State Capital Highlights

Appellate court overturns DeLay conviction

The Texas Third Court of Appeals on Sept. 19 overturned former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction on charges of money-laundering and conspiracy in an ethics case brought by the State of Texas. In a 2-1 opinion, the majority concluded that there was insufficient evidence of any felony offense that generated proceeds and, therefore, that the State failed to establish […]

Texas Politics

Texas Politics Are Weird This Election Cycle

I t’s dangerous to say the political dynamics in the Lone Star State are weirder this year than most, because in Texas they’re often flamboyant. But we’re potentially going to have a spirited David vs. Goliath governor’s race, with long-talking Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth probably announcing on Oct. 3 that she’ll run for governor instead of […]

Writer’s Roost

That ‘Holiness street preacher’ was really a cowgirl

When you think you’ve figured someone out by their appearance, you usually get fooled. A tad more than three decades ago, I went to a county seat town on the southern edge of Central Texas to publish a weekly newspaper. I inherited a staff that was somewhat dysfunctional. An editor’s pretty red hair and nice figure had somehow distracted my […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Battle of the Abandoned Horse

Real Cowboys & Indians vs Hollywood & Urban America T he furor of lawsuit threats, animal rights terrorists, gesticulating celebrity actors and ex-politicians traveling the countryside like Barnum and Bailey is finally bringing out those who really have something at stake in the Wild Horse/Domestic Horse slaughter issue. It is easy for a movie star or politician or animal rights […]

Dear Mr. Rodriguez and To Whom it May Concern,



I would like to address an issue of speed limits on Hwy 3350 in Pleasanton. I will preface this with saying I know a study was done about a year ago to determine speed limits. Now a year later things have changed. The City of Pleasanton has lowered speed limits to 45 mph until the City Limit sign, then 55mph […]

Pleasanton council adopts budget




The City of Pleasanton unanimously adopted its budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, 2013, and ends Sept. 30, 2014, at the Sept. 19 council meeting. The council also approved the ad valorem tax rate of $0.48977 per $100 valuation for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Pleasanton City Manager Bruce Pearson explained this is the tax rate that has […]

Market Days features popular bands Oct. 18-19




In less than a month the downtown streets of Pleasanton is the place to be for the sixth annual Pleasanton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Market Days. Expanded to two days this year, the event promises to be bigger and better. The October 18-19 event is featuring some popular and big names in entertainment. Friday, October 18 Johnny Lee headlines On […]

50 years ago, committee formed to study Pleasanton I.S.D. needs



60 Years ago • The Atascosa county grad jury waded though a heavy docket in three days’ time this week and Wednesday evening returned 36 indictments to District Judge H.D. Barrow. John Blitchock, 31-year-old carpenter from Corpus Christi and San Antonio, was indicted for murder in the highway deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Garrison and Melvile Williams, all of […]

County Commissioners adopt budget for Fiscal Year 2014, County Clerk details archive plan for 2014




Atascosa CountyCommissioners CourtSpecial MeetingSeptember 23, 20139:00 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 Special Meeting of the Commissioners Court, Atascosa County, Judge Bautista asked if there was anyone present desiring to comment […]

Chamber Chats

New Cowboy Homecoming Court elected, Lil’ Mr. & Miss contest set for Oct. 13

We would like to thank all of the contestants for participating in this year’s Cowboy Homecoming Court election. Congratulations to Emily Chapa, Cheyenne Fernandez, Hayley Herschap, Rebecca Huizar, Orie Ortiz and Mikayla Posas for being selected to represent the City of Pleasanton during the 2013-2014 year. The Queen will be announced as we kick off the 48th Annual Cowboy Homecoming […]


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