State Capital Highlights

Texas deals with border as Congress departs

Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.- Mexico border and humanitarian crisis. Figures compiled by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection division show 57,500 “unaccompanied alien children” have been apprehended and processed since October 2013, the majority in the Rio Grande Valley. […]

Texas Politics

Different approaches to Central America refugees

Gov. Rick Perry sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border might not stem the flow of Central American kids flocking across it. But the deployment press conference July 21, accompanied by Perry’s harsh criticism of Obama, who had turned down Perry’s invitation to visit the border, did accomplish one thing: it swung the political spotlight back to Perry’s presidential […]

Writer’s Roost

Actor James Garner embarrassed me in a public setting

One of my favorite actor-entertainers of all time, James Garner, died recently but I had already forgiven him for embarrassing me in a public setting. Alright, you guessed it, there’s a story behind this and it goes back more than a half century. Garner first came to my attention, as he did just about everyone’s, as the sometime hero, occasional […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Who would like RFDtv off the air?

Who would like RFDtv off the air? Or U.S. Farm Report? Who would like Farm Bureaus shut down, along with the National Cattlemen’s Assn, the Pork Producers, the Egg Council, the Northern Ag Network, Range Magazine, the Delmarva Farmer, the Farm Journal, the Beef Checkoff, the Brownfield Ag Network? Who would like to make it illegal for movie stars, sports […]


Post office in Coughran to close doors

60 Years ago- With less that $6,000 to be raised, the fund campaign for the $18,00 hospital site has slowed down. The amount raised is still slightly over $12,000. At a breakfast this (Thursday) morning, Elo Haverlah said that the lag was to be expected. Elo is chairman of the solicitation committee. The Coughran post office will soon be no […]

Rep. Guillen encourages tax holiday

AUSTIN – Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen (D – Rural South Texas) reminds parents that the Sales Tax Holiday is set for the weekend of August 8-10, two weeks before the first day of school. Representative Guillen is hopeful that Texans will see greater rewards this year. “When the first day of school rolls around, the only thing that should […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Zoysia, Bermuda high traffic lawn

Q: We just bought a new house that does not have a lawn. What grass do you recommend? It is in full sun, and we have two young children and two dogs. A: Bermuda grass is the best choice for full sun and lots of traffic. Zoysia grass can also tolerate traffic. I think El Toro or Jamur Zoysia makes […]

Commissioners’ Court discusses Atascosa County tax rate

Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtSpecial MeetingAugust 4, 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 the office of Atascosa County Tax Assessor- Collector Loretta […]


Rodriguez Snapshot winner

There were plenty of choices to vote on for the Summer Snapshot contest. Regina Rodriguez’s submission of her nephew Anthony Martinez, Jr. (AJ) with his grandfather, Ray Rodriguez took first place with over 200 Facebook “likes”. Regina is the lucky winner of a $25 Trailer Park Trinkets gift card. Thanks to all who entered. There were so many cute kiddos. […]

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