Local Matters



The Pleasanton Express’ biggest and best Fall Sports Preview is on the stands today. I could not be prouder. To put together a preview that features five ISD’s football, volleyball, band, cheer, and dance teams is quite a feat. Huge shout outs to the Pleasanton Express team responsible for this beautiful keepsake piece of sports journalism. Thanks goes out to […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This Saturday, September 8th, I have been invited to speak to some young men here in Pleasanton who have achieved quite a goal, that of attaining the level of Eagle Scout. The first Eagle Scout was Arthur Eldred of New York in 1912, a 17-year-old member of Troop 1. This distinguished award has since been […]

Behind The Badge

You probably haven’t heard of Lauren Card. And were it not for the events in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017 her life would have taken a very different path. It was that evening that a deranged man opened fire on a crowd at a music festival on the famed Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more. Lauren […]

Reflections on two Americans we lost in August 2018



When you read one of my columns you are looking into my mind as much as two months before the column saw print. I normally have as many as three columns in various stages of writing, reflecting and editing before I submit them. This column is a rare exception. I am writing it six days before the expected publication date […]

Texas leaders call for new trade agreement to include Canada

State Capitol Highlights

The White House last week announced a preliminary new trade agreement had been secured between the United States and Mexico. While details of the pact are forthcoming, the White House said the agreement would “create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, protects American intellectual property” and “is a mutually beneficial win for North […]

From the Right

Early voting for the special runoff election begins next week, September 10th. This election, for State Senator for Senate District 19, is in many ways, the most important election in the history of the Senate District, especially for Republicans. Republicans, now is the time to step up. Now is the time to stay strong! Now is the time to become […]

We the People

This year has flown by, and I find it hard to believe that summer is ending and we are heading into the fall. It’s been a busy year and its going to be a busier couple of months. We have two extremely important elections in front of us: the general election on November 6th and the special election runoff for […]

SCHOOLED IN SELF DEFENSE

Pleasanton ISD Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mann is shown with two Atascosa County Deputy Sheriffs who were participating in the special self defense tactics training exercises. From left are Deputy Sheriff Emanuel Leija, Dr. Mann and Corrrections Officer William Olson. Olson graduated from Jourdanton in 2015. Mann was an assistant principal in Jourdanton when Olson was attending junior high there. Mann […]

Early Voting for special election for Texas Senate District 19



Early voting for the special runoff election between Pleasanton resident, Republican, Peter Flores and Democrat, Pete Gallego for Texas Senate Seat District 19 begins next week, September 10th. Please see the polling locations listed in public notice on page 5A. Also, please read Julie Hilberg, Atascosa County Democratic Party Chair’s and Marian Knowlton, Atascosa County Republican Party Chair’s columns on […]

Response to Postal Thefts story

Ms. Troell, As per our telephonic discussion yesterday, I am providing the following: The US Postal Inspection Service investigates incidents involving theft of US Mail from various locations in and around the City of San Antonio, TX, including Atascosa County. Mail theft is a federal crime and persons that are arrested and charged can face up to 5 years in […]


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