Farewell ‘Wild Bill’

The news of Pleasanton Express Co-publisher William B. “Bill” Wilkerson’s death last Thursday, April 30, has left many people in shock. He had recently turned 86 on April 12 and had been hospitalized briefly. Early Years Bill and his wife Judy moved to Pleasanton in 1974, taking over the Express in 1975. They purchased the paper from Ruth Daetwyler, widow […]

Amendments to Home Rule Charter to be decided by voters Saturday, May 9

The numbers have been sluggish in early voting for Pleasanton’s amendments to the Home Rule Charter. It could be because there are no councilmembers nor mayor running for office. But, there are four amendments the ballot which need to be decided. One is about term limits, another is compensation changes for the mayor and councilmembers. The third adds a subparagraph […]

Early numbers are in

For those who didn’t take advantage of voting early, Saturday’s elections will hopefully see voters heading to the polls in Pleasanton and Poteet. They will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. While a voter registration card is not necessary to vote, a valid photo identification is needed. Pleasanton ISD 699 early voters have cast their ballots for the […]

Wilkerson’s first column in the Pleasanton Express – ‘Get With It’

EDITOR’S NOTE – Looking up information, we found this in our back issues of the Pleasanton Express and thought it would be appropriate to share Bill Wikerson’s first column he wrote on January 8, 1975. I feel like the groom at the altar. I know that this is probably the happiest day of my life, but can’t help but be […]

Wm. B. ‘Wild Bill’ Wilkerson … -30-

The Way I See It

For many of our community members, readers and advertisers, the Wilkerson Publishing sign on our front porch is recognized as the family name of our fearless leaders and owners of the Pleasanton Express. Even though Judy and Bill retired to Austin back in 1989, their guidance and their love for this community remained a constant factor. Moving here in 1974, […]

House, Senate produce disparate version of tax relief

State Capital Highlights

Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Speaker Joe Straus lauded the preliminary approval of House Bill 31, legislation to reduce the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, resulting in a $2.66 billion revenue decrease, and […]

Abbott panders to wacko-birds

Texas Politics

It probably didn’t brighten new Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s day when an open letter to him from a former Republican legislator referred to “idiots” in its opening sentence. Abbott had managed to look pretty good lately, simply by not being as in-your-face outspoken as new Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The governor sidestepped Patrick’s effort to draw him into a […]

Introverted, timid or bashful … or all of the above

Writer’s Roost

Everyone knows someone who is introverted, timid, shy or bashful. Of course, none of those labels imply criminality or wrongdoing of any kind. Anyone who has known me for the past 30-35 years would laugh at any inference of timidity or bashfulness on my part. It’s true that I’m no longer a wallflower at most social gatherings, particularly if there […]

A Chance Meeting

On the Edge of Common Sense

I was at a Farm Bureau meeting and scheduled to be on their program. I stepped off the elevator and a darkhaired lady greeted me in the corridor. “Does anybody tell you that you look like Sam Elliot?” she said, “My husband just loves your stuff. Your column is what he turns to the first thing. I can’t tell you […]

FLASHBACK: Deputies surround local business after bomb threat

60 Years ago- The preliminaries are out of the way, and the C of C’s annual clean-up campaign officially opens Monday with trash pick-up in Pleasanton. “Have your trash in containers on your curb early Monday morning for the pick-up,” advises L. L. Meriwether, C of C clean-up chairman, adding that trash must be in containers which one man can […]