St. Andrew Picnic moving to Showbarn

BBQ dinner and family fun May 3

Father Gilberto Vallejo and Deacon Bennie Garcia of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton invite everyone to their annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, May 3. More...

Posted 4/22/2015 11:20 AM

Healthy Woman’s Gala features “The Biggest Loser’s” Abby Rike

The 10th Annual Healthy Woman’s Gala is fast approaching and it promises to be a great ladies night out. This year the gala will be held at the Pleasanton Civic Center Thursday, April 23rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 12:18 PM

Sweepstakes winner Reyes breaks auction record

Grand Champion strawberries bring $14,800

This year’s Strawberry Grower of the Year, David E. Reyes, captured both the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion title, making him the seventh grower to win Sweepstakes in the festival’s history. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 12:18 PM

Pleasanton ISD 2015 Bond answers voters’ concerns

Community meeting Thurs., April 9 at 6 p.m.

About a month from now, voters in the Pleasanton Independent School District will be able to vote in the 2015 bond election. More...

Posted 4/8/2015 11:41 AM

TWICE AS NICE

The Jourdanton Indian Powerlifting Team brought back lots of medals with their back-to-back State Championship win. See more on page 2C in Sports. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 09:08 AM

Strawberry growers of the year named for 2015

Tomas Ambriz’ legacy is remembered as Honorary Grower

Born to Miguel and Estefana Ambriz in 1944, Tomas Ambriz started farming after his many years of working in manufacturing and in oil fields. Ambriz was named as Poteet Rotary Club’s Honorary Grower of the Year for 2015. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 09:08 AM

Easter church services set

Community Easter Sunrise Service in Jourdanton

The pastors of Atascosa County announce their 22nd annual Community Easter Sunrise Service for 7 a.m. on April 5. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 09:07 AM

Hurley Funeral Homes honored with Texas Treasure Business Award

Hurley Funeral Homes was presented the Texas Treaure Business Award last Thursday at the Atascosa County Courthouse by Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen. More...

Posted 3/25/2015 10:33 AM

FARMER’S MARKET THIS SATURDAY

These local growers will be at the second annual Farmer’s Market this Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Strawberry Festival Grounds. More...

Posted 3/25/2015 10:33 AM

Turn-n-Burn’s another winner

BBQ Cook-off tops in Texas

It was perfect weather for the 5th Annual Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Turn-n-Burn Barbeque Cook-off - and the pay-out was, too. More...

Posted 3/18/2015 01:11 PM

UP IN A FLASH

The Leming VFD, Ata-Bexar VFD and Pleasanton VFD battled this structure fire on Saturday, March 14. It was located south of Old Pleasanton Road, around 1 a.m. More...

Posted 3/18/2015 12:45 PM

Turn-n-Burn’s another winner

BBQ Cook-off tops in Texas

It was perfect weather for the 5th Annual Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Turn-n-Burn Barbeque Cook-off - and the pay-out was, too. More...

Posted 3/18/2015 12:45 PM

Turn-n-Burn, fundraiser set

This weekend at Turnn Burn, there is a very special fundraising event being held. In a field of over 130 of the best competition BBQ teams in the state of Texas and beyond, there is a team called COOKING 4 KEITH. More...

Posted 3/11/2015 09:38 AM

Vodochodsky parole denied

Kenneth Vodochodsky has been denied parole, much to the relief of family and friends of the three local law enforcement officers who perished during an ambush by Vodochodsky’s friend Jeremiah Engleton in October 1999. More...

Posted 3/11/2015 09:38 AM

Election filings: some confusion and one seat empty

The May 9 elections for both Pleasanton and Poteet had some last minute filings on Friday, February 27. One seat has no candidate and another may not be eligible. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 12:07 PM

Fatal shooting at oil field yard still under investigation

According to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, a fatal shooting occurred Thursday, February 26 around 10:30 a.m. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 12:07 PM

Breaking News - 2/27/2015 4:23 PM

Fatal shooting at oil field yard

According to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, a fatal shooting occurred Thursday, February 26 around 10:30 a.m. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 05:43 PM

Primrose home destroyed in fire

An account has been set up at www.gofundme.com/msgy6K under the name “Gilham-Villa Family Relief Fund,” to assist the family whose home was lost in a fire, Thursday, Feb. 19. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:26 AM

9-month-old injured, alleged abuser arrested

Jourdanton Police Investigators arrested Erwin Cook, age 21 of Jourdanton, on Monday, February 23 . This case stemmed from information that police received regarding severe injuries to a 9-month-old female over the weekend. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:25 AM

Filing deadline approaches

Candidates have until Friday, February 27 to file for public office in the upcoming municipal and school board elections. The elections for Pleasanton and Poteet will be held on Saturday, May 9. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

Dr. Mann named PISD lone finalist for superintendent

In a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Pleasanton ISD School Board named Dr. Matthew Mann as the lone finalist for the Superintendent position. In accordance with state law, the district must wait 21 days before officially offering Mann a contract. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

Sheriff’s Deputies seize $20K worth of Methamphetamine

On February 9, an Atascosa County Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop on FM 476 near Old Rock Road about four miles southwest of Somerset. The deputy stopped a Ford Expedition for an inspection sticker violation around 3:00 p.m. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:49 PM

Railroad Commission drilling permits, stats shared

1,506 drilling permits issued in December, 2014

DECEMBER PERMITS TO DRILL More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:49 PM

Election filings slow

Candidates for the upcoming municipal and school board elections that will be held on Saturday, May 9, have until February 27, 2015 to file. More...

Posted 2/4/2015 10:15 AM

Workshop for parks master plan held

About 25 civic minded citizens gathered at the Pleasanton Civic Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to attend the first workshop for the City of Pleasanton Parks Master Plan. More...

Posted 2/4/2015 10:15 AM

Special Sections

Sports

Capturing Brush Country Moments

Poteet senior Izela Rodriguez bunts the ball against Somerset as the Lady Aggies hosted a scrimmage in their new softball facility. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Hunting The Brush Country

Lee Oliva (right) was hunting with his friend Emery Menchaca near Charlotte with dogs and used a knife to kill this 350-pound boar that was 82.5” long. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:44 PM

Local Hunters Harvest Waterfowl

A group of area hunters recently harvested several waterfowl while on a trip in El Campo on Jan. 30. The hunters limited out on specklebelly geese and 11 snow geese were also harvested. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:44 PM

Opinion & Columns

Anti-Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt Backfires

Texas Politics

After an anti-abortion group released several videos alleging that the Gulf Coast Planned Parenthood office was breaking federal law by selling parts of aborted fetuses, Gov. Greg Abbott told the anti choice posse to saddle up. Lt. Gov. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:42 PM

Super Bowl Party Code

Every football fan knows you need to have a great game plan to bring home the win, and preparing to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday is no different. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:42 PM

TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing projects

State Capital Highlights

The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state’s largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:42 PM

Robbie Rambles

She writes

I haven’t written in a while. It’s that thing. That perfectionist thing. More...

Posted 1/27/2016 01:11 PM

Dear Smiths, I’m sorry

A co-worker went home last week a little earlier than normal. She wasn’t feeling well and left.  No big deal.But, it was a big deal because within one or two hours her family texted letting us know that she was on her way to the ER. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 08:32 AM

I’ve decided on this headline

I have a really hard time making decisions ... Wait, no I don’t. I can decide things! Wait, I think I have a hard time making decisions! Do you think I have a hard time deciding things? Okay, so I do have a hard time with decisions. More...

Posted 9/9/2015 12:59 PM

Oil and Gas Report

STEPS participants enjoy breakfast courtesy of PHS Culinary Class

The monthly meeting of Eagle Ford STEPS “A Safer Texas One STEP Closer” began with a nice continental creakfast courtesy of Pleasanton High School Culinary students. This took place on Thursday, April 16 at Cowboy Fellowship Church. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 10:50 AM

WATER: Protecting one of our most precious resources

Wouldn’t it be so nice and convenient for a city to increase its future water supply by simply finding a convenient, close-by source and taking whatever they want. More...

Posted 4/22/2015 11:20 AM

Atascosa Citizens in Action meeting set

Newly-organized ‘Atascosa Citizens in Action’ will meet at the Pleasanton Civic Center, Thursday, April 16, from 11 until 2. Food and beverages will be provided. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 12:18 PM

Church

Witnesses “Imitate Jesus!” Convention series will feature resources to assist families

Jehovah’s Witnesses will discuss the keys to family happiness during their 2015 “Imitate Jesus!” Convention to be held at the Freeman Coliseum Arena. More...

Posted 8/12/2015 12:17 PM

Misión Para Cristo’s Benny Baker at Pleasanton Church of Christ

Benny Baker will speak at the Church of Christ on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 8/12/2015 12:17 PM

Super Heroes of the Bible VBS next week

“Super Heroes of the Bible” is the theme for Vacation Bible School this year at the Atascosa First Seventh-day Adventist Church in Poteet. More...

Posted 8/12/2015 12:17 PM

Legals

Legal Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION FEBRUARY 11th, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Johnny’s Paint and Body Shop, 440 Franklin Blvd., Pleasanton, TX 78064. 2006 FORD FREESTYLE (GRAY) VIN # 1FMZK02136GA20780 TAG # GMC5253 (14c) Public Notice More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Misc

Sports Documents

Charlotte Basketball Schedule Jourdanton Boys Basketball Jourdanton Girls Basketball McMullen Basketball Schedule More...

Posted 12/6/2011 05:27 PM

Submission Forms

General News Item Letter to the Editor Engagement Announcement Stork Club Birthdays Anniversary More...

Posted 11/14/2011 02:23 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

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Posted 11/14/2011 02:22 PM

Express places second overall, brings home 6 awards at STPA contest

The South Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest awarded the Pleasanton Express six awards as well as coming in second place overall in the Sweepstakes category in Division 2 (weekly newspaper with a circulation larger than 2,000). More...

Posted 4/22/2015 11:20 AM

WATER: Protecting one of our most precious resources

Wouldn’t it be so nice and convenient for a city to increase its future water supply by simply finding a convenient, close-by source and taking whatever they want. More...

Posted 4/22/2015 11:20 AM

Pearsall officer dies in wreck, two sent via AirLife

Pearsall Police Officer Michael Villarreal was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision with a 1-ton pickup pulling a trailer on Sunday afternoon in Dobrowolski. The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. More...

Posted 4/15/2015 12:18 PM

$7,500 reward offered for Most Wanted Fugitive

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added James Lee Matley, 40, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. More...

Posted 4/8/2015 11:41 AM

It’s berry time in Poteet

68th Strawberry Festival April 10-12

What began as a small town festival to encourage returning servicemen to farm strawberries in the sandy fields back in 1948, has blossomed to a huge event that attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the nation. More...

Posted 4/8/2015 11:41 AM

S.A. woman killed in IH-37 accident

Traffic near the Atascosa County/Live Oak County line on Thursday, March 26 was backed up for four-five miles, following an afternoon fatality. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 09:08 AM

Strawberry growers of the year named for 2015

David E. Reyes carries on family’s farming tradition

With Poteet Strawberry Festival just a little over a week away, April 10-12, it is also time to name a strawberry grower. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 09:08 AM

ABUNDANCE OF FLOWERS FOR EASTER TIME

Flowers are as beautiful as ever in Atascosa County. Families have been taking advantage of the roadside beauties for photo opportunities - which is not against the law. More...

Posted 4/1/2015 09:07 AM

STRAWBERRY FEST

Headliners include Dustin Lynch, Josh Abbott Band

In a few weeks, the town of Poteet will swell with crowds visiting the 68th annual Strawberry Festival April 10- 12. And those visitors will not be disappointed with the headliners chosen for the weekend’s entertainment. More...

Posted 3/25/2015 10:33 AM

UP IN A FLASH

The Leming VFD, Ata-Bexar VFD and Pleasanton VFD battled this structure fire on Saturday, March 14. It was located south of Old Pleasanton Road, around 1 a.m. More...

Posted 3/18/2015 01:11 PM

CAUGHT IN A FLASH

Area law enforcement took no time in catching four men who allegedly committed a strong-arm robbery at Wal-Mart in Pleasanton last Wednesday morning. More...

Posted 3/18/2015 01:11 PM

CAUGHT IN A FLASH

Area law enforcement took no time in catching four men who allegedly committed a strong-arm robbery at Wal-Mart in Pleasanton last Wednesday morning. More...

Posted 3/18/2015 12:45 PM

Citizens honored at annual chamber banquet

The Pleasanton Civic Center, decorated in red, white and blue set the backdrop for honoring Pleasanton’s finest at the 64th annual Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce awards banquet held last Thursday, March 5 More...

Posted 3/11/2015 09:38 AM

The Y’s have it

Yee, Ybañez crowned Strawberry Festival King, Queen

Poteet High School students Naomi Jo Ybañez and Rex Yee will reign as the Poteet Strawberry Festival Queen and King for 2015. The two were announced at the 68th annual Coronation of Royalty on March 7, at Poteet High School. More...

Posted 3/11/2015 09:38 AM

Hunter’s fight ends

Hunter Matthew Galloway, 16-month-old son of Pleasanton ISD Chief Willie and Crystal Galloway, has lost his battle with a rare form of childhood cancer. He passed away in the early hours on Friday, February 27. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 12:07 PM

Strawberry royalty to be crowned Sat.

Farmers’ Market returns for locals

Amid a theme of “The Court of the Egyptian Nile,” the 2015 Poteet Strawberry Festival Queen and King will be crowned this Saturday, March 7. Organized by the Kappa Tau Sorority, the coronation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 12:07 PM

Two accidents claim two lives over weekend

Two accidents over the weekend claimed the lives of a Rio Hondo man and a San Antonio man. According to DPS Trooper Jason Reyes, on Friday, Feb. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:26 AM

Turn -n-Burn set for March 13-14

Bellamy Brothers, Watson to headline 5th BBQ Cook-Off

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and Western Premium BBQ Products (W3) are again partnering up for another bigger-than-life barbeque cook-off March 13 and 14. More...

Posted 2/25/2015 11:25 AM

Comptroller distributes $873 million statewide

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in January was $2.56 billion, up 11.2 percent compared to January 2014. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

Oil/Gas mobile lab travels to Coastal Bend college sites

Coastal Bend College listened to the needs of the Oil and Gas Industry and with a grant with the Higher Education Coordinating Board, created a mobile, one-of-a-kind learning environment for the oilfield industry. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

School bond has better chance of passing in May

Focus groups, input from community heard

A brand new elementary school and upgrades for other campuses may be the right combination to get a $63 million bond passed on May 9 for the Pleasanton Independent School District. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

One more files for office

Candidates still have a little over two weeks to file for the upcoming municipal and school board elections that will be held on Saturday, May 9. More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:49 PM

CommZoom Communications to offer internet, phone, video

At the February 5 Pleasanton City Council meeting, veteran media executive and now Chief Executive Officer of CommZoom Communications, LLC Bob Cohen, presented his company’s information and timelime for completion for high speed internet, Voice More...

Posted 2/11/2015 01:49 PM

TxDOT distributes more resources to energy sectors

Reminds motorists to ‘Be Safe, Drive Smart.”

In an effort to address traffic crashes and roadway conditions in the increasingly busy energy sectors of the state, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Be Safe. More...

Posted 2/4/2015 10:15 AM

News

CUB SCOUTS VISIT SAN ANTONIO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, SCOUT RANCH

The Cub Scouts of Pack 194 of Pleasanton went on a field trip to the San Antonio Children’s Museum, “The Do- Seum” on January 9. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Archery project to begin

Atascosa AG News

4-H Archery Project Slated The Atascosa County 4-H Archery project is scheduled to start on Sunday More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

USDA to offer certificates for farm commodities pledged to marketing loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that producers who have crops pledged as collateral for a marketing assistance loan can now purchase a commodity certificate that may be exchanged for the outstanding loan collateral. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Living

The Show Ring Judge

On the Edge of Common Sense

The judge stood in the show ring as the yearlin’ bulls arrived. Noted and prestigious, his reputation had survived A thousand purebred standoffs and a million county fairs And despite his regal bearing, he didn’t put on airs. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Deer Q&A

Q. We moved into a neighborhood with deer and have had several bad experiences with the hungry pests eating new landscape plants. We thought they would pass on roses with thorns and live oaks! They ate them to the ground! What can we plant? More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Texas Youth Cattle Conference announced

The Texas Beef Council (TBC) is proud to announce the inaugural Texas Youth Cattle Conference has been set for June 13 – 15, 2016 in San Antonio and South Texas regions. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

School

ASU Dean’s List released

Students achieving the Dean’s List for the 2015 fall semester have been announced by Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. More...

Posted 2/3/2016 01:34 PM

Dean’s Honor Roll from A&M College Station

Jan. 28, 2016 - Texas A&M University has named its honor students for the fall semester, recognizing them for outstanding academic performance. More...

Posted 2/3/2016 01:34 PM

CHARLOTTE ELEMENTARY UIL STUDENTS

Charlotte School Board members and staff recognized elementary students who participated in UIL. More...

Posted 2/3/2016 01:34 PM

Farm & Ranch

Craddick discusses Texas shale success with Mexico’s Ministry of Energy

Oil & Gas Editor

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick met with Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (SENER) recently as part of the Mexican delegation’s official mission to learn about the Texas view on shale industry best practices and regulations. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:43 PM

ACA to meet Thursday

Atascosa Citizens in Action will meet at the Pleasanton Civic Center, Thursday, February 11, at 1:15 p.m. One grant has been submitted and is underway for Atascosa Family Crisis Center (AFCC). More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:43 PM

Texas Youth Cattle Conference Announced

The Texas Beef Council (TBC) is proud to announce the inaugural Texas Youth Cattle Conference has been set for June 13 – 15, 2016 in San Antonio and South Texas regions. More...

Posted 2/3/2016 01:47 PM

Obituaries

ENRIQUE CARRASCO

Enrique A. Carrasco, born in Prairie Lea, Texas on June 7, 1931 to Antonio and Teresa Arcisio Carrasco passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 surrounded by his family. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

MARY JANE CUMPIAN

Mary Jane Cumpian, age 82, of Bigfoot, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 in San Antonio. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

ROBERT RUTLEDGE

Robert D. Rutledge, age 66, of San Antonio, formerly of Poteet, passed away with his family by his side, Saturday, February 6, 2016 in San Antonio. He was a veteran of the US Army and served in Vietnam. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:45 PM

Community Calendar

Community Calendar

February 10 & 15 •Zumba classes will be at the new Civic Center in Pleasanton each Monday and Wednesday from 5:45-6:45 p.m. for $2. Punch cards, $20. Earn a free class when card full. Cheryl Price, instructor. More...

Posted 2/10/2016 12:43 PM

Community Calendar

February 3 & 8 • Zumba classes will be at the new Civic Center in Pleasanton each Monday and Wednesday from 5:45-6:45 p.m. for $2. Punch cards, $20. Earn a free class when card full. Cheryl Price, instructor. More...

Posted 2/3/2016 01:35 PM

Community Calendar

Now- End of January • Health insurance assistance available at local libraries. Assistance to enroll in the health insurance marketplace through the Affordable Care Act is currently underway. More...

Posted 1/27/2016 01:10 PM

Fishing for Fun

Springing Into The Season

With warmer weather upon us, area anglers can have something to smile about.Now that we are officially in spring, anglers should head out in search of spawning bass.White bass are known for spawning during this time of the month while black bass are More...

Posted 3/24/2014 08:48 AM

Times bleak during winter

February is a difficult time for anglers around the area.With water temperatures roughly teetering around the mid-50s, searching for receptive fish is a daunting task for anglers.As I prepared to write this entry, I peeked at the weekly fishing repor More...

Posted 2/13/2014 04:37 PM

Frigid temperatures keep anglers at bay

With winter setting in around the area, along with frigid temperatures in the forecast fishing is probably one of the last things I’m thinking about right now.Granted, the slimy film on top of the Atascosa River at River Park in Pleasanton has myster More...

Posted 1/24/2014 08:48 AM