Cowboy Homecoming Queen applications due July 31

Though the 49th Cowboy Homecoming isn’t until October 24-25, it is almost time to elect a queen and her court. But first, the young ladies must pick up an application and return it by the special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. July 31. Who can apply? Pleasanton High School juniors or seniors who maintain at least a 70 […]

TxDOT unveils signs in Eagle Ford region

AUSTIN — The energy boom is bringing jobs and prosperity to communities in the Eagle Ford Shale region, but it also is putting more traffic, work crews and trucks on local roadways. In an effort to reduce crashes in these increasingly busy areas, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” in energy work zones […]

The Way I See It

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There are a few people that you meet throughout your career and/or life that make an impact on you. Call them mentors, matriarchs, patriarchs and sometimes they may be strangers. At my first South Texas Press Association press convention, I met this soft spoken man who I found out later happened to be a hard core newsman. He had a […]

State Capital Highlights

Governor orders deployment of guard to border

Tensions continued last week, concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans — primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children — who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries. Those intercepted by the authorities are moved to detention facilities and processed according to federal and state protocols. On July […]

Texas Politics

Texas statewide elective offices: Why so many?

A s voting Texans voters can attest, the ballot in non-presidential election years is often rather long. Texas has an outsized number of statewide offices to vote on. Blame it on the Texas Constitution of 1876. We’ll discuss why in a moment. While in most elections at least some of those offices may not be seriously contested because incumbents are […]

Writer’s Roost

Drive-in movie theaters disappearaing from landscape

Every time I see a news story about movie theaters in a newspaper, it resurrects memories. Small town theaters in particular evoke tales of yesteryear. For a period of time, the theater business was a sideline and a source of income in those younger years when I tried to blend love, marriage, a career and a desperate need for enough […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Larger riders means larger horses

A n interview with several dud wranglers and packers showed they have accommodated the increasing number of large people. Using Belgians, Percherons and their crosses are mentioned often. Draft horses are gentle beasts by nature and most wranglers are ready with a hefty footstool to assist in mounting up. This is done out of respect for the infrequent rider whose […]

Village Inn Restaurant breaks ground in Pleasanton

Village Inn, the familydining brand known for serving quality breakfast all day and The Best Pie in America®, has broken ground on two new restaurants, one companyowned and one franchiseowned. Earlier this year the company announced its six different Village Inn franchise partners have committed to opening 12 new restaurants during 2014. Included in that announcement is the latest Village […]

Commissioners’ Court accepts bid for construction of new Precinct 2 Justice Court Building

Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtSpecial MeetingJuly 28, 20149:00 a.m.Ordered byHon. Diana Bautista,Atascosa County Judge Present were all four Commissioners, Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) & Bill Carroll, (Precinct 4). • After call to order of the Special Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bautista called on Stuart Knowlton, Atascosa County Representative at the Appraisal […]


All-American to coach in Charlotte

60 Years ago- A Little All-American from Sam Houston college in Huntsville will be head coach at Charlotte high school this year. He is Larry Kesling, who starred at end for the Sam Houston team last fall. He will replace George Watson, former Pleasanton High School coach, who is to be Elementary principal at Encino this coming year. Work has […]