Sports Maven: NFL playoffs are no time for conservative coaching

The NFL playoffs are the time when legacies are made and broken. These games show the vast space between the fortune of Tom Brady and that of Philip Rivers. Unlike some quarterbacks, Rivers falls to the earth as a good, but not great player while still taking his chances throwing the ball downfield. Rivers only completed 25 of his 51 […]

Pleasanton eighth grade boys basketball wins at Gonzales

The Pleasanton eighth grade boys basketball A-team beat Navarro 65-19. The Eagles grabbed a 25-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. “The Eagles defense stilfled the Panthers offense and limited them to a handful of second-chance shots,” said Pleasanton coach Stephen Barron. R.J. Marquez scored 20  points. Jake Casias scored 13 points. Jayce Krauskopf had 10 points. Layne […]


Chase Rankin, Jourdanton 7th grader, was inspired to show pigs by his best friend Brock Powell. You can catch Chase and his Duroc pig, Red Rocket, in the show ring this Thursday, wearing orange in honor of Brock. See story page 6A.


Newly elected District Judge Lynn Ellison, accompanied by his wife Janet, being sworn in by County Court-at- Law Judge Bob Brendel. Judge Ellison served as a lawyer for 44 years and worked in five courthouses in the district for 33 years. He previously served the district as District Attorney, assistant district attorney, assistant attorney general and was also Counsel to […]

Brite – beloved public servant

A pillar of judicial integrity and community service best describes J. Taylor Brite. I have known J. Taylor all my life. I visited him often and wrote stories about him. He always preferred to say the nice things about others. I honored our friendship and can truthfully say, “A most wonderful man has been laid to rest”. Surrounded by his […]

Safer Path opening delayed with government shutdown

“What was being communicated to us was, ‘Go on and continue doing things as you would regularly do.’ We were planning to open tomorrow,” Rhonda Williamson, Executive Director of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter said on Monday. “So I’ve got towels washed and folded and ready to go in bathrooms. I’ve got beds made with sheets, all of which had […]

Out and About

GriefShare at Cowboy Fellowship begins Jan. 20 Cowboy Fellowship will start their GriefShare program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. After the funeral, when the cards and flowers have stopped coming, most of the people around you return to their normal lives. However, your grief continues and you feel alone. GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly. You […]

Ramos pleads guilty in murder case of Officer Deckard

This morning at the Atascosa County Courthouse, Jenevieve Ramos pleaded guilty to a charge of capital murder and will spend the rest of her life in prison with the possibility of parole. Ramos was accused of driving the getaway car for Shaun Ruiz Puente when he shot and killed Officer Bobby Deckard. Senior Judge Donna Rayes presided. “Today Jenevieve Ramos […]

Ormand Street meth bust leads to three arrests

Last night, my investigators and deputies with the assistance of the Pleasanton Polce Department, executed a search warrant in the City of Pleasanton. An investigation by the ACSO Narcotics Unit headed up by Lt. Max Peralta, determined that Methamphetamine was being sold from a residence on Ormand Street. Sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant from Justice of the Peace Felix […]


On Friday, Jan. 11, Charlotte VFD and the surrounding Atascosa County Fire Departments responded to a structure fire off Lagunillas Ave. in Charlotte with family still inside. Nearby neighbors were able to help one adult and two small children escape while firefighters worked together to extinguish the flames. Sadly, one adult was unable to escape, resulting in a fatality, and […]