State Capital Highlights

Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/ or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls. Democrats Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte lost by wide margins to Republicans Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. In the Abbott- […]

Texas Politics

Election 2014: Bad day for Democrats

Lagging in the polls, Democratic governor candidate Wendy Davis and the voter turnout group Battleground Texas predicted the actual election results Nov. 4 would be surprising. They were, but in the wrong direction. Davis got tromped by Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott in the governor’s contest, losing by more than 20 percent. And the overall turnout actually dropped from the last […]

Writer’s Roost

How competitive are you? I want to trounce Ol’ Sol’!

There’s something about Americans. We’ve convinced ourselves that we’re The Best. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with that. Over the nearly two and a half centuries since we kicked ol’ King George’s tail and turned “the colonies” into the U.S. of A., we’ve developed this winner’s mentality… “We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!” “Knock that chip off my shoulder! […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Keepin’ busy

Skip, whattya doin’ now days?” “Oh, I’m doin’ a little day work for Irsik and ridin’ two green colts for $50 a month. I think I’ve just about sold that load of salvage lumber I traded Mr. Jolly out of. Some guy came by the other day and wants me to audition for the Marlboro Man. Said they pay pretty […]

Fountains at Bonita Creek luxury apartments coming to Pleasanton at Oaklawn and Winship

Ground work and land preparation is being done now. Soon, local developer, Greg DiCaro, will break ground for construction of a new, modern apartment complex. Site of the apartments, to be known as Fountains at Bonita Creek, is on the northeast corner of Oaklawn and Winship in Pleasanton. I asked DiCaro to describe what he’s bringing to Pleasanton and the […]

I bid you all adieu

I have spent the last seven plus years building here at the Pleasanton Express. I used software to build ads, website components, social media contests, blogs and more. But the best thing I’ve constructed is friendships. This Friday will be my last day at the Express. I will be staying at home with my kiddos and tending to family affairs […]

Commissioners’ Court approves final plat of Rancho Arroyo Subdivision


Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtRegular MeetingNovember 10, 20149:00 a.m. Ordered by Hon. 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 Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bautista called on Jimmy Day, EMT-P, Atascosa County EMS, who […]

Brush/bulky pick-up begins Nov. 17

The next city-wide clean up for Pleasanton starts Monday, November 17. You may set your bulk/ brush out starting November 6. The City of Pleasanton appreciates the cooperation of our 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 November […]

Express Energy Services Agrees to be Acquired by Apollo Funds

Express Energy Services (“Express” or the “Company”), a North American oilfield services company, recently announced that funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) and participating management have agreed to acquire the company from its existing shareholders. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Express Energy Services has service facilities just […]


Samantha Muckleroy, a student at Jourdanton High School, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Macy’s Great American Marching Band as one of the select number of students from Texas. The band is celebrating the 88th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and will take an honor position in the parade on Nov. 27. Muckleroy said, “I’m excited […]