Troell speaks as citizen to SAWS’ hearing

The following are public comments made to the Joint Interim Committee to Study water Desalination at their Corpus Christi hearing held last Monday, June 23, 2014: My name is Jay Troell – I am a Director of the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District, speaking today as a private citizen of Atascosa County. Thank you Chairmans Representative Hunter and Senator Estes […]

State Capital Highlights

Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this month jointly announced authorization for the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend $1.3 million a week to fund security operations on the […]

Texas Politics

Democrats hope to hang Tea Party platform around GOP candidate’s necks

The Tea Party’ had limited success challenging Republican incumbents this election cycle, as business groups have finally fought back to avoid a repeat of their gains of the last two elections. A notable exception was the stunning upset of U.S House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his Northern Virginia congressional district by a political novice. In Texas, the Tea Party […]

Writer’s Roost

Singing our national anthem strains my vocal chord

A s I sit at the desk in my “man cave” (Life Mate’s name for it) in the predawn hours of Independence Day 2013, I think about strained vocal chords. Mine, when I try to sing The Star Spangled Banner, even in my mind as I’m doing now, it hurts. It makes me wince when I think about all the […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Sundays Headed Home

I have been a travelin’ man a good part of my life. Most of my speakin’ jobs are Friday and Saturday nights, so Sunday means I’m usually on the road and headed home. For me, Sunday morning on the road is a good part of bein’ me. Nine times out of ten I’m in a rent car drivin’ to an […]

Flashback: Hospitals for Pleasanton and Jourdanton

60 Years ago “I’m for it!” That’s the reaction of Dr. R. E. Mann of Pleasanton to the proposal for a $200,000 hospital here that will be built if the community advances $18,000 for the hospital site. Speaking briefly at a meeting held at the Charles H. Troell home Monday night, Dr. Mann said, “The opportunity is here and I […]

Brush/bulky pick-up starts July 14

The next city-wide clean up for Pleasanton starts Monday, July 14. You may set your bulky/ brush out starting July 1. The City of Pleasanton appreciates the cooperation of residents and businesses in keeping Pleasanton beautiful. The city will be divided into three areas and three weeks, with each week focusing on one area. Week One will run July 14-21. […]

Jourdanton council tackles lengthy agenda

It was a marathon fivehour meeting on Monday, June 16 at the Jourdanton City Council. It began with the opening of a public hearing on five requests for special use permits, mainly to move manufactured homes into single dwelling residential areas. The first property is on 1303 Poplar and owner E.C. Jupe presented pictures and said that a gable and […]

Pleasanton City Council approves Land Use, Impact Fee Plan

In keeping with its priority of continuing to accommodate development and growth pro-actively, the Pleasanton City Council unanimously adopted the Impact Fee Land Use Assumptions and Impact Fee Capital Improvements Plan, at the June 19 meeting. Comprising the council are Mayor Clinton J. Powell, Douglas Best (Dist. 1), Abraham Saenz (Dist. 2), Diana Prasifka (Dist. 3), J.R. Gallegos (Dist. 4), […]


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