Lawmakers get input on jails, suicide prevention

State Capital Highlights

The July 13, 2015, death of Sandra Bland, a woman arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in Waller County, has prompted meetings of Texas House and Senate committees. Bland, whose body was discovered in her jail cell three days after she was put in custody, was ruled a suicide. Charged by the lieutenant governor to conduct an interim study, […]

Speaker Boehner meets the Pope, then quits his job

Texas Politics

John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, sat tearfully behind Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 24), during the first-ever papal address to a joint session of Congress. Nothing, it seemed, could trump the popular pope in the news media, on his first visit to the United States. But on Friday (Sept. 25), as the Pope was […]

Atascosa County’s budget discussed by Judge Hurley

Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court adopted the Atascosa County Budget for 2016 during their Regular Meeting on September 14. I asked Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley to give highlights relating to the budget. Judge Hurley said, “The General tax rate, Farmto Market and Interest and Sinking is $0.4399 per $100 valuation. The effective rate is $0.3903 and the rollback rate is […]

Big Jesse, railroads and country music go together

Writer’s Roost

My hometown of Teague was a railroad town for more than a century. Many families I knew, including some relatives, derived their livelihood from the Fort Worth & Denver-Burlington Rock Island Railroad. It’s since been absorbed by a conglomerate. One of my summers, between my college freshman and sophomore years, was spent as a grateful employee of the FWD-BRI at […]

Commissioners’ Court issues resolution supporting Pleasanton Municipal Airport runway extension

Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court Second Regular Meeting September 28, 2015 9:00 a.m. Ordered by Hon. Bob Hurley, Atascosa County Judge Present were all four Commissioners, Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) & Bill Carroll, (Precinct 4). After call to order of the Regular Meeting of Commissioners’ Court, Judge Bob Hurley asked for public […]


About horses I’ve known

On the Edge of Common Sense

My first was named Maggie. A Standard bred. I was in the 3rd grade. Father gave me an old cavalry saddle, split down the middle, light enough I could lift it. It was so uncomfortable I rode bareback. I went to a one-room schoolhouse with six grades. I was the only kid in the 3rd grade! Our house was on […]

Last week to enter for Pleasanton homecoming mum giveaway

Our area schools’ homecoming events are just around the corner! On Facebook and Instagram we have been featuring a “Like & Share” contest to give away free homecoming mums for Pleasanton, Charlotte, Jourdanton, and Poteet. All you have to do is like and share the post for your school’s homecoming to be entered. Our winners of the Charlotte and Jourdanton […]

TIPRO Statement on Environment Texas Hydraulic Fracturing Report

Oil & Gas Editor

The following is a statement attributed to Ed Longanecker, president of the Texas Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), regarding the report released recently by Environment Texas and Frontier Group: Longanecker said, “The latest installment from anti-oil and gas organizations immediately loses credibility by yet again making false claims about hydraulic fracturing, the majority of which have already been refuted […]

Pastor Juan Florez on ‘Preparing for the storm’

Lifestyles Editor

Since 1987 when Pastor Juan Florez accepted the call to become pastor at Hosanna Baptist Church in Poteet, he has seen many changes. What was once a small church has flourished and expanded into other churches throughout Atascosa County. He and wife Elva have also endured the painful loss of two of their children: Reba in August of 2012, who […]

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