Sweepstakes winner Reyes breaks auction record

Grand Champion strawberries bring $14,800

This year’s Strawberry Grower of the Year, David E. Reyes, captured both the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion title, making him the seventh grower to win Sweepstakes in the festival’s history. His berries were judged prior to the Poteet Strawberry Festival Auction. His crate of winning Albion berries sold for $14,800 on April 11. The primary bids were $6,000 […]

Pearsall officer dies in wreck, two sent via AirLife



Pearsall Police Officer Michael Villarreal was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision with a 1-ton pickup pulling a trailer on Sunday afternoon in Dobrowolski. The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. He was pronounced dead at the scene according to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward. A 17-year-old juvenile prisoner, being transferred to the Atascosa County Jail, was […]

Healthy Woman’s Gala features “The Biggest Loser’s” Abby Rike



The 10th Annual Healthy Woman’s Gala is fast approaching and it promises to be a great ladies night out. This year the gala will be held at the Pleasanton Civic Center Thursday, April 23rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is for women and gives ladies a chance for a fun night out. The event is larger than […]

Atascosa Citizens in Action meeting set



Newly-organized ‘Atascosa Citizens in Action’ will meet at the Pleasanton Civic Center, Thursday, April 16, from 11 until 2. Food and beverages will be provided. The Institute for Economic Development at University of Texas at San Antonio will have representatives present. UTSA’s Eagle Ford Shale Community Development Program (EFSCDP) was created in partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration in […]

Third time’s a charm?



What’s the old saying “Third times a charm?” I certainly hope that it is true … especially now with the Pleasanton ISD Bond election coming up in a few weeks. Two other elections have failed, but this time … I believe that they have a winner. A committee was formed – including those who supported and did not support both […]

STAAR is not the measure of good teaching

Teachers are worth more than $27,500 a year

STAAR is not the measure of good teaching, and teachers are worth more than $27,540 a year! Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on Senate passage of SB 893: It’s odd that while parents, educators and even a majority of legislators have spoken out against the overemphasis on standardized testing, […]

Senate passes bill to make Public Integrity Unit



Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9. Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of Public Safety, would reestablish and […]

Sausage and Laws: Better not watch either made



Laws are Like Sausages. Better Not to See Them Being Made.” That 19th-century saying is attributed to Otto von Bismarck, or John Godfrey Saxe, or maybe someone else. But lots of stuff goes into making sausage, and laws, and watching either process too closely might provoke nausea. The Texas Legislature meets just 140 days every two years, during the first […]

Making mistakes is normal and ‘fessing up should be



I t is said that males make more mistakes than females. That may or may not be true. What is true is that male pride often makes the “stronger” sex less apt to confess to an error in judgment. Thankfully, I learned at an early age that confession is good for the soul or whatever curative that humble stripping down […]

Cow Psychologist



Doc, I’ve got a heifer that just had a calf. She’s not accepting it very well. Can I bring her in for psycowlogical counseling?” It all started with that call from the worried cowman. My veterinary specialty of cow psycowlogy has gained popularity since my article appeared. It was titled Paranoia in Dairy Cows (Doctor, somebody’s always tryin’ to take […]


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