CERT training class offered

Atascosa County Office of Emergency Management and the Bexar County Office of emergency Management will be hosting a Citizens Emergency Response Team training class on March 30-April 1. The class will cover disaster preparation, disaster psychology, terrorism, ICS structure, disaster medical operations, search and rescue and fire safety. The class will be held at the Poteet EMS building , off […]

Political Cartoon

The Way I See It

Life cut short

Though I had not known this amazing young woman for very long, she touched my life and others…and our lives are richer because of her. Aimee Allor-Cummings passed away on Saturday, March 10. A Type 1 Diabetic since she was 10 years old, she suffered the myriad of complications that come with the disease much of her life. I met […]

Lack of vision

“My people perish for lack of vision”. That is true in Bible times and very true in Pleasanton and Atascosa County. I lament the lack of vision in most of our elected officials. We are experiencing wonderful growth in our community (ies), but suffering incredible traffic problems and growing pains. The traffic has grown beyond an inconvenience. It has become […]

State Capital Highlights

State, feds in standoff over women’s health program

Through the Texas Women’s Health Program, some 130,000 uninsured, low-income women ages 18 to 44 are provided with family planning exams, basic essential health screenings and birth control through Medicaid funding that is 90 percent federal and 10 percent state. On March 31, the program will lose its federal funding if the state of Texas and the federal government don’t […]

Texas Politics

Perry, characteristically, blames Washington for cuts to women’s health funding

Well, there he goes again. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, after rejecting federal guidelines for Texas receiving 9-to-1 federal-state matching funds for women’s reproductive health, blames Washington for Texas’s $35 million loss. The losers are poor Texas women, plus the rest of us. Not only will it cost us more in the short run, it will cost us more in the […]

Community center for a community of people

What will a community center and new library facility bring to Pleasanton? It will bring a much larger, brighter, more user friendly, ADA compliant library for the citizens of Pleasanton. It will have a larger children’s area with room for teaching, reading, crafts and other children’s activities, have a larger computer room with more computers for the public, more storage […]

Commissioners approve new hires

Atascosa County Commissioners met Feb. 27 and approved several items concerning personnel. Commissioners are Lon Gillespie (Pct. 1), William “Bill” Torans (Pct. 2), Freddie Ogden (Pct. 3) and Bill Carroll (Pct. 4). At the request of Justice of the Peace Officer Betty Caballero (Pct. 1), a salary increase was approved for clerk Nikkiah Raquell Guerra, based on the completion of […]

Oil & Gas Report

Crude Oil occurs mostly updip in Eagle Ford Shale

Crude oil is one of the components found in the Eagle Ford Shale. We had previously talked about natural gas and then, condensate. Wells drilled in the more northerly, updip, portion of the Eagle Ford Shale, at shallower depths, will produce mostly crude oil. Petroleum or crude oil is a fossil fuel that is formed when large quantities of dead […]

Poteet Grange requests Highway 16 improvements

The Poteet Grange is once again asking the Texas Department of Transportation for safety improvements on State Highway 16 in Atascosa County. The first request is the building of wider bridges over the Atascosa River south of Poteet. Presently, it is the narrowest bridge between San Antonio and Tilden on Highway 16, and one of the narrowest between San Antonio […]

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