Area wrecks cause fatalities

Three young men lost their lives over the weekend due to two different wrecks. Pleasanton motorcyclist Joseph Anthony (Joe) Montgomery, 30, died at the scene of a crash at the intersection of State Hwy. 97 E. and Houston Street around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. Montgomery, a native of the area, was travelling east on Hwy. 97 on a […]

Poteet PD implements body-cameras

The Poteet Police Department recently upgraded to a high-tech in-car video system, along with body-cameras for all officers, said Poteet Police Chief Plutarco Castro. It is known as the 4RE system by Watchguard, with wireless upgrades. “It allows for downloads from the cars, directly to the station. Before, it had to be downloaded manually,” said Chief Castro. Bruce Hickman, Code […]

St. Philip’s presents Intocable, Fowler, team roping this Sunday

Drawing on their successes over the past few years, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church annual festival will once again serve more than food, fun and games. Over the years it has transformed into 12 hours of fun, with a heavy emphasis on music. This year, the fundraiser features a team roping challenge, too, with #11 and #9 incentive, 6 elite […]

Smoke alarms for Atascosa County families

On Saturday October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m., at the Atascosa County Courthouse, Attorney Wyatt Wright will donate 2,800 smoke alarms to the Atascosa County Fire Marshal’s Office. The county’s 11 volunteer fire departments will install them at no charge in the homes of families that cannot afford them. No family should be without smoke alarms. THEY SAVE LIVES! Through […]

St. Philip Mini Fest

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church Come out to the Strawberry Festival Grounds this Sunday, October 12 for the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church Team Roping Challenge and concert. Gates open from noon to midnight, tickets are $10, 12 and under are free. Featured will be Intocable, Kevin Fowler and Solido. Bring the kids out to the carnival where wristbands for […]


The Way I See It

Scammers have a special place in hell

I got a phone call Monday morning from my friend Thelma Cardwell-Cale informing me of a scam that almost convinced her to send $2,000 to her grandson. On the line was her “grandson”, though he addressed her as “Grandma” – not her grandmother name – and she said it didn’t sound like him. He said that he had been sick. […]

National Newspaper Week

What do you care most about in life? Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc. That’s our world, our “sphere of influence.” […]

State Capital Highlights

Frontrunning candidates appear in debate forums

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, onehour broadcast debates last week. Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept. 29. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and […]

Texas Politics

Debate season? Don’t blink

Well, that didn’t take long. The debate season for the Nov. 4 general election lasted just 11 days. Sept. 19 to Sept. 30. That was the distance between the first debate in the governor’s contest between Republican Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, and Democratic opponent, state Sen. Wendy Davis. In between the two gubernatorial debates, sort of, was one on Sept. […]