February 17 - February 23, 2015

Accident – Goodwin, Hwy. 97Accident, Hit and Run – OaklawnAccident, Minor – Hunt, Oaklawn, Val VerdeAssault – Main St., Fourth St.Burglary, Vehicle – Stadium Dr., Crownhill, OaklawnCredit Card Abuse – OaklawnCriminal Trespass – OakridgeDisturbance – Fount, Sanchez, Main St., San Antonio,Patrick St., Oaklawn (2), Harl, Grant, Southway St., OakHavenPossession of Marijuana – GoodwinReckless Driver – Oaklawn, GoodwinTheft – Bensdale ( […]

The Way I See It

Adieu to Mentalist, 2.5

I ’m a big baby when it comes to telling people goodbye. It seems I don’t do well when TV shows end, too. I got hooked on The Mentalist its first season. Reason 1 – Simon Baker was just too cute. He was a rapscallion with toussled hair who had such sadness, sweetness plus revenge for his nemesis – for […]

How to slow down your life

I t’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you. You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, […]

State Capital Highlights

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend, reduce, and eliminate unnecessary […]

Texas Politics

Abbott: Bread and butter issues - except Health Care

The principal issues when he came into office in 1973 were things like schools, highways, prisons, and health care, former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby used to say. When he left state government 18 years later, in 1991, Hobby said, the major issues were health care, schools, highways and prisons. Those issues didn’t go away. They continued to be important. Add […]

Writer’s Roost

Prison process progresses in punishment preparation

Over the years, several factors have influenced my interest in our Texas prison system. A close proximity at times to the system, some friendships and a newsman’s natural curiosity (sometimes morbid) are among those factors bringing the process into my occasional view in a six-decade exposure to news events and newsmakers. It has often been fascinating viewing. Naturally, major events […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Headline Oddities

“WHOLE FOODS SALE OF RABBIT MEAT SPARKS PROTEST!” Humm? Animal activists compare rabbits to dogs and cats. They are often kept as pets. So are mice, pigs, guppies, weasels and snakes. Do these protestors sit around brain storming their next great cause? I can see rabbit rescue facilities forever raising funds, BLM adoption programs and eventually feral rabbits being shipped […]

Eagle Scout Fehr gives report to Court on Scouting’s 105 years

Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court Special Meeting February 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. Ordered by Hon. 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 Special Meeting of the Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bob Hurley asked for Pleasanton […]

FLASHBACK: Dallas Cowboys coming to Jourdanton

60 Years ago- Voters in the Charlotte school district will ballot Saturday on whether or not to build a new $200,000 building for Charlotte high school. If the bond issue carries, the new building will be constructed to house grades seven through twelve and the present junior high school building would be dismantled according to Supt. Roy C.A. Butler. City […]

College Fair Day at CBC, March 4

The Pleasanton campus of Coastal Bend College will be having its College Fair Day on Wednesday, March 4. Keynote speaker for the event will be Geno Vargas with Workforce Solutions at Coastal Bend. His theme will be Goal Setting and Decision Making. Check-In, introduction of instructors and programs will be at 9:00 a.m., followed by the keynote address by Vargas […]

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