“Head” strong

Our three year old son, Augie, is a strong, wildly fun, tough, rough little boy. He’s not a cry baby about things. So when we heard him crying we knew he was hurt. We were spending the afternoon at my parents’ house the Sunday before New Years. As usual we were outside watching the kids play. Augie had gone inside […]


First Homicide of 2014

Late in the evening on January 6, 2014, Pleasanton Police Department officers responded to a shots fired call at the 600 block of Sanchez Street. They discovered a shooting victim, 23-yearold Rick Estrada, at the 300 block of 2nd Street after officers followed a speeding vehicle. Estrada, allegedly shot several times, died before medical help arrived. Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald […]

Accidental fatal shooting

Tragedy strikes early in the year as Debra Mishler, 50, dies from an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen. A relative of Mishler’s and another man were allegedly examining a .308 caliber rifle in their mobile home adjacent to Mishler’s on Fern Hollow off State Highway 173, four miles west of Jourdanton around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. One of the […]

Resolutions shared by leaders

Making New Year resolutions is a task that is either embraced or avoided. While some look forward to a clean slate to to write down goals for the upcoming months, others would rather not commit to specific things they wish to accomplish or change. Different leaders of our community were contacted to share their resolutions. They will be featured over […]

60th Livestock Show begins next week

Students across the county have been working diligently the past few months to prepare their livestock show projects for the Atascosa County Livestock Show which begins next Tuesday, Jan. 14. For 60 years, students have learned responsibility and accountability through these projects. There have also been a large number of volunteers who also have worked tirelessly to assist these youth. […]

Federal grant assists Atascosa Health Center enrollment process

San Antonio, Texas – Congressman Henry Cuellar (DTX28) and Monty Small, CEO of Atascosa Health Center, Inc. announced on Monday that Atascosa Health Center has earned a competitive federal grant of $63,995 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Atascosa Health Center was one of 1,157 centers across the county that received $58 million in grant funding. With […]

Meet Democratic Party candidates Saturday

Come meet and greet Democratic Party candidates this Saturday, Jan. 11 at Cancun Restaurant, 1411 Jiffy Blvd. in Jourdanton. The free event begins at 9 a.m. 2014 Atascosa County Democratic Candidates question and answer session will be held. For information contact Atascosa County Democratic Party Chair Rosa R. Elkins 210.632.7297.

The Way I See It

Resolving again

The New Year is upon us and with that so are the obligatory resolutions that are made and soon forgotten or ignored. Each year I make a list. Sometimes I write it down and sometimes I make a mental note. Some of the items I want to change are made public in this column while some I may keep private. […]

How to Solve the Education Crisis – It’s all about who you elect

Strong education leaders needed in 2014 elections Thanks to assessments of educational progress, we know where our children stand compared to other communities, states, and even nations. Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to take stock of how we are doing, and set resolutions for the New Year. According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), […]