Candidates filing for 2012 elections




Democratic and Republican party candidates have been filing for positions on the ballots of their respective party’s March Primary elections. Candidates had until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, to file as candidates. Those who filed by the deadline are: Democratic Party Rosa Elkins, (i) Democrat County Chairman Eliseo Perez, Atascosa County SheriffDavid Caballero, County Commissioner, Pct. 1Freddie Ogden, (i) […]

Suspect runs amok in stolen tractor

Deputies still trying to determine cost of damages on 5 ranches near Charlotte.


There was quite a commotion at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning, December 15, when the phones started to ring off the hook. The calls were coming in from several landowners west of Charlotte. They were reporting that someone had been driving a farm tractor and had plowed through several fences and gates. Deputy Bowen Patton was sent […]

Trustees honor bus driver




There was an emotional recognition of bus driver Joe Lopez at the Jourdanton ISD meeting on December 12. Lopez is credited with “putting our kids first” and keeping a cool head during the multivehicle accident on Monday, December 5 in which one man was killed. Lopez managed to keep the bus steady after the initial impact and although the axle […]

The Way I See It

Christmas wants vs. needs

While folks are out scurrying to get last minute gifts bought and food items stocked, I’m reminded that all I really want is for my loved ones to be happy and well. Sure cookies, fudge, jewelry, clothes and the latest techie gizmos bring us immediate happiness, but I find the older I get these things aren’t really all that important. […]

Political Cartoon



Clarification needed



Just want to overcome some misleading information conveyed by opponents of closing a small section of Main Street. On Saturday, December 17, these opponents had signs saying Keep Main Street Open. Further, a Letter to the Editor in the December 14, 2011, Pleasanton Express, by one such opponent referred to “closing Main Street” at least seven times. This can lead […]

Response to Boyd



In my opinion, there are some statements in Mr. Boyd’s letter that need a response. In the first paragraph Mr. Boyd refers to elected city council members and that they made the decision to reverse their approval of the building plans. Actually, four council members made that decision. Not the entire council. And the four may be representing their own […]

State Capital Highlights

Parties settle on April 3 date for primaries

Battles over redistricting may have put Texas’ 2012 election cycle in an apparent state of suspended animation, but movement on a related subject occurred last week. The Texas Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Texas on Dec. 16 issued a statement announcing that the two parties submitted a joint agreed proposal on the 2012 General Primary Election to the […]

Texas Politics

Supreme Court’s redistricting stay may produce two primary dates

The unpredictability of the shape of Texas’ legislative and congressional districts has become even more so. The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprise stay on Dec. 9 of the imposition of maps drawn by a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio has put would-be political candidates on hold. But the high court’s order that it will hear oral arguments on Jan. 9 […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

A horse lover’s Christmas

One of the most difficult questions every Christmas for Horse Lovers is what to get for that family member that brings you the most joy, is always there when you need him, and understands you better than anyone… No, not your horse clinician, barista or Pilates personal trainer, no. It is Equus domesticus propios, your horse. This is not to […]


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