Saluting Our Firefighters

National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-10

National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, was proclaimed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, in commemoration of the Great Chicago fire, in which hundreds of people were killed. The fire destroyed over three square miles of buildings in Chicago from October 8-10, 1871. Atascosa County’s 11 volunteer fire departments (VFDs) have had a demanding, dangerous and challenging year responding to […]

Whitsett citizens must get mail in Campbellton

The United States Postal Service closed Whitsett’s post office, which served 50 post office box customers, on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Sam Bolen, News Media Contact with the United States Postal Service said in a press release that those 50 P.O. Box customers can keep the same address and zip code. However, USPS is sending their mail to the Post […]

St. Philip’s United Music Fest features Intocable, Fowler

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church annual festival is much more than food, fun and games. Over the years it has transformed into 12 hours of fun, with a heavy emphasis on music. Last year’s event drew over 5,000 and the church is hoping to exceed this to bring closer their goal of raising money to construct a new parish hall […]

Salute our firefighters

This week is National Fire Prevention Week and we have featured the departments in a sponsorship advertisement on pages 10 and 11 C. These men and women volunteer to make sure our homes, businesses and property are hopefully saved when fires and disaster strike. They also help extract people from vehicles if needed and do this because they care. Please […]

Pedestrian killed on Highway 16

A 2002 Chevy Trailblazer struck James Edward Hale, 48, as he was walking beside State Highway 16 Tuesday, Oct. 1. Hale was walking north on the shoulder of the southbound lane. The SUV hit Hale head on at 8:18 p.m., near the intersection of Stacy Rd and Highway 16, about a quartermile south of milepost 620. DPS pronounced Hale dead […]

Newspapers are still the cornerstone of democracy

We’ve been calling it the end of an era for a long time now. It’s supposed to be the end of newspapers, according to naysayers who have been predicting their ultimate demise for years. But the facts prove the newspaper industry is growing and transforming rather than dying. Of course, there are always bumps in the road to innovation, but […]

Political Cartoon

The Way I See It

National Newspaper Week

This week, among being National Fire Prevention Week, is also National Newspaper Week. I began my love for newspapers before I could even read. How so? Each Sunday when I was little I couldn’t wait for my mom to read the comic section to me. For those who don’t know this, my mom HATED to read aloud to anyone and […]

State Capital Highlights

Budget impasse results in shutdown

A t midnight on Oct. 1, the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, when the U.S. House and U.S. Senate did not agree on an appropriations bill or continuing resolution to fund fiscal year 2014 at an estimated cost of $3.8 trillion. Before the shutdown, to prepare Texas, Gov. Rick Perry on Sept. 30 delivered […]