State Capital Highlights

New mix of lawmakers, officially heading for Austin

When the 84th Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13 and oaths of office are administered, the political party split will be 21 Republicans to 10 Democrats in the 31-member Senate, and 98 Republicans to 52 Democrats in the 150-member House. The composition and leadership of committees, the flow of legislation through those committees and control of floor debate will be […]


The Way I See It

Plus one

On December 27, our family grew by one with the marriage of my daughter Allison and new son-in-law Taylor. Well, at least officially. He became a part of our family almost immediately when it was apparent that “he” was the one for “her” a couple of years ago. For 12 months we got to plan their wedding. The eclectic theme […]


December 30, 2014 - January 5, 2015

Accident, Minor on Oaklawn Dr. (2), San Antonio St., Hwy 97, Oak Valley Dr.Assault on Oaklawn Dr.Burglary of a Habitation on Frances St.Criminal Mischief on Oaklawn, Water St., Depot, Virginia St.Disturbance on Market St., Frances, The Lane, Trade St.Driving While Intoxicated on Oaklawn Dr., Fifth St.Harassment on Oaklawn Dr.Possession of Controlled Substance on Second St.Possession of Marijuana on Johnson St.Public […]

Klinge to speak at Civic Center

Brad Klinge of Everyday Paranormal will speak at the Pleasanton Civic Center on Saturday, January 17 beginning at 5:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Pleasanton Public Library and is free and open to all. Seating is limited, but tickets can be picked up at the Library or online. Check the Friends’ Facebook page for the […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Manly Arts

People ask where I got my mittens, my saddle blanket, my wild rag, my dog’s muffler, my colorful selection of pot holders that hang in my tackroom. I always change the subject, but the time has come to confess. So there I was in the wilds of the high desert on a cow camp in the early fall, riding three […]


Shalimar burglary

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a FIVE THOUSAND-DOLLAR cash reward being offered for one week only will help solve a burglary of a residence located in the 400 block of Dawnridge, located in the Shalimar Subdivision off of TX HWY 16. On December 27, 2014 at about 12:00 p.m. sheriff’s deputies were dispatched […]

Hands off on devices in S.A.

Texas may not have passed a distracted driving bill just yet, but if motorists are heading to the Alamo City, beware of their new law which went into effect January 1. Handheld cell phone use by drivers is now illegal in San Antonio. Under the new San Antonio law, motorists are banned from holding the devices to make phone calls, […]

Two arrested for firefighter’s murder

Four days after the murder of Primrose volunteer firefighter Todd Daniel Hayney on January 1, the second of two suspects was arrested. On Thursday, William Timothy Garcia of San Antonio was charged with murder after he had been taken into custody on an alleged drug charge. Garcia had been seen walking away from the crime scene. The second suspect, Ricardo […]

‘Indian Joe’ murdered

A well-known handyman in Poteet was murdered on December 29. When the death of Manuel “Indian Joe” Cantu, 66, hit social media, many folks responded and sent their condolences. One person has been arrested, Lori Beth Armstrong, 50, but no motives or much information has been shared since it is still under investigation. Cantu’s nickname stemmed from his bandanna headband […]