Solutions

The Lessons of Detroit

The largest metropolitan bankruptcy ever is now underway. This needs to be looked at from three angles. One, what happened, two where else is this possible, and three what can be done to prevent a reoccurrence? As far as the first question the simple answer, is too much outgo, and too little income, and all over too much time. Debt […]

The Way I See It

Mainly art

I f you have not been to Art on Main then you are missing out. And if you have not met the owner Ann Salas, you are doubly missing out. The Art Walk on Main that she hosts every second Saturday is a great addition to our area. This Saturday, she is pulling double duty as this go-getter has organized […]

State Capital Highlights

2nd special sessions ends, 3rd begins

A second special session of the Texas Legislature ended July 30 without the House and Senate accomplishing the governor-ordered task of passing legislation to fund future public transportation projects. House Joint Resolution 2 failed on July 29. Had the proposed constitutional amendment passed, Texans would have voted yes or no to a plan to tap the state’s $12 billion Economic […]

Texas Politics

Transportation: The rock in the road is Rick

Gov. Rick Perry, apparently running for president again, went to New Orleans Saturday to talk to a RedState blogging group – to whom he’d announced in 2011 his last presidential campaign. Meanwhile, to out-conservative other Republican hopefuls, he wanted the Texas Legislature to give him bragging rights for tight-fistedness. Perry had told legislators to fix transportation, but not with logical […]

Writer’s Roost

Being coached in romance from ‘picture show’ aisle

Some of us take a winding road in our lives through the minefields of this thing we call “romance.” If you’re a bit on the “country” or “small town” genre as I was, that road can make some steep turns and sudden stops that become comedic and/ or entertaining in our graying years. Ohhh, but they were so serious way […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Legend of Bad Guys

The West was peppered with bad guys whose conduct was misunderstood Yet, today we treat them as heroes like they were a Robin Hood. We tend to portray them as victims, who, through no fault of their own Grew up to be convicts and perverts, but, hey, they were raised in a broken home. They’d rob from the wealthy it’s […]

13-year-old celebrates his birthday by baking bread for officers




Most kids want games for their X-Box or PlayStation for their birthday. But Cory Quarles is not like most kids. When asked what he wanted for his 13th birthday, he replied that he wanted to bake some banana bread for the Pleasanton Police Department. So he baked a few loaves of bread and delivered it to the officers. Cory was […]

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County Sheriff’s office makes burglary arrest



On July 19, Atascosa County sheriff’s officers arrested a 24-year-old Pleasanton man and charged him in connections with a series of burglaries on the same property in Christine. On three different occasions in July, burglaries were reported at a residence on the outskirts of Christine. Sheriff’s deputies Ivan Mendez and Clint Luckett investigated the burglaries. Sergeant Investigator Max Peralta was […]

Local college’s quality enhancement plan focuses on student success




During the July 18 regular board meeting, the Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees learned about the CBC Smart Start Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that kicks off this summer with Cougar Days orientation. “The QEP was developed after conducting student surveys and extensively reviewing student data. Our QEP is designed to raise the bar and raise expectations of CBC students […]


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