Senate passes version of 2016-17 state budget

The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget. Because the House- and Senateapproved budgets are $1.6 billion apart, five Senate members and five House members will be appointed to a conference committee to resolve differences. The Senate’s version of the budget totals $211 billion in state and federal funds to pay for state services […]

Abbott priority Pre-K or tax-cuts?

New Gov. Greg Abbott has an interesting opportunity to build a reputation as the father of Texas investing in educating the state’s children as soon as possible. He’s part way there already. But he may fall victim to pledges that are at cross purposes. On the one hand, he has named Pre-Kindergarten as his number one priority. At his request, […]

Local icon, governor impressive duo in news coverage

Show me a 20-yearold today who isn’t intimidated by celebrities, particularly the governor of your state and I’ll…well… I’d attended college for two years and sort of ran out of money. A job came open at my hometown newspaper. Since I could live at home, I would have no room and board costs and could afford to take the $45 […]

Making Ol’ Bay famous

Picture this; a panoramic background, the green Okanogan Valley, pines and quakies with contrasting colors of a splendid autumn springtime. The artistic eye discerns a lone riderless horse, a bay with 4 white socks and a blaze standing, reins hanging down, and a white flag hooked over the saddle horn. As the flag comes into focus, the mind begins to […]

Pay-it-forward meal appreciated

On Friday, April 17, a friend and I ate lunch at Cancun Restaurant in Pleasanton. When I went to pay, I was told that someone had already paid for our meal. I would like to thank this person for his kindness. It was truly appreciated. Florence Stanush Pleasanton

FLASHBACK: ‘Clean-Up Follies of ‘55’ get rave notices

60 Years ago- The city of Pleasanton has a new 500-gallon water tank for sprinkling city streets-and you can’t beat what the city paid. Ernest Wehman gave the city a damaged 50-gallon storage tank. Harry Rogers of the Atascosa Machine and Engineering Co. repaired the tank and built and reinstalled a sprinkling bar. Harry didn’t charge the city for his […]


Bulk waste/brush pick-up set for Jourdanton

City residents may begin setting out their bulk trash and brush beginning the weekend of April 25th in preparation for citywide pick-up which begins the first week in May. All items must be placed curbside no later than May 1st to be included in this pick-up which is the first of two scheduled for this year. Residents are not required […]

Christi Craddick lectures at Texas Tech University Energy Law Lecture Series


Monday, April 20, Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick served as a guest lecturer at Texas Tech University School of Law’s Energy Law Lecture Series in Lubbock, Texas. Chairman Craddick discussed the current state of the Texas energy industry and the Commission’s role in protecting Texans, our natural resources and providing a stable regulatory environment for the oil and gas industry. […]

TIPRO Applauds Texas House of Representatives for Passing House Bill 40

Legislation affirms state’s exclusive jurisdiction of oil and natural gas development

Austin, TX – Today the Texas House of Representatives officially approved passage of House Bill 40, a legislative measure that affirms the state’s exclusive jurisdiction over oil and natural gas development in Texas. The bill also preserves the ability of municipalities to address surface related issues incident to oil and gas development, as long as they are considered commercially reasonable. […]

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