State Capital Highlights

House passes voter assistance bill

Legislation to amend the state elections law as to how much a person may assist others in voting was passed by the House on April 26. Committee Substitute House Bill 148, authored by Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Mesquite, received a final vote of 93-48, but not before lengthy and contentious debate on the House floor a day earlier. Opponents of the […]

Texas Politics

Legislators hooked on lottery habit

A h, the lottery. Several Texas House members recently ((Tuesday, 4/23/13)) voted to kill it, some posturing to curry favor with antigambling constituents. But everyone was surprised — including several of them – when the sunset review bill to continue the Texas Lottery Commission failed to get a majority. Of the 150 House members, the vote was 65 to 81. […]

Writer’s Roost

Sexual preference no requirement in job preparedness

A s I’ve said before, “Sexual preference should have nothing to do with measuring a person’s ability to perform a job in the workplace.” And, yes, this has to do with the mayor’s race in the City of Jasper. These are beliefs I try to apply no matter where circumstances raise the question. While I obviously no longer live in […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

BSE Tsunami

One of the biggest upheavals in food production in the last ten years was the result of one of the tiniest imaginable scares. It would be comparable to one single Aborigine threatening the U.S. with a flyswatter, and our government issuing every homeowner a fifty-caliber machine gun to defend themselves! Peruse any Ag-media today and you will see multiple companies […]

Flashback: Worms, roads and poultry

50 years ago this week • Your herd won’t be quarantined if you find and report a case of screwworms among your cattle. Dr. Dennis Murphy, a member of the State Animal Health Commission stressed this point. Stockmen finding suspected cases of screwworms are being asked to obtain a sample and to call the screwworm eradication headquarters at Mission or […]

BIG photo sale now through end of May

You have a whole month to save! But it will be over before you know it. We are holding a 40 percent off SmugMug sale. SmugMug is our online photo store found at We upload photos that we take at games, festivals, livestock shows, church picnics and other local events to the site and make them available for you […]

Permits needed for access

Contractors have been in the area laying fiber optic lines and disturbing some residents’ lawns in the process. One resident who lives on Oakcrest, Guy James, called Pleasanton City Hall and found that proper permits were not applied for by the company. Thankfully only his yard suffered damage and not his sprinkler system. Where utility companies can gain access to […]

Jourdanton ISD sets goals, evaluates superintendent

The Jourdanton ISD board meeting began with a presentation of the ATPE Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative Grant to the Elementary. Tina Briones presented the funding of $1,500, which is to be used for materials. Kay Longley and Elementary Principal Michelle Hartung accepted the check. The usual monthly business began with the approval of the consent agenda. The Business Office […]

Young Farmers announce entertainment

Though it is more than three months off, the Pleasanton Young Farmers are biting at the bit to announce their entertainment for their annual Pleasanton Young Farmers’ Cowboy of the Year Rodeo. And rightly so. They have booked country favorite Steve Wariner for the big show on Saturday, August 17 with Bracken Hale opening. On Friday, August 16, the popular […]

Attempted robbery, search still on going

Around 10:00 a.m., Friday morning Atascosa County 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call from an 82 year old Pleasanton man reporting he had been robbed at gun point in his home just west of Pleasanton. Sheriff David Soward stated the residence is on a small ranch off of FM 3350. Sheriff’s deputies, Pleasanton Jourdanton Police, DPS, Border Patrol, County Constables and […]

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