Congrats, Heather – Indians still playing

Athletically speaking… McMullen County’s Heather Gillin won first place at the state track meet in Austin last week. She cleared 5-2 in the high jump. Jourdanton’s Kaitlin Hindes placed sixth in the 3200-meter run; Enrique Lugo placed ninth in discus and Cassie Leal placed ninth and sixth in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, respectively. Also, the Indians are headed to […]

The Way I See It

Amazing Art

Over the years I have viewed art shows of various grades at our schools, if only walking through the halls and enjoying the displays on the walls. The last two years I’ve taken in the Pleasanton High School Artacopia exhibits. They have been filled with such talent. Our art students are fortunate to have a strong program that encourages and […]

SAWS Desalination

It is my understanding that the way SAWS proposes to implement the brackish water desalination project will be the first time that it has ever been tried. That is pumping the brackish water from the aquifer (Wilcox) beneath the fresh water aquifer (Carrizo). It is a proven fact that faults exist in the barrier that separate the two aquifers. Water […]

Dear Editor,

After reading “Big Beef Industry wants to Double Animal Sales Tax on Texas Cattle Owners”, I felt I had to write in and set the record straight. Saying the proposed state beef checkoff is a tax is hugely inaccurate. Here’s why: 1. Taxes are paid by everyone, to the government, to fund government programs. The checkoff will be paid by […]

State Capital Highlights

Decision upholds prayer in public meetings

Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al. “I am pleased that […]

Texas Politics

Some Nominees Will Be Decided in May 27 Runoffs

Most Republican and Democratic nominees for the November election were selected in the March 4 party primaries. But some will be chosen in runoffs May 27. Republicans will choose nominees for lieutenant governor, attorney general, one of the three spots on the railroad commission, and agriculture commissioner. Democrats have two: also their nominee for agriculture commissioner, and for the U.S. […]

Writer’s Roost

Sunday drinking hours ‘give deacons an even start’

Texas’ conglomeration called “liquor laws” has prompted a lot of battles over the years with “wet” versus “dry.” It has also produced a lot of good humor and introduced some pretty humorous characters as well. Proponents of alcohol sales have made jokes about the Lone Star State’s Sunday sales hours of 1 p.m.-6 p.m. They said those hours were a […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Bronc to Breakfast

Bronc to Breakfast is my favorite Charlie Russell painting. The scene represents the typical roundup out west. In the foreground is a campfire with cooking pots and pans on the fire or hanging from the cross bar. A cowboy is sitting with his plate of beans, Cookie’s in an apron standing by the chuck wagon and in the background are […]

Commissioners’ Court adopts burn policy

Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtRegular MeetingMay 12, 20149 a.m. Ordered byHon. Diana Bautista,Atascosa County Judge Present were three commissioners, Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); & Bill Carroll, (Precinct 4). Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) was not present. • After call to order of the Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bautista asked for Atascosa County Fire Marshal Todd […]