Elmer medals at state UIL

Pleasanton junior Sarah Elmer placed sixth overall at the UIL state meet in news writing May 20 in Austin. Elmer finished seventh last year at state, which strengthened the Lady Eagle’s skills leading into another state event. “I had a good idea how the meet would go because I qualified last year,” she said. “I feel extremely blessed to have […]

The Way I See It

Dog days not here yet, but ...

The dog days of summer are not quite here yet. In fact, the official first day of summer is this Saturday, June 21. But even though the hottest days are around the corner, it doesn’t take long to heat up the interior of a vehicle. We have all heard the horror stories of parents forgetting their children in the vehicle […]

Increase hunting season for white-wing doves

This is to ask all fellow white-wing dove hunters to request our representatives and senators in the federal and state governments (Rep. Terry Canales, Dist. 40, agrees with this request and I hope Rep. Tracy King agrees also) to modify and/or amend the laws and regulations of the two agencies that determine the hunting seasons, the Texas Parks and Wildlife […]

Affordable Care Act impact

As a city councilman and the owner of a small company here in Pleasanton, I care about matters that affect my community, especially when it comes to business concerns. One issue that could have a devastating impact on small business is the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) provision of the Affordable Care Act, which took effect earlier this year. If left […]

State Capital Highlights

Senate panel addresses slowness of VA care

AUSTIN — On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena, Texas, to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities. Also on June 12, Gov. Rick Perry recommended that slow service at VA facilities be remedied by allowing veterans to get health […]

Texas Politics

Rick Perry helps publicize GOP platform

It’s no secret that Rick Perry likes and is seeking national publicity. If you were running for president, wouldn’t you? But he may not have wanted how he got it recently during a California visit to advertise Texas, and himself. He also brought national attention to a Texas Republican Party platform plank approved days earlier — about sex. Here’s the […]

Writer’s Roost

Quotes good for reporters, not much for public figures

“I like your column about Charlie Wilson. Sounds like you know him pretty well, like maybe y’all’s hats hung from some of the same bedposts.” — Joe Tonahill, renowned attorney and bon vivant Reporters love good quotes. They make a story more real, more human. Sometimes they “spice up” a story that might otherwise be rather dull. Often, they’re pretty […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Don’t forget the cowboy and the horse

Sometimes, when we go to our livestock meetings and see all the technology we forget about the cowboy and the horse. The booths and presentations show us injecting or collecting samples to determine breed traits, DNA, source verification, average daily gain, or to treat for parasites, disease, or to stimulate growth. It all looks so orderly as the healthy steer […]

Flashback: Melons and rain

60 Years ago- Eugene Trevino stationed at Fort Campbell Ky., home of the famed 11th Airborne division recently qualified as a parachutist. Having completed three weeks of rigorous training and successfully making five parachute jumps, Sergeant Trevino is now qualified to wear the jumper’s wings. •A community hospital located midway between Jourdanton and Pleasanton was suggested Monday by Dr. U.B. […]

Graduation, Sports Banquet photos half off

We have photos from Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet, Charlotte and McMullen graduations. Be sure to take advantage of the half off sale. Also sports banquet pics from the Eagles, Indians, Aggies and Trojans. You can purchase our photos from our photo website, pleasantonexpress. smugmug.com. From now until June 30, 2014 you can save 50 percent on all of our photos. Use […]

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