Jourdanton officer fatally shoots man




A 43-year-old Jourdanton man, Rick McClendon, died after a confrontation with Jourdanton police officers on Tuesday, January 13. At around 11:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on Olive Street. Officers tried to subdue McClendon after he allegedly charged after the officers wielding a knife and a pipe. An officer attempted tasing him and was unsuccessful. He was then […]

Youth ready to shine at Livestock Show




After months of hard work, 515 local 4-H and FFA youth will see how well their livestock and mechanic projects measure up at the 61st annual Atascosa Livestock Show. Last year, Hunter Norment sold his Grand Champion Steer for $16,500. The Heavy Exotic was purchased by Wiley Lease, Co. LTD, Glazer Distributing, Dewey Bellows Operations, QC, Mac Haik Southway Ford, […]

Gaitan killed in one car crash in Poteet




The Charlotte community is mourning the loss of 34-year-old Juan Gaitan Jr., who died after crashing his car this past weekend in Poteet. According to Poteet Police Chief Plutarco Castro, on Sunday, Jan. 11, at about 5:30 p.m. a jogger passing by noticed a vehicle flipped over in the School Drive creek bed. The jogger then called the Poteet Police […]

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The Way I See It

Things that go bump

I ’ve had a few, shall we say, close encounters of another kind in my life. When it comes to ghost spectres, I am not one bit skeptical. I’ll share just a bit of my experiences. Sitting in our Express office late at night when I’m the only one here, I’ll often hear a squeaky chair in the back portion […]

Poteet Community Grange wants bank window open



After many requests and over six months of disappointing results, the Poteet Community Grange is urging Wells Fargo Bank-Poteet Texas to re-open the drivethrough window. It has been closed for over six months leaving the customers no service at the window. After talking to officials from the east coast to the west coast about the situation, directives were sent back […]

Thank you Judge Bautista



Just couldn’t let Judge Bautista go from office without a word of gratitude! This woman has been in law enforcement and politics and I know her to be someone who will do what she says she’ll do. Before she became judge in Atascosa County she accompanied our Water Watchers to many meetings concerning water issues. She continued to fight with […]

State Capital Highlights

Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts. The Legislature convenes Jan. 13. Agencies or institutions of higher education, under the proposal, would have to meet new […]

Texas Politics

Dan Patrick is right, but is he correct?

Few politicians these days, in Texas or elsewhere, have wrapped themselves in the flag of Jesus Christ more than the new lieutenant governor, Republican Dan Patrick. A campaign website was called “Stand For Christ – Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor.” “I placed ‘In God We Trust’ in the State Senate,” boasts the conservative radio talk show host, who will preside […]

Writer’s Roost

What do people learn at professional conventions

There are all kinds of conventions and everyone who attends one has stories to tell. We’ve all heard or read about conventions that are wild and woolly, some that are sedate and those of each kind that are filled with uplifting and informative programs. In my three-quarters of a century of living, I’ve been to some of both kinds. Probably […]


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