Locals arrested in human trafficking ring

D. A. René Peña holds press conference

A two-year investigation has resulted in the indictments of 29 people and 86 criminal charges relating to an organized crime ring with connections in Atascosa County. “A long-term, collaborative investigation was conducted between the Department of Public Safety led by Colonel Steve McCraw and the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s office,” said the 81st Judicial District Attorney René Peña at a […]

Out & About

#WeSeeYou A special tribute section titled: #WeSeeYou- The Hero and the Human, will be published in the May 11 issue of the Pleasanton Express. This special section will honor Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet and Lytle Police Departments, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Game Wardens, and School Resource Officers. The goal of this special section is to give […]



A Heartfelt Thank You

A few weeks ago, Sue Brown contacted me and told me the Pleasanton Express was reserving a special section of the newspaper to recognize our local law enforcement community. In this day and age of anti-police rhetoric, it is nice to know that our local media is willing to put out the positive things that your local law enforcement officers […]


Inscription MERCY HOSPITAL As transportation increased through Atascosa County with the creation of major highways. The number of vehicular accidents and fatalities increased. In 1952, thirteen fatalities and many serious injuries were reported as the “bloodiest year” in Atascosa County history. The need for a hospital became critical, as the two small hospitals in Poteet and Pleasanton were incapable of […]

Poteet trustees lone election on Saturday

The only election being held this Saturday, May 7 is for the Poteet ISD trustees. Current school board vice president, Louis Vasquez, Place 6 drew two opponents – Justin Ramirez and Bernardo Johnny Aguilar. Incumbent David Herrera Jr., Place 7, has Diego Puente challenging him. Voting will take place at the Poteet High School, 800 Leming Road, Poteet, from 7 […]

Commissioners’ Court and Judge Bob Hurley adopt “Proclamation Appreciating Juror’s Services”

STAFF REPORTER Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court Special Meeting April 25, 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 called on Stuart Knowlton, Commissioners’ Court representative […]

Kids treated worse than dogs

The Way I See It

For those of you who know me, I am very seldom at a loss for words. My mind and mouth click pretty fast and I’ll admit that I can usually have a quick comeback – either witty (if appropriate) or heartfelt. But when I heard about the two toddlers who had been chained and tied outside like animals in Bexar […]

Poteet Teachers Appreciated

It’s that time of year when some teachers may be feeling overwhelmed with testing and end of year chores. This being Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to share a few things I know about Poteet ISD which illustrate that the hard work of our support staff, teachers, administration, and school board is leading our students in the right direction. […]