Weather may have been factor in derailment

It was a frightening scene Friday morning on US Highway 281 North– piles of twisted metal and train axles, among overturned railroad cars. A Union Pacific train derailed within the Pleasanton city limits on May 15, near the Wilco Peanut Company. According to Jeff De- Graff, spokesperson with Union Pacific Railroad, the train derailed at about 2:30 a.m. There were […]

Trenches drenched

Many parts of Atascosa County were underwater recently, following the deluge of rain that fell beginning Thursday, May 14. The heavy rainfall caused flood waters to rise rapidly, especially in low-lying areas surrounding businesses and homes. The county remained under flash flood warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings most of the weekend. In Pleasanton, residents in the Oak Forest area were […]


Sweepstakes again!

For the second year in a row, the Pleasanton Express brought home the Sweepstakes award in the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. In all, the newspaper received 13 awards which totaled 750 points, coming in first overall in Division 2. The 77th annual convention’s contest held in Galveston, had 29 newspapers represented, with over 350 entries. First […]

No wrong doing for deputy in Garcia death

Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward has released the results of the investigation into the in-custody death of Macario Cisnero Garcia, 54, of Pleasanton during his arrest by a sheriff’s deputy on October 12, 2014 in Pleasanton. Garcia had been placed under arrest for Evading Arrest with a Vehicle after he failed to stop his vehicle during a traffic stop. According […]

Turn Around Don’t Drown®

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all floodrelated drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force […]

Trailer full of tools taken


The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a FIVE THOUSAND-DOLLAR cash reward being offered for one week only will help solve a theft located in the 10000 block of East TX HWY 97, outside the city limits of Pleasanton. On May 4, 2015 at about 5:00 p.m. sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the BHI yard […]

Appraisal notices for the 2015 property tax year in the mail

If your property value increased a thousand dollars or more in the last year, you will soon receive an appraisal notice from the Atascosa County Appraisal District. The appraisal district mailed about 30,000 appraisal notices starting May 11. Your city, county, school district and other local taxing units will use the appraisal district’s value to set your 2015 property taxes. […]

Loose Cow

On the Edge of Common Sense

One of the greatest feelings in the world is to see a cow loose on the road and realize it’s not yours! I know that sounds awful. And I do feel a little guilty sayin’ it, but it’s true! Of course, I do feel bad for whos’ever critter it is. And many’s the time I’ve driven ‘em down my lane […]

Gonzales named 3rd V.P. of Texas Jail Association

Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward announced this week that his Jail Administrator, Captain Martin Gonzales, was elected last week as 3rd Vice President of the Texas Jail Association at their annual training conference in Austin. The Texas Jail Association is a state wide organization that provides training, scholarships and multiple facets of support to county jails in the State of […]