State Capital Highlights

End comes to Legislature’s regular session

Texas lawmakers finally passed Senate Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal biennium 2014-2015, on May 26, the 139th day of the 140-day regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. Next stop will be Gov. Rick Perry’s desk for the $197 billion budget – which came in at about $7 billion more than the estimated budget for the current fiscal […]

Texas Politics

Rick Perry in the catbird seat

The eyes on the legislative drama, focused for weeks on the deal-making in the Texas House and Senate, now shift to Gov. Rick Perry. This is the time when the governor, who apparently wants to make another try for the Republican presidential nomination, uncaps his pen. Since the regular 140-day session held every two years ended Monday (May 27), Perry […]

Champions of First Amendment deliver for Texas citizens

When the dust settles from another hard-fought legislative session, the people of Texas will have a clearer picture of current events in the Lone Star State, thanks to the hard work and determination of two Texas statesmen — one Republican, one Democrat. Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, and Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, scored major transparency victories in the 83rd Legislature. […]

Writer’s Roost

Webb Family worked WITH ‘The Help’ at our house

My family’s experience with The Help predates the movie’s time setting by 15-20 years. If you grew up in the South and had African- American ‘help’ in your home, then you probably saw and understood the movie. Many of us who were born in the late 1930’s, 40s and early 1950s and whose parents had help in our homes can […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Unsuitable Topics for Column

When I’m asked where I get ideas for this column, I explain that in my travels among the agricultural masses, everyone has a story to tell… and they tell me! Almost always they include getting bucked off, run over or humiliated in some form, by large domestic mammals. However, there are some subjects that are just not suitable for a […]

Summer Snapshot Contest starts now

Summer time in South Texas can be a unique one. With temperatures beginning to rise and the kiddos about to be home we’re asking you to submit a photo of what summer time in the Brush Country means to you. What do you do in the Summer? Swim? Play ball? Stay indoors? We wanna see it. Submit your photos via […]

Before the damaging tornado in Oklahoma …

From Moore - by way of Lindale - to Pleasanton ... the Eagle Ford beckons the Simmons family

There are so many stories about people who are working in the Eagle Ford Shale and living in Pleasanton. Here is one. For Paul and Heather Simmons, it was a combination of moves that brought the couple to the “Gateway to the Eagle Ford Shale.” It started in Moore, Oklahoma, where Heather was born and attended school. Later on Heather […]

5K run to help Moore victims

To help the residents of Moore, Oklahoma, several businesses and the Jourdanton Police Department are joining forces by hosting a 5K run on June 8. The FIT (Friends in Texas) Run for Moore 5K will be held at the Jourdanton City Park (1901 Campbell Avenue) on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Registration is $20 per person and all funds will […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Bougainvilleas bloom best when dry

Q: Why aren’t my bougainvilleas blooming? We water them every other day and use a soluble fertilizer. They are in full sun. A: The fertilizer and full sun are good. Cut back on watering. Bouganvillea bloom best when the soil dries out between irrigations (or rain). Q: Which zoysia grass is the best? I like zoysia because it makes a […]

Danielle proves doctors, bullies wrong

High school graduation is a momentous occasion for many. However, for Pleasanton High School graduate Danielle Santos, it will mean even more. “People see her and they have no idea what she has been through,” said her mother, Carol Santos. The 18-year old was born to Carol Santos and Danny Santos, at only 26 weeks. She weighed only 1 pound, […]