Accidental drowning takes life of Poteet man

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into the death of a sixty year old Poteet area man who was found not breathing in a swimming pool at his residence in the 900 block of Thomas Road north of Poteet Sunday morning March 25th. Sheriff’s dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call around 8:45 a.m. by family members. The man […]

100 Main Street creates mixed emotions

When I look across the street at the empty Dowdy and William’s Hardware stores I have mixed feelings. The first is sadness and the second is fond nostalgia. Growing up I remember entering Dowdy’s and being engulfed by the universally loved smell of leather. My sister, Katie, and I would go there to buy jeans and tops always being greeted […]

Political Cartoon

The Way I See It

Living history

My plans changed last weekend and instead of being out of town, I was able to attend the reenactment of the Civil War Muster of Company E of the Texas Volunteer Cavalry32nd Regiment, Confederate States of America. This was sponsored by the Atascosa Historical Commission. As I drove into the parking area, I was assisted by the Pleasanton High School […]

Can‘t vote if you’re not registered

A very important city election will be held on Saturday, May 12, with two council seats up for grabs and two initiatives regarding the community center/ library on the ballot. Regardless of which side you are on, you cannot vote unless you are registered. How many of us have heard people actually bragging that they aren’t registered to vote because […]

State Capital Highlights

Drought, wildfire impact persists as big issues

Even with better-than-normal rainfall in many locales in the last quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, lake and reservoir levels remain low and widespread concern about drought and wildfire remains high. Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples on March 21 announced agricultural losses attributed to the 2011 drought had reached $7.62 billion. Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists said […]

Texas Politics

The rally is the easy part

The Texas capitol is a treasure trove of political and issue conflicts. Whatever it is you are passionate about or care to find some support, or opposition, it is here. One of the fun things about spending time around the actual capitol building is the magnet it seems to provide for a great number of demonstrations, for so many different […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Bob’s Girlfriend Training Co.

A father has a responsibility to pass along to his male offspring those mechanical, philosophical and verbal skills to attract and select a suitable mate and mother for his future children. But where can a busy young cowboy begin his search? Craig’s List? Ponying horses at the race track? Want ads in the Mounted Shooter magazine? My friend, I’ll call […]

Writer’s Roost

College, military weren’t in step with in 1950s

I n the 1950s and 1960s, Texas land grant colleges were directed by law to have mandatory U.S Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for militaryeligible freshman and sophomore males. Yep, you had to belong to ROTC if you weren’t 4-F (physically unqualified for military duty) or unless you had already done military service. If you so desired, after those […]

Council adopts initiatives as strategic guide for City of Pleasanton

Pleasanton City Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve seven initiatives as a strategic guide for the City of Pleasanton. The decision was part of the March 15 regular council meeitng. Comprising the council are Mayor Clinton J. Powell, Jimmy Magel (Dist. 1), Abraham Saenz (Dist. 2), Janet M. Jackson (Dist. 3), J.R. Gallegos (Dist. 4), Roger G. Garza (Dist. 5) and […]

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