The Way I See It

60th stock show has grown, really

Preparing for these past few issues to commemorate the 60th Atascosa County Livestock Show, it had me looking through our old bound books of previous Pleasanton Express editions. Though our “morgue” only goes back to 1952 due to a fire that destroyed earlier issues, the 1955 book was relatively intact. There are a few loose pages that are on the […]

Trust … But Definitely Verify

Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year. That number is 12. It’s the percentage of Americans in a December Quinnipiac poll who said they trust the government in Washington to do what is right most or all of the time. […]

State Capital Highlights

Railroad Commission to hire seismologist

A fter meeting with Azle residents in a town hall style meeting last week, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter called for his agency, which regulates the oil and gas industry, to hire a seismologist. Azle residents told Porter about the effects of earth tremors felt at their homes and businesses, and their ongoing safety concerns over seismic activity that has […]

Texas Politics

Number Two and Three Slots in State Government

A fter the Texas governor, the two most powerful state positions are the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the lieutenant governor, who presides over the Senate. Yet you couldn’t tell it by the pay scale. The governor is paid $150,000 a year. The speaker and lieutenant governor get less than five percent that much: $7,200. That’s the same […]

Writer’s Roost

Life Mate-designated ‘man cave’ provides for my needs

There are many reasons I refer to my wife Julie as Life Mate other than the obvious reference to longevity of cohabitation. She is a very gifted writer and recognizes the prerequisites for inspired creativity. Ahem. Plus, we have raised a son some of whose prominent proclivities are similar to those of his Mom. We’ve been in the retirement mode […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Shocking Collars!

A steady growth in population continues worldwide. As we grow, urban development paves and permanently changes the ecosystem. Cities and towns, large and small, annex their surrounding natural woodlands, plains, farms and ranches. It results in city limits that extend miles from the edge of town and a beginning of the assessment imposing real estate housing development taxes and laws […]

Coffee prices rise

60 Years ago – Two escaped prisoners were captured near Floresville, Friday, less than three and a half hours after they had fled from the county jail at Jourdanton and disappeared in a stolen pick-up. The prisoners were John White Jr., 21, a Huntsville convict serving a 10-year term, and a 17 year old Poteet youth, who is being held […]

My ‘shot’ at fame

A few weeks ago my kids and I were invited to a Spurs game. I responded with a quick, “Yes!” And was even able to invite a couple of friends. We were sitting pretty sweet and comfy in a suite. Thanks go to my brother-inlaw H.O.’s employer. It was a great game, and of course the Spurs won. I suppose […]

Eagle Ford shale brings son, then mom, to Pleasanton

“I was living in Haughton, Louisiana, near Shreveport, before going to work for Freedom (Well Services, LLC), on SH 16 just south of Jourdanton,” said Chris Duckworth, continuing, “I had actually been working with Casey Stephens, a good friend of mine in Louisiana whose brother, Gary, is district manager, here, at Freedom Well Services. “My friend and I kept in […]

Locals named to All-State Band

The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 ATSSB All-State Band. Area try-outs were held in Orange Grove on Saturday, Jan. 11. Schools from all across South Texas attended the tryouts. These are the talented Atascosa County band students who were selected for this honor. Pleasanton High School •Lillian Unger of the […]