July 15 – July 22, 2014

Accident Main St., Trade St.Accident, Minor Oaklawn (6), Main (2)Assault Commerce, Wayward Court, OaklawnBurglary, Building Bryant St., Eagle View Dr.Burglary, Habitation WaterBurglary, Vehicle Goodwin, SmithCriminal Mischief Paul’s Place, High Meadow, BrushCountry, Veteran’s Memorial Rd.Disturbance Trade, College, Second St. (2), WinshipDriving While Intoxicated Main St. (2)Drug Paraphernalia Campbell St.Homicide DallasPublic Intoxication Oaklawn, Veteran’s Memorial Rd.,Second St.Reckless Driver Hwy 281Shots Fired LyonsStolen […]

The Way I See It

Don’t blame the oil field on recent events

While the recent murders in my hometown and surrounding area are very disconcerting to us all, there have been a few comments that all of this is due to the influx of the oil industry. Not so. The fact is – and this is even MORE upsetting – these people murdered are from here. Some are second or third generation […]

State Capital Highlights

Dewhurst appoints Senate Finance chair

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The twoyear state budget totals close to $200 billion. Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership […]

Texas Politics

UT Chancellor wisely backs off ‘resign-or-be-fired’ demand

Which is more challenging: performing a liver transplant on a small child? Or navigating the political rapids of public higher education during the reign of Gov. Rick Perry? Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, who will leave his job as chancellor of the University of Texas System when his successor is chosen, would probably say his current job is the toughest – which […]

Writer’s Roost

Three math whizzes are enough for one family

Three out of four isn’t bad, huh? As written here before, I’m the eldest of four sons in the Webb family. Our parents came up during the Great Depression and, want to or not, they didn’t have easy opportunities to further their education. Both were humble people, shy to a fault, in their demeanor around people. Neither had it in […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Stupid is as Stupid Does

I n the movie Forrest Gump, the hero is a nice man with a low IQ, whose simplistic reasoning usually made sense. His response to anyone who called him stupid was to say, “Stupid is as stupid does.” My interpretation of that phrase is, “You don’t have to be stupid to be stupid.” One can have a high IQ and […]

7,000 pennies for your thoughts

Thank you to all who entered the 7,000 “likes” drawing and a big congratulations to Angelina Rodriguez! She won 7,000 pennies (or $70) just by “liking” our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked our page please go do that. Not only do we inform you of breaking news and all Brush Country news, but we have many giveaways and contests […]

Play Rodeo Riches and win prizes

The Young Farmers are getting ready for their annual Cowboy of the Year Rodeo and Festival to be held August 15-16, so it must be time to launch the popular Rodeo Riches contest.. Contestants can win big – a $500 gift certificate redeemable at the participating merchants. These merchants recognize the impact of local events in our community and are […]


Shalimar Subdivision Theft

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a FIVE THOUSAND-DOLLAR cash reward being offered for one week only will help solve a report of a burglary located in the 300 block of Bocawood, located in the Shalimar Subdivision about 1 mile west of TX HWY 16 North. On June 26, 2014 at about 5:30 p.m. […]

JISD board approves property purchase

The Jourdanton School Board meeting opened with the District Self- Evaluation that is now required by the Texas Legislature. The report is made to TEA and the public and is available on the district’s website. Superintendent Lana Collavo said that the administration took a hard look at the district and don’t consider themselves exemplary. However, they did rank themselves as […]