Jourdanton citizens discuss speed bumps, update of new Municipal Complex given

Residential speed bumps were a topic of discussion at the Jourdanton City Council meeting again on Monday. Citizens who live in the area near the school appreciate the fact that the speed bumps have been put in, but are concerned because they are not uniform in height and breadth. Cars are bottoming out on them and emergency vehicles might have […]


The Way I See It

Branding is appropriate name

The City of Pleasanton may be in the marketing business. Why? Well, why not? To capture what is happening right now in our neck of the woods – specifically our presence to many oil field companies, we need to keep what is ours – our identity. I totally agree with what Mayor Clint Powell said at the workshop held a […]


Trust and Competency

Well, well, well, the sequestration has come and despite all the gloom and doom, were still here. The earth continues to turn, the sun appears to rise, and life goes on. Now do not be deceived things are not perfect there will be a bill to be paid for allowing this to happen. This week this column will take a […]

State Capital Highlights

Full Senate to consider state budget

Continuing to inch closer to the Legislature’s most important act — the making of a state budget for the next fiscal biennium — the Senate Finance Committee approved CSSB 1 on March 20. Some 865 pages in length, the budget tops out at $195 billion, the sum of $94 billion in general appropriations plus federal and dedicated funds. The bill […]

Texas Politics

From blue to red to...

Sometimes wizened old Democrats tell stories about when there were lots of them. They’ll recall when winning the Democratic primary was a lock on the general election. Almost reverentially, they’ll remember that election in ‘82. Republicans had gained steam. But in ‘82, the Democrats stopped them dead, and won every statewide race. Now, since 1998, it’s the GOP nomination that […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Pegasus flies again

I t was a peaceful Utah winter morning. Levi stood next to his bedroom window and pulled back the shade. He squinted as his eyes took in the brilliance of a new day. Fresh snow lay like a blanket over the corrals, the meadows and the mountains beyond. Puffy little cotton ball clouds clung to the peaks like chimney smoke. […]

Writer’s Roost

Of ants, rocks and sound waves from space launch

Of ants, rocks and sound waves from space launch At one time I worked for a newspaper owned by a group deeply involved in covering the U.S. space program. That news company division owned the only still photo lab at Cape Canaveral. The lab was a pool for all still photo coverage. News agencies could pick and choose from the […]

Flashback: The World of Sports – Track and field, Special Olympics, Olympics and power lifting

50 years ago this week: •A young Poteet farmer, Kenneth Stephens, whose peanuts averaged 96 bushels to the acre last year, was honored as the outstanding conservationist in the Atascosa SCD. “We’re on a tall ladder out there at our farm,” Stephens told the Lions. “We’re just a little way up the ladder, but I’m hog enough to want to […]

State Comptroller distributes $531 million in sales tax revenue

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said last week that state sales tax revenue in February was $2.08 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to February 2012. “Sales tax revenues continue to grow, but at a more moderate pace compared to recent months,” Combs said. “The latest increase was led by receipts from the construction and restaurant sectors. Collections from other […]

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