Three Surprising Things You May Not Know About Social Security



Despite the fact that almost every working adult (and teenager) pays into Social Security, and that millions of us count on it for at least part – if not all – of our retirement income, there’s a lot Americans don’t know about their public financial safety net. “Do you know how much money comes out of your paycheck each week […]

State Capital Highlights

Big posts at stake in primary runoffs

Early voting ended May 23 and Tuesday, May 27, was state primary election runoff day. Voting records available to the public at the Office of the Secretary of State show that turnout is historically low for mid-term primaries and even lower for primary runoff elections. But what’s different about this set of runoffs — and something that should stimulate voter […]

Texas Politics

Davis, Abbott: How Many Debates are Enough?

I t is a time-honored tactic in politics for an underdog in an election to challenge the presumed leader to debate. Particularly in running against an incumbent seeking re-election, the challenger hopes to get additional exposure, and legitimacy, by standing on the same platform. The favorite often refuses to debate, thinking the only things that can come from a debate […]

Writer’s Roost

Four tornadoes enough introduction for me, thank you

A n area of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri is unofficially known as Tornado Alley. They should’ve added Texas as far as I’m concerned but I’m okay if I never meet another twister. One of nature’s most suddenly appearing and destructive forces is the tornado. They usually make national news because of the damage and misery they bring to communities. Somehow, […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Camping Out In Wyoming

I t was just another camping trip with friends. A gathering, a return to nature, to get a taste of what life was like in the Wyoming forests and plains before Napoleon Bonaparte sold it to Thomas Jefferson in 1803. The transaction should have been called the Cheyenne Purchase except the Indian tribes never got a dime. I guess if […]

Imogene Camp living – Gene Stevens




“The kids played every evening after school until dark. Mom decided she would use a whistle to get us home for supper. After other moms got used to hearing the whistle, they also used a whistle but had to come up with a different sequence of blows that distinguished their children from others.” “Dad bought seven acres of old railroad […]

Flashback:Would-be gunman enters Sheriff’s office



60 Years ago- This community has an unprecedented opportunity to obtain a modern 16-bed hospital, which would be located in Pleasanton. Whether or not the hospital becomes a reality depends on this community’s reaction to a tentative offer made by C of C members and later endorsed by C of C directors. Dr. J.M. Faggard of Poteet and Dr. John […]

Her grace will be missed




She had grace. A quality hard to define and even rarer to find. This was what I first thought when I met Tommie Carrasco. She had this quality when she was healthy and strong. She had this grace when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Tommie left a mark on me when I met her while on her job as […]

Oil tank batteries engulfed in earlymorning fire




No injuries were reported after two storage batteries were engulfed in flames south of Pleasanton early Monday morning. “A witness working for the oil tank company said lighting hit the tank, which caused the fire to start,” Pleasanton Fire Chief Chuck Garris said. Around 4 a.m., Pleasanton and Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to Coughran near Williams Road off […]

Photo contest to win Graduate Prize Pack




We want to send your graduate out a little prepared with a Graduate Prize pack. Two prize packs are up for grabs filled with goodies from The Gym, South Texas Regional Medical Center, Trailer Park Trinkets, Riata Cleaners, Plestex Theatre, Eagle Lanes, Sissy’s Boutique, H-E-B, East Coast Wings, Mane Image, Pleasanton Express and more will be added. We’re asking seniors […]


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