I get tired of the political theatre that dominates our society. Problems, problems, problems and solutions seem impossible to find. So are there any possible solutions. Yes! Then why are they not implemented. Why can’t open honest solutions be looked at, evaluated, and implemented. So what is the first problem that we should look at? Well I live in South […]

The next generation

In his Director’s Notes for Jolly Roger & the Pirate Queen, Rey Rodriguez laments the end of his tenure at the Doug Williamson Performing Arts Center. This may have been his last production at the PAC, but I am confident that it is not his last production. My kids were in the first Studio Players production: The Best Christmas Pageant […]

State Capital Highlights

Cruz beats Dewhurst in primary runoff

Voting in party primaries May 29 and runoff elections July 31 set the Nov. 6 general election ballot for Texas voters. Texas had 13,065,425 residents who qualified to vote in the primaries and runoffs. Republican turnout statewide was 8.5 percent of the total while the Democratic turnout was 1.8 percent, according to tabulations posted by the Secretary of State’s Elections […]

Texas Politics

Dewhurst capsized by the perfect storm

There is irony in David Dewhurst’s loss to political unknown Ted Cruz in the July 31 Republican Senate runoff. Dewhurst presided over what led to his defeat. Congressional redistricting, which Dewhurst presided over in the Texas Senate as lieutenant governor, caused the lawsuit that postponed the primaries from March 6 – which Dewhurst was expected to win without a runoff […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Smoke in the air

Smoke in the air. Every summer we watch hundreds of thousands of acres of forest burn. As I listen to folks anguish and wring their hands, I have to remind myself it is all part of nature’s cycle in the west. Granted we try and blame the Forest Service, the BLM, the pine-bark beetle, untended campfires, tossed cigarettes or arson. […]

Writer’s Roost

‘He’s good at making a fool of himself...’

Frequently, it’s confounding and confusing to get terms and descriptions separated by generation, particularly if you’re passing the threequarters of a century mark. For instance, what’s hilarious to me is not necessarily funny to my 32-year-old son. My late mother, a farm girl, liked the old-fashioned, mostly country comedians, particularly if they’d been on the Grand Ole Opry. Her sort […]


Caliber Caper

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR cash reward being offered for one week only will help solve a burglary that occurred in the 1800 block of Sandbranch Road, north of FM 2504 in the Kyote area. On Tuesday, July 10, 2012 sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the […]

A flashback, do you remember when?

Twenty years ago this week Hurricane Andrew devastates the state of Florida. Although the devastation does not impact Atascosa County physically the changes in hurricane preparation does. 10 years ago this week •Most area schools seemed to ace the extra Social Studies test that caused problems in other school districts in the state. This year for the first time a […]

Raises topic of commissioners court workshop

Atascosa County employees and agencies presented their requests for the upcoming budget at the July 23 workshop at Commissioners Court. Most of the employees and officials who came before the court did ask for raises for their departments. It was noted by Atascosa County Judge Diana Bautista that Joe Taylor of the Ag Extension Office will be retiring within a […]

Two truckers die near Tilden

Two truck drivers are dead after three 18-wheelers collided in Live Oak County. The crash occurred on Highway 72, between Tilden and Three Rivers around 10 a.m on Monday, July 30. Fatalities were Ramiro Cavazos, 44, of Edinburg and Robert Wayne Nabors, 61, of Como. The third driver, Claude Everett Leach, 34, of Devine survived. A gravel truck, driven by […]

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