Horror, TV hosts revisited

The Way I See It

Chatting with a friend of mine, I had to go back into the Rolodex in my mind. Spinnning through the mental cards I was looking for Joe Bob Briggs. Most of you may not remember him. He gave reviews on horror and “B” movies on cable TV – The Movie Channel back for one – in the 90s and later […]

We are family



DARIS HOWARD I was only twenty-five when I was hired to teach in the Math/Computer Science Department of a private, religious junior college. I quickly learned how strong the comradery and concern was in our department for each member’s welfare. If I ever had a child admitted to the hospital, or had any other kind of challenge, I could always […]

Neighbors agree to work on trade, energy projects

State Capital Highlights

Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Mexico last week to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto and other officials in Mexico City. On Sept. 8, the governor’s office announced an agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States “to promote and increase bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects.” Also […]

Rick Perry: Adios, My Oval Fling’s Over

Texas Politics

Rick Perry’s Adios wasn’t as melodic as Willie Nelson’s “Turn Out The Lights, the Party’s Over.” But it carried the same sentiment. The former Texas governor used a speech Sept. 11 to the national convention of the ultra-conservative Eagle Forum in St. Louis to say he’s hanging up his presidential running shoes — but not singing the election blues. I’ll […]

FLASHBACK: Hospital to reopen



60 Years If Pleasanton should beat Jourdanton in football, it might rain. The two clubs collide tomorrow (Friday) night at the JHS stadium, and a capacity crowd is anticipated since the Poteet- Nixon clash has been advanced to tonight. The Eagle scalp has dangled from the Indian wigwam for four consecutive years. Pleasanton hasn’t defeated the Redskins since 1950-about the […]

You can see one of my football ‘trophies’, not the other

Writer’s Roost

A lot of people would probably be surprised to learn that I played high school football. Most folks don’t believe or even think that someone in a creative, “artsy” field such as writing would have ever been involved in a contact sport. Tennis? Maybe. Ping pong (“table tennis”)? Probably. But, play football? Nah. But, yes I was involved and I’ve […]

Pleasanton Municipal Airport runway extension progress



There was a meeting of the Pleasanton Airport Advisory Board recently at the city hall. Perry Havenar, senior airport planner hired by the city, addressed the group and used maps suggesting different runway layout proposals for Pleasanton Municipal Airport. Havenar is Aviation Planning Resource Leader with Garver out of Frisco, Texas. Also participating at the meeting were Josh Crawford, PE, […]

PCOS Awareness Month in September





Women’s health issues have gained considerable spotlight and attention over the last decade. Breast cancer awareness during the month of October and the promotion of women’s heart disease in February are just two that come to mind when women’s health issues are mentioned. The month of September is when awareness is raised for endometriosis, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. When […]

Cafe Chris

Pleasanton Express Business of the Month



When I polled our staff as to what they prefer to order from Cafe Chris, owned by Mary Rodriguez, I wasn’t surprised when they each told me a different entrée. However, their chicken and dumplings and the chicken salad sandwiches, in my opinion, are what have kept customers coming back for their unbeatable taste for 23 years. Cafe Chris will […]

The Mum Lady: Dawn Brown-Lopez



The Homecoming mum has grown from the old days of simply being an accessory, to being a cherished keepsake a woman keeps for a lifetime. For 23 years, Dawn Brown-Lopez “The Mum Lady” of Pleasanton has been blessed with sharing her talent of creating oneof a-kind mums. It all began when she was a freshman at Pleasanton High School and […]


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