The Way I See It

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas now

I ’m one of THOSE people. You know the ones who actually look forward to Christmas music on the radio. Imagine my surprise when I tuned into Q109.1 before Thanksgiving and they had already started mixing in some holiday tunes! Happy? Yep. I’ve had it on that station the entire time. Plus, at home I’ve been listening to them on […]

State Capital Highlights

State contract with tech firm prompts calls for probe

State Sen. John Whitmire, DHouston, on Dec. 18 requested that the special prosecution unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office “begin a formal and thorough investigation” into transactions between the State of Texas and 21CT, a software intelligence firm with offices here and in Vienna, Virginia. Information about the transactions came to light via an ongoing investigation and stories […]

Texas Politics

Texas has several dogs in GOP presidential battle

Texans can look forward to having at least four possible competitors for the 2016 presidential ticket with Texas connections. Obviously, there’s outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, and freshman U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Less obvious, but nonetheless connected to Texas is Houston-born former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The fourth is another United States senator — though from Kentucky, not Texas — Rand […]

Writer’s Roost

He didn’t get out New Year’s Eve with amateur drunks

When someone asks me what I’m going to do on New Year’s Eve, I usually tell them I’m going to be at home in my comfortable recliner watching something representative of the holiday, most likely a football game. I’m not quite a teetotaler — I do have a glass of good white wine on occasion, generally with or just before […]

On the Edge of Common Sense


I ran into a mental inventor a while back and it put me to thinkin’. You know the kinda person I’m talkin’ about, the ones that get the ideas that years later someone else makes money on. Take for instance, that fellow who rolled the first stogie and smoked it. Chances are he tried several kinds of flammable organic herbage […]

Commissioners’ Court discusses dedication of roads, IH37 in memory of fallen officers

Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtSpecial MeetingDecember 22, 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, Atascosa County Justice of the Peace Jackie Bodden, Pct. 4, requested appropriate action […]

Baseball fields could see new life in off season in PISD

The beauty of the baseball fields at the Pleasanton schools has attracted the Baseball Country, a group of coaches, pro players and members of the San Antonio Police Department to the area. Fidel Villegas said they would like to hold tournaments in Pleasanton and bring the Police Athletic League to the kids here. They have other places in mind, but […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Lantana: Q&A

Q. What is it with the lantanas this year? They are blooming everywhere. A. Yes, our native lantana, Lantana horrida, is making a good show. There are a number of bloom colors with most crème and pink or a crème and orange. The weather characteristics stimulated this unusual bloom period. Notice that the spreading lavender lantana is also blooming, but […]


FTS International completes acquisition of J-W Wireline

Two Pleasanton oilfield service firms have come together through a company wide merger where FTS International (FTSI) has acquired J-W Wireline Company (J-W Wireline). FTSI has a huge service complex at 3195 Coughran Rd., south of Pleasanton. J-W Wireline is located northeast of Pleasanton at 6921 FM 1784. FTS International, the largest independent well completion service company in North America, […]