Year in Review 2013

2013 is almost another year in the books. And while residents are finally adjusting to the influx of traffic and activity due to the Eagle Ford Shale oil play, other events happened throughout the year that were truly notable. Here is the year in review taken from the front pages of the Pleasanton Express over the last 12 months. January […]

Fatal fire in Poteet

A structure fire destroyed a double wide mobile home and led to the death of a 93 year old Martha Melcher on Melcher Lane just south of Poteet at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 23. Poteet Fire Chief Curtis Adams said he had just returned from work on Monday when he got the call. Adams says he donned the firefighter […]

Blue Santa brought Christmas to dozens of area families

Blue Santa delivered presents to Pleasanton families on Monday, December 23, thanks to the help of the dozens of volunteers who wrapped presents on Sunday, December 22 at the Pleasanton Fire Station. “The first annual Blue Santa Toy Drive was a huge success” said Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez “but not without the help of Shawnene Edmondson, the primary organizer […]

Schendel family Christmas Card is a winner

Congratulations to Candida Schendel! The Christmas card she entered was the winner after it was awarded the most “likes” on Facebook. We had many clever entries, but the Schendel family ended up on top. We are also featuring 8 year old Ana- Sophia Tijerina’s entry this week. She drew a great card. Thanks to all who entered. Scavenger Hunt IV […]

National Exposure?

My friends’ phones started blowing up on Christmas Eve. Not because of Christmas greetings or anything like that. But if you were watching Jeopardy that evening, you may have been surprised to see that under the category “Occupations” the following answer was given, “Pleasanton, Texas claims to be the ‘birthplace of’ this occupation that’s an American symbol”. Of course we […]

State Capital Highlights

Dewhurst orders health services studies

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dec. 20 delivered charges for the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services to tackle before the 2014 Texas Legislature convenes. Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, ordered the panel of nine senators to study what is being done by the state to enhance the health of Texas women. He also called on the committee […]

The Way I See It

Welcoming the New Year with thanks for a great year

Each year, as the last few days unfold, I am reminded of how fast a year goes by. The saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” could never be more right. I count myself among the lucky folks since I am able to work at a place with the best people around. Our owners and publishers Judy and Bill Wilkerson […]

Texas Politics

Patterson Hopes to Finally Beat Dewhurst

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson gets a re-match with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst this year. Dewhurst is running for re-election, and Patterson, who lost to Dewhurst in the 1998 land commissioner race, is trying to replace him as the Texas Senate’s presiding officer. And, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman is retiring after his second two-year term – separated by 16 years — […]

Writer’s Roost

Why newspapers are better at the 3Rs than other media

Those in my chosen profession — newspaper journalism — may have felt like the proverbial oft-beaten, redheaded stepchild of late. It seems almost everyone, including some in our field, especially other media, politicians and the usual I-hatethe truth lummoxes, love to ring the death knell for our medium. Yes, we’ve even learned to put our product on the Internet along […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Food Age

A ccording to a food scientist at the University of Arizona, more than 100,000 plant and animal varieties have become endangered over the last quarter century. In addition, it is commonly believed that only about 100 species of crops and livestock provide most of the food in the world. His interest is in reviving these endangered plants, as a regular […]