The Way I See It

Disappointed for our children’s future

My heart sank when I saw that the Pleasanton ISD school bond did not pass. I was willing to pay an extra $30 a month so we could have wonderful facilities to provide a bright future for our children. Understand I did not say MY children. My kids are grown and gone from PISD. Did they learn in an antiquated […]

Letters to the Editor



More bulky trash pickups We need to clean up the town all over. Bulky trash/ brush pickup, they tell me, that it’s only picked up once a year. This time in June, 2013. The city’s street curbs are full of limbs, old stoves, couches, and all the items we need to throw away. I believe the garbage people should be […]

State Capital Highlights

Franchise tax bill moves toward passage

Procedural deadlines for legislation began to hit last week, ending the forward progress and the hopes of more than half of the 6,000-or-so House bills and Senate bills filed by Texas lawmakers since November 2012. And while the main state budget bill for fiscal years 2014-2015 stayed apparently motionless in a conference committee of five Senate members and five House […]

Texas Politics

Obama visits Austin while Legislature in final session days

While President Barack Obama was talking to students at Manor New Technology High School, northeast of Austin, and stopped off for barbecue and a chat with some citizens downtown at Stubbs, the Texas House of Representatives was grinding away. That day, Thursday May 9, was the last day House bills could get tentative approval. If a bill didn’t – and […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Me and Albert

Back in the days before satellite tv, cell phones, video players, Netflix and laptops, many ranchers in the west were isolated from civilization. Most had land line telephone service if they were able to string the phone line along fences from the paved road to the headquarters, which was often miles away. And electricity often came from gas-driven generators. You […]

Writer’s Roost

Voting, donating and black preachers political influence

Every place I’ve lived in rural and small town Texas has been awash in a practice wherein the African American vote has been influenced — for better or for worse as wedding vows provide — by a church minister. Sometimes a minister’s influence beyond normal congregational practices extends to the African American section of a given community as a purely […]

PISD bond election reactions educate, motivate




“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Aristotle Dr. Cynthia Clinesmith, Pleasanton Independent School District Superintendent, started her administration with this goal “Excellence for All”. In the quest to help PISD achieve this goal […]

Sneak Peek for Fall: New Contests, Podcast and More




We are hoping to bring you many new and exciting features to our online presence for football season. Sports Editor Chris Filoteo and I are working on getting a weekly podcast featuring input from coaches, sports columnists, fans and hopefully players. We’re working hard on getting this all together so that we can enhance your Brush Country football experience. We […]

Popular condiments hit H-E-B shelves in time for Memorial Day weekend



Following unprecedented buzz about Whataburger’s popular condiments coming to an H-E-B store near you, the two Texas companies announced today Fancy Ketchup, Spicy Ketchup and Original Mustard should arrive in stores just prior to the Memorial Day weekend by Saturday, May 25. The highly anticipated Whatatfries product — a potato chip version of the French fry — should hit stores […]

County Commissioners in Regular Meeting




Atascosa CountyCommissioners CourtRegular MeetingMay 13, 2013 • 9:00 a.m.Ordered byHon. Diana Bautista,Atascosa County Judge Present were all four commissioners, Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) and Bill Carroll, Precinct 4. After call to order of the Regular Meeting of the Commissioners Court, County Treasurer Laura Pawelek was first on the agenda. She requested […]


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