Architect hot topic at Pleasanton council meeting

At the July 19 Pleasanton City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to direct City Manager Bruce Pearson, City Attorney Bobby Maldonado and architect Robert Guajardo to finalize the July 2011 plans that were previously approved, including Option 2 and those will be the plans used for the construction of the Community Center and Library. It was also included that […]

The Way I See It

Chasing dreams, flexing wings

My oldest child, Daryl, leaves for New Zealand tomorrow (Thursday). He will intern with the New Zealand Breakers basketball team for a year or so. This is a dream he has had for many years and a solid goal he has been planning and saving for the past two years. While I am excited for him to be able to […]


An apology

EDITOR’S NOTE: We introduce a new face to this page this week. Meet Roy Pokladnik (poe•clad•nick) HSD,AA, BA, BEE, FCA, FCE, CO3 and teacher who was born in La Marque in 1957. He explains the suffixes as follows: the first of all those letters is for his high school diploma (he graduated in 1976 from a top school both academically […]

State Capital Highlights

Mansion restored in multi-year effort

The Texas Governor’s Mansion is fully restored, Gov. and Mrs. Rick Perry announced last week. According to a July 18 governor’s office news release, the restoration was made possible by a $21.5 million appropriation by the Texas Legislature and a private fundraising effort led by first lady Anita Perry that raised more than $3.5 million from thousands of Texans. Restoration […]

Texas Politics

What if Dewhurst wins July 31 - or doesn’t?

For all the attention most Texans are expected to pay to it, July 31 is just another Tuesday. For David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, it may be one of the most important days of their lives. By midnight of that day, and probably sooner, Texas Republican voters will find out whether Dewhurst or Cruz will be their party’s nominee to […]

Writer’s Roost

Miss Autrey made sure you knew the language

Miss Autrey Smith has been mentioned in passing in this space before. However, with her contributions as a teacher and a human being, she needs to have a column dedicated to her and her accomplishments. No one will build a monument for Miss Autrey, as she was known to several generations of students in my hometown of Teague, but they […]

On the Edge of Common Sense


The Earth recycles naturally. Plants give off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Animals take up oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. Animals eat plants, digest and deposit it as fiber, minerals and nutrients which the plants use to grow. Many examples exist in nature. However, when man steps into the relationship, even for good reason (food, clothing and shelter) he […]

CBC announces appointment of Monica Cruz to public relations position

Coastal Bend College is pleased to announce the appointment of Monica Cruz as the new Public Relations Officer for Coastal Bend College. Cruz was raised in San Antonio and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2006. The UT Austin slogan is, “What Starts Here Changes the World.” Cruz wanted to […]

No parking allowed on Wheeler Blvd. between 6 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Pleasanton City Councilmembers voted unanimously on July 19 to not allow parking on the east and west sides of Wheeler Blvd. (near Wal- Mart) between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Councilman Jimmy Magel began the discussion on truck parking throughout the city and especially at business intersections. “There is a particular area that is really unsafe right […]

SBA launches entrepreneur program for service members, veterans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to launch a training program for transitioning service members and veterans to help them become entrepreneurs and create jobs. Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a national initiative that will be piloted with the […]

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