Texas Politics

Abbott, Patrick talking is simpler than doing

New Texas governor Greg Abbott seems to be reaching out beyond his Republican base. After 12 years as Texas attorney general, he also seems to be toning down the adversarial position he took over Texas laws, and while campaigning. Abbott may be recalling lessons learned as a district judge, and Texas Supreme Court justice, considering all sides, not just his […]

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‘Soul Bubba’ needed a complete self-recycling job

Truthfully, many of us have pasts we’d just as soon forget except, perhaps, the resurrection of some episodes might serve as cautions and detours to others. This piece is written in that hope. Those in creative professions, it seems, tend to be more susceptible to the misguided notion that the “pressures” of such endeavors call for induced relaxation. That becomes […]

Plant Q & A Texas A&M

Herbicide Q&A

Q. I understand it is time to apply an herbicide to prevent sandburs. Which one do you recommend? If I apply the herbicide will it prevent wildflowers from growing? A. Yes. It is time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent sandburs from germinating. The products Amaze, XL and Crabgrass Preventer work well. They work best with a second application […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Vegetarian’s guide to Cowboys

Many myths have been promulgated that have fostered a misunderstanding of cowboys by herbivores. It is incumbent on me to shed some light on this subject for my vegetarian readers. MYTH #1) Cowboys are mean to cows This myth may be reinforced by the cowboy’s habit of roping cows for sport, branding their young and primping them like poodles at […]

Brush/bulky pick-up begins



The city-wide clean up for Pleasanton started Monday, March 16. The city will be divided into three areas and three weeks, with each week focusing on one area. •Week 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 […]

FLASHBACK: Construction to start on Mercy Hospital this summer



60 Years ago- The proposed $375,000 Mercy Hospital at Jourdanton seems nearly sure to become a reality, and construction is likely to start this summer. Leon Steinle, one of the leaders in the fund drive, disclosed this week that approximately $174,000 has been raised in cash or pledges. “We need just about $25,000 more,” he said. The hospital association has […]

Eagle Ford Shale STEPS initiative promotes safety, health and environmental improvement




The Eagle Ford Shale Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network, commonly known as the STEPS Network, promotes safety, health and environmental improvement in the exploration and production of oil and gas in the Eagle Ford Shale, South Texas. STEPS Network affiliation meetings began at Cowboy Fellowship Church in January, 2014, when it was chartered and organized. Its framework conception […]

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