Reduce your carbon footprint this holiday season



The holiday season is typically one when everything is done bigger and better. Excess may run supreme, and for those who are concerned about how their actions impact the environment, such excess can clash with their ideals. The following are some effects the holidays can have on the environment and changes anyone can make to still enjoy the festivities and […]

State Capital Highlights

Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s announcement on immigration

President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 announced his decision to take executive action on immigration because Congress has not acted on immigration reform to address the presence and inflow of undocumented residents. “In order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation, these undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and unlawful permanent residents would have to: Have been here […]

Texas Politics

Democratic top of ticket moves on

The first-ever female ticket for Texas governor and lieutenant governor – Democratic state Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio – couldn’t win the Nov. 4 election. They couldn’t buck Texas’ Red-State Republican habit of the past two decades. But both are obviously staying active in politics. Van de Putte has decided to […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Hirin’ a Cowboy

There’s an old saying that “A cowboy is born, not made.” However, I’d like to propose that if you’re hirin’ a cowboy to help you take care of your stock, you might look twice You can’t necessarily assume that because he’s got a black hat and is broke, that he’s a cowboy. He might need a little educatin’ to your […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Strawberries okay in cold temps

Q. I planted strawberries this fall. They look pretty good. Do I have to protect them from the cold? Do they need to be fertilized? What about insects? A. Most winters, strawberries do fine without cold protection. Snails, slugs and pill bugs will eat the fruit in the spring and may attack foliage this winter. Every few weeks apply some […]

Sen. Zaffirini lauds arrival of crisis mental health facility for area



(LAREDO)- Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on Friday joined regional leaders and mental health advocates in celebrating the groundbreaking of a new crisis mental health facility at Camino Real Community Services in Atascosa County. Camino Real is the authority providing services for persons with mental illnesses and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to nine rural counties, including five in Senate […]

Writer’s Roost

‘Big time’ columnist pulled wool over my young eyes

Most of us are enamored of “celebrity.” Even those of us in the hardened press corps find big names somewhat intriguing although, after a lengthy servitude, we tend to do so with a great many reservations. In the early years of my newspapering life, when I began my “orbit” of the Houston metropolitan area as an editor-publisher of small town […]

Commissioners’ Court approves D.A.’s resolution for border prosecution unit grant for 2015 fiscal year




Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtSpecial MeetingNovember 24 , 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 Atascosa County Justice of the Peace Orlando […]

Pleasanton Express Christmas Story Contest!



Once again, the Pleasanton Express will sponsor the “Brush Country Christmas Story” Contest. The story can be fiction or true; humorous or serious. The Pleasanton Express will pay the two winners $50 each– one for the serious story category and one for the humorous story category. Stories are limited to a maximum of 750 words and the deadline for receiving […]

Lighted Christmas Parade set for Dec. 6




Robert Earl Wood invites the community to the annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Pleasanton, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6. Judging of the entries will begin at 6 p.m. and the parade will kick off about 6:30 p.m. “The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Posse have sponsored this event since 2009, explained Wood. “People really look forward to this parade.” The festive event […]


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