2014-12-31 E-Edition

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Texas Politics

Perry’s frozen gas tax hurts transportation, schools

Outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s continuing response to calls to raise the state’s gas tax has truly been “My Way or The Highway.” And “My Way” prevailed over “The Highway” – at least, if you’re for highways built without tolls or taxpayer debt. Perry’s continuing stand against new taxes may be for political reasons – to appeal to the anti-tax […]

State Capital Highlights

Texas notches big year for job creation

A USTIN — 2014 has been a banner year for job creation in Texas, according to government assessments. Drawing on figures calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas Workforce Commission on Dec. 19 reported employers added 34,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in November, for a total of 441,200 jobs added since last year. “This broke the state’s […]

The Way I See It

Another year for the books

When I look around our office and see everyone who is a part of this newspaper family, I’m in awe. The Pleasanton Express has one of the largest newspaper over-the-counter-sales in Texas. We sell over 6400 papers each week through our vendors across the county. Add that to our 2,000+ mail out subscribers and we are still one of the […]


Arson investigation needs info

The Atascosa County Fire Marshal along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a FIVE THOUSAND-DOLLAR cash reward being offered for one week only will help solve a reported arson located in the 700 block of San Antonio Street, located in the city of Pleasanton. On November 26, 2014 at about 6:00 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to the 700 block […]

Brad Klinge to speak on ghosts

Do you like stories about “ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night”? Then mark your calendars for Saturday, January 17. The Friends of the Pleasanton Public Library are sponsoring an event with television personality and paranormal investigator Brad Klinge. This is a free event, but tickets are limited to the capacity of the Civic Center at […]


December 23- December 29, 2014 Accident, Minor on Oaklawn (4), Second St.Accident/Public Intoxication on Goodwin (2)Assault on OaklawnBurglary of a Building on OaklawnBurglary of a Habitation on Virginia St.Burglary of a Vehicle on Smith St., Brush Country, Main,BensdaleCriminal Mischief on Oaklawn (2), Second (2), Main St.,Hwy 97 E.Disturbance on Hunt, Gillette St., Trade St. (2),Oaklawn (3), Eighth St., Virginia, Martin […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Herd Sire

This is one of those stories that sound so unbelievable that you’ll know I didn’t make it up! Mike studied the bloodlines. He checked performance records. He knew his herd like the top two layers of his tool box! He was a good young cattleman. When he decided on the course of action to improve his herd’s genetics he called […]

Gas is back on

Campbellton residents affected

Campbellton residents’ gas supply was interrupted for a few days during this cold weather snap. According to Centerpoint Energy spokesperson Olivia Ross, maintenance had been performed on gas lines about eight miles away by another company and the pipeline operators apparently forgot to turn the gas supply back on and the gas lines bled dry. The outage affected 37 residential […]

Sales use and tax still up from last year

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in November was $2.66 billion, up 10.7 percent compared to November 2013. “The growth in sales tax collections was fueled by increased remittances from both business and consumer driven sectors,” Combs said. “The gains were led by oil and natural gas-related sectors, while collections from retail trade […]