2012-12-26 E-Edition

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Texas Politics

Change more than Railroad Commission’s name

I n 1986, then-state Sen. John Sharp was running for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. He and campaign manager Greg Hartman were looking around for issues. They’d found that there was public concern about railroad safety. So Sharp — now the chancellor of Texas A&M University – called for railroad safety in his campaign. And he was elected […]

State Capital Highlights

Ed Sterling Most Texas schools submit safety audits

The Texas Education Code requires that Texas public schools conduct safety audits once every three years. According to a Dec. 17 news release produced by the state attorney general’s office, the Texas School Safety Center reported that of the 1,025 public school districts that are required by law to submit their safety audits, 38 did not do so and another […]



I t was once said that sports not only builds character but that it reveals it as well. Does this lead in sound familiar? What was left out was the fact that sports also reflects society and what is held important by that society. This country claims to desire equity, fairness, and a level playing field. Are you hearing echoes […]

The Way I See It

2013: We made it!

I f you are reading this, then the world did not end on December 21. Our holiday schedule has us with an early press deadline so the day is not quite over as I write this. So, since we are still here, I wish to say adieu to 2012 and hello to 2013. And with that greeting, we hope to […]

Writer’s Roost

Country dog…city dog, Sawyer adjusts

Recently, we gave up the river house in Central Texas to move close to our son. It’s one of those things that people of advancing age have to face sooner or later, figuring that getting older means more health challenges. All of that points toward a day when our offspring have to make a decision about driving an aging parent […]


Happy New Year

• Crime Stoppers wishes you a safe, happy holiday season. • Crime Stoppers is also offering $5,000.00 cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person or persons responsible for certain crimes. • Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information on any unsolved felony offense. • When you call Crime Stoppers you will […]


End Of An Era

Sheriff Williams Retires

When Sheriff Tommy Williams hangs up his hat, badge, gun and boots at the end of this month, he will have been the longest tenured sheriff in Atascosa County. And, according to the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, he is currently the most tenured (active) sheriff in the state of Texas. Williams’ career started in Atascosa County in 1973. He faced […]

Eagle Band wins $5,000

The Mighty Eagle Band had some very dexterous and persistent fans this season. By texting Band5 each day, the Thursday Night Lights Band Favorite contest winner was Pleasanton High School with their votes numbering 26,091 (39 percent of the total votes received) Coming in as a close second was East Central. They received 22,067 or 33 percent. The remaining 17 […]