Teen in Houston. Mya Blondell Johnson, daughter of Blondell Whiting Johnson and Eric Johnson, was chosen as the state queen from 137 candidates based on poise, personality, communication skills (interview and public speaking) and community service, according to a release. The Keystone School pupil also won personality and talent distinctions. She advances to the finals in Anaheim, California, at Disneyland in November. The National American Miss pageants “are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders.  Each year, the NAM pageants award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide,” the statement noted. Females 4 to 20 years old may compete. Mya, who wants to be a dentist, said she was inspired and mentored by Dr. Manuel and Claudia Castillo of Happy Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Chris Megna of Stone Creek Orthodontics. The girl has volunteered for three years with San Antonio Pets Alive, plus at her school and church, Community Bible Church, where she participated in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. “I’m changing the world one smile at a time,” Mya said in the prepared statement.

STONE OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils recently decorated a senior-living facility with literary pumpkins, according to educators. “Stone Oak Elementary School decided to combine Halloween and Thanksgiving this year. Students from various classes decorated pumpkins to resemble their favorite literary character,” according to an online post. “Parents, staff and students were able to enjoy the pumpkins on display in the library. Then, the Student Lighthouse Council delivered the 82 decorated pumpkins from the library’s annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch. They were rolled (on carts) to (The Haven & The Laurels in Stone Oak), an assisted-living community next door to the school.” Deb Martilla, school librarian, noted, “The students enjoyed adding some festive fall color to the living areas for a touch of seasonal cheer and the pumpkins were excited for their new home.” Said teacher Allison Martin, “The students, their parents, (other educators) and myself walked the loaded pumpkins over on last Monday after school. We decorated the common areas of their facility.”

REMEMBERING SACRIFICES OF THE MILITARY, the “Tex” Hill Middle School counseling office recently hosted a Military Connect Assembly. The junior high school is home to more than 165 students with ties to the armed forces, including one or both parents who serve. The gathering featured a Joint Base San Antonio official who presented “a wealth of information to the students covering tutoring, youth-sports programs, classes, dances/fest and clubs to join,” according to a web-based North East Independent School District post. “In addition to the helpful information, the JBSA school-liaison office gave each participant a backpack with school supplies.”

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