Commissioners’ Court approves interior renovations

Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court First Regular Meeting March 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. Ordered by Hon. Bob Hurley, Atascosa County Judge All four commissioners were present; Lonnie Gillespie, (Precinct 1); William “Bill” Torans, (Precinct 2); Freddie Ogden, (Precinct 3) & Bill Carroll, (Precinct 4). •After call to order of the meeting, Judge Hurley requested appropriate action concerning Adoption of a Resolution […]

Brush, bulky trash pick up set

Beginning Monday, March 21, the residents of Pleasanton will have the opportunity to rid themselves of their unwanted junk that has been meandering in the garage all summer long. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Please keep in mind the following rules: •Piles shall not be placed at curbside more than 2 weeks prior to the pick-up […]

Idolizing HCJ

The Way I See It

As the final weeks of American Idol are being aired, I am sensing a huge sadness. I know, I know. It’s a silly show that may or may not really find an American Idol. But I’m hooked. I started out with the very first one. I had a 12-year-old daughter and we watched the show each week until Kelly Clarkson […]

Assistance needed

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 about 2:25 pm, I was turning right into the Sonic Drivein on Hwy. 97 heading East when I was sideswiped by an 18 wheeler carrying a large yellow piece of earth-moving equipment. I was driving my 2006 silver Toyota Camry when the 18 wheeler approached me from behind and the piece of machinery ripped the […]

Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

State Capital Highlights

The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law. A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set. The case stems from Senate […]

Congress 23 could return Democratic

Texas Politics

Most congressional districts in Texas have been drawn so the winner is determined in the primary election, not the general. The districts were purposely drawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature to maximize Republican representation, and packing as many Democrats as possible into each Democratic district. There is one exception: District 23, the sprawling West Texas district that is larger than several […]

Never say never

A few weeks ago I did something I never thought I would do. In fact it was something I said I would never do. Never say never. Do you remember years back when the everyone started getting tattoos? When there was a shift and tattoos weren’t just for Sailors, ex-convicts and rockers? Do you remember being a little shocked to […]

Flashback: Dig uncovers old well near courthouse

10 years ago- While most of the county’s attention was on huge fires north of Jourdanton on Thursday, March 9, contractors digging a sewer trench through the parking lot across the courthouse stumbled upon a historic well approximately 100 years old. When the huge claw of the machine digging the trench struck very hard, work came to a halt and […]


• City of Pleasanton – City Council Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Pleasanton City Hall, 108 Second St. (830)569- 3867. • City of Jourdanton – City Council Meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Jourdanton City Hall, 1604 State Hwy. 97 E. (830)769- 3589. • […]

Oil & Gas industry says goodbye to one of its finest

Aubrey McClendon (July 14, 1959 ~ March 2, 2016) Oil & Gas Editor

“Whether during new hire orientation, company event or ribbon cutting, any time you heard Mr. McClendon speak, it was hard not to be excited,” said Silver Vasquez, former Chesapeake manager of corporate communication and corporate development. Silver and I became friends when he came to visit with me regarding my first article about the Eagle Ford Shale impact here. Silver, […]