State Capital Highlights

Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budgetwriting duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated […]

Texas Politics

Tax cuts vs. Debt payoff vs. more $$ for Education

The battles over budget priorities that the Texas Legislature goes through every two years are already well under way. Some, including Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the Senate’s new presiding officer, say tax cuts are a top priority. Others – like Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler – caution against promising tax cuts before carefully evaluating state needs – like shoring up […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Just Friends

I can’t remember his number. I don’t call him often enough. His birthday always escapes me ‘cause I don’t keep up with that stuff. And I’m lucky if I see him even once or twice a year But I’m really not complainin’ ‘cause we’re still close, we’re just not near. I recognize his daughter’s voice. I remember when she was […]

Writer’s Roost

Not remembering a date is symptom of CRS disease

Memory is a big deal as we age. Some of us in the septuagenarian generation can handle long term/long ago remembrance, while others do well with short term recollection, things that happened in the recent past. What prompted this examination of memory is a recent mistake with a special date, my youngest brother’s birthday. I called to issue a “have […]

City of Pleasanton requests and receives endorsement for its Legislative Agenda for 2015




Atascosa CountyCommissioners’ CourtRegular MeetingFebruary 9, 20159:00 a.m.Ordered byHon. Bob Hurley,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 Bob Hurley asked for public comments from those properly making that […]

Complaints heard on council member




Potential good news on the Poteet Public Library was the first item on the agenda for the Poteet City Council. The old Aranaga building, downtown, is available for purchase. It contains 6,300 square feet and is in decent condition. Janice Smith, representing the Library Advisory Board, said they had toured the building and were impressed with what they can do […]

Brush/bulky pick-up starts March 16 for Pleasanton residents



The next city-wide clean up for Pleasanton starts Monday, March 16. The city will be divided into three areas and three weeks, with each week focusing on one area. One will run March 16-20. The area east of Hwy. 281 and north of the Industrial Park and may set out bulky waste starting March 2. •Week Two- March 23-27. The […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Kumquats Q&A

Q. What good are kumquats? My neighbor has one, but he doesn’t seem to use the fruit. A. Kumquat fruit is different but tasty. You eat the whole fruit, peeling and all. The pulp is bland but the skin is tart. I believe they are also used in salads and other recipes. I grow kumquats in half whiskey barrels. They […]

Poteet Strawberry Festival Court



FBC Poteet Senior Adult Program



February is here and love is in the air! We invite everyone to First Baptist Church in Poteet for our monthly Senior Adult Program on Tuesday, Feb. 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This month we will feature Dick Walker who will entertain us with his fiddle and inspirational message. A love offering will be taken to help Dick with his […]


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