Funding for Texas public scbools can’t stay frozen in time




Several days before the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature convenes on January 13, newly elected Comptroller Glenn Hegar will release his first official revenue estimate—the document that will guide legislators as they proceed to write a 2015- 2016 budget for state government. Based upon the revenue updates that have been issued in recent months by outgoing Comptroller Susan Combs, […]

Remembering a True Public Servant ‘James Walter Maxwell Jr. 1934-2014’



Our old court reporter friend, Jim Maxwell passed away on 18 October 2014 after a long illness-80 years of age. Jim and his wife Cyndia, together with their family, lived in Pleasanton for many years. The 81st Judicial District of Texas is a very large district, consisting of 5 counties-Karnes, Wilson, Atascosa, Frio and La Salle. For many years this […]

The time is now!



The population of San Antonio is predicted to almost double in the next twenty-five years. That means more businesses and more prople will require more water. Where do you think SAWS plans on getting that extra water? From their neighbors and Atascosa County being one of them. The time is now for the Evergreen Water District, Commissioners Court, Cities businesses, […]

State Capital Highlights

Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. Perry also urged Congress to pass legislation “to provide the resources necessary to secure our southern border.” Perry’s announcements […]

Texas Politics

Two respected officials memorialized in Texas Senate

Two of the best-respected officials of the Texas Senate in the last half century, and perhaps ever, were recently memorialized in that chamber on successive days. On Friday, Dec. 5, there was a well-attended ceremony honoring former state Sen. Ray Farabee. He died Nov. 20, two days before his 82nd birthday. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the other Senate fixture, Betty […]

Writer’s Roost

Tough guy attitude: ‘Ain’t gonna hurt none of me’

Being raised in a small town where most people didn’t have much, forced many to scrape and scramble to make a living. Pride in supporting yourself and your family was a strong motivation for most folks I knew in my growing up years. Standing on your own two feet was the mantra of that period I am inclined to describe […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Harvest tomatoes now

Q. Is it worthwhile to continue to try and protect the tomatoes and peppers from cold temperatures? My fruit is large, but it is all splitting and the worms are attacking it! A. We have received other reports of quality issues after the sixth or seventh day of the cold snap we had in mid- November. One option is to […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Try me, a rodeo story

When Marvin Garrett nodded his head, no one knew that eight seconds later the Thomas and Mack Arena would be covered with goose bumps. Marvin drew “Try Me” in the fourth round at the National Finals Rodeo 1989. He marked her out and hung the steel to’er like the rods on a Union Pacific driver! “Try Me” jumped the track! […]

FLASHBACK: Highway 281 to have four lanes



60 Years ago- Estimates indicate the state highway commission will spend more than two million dollars-$2,100,000- to convert Highway 281 into a four-lane highway from a mile south of Pleasanton to the Bexar County line. At the same time the state estimated that it would spend $229,000 in widening and improving highway 281 through Pleasanton and North Pleasanton. •Two murder […]

Court recognizes Porter upon his retirement as Chairman of Atascosa County Historical Commission




Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtRegular MeetingDecember 8, 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 Regular Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bautista requested appropriate action on behalf of District Attorney Rene Peña […]


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