I t was once said that sports not only builds character but that it reveals it as well. Boy, did somebody hit the nail on the head or what?! What was left out was the fact that sports also reflect society and what that society holds dear. This country claims to desire equity, fairness, a level playing field, and a […]

State Capital Highlights

Shooting prompts focus on school emergency plans

Soon after news broke of a mass shooting by a lone gunman at a Connecticut elementary school on Dec. 14, Gov. Rick Perry asked Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams to direct Texas school districts to review their emergency operation plans. “It is essential that we ensure all Texas schools are equipped and ready to carry out a strategic plan to […]

Texas Politics

Speaker Straus works to hold job

Let’s see. It’s December of an even-numbered year. That means in a few days, the Texas House of Representatives will choose its presiding officer for the next two years. Many Texans won’t know about it, or care. To them, it’s just some of that political stuff that goes on in Austin and elsewhere, that’s too boring for them to pay […]

Projects on schedule; report heard on ACAD

The regular meeting of the City of Pleasanton Council met on Thursday, December 6. Present were Mayor Clint Powell, District 1 Councilman Jimmy Magel, District 2 Councilman Abraham Saenz, District 3 Councilwoman Kathy Coronado, District 4 Councilman J. R. Gallegos, District 5 Councilman Roger Garza and District 6 Councilwoman Jeanne Israel were all present. Citizen’s comments Eddie Langford addressed the […]

Jourdanton council decides bonds best way to fund new City Hall complex

The Jourdanton City Council held their regular meeting on December 17. All members were present: Donnie Blue, Robert “Doc” Williams, Roy Morales, Randy Shearrer, Lewis Lem and Mayor Susan Netardus. After comments from the audience on upcoming agenda items, the council began working through their agenda. The approved the consent agenda, which includes the minutes of the previous meeting and […]

PISD Safety audit update shared

In kinship as educators and as a school community, Pleasanton ISD extends heartfelt condolences to the families of Newtown, Connecticut, on behalf of all school children. During any tragedy, we never lose sight of the trauma experienced by others while also taking stock of our own precautionary measures that we observe daily. We also feel it imperative to clear up […]

DPS Increases Holiday DWI Enforcement

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols from December 21 – January 1, which includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in highrisk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. The enhanced patrols that target intoxicated drivers are funded through a grant from the Texas […]


Holiday trash schedule set

Waste Management will be picking up the regular trash in Jourdanton on Monday, December 24th and Monday, December 31st. This is because Christmas and New Years both fall on Tuesday this year, which is the usual pickup day. The recyling center will be open from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday, December 26th and Wednesday January 2nd.

Christmas card cheer and even some deer

Christmas Photo Card Winner Congrats to Julieann Shoupe and Derek Rodriguez, winners of our Christmas Photo Card Contest! With over 197 Facebook Likes as of midnight Tuesday morning, the photo card of their nearly one year old daughter, Lilith-Oren Margaret Maev Rodriguez took the top spot. Her father Derek also wrote a wonderful poem to go along with the photo. […]