San Antonio high school bands compete nationally; University of the Incarnate Word joins new conference and more top news

The Reagan High School marching band performs in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The national championships were held Nov. 11-13. (Courtesy North East ISD)
The Reagan High School marching band performs in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The national championships were held Nov. 11-13. (Courtesy North East ISD)

The Reagan High School marching band performs in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The national championships were held Nov. 11-13. (Courtesy North East ISD)

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San Antonio high school bands make final top 10 in national contest

Bands from Johnson and Reagan high schools ended up among the top 10 performing groups in the finals of the Bands of America Grand National Championships, according to a news release.

University of the Incarnate Word to join Western Athletic Conference

The University of the Incarnate Word announced Nov. 12 that it accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1.


Green Valley Special Utility District prepares for growth with new facility

Green Valley Special Utility District prepares for growth with a new facility.

San Antonio to help eligible utility customers with overdue payments

San Antonio City Council voted Nov. 18 to approve a $30 million utility assistance program to aid low-income residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with utility payments.

Edmond Ortiz contributed to this report.

By Kasey Salisbury
After growing up in the Sugar Land, Texas, area, Kasey Salisbury graduated with a degree in journalism in 2018 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the copy chief at the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. She joined the Community Impact Newspaper team as a copy editor in October 2018.


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