Blue Santa made a special suprise visit to the Poteet ISD Central Office on Monday, Dec. 3. Pictured left to right are Poteet Chief of Police Bruce Hickman, Lydia Wilborn (Poteet PD Report Clerk), Jennifer Hickman (Poteet Police Association President) alongside PISD Central Office staff Rachel Hernandez, Melinda Salinas, Violet Reyes, Esther Ramos, Angie Martinez, Suzanne Jenschke and Tina Flores.

Poteet students collect food

Poteet High School students participated in the Red Barrel food drive for the two weeks in support of their local Veterans of Foreign Wars Organization. The red barrels are tagged with names of the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The grade that collected the most items was to be awarded with a trip to the movies on November 14. PHS […]

Local Matters


Christmas is magical for making lasting memories. Some of my strongest childhood memories are from Christmas. My grandmother’s divinity candy. My cousins, the Barton boys, who came to our small town with their big city Houston ways and made all the local girls swoon. Flipping through the Sears catalog and circling what I wanted Santa to bring me. Christmas caroling […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

The second installment about Juvenile Court is about the process. Obviously when a juvenile breaks the law, there is a different method and set of laws about their adjudication. The interesting thing is that TJJD (Texas Juvenile Justice Department) and the Juvenile Laws of Texas are designed to hold the juvenile responsible for their actions, but also to be very […]

Mayor’s Message

Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This week, we should have dry weather which will give the city park construction workers a chance to “catch up” and allow the park to dry out a bit. I understand the Splash Pad is near completion and should be finished by Jan. 1. And speaking of good weather, looks like “Merry on Main” will […]

Talent among us

The Way I See It

Area schools have been/will be performing their Winter/Christmas concerts this month. I had the pleasure to hear the Pleasanton High School Jazz Band once again. I missed out on the full band’s concert last week, so I am glad I made it to the jazz one. Some of the these kids I’ve known since they were babies (Robert Rutherford and […]

The World War II veterans we know…

The recent passing of President George H.W. Bush reminds us of our dwindling number of World War II veterans, the men and women who served so many decades ago who survived to tell about it. Mr. Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president. There were several World War II veterans in my family. One aunt […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

Lytle Police Chief

Last week, we had all kinds of interesting stuff and crime to report. This week not so much. We only had 40 calls for service and conducted 20 traffic stops. Christmas is the time of giving and it looks like our staff was giving warnings. This week, warnings beat out citations 12 to eight. Here is what went on last […]

Texas, nation mourn death of former president

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3 proclaimed Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning across the Lone Star State in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died in Houston on Nov. 30. In the proclamation, Abbott encouraged Texans to “gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George […]

Forever Families at Adoption Day

Nov. 29 was a celebration of families, as Associate Judge Melissa DeGerolami of the Child Protective Court of South Central Texas granted adoptions for four new families. The hearings were held at the District Courtroom at the Atascosa County Courthouse. She began by thanking District Judge Lynn Ellison for graciously allowing them to interrupt his docket that day for the […]