It’s berry time in Poteet

68th Strawberry Festival April 10-12

What began as a small town festival to encourage returning servicemen to farm strawberries in the sandy fields back in 1948, has blossomed to a huge event that attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the nation. Strawberry Festival celebrates their 68th year of its famously bright red and sweet fruit this weekend beginning Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April […]

$7,500 reward offered for Most Wanted Fugitive

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added James Lee Matley, 40, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. The Texas Chicano Brotherhood gang member has a violent criminal history and is currently wanted for parole violation. All tips […]

Pleasanton ISD 2015 Bond answers voters’ concerns

Community meeting Thurs., April 9 at 6 p.m.

About a month from now, voters in the Pleasanton Independent School District will be able to vote in the 2015 bond election. Two earlier attempts failed and the school district formed a Long Range Planning committee and held several meetings to gather information from the public. The $63 million bond has addressed many of the concerns voters had and plans […]

CBC Pleasanton gears up for annual Community Ties event on Tuesday Proclamation to be signed for Atascosa Citizens in Action

PLEASANTON, TX- The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Pleasanton site is thrilled to announce that they will host their annual Community Ties event at 1411 Bensdale Road on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. The family friendly event is open to all Pleasanton and surrounding area community members. Families can enjoy games, live entertainment and a huge slide, […]

Strawberry Fest – one of the best

It takes so much to plan an event. Think about it. Even the most simple party takes some planning, some thought, some financial support and some organization. OK, now multiply this by 1000 or so and you have what it takes to carry off Strawberry Festival. Really. A daunting task for even a well seasoned group such as the Strawberry […]

AACOG Housing and Energy Conservation Program

Are you frustrated by the high cost of utility bills in the summer and winter? If your response is yes, AACOG’s Housing and Energy Conservation Program may be for you. Trained Technicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to evaluate the areas of your home that are in need of weatherization upgrades and design a unique energy conservation package that will help […]

House passes state budget after long debate

After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion. The vote was 141 in favor to 5 against, with nay votes cast by Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview; Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler; freshman Matt Rinaldi, […]

Pre-K too important to wait

A t the start of the current legislative session, new Gov. Greg Abbott named expanded Pre- Kindergarten as the first of five matters he designated as emergencies. Emergency status gives the Legislature permission to go ahead and fast-track a bill during the first 60 days of the 140-day session. It also makes it pretty clear that the governor considers it […]

Ft. Parker State Park more than history to teenagers

“Hey, whatcha doin’ Saturday night?” “Goin’ to Ft. Parker to do some dancin’. You?” That was a typical inquiry and response in my teen years and the question and response here might tend to be a bit confusing to a minor history buff. Ft. Parker is a replica of the original fort and settlement in early Texas by the Parker […]

Take Care of Yer Friends

Friend is a word that I don’t throw around Though it’s used and abused, I still like the sound. I save if for people who’ve done right by me And I know I can count on if ever need be. Some of my friends drive big limousines Own ranches and banks and visit with queens. And some of my friends […]