District Attorney’s office 2018 year in review



As we begin the new year, I want to reflect on 2018 and highlight some of the accomplishments and goals of your District Attorney’s Office for 2019. Since taking office in 2017, there’s been a renewed sense of vigor and justice in the courthouses throughout the district. The district judges, district clerks’ offices, and community members serving on both grand […]

His future was Brite



As the Pleasanton Express, on deadline, was completing layout of its Wednesday, January 9 edition word came that J. Taylor Brite had passed away. J. Taylor Brite, 97, is well known as one of the most beloved citizens in Atascosa County and one of the most recognized public servants. Brite was elected Atascosa County Attorney in 1950, taking office January […]

Out and About

PISD Police Department Blue Blood Drive The Pleasanton ISD Police Department will be holding their very first Blue Blood Drive in support of law enforcement on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. near the old oak tree next to the Performing Arts Center. This blood drive is for all adults in the community with three American Red […]

County, District officials sworn in



Monday, Jan. 1, 2019, at 10 a.m., county and district officials were sworn in at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley presided over the ceremony. After being sworn in by District Judge Lynn Ellison, Judge Hurley swore in District Judge Lynn Ellison. County Court-at- Law Judge Robert “Bob” Brendel was sworn in by Judge Ellison. District Judge […]

Peeler praises JISD



During the regular meeting of the Jourdanton School Board, the Squaw Volleyball team was recognized for their great season. The trustees also received the annual financial report for the year just ended, in which they received a clean report. Board President Barbara Peeler read the Consent Agenda, which contains approval of the November meeting minutes, the payment of the bills […]

Sheriff’s Department makes drug arrest


The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit executed a search warrant on Saturday in the City of Jourdanton as the result of a narcotics trafficking investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. About 6:30 p.m., sheriff’s officers assisted by the Jourdanton Police Department and the Texas Highway Patrol arrived at a house on Hickory Street, a block and […]

Updated property tax information now available for Texas taxpayers

New and updated property tax information has just been compiled by Atascosa Central Appraisal District and is available now to assist taxpayers. This property tax information is current and covers a wide range of topics, such as taxpayer remedies, exemptions and appraisals, and has information for select groups, such as disabled veterans and persons age 65 or older. “Whether you […]

Local Matters



Whoever writes the story, writes the history. I am so proud of the diverse group of regular contributors that write for the Pleasanton Express. The Pleasanton Express Opinion pages offer experts and authorities an opportunity to inform, educate, motivate and persuade our readers on opinions and subjects that matter to them. Two new contributors are Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I have been asked by a fine local attorney to write again about the need for everyone to have a will. Every month, at least, we have someone who did not leave a will and are putting their family through unnecessary pain. The smaller the amount of the estate, the more difficult the financial burden because proportionally it is so […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: After a couple weeks off during the holidays from this column, I am back and want to thank the Pleasanton Express once again for the opportunity to visit with you each week. The AT&T tower is up on Goodwin and fully functional as of Jan. 2. Hope your signal has improved, especially in the downtown […]


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