State Capital Highlights

Report proposes paths toward water security

State Comptroller Susan Combs on Jan. 14 released “Texas Water Report: Going Deeper For The Solution,” a study of water issues Texas faces, and a set of recommendations. “Texas has been prone to cycles of drought for centuries and there is no reason to expect that basic pattern to change,” Combs said in bringing attention to the report. “Yet our […]

The Way I See It

JFK: Eyewitness recounts event

Each year, I attend our Texas Press Association Mid-Winter convention. We talk with vendors of our trade, gather and share information with colleagues, induct people into the Hall of Fame and listen to various presentations and speakers. This year’s keynote speaker at the Hall of Fame dinner was Julian Read. He was the national media representative for Texas Governor John […]

Three Things Every Patient Should Know When Dealing with the Health-Care System



With millions of people newly covered by health insurance, and 11,000 more becoming eligible for Medicare every day, more people will be visiting doctors and hospitals. And while that’s a positive, patient advocate Ruth Fenner Barash warns that the U.S. health care system is not always the benevolent safety net many people believe it to be. It can be abusive, […]

Texas Politics

Democratic Rebuilding Effort Gets Abbott Campaign Attention

Democratic governor candidate Wendy Davis has jabbed for months at her Republican rival, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, for things like defending in court the Texas Legislature’s slashing of school spending. He has ignored her. With $20 million-plus squirreled away before Davis even announced in October, his political gurus think no one’s paying attention. They don’t want a fight to spoil […]

Writer’s Roost

Even a ‘grilling’ Thanksgiving reminds of turkey legs

Our 2013 Thanksgiving was a bit different. Since Life Mate and I were eating alone, we decided traditionalism needn’t apply. In our joint shopping excursion for the Turkey Day meal, we sought the proper menu for this daring departure from the confines of “we always did it that way.” And, since Life Mate was in the final stages of recuperation […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Free Henny Penny!

A s America continues to become tangled in the web of domesticated animal welfare, we continue to exacerbate the inhumane results of our efforts. The closing of horse slaughter plants has backfired. Our emphasis on spay and neuter clinics has made just a small dent in the number of feral cats and dogs. Millions of canines and felines are euthanized […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Seedlings controlled

Q: My yard is overrun with hackberry seedlings. I cut them down three times a year but they all resprout and new ones grow. Is there a solution? A: There is no way to eliminate all hackberry seedlings but you can kill the ones you cut by applying a drop of Vine and Stump Killer on the fresh cut. The […]

Cow-load of savings for stock show photos




With stock show season going we’ve had quite a few photographers out. We want to give you a 40 percent discount on all of our stock show photos through February. To see the photos visit pleasantonexpress.smugmug.com. This year’s Atascosa County Livestock Show photos will be available for purchase this weekend. As soon as McMullen is finished those will be available […]

Commisioners’ Court appoints J. D. and Millie Kvapil to Atascosa County Historical Commission




Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtRegular MeetingJanuary 13, 20149:00 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, Judge Diana Bautista called on Lee Ricks, Linda Burris and Gary Looney who […]

Atascosa National Bank announces promotions



Atascosa National Bank Chairman of the Board Rodney W. Benad announced that the bank’s board has promoted Rainey F. Bingham to President. Other officer promotions include Patti Fuller to Executive Vice President; Sharon Mangum to Vice President; Deanna Popham to Assistant Vice President; Jenny Bosquez to Officer – Head Teller and Rachel Zuniga to Cashier – Atascosa National Bank. Bingham […]


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