County busy with fires

Atascosa County is currently averaging two fire calls per day, stated Atascosa County Fire Marshal Chuck Garris. These are generally grass fires. Garris said that for the county as a whole, this is not more than usual. “However, it is getting drier,” said Garris. He added that most grass fires on the highway are due to people being careless about […]

Mobile spay/neuter clinics set

The Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) mobile clinic is coming back to Atascosa County for multiple spay/neuter clinics. Since September 2010 Tri City Animal Sanctuary has brought SNAP on separate occasions for spay/neuter clinics. Tri City Animal Sanctuary is very pleased to announce five clinics are being scheduled for Atascosa County residents. These clinics will be run differently than the past […]

The Way I See It

The Golden Rule has been ugraded to the Platinum Rule®

I try to abide by the Golden Rule. You know, treat others they way you wish to be treated. Most times I am pretty successful .. sometimes I am not. As a parent it is easier to practice. You want to set a good example for your children. (I always had a problem with the whole parental edict of “Don’t […]


It’s the economy

Well the economy is improving, state and federal income are rising, and the recession is clearly in the rearview mirror. Why? Simply put there is cheap energy available. An overabundance of natural gas and oil brought on by fracking. There is even talk of the United States being an energy exporter. So fracking in Texas, North Dakota and other areas […]

State Capital Highlights

Second special session opens for round 2

Texas lawmakers on July 1 reported to their respective Capitol chambers for the opening of a second 30-day special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. The House and the Senate scheduled floor action for July 9. Gov. Perry, on June 26, invited them to take a second opportunity to craft and pass legislation relating to: – Regulation of abortion procedures, […]

Texas Politics

Why is Lieutenant Governor important?

So far, three credible politicians plan to run for lieutenant governor in 2014 – even though the current occupant, Republican David Dewhurst, says he’s running again. All three of the challengers have served in the Texas Senate – over which the lieutenant governor presides. They are Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, 67 ((DOB 11/15/46)); Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, 50 ((DOB 8/24/63)); […]

Writer’s Roost

Lift a glass to Franz and Texas Gulf Coast Press

No doubt more than a few glasses were lifted at the 75th anniversary convention of the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association in May in Galveston As far as I know there is no one still around who attended that very first convention of this regional newspaper group. Actually, I was born just about the time that group convened. However, my […]

Help prevent a blood drought this summer

All blood types needed

While South Texans can’t prevent Mother Nature from sending us into a drought, we can help avoid another type of shortage. Help avert a blood drought this summer and donate regularly. “Whole blood can be donated every 56 days and red cells can be donated every 16 weeks,” said Dr. Rachel Beddard, medical director of the South Texas Blood & […]

Flashback – Feed needed for drought animals, marker placed

60 years ago Drought-harried Atascosa County farmers and ranchers streamed in to the PMA office at Jourdanton this week to make application for emergency livestock feed under this country’s designation as a disaster area. The PMA office had taken 203 applications for feed up to that point. The newly-formed county drought committee has placed an order with the state PMA […]


Burglary In Charlotte

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a FIVE THOUSAND-DOLLAR cash reward being offered for one week only will help solve a report of a burglary located in the 700 block of Rodriguez Street in the City of Charlotte. On Thursday, May 9, 2013 sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to RC’s Bar in the 700 block […]

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